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Best Hotels in Sedona, Arizona

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Sedona, Arizona, is one of the best vacation spots in the west. It is a long shaped town that sits on each side of Highway 89-A. To the north are the beautiful red rock mountains with their interesting shapes. The skies are equally as pretty with their fluffy white clouds or black thunderheads. Sedona has a wide variety of hotels that you can choose from, but these are the Sedona hotels that most people recommend.

Hilton Sedona Resort

Hilton Sedona Resort is one such hotel which is well-equipped with high class infrastructure and spa. Therefore, many tourists like to visit the place as they have to be one of the best places to relax amidst the magnificence of nature. This hotel also offers attractive packages along with discounts. Apart from this, facilities like high speed internet, complimentary breakfast, arrangements for lunch, dinner and cocktails.

L’Auberge De Sedona

This hotel has rooms constructed in French style. Its location is bit far from the high way and so the hotel is the perfect place for romantic couples and visitors willing to skip the maddening crowd of the humdrum urban life. The hotel boasts serving its visitors with palatable French dish of great taste.

The Orchards Inn of Sedona

The Orchards Inn of Sedona is located at a unique location that is on a hilltop across North Highway in Uptown Sedona. The rooms and suits give a nice view of the surrounding red rocks wherein the hotel offers facilities for an outdoor pool and a hot tub.

Besides this, the Inn also offers amenities like a complimentary breakfast, dining and special rooms for pets. Visitors can also take pleasure in a 3-minute trolley ride that goes up to the Oak Creek and Tlaquepaque Arts Village.

The Sedona Motel

The Sedona Motel has been ranked as one of the best hotels by ‘Frommer’s Travel Guide’ for having ‘Great Value’. Located at a walking distance from the Oak Creek, Uptown, Gallery Row and Tlaquepaque, the Sedona Motel offers non-smoking rooms to the tourists with a nice view of the famous Sedona’s red rocks.

Southwest Inn Sedona

This 3 tar Hotel is one of the popular Sedona hotels. The hotel is close to the famous Cathedral Rock Vortex. The dining and shopping areas are also close by. The Hotel has been voted as one of “Best places to stay in Sedona’ for 3 years continuously.

The hotel is well equipped with developed lodging amenities. The interior design of the hotel would give a traditional ambience but at the same time you would be able to enjoy the latest accommodation facilities. Southwest Inn Sedona is a combination of both luxury rooms and bread and break fast services.

Top Ten Must See Attractions in Sedona Arizona

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Here are the top 10 attractions you won’t want to miss, in no particular order:

Sedona Arizona Vortex Sites: You don’t have to be a New Age believer to visit Sedona’s well known vortexes – places where a strong yet indefinable energy radiates from the earth. These spectacular red rock sites are some of the most beautiful spots in all of Sedona. The top four vortexes are: Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa and Boynton Canyon. Stop by a Sedona Arizona visitor center to pick up a map and directions.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village: This is Sedona Arizona’s most unique shopping venue with over 40 galleries, stores and restaurants. The open air, Spanish Colonial style marketplace is modeled after the artists’ community of the same name in Guadalajara, Mexico. Even if you don’t want to shop, Tlaquepaque is worth a visit to stroll its shady, flower-filled courtyards or have lunch on a garden patio.

Take a Hike, or a Horseback Ride, or Cycle: Sedona offers some of the best hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in Arizona. Dramatic red rocks are visible from every spot in town but to experience their majesty you need to get out on the trail. The helpful rangers at one of the Coconino National Forest Service stations can recommend trails suited to every skill level and time schedule. Prefer to go with a guide? Talk to the friendly staff at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce for suggestions.

See Sedona’s First Artists: Sedona Arizona’s canyons were historically home to the Yavapai and Apache people. You can see their centuries-old rock art at three Forest Service sites: Honanki, Palatki and V-Bar-V Ranch. These sites have ruins as well as petroglyphs and pictographs. Be sure to call ahead before you visit as some sites are open for pre-scheduled tours only or may be closed to due to bad weather.

Chapel of the Holy Cross: No matter what your faith, Sedona Arizona’s “red rock chapel” is a marvel of modern architecture. Sitting high on a butte overlooking town, this soaring concrete and glass Catholic church looks like it was carved right out of the surrounding mountain. The views from its stone patio are spectacular. All visitors are welcome and admission is free.