Sharing a few of our favourite spots in Sedona, plus some good hikes to do with the youngsters.
Hi buddies! How’s the week going to date? I’ve liked studying your feedback on yesterday’s dialogue publish and your Anniversary Sale feedback! For immediately’s publish, I wished to share some particulars from our adventures in Sedona. We wished to go someplace near residence with the chance to be outside (it’s scorching sizzling in Tucson!) and revel in a while collectively earlier than we have been again within the distance studying factor.
Sedona was a straightforward selection as a result of it’s one in every of our very favourite locations. Last time we took the women, P was a baby! She didn’t bear in mind it, however Liv vividly remembered the wonderful lodge and the beautiful purple mountains. We knew it could be the proper spot for a brief getaway. For immediately’s publish, I assumed I’d share a little bit recap, together with a few of our favourite household-pleasant spots in Sedona.
Where to remain in Sedona
We’ve been to Sedona a number of occasions and at all times keep at L’Auberge de Sedona. We ought to most likely try a few of the different beautiful accommodations (and cute Airbnbs) within the space, however we love L’Auberge so.dang.a lot. It’s surrounded by lush bushes and the property strains the creek. They even have a lounging space with several types of chairs the place you may sit and watch the water, and within the morning, you may feed the geese. The spa is wonderful, the food is unbelievable, and so they have a sizzling tub and pool (<— vital with the kiddos). I extremely suggest staying in a cottage in case you go! You can try my recaps of the cottages right here and right here.
The cottages have been booked out once I booked our final-minute journey, so it was our first time staying within the lodge. We received a junior suite with a settee mattress for the women and it was good.
Pics from the room:
Pics from our epic dinner one evening:
and room service breakfast, which the Pilot and I ate on the patio. (The ladies ate their big waffles inside whereas watching a present within the morning.)
Good Sedona Hikes for Kids
While we have been in Sedona, we discovered one thing new in regards to the ladies: they like to hike!! When I prompt a nature stroll after we checked into the lodge, they placed on their sneakers and hats so rapidly. They have been able to go!
For a few the paths, we didn’t have cell service, so I’d suggest downloading the maps prematurely. (The Pilot had all the pieces mapped on his telephone, so we didn’t get misplaced.) We introduced plenty of water, a few snacks, some sunscreen and bug spray for every hike and simply carried all the pieces in a cooler bag like this.
Seven Sacred Pools
The first hike we did was Seven Sacred Pools, which was really helpful by a buddy. I may inform the women have been a little bit apprehensive once they needed to climb over their first little bit of rocks however after that, they have been INTO IT. I believe they actually loved the liberty to discover, discover rocks and sticks, and the satisfaction of carrying out one thing difficult. This hike was about 90 minutes out and again, taking a leisurely tempo. This hike isn’t tremendous shaded however is a straightforward hike for kiddos. They liked seeing Devil’s Kitchen, which is a huge sinkhole.
Hike to Birthing Cave by Long Canyon Trail
It’s humorous as a result of the women have been a little bit bored for the primary portion of this hike. It’s fairly flat and whilst you’re surrounded by beautiful surroundings, it doesn’t contain as many hills or little climbs… till you get to the tip. When we hit the portion of the path as much as Birthing Cave, it received fairly steep. They have been on fingers and knees for a few of it, dodging cactus, and didn’t wish to cease till we reached the highest. The view was INSANE.
We met a pair that have been up within the cave and chatted with them for a bit. They snapped this household pic for us and Air Dropped it to my telephone!
Note: the instructions on-line have been a little bit difficult for this one, so I like to recommend studying the feedback part on All Trails to navigate. At the primary fork within the highway, you’re taking a pointy left. At the choice level a few half mile after that, you go OVER an enormous log (it appears to be like like it could be blocking this path however apparently it’s a sign that it’s the correct one). You’ll head straight for some time after that and at last on the correct aspect, you’ll see a small path that heads as much as the cave. It’s actually useful to have all of this mapped in your telephone prematurely!
West Fork Trail
This is a gorgeous, shaded, lush hike. We solely hiked this one for a brief bit – we had the canine with us for this one and so they have been tremendous drained – however I can’t wait to return. You cross a number of streams and it’s a straightforward, flat hike. Heads up: this one will get fairly busy, so I’d get there early. The total path is 7.2 miles lengthy.
You guys. Slide Rock was SUCH A BLAST. I posted a ton of movies on IG tales, however basically, it’s a creek with pure waterslides constructed into the rocks. The rocks are coated with algae, in order that they’re clean for sliding. There are a number of factors to slip down rocks, swim, or leap off cliffs. (Liv and I each jumped off one of many cliffs collectively!)
The water was freezing however it didn’t matter since we weren’t submerged or swimming the whole time. We’d slide a bit, stroll round to a brand new spot (and dry off within the course of) and slide some extra. This might be my #1 child-pleasant choose. We have been there for 3 hours and will have stayed longer.
Some Slide Rock tips: deliver water sneakers or waterproof climbing sneakers as a result of they rocks are slippery. We additionally introduced towels and a cooler with waters, sunscreen, and snacks. They have a little bit market (you should purchase water, snacks, or water sneakers in case you neglect them) however it’s nearer to the doorway than the park itself. Lots of people introduced pop-ups, however we discovered that it was fairly simple to search out shady spots for our stuff. It’s about $20 to get in, and there’s often a line as a result of as soon as they hit capability, it’s one automotive in and one automotive out. I’d get there early!! We have been a bit later within the morning however fortunately the road went rapidly. We’ll completely return!
Pink Jeep Tour
We’ve heard wonderful issues in regards to the Pink Jeep Tours however didn’t strive them on this journey. You can evaluation the assorted choices on-line and select completely different terrains and ranges relying on the youngsters’ ages.
Shopping in Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque is an arts and procuring village, lined with specialty retailers and eating places. It was very quiet whereas we have been there, and the women have been in a position to hit up the beloved toy retailer. It’s quite a lot of enjoyable to stroll round and browse the shops, particularly because it’s nicely-shaded. You can get native wine, artwork, jewellery, or seize a chunk to eat.
Ice cream and good eats on 89A – proper exterior L’Auberge. This is a touristy space, however it’s lined with little retailers and candy treats, like Sedona fudge and Black Cow Cafe. We received ice cream one evening and I had an infinite chocolate drizzled macaroon.
All in all, it was a beautiful little getaway. The change of surroundings was so wanted, and I actually loved climbing with the household. I’m excited for the climate to chill down a bit and our favourite native trails to open up so we are able to do extra of this within the fall. This journey was a pleasant little increase for all of us.
Have you taken any staycations or little journeys not too long ago? What’s a spot that you simply love that’s a straightforward drive from the place you’re?