We headed up to Sedona for Thanksgiving. That was a first for us. We usually go up to my Dad’s house in Jackson WY but we decided to do something different this year.
We tried to do it on a budget. We really didn’t have anything in our vacation budget to spend on this trip but I wanted to do something. I didn’t want to just stay home!
We ended up spending $300 on this trip. Which I think is a bargain! Here’s the breakdown…
- Gas – $50
- Food – $125
- Hotel – $125
- Activities – $0 (hiking!)
We only stayed one night so that saved us some buckaroos. We booked the cheapest room they had, which was just a standard room. They have rooms with a balcony for an extra $10. I thought about it but then I figured I’d just ask for an upgrade and see if we could get it for free. That worked! So we had a free balcony. The balcony wasn’t going to make or break my trip so I didn’t really care but I figured the balcony rooms had better views so I did want one. So that was cool.
Our entire food budget was spent on Thanksgiving dinner. In the video below I say it’s the most expensive meal I’ve ever eaten in my life. Which thinking about it is not true. I’ve eaten more expensive meals…. but it is the most expensive meal I’ve ever paid for. The $125 was for two adults and one child.
We brought food from home for the rest of the meals. Which was only one day’s worth. One breakfast, one lunch, one dinner. We brought sandwich fixings and muffins. It was fine especially since they weren’t all eaten on the same day. After our big, indulgent Thanksgiving lunch it wasn’t a big disappointment to eat a sandwich in the hotel room that night. Woke up in the morning and had a muffin, then another sandwich on the tailgate after our hike before we went home. I didn’t mind it one bit.
Gas wasn’t bad since Sedona is only 2.5 hours away. So one tank of gas was plenty to get us there and back.
For activities we just hiked both days. In the evening of our one night there we went for soak in the hotel hot tub. The pool was also heated and my 7 year old took advantage of that.
Ok… here’s the video.