The Summer of 2011 is bittersweet for the Jacobsen family of five. Two of our members will be heading off to college in the Fall; leaving future family trips uncertain in their participation and consistency. Our children are not the little ones who once fit inside playpens meant for babies at some hotels. They are instead long and lanky, bigger than the parents who brought them into the world.
None-the-less, we packed all those teenage arms and legs along with us to Sedona, AZ where we stayed at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa. Our accommodations included a one bedroom with two queen beds and a pull out sofa. A breakfast buffet (including coffee and juice) is offered in the morning for $15.50. A children’s buffet is also offered at a much lower price which includes cereal, fruit and juice. There are three different pools: a fun pool with a spouting cactus fountain, a lap pool and a quiet pool. Most families were at the first pool described. The spa had beautiful facilities including a work-out gym at no extra charge.
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The town of Sedona is about 10 to 15 minutes from the hotel by car, but the trails and outdoor activities are all over the area. The hotel staff members were very helpful providing maps and making suggestions for hikes and parks. One family favorite is Slide Park, which consists of a narrow canyon with a shallow stream running through it. Kids and grown ups alike slide down the worn rocks under the shallow stream. Bathrooms are available. Parking is $20.00 which is also your entrance fee. The rest of the parks require a park pass which you attach to your car mirror. It is $5/day or $15 for a week long pass. It can be purchased at any gas station and the gift shop inside the Hilton Resort. They will also provide you a more detailed map of the various trails and so on. Sedona is magical, mystical and red red red. We hiked along various streams and drove up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross which provides beautiful views.