This week was special because I had a chance to visit a place that was always sought after to see. Staying at the RI Scottsdale, taking a two hour drive North, it was a special trip. Did not know there had been so many movies made around Sedona, nor was it a developed or beautiful as it was. Will look forward to going back. There are no Marriott's there, but it is sure worth having dinner at L'Auberge de Sedona. The drove me around town, parked my car, and would not take a gratuity. The staff was really great, and the drive back to my RI, was easy, especially thinking about the great day it had been. Will let the pictures do the talking, but if you like John Wayne, Ernest Borgnine, and many more movie stars, you will enjoy this "Classy" town. Your family, loved ones, and you will all have a great time. The pictures do not give the place justice, especially the on of Cowboy Club, a very famous "Hang out" of "The Duke"!
My wife and I are part of a group of 5 couples that spend a long weekend in remote Arizona locations the weekend before Thanksgiving. Last year we stayed at the El Tovar at the Grand Canyon. (The disadvantage of going to remote Arizona locations is there will never be a Marriott.I keep trying to get the group to go to the JW at Desert Ridge) The El Tovar is a magnificent OLD hotel designed and built before bathrooms were a given part of our lives. In the process of adding bathrooms to every room the rooms can get pretty oddly shaped. Note that there are a limited number of restaurants on the South Rim, so they can get real busy around meal times. Just my opinion, but I think the company operating the El Tovar is taking advantage of the history and not doing a good job of maintaining the property. The Grand Canyon is a beautiful part of our amazing country.
Since we live in Phoenix we have made "day trips" to Sedona over the years, but never stayed. In Feb. 2011 we were able to trade into the Hyatt timeshare in Sedona, a very nice property and well located for walking all over town. The week that we were there we had a cold snap in Arizona and every fountain in Sedona froze solid and became an ice sculpture. (That is ice in the second picture.) We were not prepared for the bitter cold so spent a fair amount of time reading. When it was warm enough we hiked around town and took some hiking tours. Initially I was wondering what we would do for 7 days, but there was no problem keeping busy. It is another beautiful part of our amazing country.
Sedona is definitely a gorgeous place. We've enjoyed hiking in the area. On our visit a couple of years ago, my husband just couldn't understand how a child (probably 10-12 years old) could be engrossed with playing a video game when we were speechless when viewing the beautiful scenery.
We've been looking for a place to take my aunt for a special meal and I think we will consider L'auberge de Sedona. I've done some research on their website and it seems like a place she might enjoy.
We were in Sedona for an afternoon day trip yesterday. It was our second trip. We were there 15 years ago. It's grown a bit, but still breath taking. We are in the Flagstaff SHS this morning heading up to the South Rim of the Canyon. From one great sight to another.
A few basics:
It is, without a doubt, as close to a spiritual experience as one can have. Adults can spend the day. Young kids tend to like the view and want to head back to the hotel to hit the pool after a couple of hours. Either way, it's a bucket list item.
Flagstaff is about 1hr 30min away from the The Grand Canyon. The four Marriott properties there are the closest to the canyon. We opted for the SHS vs the RI this time. No special reason. The SHS was heavy with snowboarders and hockey teams this time of year. Somewhat of a feeding frenzy at breakfast, but not too bad.
Wear your most comfortable walking shoes. You'll want to walk the trail along the southern rim. This gives you different vantage points to "breath" in the awesome beauty. Bring a light jacket. Sometimes the temp can change quickly.
This trip calls for the best pair of binoculars you can get your hands on... a really nice camera is important, also.
The price to enter the National Park is $15. If you're a Nat Park regular, you can pick up a yearly pass for all parks for around $75.
I'll come up with a few more when I get home.
Great information, Thanks!
Never really thought about going to The GC, till this trip. This is one of the benefits of meeting with NU Husker. He really likes traveling around the US, and has also lived in Europe. It got me thinking of all the things I have not seen, that I would like to experience some day. This information will get me started on making plans for The GC experience. I am not excited about having to drive from Phoenix, but with a stop/meal in Sedona, I can break the trip up.
Again, Thanks, and if you have more, please send it on!
PP and SS,
Very good advice! Last week, driving from Phoenix to Sedona, it only took two hours, but I would make sure next time I have water and a full tank. They had just had a major car auction in Scottsdale, and the Interstate was full trucks and cars pulling trailers. I expected to see some accidents but didn't. When you have vehicles doing 75+mph, you may be delayed.
That is a tragic story on I-75/Gainesville, Fl, the other night when 10 people lost their lives in the smoke/fog.
By the way, the advice to take a good pair of binoculars will be heeded as well.
