Romantic Sedona: An Enchanted Honeymoon Beneath the Red Rocks



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In Sedona, newlyweds are not short on romantic lodging opportunities, but the Enchantment Resort offers the most when it comes to class, service, and romance. Over the weekend, honeymooners in northern Arizona will walk secluded paths amongst peaceful brooks and wildflowers, take a quiet balloon ride to see Sedona in the context of its surroundings, and of course, couples will indulge their taste buds in Sedona’s fine dining.

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Cathedral Rock

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Lower Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336

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tel: 928 282 7722
fax: 928 282 3916
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Day 1 - Sedona


Upon arriving, you will check in at the exquisite Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa. Once you drop off your luggage and enjoy a romantic southwester lunch at the Yavapai Restaurant overlooking Boynton Canyon. No need to check out the full-service destination spa and wellness center just yet. It will await you after you break in those hiking boots!
A trip to Sedona would not be complete without exploring the majesty of Oak Creek Canyon. Head north on 89A until you see the red rocks give way to walnut-colored canyon walls and pine trees. You will also be able to see Oak Creek winding along the road. Pick a spot and get out of the car – that is, after all, the point right? There are many appealing spots along the river with picnic tables and narrow trails. If you decide to skip lunch at the resort, this is a great place for a picnic. Be sure, also, to bring your sandals so you can be prepared to roll up your jeans and introduce your traveling ankles to the soft rolling ripples of this crystal clear creek. This is a great spot to spend a few hours, enjoy each other’s company, and unwind after a hectic wedding with friends and family – the calm after the storm, if you will. Birds, squirrel, fox, beavers, and butterflies make this place especially enjoyable. If you happen to be there at dusk, look out for skunk!
If interested, follow 89A north up winding switch backs to a scenic view of all of Oak Creek Canyon. The drive is about 20 minutes, but the opportunity to break out the wide angle lens on a nice day just might be worth it.
After spending the afternoon at Oak Creek Canyon, a romantic dinner for two awaits you at L’Auberge de Sedona. If it is hard to leave the tranquil sights and sounds of Oak Creek, not to worry, L’Auberge fine dining restaurant is the only restaurant in town that is located on the banks of this beautiful river. On nice evenings, be sure to get a table on the Terrace. Duck, lobster, pheasant, lamb, salmon, steak, and much more offer guests a delectable experience for the taste buds and the wine selection reigns supreme. Be sure to try the lobster bisque, and perhaps, take a bottle of wine back to the resort for a pleasant evening for two.


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Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

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Location:

525 Boynton Canyon Road
Sedona, AZ 86336

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tel: 928 282 2900 / 800 826 4180 Reservations
fax: 928 282 9249
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Oak Creek Canyon

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Highway 89
(From Sedona, drive north on US Highway 89A)
Sedona, AZ 86339

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tel: 928 282 3034
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L'Auberge de Sedona

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301 L'Auberge Ln
(at L'Auberge de Sedona)
Sedona, AZ 86336

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tel: 928 282 1661 / 800 272 6777
fax: 928 282 2885
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Day 2 - Sedona


Our day starts REALLY early. This morning, you will receive a tour of Sedona the way the red tailed hawks experience this place, flying high over head in a hot-air balloon. Red Rock Balloon Adventures facilitates flights that begin at sunrise and last about an hour and a half, depending on conditions. Make those reservations in advance as they fill up quickly, particularly in the summer. Even during the hot summer months, it is usually cold in the mornings – and even colder high in the sky. So be sure to bring along a jacket or sweatshirt. And, of course, don’t forget your camera. Upon landing, enjoy a complementary picnic while you reflect on your experience.

For lunch, Shugrue’s Hillside Grill can’t be beat. This restaurant is located on one of the highest cliffs in town offering spectacular panoramic views through towering, crystal clear windows. This is a great place for a light meal, such as a soup or salad, though large entrees are also available. The mahi-mahi is highly recommended.
Your afternoon will be spent checking out all Tlaquepaque has to offer. The Indian name of this recreated Mexican village simply means "the best of everything". This area, located right on the way back to the resort from Shugrues, offers a unique collection of galleries, restaurants, shops and a small chapel. Lovely galleries abound, such as Mountain Trails, with wildlife paintings and sculptures; you can also find spiritual artwork from American Indian artists at Bear Cloud Gallery. This is a great place to check out the art inspired by this magical place.
Our short camping trip begins tomorrow, so this might be a good time to stock up on trail food and anything else you might need for two nights in Red Rock Wilderness. New Frontiers Natural Food Market is a great place for organic foods that will keep you going.
For dinner, either enjoy a meal back at the resort, in the Yavapai Room, or explore one of the many options available at Tlaquepaque.


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Red Rock Balloon Adventures

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Location:

295 Lee Mountain Lane
Sedona, AZ 86351

Contact:

tel: 800 258 3754 (Toll Free)
fax: 928 284 1760
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Tlaquepaque

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Location:

336 State Hwy 179
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 4838
fax: 928 282 4805
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Shugrue's Hillside Grill

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Location:

671 State Route 179
(At Hillside Sedona)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 5300
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Day 3 - Sedona


Have your backpacks ready to go the night before. Eat a good, high protein breakfast and head out of town. The trail is flat and very easy, winding along the clear Wet Beaver Creek in the closest area in Sedona marked officially as “wilderness.” In addition to the opportunities for solitude such an area offers, the stream's pools and riffles are a popular place to fish, hike, swim, and bird watch. The waters of the stream are stocked with trout. After a few hours hike, you’ll reach the campground where there are 13 spots where there are tables, fire rings, cooking grills, drinking water, and vault toilets.


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Wet Beaver Creek

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P.O. Box 300
250 Brewer Road
Sedona, AZ 86339-0330

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tel: 520 282 4119
fax: 520 282 4119


Day 5 - Sedona


Sleep in and share a leisurely morning with the one you love. Keep in mind that during the summer months, the trail can be very hot in the afternoon – so plan your hike back to the car accordingly. Take plenty of water.
Upon arriving back in town, the first thing you’ll want to do is get a good hot meal. You might be too hungry to go directly back to the resort, so you’ll want to find a place with good food who won’t mind you walking in with your dusty boots. Oaxaca Mexican Grille is just that place. Pronounced wah-HOCK-uh, this second-story restaurant is a favorite with visitors for its health-conscious, made-from-scratch Mexican and Southwestern cuisine.
If you haven’t already explored all the spa and wellness amenities at the Enchantment Resort, this is when you’ll really appreciate it. Hop in the Jacuzzi, treat yourself to a massage, a facial, or just lounge by the pool.


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Oaxaca Restaurant

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321 N Highway 89A
(P.O. Box 00)
Sedona, AZ 86336

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tel: 928 282 4179
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