I booked a last minute two night getaway in Sedona. We’ve been to Sedona many times, but the first time we stayed overnight was on our family trip over Labor Day weekend. I had always envisioned that our first overnight stay would be at a luxury resort, not at the Hampton Inn. So when we came back to Phoenix in November, I started looking for a re-do.
The advantage of booking just a few days in advance is that we knew the weather would be gorgeous – mid sixties and sunny. The advantage of going in mid-November is that the rates are about as low as they’re going to get. So after stopping for a late breakfast, we hit the road a little after 11:00 this morning. Since we had plenty of time before our check-in, I mapped out a more scenic route, based on a recommendation from Arizona Highways.
Our first stop was a little park on Oak Creek in the village of Cornville. The magazine article assured me that it would be easy to find, as it has a working windmill. Well it was easy to find, but instead of the charming replica of a Dutch windmill I was expecting, what we found was a small version of the metal windmills you see on farms. And while technically Oak Creek runs alongside the park, it took a bit of hunting to find it. All good for a laugh.
Our next stop was a wild bird preserve. At least, that’s what it was billed as. The only birds we saw were a flock of ducks that took off as soon as we got out of the car. Oh, and one heron that flew quickly overhead, being careful to keep a stand of trees blocking our sightline. Well, we got a little walk out of it, anyway. Plus there were two wineries right across the street, so we did a little tasting and picked up a few bottles for our romantic getaway.
The resort where I had booked a room is right next to the main street in Sedona, but it’s tucked down by Oak Creek, well below street level, so it’s quiet and private. It also has valet parking only, which I did not realize until we pulled up. So we had lots of little bags (clothes, cameras, laptops) plus the purchases we had made along the way. It was an embarrassing amount of stuff for a two night stay. But the bellman didn’t bat an eye as he loaded it all into a golf cart for the drive to our suite. Our accommodation for the next two nights was called a Vista Suite, but it was actually a small cabin.
As for the “vista” part, here’s a photo taken from our little deck. I’m pretty sure they got that part of the name right. After stowing away our massive pile of stuff, we had about 45 minutes to relax before heading down to the main lodge for our dinner reservation. Normally, we wouldn’t eat at the same place we’re staying when there are so many good options nearby, but the room rate included a large resort credit that needs to be used on food or spa services. So off to dinner we go.