Sometimes the most difficult part of a vacation is planning how we are going to spend our time. We may have a general idea of what we want to do, hitting the high points, but how do we know what restaurants to eat in or what off-the-beaten-path activity we would be disappointed to miss? If your journey is bringing you to Sedona in the winter to stay in one of our Stay Sedona vacation escapes, the answer is simple: Just follow along with the suggestions we offer right here! This guide to planning a three-day journey to our favorite red rock village will ensure that you will have a vacation experience filled with fun, excitement, and truly excellent food. Because our Stay Sedona sanctuaries are so comfortable and inviting, you could probably stretch these three days out over an entire week and spend a little more time relaxing at home!
Day 1: The Beginning of Everything
Your bags are unpacked, you’ve spent your first night sleeping like a rock in our comfortable beds, and the cool winter Sedona morning is giving you a voracious appetite, making breakfast the first thing on your agenda! The Coffee Pot is our first suggestion. Located at 2050 W State Route 89A, this is where the locals go to enjoy their famed omelets, and as they offer 101 different choices, you are bound to find the one that fills your stomach as it feeds your soul! After an omelet and coffee served in unique handmade mugs, (They sell the mugs too, so choose your favorite color and enjoy memories of your Sedona getaway with every sip you take from here on out.) it’s time to start the next phase of your journey—you know, the one where you explore the heck out of this old Western town? The best way to get to know the town is with a knowledgeable guide, at least during these early moments, so a visit to the Pink Jeep Tours company is your best adventure option! They offer a variety of tours, including an extreme off-road adventure that takes you off the beaten path and over the red rocks you have enjoyed from afar. After the 2.5-hour tour ends, you may want to enjoy a lunch at the Cowboy Grille and take some time to explore the shops that surround the café. If your winter escape takes place over the holidays, this would be a great time to pick up some unique gifts for your family and friends!
Day 2: The Anticipation Grows
You enjoyed a sample of what Sedona has to offer during your first day’s adventures, so today you can practically feel your veins humming in anticipation. Going back to the Coffee Pot for another taste of their omelets is an option, but if you are in a hurry to get started, the fully equipped kitchen in your Stay Sedona sanctuary is always open for business! Scramble up a few eggs, pour yourself a mimosa (if you aren’t driving) and head out to the Sedona Heritage Museum on Jordan Road for a peek into the history of our town. You’ll find buildings that were once used in films, including the telegraph office that had a bit part in John Wayne’s 1947 Western Angel and the Bad Man. Inside the museum, you will get to see an authentic pioneer kitchen, a gorgeous set of saddles, as well as a host of other exhibits guaranteed to capture your interest. Stay as long as you like, and when hunger pangs strike, an early dinner/late lunch at Oaxaca, will fill every empty space in your belly. A local tradition for over 40 years, this is where you go when you desire the authentic taste of Mexico, and if you can handle the heat, be sure to try their habanero salsa!
Day 3: All Good Things Must Come to an End
We hate to see you go, but at least you still have day three of your winter adventures in Sedona to look forward to, and today is guaranteed to be your favorite of the three! Starting out the day with a visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, an active Catholic Church perched high above the red rocks, the views will charm you but the peace and tranquility you discover in this sacred spot will sooth the ragged edges of your soul. Walk through the gardens, spend some time in quiet contemplation inside the chapel and walk away feeling at peace. After a little more shopping, (There are a lot of beautiful shops and boutiques to explore!) today we thought it might be fun to take a little road trip to the historic mining town of Jerome! Located just over 25 miles from Sedona, the scenery along your route is guaranteed to be breathtaking, and once you arrive in town, the charm of this town that almost became a ghost town will make you fall in love. Today it is basically an artists’ colony and home to more shops and galleries filled with treasures you will NEED to make your own. End the day with a delicious burger from the Haunted Hamburger, and then head back to Sedona to finish your packing. Your time in paradise is just about over, but we hope you enjoyed every second!