Want to visit Sedona? Here's my story, with suggestions on things to do there

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Late September was a perfect time to visit Sedona, AZ, and here’s what I learned about visiting there.

I arrived at the Phoenix airport and was picked up by a long-time AZ resident friend, business associate, and powerful Reiki master who gives individual sessions as well as Reiki workshops in Arizona. (See more about his Reiki below).

The drive there: We were driving along in a somewhat typical anemic colored AZ desert from Phoenix towards Sedona. And then it started -- a few splotches of distant red rock. And then you go around a corner and almost suddenly a whole new world appears before your eyes -- easily feels like a hidden portal to a different realm.

Must-see inspired village: Our first stop before checking in at our lodging was Tlaquepaque for a Mexican meal.(See photo left).

This is an outdoor art/boutique/restaurant area that looks like an inspired Southwestern village. I had come from the damp Pacific Northwest and it felt like heaven to sit out on the veranda and be served our food without feeling chilled. The temperature was in the mid 80s and that was perfect in the shade.

I strongly suggest if you're going to visit Sedona -- check out this place, even if it’s just for a stopover for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Reiki energy healing in Sedona: I was treated to a private Reiki session after dinner -- which was like Nirvana after having traveled by air and car to get to Sedona. I could feel tension both from present and past dissipate as I lay on the massage table while this Reiki master worked on me.

He applies and teaches Reiki and other complementary energy healing modalities including Theta Healing and White Light Energy. He is currently in Utah but may return to Arizona soon and visits the state occasionally. Before he returns, though, when travel expenses are covered he is still able to visit Sedona again to teach, and in fact can do so anywhere else in the world.

If you'd like more information directly about him, please inquire with your specific details and needs in the form below.

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Temperatures while there: During this September, temperatures were mostly in the mid-80s and also reached 90 during the trip, which was just what I was hoping.

I was there on business to research and photograph for several assigned articles and possible book material for one of my main print editors on various eco-farming issues in the area -- the farmers' markets, local growing conditions, and a regional cottage food proclamation act circulating among the citizens. I met several people involved in that arena while there.

Another must-see: One late afternoon/evening we went to the Chapel of the Holy Cross on our way back from a photo shoot. It was stunning up there, especially as the lowering sun hit the rocks. As you can see in the photo to the right, there's a trolly that takes you there if you don't want to drive.

Lodging in Sedona: We decided to stay at the Briar Patch. It's right along the creek, and provided shady paths and cabins amidst the desert climate. Just a touch outside of main Sedona, we did have to drive to get to the main parts of Sedona, but felt it was worth it.

It was quite peaceful with the pet sheep grazing in the center of the groves of trees.

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