It’s Sunday, our last full day here in Arizona, so we got up in morning, ate a little breakfast, then headed two-hours north…up into the mountains to our destination for the day…Sedona! I was so excited for this part of the trip because I have only heard good things and everyone kept asking, “Are you going to Sedona?” Now I can return and say, “Yes, we went.” We didn’t make solid plans of this until the week before our trip because the weather hadn’t been all that warm in Sedona and it was snowing two weeks ago up there. We did not want to travel two hours to see snow! ha~ We got lucky and it warmed up a little each day and by the time it was Sunday, it was 65 degrees and sunny. The perfect weather for walking, shopping and lunching.
A little bit of information about Sedona from Wikipedia says that Sedona’s main attraction is its array of red sandstone formations. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness.
Our first stop in the mountains was at a rest stop. Yep, with four girls in the car, we could all agree on this. haha. Their rest stops aren’t so bad, they offer hiking trails as well. We thought we should take advantage and see what was over yonder in those hills. I’m glad we did.
Our next stop was this cute little arts and craft village in Sedona called, Tlaquepaque. I challenge you to pronounce it… (T-lockey-pockey). It is a Spanish name and means “place above clay land”. The area is famous for its pottery and blown glass. We felt like we were walking down Italian streets. There were gorgeous fountains, walls climbing with ivy, window boxes filled with colorful flowers, and gorgeous balconies jetting out above us.
We ate lunch in this village at a place called, The Secret Garden Cafe. It was a nice place to grab a sandwich, a slice of pizza, salad and/or a beverage for a light lunch. We ate out on the patio where the girls could have a nice chat with their Aunt Peggy. It was truly a girls day out.
Lunch is over and we have lots of daytime left, so we did some more exploring of these wonderful “plaza’s” as they are known as.
In one of the Plaza’s, we came across this church. Not sure if it is still a working church, but each hour the bells go off and it sounded beautiful among this landscape that was all around us. See the large cross to the left of Megan?
I mentioned that we felt like we were in Italy and there was climbing ivy all around. When we came through this little walkway and it opened up into this large plaza area, we all just stopped at gazed at the sight in front of us. It was so pretty.
I’m sure anyone who visits this village has their picture taken here. If you look close, you can see lights hanging across the way. I bet its beautiful at night when those are on.
We saw everything we could in this wonderful arts & craft village but we still craved more. It was on to downtown Sedona for more shopping and fun. This is what the downtown looks like and it is filled with shops and boutiques. “Dahling It’s You” had to be our favorite. We all found things in there that we would love to be wearing. Again, we love the name.
We stayed in Sedona until 7:00 that night, none of us wanting to leave and really, had no reason to leave. On our way home, we stopped in Phoenix for some Mexican food and to thank Peggy once again for taking the time to drive us up the mountain for the day. We can’t thank her enough!
We also can’t thank Mom & Dad/Grandma & Grandpa enough for all of their hospitality and great company. What a fabulous trip we had and what terrific memories we brought back.