Last weekend I had a little getaway with college friends to Sedona, love these little catch-up sessions since we only see each other about once a year. This seemed to be the perfect destination for a quick 3-day trip – relaxing, warm, enough stuff to do but not so much it feels overwhelming, plus it’s absolutely stunning!
Being someone who has never loved the desert, I’m completely mesmerized by this place! About 10 miles out of town you basically turn a corner and these amazing red rock formations fill the landscape, we were all in awe.
We stayed at this great hotel close the the center of town along a small creek, the Amara Resort. The infinity pool overlooked the creek below and the red rock’s in the background, the perfect place to relax and have a drink after a super early wake-up and long travel day. (disclaimer: less than perfect iPhone shots)
After some down time we got ready and headed to Mariposa for dinner, which is a fantastic location to take in the sunset. We even lucked out getting a table at the outdoor patio. (another iPhone shot)
Sedona is a pretty low-key city without much nightlife, so we had a pretty early end to the night. This actually worked out quite well given we all woke up between 3-4am and were exhausted. Plus, with our early rise the next morning, we were able to take advantage of a little hike along the creek.
Now I’m going to bombard you with photos from the Pink Jeep Tour we took on Broken Arrow Trail. Keep in mind, lighting-wise, this is the worst time to take landscape photos. We all know I don’t often shoot landscape images and this was not a photography trip, so getting up at 4am or earlier to get that good light just wasn’t happening. Still, pretty phenomenal views if you ask me.
You see that flowery type of plant in the foreground of the image below? It’s agave and it’s fascinating! Our guide told us it can grow up to 6 inches in a day…isn’t that crazy?! Plus, you gotta love anything that adds a little extra color to the desert landscape.
I have to point out this white line in the rock formations below…apparently some far more adventurous people than I am will ride their bikes or walk along that line. Can you imagine?! I had to google YouTube videos of this to see for myself…terrifying!
Proof of the Pink Jeep 😉
Just before we headed out of town on Sunday we made a stop by the Chapel of the Holy Cross, had to squeeze in one architecture location!
In case you just haven’t seen enough of Sedona, head over here.