While many immediately jump to far-flung exotic destinations and balmy beaches when considering their honeymoon locales, few realize that an earthy desert oasis awaits right at their fingertips. Sedona's vibrantly rocky terrain, spiritually calming atmosphere, and relaxed pace make it a mini-moon mecca for both pleasure-seeking and adventurous couples alike. The majestic Red Rock formations provide a soothing and romantic backdrop begging for a romantic stay to unwind from all the stress of wedding planning; and a plethora of upscale resorts and creative cuisine options ensure the most luxurious and decadent escape. From adrenaline-fueled 4x4 tours to rejuvenating spa days and easy-going wine tasting excursions, this Southwestern gem has everything a post-nuptial getaway could need.
If that sounds like the honeymoon retreat you and your spouse-to-be have been dreaming of, here's a breakdown of the perfect mini-moon options for your memorable desert romp.
El Portal Sedona Hotel is situated in the heart of Sedona, adjacent to the famous Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. It boasts 12 unique suites that include natural building materials and features such as an adobe corner fireplace with river rock stone, French doors, arched windows, and hand-painted detailing. The Governor's Suite is a honeymoon favorite, with second-story Red Rock views and wood-beamed vaulted ceilings.
Or consider a more secluded stay at Enchantment Resort. Set on 70 acres in Boynton Canyon, their exquisite landscape and Red Rock views are tough to beat. Tee off on the Seven Canyons golf course, pamper yourself with a signature stone massage at the renowned Mii Amo spa; or spend the day soaking up the views and the sun at Enchantment Resort's heated pool. No matter what activity you choose to fill the day, cap it off with a famous prickly pear margarita on the View 180 veranda.
Skip breakfast at your hotel and head north to Indian Gardens Cafe & Market in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. This historic establishment was built in 1947 to meet the needs of the growing community. It has served as a general store, gas station, bar, ice cream parlor, antique store, and sandwich shop, just to name a few. Southwest breakfast options include the breakfast burrito, chorizo and egg tacos, and Chilaquiles—two fried eggs over tortilla chips, tossed with traditional red chile enchilada sauce, melted cheese, avocado, and lime-cilantro crema.
Later, treat yourself to an exclusive dining experience at Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona. The outdoor patio set along the banks of babbling Oak Creek will take your breath away. The dinner menu features seasonal dishes created from locally-sourced and thoughtfully selected ingredients. This rare and refined dining experience is one you will never forget.
There is no shortage of adventurous activities in Sedona, but a Pink Adventure Tour is a must for everyone. See the area's famous Red Rock formations like Submarine Rock, Chicken Point, and Mushroom Rock on this thrilling off-road 4x4 ride in a pink Jeep Wrangler. Keep it simple with a two-hour Broken Arrow Tour or book a full day with a Jeep and Horseback Ride Combo Tour.
For a lower-key adventure, indulge in a day of Arizona wine tasting and history on the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Choose from a number of wineries and tasting rooms as you ride through the countryside and canyons surrounding the cities of Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, and Jerome. In addition to wine, Cottonwood is home to Desert Diamond Distillery and THAT Brewery. Be sure to choose a designated driver, or book door-to-door transportation through Sedona Wine Adventures.
Your mini-moon is not complete without a shopping trip to Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village—the art and soul of Sedona. You'll find everything here, from Native American art to handcrafted jewelry and Southwestern home décor.