Hi, y’all! Bryan and I took a babymoon + 30th birthday celebration trip to Sedona, Arizona Friday through Tuesday the weekend before Thanksgiving. You know how sometimes vacations aren’t relaxing?? This one was 100% relax and recharge. Oh and the weather during November there is BEAUTIFUL – cool, crisp and sunny. Keep reading for what we did each day 🙂
We flew into Phoenix early afternoon and grabbed a bite at The Vig. They had a scenic patio with greenery all around and a variety of seating available. The food was delicious and I’m sure the cocktails are great too (I was 12 weeks pregnant so I stuck to water) – highly recommend!
Bryan picked up a Jeep truck via Turo. Renting and picking up was easy and the prices were WAY lower than traditional rental companies such as Hurtz or Enterprise.
The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is about 2 hours and a stunner for views. We got to see the most gorgeous sunset on the way – 10/10 recommend trying to see that desert sunset!
We checked into Sky Rock Inn around 6 PM, ate and went to bed pretty early.
We got up early to beat the mid-morning hiking crowds and started our hike around 7 AM. There are TONS of hikes to choose from in Sedona. I looked through options here and ended up deciding to do Devil’s Bridge. The hike ended up being 4 miles round-trip and I was VERY out of breathe at higher elevations but I wouldn’t change it. You truly can’t beat the views along the way.
After our hike, we grabbed some food at Local Juicery.
We toured around Tlaquepaque Art and Crafts Village that afternoon. The ice cream from Sedona Cake Couture is a must! We toured around Sedona afterwards and ended up heading to the airport to see the overlook and views from that area.
Dinner was DELICIOUS and, again, I highly recommend this place. We got Caesar salad and pizza from Pisa Lisa.
We ended the day with watching the sunset from our Jeep along Cultural Park Place. It was an amazing end to an amazing day.
The day started early with breakfast at Coffee Pot Restaurant around 7 AM. This place is known for their 100 omelets so there’s an option for everyone.
We drove out to Flagstaff after breakfast because we heard the drive back is insane. There wasn’t much to do in Flagstaff but we did grab some yummy yogurt with granola, tea and coffee from Matador Coffee Roasting Co.
Sure enough, the drive back from Flagstaff to Sedona down 89A didn’t disappoint. This drive takes you 24 miles in about 45 minutes through forest, canyons and rock formations. It was so cool to see the vegetation change from pines everywhere to the rocks in Sedona. This trip took us about 2.5 hours.
Once we got back we walked around Uptown Sedona and then took some naps.
That afternoon we went to New Day Spa for a spa experience. This was something I booked before the trip and want to work something like this into every vacation. It was amazing to unwind, get massages and just BE for a couple hours. I booked the Turquoise Sage Mountain Arnica Body Treatment for Bryan and Prickly Pear Pomegranate Body Treatment, which was pregnancy-safe, for myself.
Bryan found the Cowboy Club for dinner and it’s another must visit. We ordered the appetizer sampler, bison chili for me and cowboy ribeye for Bryan. Their mocktails were delicious too!
Our flight wasn’t until the afternoon so we had the whole morning to tour around. We drove to the Village of Oak Creek and ate at Red Rock Café. I 10/10 recommend ordering the potato medley with mexi ground beef! After breakfast we swung by the Courthouse Vista to see some of the rocks nearby.
The drive to Scottsdale took about 2 hours from the Village of Oak Creek. Once we got there, we spent a few hours in Old Town Scottsdale. There are tons of tourist shops but my absolute favorite was the Mercantile of Scottsdale. It’s an indoor market that hosts local businesses, talented creators and merchants. Some small businesses that stuck out to me included: Behind the Bits, amor Clothing Co., Smelly Car Jars, Raelo Swim, Salut Design Shop and Pink Camel Boutique.
SOME PACKING ESSENTIALS
Again, we traveled to Sedona in the middle of November. It was beautiful but still cool enough to need warm clothes – especially in the mornings and evenings. This isn’t an exhaustive list but these are some of my essentials for this trip.
Timberland Hiking Boots | These are my specific ones.
Maternity Leggings | These are my absolute favorites and these are some great affordable ones.
Not Pregnant? These fp movement leggings aren’t your regular leggings. They’re SO COMFORTABLE and maternity-friendly. These and these flare leggings are some of my also favorites outside of pregnancy!
Long Sleeve Top | These Walmart ones are a staple in my closet. They fit my bump the entire first trimester and some of the second.
Warm Jacket | This Blank NYC jacket is a favorite.
Lightweight Hoodie | This Target zip-up hoodie is great for layering or wearing by itself.
Warm Socks | Timberland also has hiking socks available!
Joggers | These Athleta joggers are THE BEST and what makes them extra great is that I can wear them pregnant too because the waistband is so stretchy.
Crossbody Purse | This was a birthday gift and is definitely a SPLURGE but I freaking love it and want more 😉 It fits my phone, wallet, lip gloss, hand sanitizer and a million other things!
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