This is the last article in a road-trip series from Santa Fe to San Diego and up the coast. Read the previous article.
It was a beautiful day and we were up early. We really wanted to luxuriate in our wonderful Creekside Cottage, but we were on a mission. We missed seeing the famed Sedona vortexes* (they prefer this to vortices) when here at the beginning of our California road-trip. That’s one of the reasons we wanted to detour here on our way home. On our first attempt, there were no parking spaces at the easiest to reach vortex on Airport Road. Off we went at 7a.m. There was parking this time; since it was early, the temperature was comfortable. The trail was a little hard to follow. After climbing to the top of one of the trails and saw people sitting quietly on the rocks. The view was wonderful; all those spectacular red rocks off to the west. Although expected to feel tremendous surges of energy, we both felt only a small buzz. Maybe we were in the wrong place; there was another trail from the parking lot that went higher. We know it’s there- everyone says so. Next time we go to Sedona we plan to check out more of these energy portals and see if we can feel the magic.
Back at the L’Auberge Sedona, we picked up some breakfast pastries and coffee in the Lodge and head back to our beautiful deck to eat while watching and listening to Oak Creek. After breakfast, Steve went for the outside shower and I headed for the inside one. Dressed and packed, we went back to the main lodge to meet with the hotel’s GM Jesse Alexander for a tour of the property. We started our tour in the Lodge building, the place where all arrivals check in and where a continental breakfast is served daily. The main area has two wood-burning fireplaces and feels like a hunting lodge. There are 19 standard guestrooms and two junior suites located in the Lodge. Each has a gas fireplace, a soaking tub in the bathroom and a patio or balcony for relaxing and enjoying the view.
The 63 cottages on the property encompass four categories: Creekside Cottages (our accommodation), Spa Cottages, Gardenside and just opened for the summer 2010 season; Vista Cottages. Each type offers its own unique style and they are all inviting. We’d love to try a night in each. The Spa and Vista Cottages offer contemporary décor, gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and outdoor showers. The Vista Cottages all have large decks (250 to 400 ft) so guests can sit and enjoy the view over morning coffee, late afternoon drinks or watch the stars at night. Creekside and Gardenside Cottages are more traditionally furnished. They both have wood-burning fireplaces and spacious outdoor areas; the views differ. Creekside accommodations offer a view of Oak Creek and Gardenside overlook lush plantings. The latter are pet-friendly.
The property also offers L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek and the Serenit? Spa. They have meeting space for groups and the place is a fantastic spot for a wedding.
It’s clear Alexander loves this property that he has overseen for five years and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Sadly, it was time to leave this waterside paradise and head home. We stopped for sandwiches, which we ate in a National Forest area, took some photos of the incredible rocks on the sides of the canyon hugging Sedona and headed for home. We brought back great memories of a wonderful trip. We know we’ll do it again.
*The Sedona vortexes are spiraling energy that comes up from the earth. The energy is actually measurable; most people can feel it to varying degrees.
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