Hi, any advice appreciated! November 15th (Tuesday) is me and my husbands first year wedding anniversary! We want to do something special and are considering a 2 day 1 night romantic mini trip in Flagstaff. We are considering Flagstaff because we are from Phoenix and don't want to travel far and our honeymoon last year was already in Sedona and we don't want to go again.
I don't know if this is an appropriate time of year for this location though.
We don't ski and aren't looking to spend more than a couple hundred dollars. We really enjoyed Sedona even though we hate the new age stuff because we love nature. I am from upstate NY originally and people say I would enjoy the lush environment and possible snow in Flagstaff, things I miss a lot living in Phoenix. I am hoping for Autumn leaves but it is probably too late. In Sedona we enjoyed nature trails from easy to moderate, indian jewelry shopping, sight seeing and nature, and cabin themed hotels. I think Flagstaff has all these things but is that what they want me to think or are there real tourist attractions?
The hotels don't seem special at all which is disappointing. We stayed at L' Auberge and another cabin themed hotel and loved it. There are cabins available through Air BnB but that seems really awkward right? I have never done those and if they are there at the time were staying that is not romantic at all.
We were considering a local casino as our hotel instead, something new and high end at a good price seems available at Twin Arrows casino. Something better than Super 8 but not overpriced like the badly reviewed Hilton downtown. We like to gamble a little even though they don't have poker or craps.
We were also considering going to the Grand Canyon before going home after staying the night in Flagstaff or a casino.
-So have any of you gone to Flagstaff in November and enjoyed it?
-Is there more to do than skiing this time of year that is worth the trip in Flagstaff?
-Would you recommend Twin Arrows Casino? Their resturaunts?
-Would you go to the Grand Canyon in November? What part?
-Are there things near Flagstaff making the region as a whole worth it since November weather makes Flagstaff less appealing?
-Whats the deal with Air Bnb, would you do a romantic intimate getaway in someones house?
There are vague answers on travel websites to these questions but they are all biased and are trying to get you to go no matter what time of year or how much there is to do! *I would like the opinion of someone who lives in Flagstaff or has visited in Autumn or Winter.*
We only get one first year wedding anniversary and we want to make it special and someones help would mean so much to me before we make a commitment.