My Mom flew out from St. Louis, and we took a trip to Sedona – alone! No kids, no wifey, nobody else… just us! :) The relaxation this trip provided was much needed.

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Highlights of our trip:

— Amazing hotel: Residence Inn by Marriott
— Amazing vortex tour: Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours
— Amazing coffee: Grinders Coffee Shop

Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn by Marriott

First things first, we stopped in Prescott and stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott. I wish we could have stayed for more than one night, though, because it was the perfect long-stay hotel.

Residence Inn by Marriott

They had a mini market downstairs, and a Trader Joe's across the street. The heated pool and Jacuzzi were second only to the amazing room and its views.

Residence Inn by Marriott

This Prescott Arizona hotel is located 90 miles NW of Phoenix & 90 miles SW of Flagstaff. This hotel in Prescott is situated between Prescott Valley, Chino Valley & Downtown Prescott. Prescott has rightfully earned the nicknames “Everybody's Hometown” and “Arizona's Christmas City” because of the easygoing small town atmosphere and presence of the old west. Prescott area activities center around the Prescott Valley Entertainment District and the historic Prescott Courthouse and Whiskey Row. Year-round events take place, such as Whiskey Row Marathon, Acker Musical Showcase and the World's Oldest Rodeo. The 5,100 seat Tim's Toyota Event Center is home to the Arizona Sundogs Hockey Team and the venue for concerts, trade shows and conventions. Yavapai College Performing Arts Theatre hosts numerous celebrity events througout the year. Prescott is the gateway to Northern Arizona and a short drive to the Grand Canyon, Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort, Cliff Castle Casino & Sedona.

Twitter: @ResidenceInn

Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours

My Mom and I had a blast on our jeep tour! JP took us on a tour of the vortexes in Sedona, and it was hippie dippie and awesome. The photos speak for me:

We used a Groupon, so it was $95 for the entire thing, and totally worth it.

Grinders Coffee Shop

I'm super picky with my espresso, everyone knows that. Walking into a new coffee shop is always scary, because I'm going to be very disappointed if I pay $5 for a crap cup of coffee. Fortunately, we hit Grinders Coffee on our way up to Prescott (it's in Phoenix), and they did not disappoint!

Grinders Coffee Shop Phoenix

The wifi is lightning fast, and the staff was not too shabby, either. My iced mocha was perfectly smooth, and I will happily visit them again. Their pastries looked mighty tasty as well (especially the cinnamon roll!), but I try to save my calories for more coffee. ;)