|Subject: Re: Sedona AZ|
A day trip to nearby Jerome, a fascinating mining ghost town, is a must. There are some nice jewelry stores and you will find a good restaurant for lunch. Try the airport for an afternoon cocktail. The airport is located on the top of a bluff and the airplanes take off over an impressive precipice...you may even decide to take a ride on one of the excursion flights! You don't say if you are a hiker or not, but that is one of the best things to do in Sedona. Go to the Coconino National Forest office (conveniently located in downtown Sedona)and get a map. We hiked the 3 mile West Fork (of Oak Creek)Trail which was gentle and very pleasant. There are also the "vortices" which are thought to be spiritual hotspots for meditation and just hanging out. The Chamber of Commerce can give you details on hiking to these spots to watch the sunset or to gain cosmic energy. The main ones are at Bell Rock, the airport, Boynton Canyon and Cathedral Rock. If you play golf, the Oak Creek Country Club and the Canyon Mesa Golf Course are nearby in the Village of Oak Creek.
As for restaurants, we liked Takashi, a Japanese restaurant in Uptown Sedona and a dynamite Indian (Asian Indian) restaurant, whose name I have forgotten, in the shopping center on the Cottonwood- Sedona highway. The Coffee Pot restaurant is a great breakfast place on the same highway. Tlaquepaque is an arts and crafts village which has a lot of nice shops, although we never found a good restaurant when we were there in 2001. Hopefully you will, as Tlaquepaque is really a lovely little area to walk around. Next door to Tlaquepaque is Las Abrogados resort which has a wonderful spa. Sedona is a perfect place for a week of relaxation in astounding scenery. Have a wonderful time.
Chris in Lakewood, Colorado