Thursday, February 18, 2010

Adventures and First Impressions

Happy Almost-Friday everyone! (or Friday depending on when you are reading this). Obviously, I am not TOO pumped that it is Friday since that means my vacation is almost over, but I'm happy for all of you that I've been torturing with my blog posts and tweets all week.

Last night for Eric's birthday dinner we took advantage of our extra night in Sedona to try what is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Sedona: Cucina Rustica.

It was a really nice place and the food was delicious. I got Capellini Pomodoro with homemade pasta. I think we can all agree there is just something about homemade pasta?


This morning we got up and decided to do one last hike in Sedona before we officially said goodbye, though the hotel did joke that we will probably be back tomorrow.

We decided to hike up Bell Rock.

Technically you need actual mountain climbing gear to get to the VERY top but we just decided to do the best we could and it was fun. I think hiking may be my new favorite activity. Think the hikes in good ol' Massachusetts will be this gorgeous?

Too bad my arms are the same color as my shirt!
We managed to make it pretty far past the trail with only a few questionable climbing decisions (just kidding Mom).

On the way down to Phoenix from Sedona we checked out Montezuma Castle. Check it out:

It's literally built into a canyon wall. Awesome. Apparently the whole "Montezuma" thing is actually not accurate, but originally they thought he had been there and the name stuck. No wonder history confuses kids!

A few hours later we arrived at our Scottsdale hotel and found that our bathroom was bigger than our room had been in the Grand Canyon. Yay!

We also have a nice living area with a fridge and microwave!

And a separate room for our bed. It's my favorite when there is a separate bedroom. I get it whenever possible (meaning only if it's not a million dollars extra) because then Eric and I can have our own space when the other person is sleeping.

Even though we were completely sick of driving, we did head out again to get a late dinner (well, late for us which is really normal for everyone else). We went to a Mexican place in Downtown Scottsdale called Frank and Lupes. We sat on an outdoor patio behind the restaurant. I think they pretty much won us over with the outdoor seating, but the chips and salsa were amazing as well.

I got chicken fajitas, my new favorite dish.

They were really good, but not as good as my first encounter with chicken fajitas, mainly because those had black beans, my bean favorite.

Eric got a Chalupa and it was in one of those insane bowls they use to put our salads in during college.

He enjoyed his too. AND, the whole meal came to $21 before tip. Can't beat that!

On the way home I tried my hardest to find one of the famous frozen yogurt places that I have been dying to try in Arizona, but I gave up. I should probably mention that I did not happily give up, but I'm so sick of hearing "recalculating" on my GPS that I just couldn't take it anymore.

It's funny- everyone told me Scottsdale was really upscale and a little bit...snotty? The lady on the airplane said it was so yuppity that she couldn't think of anywhere near Boston to compare it to... Maybe I just haven't seen it so far, but 6 lane roads and endless strip malls just don't scream snotty to me...I guess I'll have to do some more exploring tomorrow. Bring on the snotty people!

Right now I'm completely exhausted and my head hurts. I'm going to get to bed and hopefully sleep a little better than I have been. You'd think I'd be used to new beds by now! Tomorrow I best be finding some frozen yogurt, that's all I can say.


  1. I have decided that I am moving to Arizona. Your pictures look amazing. The view and more importantly the food! You killin me over here! Looks like heaven!

  2. We went to Scottsdale a few years ago to visit family friends of my husband's. WOW. Their house was amazing. They had guest casitas and a one of those home movie viewing rooms with a huge screen and big comfy leather chairs for everyone. Scottsdale has a lot of money!!

  3. That hotel room may be bigger than my apartment. Looks like you guys had a great time on your last day in Sedona. I too love hiking, but obviously am limited in NYC.

  4. What an amazing trip! Hiking is such fun. There are a lot of great spots around here...and in NH and ME too.

  5. Looks like such an amazing trip, I'm jealous of the hiking and the weather!

  6. That photo of Montezuma Castle is stunning. I'm glad that your accommodations are better! Of course, the first thing my eye diverted to in the photo of the bedroom is the box of cheez-its. Yummm, cheez-its. My weakness!

  7. I also looked for a frozen yogurt place when I was in Florida and couldn't find one!!! it made me quite sad, I have to say :(

    For someone who used to not be a fan of mexican food (I think?) you seem to be turning around!! I have lots of fun mexican recipes if you'd like ;)

  8. The downtown area is pretty chi-chi! If you guys hike Camelback today (which you totally should because it's supposed to rain tomorrow!) check out the crazy beautiful houses in the area! Froyo in Scottsdale/Phoenix- Red Mango, Yogurberry, Sweet Republic, Golden Spoon...

  9. Your vacation looks so fun!!! I am dying to go to Arizona one day! My husband LOVES AZ and he is getting jealous looking at all your gorgeous phots!!

  10. There is NOTHING like homemade pasta - I just wish it didn't take so long to make! Sounds like you're having a great time!

    lol on the same color arms and shirt - me too :P

  11. Your vacation looks like so much fun! I love how active it is yet how relaxing it seems as well. And I definitely, for the first time ever, want to visit Arizona!