“According to a Local” is a series of guides for different cities around the world. This time, we asked a random Couchsurfing member questions about the city she calls home, Sedona! Lisa has graciously provided us with some great advice to make your trip to Arizona perfect. From the best hikes to the best food, you’ll have plenty of things to do in Sedona!
1. Favorite Bar:
- Oak Creek Brewing and Tap Room (not to be mistaken for their sister with a restaurant in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village!) if you want a local “hangout”, the Tap Room is the place to be. A cool little outdoor patio, Sedona BBQ on site and music galore….a perfect little hideaway!
- If you want a more touristy atmosphere including shopping, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village might be more your style.
2. Favorite Restaurant:
- Pisa Lisa: Brick oven pizza, wine, and dessert… and all in a laid-back atmosphere! What more could you want?!
- For a fancier option, try Tii Gavo or View 180 at the Enchantment Resort. Both restaurants overlook the Sedona red rocks and national forest. They both feature a wide variety of choices that are perfect for happy hour or a light dinner. The mixologist-crafted cocktails are to die for!
- It’s a bit pricey, but you should try the Sunday brunch at L’Auberge de Sedona. The tables are right next to Oak Creek and while eating everything from king crab legs to prime rib to delicate crumpets, you can listen to the babbling creek and watch the cute little ducks frolicking in the water.
3. Favorite coffee shop:
Creekside Coffee: a hip little micro-roaster and café that not only has the best coffee in Sedona but a coffee shop with the most amazing view as well. They also use cage-free eggs and organic ingredients!
4. Favorite thing to do outside:
Rent a bike and explore the many bike trails including the fun single track trails. Explore the infamous vortexes in the area. One of the best trails is Cathedral Rock. Hike it to the top and then down to Buddha Beach!
5. Best spot for a view:
- Vulte Arch (you’ll need a high clearance vehicle!) or;
- The top of Doe Mountain (fairly easy hike with great views of the entire Dry Creek Wildernesses)
6. Best local dish and where to get it:
Try anything at Sedona BBQ Co. I especially like the Beef Brisket!
7. What you wish tourists knew coming to your home:
Carry a bottle of water everywhere you go and don’t leave them on the trail. Also, be sure to pull over if you want to take pictures instead of just driving really slow. It’s a nice thing to do for the locals who need to get from point A to point B.
8. Best local sweet and where to get it:
You can find prickly pear ice cream on the main strip of downtown Sedona which is fabulous! Also be sure to try Sedona Fudge. So good!
9. Fun activity for tourists to try?
Hike down Huckabee Trail all the way past Midgley bridge and you will find a short but much less visited creek area! If you want to do more “touristy” stuff, try a Pink Jeep tour, Slide Rock or a hot air balloon ride.
10. When is the best time of year to visit?
April or anytime between September and November.
11. Local recipe worth cooking up:
Javelina Carnitas with a tomatillo mole!
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