Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Quick Trip to Sedona + Dahl & DiLuca

Sedona. Have you been there? I've shared many posts about it for a couple reasons- one, it's very close to us (about 65 miles away) and two, it's THE perfect place for a quick getaway. Sedona is home to amazing resorts, fabulous food, and some of the most gorgeous scenery you'll ever take in.

This time around I was invited to spend the night to check out Dahl & DiLuca, a long-time pillar in the Sedona restaurant world, and sample their new Romanticismo Decadente Menu. The menu looked amazing (see a photo below)- but after Hank reviewed his schedule we realized it wasn't going to work for both of us to go without the kids. The next best thing? Enjoying an evening away with two other loves of my life, two of my college best friends and soul sisters, Autumn and Shirley. Romance with your significant other is so important, but I really believe that dating your friends is just as crucial to living a fulfilled life as well! We need our girlfriends! So we decided to put a little spin on the restaurant's aim and focus on our friend love. Perfect.

We arrived in Sedona Monday evening, and got settled in our cute room at the Sedona Rogue. Our room was on the first floor and opened right into a great patio with comfy chairs, and led out to a large courtyard with multiple firepits and views of the red rocks. We had some wine, sat around and caught up, and got excited about the evening to come. The three of us lived together for years in college and beyond, so whenever we get together it really feels as though no time has passed. I feel so lucky about that.

Around 6:45pm we headed over to Dahl and DiLuca- it's located right across the street- and the second we walked in the door we were handed glasses of Prosecco, and immediately immersed in the old-world charm the whole place exuded. The dim lighting, the beautiful interior, it all lends itself to the loveliest ambiance that was absolutely made for extra-special date nights- or extra-special girlfriend date nights, in our case.

The evening was perfect- we enjoyed multiple courses with wine pairings (my favorite was the ravioli- so good!), and we spent hours sitting and eating and drinking and laughing. It was heavenly. Chef Lisa Dahl herself even came over and spent some time chatting with us. We were able to ask her some questions about where she draws inspiration from and all three of us were completely wowed by her! She is truly a BOSS in every sense of the word and Autumn, Shirley and myself all took away something from that conversation. She is inspiring and I certainly won't be forgetting the special  touch she added to our evening. Thank you, Chef Dahl.

A quick note for anyone local too- now through November 30, Chef Dahl is celebrating two decades of success and the charming history of her first-ever restaurant with the four-course menu we got to try- the Romanticismo Decadente Menu- and its priced from $65 per person. This would be the best date night and I hope all of you go experience it. And if you do, please let me know!

We ended the night with dessert, headed back to our hotel and immediately got in pajamas (matching, of course!). The three of us enjoyed wine by the fire until our tired mama selves called it a night around 11pm and drifted off to sleep, bellies full of the most delicious Italian food.

The next day we headed on a mini-hike to soak up some Fall goodness and Sedona did not disappoint. We spend the morning breathing in crisp mountain air and working up an appetite...and can you guess where we eat? ANOTHER one of Lisa's restaurants- Mariposa. And oh my god...it did NOT disappoint. See the soup we enjoyed as an appetizer below!

Thank you Dahl & DiLuca and the Sedona Rouge for the most wonderful quick trip. I can't wait to return soon and enjoy a date night with Hank- he will absolutely love it!

Dinner and overnight stay provided by Dahl & DiLuca and the Sedona Rouge. All opinions are my own.

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