By Mira Temkin
To many visitors, Sedona is simply the “Most Beautiful Place on Earth,” It is surrounded by gorgeous red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and quiet pine forests that inspire the mind, body and soul. This Arizona desert town, located near Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, is a Mecca for New Age enthusiasts and seekers of the spiritual. Thanks to the natural flow of Vortex energy, the area is like a powerful magnet, pulling you to its destination and welcoming you back again.
What to see and do
Sedona offers a rich collection of memorable experiences, both rugged and resort. With Native American influences that regard the land is sacred, Sedona has earned a reputation as a center of healing and renewal. To begin your adventure, get the Sedona SuperPass, an $8 booklet of coupons worth $5,000 in values for Dining, Lodging, Entertainment, Spa and more. You’ll find it on their website, www.visitsedona.com. Here are just a few ways to enjoy Sedona:
* Visit Red Rock State Park for bird-watching, hiking and picnicking
* Discover the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed church in the mountains
* Hike or bike the 200+ miles of trails * Go fishing in Oak Creek Canyon * Tour the galleries at 1st Friday Gallery Tour, held every month
* Take a trolley tour and shop in Uptown * Visit Jordan Historical Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Jerome State Historical Park
* Sample the wineries
* Go on a African Bush Safari at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park
From the Air or On the Ground
Helicopter rides, hot air balloons and Jeep Tours are a dazzling way to see the colorful countryside that steals your breath. Pink Jeep Tours and other companies deliver great off-road adventure as you fly over boulders and explore the sandstone petroglyphs. Take to the skies and see the gorgeous landscape for miles. Heading to the Grand Canyon? Check out tours via air or shuttle that leave from Sedona.
Live in Luxury
All-inclusive resorts, luxury hotels, condo vacation homes and romantic bed and breakfast inns are yours for the asking. When it comes to dining, think local and home grown. Sedona practically invented the “farm to table” concept and chefs take advantage of the local fruit and produce as well as fresh fish from the creek. Be sure to try a prickly pear margarita.
Dine with the Ducks
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at L’Auberge de Sedona and relax by Oak Creek, sipping a Mimosa. Feast on omelets, fresh baked breads, luscious fruit and other delicacies as you watch the ducks splash. At night, indulge in a romantic dinner at Cress. www.lauberge.com
Go with the Flow
What exactly is Vortex Energy? According to Pete A. Sanders Jr., author of Scientific Vortex Information, “Vortex sites are enhanced energy locations that facilitate prayer, meditation, mind/body healing, and soul exploration.” The reason for the spirituality is the actual geography
of Sedona, which holds every major vortex. People come to explore the energy to create transformation through meditation, tours and classes. Many come away with a new sense of self that guides their future.
Sanders continues, “The Vortex sites are interwoven within the real world of Sedona. As a result, visitors experience how to live their spirituality in their daily lives. Sedona’s splendor provides insights on how to create inner harmony you can maintain at home.” I took one of Sander’s Scientific Vortex Tours starting at the Los Abrigados Resort and climbed to the top of the Airport Mesa. The views were exquisite, and the quiet meditation appropriately harnessed the energy. (firstname.lastname@example.org, freesoul.net)
Coming back from Sedona, I still have visions of the red rocks in my head. I can’t wait to go back and experience it all again.
Photos courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau