Fly Fishing in Sedona

by: Editor on 4/2/2014

Sedona tops the charts for one of the most outdoor oriented community and serene surroundings. Aside from the relaxing element of being in the great outdoors, there is plenty of adventure and fun to be had too.

Fly fishing is one of the many activities that not only promotes relaxation but it offers a very enjoyable experience. Whether you are an expert at the fly rod or you don’t even know what a fly rod is, the fly fishing in Sedona’s Oak Creek will have you hooked in no time. Enjoy the sound of the trickling waters as you watch your fly gracefully float along the surface slowly baiting the fish for your big catch!

Oak Creek primarily consists of brown trout and rainbow trout but you might get lucky and encounter a few brook trout also. Fishing around the campgrounds has proven to be successful as well as the catch and release areas. A few of the popular areas that have had great success are Grasshopper point, Banjo Bill’s  and the Pine Flats.

If you need a little more guidance, check out the guys over at Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures. They offer a variety of guided trips and are pros when it comes to teaching the novice angler to become an expert.

While fly fishing can be enjoyable it also takes practice so don’t be discouraged. Keep up the hard work and you will be bringing dinner home for the family in no time!

Sedona Day Hikes

by: Editor on 3/26/2014

Grab your tennis shoes or your hiking boots and get outside to enjoy the beautiful AZ weather. Sedona is the day hike capital of Arizona and gives you lots of opportunities to stretch your legs and take in the sun and amazing scenery. With over 120 hiking trails to choose from ranging from easy to very difficult there is a trail for you no matter your skill level.  Every trail is different and offers a different experience. With the beautiful views and the serene atmosphere, there is no better way to spend a morning, afternoon or full day in Sedona.

Some of the most popular hiking areas are Bel Rock, Boynton Canyon, Doe Mountain, West Fork of Oak Creek Cathedral Butte, Bear Mountain and Devil’s Bridge. Don’t fool yourself, there are many others too! Most of the trails are located within the Coconino National Forest.

Before you hit the trail, be sure to take safety into consideration. Pack water and snacks for everyone. The trails can be longer than you expect and it can get warm. Lastly, take a look at a trail map. It is essential that you know your skill level and choose a trail that works for everyone. Review the trail map and be familiar with where you are going. If you plan on heading out in one of the popular hiking areas, you should see people on the trails but don’t always count on that. If you choose to venture in a more quiet and peaceful area away from the crowds, take precautions and let our front desk know where you are going, what trail you are taking and when you expect to return. Safety is always the top priority.

St. Patrick’s Day in Sedona

by: Editor on 3/14/2014

Throw on your green and grab your pot of gold! It is time to catch the luck of the Irish. Sedona’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is sure to put you in the spirit and leave you feeling a little more Irish than before. This event dates back to 1970 so they have had plenty of practice. Kicking off at 10:30 am on Saturday there is fun ready for everyone! The parade route will start at the Heritage Museum and go all the way down Jordan Rd. to Mesquite Rd. The parade will last a while but the seats won’t so be sure to get there early to get a good spot as they expect up to 5,000 people to be there!!

After the parade is over, don’t jet off so fast. This is when the party really begins. Sedona’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival is filled with fun for all ages featuring live music and entertainment, food booths, free children and family activities and let’s not leave out the Beer Garden until 3:00pm.

If that is not enough Irish fun for you, stop by Mooney’s Irish Pub and grab a Guinness or a green beer. It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without an Irish brew!

Kids Can Have Fun Too!

by: Editor on 3/7/2014

Sedona, while beautiful and serene, is not always considered a place for children. If you are looking for some activities for the kids, have no fear, we have lots for you to do.

Slide Rock State Park is a fun adventure for both kids and parents. This swimming hole is a popular spot by visitors and locals alike. If the weather is too chilly and you aren’t brave enough to try the Slide into cold water, check out the orchards. Slide Rock State Park is a nature preserve and apple orchard. Take a walk around and see the exciting vegetation and wildlife that the park holds.

If you need a little more action, head over to Posse Grounds Park. Filled with activities, this park has sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, hiking trails, dog park, and skate park. The Jack Malmgren Skate Park was built and designed for skateboards, roller skates, inline skates and bmx bikes and has areas designated for beginners all the way up to advanced level skaters. Bleachers are nearby for your viewing pleasure.

Just south of Sedona is the Out of Africa Park  in Camp Verde. This one of a kind wildlife park is worth the 30 minute drive. This interactive park allows you to feed the animals, experience exciting shows and give you the feel of being in the middle of Africa with the exotic animals. Be sure to check out their website for discounted tickets and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!!

While staying in the area, consider our Best Western in Sedona for a amazing stay at a great rate.

Top Shopping in Sedona

by: Editor on 2/26/2014

Sedona is known for its beautiful landscape and surroundings. Many flock here to take in the beauty but what many don’t know is the great shopping that you will find while visiting Sedona. Here is a list of our top spots to hit for a little retail therapy.

  1. Hillside Sedona offering three levels of diverse shopping sits high upon the top of Sedona overlooking the beautiful red rock views. Get your fix of jewelry, furniture, home decor, and clothing. Also, check out the galleries full of creative artwork including bronze, glasswork, photography and oil paintings.
  2. Hozho Distinctive Shops and Galleries features many types of artwork from ceramics to oil paintings along with Native American art and sculptures. If you are into hiking, the Hike House offers on and off-trail apparel and gear. Sign up for on of the hiking tours and make your own blend of trail mix at the Energy Cafe.
  3. Uptown Sedona hosts a mix of Native American  jewelry shops and your typical Americana shops. You will easily find a place to appease your sweet tooth and souvenir shops for the loved ones that you left behind.
  4. Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is a beautiful and quaint Spanish-Colonial style shopping village complete with cobblestone streets. Explore the Western and contemporary art, specialty shops and exquisite art galleries. Take a break and enjoy one of the relaxing and peaceful patios for a cold beverage.
  5. Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe known as one of the newest shopping areas in Sedona is located just above uptown. Featuring three open courtyards where you can take in the beauty of the red rocks along with various boutiques and art galleries. Find the latest fashion trends and unique artwork all in one captivating area.

5 Great Eco-Tourism Options in Sedona

by: Editor on 12/31/2013

When staying at the BEST WESTERN Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas, you will get more than luxurious rooms and great customer service.  You will also have an excellent location close to numerous eco-tourism attractions.

Red Rock State Park: Sedona is famous for its beautiful red rocks, so a trip to this area wouldn’t be complete without exploring all the beauty of this novelty at the Red Rock State Park.  Plan a day to take a hike through the park’s trails, and don’t forget your camera!

Secret Mountain: Sedona’s Secret Mountain Wilderness is the perfect place for an adventurous camping trip.  Located in the northwestern portion of Sedona at the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, this mountain area lives up to its name with high mountains, deep forests, large canyons, red rocks, natural arches and the west fork of Oak Creek.  See if you can discover what the secret of the mountain is and enjoy a trip like no other.

Sycamore Canyon: Red Rock Country’s second largest canyon provides a perfect backdrop for photo opportunities with its rare and beautiful scenery.  With colorful rock formations, numerous varieties of desert plants, rare wildlife and a lush riparian habitat along Sycamore Creek with secluded blue pools, you can spend days just exploring all the different and spectacular scenic spots. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a black bear, mountain lion, ringtail cat, rapture birds and other amazing wildlife while hiking through this area.

Vortex Tour: Vortex refers to an area of concentrated energy. The vortexes of Sedona are believed to be sacred.  These sites have powerful spiritual significance, and are a popular place for people to visit who are seeking vision, wisdom, support and meditation.  There are a number of these vortex sites in the Sedona area, including upflow and inflow vortexes.  Make sure you take some time to visit these sites while in Sedona.

Oak Creek: Home to the rare desert riparian habitat, this creek is a must-see while in the area.  Take a hike along the creek and discover numerous species of lizards, amphibians, fish, insects, beavers and birds.  This is an excellent spot for the budding scientist and will make a great addition to your wildlife photo album.