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Sedona’s Top Hot Dogs

by: Editor on 5/7/2017

 

Most visitors to Sedona crave that authentic Mexican cuisine or one-of-a-kind Sonoran Mexican fusion … but what about hot dogs? Sometimes, you just need an all-American treat, especially when you’re on vacation. Luckily, Sedona is home to two famous hot dog shops, and locals are torn over which is the best. Try both, and decide for yourself!

At Senor Bob’s Hot Dogs, you already get a sense that there’s some fusion magic happening. The menu is simple with just six items: The hot dog, hot dog combo, cheeseburger, cheeseburger combo, fries and drinks. However, when you just serve six items, they all have to be fabulous.

American Classic

Walter’s Ice Cream and Hot Dogs is a true mid-century throwback full of nostalgia and tasty treats. With glowing online reviews, you’ll have a tough time choosing between the Walter Dog and the Bull Dog. One has onion, relish, pickle, sport peppers and mustard. The other has chili, cheese, onion, and jalapeño peppers.

They also have the German Dog with kraut and brown mustard, the Puppy Dog for kids, and the Mutt Dog lets you build your own. Don’t forget about the banana splits, root beer floats, brownie sundae and Thrifty’s ice cream. Chocolate Malt Crunch is a favorite.

 

YC’s Hogwarts Overhaul

by: Editor on 5/1/2017

 

In their debut event, Yavapai College unveils The Music of Harry Potter in their annual “Concert Hall Goes to Cinema.” Showcasing the most beloved and well-known scores and music from the franchise, the YC Concert Band partners with the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra to bring Sedona a one-of-a-kind event for the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book release. Don’t miss out on this one-night event May 7 at the YC Performing Arts Center.

Admission is just $8, and tickets may be available at the door. However, it’s always best to reserve your seats early. Located at 1100 E. Sheldon Street, the YC Concert Band kicks off at 3 p.m., making this a family-friendly day of fun and music for all.

A History of Musical Cinema

For Harry Potter fans, the music of the series is just as magical as the storyline. Scores were composed by greats like John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle and Alexandre Desplat. Original musicians include Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ordinary Boys and more. Many of the musicians subsequently wrote scores for the HP video games.

The annual spring concert is both an ushering in of summer, and for some at the college, it’s a farewell event. The culmination of the year’s programming offers a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy the wizardry of these three symphonic forces coming together.

 

Sedona Open Studios Tour

by: Editor on 4/24/2017

 

Join local artists and art lovers at the 14th annual Open Studios Tour April 28 – 30 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. It’s your chance to meet local artists in their staple environments. Learn more about their creative process in this popular, free event hosted by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition. Featuring artists of the Verde Valley and Sedona, the local Chamber of Commerce calls it the “signature event in Verde Valley.”

During the three-day weekend, indulge in self-guided tours that let you talk with artists and explore various galleries. It’s just one of the SVAC’s many events but one of the most beloved. Frequent visitors to Sedona are encouraged to consider membership in SVAC to take advantage of the organization’s full offerings.

Art History

Founder Nancy Robb Dunst created SVAC in 1996 with eight other artists as a means to discuss artistic processes and visions. It’s a hub for artists—which has now expanded to 150. The organization received non-profit status in 2006. SVAC is a supportive group of visual artists committed to social networking and educational opportunities.

There are monthly meetings, a mentoring program for students and elders, and regular exhibitions. Sponsored theme shows pop up around the region, and the Sedona Public Library is a collaborator for the Book Transformed Shows. Check out other upcoming events, and see what SVAC has in store for you.

 

Best Burgers in Sedona

by: Editor on 4/18/2017

 

As a staple of American comfort food, sometimes only a good burger will satiate your cravings. In Sedona, there are plenty to choose from! Check out the offerings at Outlaw Grille, where the award-winning baby back ribs are just part of what make the menu so enticing. All burgers are ½ pound and served with a choice of sweet potato fries, coleslaw, cottage cheese, red potato salad or regular house fries.

You’ll drool over their Gunslinger Burger with bacon, pepper jack cheese and fresh jalapeños. The Morning After Burger comes with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar and peppers. Try the Cowboy Up Burger with two patties, cheddar and swiss, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions and onion rings.

Hamburger Classics

The Cowboy Club Grille and Spirits is a steakhouse bedecked in cowboy swag and famous for their cactus fries. Those pair perfectly with the Club Burger featuring house-ground beef, fresh tomatoes, aged cheddar, lettuce and pickles. Try the Buffalo Burger with hand-pressed buffalo, onion-tomato jam, lettuce, pickles and bleu cheese.

At The Haunted Hamburger, you get Mexican-American fusion in an allegedly haunted establishment. Try the Ghostly Burger with mushrooms, bacon and cheddar or the Southwest Sourdough Burger with green chilies, grilled onions, guacamole and bacon, swiss, cheddar and mushrooms. No matter where you get your burger on in Sedona, you’re in for a real treat.

 

Sedona Heritage Museum’s Telegraph Office

by: Editor on 4/14/2017

 

Peek into history at the Sedona Heritage Museum. Originally the Telegraph Office 100 years ago, this building has served the region as a railroad depot and a Western film hub throughout the past century. Nearly 100 movies have been filmed in Sedona, the bulk during the Western film era of the 1940s and 50s. The museum was a highlight in 1947’s Angel and the Badman. Unused for 50 years, the film was gifted to the Sedona Heritage Museum.

Currently, the Telegraph Office is being relocated and restored, turning it into part of the museum’s exhibit grounds. It’s the last remaining piece of the Sedona West movie town set and slated to bring visitors swiftly back into the golden film era.

Projects Underway

It’s been two years of hard work, and now the Telegraph Office is almost complete. Hollywood discovered Sedona in 1923, moving swiftly to film Call of the Canyon in the region. John Wayne chose Sedona when he produced his first film, opting to build a full movie street that was later used for a slew of other television shows and commercials.

When visiting the Telegraph Office, don’t miss out on the exhibitions and galleries offered by the museum nearby. Located in the Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Road, exhibits include Early Settlers, The Orchard Industry, and Ranching & Cowboys. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 13.

Celebration of Spring

by: Editor on 4/13/2017

 

Hosted by the City of Sedona, this April 15th event is fun for the whole family—and so much more than just an egg hunt! At the Celebration of Spring from 9am – 12pm, it’s an action packed morning for families and anyone in Sedona who enjoys the outdoors. Check out inflatable toys and bounce houses, a petting zoo, carnival rides, face painting and more. Tickets are just $12 for children under the age of 13.

Join this annual event at Posse Grounds Park’s multi-use field, located at 525 Posse Ground Road. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Parks and Recreation office starting April 3rd. Cash-only tickets are also available at the gate.

Hop Into Spring

The egg hunt kicks off at 10am, and children under the age of 13 are welcome to join in. Parents can help little ones under the age of two. Egg hunts are divided by age, and there are over 10,000 tucked into the field! Please take your own basket.

Peruse dozens of stalls showcasing local businesses and goodies. A professional photographer is also on site, so be sure to check the city’s website after the event to spot your photos. Also on April 15th, from 3- 6pm, is the Celebration of Tween for those ages 10 – 14. With a super slide, tip top and sea dragon ride available, bigger kids can have the afternoon all to themselves for just $5 admission.