I would describe this experience as…
A new, exciting break from the day-to-day!
When I visited Sedona, it was a trip for just me and my husband, Matt. We wanted to do something different than our usual family vacation to a beach resort. We wanted to do more than soak up the sun and lay in the sand; we were craving adventure and getting to explore the outdoors. I had been longing to see the red rocks in person, and I knew that Matt and I would benefit from some quality time to reconnect just the two of us. We both made time in our hectic lives and parenting schedules for this intimate vacation, and we were both looking forward to the chance to get some perspective and some time away together.
We were visiting Sedona in early spring; it was pleasant during the day and a little chilly at night, so we could do some hiking and other activities outside without overheating! We chose the Wyndham Sedona because it was situated in the beautiful west side of town, ideal for both its natural and downtown attractions. Also, the Wyndham Sedona had the highest quality of any vacation rentals in the area, so we were dying to check it out. The resort definitely met my expectations. There were stunning views of the red rock formations from the resort grounds, and there were a variety of amenities we appreciated. The one bedroom unit was extremely spacious, and featured super comfy beds and an ensuite kitchen. We found the kitchen and all its appliances to be very helpful since we soon discovered that the town shuts down pretty early in the evening. If you miss the early dinner window, you’ll definitely be thankful for that kitchen! I also noted that the front desk employees were particularly helpful and knowledgeable in giving me, a beginner, great hiking tips and suggestions.
The trip turned out to be exactly what we needed and more! We even got to take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, which was not something I expected at all! It was an incredible experience to go from the warmth of the red rocks in Sedona to the snowy peaks surrounding the Grand Canyon. Seeing pictures and hearing about them can’t prepare you for Sedona and the Grand Canyon, because they’re both so out of this world! This location was definitely ideal for exploring both Sedona and one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the country. Matt and I were so grateful for this opportunity to get out of our comfort zones, leave our stressors behind, and put things in their place. We found that more poignant memories are made when you’re out adventuring, seeing and doing things, rather than lounging on a beach (though we’ll always love that too). Our favorite moment from the trip was visiting the Sedona Mesa Grill and Overlook and watching the sunset over the landscape, keeping warm next to a firepit. We found that strong bonds can be forged through these moments, and we were both reminded that there are certainly more places within the U.S. that should be on our bucket list since there are many more astounding natural areas worth visiting inside the country! As newcomers to the Arizona desert environment, amateur hikers, and first time visitors to the Grand Canyon, we found this trip fulfilling, educational, and inspiring, and we would definitely go back someday.