Just fyi for anyone eligible or interested, any U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident age 62 or older can purchase a Senior National Park lifetime pass for $10. Good at all NP's, wildlife refuge, forests, etc. It's a truly great deal.
Thanks for bringing this up. I have been to a lot of places, but three elude me so far, will hope to make it soon, they are:
Thanks for you information on the senior pass that can be purchased for The National Parks. Unfortunatly, I qualify
Jerry, it sounds like you have been saving the very best for last! Also worthy, the NP's in Utah (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef). I haven't been since I was a kid, and seriously need to get back there. My cousin takes his family boating to Lake Powell every year. Vivid orange rock and deep blue skies, much like your lovely photos of Sedona (which I've never been to). So, so beautiful.
I'm pretty sure Marriott used to have a property at the Yosemite gateway (Fish Camp), but they must not own it anymore, as I couldn't find it. Ya, get the pass!
Thanks SS, I was beginning to doubt myself, because it was a while ago. Along the same line, have you ever been to Salzburg? Because I'm sure that I found a Marriott there when I did research for a trip I did in 2010 (for which the Austrian leg eventually was postponed). When I went to look for that hotel recently, there were no Marriott hotels in Salzburg, and I do not believe I am confusing Salzburg with Vienna. This makes me feel a bit like I'm losing my marbles.
It's true Jerry, in just about every region of our country, we can all find beauty and wonder, as well as local and national pride, right here in our own backyard. There is so much to see and experience. We are blessed to live in such a lovely land.
(But I still have many Europe trips left in me. Sigh.)
It has been 8 years since we went to the Grand Canyon, so it must be time for us to return! Some of the details are rather fuzzy, but we took the train from Williams which was fun, but I remember being disappointed in the scenery along the way until we got off the train and actually saw the Grand Canyon. As others have said, pictures just do not do it justice--it is indeed GRAND. We spent several nights at one of the lodges. I had always wanted to ride the donkeys to the the bottom of the Canyon, spend the night, then ride back up. When I saw the path they follow, I was relieved that we had been unable to schedule the activity because my husband was too heavy. I guess it's just one of those things that I should have done when I was younger. I do remember being astonished at how close to the edge some people get.
It's only a mile down! As long as I land in the Colorado River I should be OK.
Right now, I am having more trouble trying to get this story to qualify for the contest. However, I won't jump off the edge of the GC if I don't win! I am "Batting 1000% in the CY contest, lost every time!
By the way, if you are near Evansville, IN next week, get it touch! Same with other MI's. Sort of enjoy "Stoplight City".
Where are you applying for work, it must be the theater or stage. We will probably see you act/photo on one of Jaspers posts!
As far as throwing me over I am sure NUHusker will help! I put a bottle of Dom P. on his bill at the Buttes! I didn't think he would mind, but the lobster tail could get an NU "Beef lover" a little upset. I will ask for forgiveness!
Then I guess you definitely won't be walking out on the glass floored observation deck that spans out over the canyon. If it makes you feel any better, I am an ex-Marine and have rappelled out of a helicopter and off of a tall building (many moons ago), and yet I think I would probably pass on that too.
If you can, stay at the hotel right on the south rim. It's called the El Tovar. It's wonderful, not fancy, but very nice. Reservations must be made well in advance of your trip. The views of the Grand Canyon are spectacular. You have great options for hiking or tours from there. Also, the food in their restaurant is very good. Have a good trip!
Jerry, a couple years ago the whole family took my Mom on her trip of a lifetime to the Grand Canyon's south rim. It is one of those places that few cameras can actually portray since it is so massive and awe-inspiring. I'd been there a few times before and always felt as if the canyon were pulling me in, over the edge! The color changes during the day are amazing. Here are a few shots from my last trip. Also check out Williams, on Historic route 66, as you head north.
Wow! So beautiful, and am going to try to get back soon. Will take in Williams/RT 66.
Here is a picture I took the other day in St. Louis. Got some strange looks from people while I was taking these pictures. I am planning to do another post on Rt. 66 someday. Am always amazed at how popular Rt. 66 is in Europe.
Thanks for the comment!
Tell me where you would recommend to dine and stay. There are no Marriott's, but the Hilton on the South part of town looked good, and there is L'Auberge.
I'll let you know when I'll be back, and maybe you bring someone to join my best half at the Cowboy, (If it is really worth it, I liked the history, but don't know?)
My wife and I spent a week at the Sedona Hyatt timeshare in Feb 2011. We traded into it, but I would assume you can rent. The Hyatt is in a great location, right at the "Y" at the heart of old and new Sedona. There was a cold snap in Ariozna that week and every fountain in town froze solid. This was the fountain at the Hyatt that spilled out of the pool. I was always told that moving water did not freeze, but it was COLD!