Hot Spot: L’Auberge de Sedona

Hot Spot: L’Auberge de Sedona

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Creekside massageSedona, cradled among the famed Red Rocks of Arizona’s Red Rock State Park, is known for its romantic, serene and spiritual location that is optimal for outdoor adventures to romantic getaways.

A sacred place long before it became known for its vortexes, energy hotspots that make it a destination for healing, meditation and prayer, the desert town has grown in popularity among travelers for more than three decades.

Sedona is also conveniently located along one of the best scenic driving routes in the world and offers a variety of hiking trails and scenic vistas.

Perhaps one of the most beautiful places for romance, dinning and relaxing in Sedona is at the L’Auberge de Sedona. The 87-room resort, with a creek-side restaurant and highly-rated spa, is tucked away in a secluded little valley all its own on the edge of the charming desert town along Oak Creek. It’s easy to miss it upon entering town, but it shouldn’t be missed, even if you are staying somewhere else.

The secluded resort is tucked away below the Hyatt Pinon Pointe Resort. Driving into Sedona, look for a tiny sign on the right across from the Hyatt Pinon Pointe Resort after the roundabout signaling to turn down L’Auberge Lane to enter the L’Auberge de Sedona.

Recently, I had the pleasure of being invited to experience the resort’s hospitality. My Vista Cottage provided a breathtaking view of the Red Rocks overlooking Snoopy Rock. If the spa wasn’t enough, my cottage sported a Jacuzzi tub with panel window views and an outdoor shower that literally had a rock star view of the red rocks and the stars.

Vista Suite BedThe resort also offers creek-side, garden and spa cottages along with its creek house, vista suite and lodge rooms at its two-story lodge that is often used for hosting large parties. Each room comes with a wood-burning or gas fireplace, with the exception of lodge rooms and the Creek House.

As I settled into my cottage I couldn’t help notice the image two women celebrating a union to each other included among the resort’s marketing images of other weddings and services it offers guests. Marriage equality is legally limited to only a man and a woman in the red state, but Sedona is a liberal enclave. It was a nice touch for the resort, which isn’t TAG approved, but is a noted resort of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

Pets are also welcome at the resort.

Outdoor diningDinning at the restaurant along Oak Creek is a treat for a romantic dinner to a night out with the girls no matter what time of the day. Enjoy seasonal ingredients for American dishes accompanied by savory sides that provide fresh flavors with the sounds of crickets chirping during twilight and the soothing sound of the creek softly flowing by in the background. Creek-side dining is offered during the warmer part of the spring and fall and throughout the summer. During the colder months dining moves inside to enclosed views of the creek over the patio lounge.

The spa provides a boutique experience with superb service. I enjoyed a traditional Swedish massage that was divine. My only disappointment was the steam room wasn’t what I expected. I was hoping to be engulfed in steam only to get sprits rather than the super-charged hydration I’m used to receiving at other spas.

This article originally appeared in Girls That Roam. All photos by Heather Cassell.

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