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The Best Hotels in Sedona, Arizona and Fun Things to Do

iStock-540832584.jpgCentered at the heart of Arizona, Sedona is a nature-made wonderland, rife with canyons, deserts, cliffs, valleys, and streams. The red rock formations give way to grassy slopes and rocky caverns—a pure oasis for adventurers, explorers, and nature lovers.

Perfection for both professional and amateur photographers, Sedona is the ideal backdrop for hikes and campouts. Hike the buttes, climb the canyon walls, and lie back to stargaze with zero pollution from neighboring cities. 

The ultimate travel destination for those seeking enlightenment and adventure, Sedona will help you find profound oneness with nature. When ready, head into the close-knit communities that surround the canyons, and explore museums, arts scenes, and a touch of Arizona nightlife.




There are well-over 120 restaurants in Sedona with a focus on Southwestern and classic American cuisines. The Red Rock Café, ranked third best restaurant in the city, is traditional but with an upscale flair.


Famed for their 3-pound cinnamon rolls, this restaurant is all about indulgence. Locals recommend sharing a meal since the portions are ginormous. Or, load up on leftovers for a late dinner in your hotel. 


Open in the mornings and through lunchtime, wake up early to sample some of their best breakfast dishes, like fruit-drenched French toasts, breakfast burritos smothered in ham and cheese, and perfectly cooked eggs with a side of homemade home fries and fresh-squeezed orange juice.



At number two on the list and Just four miles south of the city, dine at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market.  If you prefer a light lunch, consider sampling a few of the Tapas. They offer a well seasoned hummus plate with warm pita and seasonal veggies,  The cheese board is a special treat too — enjoy dried fruit, olives, fresh sourdough bread, and a selection of three cheeses. There's also green chili mac and cheese, fresh mozzarella, or quesadillas.  That's just small bites!  Indian Gardens offers sandwiches, soups and salads along with gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian-friendly items.  They are known for brewing some pretty great coffee and tea as well!



Top rated Casa Sedona has guests raving about hearty breakfasts, which would be a helpful asset before a day of serious hiking.  Opt for Truffled Brie Scrambled Eggs, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, a Savory Cheese Waffle or the Southwest Huevos Rancheros.






There are many fun things to do in Sedona. Explore!


Feel like hiking a few canyons and bathing in a few natural streams? Check out Slide Rock State Park—a beautiful preserve in Oak Creek Canyon. The area used to be an apple farm, but now it serves as a nature preserve with a slippery rock creek for swimmers, loungers, and toe-dippers. There are 43 acres of canyons, valleys, and cliffs within the park perimeters, so bring a change of clothes, several bottles of water, some non-perishable, protein-rich snacks, and a good pair of comfortable walking shoes. Avoid injuries by wearing grip-sole, waterproof shoes, and paying attention to where you can jump into the water.


Consider chartering a hot air balloon from Northern Light Balloon Expeditions to gain a different perspective of Oak Creek Canyon.


iStock-522203791.jpgCheck out the Sedona arts scene at the Goldenstein Gallery. This casual gallery displays local artworks and rotational sculptures on indoor exhibits and outdoor gardens. Walk around for hours, admiring the artworks. There are several interactive artworks that kids and adults love, such as ringing bells and rippling metal spirals. 


Or, if you would prefer an art show of glass and jewels, head over to Exposures International Gallery on Arizona 179 Highway.


Sedona is one of the most beautiful cities in Arizona with the highest number of nature lovers and adventure seekers every year. There are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city, most of which have been top-ranked by numerous online reviews

Where shall I stay in Sedona?


The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort

iStock-90966334.jpgThe Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort is an one of the best hotels in Sedona for business professionals, retired travelers, and older guests. The atmosphere is luxurious and indulgent, with a combination of basic amenities and sophisticated activities. First off, the simpler accommodations include free high-speed internet, free parking for guests, a fitness center, concierge services, laundry facilities, a business center, and meeting rooms.


For leisure, the golf course is, of course, the highlight of the trip for many guests.  In fact, Golf Digest ranked the on-site putting greens as challenging and superb, where you could spend hours practicing your backswing and honing your talent with fellow golf lovers.





The Andante Inn of Sedona

The Andante Inn of Sedona on West State Route 89 is a hidden Arizona gem with simple amenities but super-comfortable, homey accommodations. Highly ranked online from previous guests, the Inn offers a slew of comforts, such as early check-in times, clean and cozy rooms with pillowtop beds, free continental breakfasts, knowledgeable and charming customer service, and spectacular views of the red canyons.


Other amenities include free high-speed internet, a fitness center with updated workout equipment, a banquet room for big celebrations, self-serve laundry facilities, shuttle bus services, and a beautiful outdoor pool with a lounge area. For a bit of indulgence, take your business to the Spa at Sedona Rouge —a gorgeous, relaxing wellness center that offers massages, facials, pedicures, and manicures.


GreenTree Inn

Another West State Route 89 favorite, the GreenTree Inn is a cozy boutique hotel with loads of family-friendly accommodations. According to past guests, some of the preferred amenities include comfy rooms, fresh-scented crisp towels and linens, lots of complimentary toiletries, and a standing shower with excellent water pressure.



Other notable features include free parking for guests, free high-speed internet, flat-screen TVs with premium cable access, beautiful king-size suites, an outdoor swimming pool, and a hot tub.


Barlow Jeep Rentals is right next door, so book a canyon tour for an adrenaline pumping trek over gorgeous, rocky Sedona mountains.



The Southwest Inn

The Southwest Inn is a beautiful hotel with gorgeous views from amazing private balconies. Each room is like a suite with two queen-size beds, a well-stocked bathroom and kitchenette, and a separate living room with comfortable furnishings including a flat-screen TV, and basic cable. Some rooms feature fireplaces which guests appreciate during the winter when the Arizona chill falls over Sedona. For romantics, wine and chocolates are complimentary and delivered to your room. Families, on the other hand, will love the heated swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, and workout room.


Other accommodations include parking for guests, daily breakfasts, high-speed wireless internet— all free!  Plus there are  absolutely awe-inspiring views of the Sedona mountain ranges. For dinner, go slightly upscale with a sophisticated southwestern dining experience at the Café Jose Restaurant. Build your own burritos, sample homemade chimichangas, and finish up with a steamy cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate. 


The warmth of Sedona, AZ awaits you.  Book now. Save now. TravNow!



Topics: Arizona