Sedona has evolved from a small agricultural community into an artist's sanctuary and a tourist's dream. Four major regions offer significant contributions to Greater Sedona. You'll find lovely accommodations and year-round comfort with more than 40 galleries, unique shops and countless attractions.
Village of Oak Creek/Chapel Area
Located on the southernmost end of Sedona is Oak Creek, a village that offers premiere galleries, shops and a superb shopping experience at the charming Tlaquepaque , a recreated Mexican village. The Sedona Golf Resort offers fine dining at the Grill at Shadow Rock . This area is also called the Chapel area, due to the proximity to the Chapel of the Holy Cross , designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Village area offers upscale dining, golf, tennis, shopping and accommodations including the Poco Diablo Resort, the suites at DoubleTree and Wildflower Inn .
The fiery-hued rock formations you'll find in this area include the famous Bell Rock , with its energy vortex , close to the Chapel of the Holy Cross .
Drink in fresh air and experience elevating surroundings while you continue up Highway 179 towards Sedona proper. At the "Y" junction of highways 179 and 89A, you'll find a Visitor Center nearby.
Turn right onto Highway 89A, and you're headed to uptown Sedona. There are shops located in a major retail plaza along the highway that are within easy walking distance.
Rich in culture, the Uptown area offers the Sedona Arts Center , which includes a school and gallery, with works exhibited by various artists. Next, pay a visit to the Sedona Heritage Museum , the original farmstead of one of Sedona's founding families, the Jordans. Exhibits include written narratives, vintage orchard equipment and photographs, which depict the area's early history.
Outstanding accommodations in hotels and intimate bed and breakfasts are offered in Uptown. These include the European-style L'Auberge de Sedona . Rattlesnake sausage and a Pink Lizard to wash it down are featured at the nearby Cowboy Club .
Oak Creek Canyon
Follow Highway 89A North through one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in America, as noted by Rand-McNally. The tree-lined canyon offers quiet austerity and invites self-reflection as you meander through.
Many secluded spots here offer sanctuary and quiet rooms, with space to relieve your mind of daily stresses and anxiety. Charming accommodations may be found at locations like the Junipine Resort .
Hiking and fishing are two favorite pastimes in Oak Creek. Bring your fishing license during the warm months when the creek is well stocked. Take a seat on the sun-warmed rocks and contemplate the satisfying natural world.
Dappled sunlight reflects on the water at nature's playground in Slide Rock State Park . Bring your camera as children at play frolic down the 30 foot natural rock slide. Easy hiking surrounds the area, but wear comfortable shoes with traction, as the path is often slippery.
If you follow Highway 89A north, you will eventually see Steamboat Rock and arrive in Flagstaff, which features the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world. Just a few miles West of Flagstaff, off Interstate 40, you'll find skiing, and the original Route 66 running through the charming town of Williams. This is also the town where you catch the train to see the Grand Canyon National Park for a scenic day trip.
Wind your way back down Highway 89A to the 'Y' junction at Highway 179 in downtown Sedona. Travel through this intersection to enjoy the many faces of Sedona's west side. You will find interesting shops, fine dining, including Fournos Restaurant , grocery stores and quaint bed and breakfasts like the Lantern Light Inn .
Sedona's airport offers activities like barnstorming the canyon at the Red Rock Biplane Tours , or rising to meet red monoliths in an aircraft from AeroVista.
Growing by leaps and bounds, this area has acquired a beautiful new Cultural Park and Visitor Center , which opened in the summer of 2000. Featured at the hub of the park's 50 acres is the new Georgia Frontiere Pavilion . Home of the annual Jazz on the Rocks concert in September, and the Sedona Ecofest benefit event in October, this amphitheater features unique openwork architecture. From this vantage point, enjoy panoramic northern views of the Cockscomb, Chimney Rock and the majestic Coffee Pot Rock.
Drive a little further west, then head south down the Lower Red Rock Loop Road for a satisfying journey into the Red Rock State Park . Red Rock Park's fee area offers a picnic retreat at Red Rock Crossing . This is one of the most photographed locations in the world.
