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Sedona is just as amazing as people say.

October 28th, 2011 3 Comments
Last month I was glad I had taken people seriously!  Sedona is a two hour drive north of Phoenix and worth every minute of it.

I actually drove through town and settled at The Enchantment Resort, which has been awarded a spot in the “Top Ten in The US” by Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure several years in a row. I can’t say I agree more.  The property nestled at the foot of the mountains in the middle of dead-quiet no where is truly magical and exceeded my expectations for a weekend getaway.  I hope to one day go back and

This week MotherNatureNetwork published my Sedona experience and review of the resort  here.  Excerpts and a tour of my casita is below.  In following weeks, I’ll be posting videos and recipes from Chef Corey Shoemaker, one of the only chefs outside of San Francisco who understands the term “farm-to-table.”

“My Journey of Natural Seduction”

— Published Oct 24, 2011

The sound was so foreign it was uncomfortable. The feeling was so unexpected it was startling.  The incline on my “hike” to the “top” was so gradual I had insisted on jogging instead of just taking my time to absorb the remarkable forest thriving in the valley of mountainous red rocks around me. When I made it the clearing and sat still, the silence and fresh air was overwhelming me to the point of agitation. (Think about it, when was the last time you sat in absolute silence?) At this point, I committed to relaxing and waiting patiently. Finally, in one deep exhale, the sensation washed over me. Peace, that is. This is what it looks like, this is what it feels like, this is the magic of Sedona.
Camp for me was not a tent, but instead The Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo spa nestled at the base of the mountains. I know what you’re thinking, but experiencing nature doesn’t have to be about “roughing it.” I have found you can enjoy natural elements on many different levels in different parts of life, even your daily routine.
Rated one of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” in 2011, Enchantment Resort is truly unique because the owners have captured the spirit of the Native American culture and give you the opportunity to use it to fuel your introspection. The understated, natural aesthetic of the property creates a comfortable environment so you can nourish your body, mind, and spirit in ways that might be foreign and even startling to you. See the video tour of my casa.

With the backdrop of the massive red rocks and crystal blue sky, the resort itself provides anything and everything you could ever want to physically do to explore and relax. I tried mountain biking for the first time.


Finish the article here to read about my activities, the spa, and Corey’s dishes!

The Enchantment Resort
525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, Ariz. 86336
(**Full disclosure: Media rates and comped spa service provided.)
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  • Did they ever fix the cell phone reception issues there? When I was there in 2009 there was absolutely no coverage.

    • No, Richard, still bad reception. But honestly, I loved it. Being disconnected was an unexpected blessing!

  • I agree – its a stunning location, but very frustrating when you’re trying to coordinate things with other people while you’re there.