Last night I went on tour with Pink Jeep that was a lot of fun, called Diamond Back Gulch. I’ve gone a lot of pink jeep tours, most often the Broken Arrow, because it is advertised as their best, but this sure was a fun alternative. This one is pretty rough and takes you back into the wilderness. I really felt like I was I the middle of nowhere.
One of the best parts about this trip was the rain. I’ve never been on a tour in the rain, but it made for a lot of fun. First of all it smelled wonderful. There is something about the rain in the desert. It’s a sweet smell. The wet ground made for a bit of slip and slide in the jeep, which was awesome if you like a little adventure. The clouds looked really beautiful. All fluffy and big. The cool thing was it was sunny and raining! You know what that means…rainbows! We were lucky enough to see them.
This tour wasn’t right on the red rocks like on Broken Arrow, but it was still quite beautiful with Thunder Mountain and Chimney Rock in the distance.
I would definitely recommend Diamond Back Gulch Tour on your next visit to Sedona. You can always call our concierge at 1-800-353-1239 to make the arrangements before you arrive.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake! To die for!
Last week we went out to eat at an awesome little restaurant called Dan’s Bistro. I had never eaten there before, and I’m not sure why. Might be because it doesn’t look like much from the outside. It is in this building that looks like a little strip mall so that’s kind of off-putting, but once inside the atmosphere was simple and elegant.
The dinner menu reflects the best of European fare with French, German, Portuguese, and Italian dishes represented with just a hint of of American (Select Steaks and Seafood)
We started our meal with the Stuffed Mushroom Caps filled with sweet Italian sausage and Parmesan Reggiano. As there were five of us these went quick and were very tasty.
I had the Veal Schnitzel, which had a wild mushroom brandy sauce and was served with mashed potatoes and broccoli. The mushroom sauce was so flavorful and rich. Honestly, I could have eaten the sauce on its own like it was a soup. The veal was lightly breaded and tender and there was plenty, so I had a tasty lunch the following day. My friend had the Seafood Portuguesa, which looked amazing. This is a mussel, scallops, shrimp, cod and Linguicia Sausage in a rich broth with rice and crusty bread. From my sampling this was delicious too.
For dessert there was an amazing peanut butter cheesecake. It was so rich, creamy. All of the desserts are made in house and they definitely tasted like they were. We received a basket that had fresh baked croissants and other rolls to accompany dinner.
What really stood out to me, aside from our amazing food, was the service. Our waitress was attentive and we never ran out of any of our drinks. Which reminds me it’s a B.Y.O.B. (bring your own booze) restaurant. There is a $5 corkage fee for all bottles of wine. They had a back server who replenished our silverware…very European.
If you get a chance I would pay a visit. It’s become one of my new favorites for dining in Sedona. Our Concierge team would be happy to make a reservation for you. Just call 1-800-353-1239.
I was up in Jerome last week taking in its historic restored buildings that are now artisan shops, eateries…a haunted hotel or two. At least that’s what the locals tell me. Makes for fun times during October. Halloween is probably their busiest time of the year. I once went to a Halloween Party like one of those ones you see on TV up there…hundreds of people, amazing costumes, and a night sky full of stars.
This time of year the weather is warm, but it is starting to cool down. It is so much fun to walk around. A lot of the bordellos from when this was an old copper mining town have been turned into shops now. The House of Joy is one of my favorites with its vintage inspired knick-knacks. We went to the fudge shop…which has awesome white caramel fudge, and then up to the Haunted Hamburger for margaritas.
They were not only refreshing but delicious…and we got to sit in the window where we took in the entire verde valley all the way to Sedona.