Winter is off-season in Sedona, which means it’s the ideal time to head over and enjoy the peace and quiet and see everything the area has to offer without having to beat the crowds. Sure, there may be the occasional rainy day or gray sky, but it’s a rare occurrence, and you can expect that the sun will be shining almost year-round. Though it can get cold on occasion, Sedona has a very hospitable environment, meaning you won’t have to worry about anything like a subzero winter or extreme blizzard to get in the way of your vacation. While you’re in town, there’s plenty to do, and that’s to say nothing of the myriad of activities you’ll find out in the wild. All that in mind, here are some great ways to spend your time in Sedona in winter.
Hassle-Free Fine Dining
Fine dining is abundant in Sedona, with some top-tier restaurants that require a reservation, and during the summer months, those table spots can be very coveted. From December to February, obviously barring the tourism boost that comes around holidays like Christmas and New Year, you’ll have a much easier time securing that reservation. That means you could even score a nice meal at more than one of these restaurants with relative ease, really giving you the fine dining tour of the city that you don’t want to miss.
We recommend getting a table at some of the following restaurants during your stay:
Rene at Tlaquepaque for a refined yet relaxed continental-inspired dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner, and also stocked with an exquisite wine list.
Dahl & DiLuca for award-winning Italian cuisine refined by renowned Executive Chef Lisa Dahl. This is the premier Italian dining experience in town, accompanied by live smooth jazz.
Mariposa Grill, also run by Lisa Dahl, offers an incredible Latin-inspired meal with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Catered wines from Chile and Argentina round out the fine dining experience.
And that’s just a small sampling of the incredible culinary culture that awaits you in Sedona!
Outdoor Attractions Open Year-Round
There are countless different outdoor activities to partake in during your visit to Sedona. Not everyone prefers to hike during the warm, sunny days of summer, and Sedona rarely, if ever, gets too cold for you to hit the trails. If you’re lucky, there’s also the possibility of snowfall occurring while you’re in town, which really brings out a new side of the area that you’ll want to see. Look into going on a jeep tour or horseback ride, since there’s bound to be plenty of open reservations while you’re on holiday. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, there’s biking, hiking, kayaking, balloon rides, helicopter tours, and more, just take your pick.
Go on a Wine Tour
Sedona is famous for its vineyards, has become an increasingly popular travel destination for wine lovers in particular. If you’re a wine lover already, or perhaps you’re curious about what Sedona wineries have to offer, you should definitely consider going on a tour. Sample some of the best wines in the United States right from the source and see why the wine industry is booming.
There are almost 30 vineyards and tasting rooms just within 25 miles of the town of Sedona, and not far away in the town of Jerome, there are plenty more for you to see. Take a look at a list of the wineries in the area and you can easily make a day trip or more out of going to see them. Even if you don’t want to put together your own tour, there are companies around the area who would be happy to take you on a guided tour of the local wineries, giving you countless options.
Take a Trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad
One of the best ways to catch gorgeous views of the wilderness of the American Southwest is to book a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. They run railway tours that run for roughly four hours and include options for you to sit inside of a conventional railway car and relax or stand in an open-air car for optimal chances to score that perfect photo of the countryside.
You’ll get the chance to see some of the treasured natural and cultural history of Sedona, from historic mining sites to ancient cliff dwellings created by the Sinagua. Don’t worry about having to pack a lunch, either, as the train will have complimentary appetizers, a champagne toast, and bar service ready for your enjoyment.
Just a Taste
That’s just a small amount of the activities Sedona and its local area have to offer. The calendar is full up of events all winter, especially around the holidays, so you’ll have plenty of other things going on, and there’s no doubt there will be an activity for every day of your vacation if you’re looking to stay busy. Even if you’re looking to take it easy, I Love Sedona is there for you. Book your perfect vacation rental now and see that special side of Sedona during the winter.