38th Annual Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque: Light a Candle, Save a Life Saturday, December 11, 2010, 3 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
With 6,000 golden-hued luminarias that everyone gets to light, fabulous family entertainment from traditional Christmas favorites, to mariachis and the breathtaking harmonies of the River of Life Tabernacle Choir, Santa visits, hot cider and more, the Festival of Lights is a Sedona favorite!
Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society are the beneficiaries. Candles are lit remembering both cancer survivors and loved ones taken by the disease. The Sedona Trolley service is available from the uptown Municipal parking lot.
From the moment we arrived at the resort after following the winding road through the canyon we knew this was going to be a great weekend. The natural beauty of the area is unmatched and difficult to describe. Even pictures don’t do it justice.
As we were led to our casita by a friendly staff member we were impressed by the luxuriousness of the accommodations. A large shower and a separate tub and huge vanity gave the bathroom an almost royal feeling. The rest of the casita boasted a king sized bed, 2 televisions, a seating area, fireplace and outdoor patio. Our casita was tucked within a grove of trees whose leaves were colored yellow for the fall season.
Each morning and evening of our stay we ate our meals at the on-site restaurants where we were greeted by friendly staff and delicious food. I would recommend the Breakfast Panini at the Mii amo Café to anyone who might be starting their day with a spa treatment.
Mii amo is known as the #1 destination spa in the country and for good reason. My fiancé was pampered for an hour with the Mii amo Signature Facial — “relaxing, rejuvenating, calming…the atmosphere was warm and pleasant, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.”
We spent our days hiking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, shopping downtown and wine tasting at a local winery. The weekend was a much needed getaway from the pressure of everyday life and something we hope to do again on a regular basis!
- Chris Alfano
Enchantment Resort is the perfect place to spend the holidays with festivities and activities for our guests during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Join us in Red Rock Country for family celebrations, celebratory meals, special arts and cultural performances, and activities inspired by the holiday season. Our holiday package offers the ideal way to spend time in Red Rock Country, with a 3-night stay, featuring southwestern elegance and luxurious accommodations. The exclusive package includes three nights at Enchantment Resort, one breakfast entrée or breakfast buffet each morning, per person at Yavapai Restaurant, Mii amo Café, or Room Service, and a delicious holiday turndown dessert! Prices start from $258/night per person, based on double occupancy. Reservations are limited from November 21, 2010 – January 2, 2011; please visit www.enchantmentresort.com to book your holiday vacation.
As the lead hiking guide at Enchantment Resort and Mii amo over the past four years, I have had the pleasure of showing guests from all over the world our unique red rock country. The Coconino National Forest is a vast, diverse landscape encompassing a high desert pinyon/juniper habitat, lush riparian areas, wilderness red rock canyons, and the high country pine forest.
Sedona is virtually surrounded by wilderness areas; Red Rock Secret Mountain to the north, Munds Mountain, Wet Beaver Creek, and West Clear Creek to the east, as well as Sycamore Canyon Wilderness to the west. Wildlife including javelina, mule deer and coyote are abundant. Raptors such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and red-tailed hawks ride the thermals. Deep in the forest, bobcats, mountain lions, and black bear can be spotted.
With more than 130 trails in and around the Sedona area, hiking and photo opportunities are endless. In the shadows of Thunder Mountain and Coffee Pot Rock, some of the best scenery above West Sedona is explored. To the east, we skirt around the Munds Mountain Wilderness down to Bear Wallow Creek. Looming above – the picturesque red rocks, the Mogollon Rim, and postcard shots for your walls at home.
You can take advantage of our complimentary daily “Hike the Red Rocks” activity every morning. Also, don’t forget to ask the guides about the private hiking tours, customized to accommodate the most adventurous, as well as those more suited to take a leisurely stroll amongst the red rocks.
I’m routinely asked by guests what the difference is between Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. This is a great question! So here is the simple low down.
Deep Tissue massage targets the deep muscles and the connective tissue that bonds muscle to muscle and bone to muscle. It works great on old injuries where a lot of scar tissue has built up. It also works great on chronic tightening of the muscles that can be caused from years of the same routine, for example working at a desk or driving long distances. With Deep Tissue massage the therapist uses medium to very firm pressure to work specific areas of concern which helps to break up scar tissue and old adhesions. My guests usually report an immediate release of tension, improved mobility and better range of motion.
Swedish massage involves many different aspects of the body. It is nourishing for the skin, increases circulation, loosens tight muscles, boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and calms the central nervous. The work can be gentle or very firm. It involves long graceful strokes and kneading of the larger muscles. Swedish massage is wonderful for releasing endorphins, leaving you feeling distressed and profoundly relaxed.
If you are new to the world of massage I suggest trying a Custom massage. This will allow you to try both Swedish and Deep Tissue. It’s the perfect way to find what works best for you. Hope to see you on my table soon.
Stage One, Planning: this stage can vary anywhere between “do whatever you think will look good, we trust your judgment” to five different changes and variations from the beginning up until two days before the wedding.
