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6 Unique Experiences You Must Try in Sedona This Year

L’Auberge de Sedona will mark its 40th anniversary in May and is celebrating the occasion throughout the year with special stays, spa and dining experiences. Enjoy a special tasting menu and signature anniversary dessert from L’Auberge’s culinary team, toast the anniversary at the spa with a celebratory mimosa scrub or splurge with the lavish $40,000 Anniversary Package, which includes a three-night stay in the resort’s five-bedroom Creekhouse, a personal concierge, special paired wine dinner, spa package, a private scenic flight over Arizona and more.

Ready for an escape to the red rocks of Sedona? Here are seven luxurious and cultural experiences we’re excited to try at L’Auberge de Sedona and around the Verde Valley.

1. Toast with rubies

Paying tribute to the traditional gemstone for 40th anniversaries, the bar at Cress on Oak Creek, L’Auberge’s fine dining restaurant, will serve a 1980s-inspired Ruby Red Cocktail that comes with a side of jewels. The drink is presented with a ruby pendant and a pair of ruby earrings. Cress Bar is also serving playful 1980s-themed sips with a modern twist, including a colorful Cosmo and French Martini.

2. Indulge in a spa day

L’Auberge’s L’Apothecary Spa is the place to relax and recharge, and its team has crafted a bubbly treatment and special spa package to mark the anniversary. Citrus & Bubbles is an exclusive body scrub designed to be invigorating and hydrating, blending Champagne with orange essences. The session includes a scrub, followed by a 45-minute massage with orange-infused body butter. A special treat awaits the end of the treatment.

For even more pampering, try the anniversary-exclusive Celebration Path of Possibility spa experience. It begins with the Citrus & Bubbles scrub and massage, followed by a facial and a Human Design Reading—which offers a look at your energetic blueprint.

3. Savor a luxurious tasting menu

Cress on Oak Creek Executive Chef Ryan Swanson has crafted a special five-course tasting menu that will be served in May. This “short story menu” nods to classic dishes from the 1980s that L’Auberge’s first guests were served. The menu from Swanson, a James Beard Award nominee, will also pay homage to the French roots of Jean Rocchi, the chef who played a pivotal role in the resort’s inception. Think gougere, escargot and sumac-and-urfa-crusted lamb rack. Cress on Oak Creek’s Pastry Chef Donna Yuen has also created a seasonally rotating anniversary dessert that will be served through May.

For a flavorful finale to anniversary celebrations, the resort will partner with Cloth & Flame, the experiential culinary events team, to host a creekside dinner.

Say yes, again. With so much celebrating, why not lean in with a vow renewal? The resort is offering a Red Rock Renewal Package, providing a private ceremony, dinner, fresh floral and tablescape decor. Couples who were married at the resort are also encouraged to share memories from their wedding on social media for the chance to win a two-night stay and a $250 dining credit.

4. Shop for art

Photography by Daniel Greene via Flickr

Celebrate ceramics. The Sedona Arts Center is a cornerstone of the area’s creative community. In April, the center will mark its 65th year of offering ceramics education with a special invitational exhibition and sale from notable Arizona ceramists, artist talks and demonstrations throughout the month.

5. Visit Verde Valley’s wine country

Photography by Kevin Spencer via Flickr

There are several vineyards to visit throughout the Valley, but the recently opened Merkin Vineyards Hilltop Winery & Trattoria is a must-see. Musician Maynard James Keenan’s expansive winery on a hill opened in October. Amble up the hill or take the funicular – a tram car that will deliver you to the winery’s patio. Indulge in a wine flight, savor the flavors and near panoramic views from the Italian eatery and save room for a scoop from the gelateria.

6. Go baroque at Piano on the Rocks

Photography by Geoff Livingston via Flickr

Sedona’s classical music festival returns for a ninth year, running April 26 to 28. This year’s Piano on the Rocks, performed at Bradley Hall in Verde Valley School, will pay homage to the French composer Gabriel Fauré. The festival melds solo piano performances, songs sung by a mezzo-soprano and poetry.

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