Starting The New Year In Sedona

For me, 2018 was the year of spiritual growth. I got certified in Reiki I and II, Kundalini Yoga 200 TTC, and I started meditating every day. When I was thinking about where I wanted to spend my New Year, Sedona was the first place that popped into my mind. I wanted to start the New Year off in a sacred place doing all the things that I love, yoga, meditating and being in nature. It was also the first time, I didn’t want to be out partying and being hung over. Crazy I know!

On New Year’s Eve, it snowed in Sedona which apparently doesn’t happen very often. The red rocks were covered with a blanket of snow which made the scenery even more stunning than it already was. Sedona is known for its vortexes which is believed to be places on earth where energy is either entering or projecting out. There are many vortexes around the world like The Great Pyramid in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali, Stonehenge, and Uluru/Ayers Rock in Australia.

My sister Sarah who is a health coach and a Reiki master is currently living in California. She also wanted the same type of New Year’s experience so she met up with me in Sedona.


I flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and I rented a car. The drive was 2 hours to Sedona. My sister flew into Flagstaff airport through a connection in PHX. The drive from Flagstaff to Sedona was 45 minutes.


We stayed at Sky Ranch Lodge which is a quaint family owned hotel located on the Airport Mesa. The main draw here is the view! From the patio which I called the sunset patio, you get the most stunning view. Sky Ranch Lodge is located at the center of town and close to all the major trails. It was the perfect home base for our trip.

December 31st, 2018

As I previously mentioned, Sedona doesn’t get snow very often so when it snowed on New Year’s Eve, the town and its citizens were not prepared. When I picked up my sister Sarah from the Flagstaff airport, a trip that was supposed to be 2 hours round trip ended up being 8 hours. We didn’t get to do much other than catch up in the car and grab dinner at The Hudson. I ordered the portobello mushroom sandwich which was the best veggie sandwich I’ve ever had! The views here are stunning! I told Sarah that we have to come back for warmer weather. We spent the rest of the night watching movies and going to bed right at 12:01 AM.

January 1st, 2019

Waking up in our cozy and warm room and ready for the day!

SNOW! We woke up to the most beautiful Winter Wonderland at Sky Ranch Lodge.

The hotel grounds are so beautiful.

We played in the snow like we were kids again.

We bought some crystals at the Mystical Bazaar. We went to other crystal shops in Sedona but this was our favorite one.

We also got out Aura Photography. Mine is orange-red.

We went to see Sandra from Crossing Worlds and experienced a shamanic ceremony for the New Year. It was such a beautiful and cleansing experience for the first day of the year. I also learned a lot about Native American spiritual beliefs and practices.

Sandra, who is a local, told us about this sunset spot.

Everyone you meet who lives in Sedona or visits Sedona tells you to eat Mexican at Elote Cafe. They automatically tell you that you will wait on line. We arrived Elote Cafe at 6:00 PM and waited until 7:45 PM. I got duck carnitas and it was delicious! I guess it’s because I’m from New York but the Mexican food just does not compare to the SouthWest. Is it worth the wait? Yes, just make the wait better with a margarita.

January 2nd 2019

We decided to go for an 8:00 AM hike at Cathedral Rock where the energy is supposed to be very strong. We were the first ones on the trail.

It’s a short hike at 1.2 miles round trip but it’s mostly uphill and a rock scramble. The effort is worth it because the view is stunning.

This is the other side of the canyon.

Going down was a bit of a challenge. We slid down most of the way.

We went on a hike and did some yoga on the rocks with Yogi Blair from Vortex Yoga Hiking in Sedona

Yogi Blair led us through QiGong which I had never done before. It reminded me of Tai Chi.

It was the first time I did yoga in cold weather. A little cold but it was so nice being outside on the red rocks.

We hiked the Chapel Trail near the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It’s a very easy and beautiful hike.

I really wanted Mexican food again so Blair recommended Javelina Cafe. It was the first time I tried chile relleno and now I’m obsessed!

January 3rd 2019

The Sky Ranch Lodge has free coffee in the lobby and this cute outdoor seating area. It was so nice to drink my coffee out there and watch the sunrise.

Thank you Sedona for starting my year off right!