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balconies. Guests are also able to see the creek upon arrival at the completely reimagined lobby and welcome cottage. There are two new restaurants — Cress on Oak Creek and Etch Kitchen & Bar. Both were designed to infuse the creekside location into each guest’s dining experience, and both succeed on all levels. Each venue is headed up by executive chef Rochelle Daniel, one of the few women to hold that position in the Southwest. Prior to L’Auberge, Daniel gained fame working at Zinc Bistro in Phoenix and then consulting for the opening of Lush Burger Restaurant and by providing food demonstrations through The Food Network. Her menus range from high-end bar bites to multicourse, sommelier-paired tasting menus. Cress on Oak Creek has already been named “one of the top ten restaurants in the Southwest” by Conde Nast Magazine. A variety of fitness and wellness activities — some traditional and some uniquely Sedona – are offered daily
Subdued exterior lighting helps make the Mariposa Latin-Inspired Grill in Sedona look warm and inviting.
and worth the trip alone, including Creekside yoga, duck feeding, forest bathing, hiking, guided runs, expertled stargazing and even a chance to mix one’s own “signature scent “ in the L’Apothecary Spa. Information: www.lauberge.com.
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Seeking solace in the healing red rocks of Sedona following a family tragedy two decades ago, executive chef and restaurateur Lisa Dahl shed her life in the fashion industry of San Francisco for a fresh start as a self-taught chef.
She created a culinary empire that would ultimately redefine the culinary scene in the resort town. Dahl opened her first restaurant, Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, in 1995. More than 20 years later, Dahl & Di Luca remains a dining tradition for generations of locals and travelers alike and is credited with opening the door for other chefs to create their own footprint in Sedona, a town with just 10,000 residents but 3 million annual visitors. As demand continued, Dahl expanded her own presence in Sedona opening Cucina Rustica, an Italian-Mediterranean fine dining concept, in 2003. That was followed by her first casual restaurant serving pizzas and salads in 2013, Pisa Lisa, which she hopes to expand outside of Sedona. Just last year she opened her most ambitious project yet — Mariposa LatinInspired Grill, a dramatic new destination restaurant focused on South Americaninspired cuisine that reflects Dahl’s style and love for fashion, design and art. Dahl uses a wood-fired grill and woodburning oven to create handmade empanadas, ceviches, grilled chorizos, fresh fish dishes, mole and house-made chimichurri sauces inspired by her travels to Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Information: mariposasedona.com.
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