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... famous choose to live here, as it is beautiful, although too far from the sea!
But it is also a draw for a few oddballs, as it has become the centre of new age and vortex followers.
"In the past 30 years, the “vortexes” of Sedona have become almost as famous as the Red Rocks. Tourists by the thousands make their pilgrimages to be energized, to meditate, or to have their curiosity satisfied.
Sedona has been called the ...
... up the mountain to find the petroglyphs.
Off we set. Over the cattle grid, and up the rack, past the derelict mines, and on up... the track slowly became more and more rough as we carefully picked our way round the boulders.
When it started to look more and more unlikely, I became more and more d'Ítre mined to find them. Bloody mindedness in action.
Over the steepest of ridges and then all of a sudden, there were the murals patted by Roy Purcell on one side, and on ...
... much carbon dioxide because of the limestone it passes through, that fish cannot survive in it. However, there are five species of life that live in the water there that live nowhere else on earth!
We, that concludes our stay in Sedona. We are off to Lake Havasu State Park for 2 weeks. We will not have internet access there, so will depend on wifi access at cafes, etc to stay in touch (other than texting, which we think will still be fine).
... the trailhead and drove us back to the car, saving us a good 5 miles of the trip! After that, didn't have too much time left to explore the valley, but it was still cool to see.
After that, food shopping for the next few days of camping... As usual bought a load of impractical snacks and cheese sandwiches to get me through, before we again set off (and slept the duration) at around 4am, so we could get to the trailhead really early and start the walk to Havasu Falls before ...
... me entertained was having to keep a very close eye on Alec and Ben, constantly reminding them not to go off the path/too near the edge especially as the rain had made the rocks slick.
We found a very pleasant (if somewhat utilitarian) RV park in Williams to spend the night - we planned an early start the following morning to resume our much delayed and longest day's drive to Bakersfield, a stop-off on the way to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Junipine Resort Sedona
We did not stay at the Junipine Resort (stayed at the Canyon Wren Cabins a short distance away--see that review). However, the hosts at CWC recommended the restaurant at Junipine as a place for a quiet, unpretentious place to dine, after spending all day at airports and in airplanes. It was topnotch. We went there twice. The ambience is not fancy, but clean and pretty. I had the chicken fajita the first time--enough to feed at least 2 people, and my husband and I both enjoyed the fresh rainbow trout baked in almonds the second night. We had a nice young waiter named Will who was friendly and attentive without being smarmy. I would give this place an A+, and is a pleasant change from the more high-pressure places in Sedona--this is just our personal taste, of course.
A Little Bit Of Heaven
Junipine was way more than I ever expected! It was to be a surprise vacation to celebrate an important birthday. Accomodations were western but not rustic, modern but not ultra. A deck, two fireplaces, clean, quiet, removed from downtown Sedona by about 8 miles up Oak Creek Canyon. The staff was very cooperative and helpful. They arranged Northernlights Balloon flights & Pink Jeep Tours along with other helpful ideas. The hot tub , fires in the fireplace the gurgling of Oak Creek and a sky full of stars at night made it a very romantic and peaceful four days. Easily a days drive to the Grand Canyon and return. Delicious and hearty meals in their small but well appointed dining room along with a more than attentive staff made eating on location convenient.
Based upon the many reviews in TripAdvisor for Junipine Resort, I booked 3 nights in early November 2003 for our 15th anniversary. We had planned a 10 day trip out West and wanted a few days in the Sedona area, and this portion of the trip was my present to my husband. It was everything promised in the previous reviews, and the 3 days at Junipine was the best part of the trip. This was a real splurge for us, and it was worth every penny. The extra cost of the hot tub was well worth it - we lived in it, especially after sundown. The kitchen was well equipped, and the fireplace was restocked daily, we kept a fire going around the clock. The furnishings were all so comfortable and everything well maintained. Now for the downsides - their web site, which I read and re-read many times before and after booking, made me believe we were going to be staying in an individual cabin (I had pictured cute "A" frame type cabins - none of the pictures on the web site actually shows you the outside of the connected units) but they are actually "condos", attached in groups of four or so. There are privacy fences on the decks, but if you were stuck next to someone with children, or loud people, it could be annoying or even limiting to your use of your hot tub and deck - I would ask when booking to be assured of no children next door, especially if you are on a "honeymoon" or anniversary type trip and want quiet and privacy in your hot tub!
