Heading out West is one of those Great American adventures that people speak about globally. It’s grand gazing out at the Grand Canyon at sunrise to eyeing wildlife at Yosemite. But one place we have found that really spoke to us is Sedona, Arizona.
Yeah, we know it’s known as a Mother Earth, crystals and energy fields kind of place, but we kind of dig that too. Who hasn’t enjoyed running into a hippy playing bongos in the middle of a canyon next to a peaceful stream and epic sunset? There is also plenty of hiking, horseback riding, balloon rides and loads of festivals such as the International Film Festival in February, The Festival of Native American Culture in June and the Jazz on the Rocks Festival in October.
We shacked up at the L’Auberge de Sedona, recently raved about by readers choice in Conde Nast Traveller for it’s French Provincial vibe, excellent food and stellar service. Nestled on the banks of Oak Creek, it is located in town yet feels like a hidden retreat.
Be sure to catch their star gazer who sets up his massive telescope after dinner and shows guest constellations, planets and moons that we had never heard of. Truly surreal.
A highlight to our trip was a Pink Jeep Tour. Don’t get frightened by the name as the company is anything but a sissy ride through the mountains. We off roaded straight up rocky canyons, flew down steep mountains and had an excellent guide explain the million year old history of the area as well as answer many questions about the native wildlife and mystic stories. (Note: Don’t ever jump on one with a hangover. Massive regret. Huge.)
We dove into the cosmic side of things too and met with one helluva psychic named BakeR. She can guide a meditation, perform Reiki or give you a psychic reading. It’s hard to come to a place like Sedona and not take advantage of every aspect of the town. With so many activities and restful retreats it is the pitch perfect place for couples.