Romance is woven into the very fabric of Sedona. At the turn of the century, the first postmaster, T.C. Schnebly, struggled to come up with an appropriate name for the young community along the banks of Oak Creek. Finally, he did the most natural thing of all––he named it after his beautiful wife, Sedona. Now it’s impossible to think of it ever being called anything else. With its otherworldly beauty, Sedona is the ideal place for a romantic getaway, whether for a weekend holiday or planning for the perfect wedding day.
Many flock to the fairytale wonderland of Sedona, attracted by its crimson buttes, windswept spires, dramatic canyons and the shimmering waters of the Verde River. Nestled in the quaint city is a secret gem that many covet for his and her picture-perfect day, and as it turns out, it’s surprisingly easy when you have a picture-perfect location.
Bridal magazines consistently place Sedona in the top 10 destinations in the country and world for location and scenery. In addition to national acclaim, Sedona is home to dozens of lauded wedding planners and event managers ready to assist with arrangements to create memories that last a lifetime. With all the pieces in place and all the support you need, couples can experience a stress-free day, whether it’s coordinating a honeymoon, organizing the ceremony or even just planning a romantic anniversary.
Imagine exchanging vows atop a high mesa, tucked away in a hidden canyon; honeymooning on the banks of a silver stream or beside a favorite formation bathed in the lush glow of sunset; or perhaps proposing to that special someone aboard a hot air balloon or helicopter. In Sedona, the possibilities are as endless as the star-studded skies.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and love, the city wants to make sure that the perfect day goes off without a hitch, with help from some of the most romantic spots in town. Here are just a few of the charming and bespoke options available to visitors seeking romance in the red rocks.
The Butterfly Garden Inn was established in 1945 as Don Hoel’s Cabins. Today, its bed-and-breakfast establishment is a local treasure, spanning 27 acres in the lush Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors will find romance between the forest pine trees, where couples can cozy up to each other in charming cabins.
Garland’s Lodge had its beginnings in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when most of Oak Creek Canyon was established as homestead land. Today, the premises still offer bed-and-breakfast style accommodations, with quaint scenery amidst the flowing river.
With cabins designed for intimacy and dedicated to couple’s enjoyment, Canyon Wren Cabins offers four different cabins for those looking to adventure to the Oak Creek Canyon woods. The property prides itself on its concept of “cabins for two,” so intimacy and romance is guaranteed with each visit.
The cottages, furnished with Southwestern charm and Native American decor, are designed for comfort in a casual atmosphere. Fireplaces, patios, and privacy lure couples to relax and enjoy the moment or take advantage of amenities such as massages in the comfort of their own cottage or in the creek-side gazebo.