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Nataliia Kelsheva

Sedona makes an idyllic getaway for couples

Romance is woven into the very fabric of Sedona. At the turn of the century, the first postmaster, T.C. Schnebly, struggled to come up with an appropriate name for the young community along the banks of Oak Creek. Finally, he did the most natural thing of all––he named it after his beautiful wife, Sedona. Now it’s impossible to think of it ever being called anything else. With its otherworldly beauty, Sedona is the ideal place for a romantic getaway, whether for a weekend holiday or planning for the perfect wedding day.

Many flock to the fairytale wonderland of Sedona, attracted by its crimson buttes, windswept spires, dramatic canyons and the shimmering waters of the Verde River. Nestled in the quaint city is a secret gem that many covet for his and her picture-perfect day, and as it turns out, it’s surprisingly easy when you have a picture-perfect location.

Bridal magazines consistently place Sedona in the top 10 destinations in the country and world for location and scenery. In addition to national acclaim, Sedona is home to dozens of lauded wedding planners and event managers ready to assist with arrangements to create memories that last a lifetime. With all the pieces in place and all the support you need, couples can experience a stress-free day, whether it’s coordinating a honeymoon, organizing the ceremony or even just planning a romantic anniversary.

Imagine exchanging vows atop a high mesa, tucked away in a hidden canyon; honeymooning on the banks of a silver stream or beside a favorite formation bathed in the lush glow of sunset; or perhaps proposing to that special someone aboard a hot air balloon or helicopter. In Sedona, the possibilities are as endless as the star-studded skies.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and love, the city wants to make sure that the perfect day goes off without a hitch, with help from some of the most romantic spots in town. Here are just a few of the charming and bespoke options available to visitors seeking romance in the red rocks.

Butterfly Garden Inn

The Butterfly Garden Inn was established in 1945 as Don Hoel’s Cabins. Today, its bed-and-breakfast establishment is a local treasure, spanning 27 acres in the lush Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors will find romance between the forest pine trees, where couples can cozy up to each other in charming cabins.

Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge

Garland’s Lodge had its beginnings in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when most of Oak Creek Canyon was established as homestead land. Today, the premises still offer bed-and-breakfast style accommodations, with quaint scenery amidst the flowing river.

Canyon Wren Cabins

With cabins designed for intimacy and dedicated to couple’s enjoyment, Canyon Wren Cabins offers four different cabins for those looking to adventure to the Oak Creek Canyon woods. The property prides itself on its concept of “cabins for two,” so intimacy and romance is guaranteed with each visit.

Briar Patch Inn

The cottages, furnished with Southwestern charm and Native American decor, are designed for comfort in a casual atmosphere. Fireplaces, patios, and privacy lure couples to relax and enjoy the moment or take advantage of amenities such as massages in the comfort of their own cottage or in the creek-side gazebo.

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Enjoy ‘Love On The Rocks’ At Hilton Sedona

Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is delivering the ultimate in romance amidst the stunning red rocks of Sedona just in time for Valentine’s Day with the “Love On The Rocks” package.
Loaded with all you need for romance, the “Love On The Rocks” package is priced from $329 per night and includes two-nights in a newly renovated king suite, $150 credit for use at the resort’s eforea: Spa at Hilton,  breakfast for two each morning, a bottle of wine or sparkling cider delivered at check-in, and bouquet of fresh flowers. Just for Valentine’s Day weekend travelers, guests booking the package over the dates of February 13-15, 2015 will enjoy a special Valentine’s Day amenity.
For a truly local spa experience, travelers can opt to apply their credit towards the spa’s signature Full Circle Message, a 90-minute service inspired by the metaphysical properties of Sedona. The experience includes aromatherapy, meditation to discover intuition, massage, energy balancing and visualization, and is delivered by one of the spa’s therapists that are certified to practice “energy medicine.”
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation delivering redesigned guest rooms and an entirely new lobby experience focused on relaxation, rejuvenation and new spaces to socialize and stay connected. Bringing the essence of Sedona through the doors of the resort, guest rooms have been refinished and redesigned with locally-inspired elements and materials selected to create a sense of haven and reflection. The experience continues into the lobby, offering a respite from the moment you enter the resort with a soothing color palette of earth tones and artwork, furnishings and finishes that reflect the natural elements of Sedona.
Named “the most beautiful place on earth” by USA Today Weekend, Sedona is nestled among a geological wonderland just 90 minutes north of Phoenix where vivid red rock formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a mesmerizing setting. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres that provide instant access to a plethora of outdoor adventures, recreational activities ranging from hiking and biking to jeep tours and more. Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal with vortex energy centers, has a vibrant art scene and is an emerging wine destination with nearby vineyards and tasting rooms.
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is located along Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic byway, delivering breathtaking views of red rock landscapes. With 219 guest rooms, resort amenities include three heated pools, an expansive 25,000 square-foot spa, fitness and wellness facility and an adjacent 18-hole golf course.
The “Love On The Rocks Package” is available with rates from $329 per night with a two-night stay required. For more information about Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa and to book the “Love On The Rocks” package, visit http://www.hiltonsedonaresort.com/hsr/specials or call +1 928 284 6900.
Sabrina LeBeauf, best known for her work on “The Cosby Show,” stars in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Perfect girls night: 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore'

