Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Why You'll Love Sedona

Sedona's beauty is spectacular. Its crimson layered rocks whisper with attention, gentleness, guidance. The soft voices echo with each careful step you take on its porous red rock surfaces, reminding you to be gentle as eons of knowledge & wisdom whisper in your ear.

Native Cultures & Tribes color each facet of nature with symbolic names. Standing People (trees); Creature-beings (animals, insects), Plant People, and finally the Stone People (rocks). Natives believe Stone People provide all the history & knowledge of this earthen world we live in, and our own personal records.

Per Native theory, Stone People exist to remind you of two life components - where you've been & where you're going. They speak to New Understandings - how to focus your intent, dispel confusion, change habits, get grounded, etc. Sedona's Red Rocks lend themselves to these endeavors of new understandings, spiritual enlightenment, new knowledge. Natives traveled here over 4500 (some say 6500) yrs ago - to listen & tap into these Red Rock Stone People's wisdom.

Present-day Sedona & its Red Rocks continue to fascinate, inspire, balance. For those wishing to escape the entanglements and chaotic cadence of city life, you'll find welcomed relief here.

All the creature comforts of our current culture exist with a touch of Mayberry RFD. 

You'll find free wi-fi at almost every coffee shop & cafe. If more than 10 cars line up at a stop-light, it's called traffic.  Shop early! Most parts of town close by 8p or 9p. Some shops close by 6p.  After the sun sets, take a safe stroll under Sedona's dark-sky blanket, millions of bright stars twinkling above you. If a full moon isn't lighting the night sky, don't forget the flashlight. Sedona Police & Yavapai County Sheriffs patrol everywhere & often. On bicycles, afoot & in cars. We don't have a donut shop.

If Sedona's Red Rock energies kidnap or capture your mind (forget to lock car doors, misplace stuff), no need for alarm. 95% chance your car won't be touched & you'll find your lost items within a day or two.

This is a dog-friendly town. Bring your 4-legged! Several hotels/lodging facilities allow pets. Pull up to most drive-thrus and your pooch gets a treat. Stopping for coffee, lunch or snack, with dog in tow? Leash your pet & bring her/him along. If you see a patio, 80% chance your canine is welcomed.

Sedona's the best place in the US to hear phrase "go take a hike!" Locals say it a lot to each other. Stressed out? Take a hike - walk the land. Pondering a decision? Go take a hike. We're not offended by the suggestion, we welcome it! We have over 200 trails to choose from. See National Forest link or Best Hiking Trails. Our comfortable climate allows you to enjoy outdoor activities at least 10 months/year. Just bring 2 bottles of water for every hour you spend out there. Oh - and sunscreen & a hat. No matter what time of year.

Best place to tan while driving. Arizona's sun is bright! Don't want a tan? Roll up your windows, keep sunblock on, even when driving. The sun's UVA/UVB rays can pierce through car windows.

Be seen, get recognized. We're a friendly, small town (10,000 ppl). Frequent a restaurant, bar, or grocery store twice and the staff will recognize you forever. Especially true if you linger for about 2-3 hours. Plus we love seeing people enjoy themselves. That's the true spirit of Sedona.

Accidentally honk your horn & you'll receive either happy waves or dirty looks. We don't honk unless we're gesturing to someone we know. Honk at a red light to move a car in front of you at red light, don't expect applause or waves. We move slow here. That goes double with our new roundabouts. If someone drives slow around them, we don't honk. Slow drivers remind us locals to slow down & admire the beauty of our hometown.
Stocking up for a party? We have 2 liquor stores (package stores). Both open 7 days/wk, both drive-thrus. Or you can purchase most popular brands (liquor, beer, wine) at one of our 3 grocery stores. Might cost a bit more, but they stock most popular brands.

Red Rocks too hot for you? We have at least 4 natural swimming holes and one Sedona community pool.

Sedona locals provide a good cross-section of life. Yuppies, Hippies, New Agers, Generation X's, Y's, etc., Business Leaders, Retirees, Entertainers, Musicians, Writers, Artists, Inventors, Business owners - spanning the globe.

Any age, any interest will find fun here. Hiking, cycling, jogging, tennis, golf, swimming, fishing, local wine-tasting, soothing spas, whitewater rafting (Spring), ballooning, skydiving, rock-climbing, plane & helicopter rides, shopping, distinctive art galleries, variety of restaurants from numerous cultures, spiritual enlightenment.

Or simply be still & listen to the ageless wisdom from the Stone People.

Sedona, AZ is a small town with huge possibilities. Enjoy your visit. Stay a while. Sedona welcomes you.....

Namaste -Robin Amanda Kelley
(928) 451-5107
Lodging & Activities info available at http://visitsedona.com/

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