Sedona makes the perfect weekend getaway; here’s the best of September

Field Trip Friday is sponsored by Sanderson Ford
Sedona's red rocks are simply magical.
Sedona's red rocks are simply magical.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 8:14 AM MST
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SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Step two hours away from the hustle and bustle of metro Phoenix and into a little rocky retreat in our backyard. Good Morning Arizona took a road trip, albeit a short one, to Sedona. On this Field Trip Friday, we’ll see how this little city that straddles Coconino and Yavapai counties is a world-class destination with majestic views of red sandstones. There were certainly some memorable moments.

What is “consciousness evolution?”

"Awaken Your Yoga" with an adventure tour company specializing in yoga and consciousness evolution.

While you can go into any quiet, empty room to partake in yoga, there’s so much more in a little studio off SR-89A. Taking a moment to exercise typically helps you with strength, balance, and pain relief, helping give you a sense of overall wellness. But here, there’s more to learn.

Valerie Sanjali, the owner of Aumbase Sedona, says they offer an experience that is invigorating, relaxing, and therapeutic.

Sound healing uses the power of vibrations to heal your mind, body, and spirit, while breathwork is breathing exercises to improve your mental health and blow off some stress. It’s different from mediation, which asks you to pay attention to yourself; this is about actively trying to alter your mood and behavior.

A helicopter tour from a familiar 3TV voice

He might not be on "NewsChopper 3" anymore, but he's still flying above our beautiful state.

Red rocks: whether you hike them or do the Jeep tours, there’s a lot of fun there. But there’s one more way to see them and that is by helicopter, and you just might see a very familiar face at the controls. After flying NewsChopper 3 for umpteen years bringing you Arizona from above, Bruce Haffner is now getting up close and personal to this magical place, flying for Sedona Air Tours

Getting to the hike

Shuttle Trailhead Service started up in March and offers up a free park-and-ride.

Not everyone has a sporty, off-road capable vehicle to trek into the dozens of Sedona trailheads. Add in the limited parking available at the most popular hiking spots, and you could spend considerable time just getting there. Or you can just take the shuttle.

Sedona Shuttle buses can hold about 20 passengers and provide free park-and-ride shuttle service to Cathedral Rock, Dry Creek, Little Horse, and Soldier Pass.

Best spots to grab a bite

Whether you're looking for a mom-and-pop spot, a luxurious date night, or something outside of the beaten path, you'll find it in Sedona.

A plethora of restaurants offer up everything from some simple eats (check out Red Rock Cafe for some delicious southwestern food), to a lunch spot with great views (The Vault), or a gorgeous steakhouse (ShadowRock Tap + Table)

And this weekend, the Sedona Winefest returns, bringing with it the biggest wine festival in northern Arizona. While the event got canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, and it rained out in 2021. Organizers say thousands are expected on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25. After all, there is nowhere else you can visit and sample from 25 award-winning wineries from our great State 48.

A look inside the most expensive home to ever hit Sedona’s market

Listed by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Devin Johnston, it's selling for $19.445 million

Off Eagle Mountain Ranch Road, is one of Arizona’s most luxurious homes. Listed at $19.445 million, the 45-acre property even features its own vineyard. We can’t help but feel a little jealous of the picturesque landscape that Colton and Tess got to witness with their own eyes.

Vortifest, a premier music festival experience, captures the heart of red rock country

VortiFest returns for a third year.

Festival organizers call it a “truly one-of-a-kind” experience, and it truly is. Music that captures the soul of the southwest, coupled with pieces of Americana and tunes that throw you back in time. This year, Grammy award-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development returns, along with some other entertainment acts (hello MTV’s Brent Pella.) Make some friends or bring your partner. It’s sure to make for a weekend unlike any other.