When you get a text from your favorite Arizona Foodie (@AZFoodie herself!) asking if you’d like to take a sweet overnight trip to Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock in the middle of the week, you rearrange your dentist appointment and say yes. You don’t really ask any questions. You clear your chakras, put on your yoga pants, and go!
Well, you over-pack first but that’s kind of a given.
Just a short (seriously.) drive from midtown Phoenix (or Scottsdale. Or Peoria. Or whatever part of the valley you’re from), Sedona is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle that is Real Life. Your phone will totally work up there though, so you don’t have to freak out. Snap away at the beautiful red rocks, the fireplace in your room, and the very impressive looking avocado toast, but it’s also a great place to be so you can turn off your phone and just take in the whole vortex thing.
Newly renovated, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock features two outdoor pools, a beautiful golf course, and even a hiking guru for those who go to Sedona to do things that aren’t visiting psychics, eating, or shopping.
Personally, I’m not a hiking person. I would love to tell you that hiking is a passion of mine fit for a Tinder profile hobby bullet-point, but I like gerunds that I can do while sitting or barely moving. Here are some of the things I did quite happily while at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock:
- Ate Chef Flores’ customized pink snacks by the fireplace in a robe
- Ate popcorn Chef Flores left me by the fireplace in a robe
- Did yoga by the fireplace (I mean, you have to move a little. And I was not wearing my robe.)
- Fell asleep drinking a pomegranate pink drink Chef Flores made me while watching Chopped on the TV that was right by the fireplace whilst wearing a robe
- Oh, also a Hilton guest mistook me for a ghost. Probably because I don’t hike and I’m never in the sun, so I’m very pale. Also, it was 2AM and I was just walking down the hall to get something from my car. I wasn’t even wearing the robe at this point. Oh wait… maybe I was.
Frankly, if you’re going to vacation at a resort, you have to wear the robe. Not all the time, but even if you did I would deem that acceptable.
So, full disclosure, I did get to stay at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock for free. It was an absolute pleasure. This does mean that not everyone will get pink-themed treats for their stay. Some will get purple like AZ Foodie did, but even more people will have to bring their own snacks. Because that’s just how bloggers do, I’m sorry!
From the Hilton website.
One of the best things, besides the gorgeous views from every room that you can enjoy from your private patio, the fact that I had two TVs, a giant bathroom, a kitchenette area, and said fireplace where I could retire in a robe, is that if you REALLY wanted to have one of those weekends where you don’t leave the grounds, you totally can. I’m not your keeper, okay? I don’t know why you wouldn’t visit the shops just a few minutes away from the resort, but you do you. And if you want to just eat and enjoy the spa and the view, that’s a thing you can totally do at the Sedona Hilton Resort at Bell Rock.
Part of the Hilton Sedona’s renovations is a newly designed ShadowRock Tap + Table with new executive Chef Jason Flores.
My new friends from ShadowRock Tap + Table. (JK I don’t know these people from the Hilton website, but they look so happy!)
Their menu is full of things you already know you love and really want to eat with new twists that make it exciting. Like a smoked salmon made in-house that tops an avocado toast that’s so pretty you’ll think someone gave you the wrong dish. “No,” you’ll say to the waiter upon receiving a dish delicately plated, dotted with fresh, edible flowers, “I ordered the salmon avocado toast.”
“Yup, that’s avocado toast,” she’ll say, setting down a plate with the jalapeno baked right into the artisan bread that’s layered with chive cream cheese, avocado, a quick pickled onion, and a perfectly poached egg.
Sometimes toast is a side dish, but here’s it’s the main course. I swear it took me two full days to eat it. And I wouldn’t let anyone share with me. It had hits of sweet, tangy, spicy, and salty all packaged in one perfect bite. No sharesies!
Chef Flores is such a cool, laid-back dude who makes the most elegant comfort food I’ve ever seen. You’ll want to order everything. You probably should, you’re on vacation after all.
Chef Flores and his pub pretzel knots.
If a cinnamon roll waffle or a sandwich named the Iron City consisting of pastrami, provolone, slaw, fries (Yes, ON the sandwich) and a ‘secret sauce’ doesn’t sound amazing to you, then stay home and figure out where you went wrong in life. Or if you have diabetes or high cholesterol or something, I’m sorry. Maybe that was too harsh. You should still go vacation at Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock. I’m sorry for your high blood sugar and/or cholesterol problem.
It comes with amazing tater-tots, too.
If you’re just not a sandwich person (I assume that can happen?) maybe something made with sugar is more your style? Donuts are typically a dessert but I see absolutely no reason why they can’t be the main attraction. Or at least a little something to share with the table while you wait for your food. Chef Flores uses gelatin and Kool-Aid, the childhood drink staple if you had a cool mom who let you drink it, to create a sweet and sour donut in all your favorite flavors along with a dipping cream that you will want to stop eating but for some reason, absolutely can’t. They’re so pretty and so delectable it’s almost agitating because it’s like, you’re already addicted to your phone and Nutella, and La Croix and now this?? This dish that only exists in Sedona? Frustrating! But one more reason to go get away.
I ate A LOT when I was in Sedona so it’s probably easier to give you a little slide show since a picture is worth a thousand words, anyway.
If your mouth is watering and your legs are like, we need a beautiful two-hour hike so we deserve any of this food, let me direct you to the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. It’s amazing what getting out of the city can do for your soul. Not staying the night? Why not take a day trip just for the donuts. It’s what the bitches would do.