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Insider’s Guide

Soak up all there is to see in Sedona. Take it from the locals—there’s more than meets the eye in this stunning desert setting. Experience dramatic canyons and authentic culture, then wine and dine in charming Uptown. Our recommendations will have you breaking in your hiking boots and satisfying your appetites with the best of the Southwest.

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Take A Trip to the Grand Canyon

There are so many different ways to experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world - it's a perfect day trip from Sedona, being only a 2-hour drive to the South Rim. Once at the Grand Canyon you can walk or drive to the overlooks yourself or take part in a Pink Jeep or helicopter tour and let the sights dazzle you. Be sure to bring extra water, being at 7,000 feet at the rim your body will need more than normal. Also, consider bringing a picnic along, as there are many beautiful places to have lunch overlooking the Grand Canyon. Read on for more questions and answers for this bucket-list day trip and learn about the available hiking trails here.

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Secret Seven Hiking Trails

The local experts at have created Sedona’s Secret 7 - hiking trails for those looking for stunning hikes with less hikers. With so many day hikes spread throughout Sedona, finding an ideal trail can be an easier task with the list below curated by locals. Also find great picnic spots (kid-friendly too!), mountain bike trails and best stargazing locations.

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We’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the nitty-gritty work and make itinerary suggestions so all you have to do is enjoy your trip. Sedona has so much to offer in the summertime, let us be your guide. A few of our favorite things include breakfast (in bed, of course!), Red Rock outlooks, wine tastings in vineyards, and exploring the metaphysical & cultural side that resides in Sedona.

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"The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Sedona"

Be My Travel Muse highlights Orchards Inn in "The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Sedona", with details on the modern take on Southwestern decor, the balconies and red rock passes for guests. 

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Escape the Crowd & Explore Like a Local

Sedona has magical beauty that people all around the world come to adventure every year, but there are many paths yet taken that are perfect for some secluded exploring on your next Sedona trip. The Sedona Trail Lovers are here to help find your next hike, with the best undercover trails recommended for an easy and stunning view of the wondrous red rocks.

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Discovering Day Trips

It is hard to find a more stunning base camp to discover Northern Arizona than nestled between the staggering red rocks of Sedona. Wandering through galleries and local specialty shops or exploring a trail to connect with the natural earth around you makes your time in Sedona a perfect relaxing wonderland. Best of all, it’s only a stone's throw away from the region's alluring landscapes. 

 We’ve made it easy for you to discover the nearby towns and get started on your next day trip adventure before returning “home” to Orchards Inn.

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Capture the Colors at Orchards Inn

As an autumn breeze blows into the vast landscape of Sedona, there is endless to explore as the environment turns each leaf a unique shade of red, orange, and yellow. Head out into the red rock landscape and use this guide to discover how you can #CapturetheColors with Orchards Inn Sedona.

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A Twinkling Way to Spend the Holidays

Winters in Sedona are truly magical as Uptown is lit up with holiday colors, and our small red rock town embraces the community connections with local annual events. Orchards Inn gets the best of both worlds, we get to experience a mild winter with possible dustings of snow changing the “red” rock color, while the afternoon temperatures warm up for seasonal exploring - or staying cozy in front of the fire! We’ve collected some of the best winter activities and local annual events to enhance your Sedona itinerary from December through February.

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Art, Wine, Trains and More

Your trip to Sedona might just help you discover the adventure you need. It’s the perfect place to uncover your new favorite wine or find that unique art piece youve been looking for. 


Start with hopping on a quaint train to guide you through the beautiful scenery, while enjoying stops to quench your thirst with local brews. Continue through Cottonwood or Verde Valley for exploring the native wine country and finish you day with Sedona First Friday art gallery exploration.


During your stay at Orchards Inn use this quick guide to uncover hidden gems of Sedona to make your experience one of a kind.

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Family Fun - Top Activities & Eats

Summer in Sedona is such an energizing season – The cool creek is flowing, Red Rocks appear more vibrant, blue skies as far as you can see, perfect warm temperatures, and an array of activities. Time flies when you’re having fun! As we all know, it can be difficult to wrangle the younger ones into having a good time on a schedule. To help provide fun factors for the entire family, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite activities:

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Sedona Holiday Itinerary

As the holiday season is upon us, now is the time to daydream about your time in Sedona when the twinkle lights line your paths and hot chocolate is a daily necessity. While the days are shorter, Sedona truly comes alive to celebrate the holidays!

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One Day in Sedona: Adventure Seekers

Looking to maximize your one day in Sedona? While just one day in Sedona is not enough to see and experience all there is that this little red rock town offers, it’s perfect for getting a taste – and we’re sure you’ll be back soon for more!

For the adventurer looking to get your adrenaline pumping or just a little fresh air and vitamin d, we have the day for you.

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Crazy Colors in the Canyons

Autumn is a natural spectacle, even in the Southwest. As summer fades to a sepia tone, Sedona comes to life with rich colors and the smell of wood-burning stoves. Despite being in the desert, leaf peeping is a full-blown activity on canyon hiking paths.

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Things To Do In Sedona: Visit The Vortexes

The iconic vortexes in Sedona are powerful, transformational energy centers that are found in specific locations throughout Red Rock Country. These “vortexes” are geomagnetic points in nature where electromagnetic earth energy is said to swirl and effect the surrounding area, promoting balance, spiritual intuitiveness and healing to those who come in contact with them. The three most common types of vortexes are magnetic (feminine energy), electrical (masculine energy) and balanced vortexes.

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Summer of Sedona

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the nitty-gritty work so all you have to do is enjoy your trip.
Sedona has so much to offer in the summertime, let us be your guide. A few of our favorite things include breakfast, Red Rock outlook, Page Springs vineyards, and exploring the metaphysical & cultural side that resides in Sedona.

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Top 5 Attractions in the Southwest

We love to hear where are guests are coming from and where they are headed after leaving Sedona. We find that many times guests have planned a trip of the Southwest United States and Sedona is just a stop along the way. If you are looking for a scenic and majestic trip through the Southwest, here are some “hot spot” stops that our guests have recommended.

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The Road to Orchards: I17 North from Phoenix

The road to Orchards Inn is beautiful, no matter how you get here. Various routes wind through the American Southwest, and take you through breathtaking landscapes, iconic points of interest and past quaint shops and eateries.

We decided to start a series that would focus on the vast options to get to Orchards Inn and Sedona throughout Arizona. We begin our Road to Orchards series with the most popular route, North on Interstate 17. These Sedona directions are arguably the most popular because many of our guests fly into Phoenix International Sky Harbor Airport or travel the short distance from their homes in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and other Central and Southern Arizona cities.

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