Stimulate Your Senses in Sedona this Winter: The Smells
Sedona is the perfect respite from bustling city life and the busy holiday season. Slow down and take time to enjoy the beginning of the New Year as you snuggle up in front of the fire. Inspired by the light frosting of snow the Red Rocks, join us on a red velvet themed journey this winter in Sedona and stimulate your five senses at L’Auberge. While we have already highlighted Red Velvet sights and tastes; this month, we are focusing on the “smells” of winter. From L’Apothecary Spa’s special Red Velvet Blend to Connecting with Nature and inhaling the fresh, crisp air, join us on our journey through the smells of winter in Sedona.
Surround yourself with the delicious smell of Red Velvet
Special for this magical season, our spa associates created the delicious, yet refreshing Red Velvet body scrub or bath soak blend. Make wonderful memories by blending your own Red Velvet body scrub or bath soak with Rose Hips, Cardamom, Rose Petals and Nutmeg. The essence of Rose Hips and Rose Petals promote healing and nurturing while Nutmeg and Cardamom calms the mind. Enjoy its warm embrace with this lovely winter blend. Not only will the smell remind you of your Sedona getaway, it is also a perfect gift or friends and family.
Red Velvet Body Scrub or Soak Blend
- 1 Cup Himalayan Pink Salt or Mineral Salt
- ½ Cup of Sunflower or Safflower Oil (when making a body scrub)
- 1 Tbsp Rose Petals
- ½ Tsp Rose Hips
- ¼ Tsp Cardamom
- ½ Tsp Nutmeg
Combine all ingredients (adding oil if making a scrub or omitting if making a soak) and prepare for pure relaxation.
Smell the fresh air while connecting with nature through Forest Bathing
Do you remember the last time you left your phone at home and wandered into nature? When did you last disconnect and just focus on yourself and your surroundings? If you cannot remember, it is time to detox from the digital world and reconnect with nature. How, you may ask? One option would be to leave all digital devices in your cottage and take a walk along the creek. Watch how the ducks play in the water; smell the crisp air, and listen to the birds sing their songs. Guide your mind to stay in the present, pushing all your daily to-dos and worries to the background. Inhale deep and long breaths, close your eyes, and become aware of your body and your surroundings. You will notice your muscles relaxing, each breath deepening and your mind quieting. How does it feel? What do you smell?
At L’Auberge we offer private 60 or 90-minute Connecting with Nature sessions, where you will be guided by one of our certified facilitators. Each session is unique in nature, where playful invitations, such as stepping into the creek, can be used to bring out the child in each of us. Reconnect with yourself by finding a sit spot that invites stillness and reflection. To encourage you to continue this practice at home, we provide you with an eco-friendly journal to capture your personal forest bathing experience.
Wander throughout L’Auberge and smell Juniper Wood in the air
When was the last time you appreciated nature and inhaled clean, crisp air? When at L’Auberge, close your eyes and take a deep breath, what do you smell? Can you smell the moisture of the creek? The rosemary spread throughout L’Auberge’s lush gardens? During the winter months one of the most dominant smells is the scent of Juniper Wood burning in the fireplaces.
Take the time to wander around property and try to identify the variety of scents; you will be surprised how many different essences of nature you will pick up. Then, return to your Garden or Creekside Cottage and light your own Juniper wood fire. If you are staying in a Spa or Vista Cottage, stop by the Lodge and linger in front of the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa.
There is no better smell than freshly baked Red Velvet Cookies
Our red velvet journey leads us to the kitchen, where our pastry team is celebrating the season with daily fresh baked Red Velvet cookies complimentary for our guests. Resembling Sedona’s Red Rocks dusted with snow, these Red Velvet cookies melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. Enjoy the recipe from our pastry team which yields three-dozen cookies.
This is what you will need:
- 280 grams AP Flour
- 21 grams Cocoa Powder
- 12 grams Baking Powder
- 226 grams Cream Cheese
- 200 grams Butter
- 200 grams Sugar
- 150 grams Brown Sugar
- 1.5 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Red Food Coloring
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 120 grams Powdered Sugar
First, combine flour, cocoa and baking powder and set the mixture aside. Then, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugars, vanilla extract, food coloring and salt. Beat the batter until smooth. Add the egg and egg yolk and continue creaming the mixture. Gradually add the flour mixture until just fully incorporated. Roll the dough into balls and cover them in powdered sugar. Bake the red velvet balls for about 15 Minutes at 325 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Cottage Fever Package
This season, we have created a special package just for you to join us on this red velvet journey. Our Cottage Fever package is the perfect pairing of a relaxing, fireside, spa treatment with snuggle-worthy gifts sure to help you shake off the confines of winter and leave you with warm memories that will last until Spring.