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L’Auberge Sedona- Red Rocks, Amazing Food and the Grand Canyon

My husband and I decided to take a jaunt to Arizona. Being a native Californian, it’s crazy that I had never been to Arizona before! For some reason my family never went that direction, so I was excited to travel to a new area I have never been.

The drive from San Diego to Sedona took about 7.5 hours. Not too bad, plus there were plenty of views and stops along the way. If you were to fly, the closest international airport is the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport– still about a 2 hour drive through from the airport. Flagstaff has a small airport about 45 minutes from Sedona, but you still need a connecting flight to get to Flagstaff. For us, we thought the drive would be the best option. Nothing like a little road trip music and snacks!

We decided to check out Sedona primarily for it’s lovely red rock formations that are throughout that area. Stunning is an understatement. We researched hotels in the area, and one struck me the most- L’Auberge de Sedona. L’Auberge de Sedona is nestled on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona’s renowned Red Rock region. There are 61 recently renovated cottages and 26 lodge style guest rooms. We decided to splurge a bit and reserved the Spa Cottage. So glad we did– it was heavenly!

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Our cottage was secluded and quiet– just what these parents of three needed! We could hear Oak Creek from the cottage which was delightful and so relaxing. There was a beautiful deck with chairs to take in the surrounding views of the red rocks and breathe in the fresh air. When we walked into the cottage, it was so warm and cozy, yet with a modern luxurious feel. The fire place was roaring, the spa robes were waiting for us.

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The bathroom was glorious. I know. How could a bathroom be glorious? Well, for one it was ginormous. It held a gorgeous, modern jacuzzi tub, a separate dual jet shower, plus an outdoor cedar lined shower that I wish I could take home with me. It was glori-ous.

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We started our first evening in Sedona with dinner at Elote Cafe. Delicious Mexican cuisine inspired by the street markets in Mexico. My husband and I loved it. We shared the name sake Elote appetizer which was a yummy mixture of fire-roasted corn, mayo, lime and cotija cheese served hot with warm tortilla chips. It is supposed to mimic the elote corn you eat on the cob in Mexico, and it did not disappoint.  I had the roasted squash chili relleno. So spicy, but delicious with every bite. My husband ordered the lamb adobo and wished there was more…. We highly recomend it if you are in the area.

The next day we decided to venture to the Grand Canyon. In previous conversations with my husband I displayed less than enthused ideas/thoughts when it came to visiting the Grand Canyon. But…. and it’s a major BUT, the place is awe inspiring and beautiful. The colors of the rocks, valleys and steep mountain sides are beyond gorgeous… and we were not even there on a clear day! It was a balmy 29 degrees, and IT SNOWED! Snow happens on the south rim, but I guess it’s not often. It was very cool to be there to see it, even if it was just a dusting.

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The next day we ate breakfast in the hotels beautiful restaurant. It sits right on the creek and has gorgeous views of the red rocks above. I had eggs benedict and was in love!

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We had three restful night sleep in the huge king sized bed. Fluffy pillows were a delight. We lounged every evening by the fire, watched movies and planned out the day ahead. It was such a nice, restful getaway!

Some hints and tips for staying at the L’Auberge de Sedona:

  • The is no tipping. Not for the bell service, not for the valet. Not even for the 24 hour shuttle service! It was so nice to not have to grab money or find an atm for the incidental tips along the way. The only places in the hotel that accepted tips were the restaurant and bar, and the spa.
  • The shuttle. Use it! It was available 24 hours per day and such a dream to be able to get here and there throughout the town without having to move the car or find parking. The evening temps were pretty chilly, so the shuttle service was great!
  • Go to breakfast at the hotel! The breakfasts were delicious and worth the views alone.

The last morning we were in Sedona, it snowed! To see the red rocks snow capped was amazing. By late afternoon the snow had melted and gave way for a beautiful clear day, perfect for photographs.

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A big thank you to L’Auberge de Sedona for the media rate for the three nights. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.