Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Where to stay? You will not find a better combination of jaw-dropping hospitality and exceptional beauty than El Portal. Owners Steve and Connie Segner built this luxury boutique hotel with the idea of catering to discerning guests and discerning guests only. The twelve room very romantic inn was designed and built with painstaking attention to detail, featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone. Each spacious room is different, but all have unique features such as museum quality Arts and Crafts furnishings, soaring beamed ceilings or hand-painted detailing. The hotel was built with wood and tile flooring throughout to accommodate canine visitors. Pets are welcomed with a treat basket of blanket, treats and doggie bags. There are no pet fees at El Portal, and 6 of the rooms have pet patios. Segner has had a longtime involvement in the pet care industry, as owner of a pet food company and developing one of the first premium dog foods in the industry. To the Segners, there was no question that an upscale, luxury inn could provide style, the best amenities and personalized concierge services for guests and their pets. The Sedona hotel was voted Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA by 10Best.com and USA Today Travel magazine, and is one of the top 10 hotels in the Southwest as voted by Conde Nast Travel Readers. Visit www.elportalsedona.com. Rooms start at $259 this time of year. Call for last minute specials, (928) 203-9405.