Autumn in Arizona: Where to see fall foliage
Pack your favorite sweater and head north to Kimpton’s Amara Resort and Spa to enjoy cool mountain air, stargazing, s’mores and cuddly blankets by the fire, all while taking in the palette of this season’s colorful – and short lived – leaves set against the backdrop of majestic red rocks. The West Fork of Oak Creek, just north of Sedona, is ideal for hiking and scenic drives along State Route 89A.
With rooms from $239 per night, stay at Amara between October and November to take advantage of the fall foliage season and mention “Autumn” to receive a special welcome amenity. The amenity includes a book of Sedona hiking trails and two Red Rock Harvest cocktails (Dickel No. 8 Tennessee Whiskey with hot apple cider and cinnamon syrup, topped with coconut froth and fresh nutmeg) from SaltRock Southwest Kitchen.
Amara’s intimate, boutique resort combines modern design with Arizona’s comfortable, laid-back lifestyle, endless views of the majestic red rocks, and sits nestled along Oak Creek amongst lush foliage, all within walking distance of Sedona’s uptown district. The resort overlooks the Cleopatra Red Rock Formation where Camel Rock and the much-loved Snoopy Rock are in perfect view.
Amara’s signature restaurant, SaltRock, under the direction of Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca, offers Southwest-inspired cuisine marrying the fresh, light and seasonal approach to California cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley.
Amara’s full-service, award-winning spa offers a variety of treatments that embrace the natural and spiritual Sedona influences. Native American rattles, sage smudging, chakra balancing, healing crystals and Sedona mud are all highlighted in a few of the newest treatments.
Lawn games like cornhole and bocce ball are available to guests daily and set the stage for the resort’s complimentary nightly wine hour from 5pm – 6pm.
Every Friday and Saturday night, guests can take full advantage of Sedona’s rare “Dark Sky Designation” with the resort’s “Stargazing & S’mores” offering. A local astronomy expert is on-hand to guide guests through the solar system as they use iPads with a stargazing app. Complimentary s’mores kits are provided for toasting marshmallows around the outdoor fire pits and blankets are available to bundle up on chilly nights.