I’ve always heard that Sedona is a magical place, and now I understand why. The magnificent red rocks throughout the area take your breath away. After doing some hiking on Doe Mountain and around Cathedral Rock, I set out in search of the city’s most beautiful and interesting fireplaces.
My first stop was at The Cowboy Club, a casual steakhouse where I experienced cactus fries, a rattlesnake appetizer and a buffalo burger for the first time. This historic building is decked out in cowboy gear including saddles, hats, ropes and horns as well as photographs dating back to the 1940’s. Back then, the tavern served as the center of the small town’s social life.
The Cowboy Artists of America was formed back in 1965 by four prominent western artists sitting by the beautiful stone fireplace in the main dining room. This unique fireplace, mostly constructed of large stones, also has a variety of rocks making it a colorful and interesting structure. The family who built the fireplace years ago had all its members contribute their favorite rocks and stones as the fireplace was being built to add a personal touch to the design. If you look closely, you can find all sorts of rocks from shiny to dull in a variety of shapes and colors.
The Silver Saddle Room, adjacent to the main dining area, offers a more refined dining experience with dim lighting and a charming light stone fireplace. The soft glow of two wrought iron candelabras on the rustic wood mantel add to the elegant ambiance in the room.
The next day I drove over to the Enchantment Resort and what an experience that was! With no shortage of fireplaces, I strolled through the property enjoying each one and every other amenity along the way. If you want to get away from it all and experience first class comfort, this is the place to be. Set in the midst of the red rocks, this resort offers everything from tennis, yoga, hiking, pool all with breathtaking views.
In the main area near the dining room you can hear the crackle and pop of real wood burning. A modern looking curved white stucco fireplace sits in the corner with wood neatly stacked on its hearth. The dark metal mantel adds interest to the clean design.
The gas fireplace in the game/reading room combines brick, metal and wood to create a fabulous focal point for the room. Comfortable leather furniture surrounds the opening making it a cozy area to hang out with a drink and relax a while.
A firepit out by the pool area provides the perfect spot to enjoy a red rock view. The brick and concrete structure, surrounded by wicker chairs, burns gas with lava rocks. It’s a great place to enjoy a glass of wine.
Back at my hotel, the Rouge, I ended my day watching the sunset and relaxing by the outdoor fireplace in the pool area. The gas logs burn brightly thru the black wrought iron screen. I love the intricate design of the colorful gold and blue tiles on the chimney and around the arched opening.
Cozy fireplaces, good food, fabulous red rock views- Sedona has it all. I’m already looking forward to my next visit!