Club Wyndham Sedona
My journey to Sedona started with a 7-hour 7-minute flight when I came into Atlanta for the short layover, I was almost hoping that we would come in at terminal number 7 or gate number 7 but we didn’t.
On the flight in you have some amazing views of this part of Arizona, some tall Red Rock Buttes, a very stunning catch you off-guard. One of the first things that I thought of was how rugged the settlers of this land had to be. If you’ve read some of my Vlogs before, you know how much I enjoy history and what it means to me to learn Hands-On and a new area. The flight in let me know that this would be a special opportunity. But the seemingly Barren landscape really made you think about the toughness of the people that settled this land.
Club Wyndham Sedona itself, it’s a short distance south of Flagstaff, Arizona. Fairly quick drive down Route 17 Brings you close to Sedona that’s a quick drive-in.
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When you first arrive at the resort, you are struck by how much the resort itself fits in the surrounding Red Rock Hills. From the color and the texture of the buildings to the grounds, everything fits perfectly, and its Place surrounded by Nature.
The lobby has a modern feel that meets an Old-World style it’s hard to explain. There are hand-woven tapestries on Pure White Walls, large cathedral ceilings, and aged very comfortable leather chairs you’re welcome as you walk in the door. It is almost as if they seek to give rest to the weary traveler.
Day one at Club Wyndham Sedona
After a fast check-in, it is time to check out the room. The rooms at Club Wyndham Sedona are spacious and have some of the most comfortable beds you will ever have the pleasure of sleeping on. Unlike most accommodations, these rooms feel spacious because they have views that are dominated by that natural landscape just outside of your door or window.
My bathroom has both a giant claw tub and a really nice glassed-in shower. Dual vanity sinks and mirrors a lot of space in between all the elements. One thing that I like when I’m navigating around a room is the sense of a little extra space so things don’t feel too close. When I have a little extra room to move around and that makes me feel more comfortable in the space and I’m able to relax.
My first get to a resort I like to take it all in not just the room but take a walk around the resort look at the amenities look at the guides that they have for visitors and then also get on the internet and see what’s available in the larger area if I haven’t done a good deal of research advance.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- DVD Player
- Ice Maker
- In-Room Safe
- Jetted Tub
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- Activities Center/Desk
- BBQ Grills
- Walking Trails
- Business Center/Fax
- Golf Course (18-Hole)
- Fitness Room
- Concierge Services
- Hot Tub
- Indoor Pool
- Internet Access
- Kid’s Activities
- Live Entertainment
- On-Site Security
- Gift Shop
- Computer With Internet (Shared)
- Pool Bar
- Game Room
- Picnic Area
After my check-in around 4 p.m. might or the larger facility and hitting everything squared away the room, I was hungry, and it was time for dinner. Given the 7-hour flight, I decided that this first night I would eat right at the location and their restaurant called Red’s Grill.
This on-site Bistro offers breakfast in breakfast on the go and dinner, and they also do a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. So, I take them up on their happy hour and I’m looking at the menu with some American Classics and decide on dinner.
I start my meal with some French onion soup. The soup was great it had sourdough bread traditional provolone cheese and fresh chives along with the traditional French onion.
For the entrée, I chose chicken marsala and with that, they serve fresh local seasonal vegetables with potatoes and then the mushroom marsala sauce over top of the chicken and I asked for extra on the potatoes. This combined with the French onion soup wasn’t very filling meal was well-prepared and was a great treat after a 7-hour flight.
After dinner, I went outside and sit by the pool and try to catch the sunset. Later just as I imagined the sunset was amazing as it came down slowly over the Red Hills. The sun was captured in those Hills and then when the area went dark other than the resort it felt truly dark as in Pitch Blackout in the distance.
As I wake up in the morning and the resort looking out my window at the amazing Red Hills in the distance, I’m struck by how sound of sleep I’ve had the night before. Again, I mentioned the beds were really comfortable and they are but also staying in a room that feels faces put you at ease and calms you down allows you to relax even better than somewhere that you might stay that has tighter less comfortable rooms if that makes sense.
I was so struck by the natural environment as I flew in that I decided what I wanted to do today to start things off was a helicopter tour. There are many providers in the local area I chose one that offered a longer flight time I’m about 25 minutes so that I could see more and really get a strong feeling for the area. There are many options available for you in the Sedona area beyond fairly expensive things like helicopter tours. If you’re like me and not in the best hiking shape at this current time, then you can take Jeep tours and I plan on taking one of these tomorrow. But really, this area is known for its hiking. There are some of the best hiking trails, probably in the world from the scenic views that they take you to in this area. So, if you hike fairly often and are in good shape, this would be the ideal location to bring some great Trail or hiking shoes or boots.
Who’s even the opportunity to join group hikes that have guides that can really show you a lot of the local landscape and help you get more out of your hike.
I think of these guided hikes almost like a docent tour in a museum. Where you can benefit from all the knowledge of a local guide or historian to really inform you on what you’re looking at and make sure that you don’t miss some Hidden gems of the Sedona Countryside.
