Saturday, June 21, 2008


(Sedona 2005)

Sedona is a magical little town in the central Arizona high desert, a few hours drive south of the Grand Canyon. In 1901, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Schnebly made the trek from Missouri and founded the city, named after Theodore's wife, Sedona.

Since Sedona is at an elevation of 4,500 feet, it's cooler than the low desert. Scenic Oak Creek, a shady retreat, runs through the town. An hour's drive away, as you wind into the mountains, is the quaint, historical mining town of Jerome that makes you feel like you're living in the last century.

On our 2005 trip to Sedona we stayed at the beautiful new Amara Resort and Spa. The grounds, nestled next to Oak Creek, are peaceful and ambient. The beds are very comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. An elegant restaurant is on site.

The red rock formations around Sedona are spectacular--a hiker's paradise--as well as the pine-covered mountains of the surrounding Cococino National Forest.

Nothing to do with the kids? Visit Slide Rock State Park with natural pools and water slides. Check the conditions first. At times the park is shut down due to high bacteria levels. We didn't encounter that.

Sedona is dramatic, romantic, one of our favorite places. Click here for more information.

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