Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

by: Editor on 10/30/2014

Have a safe and fun Halloween with these few safety tips for trick-or-treating this weekend.

 

  1. Trick-or-treat in groups. Don’t let you children go out with just one other person or alone.
  2. At least one person in the group should carry a cell phone for any emergencies.
  3. It is hard for drivers to see pedestrians after dark. Carry a flashlight, glow sticks or consider using reflective tape on costumes. Still undecided on a costume? Opt for something bright to help with visibility.
  4. Check and make sure costumes don’t drag the ground. They could be a tripping hazard.
  5. Make sure costumes with weapons are not easily mistaken for actual weapons. Also check that they are not sharp or rough edges as they could easily hurt someone just by walking too close.
  6. Don’t enter a house or a car for candy, or anything else.
  7. Avoid alleyways and be respectful of others’ yards. Walk on the side walk and not through their beautiful landscaping.
  8. Watch for cars and use designated crosswalks
  9. Parents, sort and inspect all candy before the kiddos get their hands on it. Any candy that has been unwrapped or looks questionable should be thrown away.
  10. Eating too much candy at once can cause serious belly aches. Spread the candy out over an extended period of time to avoid hurting tummies and sugar highs.

Halloween in Sedona

by: Editor on 10/21/2014

It’s almost Halloween and fortunately for you, some of the most haunted establishments in Arizona are just down the road. Start to get in the spirit of the holiday early and head over to Jerome which is home of numerous haunted buildings.

Check out the Connor Hotel, the Mile High Inn and other haunted places on your own or sign up for one of the haunted tours. Tours of Jerome offers several different tours to fit your schedule and your budget. Choose from a two hour tour, four hour tour or a full five hour tour with complimentary drinks at the haunted Mile High Inn & Grille, boasting as one of Jerome’s most haunted  places.

Equipped with EMF readers, you get to enter numerous haunted buildings. Be sure to bring your camera and get ready to capture shadows, ghosts and other surprises! Tours of Jerome is a year round attraction giving you the benefit of a true haunted tour and not just a cheap Halloween spoof.

Rich with history, Jerome has a deep past that you get to learn about while also experiencing the paranormal activity of this small mining town. Learn the history of these haunted buildings and the ghosts that haunt them.

For more information, pricing and bookings, head over to Tours of Jerome’s website. And of course, you can always book your Sedona hotel on our website. We make it convenient and easy for you to plan your Halloween getaway.

Sedona Tours

by: Editor on 10/6/2014

The beautiful red rocks of Sedona is a must see for visitors from all over the country. Here, in Sedona, there are a number of tours you can take of the area. Most tours visit the most popular tourist attractions as well as give you ample views of the beautiful red rocks that surround the area.

One of the most unique and popular tours in the area comes by one of the most fun looking modes of transportation, a bright pink Jeep. The Pink Jeep Tours is not only fun and exciting but attracts even the most manly of all visitors to the area, giving them a rugged off road experience. In addition to panoramic views and off roading, learn so much more about Native American history in the area, nature and local geology.

For a spectacular ‘over-view’ of the area, check out one of several helicopter tours. Recently, these tours have become increasingly more popular.  Offering red rock views like you have never seen before and a tour of the surrounding areas such as Oak Creek Canyon, this is the way to do a tour! With several tour options to choose from you can choose the tour that is just right for you.

41st Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

by: Editor on 9/10/2014

As fall slowly descends upon us, this is the time of year when some of the most beloved festivals take place here in Sedona. Filled with fun and excitement, these festivals draw visitors from all over Arizona and the Southwest. This weekend kicks off the season of fun with the 41st Fiesta del Tlaquepaque. Forty one years strong, Fiesta del Tlaquepaque is a celebration like you have never seen before. Celebrating arts and culture, you can experience music, dancing, festivities for the kids and so much more.

The party kicks off this Saturday, September 13th at 10 o’clock in the morning and last all day long. Admission is free so bring the whole family. Enjoy live music, Mexican folk dancing, Mariachi bands, Mexican dishes, artist painting on the street corner, local artist and of course the numerous boutiques and galleries.

The kids’ zone will keep the kids entertained with fun activities such as balloon animals and face painting, just to mention a few. Don’t be shy, try any number of delicious authentic Mexican dishes and chat up the artists as they display their work.  Music and entertainment line ups are available online. If you are visiting from out of town, be sure to make your Sedona Hotel reservations on our website. Check our specials page for upcoming packages and savings. We look forward to seeing you!

Visit the Grand Canyon

by: Editor on 9/8/2014

There is only one thing in the state of Arizona that surpasses the beauty of Sedona and that is the Grand Canyon. Just a short 2 hour drive North of Sedona sits the amazing and massive Grand Canyon carved out over thousands of years by the Colorado River. Why not take a short ride and visit the Grand Canyon. Before you head out on your quick trip to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Book reservations early. This popular destination fills up on both activities and dinner reservations way in advance.
  2. Take a rain coat. It is monsoon season and the monsoons can mess up your day if you are not prepared.
  3. Don’t miss the visitor center. It is filled with great information!
  4. Take extra batteries. This is the perfect picture opportunity. Don’t miss out because you don’t have enough battery power for your camera after the first 500 pictures.
  5. Watch the kids! There isn’t a fence all along the rim. Many areas you can walk out and fall right off into the deep, deep canyon. Keep an eye and a hand on the little ones!
  6. Be prepared for crowds. This time of year is the peak season for visitors at the Grand Canyon. Be patient and courteous as everyone is there to see the amazing vastness and enjoy it just as you and your family are doing.
  7. Take advantage of the ranger programs. There are many talks, walks, hikes and story time available. Take some time to join one of these programs and learn so much more about the canyon.

For park hours, directions and more information, be sure to check out the National Parks website.

Sedona’s Red Rocks

by: Editor on 8/20/2014

Beautiful and breath taking Sedona is known throughout the United States for the rare and spectacular red rock formations that surround the city. Ideal for pictures, hiking and watching a beautiful sunset, these red rocks are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day or evening. Many travel from all over the world to see these Sedona’s red rocks that are unique to this area and this area only.

Sedona sits at 4500 feet elevation which is at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Erosion has eaten at the rim over time leaving spectacular portions of the rim in clear view and creating some of the most amazing canyons and buttes around.

Sedona's Red Rocks

Sedona’s red rocks are iconic glow a brilliant red and orange in the rising or setting sunlight. One might wonder how the rocks became so colorful. While the answer is not simple as it takes millions of years for these rock layers to become so majestic, we can sum the answer up for you in a simple reply: The unique red rocks that puts Sedona on the map is due to the presence of hematite, also known as rust (iron-oxide), that stains the rock layers.  A thin layer of iron-oxide coats each grain of sand in the sandstone. A minimal amount, when exposed to groundwater, becomes a small sample of red dye that stains the sand when it hits groundwater and turns the rocks red before they emerge from underground.

While it has taken a very long time for these picturesque formations to reach their current state it only takes a moment to marvel in their beauty. Knowing that these rocks hold millions of years of geological history it makes the surroundings of Sedona that much more amazing.