Many opportunities exist in the area for photography and study of the early indigenous cultures. Take a short ride to the pueblo ruins at Palatki and Honanki , which are closest to Sedona. A little further out you'll discover Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale . If you have some leisure time, be sure and take the wilderness train at Clarkdale for an enjoyable journey by rail through red-laced canyons. Jerome is nearby, which offers unusual charm. Its shops and homes are built on the sharp incline of a slowly sliding mountain slope.
The restaurants in Sedona are as adept at satisfying your appetite as the Red Rocks are at satiating your soul and psyche. From the time you awaken, you're privy to a sensational spectrum of dining options.
Village of Oak Creek/Chapel Area
Add an early "ole!" to your day with a Sonoran breakfast burrito of eggs and Mexican chorizo at Maria's Restaurant and Cantina . Enjoy an omelet or waffles at the Prime Outlet's Marketplace Cafe .
In Oak Creek Canyon , pick up a snack on your way to Slide Rock State Park at the Hideaway Restaurant , which is famous for its homemade spices and traditional Italian cooking. Nobody does Big Apple pizzas like Joey Bistro . If it's seafood you fancy, set sail for Shugrue's Hillside Grill . It is regularly voted the area's finest seafood restaurant.
Those fond of French fare will discover some of the southwest's best here in Sedona. Rene's at Tlaquepaque artisan village is the town's hands-down favorite special occasion restaurant. Its elegant setting and impressive artwork is surpassed only by its exquisite, contemporary interpretations of French cuisine.
Maybe it's the cosmic forces in action, but at night, Sedona comes alive with special energy. Those in pursuit of kinetic energy will find stimulation in the click-clack of billiard balls at Steaks and Sticks , Los Abrigados' posh, yet playful "dining and diversions" venue. At Poco Diablo Resort , sports enthusiasts can keep up to date on scores at Jersey's Bar & Grill .
While browsing through the shops of Uptown Sedona, there are plenty of great places to lunch. Oaxaca Restaurante & Cantina provides the perfect perch to watch the world go by on Sedona's main street.
Since hiking, biking and sightseeing are so much a part of the Sedona experience, picnic fare and trail foods are priorities. The area's delis, sandwich shops and bakeries more than meet the challenge. Stop at Sedona Memories , just off the main drag in Uptown, for the often-voted best sandwiches in town. Call it High Desert cuisine, or call it refined ranch food, but you're sure to enjoy a Southwestern-style meal at the Cowboy Club . Takashi will pacify your yen for superb Japanese cuisine in sublimely serene surroundings. For the ultimate al fresco atmosphere, no Sedona dining destination surpasses the L'Auberge Restaurant and its outdoor terrace. You'll be lulled by the flow of Oak Creek and pampered with ultra-accommodating service as you partake of their award-winning wines and an exquisitely prepared and presented six-course meal.
On the West Side, Rinzai's Market specializes organic produce, natural foods and baked goods that are nutritious and delicious. The west side of Sedona is noted for friendly neighborhood cafes and affordable meals. For dining that's other worldly, there is the Red Planet Diner , replete with eight foot aliens and a spaceship. Order a Jupiter Juice while you wait for your Gemini Double Cheeseburger or EggPlanet Parmigiana. In contrast, the nearby, Spices Restaurant offers a more "Earth-y" atmosphere and comforting, casual cuisine with Italian accents. Judi's Restaurant and its sibling, Keiser's West , are exactly the kind of family-run restaurants that you would hope to find on any trip. Judi's desserts are legendary so be sure you leave room to give them a try. And the hungry-man-sized breakfasts at the Coffee Pot Restaurant will stoke even the sturdiest morning appetites.
The term "harmonic convergence" takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to Sedona dining. Global cuisines are tastily represented here. Thai Spices serves nutrition-packed, chile-charged plates meant to nourish both your health and happiness. New York-style Italian dishes are the specialty at Pietro's , and Dahl and DiLuca's premium handmade pastas are a local favorite. Get into the spirit of Spain at Casa Rincon . Heartline Cafe , regularly voted Sedona's most romantic restaurant, has a seductive menu that makes it virtually impossible to say no, whether it's to dessert or a marriage proposal. Get a taste of Sedona wildlife at West Sedona's Laughing Coyote . Three nights a week the place features a "Howling Hour," the local version of Happy Hour, from 10pm until last call.