Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Arizona: Sedona

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We made the trip out west two weeks ago tomorrow and I'm still missing that gorgeous setting!  My parent's are regulars to Arizona, I've been twice (once because I thought I'd be attending school there and once with a friend) and neither of the boys had ever been.  We decided to break the trip up into two locations - Sedona and Phoenix with our stop in Sedona being first.  It's a bit cooler than southern Arizona (low 70's/high 60's for the highs and at nights cooler) but it sure is gorgeous.  It was a scenic drive up, just under two hours.  We stayed at Enchantment Resort and the grounds are stunning.  They give you an orientation upon arrival to learn where everything is and show you off to the "casitas" (rooms) which are scattered throughout the property (not all just in buildings like most hotels).  We lucked out being near the main area and had just a short walk to most of the activities - chip & put golf, hiking, pool, tennis, walking trails, spa, many patios, etc.

Day One: On the way up we had to stop off at In & Out Burger for a classic "welcome to the west coast" lunch - it's been a few years since I indulged and it's just as good as I remembered - that special sauce on the burgers is delicious.


For our first night once we got settled in, we headed right to grab seats at the fire pit near the center of the resort.  This was definitely one of my favorite parts of Sedona - the red rocks are so close to you and to enjoy a cocktail by the fire pit is perfection.  After that we headed off for quite possibly the best Mexican food we've ever had (an that's A LOT of Mexican food) - I went for a classic - enchiladas.  We lasted until about 9:30 but then everyone was beyond ready for bed due to the time change.


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Day Two: Sedona Adventuring: Our original plans were to head out to one of the local wineries but we opted to stay put, enjoy the grounds and venture into town to the shops for a little bit.

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Everyone kind of did their own thing in the morning and we met up for the most delicious breakfast at Che-Ah-Chi overlooking the rocks - I went for the biscuits and gravy - amazing!

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On the way into town we stopped off at a lookout spot to look down over Sedona that my parent's had previously been to and the views were stunning.  At the shops I managed to scoop up a Christmas ornament, some wooden salad spoons and a gorgeous small cutting board.  We grabbed some sweet treats to indulge in too.

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The afternoon was spent enjoying the resort's property - Derek, Davey, Steve and I hiked up the Boynton Canyon Mountain right at the edge of the hotel grounds while my Mom got in some reading by the fire pit.


The boys took advantage of the spa and then we had the pool all to ourselves in the late afternoon - very peaceful.

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We did happy hour inside at the hotel bar this night due partly to the on/off drizzle and party due to the start of NFL draft.  We were "winging" dinner and ended up at a great little local place - some people even tried cactus fries... I did not.

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The rest of Sedona & the Grand Canyon coming next...

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28 comments:

  1. I love the scenery!!! I've never been to Arizona, but it looks so pretty. And I'm so jealous of your In N Out--I haven't had that in a few years and now you're making me crave it haha!! And I love your black off the shoulder top! I saw the pink one Lilly has in the latest catalog and told my husband I've got to have an off the shoulder top this summer haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  2. Absolutely beautiful! Arizona is such a beautiful state. The hiking looks like fun and all the other stuff you did was great! As always you look adorable and like you guys had a great time.

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  3. I can't get over how gorgeous Arizona is!!! Your resort looks so awesome. What a great family trip! Do you remember where you got your light jacket in the hiking pictures? It's super cute!

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  4. It looks like it was a great trip! All of your snaps looked so pretty while you were gone, too!

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  5. I didn't expect to love Arizona as much as I did, but some parts of it were so amazingly beautiful!! I love the casita feel of the resort properties too!!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous photos!! I've never been to Arizona but one of T's best friends lives in Phoenix, so I'd love to combine that trip with a Sedona visit when we eventually visit!

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  7. The views are SO stunning. If I went my memory card would definitely be very tired haha. As always, I love all your outfits Christina!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  8. I absolutely love how gorgeous it is out west. My parents live in NM and I swear it's like a whole different world out there! Your trip looked amazing, you're making me want to go out there! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  9. Enchantment is THE BEST... you have me missing living in Scottsdale!!!

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  10. But for real: I'm coming with y'all on your next vacation! I've been out to the PNW a couple of times before but I've never explored the southern side of the west coast. It's on my list of places to travel to though!

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  11. seriously take me back out west stat. this pics give me all the fomo :) loving your recap. i wish i was at that fire pit right now!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  12. AZ, especially where you went is on my list of places to visit! I love the backdrop of the canyons in all your pictures! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  13. This looks like such an awesome trip, and those views!! Incredible!

    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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  14. Loved insta-stalking your trip! I can't get over how gorgeous the views were from the fire pit - amazing! And of course loving all of your beautiful outfits! Hoping you link this up with us tomorrow for Wanderlust Wednesday ;-)
    Green Fashionista

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  15. Wow, beautiful! I can't believe how much different scenery our country has to offer. You all look like you were really relaxing and enjoying yourselves. What was the name of the resort you stayed at? What was the temperature when you were there?

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  16. Arizona looks so beautiful! I have never been and am adding to my list. I am craving Mexican food and a vacation now! Your lilly patch hat is so cute. Thanks for the info on that, I got my lilly patch visor in and I cannot wait to wear it to the beach!

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  17. It looks absolutely stunning there! I've never been to Arizona either, but now you are making me want to go. What an awesome resort that you stayed at, too that had so much to offer.

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  18. What a fun trip!! The resort looks amazing! My in-laws love Sedona and keep telling us we need to go... we will one day lol

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  19. Oh In N Out how I miss thee! I can't wait to see your Grand Canyon pictures! Hubs and I went several years ago and it was breathtaking.

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  20. Sedona looks so incredibly beautiful! When we visited Vegas a few years ago we hiked Red Rock Canyon, and I think that's where I fell in love with the desert (except for the fact that it ruins my skin!). I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

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  21. Such a fun vaca!! The Red Rocks are so gorgeous. This is definitely making me want to plan an Arizona trip soon! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

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  22. I've never been to AZ, but my husband has. I always see so many gorgeous AZ pictures, yours included! I may need to get out there sometime soon! So jealous of your In N Out indulgence. I haven't had it in years, but I remember it being so, so good. The resort you stayed at was beautiful!

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  23. Sedona looks gorgeous! What a fun place to visit! I've never been to Arizona :(

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  24. Loving this! I was born and raised in Phoenix, went to u of a for undergrad, asu for law school, but I've been living in Montana for the past year (where my husband is from). Your post is making me so homesick, but I still can't wait for your other az recaps! Love your blog and Insta!

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  25. That is breathtakingly gorgeous! I wish Icould visit this spot someday.

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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  26. Sedona is seriously stunning! I couldn't stop looking at your snaps and daydreaming about a trip there! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  27. In N Out is the best and a great way to start your vacation. I love Arizona and your vacation looks amazing!

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  28. Oh my goodness, I am so regretting reading this right now. I am hungry and lunch isn't for another hour! Why are you teasing me with those delicious-looking burgers? LOL. If you haven't already, you should definitely go to SmashBurger the next time you're in Phoenix. They seriously have the BEST burgers I have ever tasted. Even my kids think so!

    Amy Goodman @ Retreats In Sedona

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