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Spiritual Sedona

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A September 2005 trip to Sedona by wanderer 2005

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village Photo, Sedona, Arizona More Photos
Quote: I LOVE Sedona. There are so many great places to eat and so much to see and BUY. Take a Pink Jeep tour or fish in Oak Creek.

L'Auberge De Sedona

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L'Auberge De Sedona Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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L'Auberge is French country in the Red Rock Mountains. This hotel is all about service and making you feel pampered. Located down a steep driveway at the base of Oak Creek, this hotel makes for a memorable experience. It’s also been called, "one of the most romantic getaways in the world," by Travel + Leisure magazine. There are three types of accommodations here. You have a choice of rooms inside the lodge, private cottages, or the creek-side lodge, which is a two-storey, four-bedroom, full-kitchen suite for those who need a lot of room. The lodge rooms are spacious and each uniquely decorated in French-country chic. All 21 rooms inside the lodge have private balconies with chairs ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

L'Auberge De Sedona
301 Little Lane
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-1661

Cave Springs

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Best Things Nearby:Slide Rock state park, Downtown SedonaBest Things About the Resort:Relax, fishResort Experience:Camping in the high country is a popular pastime here in Arizona. People flock North to escape the 110-degree heat of Phoenix and beyond. A few campgrounds allow camping all year-round, some are only open during season. My favorite campground is about 7 miles north of Slide Rock State Park and across Oak Creek. A little place called Cave Springs. Cave Springs is a great, small campground with coin operated showers, and potable water as well as restroom facilities. Located right on Oak Creek, you can fish or wade with your dog in the cool wate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2005

Cave Springs

Sedona, Arizona
928/282-1629

Coffee Pot

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Restaurant | "Coffee Pot Restaurant"

Coffee Pot Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Dinner choices in Sedona are plentiful. Breakfast, however, is a much easier choice. The Coffee Pot restaurant is a wonderful local place that’s always busy. It’s truly easy to find. Just look for Coffee Pot Rock and then look down. It’s right under it, on Highway 89A. Prepare yourself for a great, hearty breakfast—and be prepared to wait. There’s always a wait, but is not usually more than 20 minutes at a time. There’s a small gift shop in the lobby to browse for a last-minute gift while you wait. Now, the food is what keeps locals and visitors alike coming back time after time. They boast being the home of 101 omelets. They have combinations you would never imagine. For instance, pea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Coffee Pot
2050 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-6626

Rene at Tlaquepaque

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Restaurant

Rene at Tlaquepaque Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Rene at Tlaquepaque is my favorite restaurant here in Sedona. Classic French food at its best, its location in a quaint shopping center makes it perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary dinner. The restaurant is named after the original owner/chef René Baudat, was opened in 1977, and has been mentioned in Zagat’s, Fodor’s, and The Mobil travel Guide, which gave it three stars. Pretty impressive. The menu has some Southwestern influences rolled together with French cooking. Paired with a great wine list of over 100 different wines, the result is a truly unforgettable meal. My personal favorite entrée is the Rene signature, which is rack of lamb carved tableside. You can get it for one or for two p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2005

Rene at Tlaquepaque
336 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 86339
+1 928 282 9225

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

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Attraction | "Tlaquepaque"

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Tlaquepaque is a shopping experience in Sedona that should not be missed. If you want unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, this is the place for you. The plaza is modeled after a traditional Mexican village and houses over 40 shops, including over a dozen galleries, jewelry shops, five restaurants, and half a dozen clothiers. The atmosphere here is that of artsy meets the Southwest, with everything from hand-blown glass and handmade shoes to paintings, pottery, silver, leather, silk, music boxes, and even furniture. The plaza was originally conceived as an artist’s community in the 1970s, and it’s not unusual to see an artist working on one of their latest pieces. It’s best to take your time walking t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
336 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 85339
(928) 282-4838

Slide Rock State Park

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Slide Rock State Park Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Slide Rock State Park is a great place to deter from your shopping and sightseeing, especially if you have children. Slide rock is a natural water chute that is as fun as it beautiful. The scenery is wonderful around here. It’s down in a canyon off the main highway in the Coconino National Forest. Surrounded by trees and red rocks, don’t forget your camera. Several movies have been filmed here, starring popular actors like Rock Hudson, James Stewart, and Charles Bronson. The park was originally an apple orchard in the early 1900s and became a national park in 1985. The fees are $8 per vehicle, and try to have exact change, as it seems that none of the park rangers ever have any. You park your ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Slide Rock State Park
7 miles north via Oak Creek Canyon road (Highway 89A)
Sedona, Arizona

Energy Vortexes

Attraction | "Vortexes"

Energy Vortexes Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Vortexes, or vortices, are synonymous with Sedona. A Vortex is an area with a high concentration of swirling, magnetic energy. They are also believed to be portals to other realms. Some believe they are the gateways to Heaven. These vortices have been known to scare animals. Bend trees, defy gravity and make people feel strange. I don’t know about all that, but what I do know is what I see. Twisted Juniper trees that look like they’ve been thru a twister, as the tree trunk itself is twisted up.(See picture below. tree is on the right) Some people say they feel calm or relaxed when around the vortices and I can only say that I do feel a sense of peace when in these specific areas. Strange, but true...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Energy Vortexes
State Route 179 & Bell Rock Blvd
Sedona, Arizona
928/282-4119

Pink Jeep Tours

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Pink Jeep Tours Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Take an off-road tour of beautiful Sedona, the surrounding Oak Creek Canyon, and the Grand Canyon in a pink jeep...yes, a PINK jeep. If you like adventure, then this is the attraction for you! Pink Jeep Tours offers people an exciting way to see Southwest and all it has to offer. All tours leave from Sedona and take anywhere between 2 and 11 hours, depending on what you want to see. These jeeps are the Wrangler kind, meaning they’re open to the elements. The top is covered to keep the sun off. They’re also extremely comfortable and unexpectedly spacious, with leather captains chairs to lounge in. (Don’t forget your seat belt!) The Grand Canyon tour is great, but it literally takes all da...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2005

Pink Jeep Tours
204 North State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86339
(928) 282-5000

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Chapel of the Holy Cross Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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The Chapel of the Holy Cross juts out of the desert like an epiphany. If you blink, you may miss it. Located on the south side of Twin Buttes, just off the main road to Sedona (Highway 179) on Chapel Road, the chapel is a beautiful stop on your way in or out of town. The chapel was the idea of Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who was not only a painter and sculptor, but also a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s in the 1930s. She wanted a permanent tribute to her parents, who died in the 1940s. Built into the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, it is quite a sight. There are no actual services held here; it’s more of a spiritual place to take time and reflect. On the front door is a sign that reads, "Peace to...Read More