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Featured Lodging LocationL'Auberge de Sedona is located at 301 L'Auberge Lane in Sedona. For more information, call 928-282-1661 or visit www.lauberge.com.

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On the Waterfront
For 25 years, L'Auberge de Sedona has been impressing guests with its luxury accommodations along the banks of Oak Creek. Now, with a $25 million upgrade ... well, it doesn't get any better than this.

By Robert Stieve

Sedona Monet could have lived anywhere. He chose a spot along the Seine in the South of France. It's hard to argue with his choice. His estate in Giverny ranks as one of the most spectacular settings in all of Europe. Had he lived in Arizona, the French impressionist would have undoubtedly been drawn to an equally spectacular setting along the banks of Oak Creek. And once he got there, he would have chosen to live at L'Auberge de Sedona. The resort, which was rated "One of America's 75 Top Hotels" by Conde Nast Traveler, occupies one of Arizona's premier pieces of waterfront property.

Although a Motel 6 could thrive in such a location, L'Auberge is anything but. For 25 years, the luxury resort has been impressing guests with a seamless blend of indoor-outdoor living and all of the amenities of a French country lodge. And now, with a $25 million upgrade and expansion ... well, it doesn't get any better than this.

Among other things, the rejuvenation includes 64 new or redesigned cottages, a new guest arrival building, a swimming pool, a redesign of the spa, and the addition of an outdoor wine bar called The Veranda. The latter makes a great complement to the acclaimed L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, which was featured in Arizona Highways' 2008 edition of Best Restaurants in Arizona and is a AAA Four-Diamond award winner. If you've never been, the accolades are justified. With the possible exception of a picnic table at Phantom Ranch, there isn't a more scenic place in the state to enjoy a meal. And nothing against Phantom Ranch, but you won't find David Schmidt at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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Schmidt, who serves as the executive chef at L'Auberge, works with guests to prepare personalized tasting menus that incorporate their preferences and dietary requirements. Every course is then carefully paired with one of the restaurant's 1,000-plus wine selections. Welcome to L'Auberge de Sedona.

Gourmet cuisine notwithstanding, it's the Mother Nature that stands out most at the resort, and prior to the renovation, it was the creekside cottages that got most of the attention. There's a reason for that. They're idyllically situated among the cottonwoods and sycamores that shelter Oak Creek, and the natural surroundings are more impressive than those in the South of France.

If you want lush, request a cottage on the waterfront. If you want views, opt for one of the new Vista Cottages. Here's why: Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of Sedona's world-famous red rocks, including Giant's Thumb and Elephant Rock. And like the cottages below, the Vista Cottages are roomy — ranging from 750 to 1,000 square feet — and they're loaded with amenities such as private open-air showers, 42-inch LCD TVs, gas fireplaces, luxurious linens, Molton Brown bath products and more. However, the best thing about a Vista Cottage is its expansive redwood deck. It's there you'll be inspired by the views. It's there you'll want to eat your dinner. And it's there you'll set up your camera. Unless, of course, you're like Monet, in which case you'll pull out an easel. Talk about a room with a view.

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