Perched a few thousand feet above the Arizona desert lies one of the most beautiful and unique towns in our great country: Sedona. Majestic red rock formations and canyon walls frame the city boundaries. Aside from the sheer picturesque beauty of Sedona are the multitude of tourism attractions. Boutique hotels, spas, golf courses and art galleries all make their presence known, but in a way that respects the landscape of the area.My wife and I recently had the pleasure of spending a romantic anniversary weekend here. After having three kids in five years, we were certainly excited to celebrate a few nights together in the midst of this wondrous setting.

There are many worthy lodging options in Sedona. L’auberge de Sedona initially stood out to us because of the private cabins scattered along the river. Once we arrived, we soon realized that L’auberge was more than just a pretty face. The unassuming driveway that led to the inn meandered along the river until a dead end in a circle drive. From there, we were promptly greeted by the valet and in an instant, there was a team of resort staff handling our every need. The creekside cabins come in several different floor plans, depending on the size of your group. Our one bedroom suite with sitting area, outdoor cedar shower, and south facing deck was exactly what the doctor ordered. The wood burning fireplace in our room made the drizzly, cool day a welcomed change from the above average Phoenix heat we had recently experienced.

The spa at L’auberge lived up to the hype as well. Regarded as one of the top resort spas in the country, the services include both traditional and European treatments as well as healing techniques such as Reiki. If you prefer to have your spa experience creekside or in the privacy of your Cottage, just say the word. The deep tissue massage was a welcomed treat after a three-hour plane ride. My wife enjoyed a lighter Swedish massage, as well as a 90-minute facial. The therapist even came with a Russian accent.

When the sun dipped down below the iconic rock formations, we were more than excited for our dinner at the acclaimed L’auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating options, the cuisine is rooted in French sophistication, with a modern American twist. The knowledgeable wait staff guided us through four impressive courses, complete with wine and signature cocktails. Speaking of vino, the restaurant is known for one of the most expansive wine programs in the entire southwest region of the country.

When we arrived back at our cabin after dinner, a staff member personally delivered our desert to our room as we were too full to enjoy it after dining. Pine and cedar burn fast, so of course the wood supply on our porch was replenished, along with a new fire ready to be lit in the fireplace.

The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast on our porch as couples and families quietly strolled the banks of the creek. Our stay at L’auberge certainly ranks up there as one of our all time favorites. The wide range of activities and scenic exploration Sedona has to offer is certainly a reason for us to become repeat guests at this world-class resort.

Where to Eat:  

L’auberge Restaurant at Oak Creek French + Modern American fine dining

Oaxaca Restaurant For casual, Southwestern fare. Outdoor balcony overlooking Sedona red rock landscape make this a perfect spot for lunch and an afternoon margarita.

Heartline Cafe  Nestled below “Thunder Mountain” in West Sedona lies a cozy European style building with a secret garden. With an eclectic menu of gourmet foods blended perfectly with seasonal (local and organic when available).

Where to Drink:

Oak Creek Brewery is located conveniently in the Talquepaque arts and crafts village just off the main drag in town. If hops interest you more than shops, this is your place to escape with a fresh craft brew.  The brewery is open seven days a week, and also features live music Friday – Sunday.

Vino Di Sedona is West Sedona’s newest wine bar and beer garden that features some of the best local musical talent in Sedona.

What to Do:

Pink Jeep Tours  has become the unforgettable, you-gotta-do-it thrill of any Sedona visit.  This is a great way to get out into the red rocks and learn about Sedona history.

Barlow Jeep Rentals  For the more adventurous out there, you can rent a jeep and drive your own tour. Mapped out tours including scenic drives to see the Indian ruins or great picnic spots.

Hiking

Local Favorite trails include Doe Mountain, Devil’s Bridge, Soldiers Pass and Cathedral Rock. You can’t go wrong with any.

Shopping

Tlaquepaque is one of the most famous shopping districts in Sedona. Filled with art galleries, shops and dining, this is one place not to pass up.