Honeymoon Hotspot: Sedona, Arizona

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Plan your honeymoon escape to one of the most beautiful destinations in America-- Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is a place of healing and spiritual renewal, so you and your hubby can relax and start your life together in zen and happiness. To help you get started on your planning, we’ve come up with lodging, adventure, and restaurant suggestions that won’t disappoint!

Almost all lodging in Sedona boasts stunning views of the Red Rocks. The hotel with the most amazing view is the Sky Ranch Lodge, located 500 feet higher than all of Sedona. Here, you have the best vantage point for the sunrise and sunset (perfect for romantic photos!), access to a saltwater pool, and six and a half acres of gardens to explore. If you are looking to stay at a bed and breakfast, check out the Cozy Cactus! Its patio borders the Coconino National Forest, is minutes away from a golf course (carts are provided!), serves a three course breakfast, and provides each room with private entrances, baths, and a king size bed! Have a dog and want to bring him along? Look no further than El Portal Sedona Hotel, a completely pet friendly luxury boutique hotel! It is located in the art district and directly adjacent to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Full time guides are available to help with your hiking adventures, and a full spa is conveniently located at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa next door.

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Sedona is full of activities that satisfy all interests. Love the outdoors? You will find endless adventures in the 1.8 million acres of national forest and Red Rock formations surrounding Sedona. Hike to Bell Rock of Cathedral Rock, two vortex spots located in the Sedona desert. Vortex spots are sacred areas where energy moves in a spiral motion. At these places you can supposedly feel the energy which helps with spiritual development. Be sure to bring a blanket and meditate here for a few minutes! If you have access to transportation, travel just two hours to the Grand Canyon, or three hours to Antelope Canyon.

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Want to indulge in less strenuous activity? Go hot air ballooning over the Red Rocks; you can’t get any more romantic than this! Visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, an outdoor shopping center inspired by Mexican villages. Forage the shops for handmade crafts and art as souvenirs or gifts, and eat at an amazing restaurant. If you enjoy wine tasting, visit one of the many wineries in the area. The Verde Valley Wine Trail, just 16 miles from Sedona, highlights 19 destinations in the Cottonwood area. Or check out Wine Tours of Sedona for a vast selection of wine, microbrewery, and raw chocolate tours!

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A romantic dinner is a must every night of your honeymoon. One night, visit Creekside, an American Bistro. It has sunning scenery and a menu that changes every week with the changing seasons! Another night dine at award winning René, where the chef cooks continental cuisine with a southwestern flair. For fine dining, go to Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona. Named one of best 10 Southwest restaurants by Condé Nast Traveller it offers a prix-fixe dining menu that features locally foraged and hand selected ingredients.