Sedona receives an enormous number of accolades each year, each month, each week it seems. Best small towns, best USA destinations, best marathons, best destination spas, top resorts, top 10 most sacred spots on earth, top destination spas, top 10 spiritual spots to commune with nature, top 20 most romantic restaurants, top pet-friendly accommodations…

The list goes on and on. Sedona is way past “discovered,” well beyond “recognized” and pretty much all the way to “accepted” as one of America’s premier travel destinations for adventure, natural beauty, health and wellness, spiritual enrichment, romance and love, fine dining and incredible places to stay.

Cool Weather, Hot Deals

What’s left? Well, believe it or not, often in the midst of all that, and despite considerable demand, Sedona sometimes offers deals. Discounts, maybe not, but definitely deals. 

Airport-Meditation_Stroke.jpgThose deals are due to a common perception that Arizona is ungodly hot in the summer – and despite Sedona’s elevation of 4,500 feet (which translates into cooler temperatures), it sometimes gets swept into that perception. 

Summer nights in Sedona however, are not only magical, mystical and romantic, they are also quite simply significantWly cooler than those of its neighbors to the south. Sedona’s climate translates to evening temperatures that are sometimes 25 degrees cooler than Phoenix,and even daytime temps are somewhat cooler, usually with a breeze. 

But because of negative perception, those who know better can take advantage of Sedona’s comparative slow season – summer – to find deals and bargain packages for accommodations, culinary and wine escapes, outdoor adventure tours and attractions, shopping and galleries, spas, spiritual and personal enrichment, and even vacation packages that put Sedona in the center for hub-and-spoke trips to the Grand Canyon to the north and the burgeoning Verde Valley to the south. 

Accommodations

If you’re just looking for a place to stay, and you’d prefer to plan the rest of your travel á la carte, the best way to go is to scope out accommodation deals on www.VisitSedona.com. 

Other options and packages are listed there as well, including a Girlfriends Getaway; a Stay Three Nights, Get a Free Introduction to Sedona’s Famous Vortex Energies (in the spirit of ancient Native Americans) package; a “Play Dirty, Sleep Tight” package that aligns you with guides for ATV tours of Sedona’s red rock outback; a golf package with play at one Sedona’s finest golf courses, featuring magnificent views; and a Stay Two Nights, Get the Third Night Free, offered for July and August in one of Sedona’s uniquely beautiful, relaxing and pet-friendly hotels. 

Culinary and Wine Escapes

Winery_Stroke.jpgMore and more, the Verde Valley just south of Sedona is becoming known for its award-winning wines and comfortable and affordable tasting rooms in places like Cottonwood, Jerome, Page Springs and Clarkdale. 

Some have called the Verde Valley “Napa, circa 1957,” meaning the valley is just now beginning to be discovered as the next big thing in the wine industry. 

Combining tastings or tours with stays in Sedona or in the Verde Valley, especially during the summer months, is a great way to enjoy all this area offers without busting the budget.

Outdoor Adventure, Tours and Attractions

There’s no better way to enjoy Sedona’s red rocks, especially for those who are not trained hikers, than to combine a gentle hike with discovery of Sedona’s vortex energy. Elements of a day communing with Sedona’s spiritual and metaphysical side may include intuitive readings, healing sessions and meditation. 

Jeep adventures and excursions by day can also be combined with spa sessions in the afternoon or at night in packages that include signature massages, body wraps, Japanese facial massages, aroma touch and more.

Shops and Galleries

Sedona has more than 80 arts and boutique galleries – a remarkable number for a city of about 11,000 permanent residents. What that means to visitors is that there are all the benefits of a small town – no worries, easy pace – along with the elegance of a place much larger. Jewelry extravaganzas (there’s one going on through June), First Fridays – when galleries keep their doors open late for receptions and meet-the-artist opportunities – and special events often take place in Sedona. 

Stay in Sedona and Visit the Grand Canyon

Sedona_300pxStroke.jpgSpecial deals and packages allow you to extend your stay in Sedona – not only to take advantage of all there is to do here, but also to include a daytrip to the Grand Canyon.

Sedona is only two hours from the Grand Canyon and either way you go – the stunning drive north through Oak Creek Canyon or past some of Sedona’s most famous red rocks (Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock) on your way through the Village of Oak Creek to Interstate 17 – the scenery is half of the experience. It’s a nice iconic mix – the red rock spires and the chasm of the canyon. You get it all that way.

Sedona’s location, its remarkable amenities – and the secrets of its summer misperception – allow for visits that satisfy all the needs of a spectacular vacation and the added bonus of deals and great value. 

For a full lineup of Sedona deals go to Visit Sedona

(Brought to you by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, (928) 282-7890, info@sedonachamber.com.)