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Pursuit of Magic In Sedona

Its time for a getaway when I suddenly have a strong desire to get off the grid, avoiding emails, phone calls and even people, despite knowing all need attention. Usually when this happens I Google my escape, this leads to endless searches for flights, hotels, reviews, and wondering how long I can justify leaving town. But this time I had a different feeling, it was a very specific desire to head to Sedona, Arizona, there I decided, would be some magical knowledge that would forever enlighten me.  Flying from Los Angeles to Phoenix is both very easy and inexpensive, but I knew I wanted to drive and I remembered several friends talking about L’Auberge de Sedona. Typically L’Auberge books up fast, so a few weeks notice is necessary, but luckily they emailed me there had been a cancellation and I immediately arranged for a two night stay.

Surrounded by Sedona’s celebrated Red Rock Country, L’Auberge is located just 28 miles south of Flagstaff, about seven hours from Los Angeles. After a full day of driving,  I thought we had seen heaven a few times on the journey as the colors from the sunset hung down on the Red Rocks, but the real moment of awe came when we pulled into L’Auberge,  down a somewhat hidden path from the main street. Picture a tree-lined drive with Red Rock mountains framing the property and a soundtrack of the on property stream with the local crickets. The resort spans eleven creekside acres nestled on the banks of Oak Creek, there are 61 recently renovated luxury cottages and 26 lodge styled guest-rooms with panoramic views of the mountains.

Upon check-in we were sad to learn that we could have brought our four legged friend as the property has allocated certain rooms that are deemed pooch friendly, and they provide dog beds, bowls and treats too.  We loved learning about the pet packages, “Red Rocks & Ruff ” includes a gift bag of “pet Pawducts” from the nearby Whiskers Bakery and a Cain & Able dog robe. Every pup will be given a map of nearby walking trails, clean up bags, treats, leashes and the property offers, by reservation, walking/sitting and veterinary services.

We were escorted to our cottage in a golf cart by a very friendly Bellman who refused to accept a tip (the hotel handles the gratuity themselves). Once we walked into the room it was like walking into a peaceful spa, everything was so tranquil,  the living room (which we were informed has a pull out for children/families), the bed was a cozy fluffy king size, the views were breathtaking, even the bathtub had a view and there were both an indoor and outdoor shower.

Despite being quite exhausted from our drive, we were entirely invigorated by the magical energy of Sedona and the beauty of the resort, with so much to explore we opted to relax for just an hour and then take to sight seeing and magic hunting.

With a balcony that wrapped around both the bedroom and living space, we were able to lay out in private if we chose to skip the pool or creek. I opted for room service and a bath in the  soaking jacuzzi, stretching out my legs from the journey and taking in the stunning views.

There is an award-winning, Four Diamond Restaurant right on the creek serving French-inspired American cuisine,  open to guests outside of the resort as well. Lucky for us room service is from the very same menu, so we started off our stay with a juicy burger, and a beer, what else is better once you’ve been on the road for 7 hours?

Chef Rochelle Daniel’s unique dishes were something from an exotic cook book or television show where the taste was as incredible as the presentation. We tried as many things as we possibly could, throughout the stay, including a mouth watering duck with gnocchi and secret sauce, paired with incredible red wine per the chef’s suggestion.

We enjoyed creekside breakfast almost daily, with the most delicious and creative options. Morning tea, coffee and incredible scones with muffins were so tasty we often ate those before our breakfast (these are served complimentary daily from 6AM – 10AM, Yoga is also available during this time). The “morning sandwich” we enjoyed before a big day of hiking was magic in each bite, I’m still unsure exactly what was included in it.

Despite only dining once formally for dinner, it was one of the best meals either of us have ever had in our lives, of course making us regret having waited till our final night to eat there. We also simply had to enjoy desert as the restaurant serves three courses to all of its guest and why not splurge on something decadent after all of the outdoor hiking activities.

After learning that our room was available for two more nights, we stayed and enjoyed the free ride into the city (we could have walked we realized later) and spent an evening dining and dancing to live music venue nearby that served quite tasty ribs, but nothing like the food at L’Auberge, our driver came back to pick us up after (thankfully because the cocktails go straight to your head in that elevation).

After seeing over four vortex’s in one day (apparently you should only see one a day due to their power), we really needed to wind down, upon arriving back to the property we saw the Spa which we read offered treatments infused with natural ingredients, and local healing properties of Sedona, including a creek side massage, this seemed like the perfect choice. But before we could book our service though, we learned of an Astrologer coming to the resort, this happens each Tuesday at Sunset and was too unique of an opportunity to miss out on.

We opted to take a few laps in the swimming pool (tucked in the middle of the property, with views of the Red Rocks and poolside service) and sign up for the star gazing!  Just around the corner from our swim we saw a very beautiful wedding taking place under the mystical skies and mountains. Magic again.

Minutes in walking distance away is downtown Sedona, home to numerous art galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants and spiritual guru’s as well as outdoor activities including golf, hiking (Nearby are the many vortexes of the city, as well as Coconino National Forest, Oak Creek Canyon and Magenta Cliffs), horseback riding, jeep tours, wine tasting, fishing and helicopter, hot air balloon rides and mystical journeys’.

Whether you’re ready for a nature retreat or eager to pound the pavement, hit the dance floor or do some introspection, L’Auberge is the perfect resort to stay and the magic is everywhere and within everyone you meet. From the Managing Director who kindly guided us on a magical hike to see the seven sacred ponds to the front office receptionist who took us to a special vortex and performed Reki on us, we could not have been in a better place to succeed in finding magic.

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Posted on: October 29, 2013