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
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:
Favorite Place to Eat on your Days Off:
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.