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10 Sedona Spots the Locals Love

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We asked chef Lisa Dahl, the woman behind Sedona, Arizona favorites Mariposa and Cucina Rustica, to share her favorite haunts, shops and eats with us
Lisa Dahl, owner of Sedona's Cucina Rustica, Mariposa, Dahl Ristorante Italiano and Pisa Lisa, shares her favorite Sedona spots.
Lisa Dahl, owner of Sedona’s Cucina Rustica, Mariposa, Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano and Pisa Lisa, shares her favorite Sedona spots.
Best Place to Spend a Lazy Sunday:

Hiking Adobe Jack Trail, which is a moderate trail and has its entrance near Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. After hiking I’m sure you’ll have a perfect appetite for a nice Sunday lunch with breathtaking views!

Best Way to Beat the Summer Heat:

Swinging into Pisa Lisa and enjoying all of the decadent wood-fired pizzas, artisan made gelato, fresh hand-tossed salads and cold locally crafted brews while watching sports.

Fill in the Blank: “When I’m not cooking, you can find me …”:

Cooking, haha! Or when I’m not in the kitchen, I love visiting guests throughout my four restaurants and working closely with my staff.

Best Place for People Watching:

Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, while dining al fresco and listening to beautiful live jazz piano.

Favorite Place to Shop in Sedona:

The Hike House

Favorite Place to Eat on your Days Off:

I love to dine at my restaurants the most, but I also enjoy going to Elote Café and ChocolaTree Organic Eatery because they serve different cuisine than I do.

Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors:

By day, you must visit the Buddhist Stupa and the Archaeological Heritage Sites. And I also love to make the drive up Oak Creek Canyon to shop at Garland’s Indian Jewelry and Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market.

Favorite Way to Unwind After a Long Day:

Drive or bike out to Red Rock Crossing, then treat yourself with a skinny margarita.

Best Hidden Gem in the Area:

By exploring all around Sedona’s “Y intersection,” which can lead you to West Sedona, Uptown Sedona or Oak Creek, you can step into a wide array of metaphysical stores with natural gems and crystals. Being able to discover Sedona’s hidden treasures is always a thrill.

Favorite Sedona Hike:

The West Fork Trail up in the canyon is considered one of the most magnificent in Arizona.

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