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The Perfect Pairings’ Gourmet Getaway to Sedona

Wine tasting and kissesBy Elise French

Perfect Pairings is the perfect confluence of great accommodations, great wine, great food and a great destination ~ all adding up to a great time. The Perfect Pairings Gourmet Getaway Sedona, designed for those who enjoy the finer things in life, is a collaboration amongst the best bed and breakfast inns, boutique wineries and fine restaurants Sedona has to offer. Each Perfect Pairings Gourmet Getaway is available at the end of each month and is limited to six couples to ensure a personalized and exclusive experience.  Each getaway week is hosted by a different restaurant whose distinctive style will be mirrored throughout the journey, so you can come back a second or third time and have a totally new experience.

What may turn into your fondest memory of a Perfect Pairings Getaway? Will it be the leisurely afternoon spent exploring wineries and lingering over a gourmet picnic overlooking Oak Creek, followed by a lazy evening counting a billion stars overhead?  Perhaps it will be the stimulating day browsing the shops of Tlaquepaque followed by a gourmet cooking class where all hands prepare a fabulous dinner in a dramatic setting overlooking Oak Creek.  Maybe it will the delectable dinner at the Chef’s Table at a selected local restaurant followed by a perfectly dreamy night’s sleep.   Or perhaps it will be every single perfect moment of the four glorious days of food, wine and bliss. After all, this is the Perfect Pairings Getaway…a perfectly wonderful vacation for the two of you.

Day One of your Perfect Pairings Getaway begins the moment you check into the Sedona Bed and Breakfast of your choice.  You can choose to be ensconced in greenness along bubbling Oak Creek or high atop a red rock mesa with views forever. You can choose to be in the middle of the Gallery District or miles down a country road. You can snuggle up in a cozy log cabin or luxuriate in an expansive villa. There are seventeen possibilities, so all you have to do is choose what sounds like the perfect fit for you.

Following a rejuvenating night’s sleep Day Two will begin with the aroma of fresh coffee and a unique and delicious breakfast being prepared.  Relax, and indulge your taste buds. Shortly thereafter, your luxury coach will arrive to whisk you away on a tour of the burgeoning Verde Valley Wine Country. You will be visiting four local wineries where you will taste skillfully crafted wines including Syrah, Petite Syrah, Viognier, Rousanne, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, and proprietary blends. A  gourmet picnic awaits for after your vineyard and winery tour.  Your picnic baskets will be delivered to an exclusive area at the winery, set aside just for you. Sit back and revel in gourmet food, a glass of great local wine, and gorgeous scenery. Then it’s back to your Bed and Breakfast to enjoy an evening on your own in Sedona. Your innkeeper will be happy to recommend dinner spots and arrange reservations.

Day Three starts with another great breakfast to fortify you for a day of exploring Sedona your way. Whether you choose to take a jeep tour, go hiking, visit the galleries, visit ancient ruins or just relax at the Inn, your innkeeper will be glad to assist you with all the arrangements. Save the evening for your cooking class where a notable local chef will create a dinner menu and then guide all hands through the preparation of the gourmet feast. The superb kitchen, dining and living area of the cooking school overlooks Oak Creek, providing the ideal canvas to create your culinary masterpiece. Get as involved as you like, though it will be hard to resist the kitchen filled with Viking Professional appliances and the expert instruction of the chef. And of course, there will be wine!
Day Four is yours to do with as you wish. Your innkeepers have all the info you need to plan a great day in Sedona ~ be it shopping at Tlaquepaque, a spa service, a trolley tour or maybe hiking into a hidden canyon. There is an endless number of things to do and see, but be sure to get back for your Chef’s Table experience at a selected local restaurant.  Plan on a leisurely evening tasting great food paired with great wine, enhanced by great company ~ and then perhaps enjoying your final night by gazing up at the sparkling sky, breathing in the fresh air and simply relishing the experiences you’ve had over the past four days.

On Day Five, you will enjoy one last scrumptious breakfast and head for home, or choose to extend your stay to further explore the many pleasures Sedona provides. If you decide to stay through Friday, you can experience the First Friday Gallery Tour, when the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to many of the finest galleries in town. Enjoy great art, nibble hors d’oeuvres, sip wine and chat with the artists. Who knows, you may find a treasure that will be a lasting memory of your Perfect Pairings Gourmet Getaway Sedona.
For more information about The Perfect Pairings Gourmet Getaway Sedona, and to view upcoming months’ schedules, visit www.PerfectPairingsSedona.com.

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