If you are planning a girls’ getaway, think outside the box and head to Sedona, AZ for a truly unforgettable experience and the El Portal Sedona Hotel makes for a great home base.
The “Wild West” is no longer the perilous destination that tested the mettle of pioneer women. Sedona offers some of the best of food, wine, spa treatments, galleries, shops, museums and outdoor adventures, all within one of the most beautiful and inspirational natural settings to “girls” of all ages. Whether it’s a Girlfriends’ Getaway, Mother-Daughter retreat, Female Family Reunion – Sedona can be an idyllic choice.
A lovely home base for a girls’ getaway in Sedona is El Portal Sedona Hotel. This 12-room luxury boutique hotel offers personalized concierge services for Sedona and area, gourmet breakfasts, and spacious accommodations. The decor offers attention to detail with turnoff-the-century Southwestern design, as well as all modern amenities. Each guest suite includes a private entrance, patio or balcony, fireplace, whirlpool bath, entertainment center with DVD player, free wireless and more. (It is also pet friendly, never a charges a fee for pets, and even offers free pet sitting.)
After settling in at El Portal, take a quick trip into town for an array of shops and galleries, including Sedona Wineworks and The Art of Wine. This wine shop and tasting room features Arizona wines and wine-inspired original artwork, and is open for tasting seven days a week. After sampling some unique wines, head to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village to browse in the shops and galleries, then relax over dinner at Rene’s or El Rincon, both just steps away from El Portal. Then make yourself at home back at El Portal with a glass of wine (and complimentary chocolate-chip cookies) around the campfire or on your a private patio or balcony.
Red Rocks and More
Sun Country Adventuresjeep tours of Sedona can allow you to connect with the rich landscape in a unique way, exploring seldom seen parts of the area on one of their exhilarating jeep rides. Sun Country tour guides will even work with you to incorporate yoga or Qi Gong (meditation and ceremony) on customized hikes. Guests at El Portal Sedona Hotel can arrange full moon hikes, sunset hikes, hikes to high places, exhilarating and challenging hikes, as well as gentle hikes suitable for beginners. The hotel will even pack you a picnic lunch or arrange a cowgirl cookout.
One of the most popular hiking destinations in the area is Sedona’s majestic Red Rock State Park. The park is a 286-acre preserve and environmental education center with breathtaking red rock and flowing water scenery. Unusual local rock formations such as Devil’s Bridge, the largest natural arch in the Sedona area, are great hiking destinations. Devil’s Bridge features dramatic views of the canyons, mountains and red rock cliffs from atop the cracked and fractured sandstone arch. The trail utilizes natural rocks as stairs to the top of the arch, making the trail suitable for hikers of most abilities and a great spot for memorable photos.
Of course, no girls’ trip is complete without spa treatments. Guests of El Portal Sedona Hotel can walk over to Sedona Spa to indulge in everything from facials to massages and full-body treatments.
These are just a few of the activities you can include in a unique and memorable girls’ getaway. Sedona offers biking, golf, musical performances, wine tours, hot air balloon rides, and much more. El Portal Sedona can provide all the assistance you need in “rocking” the your next girlfriend getaway. — by Wendy Rubicam, Photos courtesy El Portal Sedona Hotel