Travel has been something so on my mind lately. I’ve felt the need to expand and explore. Being a mama and a brick and mortar business owner, it can be hard to get out. I sometimes need something other than myself to push myself out of my daily routines. In the next couple months I’ll be traveling a lot to promote my book Raw and Radiant. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of the amazing places I’ll get to visit, list my favorite hotels, foodie spots, gyms, spas and other little finds. Fittingly, I’m starting with Sedona, Arizona. My home! A new age mecca and a site to see. You’ll be seeing Scottsdale, San Francisco, LA, New York, Ojai and a few other unique spot I’ll be traveling posted here! If you have any recommendations for these spots, let me know!
Recently my family and I decided we needed a little local vacation. We live in one of the most beautiful place in the world. Truly, Sedona is so incredible. I’ve found that when I get out of my every day routine and out of my home I’m truly able to relax. When I’m home, even on a day off, I find lots to do and lots to be distracted by. We we’re in the midst of opening up the second location for Local Juicery. Feeling way overworked and way too tired. So we took a night off and stayed at Amara in Sedona.
Walking in, we were greeted with a much appreciated glass of wine and then found our room. A lovely room with a view of the pool and the famous red rocks. A bed large enough for all three of us (we co-sleep). Modern and upscale with a twist of southwest. My son (who is four) was so excited for the pool, so that was our first stop. A gorgeous infinity pool with red rock views. It’s absolutely stunning. We ordered some food and drinks at the bar by the pool and sat there in pure happiness. Slowing down is so important in a world that moves so fast. I feel so much gratitude for the simple act of sitting. I felt so much joy seeing my little man swimming around and feeling really connected with.
Then it was dinner time, since our hotel has an amazing restaurant called Salt Rock, we decided to eat there. Being a bit picky on the food end, I was really really please with this spot. They had the best vegan option I’d had in a long while at a restaurant. Their salsa was so delicious even my son ate it. The salmon was incredible and this location is unparalleled. We loved it.
My other favorite Food spots in Sedona are:
Local Juicery (naturally). We’re an all organic cafe and juicery. Lots of great food, drinks, tonics, coffee, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and unique retail.
Elote Cafe is my personal favorite spot in Sedoan. Jeff is an incredible chef and you’ll always see him on location. this means a lot to me. The food is southwestern inspired by Mexico. He does it so well. A great wine list with organic options and a menu exploding with flavor. You have to try the Elote and the Guacamole. Go early! No reservations and the wait can get up to 2 hours. Totally worth it though.
Mariposa, dreamed up and created by Lisa Dahl, this spot is absolutely stunning. There is nothing like it. I always feel like I’m in Las Vegas but surrounded by red rocks. Beautiful Latin inspired cuisine and the quality is always perfect. You’ll see Lisa walking around checking in or in the kitchen. Again, this is always a sign to me of a quality place. Amazing wine list, great vegetarian and vegan options. Reservations are always a must if you want a table, but we prefer to sit at the bar and chat with other people.
ChocolaTree, besides Local Juicery, Chocola Tree is the only other organic spot in Sedona. I go just about every other day. I love the vibes and the outdoor eating area is beautiful. Jenn and Kelly are always about and Chef David is a dear man! I love the entire staff, the chocolate and the space. The food is great and very clean. You’ll see me there sitting the garden eating the Green Goddess chocolates! I also love Lulu’s Chocolate Lounge, Pump House, Indian Gardens, Creekside Coffee, Enchantment Resort and The Hudson
Crystal Magic The crystal mecca and the coolest book and tarot card selection around.
Favorite Clothing Company Locally owned, cute things, fun experience.
Urban Gypsies great clothes and fun gifts…family owned… and probably the only uptown sedona shop I ever go to!
Rock and Rouge wonderful resort and workout gear, also locally owned.
Well, anywhere outdoors is to me the best, but studio wise…
Sedona Hot Yoga owned by a dear friend and amazing mama! This spot is the only Hot Yoga in town and they never disappoint. Fun classes, clean, pretty!
Aum Base, my favorite studio. This is owned by The Masterminds behind the Sedona Yoga Festival. Clean, humble, amazing teachers.
Awakenings Yoga Studio two words, ecstatic dance
Seven Centers a yoga training studio with amazing views and classes, I like the yoga in the Yurt!
As for Hikes dear friends, I can’t recommend one. I truly love every single hike I’ve ever gone on in Sedona. There is nothing that will let you down.