Sedona, Arizona: A Mystery No More by Terry Zinn

After now spending a very hectic two days in Sedona I can say that it is not a total mystery to me any longer. Another quick visit several years ago had me baffled as to what all the hype was about. I was there in early December when new road construction of roundabouts were rampant, and all I really wanted to see were the art galleries.
This time I revisited my favorite galleries of Exposure, with their extensive Toby bronzes, and Kuivato with a surprising variety of art glass located in the charming Tlaquepaque Village. I have several Toby bronzes and always enjoy seeing new ones in person. I also made a purchase of art glass at Kuivato and despite assurances it would arrive in a week or 10 days, it took over three weeks. I’m disappointed in the service of this fine art glass gallery. Visions Fine Art Gallery was new to me as it is located in the Pinon Pointe shopping area, high above the confluence of traffic. The variety of high end art there was a pleasure to take in, as was the martini and steak at the adjacent Sound Bites Grill, which offer views of Snoopy Rock.
I previously stayed at an accommodation right in the middle of Sedona – making it easy to view art galleries but I think it corralled me in ~ not encouraging me to see more of the area. This time I stayed at two lodgings on opposite ends of the town, forcing me to see more and get a better feeling for the lay-of-the-land. While described as Mediterranean in design, I felt Sedona Rouge was more of a hacienda-type lay out in contrast to the Hilton Sedona with their own crisp ambience, as both are worthy of your special stay in Sedona. Both have extensive Spas where you can indulge your whims, and swimming pools to cool your soul, as well as onsite dining to soothe your appetite.
Two other dining establishments I had time to enjoy was the Barking Frog with fresh guacamole, upscale service and food to match, and the Redstone Grill, where I got not only impeccable food but local guide information from an amenable wait staff.
An enlightening tour was taken with Jeep Safaris, where my guide took us to off the beaten track energy vortexes, like Nell’s Knoll, and up to the top of the Colorado uplift ridge that skirts the town. The soft adventure ride over rough dirt roads should only be made by a four wheel professional. The views and historical education along the trip satiated my curiosity and visual demands. I highly recommend Jeep Safari.
An energy vortex, as I understand it, may or may not be felt by any one individual, as it may heighten your own subconscious spiritual energies ~ enforcing enlightenment or nudging negatively at your inner most being. I am always open to new experiences, and at Nell’s I did feel a bit dizzy, which I am told may be my reaction to this vortex. I did not feel dizzy at other vortexes we viewed at a much higher elevation. So why try to explain it? It is, and was, what it was.
I finally made it to Cathedral Rock, the iconic image of Sedona. It took two tries, as I came in the back way over a dusty dirt road, not through the park entrance. I found out about this route through the helpful directions of my wait staff at the Redstone Country Club where I had an enjoyable dinner and beverage service. Even though it’s a country club replete with golf course, the dining room and bar welcomes the public. I later was told that Cathedral Rock is also an energy vortex. I just found it beautiful, peaceful and awe inspiring near sunset. For a time I had it almost to myself and left when a couple with their two dogs, were encouraging them to jump and play in the placid stream.

While once a mystery to me, the second time around in seductive Sedona eased me into a better grasp of the area and its mystical vortexes, inspiring art, relaxation, dining, and exploration while viewing those ever enticing red rocks.