by: Editor on 10/18/2015
Can’t decide what to do first in Sedona? Let Trip Advisor lead the way. Thousands of travelers just like you have already detailed the good, the better, and the can’t-be-missed. At number one is Cathedral Rock where you’ll find breathtaking views and numerous trails. It’s the perfect introduction to Sedona’s outdoors—and the ideal spot to take your next social media photo.
The Red Rock Scenic Byway is the perfect drive (especially if you rented a convertible!) and lets you take in the beauty of Arizona from the comfort of your car. Chapel of the Holy Cross is an architectural achievement dubbed, “Spiritual—even if you’re not!” Oak Creek Canyon offers up another gorgeous drive as well as walking and biking trails.
Top Sedona Trips
Bell Rock, aptly named, is a beloved destination for climbers of all levels. The Devil’s Bridge Trail is an incredible natural rock formation area with various trails for different skill levels. Broken Arrow Trail is another option, or head to one of the 50+ spas in the area for some pampering and TLC.
Sedona stargazing is absolutely mesmerizing, and can be done from virtually any outdoor location. Make your trip special by checking out the view from Sedona Airport Overlook, day or night, located just a few minutes from your Best Western hotel.
by: Editor on 10/18/2015
Looking for some luck of the Irish in Sedona? It’s not far from your Best Western, with some excellent pubs, entertainment, and fare just a few miles away. Start your night of shenanigans at Oak Crew Brewery and Grill where there’s an impressive number of beers on tap, starters so big they need to be shared, and special events from live music to game nights popping up year-round. However, Oak Crew is just the beginning!
Mooney’s Irish Pub is the closest you can get to dear Erin without crossing the pond. Authentic Irish fare alongside Guinness (of course) as well as a lineup of British pints is what you’ll find here. Show your roots (if you’re Irish!) and connect with locals with the same roots. Not Irish! Not a problem! Fans are welcome here, too.
PJ’s Village Pub is the quintessential public house that’s found everywhere in Ireland, but much rarer in the US. The Lone Pine Restaurant is the perfect location for enjoying a cold pint and trying out local cuisine. Nothing compares to these mom and pop pubs where the menu is only matched by the friendliness.
Ask your knowledgeable front desk staff for their own recommendations, and make this trip to Sedona one to remember.
by: Editor on 10/13/2015
Experience the beauty of Sedona from an entirely new perspective—that of more than 22 of the best living painters in the world. “En plein air” is a French phrase that translates to “in the open air,” and it perfectly captures artistry that is crafted outdoors, far from the confines of a studio. The Sedona Arts Center is featuring the Sedona Plein Air Festival October 17-24, showcasing art that shows off the incredible vistas, red rocks, and desert beauty of Arizona.
You’ll get a glimpse into the working strategy of numerous painters, many of whom will be creating stunning pieces on site. The City of Sedona backs this festival, along with a series of galleries, artists, and complementary artisans such as the Sedona International Film Festival and Wildflower Bread Company.
An Artist’s Eye
On October 17 from 1-4pm, the Main Street Paint Out is a free event on Main Street where you can see artists in action. From 5-7pm, join the free reception in the Plein Air Galleries featuring pieces that artists bring from around the world. On October 18 from 10am-noon, a free contemporary oil materials workshop will be given by Scott Gellatly.
In the evening of the 18th, from 7-8pm, paint outside the box with a free workshop compliments or Carl Judson, “Guerilla Painter.” Ask your Best Western Sedona staff for directions, recommendations on galleries, and for more information on this eclectic event.
by: Editor on 10/12/2015
Sedona does grub right, and there are ample mom and pop restaurants to try out. The Golden Goose Cafe doles out some of the most delicious breakfasts dishes, all with generous portions and cooked with love. Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante is a classic Italian restaurant that features authentic cuisine in a family-friendly environment. Oaxaca Restaurant cooks up some of the best Mexican fare you’ll find in Arizona—and that’s saying something!
At Javelina Cantina Sedona, Mexican dishes blend with great cocktails to make Javelina a favorite dinner hotspot on weekends. Takashi Japanese Restaurant offers an East meets West vibe, and is the perfect antidote to comfort food and Mexican dishes. At Heartline Cafe, you’ll find unique dishes with amazing views, the perfect pairing for a romantic dinner.
Judi’s Restaurant and Lounge is the go-to surf and turf restaurant in the area, renowned for service that matches the quality. Mesa Grill is a little off the beaten path, and the perfect short drive for an intimate dinner. Creekside is a new Americana bistro that offers views of the red rocks, ideal date night fodder.
From Wildflower Bread Company to Sedona Memories Bakery Cafe and everything in between, you never have to go far for delightful meals in this part of Arizona.
by: Editor on 10/12/2015
It makes sense that yoga is so popular in Sedona. After all, with the natural beauty, laid back attitude, and nary a cold day in sight, it’s the perfect way to relax and reflect. There are also a number of places to practice in the area. Sedona & Cottonwood Hot Yoga is the best place to sweat out the stress. Sedona Yoga Shala offers a variety of yoga types, from gentle hatha to BootCamp style Vinyasa.
Head to Surya Sedona Yoga for an eclectic mix of styles, teachers, and a gorgeous studio setting. Dharma Vibration is home to Kundalini yoga—a style that must be tried and practitioners swear is one of the most peaceful and beautiful of styles. The Sedona Dahn Yoga Center is a local favorite that offers budget-friendly classes and an open schedule.
The 7 Centers Yoga Arts is one of the largest studios in the area, perfect for a last minute class signup. Sedona Massage and Yoga is the ideal place to cap off a practice with some pampering. CranioSacral Therapy of Sedona offers the benefits of physical yoga, but puts you in the hands of a professional.
Vortex Yoga Hiking in Sedona blends two favorite activities: Yoga and hiking, so you can bring your practice outdoors. Ask at the front desk for help with signing up, reservations, or personal recommendations on studios.
by: Editor on 10/12/2015
Planning to be in Sedona during the holidays? You’re in luck, because some of the best Thanksgiving menus can be found in this gorgeous town. Rene is renowned for fabulous Thanksgiving feasts, including one that features a four-course meal, and an eclectically designed menu with strong French persuasions. The Heartline Cafe is another favorite and offers a multi-course meal featuring holiday staples along with regional favorites.
Try Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano for a twist on the holiday. The owners spice things up this time of year offering Italian, American, and fusion menus for the big weekend. Reds is a favorite of locals, offering traditional fare and plenty of seating during one of the busiest days of the year.
If possible, plan and book early, especially if you’d like to try Elote Cafe. The intimate dining experience is exactly what many are after during the festivities, and Elote never disappoints with service or quality. The Barking Frog Grille dishes up a generous spread, and the staff is always committed to making everyone feel like family.
There are also many events happening in Sedona, such as Light Up the Mountain, arts and crafts, and of course some great Black Friday shopping at one of the many malls, stores, and boutiques.