Sedona, Ariz., is a place of sweeping beauty with red-rock formations that apparently overflow with magical areas, infused with positive energy. Visitors from all walks of life descend onto this acclaimed place, seeking out mystical visions and healings, or simply just to partake in the area’s natural splendor.
The sights from hiking trails of Sedona’s all-encompassing panorama are spectacular, but pale in comparison to enjoying these same vistas from more than 1,500 feet. Do not miss the one-of-a-kind experience of soaring over Sedona’s plethora of red-rock formations in a vintage-style biplane. The flights are offered by Sedona Air Tours ( www.sedonaairtours.com), which also offers a helicopter tour, where your pilot can fly forward, backward, laterally, climb in and out of Sedona’s seldom seen canyons and offer exclusive views.
For the area’s best dining, RENÉ at Tlaquepaque ( www.rene-sedona.com) is the place to be, whether you’re inside the main room or out on the patio. The fare is luscious, distinctive and has a French flare. Save some appetite for flambé dessert bananas Foster, cherries jubilee or crepe Suzette.
Don’t forget to book dinner reservations at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek (928-282-1661): It’s just steps from the spa, and provides a romantic environment inside the private dining room or on the lush garden patio. L’Auberge has long been considered one of Sedona’s top restaurants. A delightful appetizer not found on the menu – but available upon request – is Maine day-boat scallops served with crispy maitake mushrooms, spruce custard and blackberries.