We stayed for 3 days for our anniversary and wanted something very special. The resort and grounds are absolutely wonderful. The units are very large, very quiet condos, with 2 fireplaces, a fully-equipped full kitchen, bedroom + loft, TV/VCR/DVD, and nicely furnished, if a bit Spartan. The large patio overlooks the grounds, and what a place to sit and read! The resort is down in the canyon near Oak Creek, and although its a little outside the red rock country, the setting is stunning. Weve been to Sedona many times, and found this to be as good as any place there. We were equally amazed, however, at the really mediocre service. There were absolutely no extra or special touches, something you would expect for a resort at this price. Office staff was friendly, but answered most requests with a brochure from one of their sales affiliates. Service staff came and went throughout the day, waking me up from a nap twice. Our fireplace & supplies were not maintained as promised. The restaurant is really a diner complete with smart-alecky waitresses who were always on break. The only items in the room were the motel-standard coffee pack and shampoo. Although the place itself was amazing, given the disappointing service at a rather steep price it was never special, and we probably wont return.
Found Junipine on the web and only knew that it was expensive but got rave reviews. The money was well spent, however. The cabins are beautiful and private, and the views (both night and day) are spectacular. Firewood is supplied for the two fireplaces (living room/bedroom) and the smell is heavenly. What could be better than relaxing in a hot tub, late at night, watching the stars and satellites float by? We stayed two nights to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and had a perfect time. From what I could gather, each cabin is individually owned and decorated so nothing seems "institutional". We highly recommend this resort to anyone fortunate enough to visit Sedona.
Better than Sedona
What a spectacular location! Secluded away from all the noise and tourist activity in downtown Sedona, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. With the gentle sounds of Oak Creek, the views of the canyon, and the brilliant Milky Way above you at night, you can't help but relax. (Especially if you paid a little bit extra for a hot tub.) Our place, #38, was very tastefully decorated, with a full kitchen. In fact, instead of going to dinner in Sedona one night, we picked up pizza and a bottle of wine at Garland's Indian Gardens Market down the road so as to make the most of our surroundings. If we could, we would like to live there. But at least we were able to enjoy it for three nights. We'll be back!
Wow! I took a chance on this resort and it really worked out great!I had originally found them surfing the web. They have a beautiful website and I was a little worried that it might be to good to be true.
My husband and I live in Gilbert and had out of town company coming and we were going to Sedona. After much searching online, I ran across Junipine Resort. I was reluctant to book at first because I didn't know anything about them, but it was the best decision I made! What a wonderful place. We stayed in house #50 which had an awesome view of the creek and mountains. Tons of privacy and a huge wrap around deck with hot tub. Master bedroom was extremely romantic with the fireplace and view to wake up to. The staff was wonderful as well and more than happy to be of help at any time. Sandy (both Sandy's) were extremely nice and bent over backwards to make sure we were satisfied. The house was furnished beautifully. We were happy with EVERY part of our stay at Junipine and can't wait to come again (alone this time!). I would venture to say that winter and fall are probably the best times to come because of the view and the fact that the units don't have central air. We couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend. Worth every penny.
I am from Arizona originally and would make a trip up to Sedona annually. I discovered Junipine Resort 6 years ago. It is by far the most fantastic place and spending a little extra to get a house with a private hot tub outside on your private wrap around deck is so worth it, as I discovered November 2001! There is no noise other than sounds of mother nature and it's so wonderful to be be staying someplace where there are no golf carts cutting you off and loud people at the swimming pool and anything else that comes with your typical, mainstream "hotel". This is a place where you will practically forget that you have anyone around you aside from who you are with. It's the best place to go to relax with your loved ones or by yourself. Sedona is my sanctuary and Junipine is a big part of that peaceful getaway. I am returning this March and it will be my 6th stay there and I did INDEED get the house with the private tub! Go see for yourself and enjoy the experience of all Sedona and Junipine have to offer. It is the one place I ALWAYS recommend to those who are wondering where to stay!