WELCOME TO SEDONA!
One of the advantages of living in the Phoenix Metropolitan area is the close proximity to red rock country in Sedona. I live in the far northeast corner of the valley, and Sedona is only an hour and 45 minutes away by car. It's one of our favorite places to get away for a quick one, or two nights to reconnect, recharge, and enjoy cooler weather. People come from all over the world to visit Sedona, feel the positive energy, search for the vortex, and find healing. It is in fact, a very peaceful and beautiful place. Here's my suggestions for a great weekend in Sedona that includes some great places to play tennis.
The best place to play is at The Enchantment Resort and Spa! Their tennis facility is second to none, but is only available to hotel guests. If you're not staying there, here are some great public options.
Posse Grounds Park
Sedona Red Rock High School
Verde Valley School
Where to Stay?
PERFECT FOR A ROMANTIC WEEKEND.
VIBE: PRIVATE LUXURY CLOSE TO TOWN
This luxury creekside hotel has become our absolute favorite place to stay. Hidden away from the highway, the creekside cottages are one of the few places you can truly enjoy the beauty and peaceful sounds of Oak Creek. The stunning red rock views, and the whispering wind from the Cottonwood trees lining the creek are such a simple pleasure to enjoy on the private cottage patio. If you're celebrating a special occasion, plan ahead and request cottage number 23. It sits on the far corner of the property, and feels like you're all alone. It also has a hot tub outside. All of the suites we've stayed in feature in suite wood burning fire places, and a private outdoor shower that is so refreshing! In the winter months, we love sitting by the fire and ordering room service for a quiet night in. I love having a glass of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) at the bar, they serve it in a frozen champagne flute... heavenly!
PERFECT FOR A GIRLS TRIP
VIBE: YOUNG, HIP, TRAVELING WITH KIDS & DOGS
This modern resort is just north of L'Auberge and recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation. We've stayed here several times and although it's not as private as L'Auberge, it also has some creekside suites. The rooms are decorated with modern desert contemporary finishes that always inspire me. The Salt Rock Kitchen just off the lobby is always a fun place to grab a cocktail. The resort is in a "U" shape with a common pool, hot tub, and fire pit in the center. We love the location. Although you have to walk up a steep hill to the main street, it's close to restaurants, shopping, and galleries.
PERFECT FOR TENNIS AND SPA DAYS
VIBE: QUIET, SECLUSION, AWAY FROM IT ALL
I last stayed here back in 2015 to celebrate my December birthday. We woke up to the most breathtaking snow covered red rock mountains! I don't know how my husband pulled that one off, but if he prayed for a truly special experience, that it was! We visit Sedona every December for my birthday and it hasn't snowed since our visit to Enchantment. Although I've only stayed here once, it's on my list of places to return to because of its tennis and pickle ball amenities. The courts are beautiful, and use is limited to hotel guests. Although I've never personally been to the spa, I have friends who rave about it!
Cress on Oak Creek Fuel up for a morning hike with breakfast at Cress on Oak Creek at the L'Auberge de Sedona. You can enjoy a hot latte while the ducks wade around in the creek. It's lovely. The Belgian waffle is perfectly crisp on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. It's worth the carbs.
The Pump House Station is our favorite way to wrap a quick weekend in Sedona. The staff is always kind and welcoming. The coffee is lovely and I always look forward to a beautiful presentation in addition to amazing taste. The avocado toast is delicious and the cinnamon rolls, dangerous! Although we've only had breakfast here, locals voted them the best lunch in Sedona! They also serve dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and have live music too.
Shorebird This seafood restaurant has a sister location in Newport Beach, California where I spend time every summer. The food is incredible and since we trust the freshness of the seafood we typically indulge in oysters, crab cakes, sushi and scallops. The service is always top-notch with great wine pairing suggestions and recommendations. Our last visit included a complimentary, decadent, Valrhona chocolate brownie to celebrate my birthday. It was to die for!