If you’re sick of the winter weather, or even just sick of your everyday scenery, get out of town and see something amazing in Sedona, Arizona.
Containing stunning, picturesque Red Rock parks and wonders of nature like rock slides and vortexes, Sedona was considered sacred by Native Americans, and continues to hold a healing, spiritual hold on many people today. There’s something for everyone, whether it be a wild jeep tour or a more sedate wine tasting. Filled with natural, home-grown wonder, Sedona makes the perfect weekend retreat.
Here’s a list of five fabulous things to do while you’re there:
1. Visit the Vortexes
Locals believe that these vortexes contain healing properties, and that the electrical vortexes contain male energies, while the magnetic vortexes contain female energies. Hidden in the depths of the desert landscape, its an experience you’ll only get in Sedona.
2. Chapel of the Holy Cross
Couple a natural wonder with a man-made one, by visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This beautiful chapel is built into the buttes, and was inspired by the architecture of the Empire State building.
3. Antelope Canyon
Tour this natural wonder with a Native Navajo guide, and immerse yourself in this breathtaking landscape, which is a notable photography spot for its incredible shifting light. A slot canyon, these spiral rock arches were formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone and is one of the most popular spots in the state today.
4. Jeep Tour
Take a thrilling ride through scenic Sedona landscapes, soaring down steep descents and up to amazing viewpoints. A new, fun way to explore, you’ll definitely come back full of stories – and wind-swept hair.
5. Wine Tasting
Cruising down mountains in a four-wheeler not your style? How about watching the sunset while sipping a nice glass of wine? If that sounds more your speed, then look no further than the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Stop at some (or all!) of the wineries for a sample of their finest products. Located in beautiful Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley wineries offer up some great undiscovered gems, like a fruit-forward Merlot, a delicate Chardonnay and a full-bodied Syrah.
Where to Stay: L’Auberge de Sedona
A cozy mountainside resort with fireplaces, outdoor cedar showers and a swimming pool, as well as complimentary activities like yoga and guided star gazing, this is the place to relax when in Sedona.
Feast on fine French cuisine at the L’Auberge restaurant, which was voted one of the top ten restaurants in the Southwest by Conde Nast Traveler. The L’Auberge contains an expansive spa, with a fully stocked apothecary designed to create natural, customized treatments for every need. The hotel is designed to integrate into its stunning natural surroundings, with al fresco dining, forest bathing and creek side cottages to help you make the most of all that Sedona has to offer.