by: Editor on 11/20/2015
Your December concert options are nearly endless in Sedona, whether you’re after a traditional holiday quarter show or want to check out world-class entertainment in a local venue. On December 11th Jake Dean will be in town at the Olde Sedona Restaurant and Bar, taking the stage at 9pm and offering a night of entertainment and dancing that you’ll never forget. Even better, it’s just a few miles from Best Western Sedona!
The OTCA Holiday Concert on December 12th kicks off at 7pm at the Old Town Center for the Arts. The annual series promises to be the best ever in 2015, playing both classic and modern holiday music. The best singers and performers in all of Arizona head to Cottonwood to celebrate the holiday season in style.
Music to Your Ears
See Anthony Mazzella in concert on November 28th, featured at the Sedona Creative Life Center. Dubbed the “guitar wizard,” it’s the perfect way to begin the holiday season—if you’re not scouring Sedona for those Black Friday deals, of course. In Cornville, you’ll find PK Gregory at the Page Springs Cellars performing December 12th at 5:30pm.
Keith Okie comes to Oak Creek Brewing Company on December 18th at 8pm, and you’ll find a host of live music on recurring event calendars at bars all around the area.
by: Editor on 11/20/2015
Make the most of the biggest party night of the year, even if you’re in transit. At Best Western Sedona, you have a smorgasbord of New Year’s celebrations just a few miles away—and of course, getting taxi service to and from your destinations can be handled by the front desk staff. Most restaurants in town offer special menus with a champagne toast, book early, as the restaurants do fill up!
The Sedona New Year’s Winter Masquerade Ball is the biggest gala in town, with live jazz, a DJ leading the countdown, and a balloon drop. Located at Ken’s Creekside on Hwy 179, tickets are just $25, and there will be a line of cabs waiting right after midnight to whisk you back to your hotel.
Countdown to 2016
Many in Sedona choose to take advantage of the natural beauty and plan an alternative NYE celebration. For example, taking a Pink Jeep Tour to see the stars, Chapel of the Rocks and other must-stop destinations is gaining in popularity. You can also make it a night of personal reflection at the massive red rocks, or slip into a nearby pub for a low-key celebration.
No matter how you ring in 2016, doing so in Sedona will make it one to remember!
by: Editor on 10/18/2015
The Javelina Leap Winery has much more than generous pours of the best vino in Sedona. There’s also an impressive Sunday brunch, as well as other events happening throughout the week. November 14th is Member Day, and the 20th is the Horseback Trail Ride and Terroir Discussion.
Join the winemakers for Red Wine Sunday on the 29th and December 6th. However, you can visit the winery every Sunday for a festive brunch that includes four tastings and one full glass of your favorite wine. Enjoy crepes and bagels, a selection of jams and specialty cream cheeses. Lox and a steaming sautee station are the perfect accompaniment.
Luxury is Served
Bananas foster is served tableside, and the puff pastry foie gras is incomparable. Indulge in crème fraiche, fruit crudité, and a variety of imported and domestic cheeses. The charcuterie station and pastries pair perfectly with whites, reds, and blushes.
Reservations are required, and space is limited. Plan your Sedona trip to include at least one Javelina Leap Sunday brunch for a special treat that won’t soon be forgotten. Nothing polishes off a weekend like discovery of a new favorite vino and treating your palate to a delectable spread.
by: Editor on 10/18/2015
Can’t decide what to do first in Sedona? Let Trip Advisor lead the way. Thousands of travelers just like you have already detailed the good, the better, and the can’t-be-missed. At number one is Cathedral Rock where you’ll find breathtaking views and numerous trails. It’s the perfect introduction to Sedona’s outdoors—and the ideal spot to take your next social media photo.
The Red Rock Scenic Byway is the perfect drive (especially if you rented a convertible!) and lets you take in the beauty of Arizona from the comfort of your car. Chapel of the Holy Cross is an architectural achievement dubbed, “Spiritual—even if you’re not!” Oak Creek Canyon offers up another gorgeous drive as well as walking and biking trails.
Top Sedona Trips
Bell Rock, aptly named, is a beloved destination for climbers of all levels. The Devil’s Bridge Trail is an incredible natural rock formation area with various trails for different skill levels. Broken Arrow Trail is another option, or head to one of the 50+ spas in the area for some pampering and TLC.
Sedona stargazing is absolutely mesmerizing, and can be done from virtually any outdoor location. Make your trip special by checking out the view from Sedona Airport Overlook, day or night, located just a few minutes from your Best Western hotel.
by: Editor on 10/18/2015
Looking for some luck of the Irish in Sedona? It’s not far from your Best Western, with some excellent pubs, entertainment, and fare just a few miles away. Start your night of shenanigans at Oak Crew Brewery and Grill where there’s an impressive number of beers on tap, starters so big they need to be shared, and special events from live music to game nights popping up year-round. However, Oak Crew is just the beginning!
Mooney’s Irish Pub is the closest you can get to dear Erin without crossing the pond. Authentic Irish fare alongside Guinness (of course) as well as a lineup of British pints is what you’ll find here. Show your roots (if you’re Irish!) and connect with locals with the same roots. Not Irish! Not a problem! Fans are welcome here, too.
PJ’s Village Pub is the quintessential public house that’s found everywhere in Ireland, but much rarer in the US. The Lone Pine Restaurant is the perfect location for enjoying a cold pint and trying out local cuisine. Nothing compares to these mom and pop pubs where the menu is only matched by the friendliness.
Ask your knowledgeable front desk staff for their own recommendations, and make this trip to Sedona one to remember.
by: Editor on 10/13/2015
Experience the beauty of Sedona from an entirely new perspective—that of more than 22 of the best living painters in the world. “En plein air” is a French phrase that translates to “in the open air,” and it perfectly captures artistry that is crafted outdoors, far from the confines of a studio. The Sedona Arts Center is featuring the Sedona Plein Air Festival October 17-24, showcasing art that shows off the incredible vistas, red rocks, and desert beauty of Arizona.
You’ll get a glimpse into the working strategy of numerous painters, many of whom will be creating stunning pieces on site. The City of Sedona backs this festival, along with a series of galleries, artists, and complementary artisans such as the Sedona International Film Festival and Wildflower Bread Company.
An Artist’s Eye
On October 17 from 1-4pm, the Main Street Paint Out is a free event on Main Street where you can see artists in action. From 5-7pm, join the free reception in the Plein Air Galleries featuring pieces that artists bring from around the world. On October 18 from 10am-noon, a free contemporary oil materials workshop will be given by Scott Gellatly.
In the evening of the 18th, from 7-8pm, paint outside the box with a free workshop compliments or Carl Judson, “Guerilla Painter.” Ask your Best Western Sedona staff for directions, recommendations on galleries, and for more information on this eclectic event.