by: Editor on 2/23/2015
A popular tourist town and filled with homes and second home for many, Sedona draws many to its beautiful and tranquil environment even to this day. Prior to the growth of the tourism and expanding homes Sedona was once a great part of Hollywood films. Sedona’s movie history dates back to the 1920’s just after the start of Hollywood. A perfect setting for westerns, Sedona once had sets that were continually used for years set up all over town. In recent years, these sets have been torn down to accommodate housing growth but the telegraph office still stands.
Between 1923 and 1995 over 60 films featured Sedona. Some of the more popular films included Billy the Kid (1941), Broken Arrow (1950) 3:10 to Yuma (1957), and Harry and Tonto (1974). Many famous actors and actresses such as John Wayne, Gene Autry, Joan Crawford, Glenn Ford and Elvis Presley were part of these iconic western films that put Sedona on the map.
While Sedona has become more of a tourist attraction and its Hollywood days are over, Sedona is still a popular set for TV commercials and magazine ads. The Sedona Heritage Museum features exhibits of Sedona’s movie history. With information on restoring the telegraph office that was once used during film making and the only surviving building from the old Sedona movie sets and much much more.
by: Editor on 2/16/2015
We go on and on about the beautiful red rocks here in Sedona and all of the amazing views but what else is there to talk about when you are in such a majestic place as this?! There are a number of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather while taking in the scenery. Hiking, and biking are two of the most popular. There are always jeep tours of the red rocks but have you tried a horseback riding tour of Sedona?
Forget the bumpy car rides or the sore feet from climbing and hiking through rugged trails, horseback tours of Sedona are the way to go. Horseback tours give you a unique and investing perspective of the amazing rock formations. You get to explore places a jeep couldn’t take you and where your legs just are strong enough to manage. There are a number of companies that offer horseback riding tours of Sedona. With a number of different tour options and pricing to fit all budgets, it is a great opportunity that you don’t get everyday. You can squeeze a quick one hour ride into your day or plan on an entire evening including a real cowboy cookout. If you are a cowboy yourself or even if you haven’t been on a horse, there are rides, trails and horses for all skill levels.
We are happy to give you a list of places that can accommodate your group for such an amazing adventure. Just stop by our front desk and our friendly office staff will be happy to assist you or when you call to make your reservations with us, your chosen Sedona hotel, we will be happy to give you the names of vendors over the phone. We look forward to seeing you and helping you see more of what our area has to offer.
by: Editor on 2/12/2015
Take a day trip to Camp Verde and explore ancient Indian ruins that date back to 1100 AD. Camp Verde is located just South of Sedona is is a short 30 minute ride from your Sedona hotel and is the perfect day trip to experience Arizona’s history.
Montezuma Castle National Park, in Camp Verde, is ancient cliff dwellings comprised of five stories and over 20 rooms. These dwellings, abandoned long ago, housed members of the Sinagua culture and still contain artifacts that date back to their existence in this area. Montezuma Castle is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America due to its placement and the protection it receives from exposure to natural elements.
Today, the dwellings are part of a national park and are protected to conserve the history and significance of the ruins. Open to the public, visitors can walk through the dwellings and experience the living conditions of this ancient tribe. The visitor center and museum houses tools used for building the dwellings, cooking, and sewing. Various other artifacts, jewelry and gemstones are also on display. As you look through the artifacts take in the history of the dwellings, its occupants and their culture.
For directions, hours, fees and more, visit Montezuma Castle online.
by: Editor on 2/7/2015
There is nothing more romantic than touring wineries while enjoying the scenery and tasting top wines with your loved one. If you are spending Valentine’s Day in Sedona, take your loved one wine tasting in Page Springs. Page Springs offers a number of intimate, fun and beautiful wineries here in Arizona which makes the perfect romantic day trip. Home to 83 different wineries, it rivals Napa/Sonoma of California. Because of the elevation and wonderful climate, this is the perfect location for successful vineyards.
Quaint wineries and stunning red rock views is the perfect recipe for a romantic day. Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery sits on a 10 acre estate vineyard in Page Springs. Enjoy sampling wine in their tasting room and get a chance to mingle with the owners who personally hand craft their superlative wines. Page Springs Cellars is nothing less than a picturesque winery that sits next to the beautiful Oak Creek. Known for several of their delightful wines, they are one of the most popular wineries in the area. Lastly, Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery produces some of the best wines in the area. Stop by and end your day with a some of the most delicious desert wines this area has to offer.
Conclude your romantic wine tour with a peaceful, relaxing evening with us. Enjoy spending an evening in one of our creekside villas. Listen to the trickling of Oak Creek before you enjoy a soak in our whirlpool tub. Sip a glass of champagne from one of the local vineyards next to the fireplace as you relax in warm plush bathrobes. Book your Sedona Valentine’s day hotel with ease online of by calling us today. We look forward to helping you enjoy your romantic holiday with your special someone.
by: Editor on 1/29/2015
Sedona’s location is ideal for exploring Arizona. With a quick ride, you can enjoy a variety of activities and sample all that Arizona has to offer. Take a quick day trip up to Flagstaff for a little winter fun. The view alone will prove to be worth the drive. Enjoy a little winter activity and hit the slopes of Snowbowl. Snowbowl is one of Arizona’s ski resorts and boasts of being one of the oldest, continually running ski areas in the United States.
Located on the San Francisco Peaks, Snowbowl receives approximately 260 inches of snowfall a year. Enjoy 40 runs that range from beginner to advanced across 777 acres. There are six chair lifts that operate throughout the ski season.
Hart Prairie Lodge is the prefect place to grab a snack or a beverage after working up an appetite on the slopes. Ski lessons are available as a group or individually. For the more advanced skiers and snowboarders, sharpen your skills at one of the terrain parks. Choose from three different terrain parks and impress with your freestyle abilities.
For more information, directions, hours, rates, trail maps and lift tickets visit Snowbowl online. Thaw out from the cold and enjoy a relaxing evening with us here at Best Western PLUS Arroyo Robel Hotel & Creekside Villas, a Sedona hotel that prides ourselves in making you feel at home.
by: Editor on 1/16/2015
Arizona is proud to be the host of Superbowl XLIX this year. Rich in history and beauty, our great state has so much to offer visitors. While there isn’t much time left before the big game, you still have time to plan your travel and things to do while in town.
Take a quick trip North to beautiful and peaceful Sedona. Find out why so many call our area one of the most beautiful places in the country. With so much to offer, you will find Sedona the perfect place to relax for a day or two.
The majestic surroundings of beautiful red rocks like you have never seen before will make you wonder why you never visited before. Bring you hiking shoes and take a refreshing afternoon hike of enjoy the sunset while at dinner on a patio overlooking Oak Creek.
With numerous outdoor activities and beautiful sights, Sedona is the perfect getaway to enjoy a nice relaxing evening without the hustle and bustle of crowds and the city. Let us show you how to relax in style. Enjoy one of our creekside villas or a comfortable, spacious room that will make you feel as if you are at a five star resort on a one star budge. We have affordable rates but don’t be fooled by our prices, our luxury is out of this world. Reservations a fast and easy on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!