Over the years, our travels have usually involved staying at an all-inclusive resort or standard hotel. For our trip to Sedona, Arizona, we decided to check out something a little different. Knowing the main purpose of our visit to Sedona was hiking, we knew quick breakfasts and packed lunches would be the order of the day. So we booked a vacation rental property called the Sedona Summit. One tip I can give you up front is to shop around before you book. We had several different rental property management companies that provide marketing for the various properties quote us a wide range of pricing for the week. Like most businesses, I think these companies can set their mark-up at whatever level they want, so it really pays to take your time and check out the various websites to see what’s out there.
The unit we booked was a one bedroom with a sleeper sofa and featured all the amenities of home including newer washer/dryer (super handy – you can pack less and you don’t have to bring the dirt and dust home with you), dishwasher, flat screen TVs and a full-sized kitchen with fridge, range and microwave. Included at this particular property was a games room, large heated outdoor pool and a nice hot tub to help ease the aches and pains from your long hikes. Everything you need to setup a comfortable and efficient home away from home.
The views around the Sedona Summit are nothing less then spectacular. Clear views of the famous red rock mountains can be seen from every corner. Conveniently located only a few minutes drive from the downtown shops and restaurants, its the perfect location to unwind away from the busy strip, but close enough for a quick trip when you want to head into town for dinner and shopping. More posts on the way highlighting some of the outstanding restaurants Sedona has to offer!
After quickly settling into a routine, we felt like we could stay at the Summit for weeks. With lightening fast wireless Internet to boot, staying on top of both business related and personal matters was a cinch. And being able to grab a quick and nutritious breakfast and pack a healthy lunch for the trails not only gave us an early start to our day, it prevented the usual 5-10 “travellers pounds” we seem to put on from staying at all inclusive resorts or hotels without full kitchens. After experiencing this alternative type of accommodations while travelling, we are more than sold and plan on booking similar properties for future trips to Caribbean destinations or Europe. It really allows you to get out more and maximize your time exploring your travel destination. The final picture included in this post shows a famous Sedona sunset from our balcony. The Summit is highly recommended for anyone visiting the beautiful city of Sedona, Arizona. For now, back to the cage.