Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (aka Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five reasons to visit the hot spot.
This month, we’re venturing someplace close to home: the red rocks of Sedona. Take the scenic route to the majestic destination and fuel your family with its fantastic beauty.
Where to stay:
The Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is an awesome resort for families. While it’s a 15-minute drive to downtown Sedona, the property is picturesque and accommodating to families looking for R&R.
With a backdrop of the famed red rock formations, you’ll really feel far away and at ease. There’s a great pool area for kiddos, equipped with shallow splash-pad-like features. There are also games like ping-pong and cornhole, in addition to poolside food and beverage service.
Upgrade to a suite, treating your posse to spacious accommodations. Such rooms come with a kitchenette, table, sofa bed (for the kids) and master bedroom (for alone time). The fireplace is also a nice touch.
There’s also an awesome restaurant on property. We’ll get to that later…
Where to play
Sedona is a natural playground in itself, offering hiking and walking paths with scenery that will take your breath away. It also flaunts unique attractions: Slide Rock (a natural waterslide), apple picking, and for a grand finale: Pink Jeep Tours. These tours are quite an adventure, taking you on the bumpy backroads of Sedona. The guided off-road excursions provide riders with an up-close and personal experience alongside Sedona’s tranquil beauty. There are booster seats for ages 18 months+, but it’s best for older kids.
And no matter your religion, opt for a spiritual experience visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It’s a Sedona staple amidst the vortex, and it’s magical for any visitor.
Where to feast:
Shadowrock Tap & Table at The Hilton. Hands down, the most intimate dinner I’ve ever had with my kids in tow. Why? Because the layout is smart. The tables overlook an enclosed grassy area with games for the kids… long story short, the husband and I got to eat while they played! It was a win-win! There are also firepits and smore’s packages, making nighttime extra special and delicious.
What to bring:
A zippy. You never know when it can get chilly Walking/hiking shoes. And most of all… nothing fancy. For the first time ever, I packed NO make-up, determined to just lay low throughout our special getaway.
Research deals, Groupons and promotions. Also, book in advance. The Jeep Tours reserve fast, so secure your spot before your trip!
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)