Visited September 2009
While in Phoenix, I had a free day and took a roadtrip up to Sedona. It was a glorious sunny day and Sedona was the perfect place to visit for a relaxing getaway.
I arrived downtown and wanted to find a great restaurant with outdoor seating and a view of the redrock walls surrounding the city. After some careful investigation and inquiries, I stumbled in the Chamber of Commerce. I looked them in the eye and listed my criteria. The guy described a few places within walking distance, but to be honest the downtown was a little too touristy and I wanted a relaxing getaway. He then paused, and asked if I didn’t mind driving out of town a bit. He said there is a resort west of town up in a secluded canyon with a cafe and an outdoor terrace. But he warned that it was pricey. I asked for directions – “take the main road west, turn up Dry Creek Road to Boynton Canyon road, at the “T” in the road, turn right and take the road till it dead ends at the resort. At the guard building, tell them you are there for lunch at the cafe and they should let you in..” Sounded Perfect!
I followed the directions in anticipation, and after turning right down the two lane deadend road, I drove and drove through some of the most desolate and breathtaking scenery I have seen, I came upon the guard shack and stopped waiting for the guard to come out and give me permission to enter this paradise in front of me. Luckily, he allowed me in, and gave me directions to the cafe.
What a spectacular, relaxing, and inspiring setting for an iced tea, pizza and french fry lunch. I normally do not order fries with my pizza… but the server recommended them. They were fantastic, as was the pizza. I just sat there for a long time, savored the food and setting. They said I could stay as long as I wanted, and I did. Oh, and the pricey lunch? I think the pizza was $14 – the best $14 I have ever spent.