Always ranked among the top destinations in the nation, Sedona’s Enchantment Resort, nestled in Boynton Canyon amongst the red rocks, is not comfortable simply resting on its laurels.
It is no surprise then, that “enchanting” does not begin to describe the multi-million dollar transformation recently completed by the famed locale in 2012—the resort’s 25th anniversary year. Among the most impressive enhancements:
Re-Designed Clubhouse: Regulars, as well as first-timers, will marvel at the expanded retail space, wrap-around scenic patios, lounge spaces and collection of original works of southwestern art.
Virtual Check-In and Arrival: The newly launched virtual check-in process uses technology to allow guests to check-in curbside via electronic tablets.
Che-Ah-Chi: Apache for “Boynton Canyon,” this new signature restaurant, headed by Executive Chef David Schmidt, focuses on sourcing local cheese, produce and other ingredients.
Tii Gavo: Fittingly Apache for “The Gathering Place,” this less-formal dining venue is the perfect setting to gather and share signature tequilas, cocktails, regional beers and wine as well as authentic Southwestern fare. The creamed corn is a must-have for the table!
New View Pool: The entire pool area and accompanying expanded activity center has been raised by more than 10 feet in order to give guests a 360-degree view into the canyon.
These enhancements are the third and final phase of a four-year, $25 million renovation undertaken by the resort which also included an $11 million guest room refurbishment and a $4 million meeting space expansion. But there’s more.
Central to Che-Ah-Chi’s new menu is wine. And not just any wine—Arizona wine! In fact, according to the resort and our own research, Che-Ah-Chi is now home to Arizona’s largest local wine selection available in a restaurant, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Wine Spectator Magazine, which recently awarded the venue with its “Best of Award of Excellence.”
Arizona wines are also available in the wine bar, Enchantment’s stylish new locale, which displays a wine cellar with over 2000 bottles. Overlooking the Sedona red rocks, this new venue is a fantastic spot to unwind and soak up the resort’s relaxing ambience over a glass of wine or to enjoy a casual dinner while taking in Sedona’s unsurpassed surroundings. The focal point of the wine bar is the 20-foot-long signature communal “gathering” table made of solid iron with a three-inch Sandstone top, which is set majestically beneath amber and earth-colored blown glass custom light fixtures, creating a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Current local offerings include:
Arizona Stronghold, Dayden 2008
Arizona Stronghold, AZ Centennial NV
CharronVineyards, White Merlot 2010
Pillsbury, Wild Child White 2011
Page Springs Cellars, Vino del Barrio Blanca 2006
Arizona Stronghold, Tazi, White Blend 2009
Charron Vineyards, Empire White, White Blend NV
Alcantara, Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Arizona Stronghold Dala, Chardonnay 2010
Pillsbury, Pinot Gris 2010
Dos Cabezas, El Norte 2009
Callaghan, Ann’s, White Blend 2009
Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Cephus, White Blend NV
Callaghan, Lisa’s, White Blend 2009
Pillsbury, Chardonnay 2010
Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Pinot Gris 2010
Pillsbury, Viognier 2010
Sand-Reckoner, Malvasia Bianca 2010
Caduceus, Dos Ladrones 2009
Freitas, Malvasia 2010
Oak Creek Vineyards, Zinfandel Port 2008
Article by Alison Bailin Batz
Originally published in the Winter 2012 issue of Arizona Vines & Wines.