Young or old. Fat or thin. Gay or straight. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which will be on stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through June 16, is a “can’t miss” for every woman. It had us crying one minute, then squealing with laughter a split second later.

Addressing issues like shopping for your first bra, the coveted little black dress, weddings, the death of a child, mother-daughter relationships, lust and cancer, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” is pertinent to all women.

This intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron is based on the best seller by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Like the popular book, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theater experiences. The all-star cast features Dee Hoty (“Mamma Mia!”), Sabrina LeBeauf (“The Cosby Show”), Amanda Setton (“The Mindy Project”), Zuzanna Szadkowski (“Gossip Girl”) and Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”).

It takes each member of a predominantly female audience on a journey through the pains and joys of womanhood. The bold, and often humorous topics begin by reminiscing the first special dress for a five year old girl, hysterically rebels against the black hole purse dilemma, and concludes by admitting defeat in a shapeless Eileen Fisher garb.

The most wonderful thing about this play is how intimately every woman in the theater knew each other without ever having met. There is something unique and unspoken among women which made this incredibly clever, sensitive and poignant play touch each heart in the same way at the same time. By its response, the energy of the audience was the sixth cast member. At the end, our only disappointment was that it was over. We each commented that we could stay and listen to these women go on all night about the wars, woes and wonderful blessings of our lives.

The venue at Scottsdale Performing Arts Theater was perfect. Its modern design and efficient staff made for a most enjoyable evening. In the lobby before the play, we sat and gabbed sipping wine, mesmerized by the spinning art suspended from the ceiling above. The seats in the theater were very comfortable and the steep design of the rows ensured that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

For us, it is the perfect girls night out for you and your friends.

Sabrina LeBeauf, best known for her work on “The Cosby Show,” stars in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Perfect girls night: 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore'

Young or old. Fat or thin. Gay or straight. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which will be on stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through June 16, is a “can’t miss” for every woman. It had us crying one minute, then squealing with laughter a split second later.

Addressing issues like shopping for your first bra, the coveted little black dress, weddings, the death of a child, mother-daughter relationships, lust and cancer, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” is pertinent to all women.

This intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron is based on the best seller by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Like the popular book, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theater experiences. The all-star cast features Dee Hoty (“Mamma Mia!”), Sabrina LeBeauf (“The Cosby Show”), Amanda Setton (“The Mindy Project”), Zuzanna Szadkowski (“Gossip Girl”) and Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”).

It takes each member of a predominantly female audience on a journey through the pains and joys of womanhood. The bold, and often humorous topics begin by reminiscing the first special dress for a five year old girl, hysterically rebels against the black hole purse dilemma, and concludes by admitting defeat in a shapeless Eileen Fisher garb.

The most wonderful thing about this play is how intimately every woman in the theater knew each other without ever having met. There is something unique and unspoken among women which made this incredibly clever, sensitive and poignant play touch each heart in the same way at the same time. By its response, the energy of the audience was the sixth cast member. At the end, our only disappointment was that it was over. We each commented that we could stay and listen to these women go on all night about the wars, woes and wonderful blessings of our lives.

The venue at Scottsdale Performing Arts Theater was perfect. Its modern design and efficient staff made for a most enjoyable evening. In the lobby before the play, we sat and gabbed sipping wine, mesmerized by the spinning art suspended from the ceiling above. The seats in the theater were very comfortable and the steep design of the rows ensured that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

For us, it is the perfect girls night out for you and your friends.