The Spirituality of Sedona, Arizona.
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
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Brace yourselves, for this is a long one!
Valleys, Vortexes,& Visions.
Vibes are everything to me. You probably have caught on by now, but I consider myself a positive-vibes enthusiast. As someone who also loves to travel, I know that not everywhere I go will always vibe with me on that deeper level. Travel is still an experience, no matter what may happen, but some places will just resonate with you in a more unexplainable way.
I’ve always considered myself a straightforward beach person. Sure, I grew up camping a lot and going on a few mountain related trips with family, but the Ocean and the beach was always my #1 calling, no question.
Over the past few years, things have changed, and now I find myself in love with new places. Last year I went to Denver, CO with friends and have been low key in love with the Rockies, and uber determined to check off more National Parks from my list (such as Banff, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and so much more.) A few years ago we drove through Sedona on our way from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon (West), but we really didn’t have much time to explore and get to know the area. This year I got a (random) strong yearning to go to Sedona, AZ again, and that’s it, game over – I’m obsessed with the Desert.
There is just something truly special about Sedona. It was honestly all I could think about this Spring, just chomping at the bit to plan an adventure here again. I really can’t even explain it, I’ve just been so drawn to it. It just felt so right to think about, like I needed to go there ASAP. To add fuel to the fire, I recently learned about the four big energy vortexes here, and then that was it, I was obsessed.
Have you heard about these?!?
All of Sedona itself is said to be vortex, but there are 4 main energy locations where there is more intensity. This energy can interact with anyone near that area and will resonate and strengthen you on a spiritual level. The energy can be best felt within half a mile of each location. People come from ALL over the World to check out the Sedona vortexes, and there are informational STORES (and tour companies) about them around every block. Sedona is literally known as a spiritual power location because of all of the subtle vortex energy in the area.
What is a vortex? A vortex is basically a funnel shape that is created by some sort of whirling effect, either fluid or energy. Common examples would be whirlwinds, water going down the drain and tornados. Essentially, a vortex is made up of anything that flows. The vortexes in Sedona are coming directly out of the surface of the Earth, and the energy literally leaves behind measurable magnetism in the places it is said to be the strongest.
Vortex energy can be thought of just like the energy that is already inside of you. If you are a sensitive person, much like myself, you may be more susceptible to feel this energy than others. The energy can be felt as a positive and uplifting experience, for may days after. [Hence why I was on cloud 9 after returning home from here and was caught in a strong daydream about my experiences.]
I went into this adventure with the expectation that it would be a new spiritual experience, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The energy here is potent. Very strong. It’s there, around every street corner, ever red rock peak, every place you eat, every hiking trail, everywhere!
So let’s break it down a little further and unpack my 4 days spent in Sedona.
Where we stayed: Arabella Hotel, off of main highway 179 (located on right). This is the highway you will enter Sedona if you are driving up from the South or from Phoenix.
Amenities: Pool, bicycles, views of courtyard and nearby red rocks, sunset view uptop hill, and a HUGE free continental breakfast (totally a selling point for us and VERY WORTH IT). Also a small ‘trading post’ inside the lobby to purchase snacks, beverages and last minute hygiene amenities. There is also a restaurant on grounds, Elote Cafe, but it’s only open Monday – Saturday, and has limited seating and doesn’t take reservations. The line was wrapped around the pool every night, and we heard people say they were waiting for 2+ hours for a table. Apparently it’s worth it, because everyone said so, but we never got the opportunity to give it a try. [According to the front desk boy, it’s ‘world renowned’, and people come from all over to eat there…]
#BalconyLife – and cable! Dude we had CABLE, lol, we are not used to that. Adam and I become fastly addicted to the show Naked and Afraid….
Weather: Sedona in May is nothing short of spectacular. It wasn’t too hot, or chilly. It was a bit windy while we were there but I’m not sure if that’s always, or just was during that time. Sedona is a higher elevation than Phoenix, so it trends significantly cooler. During the time we were there Phoenix was scorching near 100 degrees! It was only low 80s or so in Sedona and it cooled off a lot at night! (I was still cold, because I always get cold, ha!) But we had nothing but absolutely sunshine and blue skies! It is seriously one of the sunniest places in the U.S. you guys, with an average of 300 sunny days a YEAR!!
Where we ate:
Daily breakfast onsite at hotel – Everything from eggs, meat, & potatoes, to fruit to baked goods, and great coffee!
Sound Bites Grill – This place is perched on a hill at the intersection of 179 and 89A, overlooking Oak Creek and other spectacular red rocks in each direction. It’s located in a main ‘uptown’ shops and restaurants area, also near many places to book excursions. Great views, seriously … GREAT views. Also great veggie/vegan menu!
Cowboy Club – Also located near many shops and restaurants in ‘uptown’ Sedona, this place has a lot of history to it. The food was not the best, and they have limited seating, but it was fun to check out!