Stage Two, Baking: I always bake my cakes in two pieces per layer so they are easier to trim, stack and fill (instead of having to cut each layer in half). They are also baked one day ahead of assembly so the cakes can cool and the structure has time to set up.
Stage Three, Icing: I take all of the cake layers and lay them out on my workbench and begin trimming them to an even height on my turntable. Then flavored simple syrup is applied and filling spread and the layers are stacked together. I ice each layer next usually starting with the biggest with a skim coating if fondant is going to be rolled and put on later or a regular layer of finished icing. Next I put the cakes on flat sheetpans and refrigerate them so the icing can harden.
Stage Four, Assembly: I stack the cakes on the appropriate platter or tray and push straws into the layers, one at a time, cutting each straw so it is flush with the top of the cake. The next layer’s cardboard then sits on the straws of the one under it and so on until all of the layers are assembled. The reason for this is to keep the layers from squishing together while it is on display at room temperature and the icing begins to soften.
Stage Five, Decoration: Piped borders on the bottom and top of each layer, sometimes ribbons around the bottom of each layer, buttercream flowers, fresh or gum paste flowers, Swiss dots, swags, this stage is the most fun and where I can get creative. In the case of gum paste flowers it adds another day to the process so I have time to make all of them and can let them dry.
So as you can see it is quite a process to “build” a wedding cake, but it is one of the things I love to do and you couldn’t pick a more beautiful place to have a destination wedding in Sedona than here in Boynton Canyon.
Enchantment and Mii amo have established relationships with many special artists from across Arizona. We are proud to showcase unique items that we have been privileged to collect, many of them handcrafted exclusively for Enchantment Resort and Mii amo.
With holidays just around the corner, it will be a time for friends and family to come together and enjoy each others company, perhaps across a table for a Holiday meal. Local artist Tracy Weisel’s glass pumpkins and pears would be a whimsical touch to your home or table.
Tracy moved to Arizona in 1975 has been blowing glass locally since 1990, he and his wife reside in Jerome where he is continually inspired by his views of Sedona and the Verde Valley. We invite you to come in and view Tracy’s harvest year-round.
Join the Camp Coyote counselors on Saturday, October 30th to celebrate Halloween! Festivities will start at 9:30 a.m. and go until 9 p.m. We will kick-off our daily events with a resort wide skeleton scavenger hunt from 9:30 — 10:30 a.m. at the Tipi. Afterward, all resort guests will can rejoin us for the fall festival 1:30 — 3 p.m. also at the Tipi. The festival will include games such as bobbing for apples, pin the nose on the pumpkin, spaghetti madness, Halloween bingo, mummy wrap, and much more! In the evening, exclusively for Camp Coyote kids, we will be going around trick or treating to different departments such as Enchantment Resort front desk, bell stand, Yavapai, and Tii Gavo. Once we come back, the children will be able to participate in decorating goody bags, making cupcakes, crafting tootsie pop ghosts, and designing caramel apples. The cost for night camp is $45 including dinner. Also, night camp starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Happy Halloween!
Most people don’t realize that stretching is both natural and instinctive. Humans and animals stretch naturally after waking up and after long periods of sitting or inactivity. It is done instinctively and feels wonderful immediately. Benefiting all people, it can be easily accomplished with time and attention.
Stretching elongates our muscle groups, improving elasticity and the range of motion of the joints involved. Muscles are strengthened and toned since more muscle fibers are available for use. Novice exercisers who stretch after strength training can increase their strength up to 19% when performed after their workout. This is a fabulous return for 10-20 minutes of stretching! Intermediate and advanced exercisers will receive gains as well.
Done daily on its own, before exercising as a warm up to reduce injury or afterwards as a cool down to reduce muscular soreness, stretching is vital to a successful exercise program. It is the missing link in the majority of fitness programs of the people I train.
Remember “change is inevitable, but growth is intentional”. Add a stretching segment to your exercise program, addressing all the major muscle groups. Better yet, join a class or add yoga to your repertoire.
Along with the advent of various breakthroughs in racquet and string technology,tennis players have enjoyed the benefits of more power, spin, and control. The modern game has seen all kinds of changes with extreme grips, two-handed backhands, stroke technique,and even footwork. The downside of all this…the unforgiving and ultra-light graphite frames and stiff strings will inevitably take their toll on your arm. The good news – there are at least three simple ways to alleviate the chance of wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries.
# 1 Use soft strings
# 2 Go down on tension
# 3 Improved technique
A soft, multi-filament string (try Tecnifibre or Wilson NXT ) will decrease the shock of impact on your arm. Reducing string tension by 3-5 lbs below the recommended mid-range provides a more forgiving string bed, and further reduces vibration. Thirdly, and possibly most important, visit your local teaching pro (or me when you visit here!). A little tweak of the grip, a slight adjustment on your backhand or forehand, or even an astute observation that your serve has more hitches than a horse ranch might save you many days of pain and suffering.
Hopefully, with these tips all you old dogs out there can quit whining and spend more time on the court. And yes, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!!