by: Editor on 4/20/2016
The fourth weekend in April marks the annual Sedona Open Studios Tour from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Visit artists in their natural environment and enjoy live music, appetizers and great company as you go from studio to studio. Get to know a deeper level of artistry, watch the masters work, and maybe even fall in love with a piece that’s the perfect keepsake from your Sedona adventure.
The Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition is the host of the event, now in its 13th year. A celebration of all artists in the greater Verde Valley, the artist-operated non-profit welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Artists’ participation fees fully fund the tours, which makes it a free community event for all.
A Real Work of Art
In 2016, more than 40 studios will be participating, and every imaginable medium will be on display. Enjoy ceramics, fiber, watercolors, painting, sculpture, photography, and even jewelry making. The Coalition was founded in 1996 with nine artist friends who were passionate about conversations and the sharing of creative ideas.
A common bond can strengthen each individual artist. Now, there are more than 150 shows hosted by the Coalition each year. In 2006, the group gained non-profit status and has been featured in the Sedona Monthly magazine. Show your support, and indulge in a weekend of artistry to see another beautiful slice of Sedona.
by: Editor on 4/8/2016
Sedona is home to some of the best, most authentic Thai restaurants in Arizona. Check out Thai Spices Natural Restaurant, where a special veggie menu is available and Chef Pearl’s latest specialties are always featuring innovative dishes. The latest include Shitaki and Sea Vegetables, Thai Duck Curry, Fish Curry Fillet, and Three Herbs Vitality.
At Thai Palace Uptown, you’ll find Asian inspired cocktails to go with their lunch and dinner menu. Enjoy their Pad Prig King, Thai BBQ Chicken, or their super Spicy Noodles. For dessert, Golden Deep Fried Bananas with Honey, the Palace Banana Wrap or Coconut Ice Cream are all decadent choices.
Locals love Tara Thai Restaurant where specialties include Pra Rham, Steamed Fish, the Coconut Princess, and Thai Suki. Plus, this destination is part restaurant, part Thai massage parlor! Before dinner, pamper yourself with a Traditional Thai Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, or Reflexology treat.
Red Chopstick offers the Mandarin House Flaming Platter Combo, Shark Fin Soup, Spicy Honey Shrimp, and Golden Scallops. Separate beef, pork, chicken, and veggie menus are a must to hold this expansive selection. From curries and tofu dishes to battered fish fare, there’s truly something for everyone at this diverse diner.
by: Editor on 4/4/2016
Meet fellow bird lovers at 9am every Wednesday and Saturday during the month of April. Located at the Visitor Center of the Arizona Red Rock State Park, a naturalist guide will take you on a walk suitable for birders of all levels. Binoculars are recommended. If you prefer a DIY approach, start from the Hummingbird Patio and don’t forget the Visitor Center’s roof! Most birds can be spotted in the riparian area near Oak Creek. All walks are included with park entrance fees.
Daily guided nature walks are also available starting at 10am. Meet with a volunteer as you’re taken on a journey throughout the park. Learn about various life zones, wildlife, geology, archaeology, and the history of the park.
Meet Mother Nature
Inside the Visitor Center is a theater, where displays and exhibitions are in constant rotation. Information on the flora and fauna of the area, an interactive Sedona map, and the House of Apache Fire’s computer program information booth is here. “The Natural Wonders of Sedona” narrated by John Conway is featured many times throughout the day.
There are also special events throughout the month but may be posted on short notice. From Native American drumming to meditative walks, check with the State Parks system to see what will spring up in April!
by: Editor on 3/29/2016
The Sedona Heritage Museum hosts a number of events per year, and one of the biggest is the Oak Creek Canyon History Tour. Led by Paul Thompson, the grandson of the city’s first permanent Anglo settler who called Sedona home in 1876, you’ll be driven in style in a luxury coach while Paul outlines over 20 homesteads, historic locations and squatter sites. Check out Bear Howard’s cabin, the Thompson springhouse, and Purtymun’s Cave Springs.
The tours are held from 9am-noon March 31, April 1 and 2, and tickets are $55 for non-museum members. However, there are a number of additional events happening in April to check out too! On April 13, the “National Registry of Historical Places: What the Heck is It?” lecture will be hosted by retired Historic Preservation Officer Nancy Burgess at the Sedona Heritage Museum from 10-11am.
Join the Red Rock Quilters Demo every Monday at 11am. Stunning quilts from around the area are on display, some for sale, and some quilters work on their masterpieces while discussing their passion and inspiration.
There’s also the Verde Valley Spinners and Weavers Demo Mondays from 11am-1pm. This free event showcases the incredible skills of local weavers working traditional looms and wheels. Stop by the museum for one of the many events, or to check out the impressive exhibits!
by: Editor on 3/26/2016
Outdoor adventurers come from around the world just to discover the incredible hiking in and near Sedona. Airport Loop Trail might not have the best name, but it’s an enjoyable trail that offers a prime view at Overlook Point. The elevation shift is mild, the parking lot is clearly marked, and there’s enough trail to allow for a lengthy hike if that’s your MO.
At Bell Rock Pathway, hikers enjoy Bell Rock (of course) as an easy to spot final destination (and a great space to break for lunch). The eastern part of Twin Buttes can also be seen from this trail, as well as a little wooden bridge that’s prime for a photo opportunity.
Take a Hike!
Doe Mountain Trail takes you up the west side of a sloping mountain and is best tackled in the morning so you can enjoy shade both up and down the trail. Just 0.7 miles long and with an elevation change of 400 feet, this is a trail that most ages and abilities can manage. At the very top there’s a steep stepping stone section, so proper footwear is a must.
Also check out the Crescent Moon Picnic area, Dry Creek Vista, and dozens of more trails surrounding the Sedona area!
by: Editor on 3/20/2016
It’s a gorgeous destination in itself, but if you want to explore more of Arizona, Sedona is home base to some fantastic day trips. Head over to Red Rock State Park, the aptly named destination where the fantastical red rocks loom over you. It’s a great drive, and the hiking and mountain biking options once you arrive are well worth the quick trip.
Slide Rock State Park is in the other direction, and for many outdoor enthusiasts, birders and photographers this is the best park in the region. It’s a top destination for rock climbing and bouldering too. Pack a picnic lunch or swing by one of Sedona’s local restaurants to pick up takeout and enjoy it in the great outdoors.
What a Trip!
The Tuzigoot National Monument is a must-see and not far from downtown Sedona. It’s also a great spot for water sports from jet skiing to SUPing. Near the town of Clarkdale and close to the Verde Canyon Railroad, you can easily spend the entire day in this charming region.
The Out of Africa Wildlife Park introduces you to exotic animals from around the world in a sprawling natural habitat. Just off Highway 17, it’s a short drive from Sedona and fun for the whole family.