Monday, February 17, 2014

Birthday Trip to Sedona

Well, I am officially thirty! 

A week and a half ago C took me up to Sedona, AZ to celebrate.  It was the place we took our first mini getaway together and we’ve been wanting to go back ever since. Somehow, I managed to only take a few pictures the entire trip, which I am really bummed about. 

We headed up the mountain (it’s about a 2 hour drive from Phoenix) on Thursday evening after I got off of work. We knew we’d be eating dinner late so we grabbed a snack. McDonalds French fries anyone?  Yum!

Once we got up there we checked into our hotel, changed our clothes and headed to dinner.  There is an Italian restaurant there called Dahl & DiLuca that I went to years ago.  It was the first place I ever tried gnocchi and I fell in love. It’s a bit pricey, but we thought we could splurge for my birthday.

Oh man it was so good!  We had great garlic infused oil for dipping bread in, mozzarella filled radicchio wrapped in prosciutto, gnocchi in vodka sauce and Prawns served in a Lemon, Garlic White Wine and Parsley Sauce.  Just delicious!

We thought we might roam around town a bit after dinner, but we were so stuffed that we just headed back to our hotel room and watched cheesy 90’s movies (She’s All That) before passing out.

The next morning (my birthday!) we slept in a bit.  One we got dressed and ready to head out, C took me to a bakery to get a cupcake for my birthday. He knows I adore cupcakes. Love that man. 

It was cold (to me) and very grey and cloudy that day, but we didn't let it get to us. Next we headed to a place called Picazzo’s for lunch. Holy cow was it tasty!  I know it is a chain, so I will definitely be looking it up in Phoenix!
Tons of clouds and fog

Then we headed up to a city called Jerome, which my mom had told me about.  It’s an old mining town at the top of a mountain. 

Going up the hill, we really had no clue what to expect, so we really only planned to stay about an hour or two.  When we got to the top though, we fell in love.  There were four wine cellars to do tastings and a ton of little shops with local treats.  Even after our first and second wineries, we thought we were gonna be leaving soon.
Big C in a little shop!
About the third winery is where it all went haywire.  Probably because at that point I was feeling quite good! 

You guys, we ended up staying until 9:30pm!

Sultry Cellars
We met a bunch of people our age and had a blast. Honestly, there are pieces I don’t quite remember which is shocking to me.  I have never in my life had a night where I don’t remember everything!  C was telling me some of the terribly embarrassing things I said…..oh man. Oops!

Obviously, after leaving Jerome we headed back to our hotel in Sedona and crashed.

The next day we headed back to Phoenix since C had work.  Womp womp. 

We really had a great trip though.  I love that there are so many places near Phoenix we can visit that are completely different. Five hours away is the ocean and California, 4 hours away is Vegas or Rocky Point Mexico, in less than two hours you can be in underground caves in Southern AZ or snow in Northern AZ.  It’s incredible.
A cloudy view of the red rocks of Sedona.... the city is especially beautiful in the sun!
So that’s it! I wish I had taken more pictures….I don’t even have a picture of C and I together! Seriously, the four above are the only four I took!
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  1. I've always heard so much about the wineries in Jerome but I haven't made it up there yet! I need to get on that stat!!

  2. Sounds like lots of fun!! Happy belated birthday!!

  3. I go down to sedona and jerome almost every year, isn't it gorgeous?



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