The helicopter tour takes you over the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness and Dry Creek area. It allows you to see natural landmarks like the secret Canyon and phase arch in a way that you just can’t see on land. The pilot was very knowledgeable and helpful which is a neat feature they also included free pick-up and drop-off from the resort.
It’s a simple little thing, but I thought that was a pleasant touch, especially for travelers to make it a seamless positive experience.
After the amazing helicopter tour. I decided I wanted to go back out, and this time I wanted to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
I have seen the chapel in documentaries and in the background of a couple of movies I thought it would be a neat site to visit architectural you very powerful and I’ve heard that spiritually it feels very powerful because of the Vista and the view from inside the chapel.
Regardless of where you are in your own spiritual journey, I think you will find the chapel is a beautiful and interesting place to visit. It is a great chance to get closer to nature and connect with a more grounded or spiritual self.
The chapel was completed in 1956 and it sits high atop The Red Rocks in Sedona the chapel was inspired and commissioned by a local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude.
The chapel has a fascinating history that includes the motivation of the local Rancher and Sculptor and that she was motivated to build this church for this kind of church I seeing the construction of the Empire State Building in New York.
She initially attempted to do this in Budapest, Hungary, with the help of Lloyd Wright, the son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Budapest Hungary attempts had to be shelved due to the outbreak of World War II. Given the difficulties of the war, she decided to build the church and her native homeland of Arizona.
The church is as impressive inside as it is outside the outside shows the giant cross that goes down almost like a support beam for the building into the side of the Rock. but inside you will find a custom-made bronze which shows the image of Jesus or a cross with a cross itself is a tree instead of being nailed to the tree he’s actually tied to the tree in the entire work is a living bronze piece of art.
As an amateur artist who paints, I was really impressed by the quality not only of LeBron’s but the overall architectural design and how it impressed you.
After so much activity early in the day, and having skipped breakfast, I decided it was time for a late lunch how about online trying to decide where I wanted to go. My first instinct was to go somewhere local that served regional favorites, maybe something like a Tex-Mex or something like that, but that was fresh to the area. Where I ended up was somewhere quite different.
I ate at an Irish Pub. The Irish Pub was called Moody’s Irish pub in Sedona, and the food in the setting was outstanding. I started my meal with a crab dip. Now share with you a secret when I find in all of my travels is that often when you go somewhere that shouldn’t have seafood because it’s not near the ocean or even a major river where that Seafood exists is that the seafood is flown in and his outstanding. Now this particular Seafood item while it tasted great I had the feeling had not been flown in but with crab dip for crab casseroles or things of that nature crab imperial the freshness doesn’t really have that much of an impact on the taste this tasted really good and it was a dip that had aioli and fresh lemon along with the crabmeat that made for a very tasty dip.
For dinner, I chose the bangers Mash Just because it’s one of my Irish favorites, and sometimes when I get a shepherd’s pie somewhere something about it is a little too unique for me so I often don’t try those when I’m traveling. These bangers and mash were particularly good because they make their own gravy with beer, onion and bacon so that doing over the top of the pork sausages on top of the mashed potato was incredible. They also have a house lamb stew which is Irish lamb stew and if I had it to do over again, I would probably try that because that’s harder to find and is very popular in the area as an item on their menu.
The staff was amazing and very friendly, and while I don’t say this often, they also had one of the most beautiful bartenders I think I had ever seen. Only worth mentioning in case the guys who are reading this have time to prepare mentally and avoid getting in trouble with their spouse. But all in all the environment was what you expect from an Irish Pub great beer good food comfortable ambiance. Since my travels, as I look back at Mooney’s Irish Pub Sedona. Com website I have also had second thoughts about trying the shepherd’s pie because the photo that they have in the shepherd’s pie on the website looks incredible.
It was already late afternoon now after the helicopter tour, the visit to the chapel, and a great late afternoon lunch. So, I headed back to the resort to enjoy some time around the pool, relax a little, and kind of Catch My Breath from the trips in the amazing scenery and surroundings of Sedona.
I start day 3 off with a breakfast delivered by room service. Sometimes when you’re slowly moving in the morning and you’re on vacation room service when it’s available, it’s just an amazing option. I chose an omelet, a ham and cheese, a few sausage links, and some toast. This made for a great start to the day.
Today I had planned a Jeep tour, which is the non-athletic version of some hikes that are available in the area. You can get in a jeep and driven from an amazing site to the next. These are fun and affordable. You can also go on 4 wheelers if you want more excitement. I chose Safari Jeep Tours because the Alfa male on the inside of me could not make himself use Pink Jeep Tours. But they also looked like a good option and were the closest in price to Safari Jeep Tours. When you read about the things we do on our travels, do know we are not compensated to recommend this or that location. These are just our own ideas and experiences. You should do your own research reading reviews and so forth.
I did a 3-hour tour for $99, which I thought was a great value. Although I remembered after I started that Gilligan was supposed to go on 3 hours tour too. I may have been OK with getting lost for a few days, but I did not see a Mary Anne anywhere in sight. Lucky for me, the tour was fun and uneventful in the getting lost regard.
Now I could tell you all about my dinner back at the resort, but I will save that amazing meal story for next time.
Until enjoy your life, enjoy traveling, and when you do Travel Tzort Style.