L’Auberge de Sedona in Arizona and a Recipe for Apple Pie Cocktail

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Tucked away at the bottom of a hillside below the bustling main street of Sedona, we found one of our best travel surprises on our recent trip to Arizona, L’Auberge de Sedona.  Located in a park-like setting along the the banks of Oak Creek, this luxury intimate resort has a microclimate all its own.  With just a short drop in elevation, the property’s lush green grasses and cooler environment have a bit of a mountain feel, yet it is just minutes away from the majestic Red Rocks and Sonoran Desert.

L'Auberge de Sedona

L’Auberge de Sedona

L’Auberge de Sedona is consistently ranked as one of the top hotels and resorts in the United States and the world by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.  In addition, to the property’s accolades, their highly acclaimed L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek is a AAA Four Diamond Award Winner and was named “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest” by Condé Nast Traveler.  They have also received the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” for 22 consecutive years.

View of the main building

View of the main building and restaurant

Views of the property

Views of the property

Other properties that we visited in Arizona had a Southwest theme and adobe-style casitas, but L’Auberge was unique in its feel and design.  They offer individual wood cottages that are either nestled along the creek in a shaded valley setting or more contemporary rooms located at a higher elevation on the hillside with stunning views of the Red Rocks.  They also offer lodge accommodations.  Decorated in soothing natural tones, the rooms feature plush linens and upscale amenities.  Some of the cottages and rooms have fireplaces for those chilly winter evenings at Sedona’s 4,500 foot elevation and outdoor showers to refresh and cool guests down from sightseeing in town or at Oak Creek Canyon during the hot summer months.

The exterior of one of the cottages

* The exterior of one of the cottages

Interior of the cottage

* Interior of one of the cottages with a fireplace

Some of the cottages feature outdoor showers

* Outdoor showers are featured in several of the cottages

Some of the cottages situated on the hillside offer views of the Red Rocks

* Some of the cottages situated on the hillside offer stunning views of the Red Rocks

Relaxation and renewal are two things we came away with from our two-night stay.  While there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, you will be inclined to stay on-property and enjoy what it has to offer.  The atmosphere is soothing and tranquil with the babbling creek, shaded wooded grounds, and cooler temperatures.  There are also complimentary daily activities to keep you busy, such as the morning duck feeding by the creekside, stargazing in the evenings, photography walks, morning yoga classes, and wellness talks one evening a week. A trip to the spa is an indulgence you won’t want to miss, particularly if you are there to de-stress.  One of their signature treatments, Sedona Dreams, thoroughly completed the entire relaxation experience.

Relax outdoors by the fire pits

Relax outdoors by the fire pits

Take a walk around the property to de-stress

Take a walk around the beautiful grounds

We saw a number of weddings during our visit

An romantic setting for a wedding – we saw several couples tie the knot during our visit

Take time to enjoy a signature treatment at the spa

Enjoy a signature treatment at the spa

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