History Lesson 101: In 1946 Sedona was nothing more than a tavern, post office, and wood building. When people wound their way through Oak Creek Canyon, the tavern was the social place to be. Locals, cowboys, ranchers, and Jerome coal miners would stop here. As Sedona grew in size, the tavern stayed historic, even with more than 50 movies being filmed here and major celebrity movie star visits.
Hideaway House – We went here for happy hour the first day and I totally dig this places vibes! It gives off like a hippy vibe throughout the whole venue and even with the employees. They had a great happy hour selection and huge menu, but we didn’t end up eating anything here. The real kicker was we sat on the patio overlooking Oak Creek and so many beautiful red rocks and it was so peaceful and gorgeous. We would have went back here again for their wine and pizza special but just didn’t have enough time!
Open Range Grill & Tavern – Dude, the views here! KILLER. (Not that there really is a bad view in Sedona, BUT STILL.) We ate here after our long day of over 10 miles of hiking and were absolutely famished. I also wanted some great happy hour margaritas to rehydrate, so we ate in the bar area, but it was still solid! The only complaint I have is that our food took a long time and we were dying.
The Hudson – I definitely can’t say ENOUGH good things about this place, it was absolutely spectacular. It was honestly walking distance from our hotel, and tucked in an upper parking lot, which was neat because it made it seem secret and secluded, like a hidden gem. The wait was ridiculously long so we just sat at the bar and made friends with the barkeep, but the FOOD. #Droolz. We went all out on ordering because it was our last night and that is kind of our ‘thing’, but I had the Salmon and Adam had the Pork Chop and we were both just moaning the whole dinner. Worth EVERY penny.
Circle K Convenience Store – Also within walking distance from the hotel we had a gas station convenient store that we frequently purchased snacks, bottled water, and alcohol from! Came in handy for sure.
In and Out Burger [Phoenix] – This was my first experience and I was pleased! I even got the lettuce burger version, but still definitely enjoyed it a ton! Double double, protein style, and animal style fries – that was the way to go my friends!
Night life: I’m sure a lot of the ‘bars’ and restaurants become more popular at night, and you can definitely take an Uber pretty much anywhere, but we didn’t really explore night life at all. We choose the route to pick up alcohol and hang out on the balcony, and our hotel was full of a lot of people hanging out in the courtyard each night. There was also live music, which was quite entertaining!
[Day 1] Arrival Day
Depart Minneapolis at 7:00 am. Arrive in Phoenix at 8:00 am. Shuttle to rental car facility. Check in hotel after 4 pm.
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park – We just roamed around, maybe like a half mile of walking.
We flew into Phoenix because it makes the most sense and was the most reasonably priced place for us to start our adventure coming from Minneapolis.
It’s a little less than a 2 hour drive to Sedona from Phoenix, and once you get out of town it becomes quite scenic. The large cacti fade away into huge mountains and valleys and eventually the red rock bliss starts to take form. It’s also an upward climb, as Seonda is several thousand feet higher elevation than Phoenix, but that’s good news for everyone because it means more breeze and cooler temps! [Phoenix can be quite hot and miserable and actually isn’t really my cup of tea in Arizona. There’s so many better cities out there! … No offense Phoenix!]
Upon arriving to Sedona I wasn’t able to focus on anything but it’s sheer beauty, shouting repeatedly from the passenger seat, things like, “OMG!” … “OH MY GOODNESS.” … “DUDE!” … “OH MY FUCKING GOODNESS.” … Completely overcome with emotion and appreciation for this place, I was already fully satisfied. On our way to find somewhere to eat we made a quick stop at the first scenic overlook near the trails for Bell Rock. This is one thing I regret not being able to explore further, as I would have loved to climb to the Bell Rock vortex and explore the nearby trails. [But that’s the problem, there is just SO MUCH to do and see that you really have to just keep coming back!]
We stopped for lunch in Uptown, then went out to explore Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, spending some time with Buddha and our inner spirituality. This park was free, but asks for donations, and had a small dirt parking lot available. There are a few large Stupa’s throughout the park, and one giant Buddha. If you explore the path further there is also a large medicine wheel (with associating info), and a bunch of spiritual spindles and prayer books. The history here is amazing and I am thankful I was able to spend some more time learning about what it all represented.
Next, we explored more of the shops that line where highway 179 meet highway 89A, near Uptown. I became mesmerized by a spiritual center/crystal shop called Center For New Age, and of course had to go inside and check it out. It was FILLED with crystals of all kinds, (some as tall as me!), and packed with jewelry, household items, books, and all kinds of services like massage and psychic readings. I bought a smokey quartz crystal for my collection and when approaching the cashier she told me I was one of those energies that you could feel before you see. Literally gave me GOOSEBUMPS. She told me I have a beautiful soul, and man did I want to sit and talk with her more. She of course picked up right away that I’m an empath and told me I made a good selection in my crystal choice.
Later in the day we had happy hour with a view, stopped and got convenience store supplies to hang out on the balcony people watching everyone in the courtyard. It was so relaxing, and full of such great VIBES. Perfect first day!