Earlier this week, we headed out of Phoenix for the first time together. We chose Sedona as it is relatively close and a favorite place of mine. With our flexible schedules, we were able to go up on Monday to enjoy the Taize service at the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
It is a special service that I discovered when I went on my retreat to Sedona in 2014. Since Merlin decided that he needed to come with us, we ended up sitting outside to enjoy the service as well as the stunning sunset.
We chose the Secret Garden Cafe for dinner as it is puppy-friendly although Merlin thought chasing a cat would be a good idea, so he ended up in the car for the duration of dinner. Thankfully, the weather is now cool enough for that to be an option. The food was DELICIOUS, so good that we forgot to take photos. 🙂
We enjoyed meandering thru a gallery looking at art before heading back to the Courtyard by Marriott in Sedona. This hotel was just completed last year. The benefit and drawback is that it is a bit out of town. It is located at the southern edge of Sedona on the way to Cottonwood.
The property is set-back from the road with stunning vistas on all sides, including a view deck.
We stopped en route to the hotel and J picked up some raspberries, cream cheese and cinnamon bread, which turned into the most delicious breakfast the next morning.
Before most of the shops opened, we enjoyed walking and found the most fun skeleton for our halloween decorations at one of the shops.
Rather that head straight back to Phoenix, we took the long way back thru Jerome and Prescott. We stopped at the Red Rooster Cafe in Cottonwood for dirty chais and biscuits in gravy.
After strolling around the square in Prescott, we picked up a new book to read together before heading back to Phoenix.
It was a great weekend.