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Our Favorite Stops in Sedona

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Cafe Elote

At this exquisite Sedona restaurant, Chef Jeff Smedstad uses creative sauce and flavors to turn Mexican cuisine into an art. We loved the halibut en mole verde, grilled Alaska halibut with a tomatillo-pumpinseed mole. Out of this world. The flavorful sauce and sprinkle of peppers transformed one of my favorite types of fish into a unique creation. A redfish special was equally delicious. Don’t miss the elote, the restaurant’s signature appetizer made from roasted corn. The restaurant doesn’t accept reservations and you can expect quite a line. We managed to avoid a long wait by sitting at a bar table which was equally pleasant. http://www.elotecafe.com/

The Red Rock Café

One of the best breakfasts we have ever had! “Kathy’s Special” included a scramble of eggs, packed with vegetables, accompanied by home fries, a gently sautéed combination of russet and sweet potatoes. Fresh pineapple and strawberries were a perfect addition. This was the perfect brunch after hoofing it on a hike around Bell Rock in the morning. Songs by Cat Stevens, the Beatles, and Paul Simon took us on a fun jaunt to the 60s and 70s. While located in a little plaza, this cafe has plenty of personality.

Oak Creek Brewery

Stop here for great brews and a bratwurst with sauerkraut! We loved sitting on the back patio sipping hefeweizens and ales and munching on brats and sausages with a special twist. For something less traditional try a Tokyo featuring a veggie sausage dabbed with wasabi mayonnaise and smothered with onions and seaweed. The German owner and her staff will treat you well! Check their schedule for live music and dancing. oakcreekbrew.com

Sedona Arts Center: We loved this gallery that hosts exhibits featuring works by local artists including paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography and jewelry. If you are looking for an artistic experience on your trip, they offer a variety of workshops ranging from plein air painting to ceramics. The gallery, classrooms, and art barn are located right on 89A in Uptown Sedona. SedonaArtsCenter.com

Thrifty Mountain Supply

Did you forget your hiking poles, hat, or fanny pack? Bruce, a grizzled outdoorsman with mountains of humorous quips, helps visitors solve their equipment problems at Thrifty Mountain Supply. He assisted me choosing just the right hat for sun protection and threw in amusing stories that sent us off grinning and ready for a great day on the trail. 2020 Contractors Rd., Sedona. 928-282-1110.

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