Sunrise greeted me with a glorious view off my balcony.
Tuesday morning, all resort owners were invited to a hot breakfast and members' benefits update presentation. Of course, this is just a thinly disguised sales pitch, but I did get a most excellent breakfast burrito with chorizo, pico, and a giant bowl of fresh fruit. For agreeing to sit one-on-one with a representative for about an hour after the presentation, I walked away unscathed but with a $75 Mastercard gift card.
By the time Thursday rolled around, I was ready to get out and explore, so I mapped out a little route to take me to some of my favorite places.
First stop, the yarn shop in town called Knit Wits, where I spent every dollar of that $75 gift card!
|Knit Wits Yarn Shop, Sedona AZ|
|Pretty blue-green yarn...I have a project in mind for this!|
The owner of the shop shared one of her knitting patterns with me and now it's underway with some of the yarn that I purchased.
|Gorgeous Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel 3-ply|
Next it was down 89A to Page Spring Road and a couple of my favorite wineries. Oak Creek has a particular white wine that I love but there were other wines I'd not tasted before.
|Oak Creek Winery|
|Tasting room at Oak Creek Winery|
Their list is extensive and a $20/5 glass tasting only touches part of that list! I had the shop keeper all to myself and since I didn't have to be anywhere, I took my time and had a great chat with her. They have a very nice little cheese plate to nibble on while sipping the wines. 5 different cheeses, candied pineapple bits, almonds grown right there at the winery, Spanish olives, and some tasty little wine biscuits. Perfect!
|Nice little cheese and nibbles plate|
Their deal is buy three get one free, so I bought 9 (3 each of various varieties) and added three more to make a full mixed case. Sweet!
Sufficiently "buzzed" but not too much so, it was on to Page Springs Winery. I had two blended reds on my list and bought 3 bottles of each. Now my cargo area is filled with clinking wine bottles and it was time for a late lunch.
|Page Springs vineyards|
|Page Springs Winery|
Just down the road is a truly great restaurant "find," discovered a year ago when I spent a week in Scottsdale. Harry's Hideaway. I wrote about them a December 2012 blog entry. This visit I had a thin-crust fig and proscuitto pizza and it was excellent! Sounds like an odd combination, but the fig is rendered into a thin paste and spread onto the pizza dough just as pizza sauce would be.
It was after 3:30 PM by the time I returned to my villa, sated and with my day's "booty" in tow.
Tomorrow: I'm volunteering at the Sedona Marathon packet pickup in the really pretty Tlaquepaque village in Sedona.