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Sedona

My brother is going to be down Arizona way for a couple weeks at the end of March. He asked me to let him know good places in and around Sedona to eat/see/travel to/stay. So if any of you Southwest folks have some suggestions, let me know.

Wander

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virga_flame
Mar. 7th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm more familiar with Flagstaff than Sedona, but...
Beaver Street Brewery, located in the old train depot along the tracks in Flagstaff, is quite good. (Get the hefeweizen, if it's on-tap. And then later on try the stout.) Neither of the other microbreweries are worth a visit, however. Macy's Coffee House and Bakery is also located on Beaver Street and has really good breakfast pastries and fairly good coffee. Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff is pretty amazing, if one enjoys historic sites and historic architecture. Lowell Observatory - again, in Flagstaff - is pretty cool. There's quite a bit of wonderful day-hiking right around Flag, too. Nearest National Forest trailhead is only about a mile or two east of town. And Walnut Canyon National Monument - cliff dwellings - is in the area, too.

Williams, Arizona is not too far west of Flag, and is a pretty cool - albeit small - Route 66 town. There's a lovely little cemetary right on the western edge of town. The Grand Canyon Scenic Railway or whatever they call it also starts here.

My mother always raves about the "Pink Jeep" tours in Sedona, but I've never been on one. Quite honestly, I doubt it's my sort of thing.

Hmm. Well, hopefully Flagstaff's close enough to Sedona. I think it's a more interesting town anyway. ;)
wander
Mar. 7th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm more familiar with Flagstaff than Sedona, but...
There is this road in Sedona called Schnebly Hill road. It's where the Pink Jeeps take theri tourists but if you go up it in a rental car that's low to the ground it's much more exciting. And you can get off on side roads. But lots and lots of great red rock formations. Plus I love the Oxaca restaurant in Sedona for their sourdough bread bowls filled with lamb stew with mint.


mmmmmmm.

I like Flag as well.

W
i
Mar. 8th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: I'm more familiar with Flagstaff than Sedona, but...
schnebley road is cool. if you stop at the right spots, you can walk right out into the redrocks.
wander
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm more familiar with Flagstaff than Sedona, but...
I've had some of the best times in my life in and around Flagstaff. When I was in college in CO, we used to go to Journalism competitions there. Everytime I go to AZ I make a point of going to Flag. I've got some great pics from the ruins up in the canyon. A few years ago I met this waitress at Little America and she chauffered me all around town that night, showed me all the cool little dives and took me out to by Sedona where we had a midnight picnic by a little creek. I love that place.

W

i
Mar. 8th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
he should definitely go over to jerome, it's not far from sedona and much cooler, less commercial. there's also a cool steam train ride in sycamore canyon out of cottonwood (between sedona and jerome) and sycamore is a nice, easy place to hike as well.
virga_flame
Mar. 8th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
I'd forgotten about Jerome; I'll second this recommendation.
wander
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Cool thanks. I'm going to just make him a map of all the places he needs to go and see. The really cool thing is his company is paying for him to go.

W
duskfrog
Mar. 8th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
Sedona
Worth the (bumpy) drive:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/red_rock/palatki-ruins.shtml

Really quite stunning:
http://www.pbase.com/azleader/vbarv

I had a nice time meeting mellow locals
and hanging out in the courtyard around the open fire here:
http://www.oakcreekbrew.com/oakcreek/home.html
duskfrog
Mar. 8th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
Also, the hike up TO cathedral rock is worth the experience.
indescribable up there.
wander
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
I'll let you tell him about it if we can all get together for dinner one night.

W
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