Slow Down & Breathe

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The variety of activities in Sedona allows all visitors to customize their unique, perfect trip. No matter what, you won’t need a vacation after this vacation!

Regain Your Perspective

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Treat yourself and take a tour to learn about the night skies of Sedona.

Be Still & Reconnect

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Arizona offers a decidedly laid-back atmosphere and cozy surroundings for some self care.

A Weekend of Wellness in Sedona, Arizona

In the spirit of not overdoing it, this weekend itinerary doesn’t require much preparation. Throw some necessities like hiking boots and a few essential layers into your carry-on, and leave your worries behind.
Prepared By:

Whitney James

Adventure & Storyteller

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Sedona, Arizona

States Covered
Suggested Days

At least three

Suggested Seasons

Year-round

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Overview

Discover three days of slow-paced, easy-going adventure in Sedona, Arizona. This itinerary was especially prepared for the individual or family who have been moving too quickly through life, work, and everything in between. Choose which activities suit your style of self-care. Hiking, yoga, and wine tasting round out our suggestions; but the variety of activities in Sedona allows all visitors to customize their unique, perfect trip. No matter what, you won’t need a vacation after this vacation!

Preparation

In the spirit of not overdoing it, this weekend itinerary doesn’t require much preparation. Throw some necessities like hiking boots and a few essential layers into your carry-on, and leave your worries behind. Of course, with any visit to Sedona, we do recommend taking the Sedona Cares Pledge to help protect this popular area from overuse. Remember to also follow all Appreciate AZ principles while adventuring in Arizona!

Itinerary

ARRIVE IN SEDONA + HIKE TO A VORTEX

Hiker near Sedona

MIDDAY

Upon arriving in Sedona, take your time to get settled into the slower pace of Red-Rock Country. Check into your lodging for the weekend. If you’ve splurged on one of the more luxurious options such as the Hilton at Bell Rock, L’Auberge de Sedona, or Amara Resort, your self-care retreat will already be underway. If not, other accommodation options including hotels, vacation rentals, and free dispersed campsites can serve as the perfect jumping off point for your time in Sedona. 

AFTERNOON

That afternoon, stretch your legs with a hike to one of Sedona’s many vortexes—an energetic center that is said to be particularly healing and inspiring. We recommend the 5.1-mile Aerie Trail, which features stunning views of Boynton Canyon. Soak in the most iconic parts of the desert landscape: flowering yucca, lush juniper, and scurrying lizards. After a few hours getting grounded on local singletrack, you’ll already feel refreshed!

EVENING

As with all things self-care, you get to decide what is on the menu this evening. Indulge in Mexican and Southwestern fare at Elote Cafe, or tuck into a burger with an Argentine twist. No matter where you eat during your visit to Sedona you’re sure to have a great meal. 

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A SPIRITUAL RETREAT

Cress on Oak Creek

MORNING

On day two, treat yourself to a sumptuous breakfast at Cress on Oak Creek. Set on the riverbank beneath a canopy of greenery, you might just feel like you’re dining in a nature preserve. After an unhurried prosciutto eggs benedict and house-pressed green juice, you’ll be ready to take on the day.

AFTERNOON

Then, embark on a journey with SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats. Perfect for individuals, families, and groups of friends, their experienced guides can customize an outing crafted just for you. (In fact, they specialize in multi-day itineraries.) You might opt for a guided yoga class or meditation in a scenic lookout, or any number of alternative modalities designed to boost wellbeing. 

Of course, if your form of self-care looks more like a dose of adrenaline, Sedona is a world-class destination for hiking and mountain biking. Guided activities like hot air balloon rides and Jeep tours offer even more angles from which to enjoy Red-Rock Country. See a list of 25 things to do in Sedona for additional inspiration.

EVENING

That evening, enjoy a spa treatment at one of the many centers throughout town. (Amara offers an Arizona prickly pear scrub that will wash off any remaining stress!) Afterward, René will satisfy a craving for fine dining, while Sedona Beer Co offers a decidedly laid-back atmosphere and hoppy libations. If you aren’t tired, consider an evening observing the night sky with Sedona Stargazing.

GO WINE TASTING IN THE NEARBY VERDE VALLEY

Page Springs Cellars

MORNING

On your final day in Sedona, fuel up at Local Juicery. Their wholesome menu features organic, superfood-focused items that will nourish body and soul. (If you need something more filling, try the gluten-free waffles topped with peanut butter and cacao nibs.) You might also want to pick up a souvenir in town from one of the many galleries and boutique shops. Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village is a great one-stop destination with substantial, stress-free parking.

AFTERNOON

Afterward, enjoy a tailored tour of the area’s wineries with Sedona Wine Adventures or Wine Tours of Sedona. The best part? You and your traveling companions won’t have to worry about a thing. Select from a number of tours, all of which feature the most noteworthy vineyards and wine-tasting rooms around. Then, simply let their guides pick you up from your hotel and usher you through the Verde Valley on this full-day excursion.

Both options with Sedona Wine Adventures wind down at the upscale Page Springs Cellars, where the thought of yoga classes and massage treatments in the vineyards may entice you to extend your stay.

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