Our Sedona Primal Anniversary Weekend

We just celebrated our anniversary over this weekend, and wanted to share with all of you our very primal gastronomical and outdoor activities in this synopsis of a most, most magical weekend for us.  Yes, believe it or not, it is possible to have a fun, indulgent weekend and still stay true to this primal lifestyle.  Read on…

meet Shawna

We left about noon on Friday and drove up to Cottonwood to visit our friends at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards newest tasting room.  The drive was beautiful as always, but once we arrived we got our wine tasting in Riedel glassware (we’re members) 🙂 grabbed some wine trivia cards and sat down on one of their super comfy sofa’s and played a game or two, while Kevin took great care of us.  Next we drove a few more miles to pay our homage to Page Springs Cellars, where Paul and Phil always have a greeting smile and amazing wine education.

Paul 🙂

If you have not tried Eric Glomski’s amazing wines, you really need to.


meet Eric

He grows some of the best wine that I’ve enjoyed with a wide range of variety and unbelievable blends.  They’ve got delicious appetizer plates filled with great cheeses, dalmas, prosciutto and more.  They also have a beautiful patio and a river deck that you can walk down to and enjoy your wine.  While you’re down there you may want to stop to say hello to Shawna, their on-site fabulous massage therapist and schedule an appointment for a river side private massage. Last but not least, don’t forget to play a game or two of Bocce Ball – so fun. …time to drive the few miles to Sedona and head to our hotel.

L’Auberge de Sedona, oh wow!  How fantastic. Dinner at L’Auberge is a magical experience that is best lived first hand.  Creekside romantic dining, candles, ducks, fantastic wait staff, unbelievable ambiance.  They gave us the best and most romantic table on the patio. My husband surprised me with Champagne. Henry ate a fabulous starter salad, Ahi tuna and pork medallions for his entrée. I had a golden beet salad, scallops and perfectly cooked duck breast.  Amazing!

We got up early the next morning and hiked the tallest mountain in Sedona, Wilson Mountain!

Henry's pointing at Wilson Mtn. we were about to hike to the very top!

Yes, all the way to the top. Our glutes are still sore. This is a 5 hour hike, we finished it in 4.30 hours. We only took our Camelback for water and hiked without breakfast, for optimal fat burning.  We got done a little before 1 pm…we were broken, tired and hungry.  Henry ripped his Vibrams, yes he wore his Vibrams on a 4.30 hour hike.  It’s an amazing hike that allows you to see all the other mountains, tops of surrounding plateaus and the snow-capped mountains of Flagstaff. Beautiful and serene.

After a quick shower we went to the Cowboy Club for a well deserved Bison tenderloin, with all the Paleo fixings and reflected on our amazing couple of days already.  No rest for these two love birds…we packed ourselves up and drove to Jerome to see what it all about. Very cool. It’s an old mining town way tucked up in the mountains before Sedona at an elevation of 5,200 feet.  Had to go and check out Caduceus Cellars – Merkin Vineyards and walked around this curious little town. Headed back to downtown Cottonwood to Arizona Stronghold to pick up our shipment of wine and drove back to L’Auberge to chill and to enjoy another amazing meal, I did not want to go anywhere else.  I had Rack of Lamb this time and Henry had the Chilean Sea Bass…both so delicious.

Sunday, checkout day, so sad. I did not want to leave. Headed on down to early morning Yoga stretch, watched all the ducks get fed, came back to our Casita, took an outdoor shower, yes that is also an option, so cool, and totally private. And then? You guessed it went to brunch on the Creekside patio. The best brunch that we’ve had. They gave us the same table as on our anniversary, so thoughtful and fabulous.  This brunch had shaved fennel salad with beets, jicama and mango salad, you name it they had it, and many Paleo options.  We were very impressed and pleased.

We wanted to share our special weekend with you, just in case you are ever wanting to head to Sedona and are looking for a few things to do that have been tested by us for several years now.  We hope that you will share you favorite Sedona experience with us some time. We’ll be back to recipes later this week.

Our best! Jo and Henry