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MAR-APR 2019

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Sedona, Arizona is a curious creature. I cannot think of another place where you can be standing in the parking lot of a CVS at sunrise and be absolutely gobsmacked by the view, as I was during a visit last summer. As part of a pre-dawn run, I'd made my way from the verdant valley oasis of L'Auberge de Sedona, an 11-acre resort nestled beneath a canopy of trees on the banks of Oak Creek, and up into the high desert to reach Airport Mesa, the site of one of Sedona's four main natural vortices. For the uninitiated, a vortex is a place where concentrated energy radiates from the earth's surface, and is purported to facilitate balance, prayer, healing, and intuitiveness. is cosmic presence also helps to explain the surplus of soothsayers, alternative healers, and "magic" crystal shops in Uptown Sedona. After stopping to catch my breath in the aforementioned parking lot, I joined a hoard of people speaking a multitude of languages who'd assembled to patiently wait as the sun's rays slowly animated the panorama of anthropomorphic and kaleidoscopic red-rock peaks. I can't say whether I benefitted from the "masculine" energy said to be present there, but based on the expressions of awe plastered on the faces of those around me, there was definitely something powerful about the majestic sight. Situated at an elevation of 4,326 feet, Sedona is a town of 10,000 residents surrounded by more than 1.8-million acres of stunning scenery. A 90-minute drive north of Phoenix, 30 miles south of Flagstaff and just two hours from the Grand Canyon, the area is a four-season playground, complete with seven golf courses; hundreds of hiking and biking trails in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Area, the Munds Mountain Wilderness Area and the Coconino National Forest; 80 art galleries with 200 local artists represented in local shops and galleries; the Verde Valley Wine Trail; and a host of tour operators offering everything from off-road jeep excursions to hot air balloon rides. It was easy to forget that we were still in the desert as we turned off of bustling Highway 89A and into the valley where L'Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Resort, is located. The grounds are lush, green, and dotted with mostly single-story cottage-style structures. If it weren't for the famed red rock buttes crowning the treetops, it would be easy to envision this as an upscale camp in the Northeast. GOOD VIBES ONLY Feeling the Love in Sedona Written by Bridget Williams Sunrise at Airport Mesa. Photo by Bridget Williams. 50 slmag.net

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