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.

5 Great Romantic Date Ideas in Sedona

by: Editor on 12/31/2013

Whether you are here in Sedona for your honeymoon or just a romantic getaway, there are plenty of options for special date nights that will always be remembered when staying at the BEST WESTERN Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villa.

Hot Air Balloon Tour: There is nothing more romantic than trying something brand new together for the first time, and a hot air balloon ride not only gives you a spectacular experience, but a superb view of the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. With a slower pace than planes and helicopters, a balloon ride provides the perfect atmosphere for conversation and thrills.

Trail Horse Adventure Tours: Guided horseback tours are a wonderful choice for a casual romantic date.  If you’re not an experienced horse-person, you won’t have to worry about making a bad impression on the horse. These are experienced trail horses, and the guide is there to make sure nothing goes wrong. So you can relax and enjoy the spectacular landscape up close from the back of a horse, and make a special memory for your scrapbook.

Vortex Tours: The incredible energy that surrounds Sedona is something that can’t be missed.  With special vortex tours available, you can choose what you want for your tour, whether it is native teachings, medicine wheel ceremonies guided meditations or nature walks with dyades. For an unusual date that makes for great conversation afterwards, this is an excellent choice for couples to learn more about each other and themselves.

4WD Jeep Adventure Tours: For a different type of date that provides both adventure and a touch of romance, take one of the jeep and hummer off-road tours in Sedona.  You can experience the beauty of the red rocks up close and take great pictures to remember your special date. Afterwards, enjoy a special meal at the Heartline Cafe, an excellent choice with a romantic ambiance.

Verde Canyon Railway Tour: For a special date that provides a bit of romance and nostalgia, take a ride on the railway to visit Sinagua Indian dwellings, the S.O.B. trestle and a riparian sanctuary with glimpses of wildlife.

Great New Year’s Eve Activities in Sedona

by: Editor on 12/31/2013

If you are lucky enough to be visiting the beautiful town of Sedona on New Year’s Eve, you won’t have to worry about traveling to a big city to ring in the New Year because there is plenty of fun happening right here in this quaint little town.  You can spend the day of New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day by taking an amazing tour of the beautiful Red Rocks with Sedona’s Pink Jeep Tours, and you can find plenty of souvenirs to remind you of this special New Year’s trip by browsing through the shops of Tlaquepaque

If you’re looking for a special event to ring in the New Year, check out the New Year’s Eve Package at Reds Restaurant in the Sedona Rouge. If you’re looking for something a little larger, the Poco Diablo Resort is a great place to dance the night away with that special someone.  Host DJ Kevin will be playing songs from the 70’s, and admission includes snacks, party favors, and the required midnight champagne toast, providing a festive environment to ring in the New Year.

Another great option is the VOCA New Year’s Eve Party at VOC in Sedona, which also includes great music with a DJ, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Comedy and dinner at Los Abrigados Resort is another excellent choice.

Surrounded by red-rock monoliths and vortexes, Sedona is popular for spiritual and metaphysical retreats.  If you are looking for a different type of activity to celebrate the New Year, sign up for the Conscious Evolution Insight Retreat: Be Your Own Shaman on New Year’s Eve or take the New Year Meditation Retreat with Sarah McLean & Friends at the Sedona Life Center.

No matter what activity you choose to start the New Year with, you can relax afterwards knowing you’ll get a great night’s sleep at the nearby BEST WESTERN PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas.  So enjoy a great New Year’s Eve Celebration in the red rocks of Sedona for a trip that you will always remember.