Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2019

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Lodging options encompass 62 luxury cottages (many with an outdoor, open-roof cedar shower), 21 traditional lodge-style guest rooms, or a stand-alone five-bedroom Creek house. The recently renovated rooms, suites and cottages rely on a muted color palette to reinforce an aura of tranquility. Oak Creek is the property's main attraction, and the sound of water rushing over smooth stones in the creek bed provides a constant calming soundtrack audible throughout the property. The most covetable rooms, in my opinion, are the Creekside Cottages with a covered porch, which deliver a dry front-row seat for enjoying fleeting desert deluges during monsoon season (June-September). Even if you aren't staying creekside, you can dine next to the water's edge at one of two recently renovated restaurants on property. Cress on Oak Creek is a fine-dining destination that pairs informed and attentive service with a constantly changing prix fixe dinner menu built around locally sourced seasonal ingredients that meld Southwest culinary traditions with French cooking techniques. More casual in concept, ETCH Kitchen & Bar complements its cuisine with a creative and comprehensive beverage list, including custom wine labels created in partnership with local Verde Valley winery Page Springs Cellars. While Sedona's beauty sells itself, L'Auberge de Sedona's healthy lineup of on-property amenities and activities enhances the destination's healing heritage. In the L'Apothecary Spa for instance, guests can concoct their own bath soaks and body scrubs using fragrant local plants and herbs such as rosemary, piƱon pine, juniper. A daily schedule of events encompasses activities such as lectures on local geology and history, guided photographer's walks, Forest Bathing (a practice that originated in Japan, and is focused on soaking in the essence of the forest rather than taking a literal bath there), guided meditation, interacting with local artists through an artist- in-residence program, fitness hikes and yoga classes, and seasonal offerings. e recently completed Vortex Treehouse offers a reflective space for private meditation sessions and wellness experiences. After a creekside coffee each morning, we never drove more than a few miles in either direction to reach a trailhead. While the most popular routes are heavily trafficked during high season, it takes minimal effort for those craving solitude to find roads less traveled (visit sedonasecret7.com for tips). If you are looking for greasy-spoon goodness, head over to the famous Coffee Pot restaurant (coffeepotsedona.com), which literally offers 101 omelet choices (don't even think about asking for any substitutions). For a more elevated experience, time your dinner for sunset at Mariposa (mariposasedona. com), where the views are as delectable as the Latin American cuisine prepared by Chef/owner Lisa Dahl. Guacamole greatness and 89 different tequilas can be found at 89Agava Cantina (89agave. com), a lively bar and Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant operated by L'Auberge and located just above the resort on Highway 89A. From the time that dawn's first light tickles the trickles of Oak Creek, through guided stargazing with an astronomer, staying at L'Auberge de Sedona makes it even easier to feel the love for Sedona. sl Rooms at L'Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Hotel from $305/night. For more information or reservations visit lauberge.com. Chapel of the Holy Cross Photo by Bridget Williams. Cathedral Rock trail slmag.net 53

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