Sedona, Take Me Away!

The Melting Point (from left: Robbie Miller, Austin Littenberg, John Drury and Jordan Addison Ford).

We all remember the iconic commercials from the ’70s and ’80s: “Calgon, take me away!” The slogan has become a catchphrase for escaping everyday life, and what better place to escape to than Sedona? Come along as Sedona takes us where we need to go this summer.







Take a bath … at Adobe Grand Villas

To date, the most opulent bathrooms in Sedona (outside of private residences) can be found at Adobe Grand Villas. Opened in June 2004, the four-diamond luxury inn boasts 15 rooms ranging in size from 850 to 2,000 square feet. Each room includes an enormous bathroom with double sinks, a fireplace, a walk-in waterfall shower with artisan showerheads and, the icing on the cake, an oversized whirlpool bathtub built for two. The owners’ son, Steven Berman, designed all of the rooms. Adobe Grand Villas recently won TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2015 Award Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States and Top Hotels for Romance in the United States. When you return to your room at the end of your day, the smell of baking bread and soft music greet you at the door. That’s when you know it’s time to draw a bath and let your worries soak away. Visit or call 928-203-7616.

Take a load off … with Arizona Shuttle

Planning a trip this summer? Any Sedona resident will tell you that living two-plus hours from a major airport is a major headache. Instead of going through the hassle of driving to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and then finding a secure place to park your vehicle, try Arizona Shuttle. The shuttle provides service from just about any hotel in Sedona or the Village of Oak Creek to Sky Harbor. You can even have it pick you up and drop you off at your home. Fares begin at $49 each way. For details, visit or call 800-888-2749.

Take a Chance … at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Who doesn’t want to get rich quick? Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is in the middle of its 20th anniversary celebration, so head over to the Camp Verde hot spot for slots, video poker, blackjack, electronic roulette wheels and poker tournaments in Club 52. The casino boasts more than 660 slot machines and has had 31,000 slot jackpots in the past six months. There are always promotions happening, too. Take a break from gaming at one of seven restaurants, bars and grab-and-go markets, or spend time with the family in the arcade or Shake, Rattle & Bowl, the closest bowling alley to Red Rock Country. For more details, visit www.cliffcastlecasino or call 928-567-7999.

Take care … with CU Well

Never mind going to a doctor’s office to receive physical therapy treatments. Sedona Athletic Club at Sedona Hilton Resort & Spa recently announced its partnership with Concierge United Wellness, or CU Well, a network of boutique-style physical therapy providers based out of the athletic club. The practitioners offer on-site physical therapy whether it’s a spinal adjustment in a tranquil massage room or exercises in the state-of-the-art gym and lap pool. And it’s not just for people with injuries. CU Well offers assistance with chronic pain such as headaches and arthritis, illnesses such as cancer or just sore muscles after a long day of traveling. “We’re about causal effect,” says Scott Benjamin, owner. “We work with people to find the cause of their problem, then we fix the problem and show them what to do to prevent the issue from returning.” For more information visit or call 928-284-6900.

Take in a show… at Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse in Flagstaff

Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse is home to Theatrikos Theatre Company, which began in the basement of the Weatherford Hotel in 1972. The company presents six mainstage productions each year in addition to numerous workshops and children’s programs. Since 1989, the company has staged its productions at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, named after one of Theatrikos’ founding members. The building was constructed in 1923 as an Elks Lodge and then served as the Flagstaff library before becoming a 120-seat theater.

This summer, it’s all about The Full Monty: The Musical, with performances July 24 though Aug. 9. The musical comedy is based on the British film of the same name. The story involves unemployed steelworkers who turn to stripping to make some cash. Will there be nudity at the Flagstaff show? No spoilers here! The theater also presents Sounds like Sinatra: A Tribute to the Songs Made Famous by Old Blue Eyes Aug. 21-23. Ticket prices range from $20 to $25 for both shows. Call 928-774-1662 or visit for info.

Take a break … at Firecreek Sedona

Summer is all about lazy days – embrace it! Head to charming Firecreek Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek and revel in an old-fashioned coffee break. The coffeehouse offers a breakfast and lunch menu in addition to freshly baked pastries and desserts. But it’s the coffee that you’re here for. Firecreek specializes in coffee sourced from small farms and estates throughout the world. The beans are craft-roasted in small batches and air-cooled (rather then water-quenched) in order to provide more intense and accurate flavor profiles. Firecreek’s offerings include single-origin, blends and cold-brew coffees. Not a coffee drinker? We’re also big fans of Firecreek’s Italian sodas, made with or without cream. The coffeehouse also serves Sedona’s own Trailhead Tea. For details, visit or call 928-284-5282.

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