I went on a beauty adventure to rest, restore, and rejuvenate with the all-new 2022 Buick Encore GX to Sedona, Arizona.
This isn’t your regular tour itinerary of bell rock and red rock crossing. Im sharing with you our favorite desintation spots for some goddess retreating, and *magical spots*of Sedona red rocks that are believed by many to have strong spiritual powers. In the prehistoric era, the entire Sedona area was covered by a sea of water and today their unique beauty is thanks to millions of years of erosion. For the Natives and Indigenous this land is known as sacred, and the space between sky and land is known to be the entry point for other dimensions.
Sedona has always been on my travel list and the perfect road trip destination. I went on this solo- adventure for more of a detox of what a year it’s been but also to deep dive into a spiritual journey. I visited Vortex Sites, went UFO gazing and learned about Indigenous & Spiritual Wisdom through meeting locals and by the time I left I was reinspired to lean back into my goddess ways and return to source.
Not to mention having the 2022 Buick Encore GX as my travel partner made the trip unforgettable. Nothing like karaoking in the car to it’s built in Amazon Alexa for all my music needs as you approach the most awe-inspiring red rock landscape. This car was incredible, jam packed with goodies to give me the cofidence to solo road trip from Adaptive Cruise Control because you know Im from New York and need a little push and pull to keep in check plus it had a built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot with available 4G LTE so no matter where I was I had the confidence to find my way home, even if I was in the mountains.
Another favorite about the 2022 Buick Encore GX It had a keyless open and start (push button) which was great when I was running late to get from tour to tour.
For those curious about where I began my beauty adventure roadtrip, I started in Phoenix Airport and picked up my Buick Encore GX rental and headed 2-hours to Sedona.
Grab your Kambucha and lets go on this healing journey to one of Americas most powerful vortex areas in the country. A place of true peace and energy!
Things to do: Beauty Adventures in the Red Rocks
Tour Like a Local with Francesca
Visit absolutely breath-taking aerial views of the red rocks while exploring and learning about the vortex energy in Sedona. Francesca is a true insider that can speak on growing up on this land as a native and her experience of the powers of the ancient wisdom teachings. You’ll tour in your own car for Covid Regulations while learning about Sedona’s powerful vortexs.
The tour takes you on a gentle scenic walk while explaining the native plants and pointing out rock formations, and discussing the importance and history of the red rocks. She is a beautiful human being who loves to share the magic of her land. During the tour she explains the history and science behind what a vortex is, as well as the significance they hold for Native Peoples (Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Apache) You visit 3 locations which are great for meditation & reflection.
Find out more information here: Tour Like a Local on Airbnb
Skincare Healer & Sedona Yogi: Marna Woo
- Heart Compass Perfume Workshop
- Offers Crystal Facials
- Chakra Balancing Activation
- Private Yoga Classes
Meeting Marna was one of the highlights of my trip, a fellow world traveler and lover of beauty. I joined her Heart Compass Perfume Workshop that was all about following your true North and your heart’s deepest desire. Creating a custom scent that allowed my inner calling to come forward.
Marna offers customized meditation where she teaches about crystal energy, how we manifest our energy through our chakras, and how to cultivate and align your energy with your higher Self to manifest your goals. The session takes place in a peaceful zen atmosphere that is both serene and relaxing. You’ll receive chakra activation techniques and affirmations for you to take home and use in your daily life to maintain harmony and ease. Ignite the passion and radiance of your True Self!
Looking to become a true UFO expert? Awaken your consciousness to the spiritual higher dimensional beings. This tour was featured on the history and travel channel. Very Informative, and a fun activity to do with the whole family. I loved meeting other travelers who were just as obsessed with cosmic star beings as me, and we shared in stories of UFO encounters while laser pointing into the sky with infrared night vision goggles to idenitify space ships, and interact with higher dimensional beings.
For Guided Tours that are more traditional and take you through this beautiful place, we wanted to suggest this local company that is native owned and operated. Learn all about the history and geography of Sedona’s magnificent landscape! Explore the amazing red rock formations and the secrets they hold. Tread Lightly is a mantra of responsible outdoor recreation. Tread Lightly empowers generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. By increasing public awareness and encouraging responsible outdoor practices, the great outdoors will be accessible, open and well preserved for years to come.
To get more information: https://www.safarijeeptours.com
Places to Eat; Unique one of a kind hidden gems for the goddess
ChocolaTree Organic Oasis A world of natural beauty
Farm to table hippie haven. Locals place to meet other likeminded individuals while being nourished with organic, vibrant foods that are homemade. They offer vegan and vegetarian recipes and a marketplace of sustainable, local, and organic products.
To understand the magic and wellness movement happening in Sedona you must visit Chocolatree that upholds a seasonal menu, and is driven on a mission to honor the world we live by conscious impact and decisions. You’ll find daily performances or meet local goddesses enjoying kombucha. This is a magical place with high vibrations.
Follow Them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolatree/
A Chai lounge where 50% of the profits go towards supporting women and children in Pakistan. The Chai Spot is a social enterprise focused on peace-building between the East and West, They currently have cafes in Manhattan, and Sedona, Arizona.
Designed to transport you Pakistan with colors, textures, stories and flavors their chais are made from scratch with fresh spices, traditional recipes, and love. The Chai Spot also works with women in a dozen different villages of the Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. These women have beautifully crafted modern styles with ancient embroidery. The Chai Spot is a marketplace of these goods
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thechaispot/
Radiate Beauty: Places for Inner and Outer Beauty
A unique retail shop focused on beauty + wellness. Find beauty beyond the surface with unique gifts that celebrate local artist and support indie designers from around the globe. They curate a beautiful collection of clean beauty products, wellness staples and remind me of a little west village beauty shop within the red stones of Sedona. Swhm is the extension of the founders passion for wellness and real, grounded glowing beauty.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swhminbeauty/
Right next door to SWHM beauty is Local Juicery, a haven off nutrition and wellness that adds color and vitality to every meal. Inspiring in everyway it’s a place to pick up to-go healthy juices before trekking the mountains and/or sit down to get energized for the adventure to come. A vibrant organic cafe + cold pressed juicery that believes in loving your body by feeding your soul with nourishing, transformational juices.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/localjuicery/
PLACES MUST TO SEE
Upon my arrival I felt called to swim in the waters of the Red rocks. I didn’t want to be timed or part of a tour, I just needed to swim within nature and be still. I jumped in my Chevy and asked a few locals around for their favorite spot to be within the rocks and they all led me to Grasshopper Lake. Swimming with locals and seeing how our natives enjoy the gifts of the land allowed me to swim freely and explore the magic of the rocks and water.
Stupa Peace Park
A short trek up winding trails brings you to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa, and Native American medicine wheel for for prayer, meditation, and healing. You will experience peace in a quiet, sacred setting. The Amitabha Stupa is open every day and your visit is free of charge. The stupa is supported totally by visitor donations and the native people consider this place holy and a spiritual oasis with 14 serene acres.
And of course… especially if you rented a car like I did you’ll want to drive to popular sights like Cathedral Rock, Cockscomb, Thunder Mountain, Bell Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross.
For more information on the all-new 2022 Buick Encore GX I rented to Sedona, Arizona visit https://www.buick.com/suvs/encore-gx and watch my Buick Highlight IG stories for this post to come to life.
I’ll be definitely visiting again soon so stay tuned for updates! Considered one of my favorite trips of a lifetime.