As much fun as we had in Vegas, I was ready to move on after three days. There is SO MUCH to see/do that after a couple of days, it gets overwhelming. Sedona seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to kick back the second half of our trip and enjoy the beautiful scenery there.
We rented a car in Vegas and made the drive on our own (it’s about 4 hours). We stayed at Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast which was really charming. The owners were so sweet and accommodating. They even welcomed us with a hand-written welcome note!
Our room was on the first floor and we had an entrance into the garden which was lovely.
We arrived right around dinner time so after we got settled, we headed to downtown Sedona to explore the area and grab dinner. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take any pictures of the cute downtown area – blogger fail!
After looking at the weather forecast for the next few days, we knew the next morning would probably be our only opportunity to do some hiking in the sunshine. We called it a night early so that we could get up first thing and start exploring the beautiful red rocks!
We decided to hike the Bell Rock Path because it was within walking distance of our B&B, was an easy hike (nothing too strenuous for this pregnant lady!), but also offered the wonderful views of the red rocks.
After hiking for a couple of hours, we went back to the B&B to figure out our next steps. We found out there was a place nearby for trout fishing and they even had grills and cooking equipment on site so that you could prepare your fish right after it was caught. So of course, my fisherman husband couldn’t pass up that opportunity; he was in heaven!
After that, we headed back to our B&B to shower and get ready. Some friends of ours from Phoenix drove up that afternoon to meet us for a late lunch. We only get to see them every few years for weddings, etc. so it was a really special treat! We did manage to get one good shot of the four of us together.
I’m really glad that we got to enjoy one good day of beautiful weather so that we could see Sedona at it’s best. Later that evening, the fog rolled in and the temperature dropped significantly. That night it got down to the high 30s and the next day it was in the low 50s! I even had to buy a sweatshirt because I hadn’t packed one. Who would have thought Arizona would be so cold in May?!
The next morning was a little foggy, but there wasn’t any rain so we decided to take our chances and head out to see if we could get some more hiking in before the rain started. Some friends of ours mentioned that there were a few hiking trails up near the local airport which offered beautiful views of Sedona. They were right! Even in the poor weather it was still gorgeous. Unfortunately when we got to the top it started raining and we had to put the camera away and head back. You can see the progression of the clouds in the photos below.
It rained on and off for the rest of the day. During one of the breaks, we did get a chance to stop by the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It’s a church that was built into the red rocks and it’s breathtakingly gorgeous.
That evening was our last night in Sedona so we made the best of the rainy weather and went for a drive before dinner. There are some really beautiful spots all around Sedona that are great for photo ops…even in the rain. 🙂
The next morning we checked out of our B&B and headed to breakfast to fuel up for the drive to the Grand Canyon. Another friend of ours met us in town and planned to caravan with us to see the Grand Canyon, too!
Thankfully, although the weather was still rainy when we left Sedona, it cleared up and was beautiful by the time we reached the Grand Canyon.
I will be completely honest…the Grand Canyon was never really on my travel bucket list. We went back and forth trying to decide if we were even going to go on this trip. But in the end, I am SO glad we did. Pictures don’t do it justice. It’s magical and I would recommend a visit to anyone. I am so happy we decided to go. In fact, I wish we could have spent even more time there!
We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our trip. Now we just anxiously await for baby’s arrival!