Red rock romance in Arizona.

By Travel & Leisure
December 02, 2014
Courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce

Locals say Arizona’s fantastic red rock formations—most notably, Capitol Butte, Sugar Loaf, and Coffee Pot Rock—have magic powers. It’s hard to doubt them, as the red-rock buttes, mesas, and canyons are truly awe-inspiring against the wide-open sky—a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hollywood. In their heyday, lots of Westerns were filmed here. One thing, however, is certain: Whatever you think of the rocks, the sunsets do hold a stronger-than-usual power, especially when observed while exploring the backcountry with your plus-one.

L'Auberge de Sedona

Cozy English country-inspired inn and cottages in a wooded, creekside setting that is a refreshing change from the desert, but still within easy reach of the red rocks. Staffers gladly arrange romantic creekside dinners and couples-only treatments at its spa.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

This Southwest-style resort, made of low-slung adobe casitas in central Arizona’s Boynton Canyon, blends into the iconic red-rock cliffs of Sedona, a town known for its artsy, New Age vibe. Opened in 1987 and set on 70 acres, Enchantment’s 218 rooms and suites (fresh from a renovation in 2012) look out onto undulating canyon walls and green cottonwood trees, while neutral interiors are inspired by the surrounding terrain and are filled with accents that refer to local Native American culture (kiva fireplaces; area rugs inspired by traditional basket-weaving). Within Enchantment’s grounds, but separate from the main complex—also home to several pools, five tennis courts, pitch-and-putt golf, and hiking trails—is the transformative Mii Amo, a 24,000-square-foot destination spa with 16 casitas as well as a dedicated pool and regionally inspired restaurant. A three-, four-, or seven-day stay at Mii Amo—or a “Journey,” as it’s called—is priced on an all-inclusive basis (accommodation, spa treatments, and meals), while Enchantment guests can book treatments on an à la carte basis.


Formerly Yavapai Restaurant

Red Rock Balloon Adventures

The company runs 1.5-hour flights—and promises both peaceful landings and a celebratory post-flight picnic.

El Prado Gallery

Located in the upscale shopping center of Hillside Sedona, the El Prado Gallery is surrounded by fountains and ponds, rock furniture, and kinetic sculptures. El Prado is Sedona's oldest fine art gallery, and it presents a wide range of styles, from traditional to impressionistic, from painting to sculpture and pottery.

Jeep Arizona

Rent a four-wheel-drive and take an afternoon drive into the backcountry to see the spectacular red rock formations at “the magic hour.”

Barking Frog Grille

This sexy Spanish hacienda serves American/southwestern fare with a spicy twist, like shrimp tamales (served with poblano cream sauce) and guacamole made tableside.

The Inn on Oak Creek

Take in exceptional red rock views at this 11-room B&B whose rooms have private outdoor decks, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and views of the creek.