460 Harmony Dr., Sedona
Whether you’re an amateur Galileo or you just like looking up at the stars after dinner, Sedona’s night sky will astound you. It is so expansive and vast as to feel as if the entire universe is collected over this small pocket of the American Southwest. And hands down the best way to take it all in is with an expert. Sedona Stargazing astronomers will meet you about twenty minutes from uptown Sedona (to get away from the light pollution) with high-powered telescopes and a textbook’s worth of knowledge. You can expect to see shooting stars, binary stars, distant galaxies, the International Space Station, Venus, Saturn, and almost everything else in this universe.
Airport Mesa Loop Trail
483 Airport Rd., Sedona
Get up before dawn—trust us, this will be worth it. At that hour, two things are working in your favor: You’ll be able to get a parking space at the entrance to the Airport Mesa Loop Trail, and you will see the most spectacular sunrise of your life. The loop is about three and a half miles long and can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete, depending on much you hike and how much you stroll and how often you stop to take family pictures. It’s gentle enough to bring the kids along. (If it’s rained recently, be careful of slippery rocks, and if you go in the summer, bring extra water—it gets blindingly hot in the desert.) The 360-degree views are just about the most beautiful way to take in such magical surroundings. Other trails very worth exploring: Boynton Canyon, Doe Mountain, Fay Canyon, Little Horse, and West Fork.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village
336 AZ-179, Sedona
Tlaquepaque (Tla-keh-pah-keh, and it’s so fun to say, it’s worth learning the correct pronunciation) is a warren of shops, galleries, boutiques, fountains, restaurants, and charm. If a shopping hamlet can have a soul, this one does. A handful of places to eat and dozens of shops—from jewelry to rugs to clothing to art galleries—means you can start at the coffee shop, end at the wine bar, and explore for hours in between. While you’re there, check out Azadi Navajo Rugs. The beautiful, authentic pieces will have you rethinking every design choice you’ve ever made.
2978 AZ-89A, Sedona
This is Sedona: There are literally crystals in the drinking water. Crystals probably grow on a tree in this town somewhere. Which is to say that you will be offered, almost accosted, with an abundance of crystals at every turn. So we say: Cut through the noise and go to the mother ship. Crystal Magic has crystals of every shape, size, and color and at every price point. It also sells jewelry, statues, singing bowls, books, incense, and all the accoutrements you’d expect to find in a crystal shop, but the gem of the place is its stones.
Mii Amo Spa
525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona
This spectacular destination spa is one of our favorites in the US. The rooms are beautifully simple, and the treatments, thanks to skilled practitioners, are absolutely incredible. The menu includes more traditional offerings, like a Sedona clay wrap and a pinon-nut body scrub, as well as specialty services, like intuitive massage and Aura-Soma bodywork. The facials are exceptional and varied, with a deeply restorative oxygen facial and a stimulating lymphatic facial, among others. Meanwhile, the spiritual treatments—meditation, hypnosis, past life regression, and more—are like three years of therapy in three days. The spa is all-inclusive and has three-, four-, and seven-day packages. Be advised: Guests must be seventeen or older.
It's difficult to articulate Ashley's full scope, as she offers everything from psychopomp (helping souls transition to the other side, like a death doula) to soul retrieval (finding unresolved traumas from past lives and energetically healing them). It is pretty much as mysterious as it sounds: Deeply intuitive, Ashley will riff on everything from your spirit guides to your spirit animals, touching on life path and purpose and the soundness of your relationships. She's based in Sedona, but also does sessions over the phone.
Sedona Vortex Retreat
267 Coffee Pot Dr., Sedona
Ride the waves of healing energy among the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Sign up for a day long retreat and head off into the wild where your guide will help you tap into the transformational energies that are created where electromagnetic lines intersect. Though some may be wary of the New Age ways (add-ons include drum journeys and shamanic sound healings) even skeptics can't debate the beauty of the epic landscape. Sedona Vortex Retreat doesn't provide accommodations; we'd recommend bunking up at the L'Auberge de Sedona.
Mii Amo Spa
525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona
Known—actually, make that adored—as one of the best spas anywhere, Mii Amo doesn’t get enough praise for its sixteen guest rooms. Pale wood accents, private decks, a flood of natural light: All the rooms are geared toward creating a soothing environment. And then there’s the Mii Amo Luxury Suite, which has indoor and outdoor showers, indoor and outdoor living rooms, and indoor and outdoor ways to completely unwind. If the private massage room doesn’t help you reach next-level calm, nothing will. Mii Amo has an on-site café and juice bar, but it’s not the kind of spa that doesn’t serve wine. All of which is to say: You may never leave the premises.
L’Auberge de Sedona
301 Little Ln., Sedona
Hikes, yoga, a forest-bathing program, and views that look like you’re surrounded by iPhone billboards. That’s the gist of the sixty-two cottages and twenty-one guest rooms that make up L’Auberge de Sedona. This is the kind of place with outdoor showers (which you’ll love in the summer) and woodburning fireplaces (which you’ll love in the winter). As soon as you check in, head directly to L’Apothecary Spa, where therapists create oils, salts, scrubs, and other skin- and body-care products at an herbal blending station. They’re essentially Southwestern apothecaries using the full spectrum of herbs, flowers, and essences at their disposal to cure whatever ails you or, at the very least, to make you very, very relaxed. When you’re not at the spa, hang out in your creek-side cabin or get cozy by the fire. Just plan to spend the evening looking up—you’ve never seen so many stars in your life.