One of the greatest things about living in California is being close to such diverse landscapes that are just a hop, skip and—in the case of Sedona—a short flight away.
If you’ve heard of Sedona, then you know that it’s considered a sacred place, one revered by New Age thinkers and lambasted by skeptics. The former believe the town has a unique cosmic energy, a certain electromagnetic force that stirs up something in most people—if you’re open to it. I am open to it, so when I visited Sedona on a recent work trip, I was all ears…and eyes…and heart.
I may not have had any earth-shattering realizations or resolved latent emotional issues, but Sedona did make an impression on me. There’s a different brand of silence and stillness there, and it forces you to be a little extra introspective. My mind chilled out and meditating all of a sudden seemed less like a challenge. The place just lends itself to looking inward.
Self-fulfilling prophecy or not, the place undoubtedly makes for a dynamite getaway.
Along with three other journalists, I stayed at the gorgeous L’Auberge de Sedona, a luxury resort situated on Oak Creek. (Yes, even amidst all the desert in Arizona, there’s a flowing gorge running from Flagstaff to Sedona.) We spent most of our time at the resort—in sprawling luxury cottages with two TVs, three different showers and a fireplace—and got a taste of all the cool stuff Sedona is famous for, like spa treatments, hiking and those famous Pink Jeep tours.
Here are some scenes from my trip: