This past weekend Kirby and I went on a mini weekend getaway to one of our favorite places, Flagstaff, AZ! It’s only about a 2 hour drive from where we live in Mesa which makes it such an easy, quick trip. We decided to go on a whim to try and escape the heat that’s settled in here in Mesa.
One of our favorite things about going up North is the chance to actually hike outside in the summer! In Mesa/Phoenix in June it is just not an option starting around May (and sometimes lasting all the way through October/November). We wanted to take full advantage of the weather so we decided to stop in Sedona, AZ on our trip up North for a GORGEOUS hike.
^^Phillip was a such a good sport! She got a little tired towards the end but did such a great job on our 4 mile hike for such a small dog.
We use the app All Trails to find most of our hikes, It’s great because you can see reviews, photos, distances, if it’s pet friendly and how difficult it is. We chose Chapel Trail to Broken Arrow Trail to Mystic Trail loop. Sedona has some of the most beautiful hikes. The red rocks are stunning and I love the mix of true dessert and mountain scenery that blend together.
At the very end of our hike we ended up right underneath the Chapel of the Holy Cross and it was such a sunning view! After our hike in Sedona we rewarded ourselves, and Phillip, with an ice cream cone and set off for Flagstaff. We checked into our hotel, took a quick shower and nap, and got ready to hit up some of our tried and true favorites!
There is nothing better in this world than sitting on a patio in 65 degree weather with a Mother Road beer and Fratelli’s pizza. I kid you not, if you have not done this YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Do yourself a favor (whether you’re an AZ local or not) and take a trip down to Flagstaff, if for nothing else at least for this magical moment.
We enjoyed some beers and our classic fav, a sausage and ricotta pizza. What makes this patio even better is the fact that they’re not only dog friendly, but all of the staff absolutely adore the pups there! Phillip got so many pets and treats, she was just as happy as us.
We ended the night at a new spot for us, Vino Loco. It was such a cute, intimate and cool little place! They had a great selection of games, beer, wine and bottles to take home. We had so much fun relaxing on the patio with Phillip, playing a little Yahtzee (and yes, I won!). We called it a night and took a bottle of their wine home with us!
The next morning we did a small nature walk, also found on All Trails, to take in the cool morning weather. The walk we chose was called the Little America Loop. It was only 2 miles and was pretty flat the whole time, but it was a nice easy walk with some beautiful trees and flowers.
After our walk we went to breakfast at the Toasted Owl (highly recommend!!). Once again, they have a great pet friendly patio (are you seeing a theme here in Flagstaff?) and killer food. I got the chorizo and black bean breakfast tacos and they were so good!
After breakfast we spent a little time walking around downtown and checking out all of the little shops that Flagstaff has to offer. A few of our favorites were the Bright Side Book Shop and the Bow Wow Boutique (where we bought Phillip her new booties, which are so funny to watch her walk around in)!
We had such a great trip, it was so hard to come back to the 100 degree heat in Mesa! Flagstaff will always be one of our favorite little escapes. We are counting down the days until were able to make it out there again!
Have you ever been to Flagstaff? What other places do we have to try out?? We would love any and all recommendations!
XO, Natalie Alexandra