My in-laws are awesome, and were kind enough to take us to Sedona for the weekend for free ninety-nine! They rented a home through Flip Key, and it was absolutely beautiful.
I was nervous about taking Charlie on her first road-trip because she despises her car seat. She gets bored within 20 minutes of being in it, and unless someone is back there entertaining her, you’ll have to listen to her Mariah Carey octaves for the entire ride. So knowing that this may pose some challenges, I started looking into ways to keep her pacified.
I found an iPad holder for the car on Amazon, and it was a literal life-saver. The best $12.99 I’ve ever spent. I can’t sing enough praises about it. It took me 5 minutes to put together, and she was as quiet as a church mouse for 90% of the drive. I downloaded a few movies (S!ng is her current fave) some TV shows and we were golden. I’ve provided the direct link to buy the holder below.
The property itself was nestled up against the red rocks, so we had a stunning view outside on the back patio. They had a Jacuzzi, which I took full advantage of at night after the baby went to bed. You forget how many stars are in the sky until you have an unobstructed sight of them outside of the city. It was a much-needed weekend of total relaxation and unscheduled activities.
We browsed a few shops and ate on the patio at any restaurant we could. The food was great. In particular the chopped salad at the Open Range Grill & Tavern was to die for. Is anyone else as obsessed with chopped salads as I am? I can’t get enough of them.
The weather was okay – we’re still suffering over here in AZ so a high of 95 I guess is better than 110. The evenings were beautiful, I think it got down to 65 degrees at one point. I’ll take that any day.
All in all it was a wonderful mini-getaway. Trav and I both agreed that we need to get up there more often, even if it’s just for the day. Charlie struggled to sleep well, but still had fun running amok. She woke up both mornings a little jarred by her surroundings (this was her first overnight away from home) but we were right there to reassure her. She’s a champ and it was awesome to see her experiencing everything for the first time. I think it’s one of my favorite parts of being a parent.
If you’re ever in Arizona, you should absolutely make Sedona a must-see spot. The red rocks are unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else – even being there as many times as I have, the view never gets old.
Until our next adventure!