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Sedona in January - a couple of questions

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@jerseyfinn we were just there the week you got back, it was very chilly but the weekend was nice, I swam in the pool at Hyatt Pinon Point. Uptown Sedona was a mess with the construction of the new roundabout and center dividers.

I'd be interested to know what you think of the new Westin hotel in VOC, it looked open when we passed by, that whole mall area is all new.
Hey Dave,

That mall took down some buildings & puts up new ones; a big re-do project spanning almost 2 years. We VOC folks knew it would be some sort of a Marriott property but only recently do we see it designated as a Westin which is now of course Marriott ( My brain tells me Marriott is still Marriott & I ignore the Bonvoy name game :rolleyes: ). We left for Florida timeshare Thanksgiving Day & the hotel still had no name. When we got back a week ago the building fascia is completed and we see the Westin name. The building looks nice and I assume it will open soon. All in all I think the Westin will be a good addition. A nice choice for both Marriott & Starwood folks.

Hopefully you enjoyed VOC as it's not as hectic as Sedona which itself is now overbuilt. Then again you were here at a busy time & you might have sensed some VOC traffic, but the red rocks sooth any traffic jams, even when cloudy and a bit colder. Folks here in VOC enjoy tourists as the tourist presence is not heavily felt here & things here are walkable.

We had snow in the Christmas Day forecast and also yesterday, but we didn't get any snow whilst it all fell at higher elevations above 4500 feet ( means lot's more snow up in Flagstaff to ski ). VOC is at 4300ft elevation and we do wake up to a little snow on the buttes/mesas/mountains where it's a bit higher at 5000+feet. This photo of Courthouse Butte from our back yard shows snow on top where its around 5000ft. One last look at the red rocks as you've returned home

travel safe,

barry

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If you got the res through an exchange, most likely you will be given the unit that you were assigned initially. Of the six times that I've been there that is my own experience.
My latest experience is that I got nowhere near what was on my Interval exchange reservation (#1321). So, I'm still at zero for staying in an upper floor unit.
 

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Hi again - OP here. We arrive on the 19th. We are packing for all weather with lots of layers. Most winter hiking trips end up that way! PamMo - sorry to hear that the unit theory doesn’t always work. That’s OK. We‘ll mostly be hiking anyway. I am interested to hear about the construction at the roundabout. I assume that is still ongoing? if that is still happening are we better off stoping for groceries before we get to the Hyatt. We will be coming in probably around 5 pm on Sunday. Maybe in OCV or even somewhere before If there is an easy grocery to get to And they are still open. Maybe we’d be better off stopping earlier at a Walmart off the highway.
anyway - thanks for all the help.
sue
 

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The traffic was awful over Christmas thru New Years due to crowds - not construction. You'll be fine. It might be easier to stop at Clark's, just because it's on your way.

The weather has been awesome!!! I got in some great hikes every day with my grands.
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We are arriving at Pinon Point on the 19th as well. Hope the crowds are gone by then - we love it there in the off season.
 

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The traffic was awful over Christmas thru New Years due to crowds - not construction. You'll be fine. It might be easier to stop at Clark's, just because it's on your way.

The weather has been awesome!!! I got in some great hikes every day with my grands.View attachment 16081
I was in Sedona day after Christmas. The traffic.... WOW. Absolutely horrible. I won’t make that mistake again,
 
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