L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek
Dine outdoors next to the steady trickle of Oak Creek as the breeze sweeps along the songs of birds. Condé Nast Traveler named L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek as “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest.” It’s easy to see why as you enjoy modern French cuisine with American twists in this pleasant wooded setting. The menu changes with the seasons’ harvests. Wintertime allows wild game and imported truffles and cheeses to decorate plates. In warmer months, as the patio comes to life, guests enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs. Regardless of season, bubbly bottles of champagne and rich desserts invite you to indulge. If you’re setting out for a long hike in the morning, L’Auberge is also a delightful place to take your breakfast. Cheeses, potatoes, eggs, vegetables and breads come together in beautiful ways to energize your being.
Looking for a place to wear those cowboy boots? Cowboy Club is the spot. It began years ago as the Oak Creek Tavern, where Sedona’s early settlers and real cowboys gathered. Western and cowboy decorations set the mood for this family-friendly restaurant with a full bar. There are a few things you’ll want to experience at the Cowboy Club. Order the Cactus Fries and Rattlesnake, as well as fine Angus and Buffalo Steaks. Then say cheese in front of the second largest set of Longhorn horns in the country as a waitress snaps a photo. By the time you leave, you’ll understand the deliciousness of “high desert cuisine.”
Tlaquepaque Village nestles 40 specialty shops between cobble-stone walkways and giant sycamore trees. This stucco, vine-covered setting has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970s. Charm follows you with every step as you enter art shops full of bronze sculptures, beautiful ceramics, large photographs, hand-blown glass ornaments and paintings. You won’t be in a rush to leave this arts and crafts village. Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh) means the “best of everything,” and you’ll find that to be true as you sit by the blue-tiled fountain and dine in a French café. You’ll start to feel like you’re part of a painting yourself.
Uptown Sedona is the equivalent of Main Street. In addition to indoor and outdoor shopping plazas, you’ll also find art galleries, sightseeing tour companies and restaurants. Americana abounds, from Native American jewelry and cowboy shops to candied apples and flags. The New Sedona Crystal Vortex will put you in touch with local psychics as you shop for gemstone jewelry. The Sedona Olive Oil Company offers free tastings, and Cactus Carlos Best sells southwest ceramics for your kitchen. There are lots of options for jewelry and fine art here, as well as casual and fine dining. Don’t forget stunning Red Rock views everywhere you look. There’s also the Sedona Art Center, where local artists gather to share their artistic dreams. If you get lucky, your stay will coincide with one of the many holiday parades that cut through Uptown throughout the year.