There are many reasons why people flock to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. For some, it’s about a dry-air luxury retreat in the southwest of the United States. But for those energy-conscious and good vibe-seekers, Sedona is a hotspot of esoteric activities. Regardless if you come to Sedona to bask in sage smoke, or recharge in spa, there’s something for everyone.
What to Do: The best way to explore Sedona is when you’re right on top of the red rocks. Hiking options are everywhere, but you should consider the Brins Mesa Trail. It’s a moderate 3-mile hike, with incredible views of canyons, streams and all of the Mars-like environment you’re expecting. Hiking boots aren’t your thing? Get your nature fix sans sweat with a Pink Jeep Tour. After your adventurous day in the wilderness, you should find yourself at the Mii Amo Spa. Go for a New Moon Manifesting treatment, or just simply an excellent Swedish massage.
Where to Eat: I’m sure the food at whichever resort you decide to stay at is fine, but the best of Sedona dinning is definitely off-site. If you like to take your yucca fries with a view, head over to Mariposa for the most incredible burger or latin inspired delicacy of your choosing. Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano is a fine dinning retreat from the usual southwest fare of Sedona. You wouldn’t expect to find amazing Italian food in the middle of the Arizona desert, but Chef Lisa Dahl comes through with her handmade pastas and dishes made locally grown produce. If Mexican food is what you’re after, there is no better than Elote Café. Go for the smoked chicken enchiladas or lamb adobo and thank me latter.
Where to Stay: Though a trip to Sedona is more about what you’ll do outside of your room, there are a few jewels that you should strongly consider. The creekside cabins at L’Auberge de Sedona are the spots to book when visiting. Situated in a canyon, the cabins have outdoor showers, fireplaces and all of the luxury amenities you could ever want. One other to consider is the Amara Resort & Spa, if you can book one of their spa suites with a view. Want something cozier? Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek is just rustic enough to be romantic but doesn’t bypass the necessities for a comfortable trip.
Where to Shop: Chances are if you’re coming to Sedona, you’ve got some kind of witchy-expectation of your stay. If you subscribe to the powers of crystals, manifest yourself at the Mystical Bazaar. It’s full of incredible gems and minerals and staff that can answer all of your metaphysical questions. You can also get a photo of your aura and book a psychic reading to complete the experience. If you’re after a less paranormal keepsake, head to Tlaquepague Arts & Crafts Village for a plethora of galleries and locally made goods.
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