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Sedona’s Spiritual History

by: Editor on 1/7/2016

Long known as a healing space and rich with positive spiritual energy, Sedona is truly a magical place. The city is rich with vortexes, a natural phenomenon that has people from around the globe flocking to Sedona to discover the powers for themselves. It’s the epicenter of the New Age Movement, and you’ll find many meditation, yoga, and spiritual enlightenment guides and studios in the area.

Metaphysical shops, spas and massage studios, psychics, reiki masters, and life coaches can be found in abundance here. If you want your travels to Sedona to include a spiritual or self-healing aspect, you’re in luck. There’s something special beneath the red rocks, which was well known to the Native American tribes and is still very present in the area.

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A Journey of Healing

The vortexes are just part of the Sedona package. They are energy hot spots that amplify prayer, mind/body healing, self-exploration and meditation. Upflow vortexes, which are relatively common in Sedona, have been linked to positive energy flows in the human body. Whether you’re interested in Shamanism, astrology, or learning more about the tribal uses of the red rocks, you’ll never experience anything like Sedona.

Create your own spiritual journey of reflection simply by exploring the many trails and canyons. Sedona is a city of looking inward, ensuring this is one trip you’ll never forget.

Heavenly Desserts in Sedona

by: Editor on 1/4/2016

Sedona does dessert right, with restaurants famous for their last courses and dessert-only shops popping up like cacti! Go to Sedona Cake Couture where cake is more than the best indulgence ever—it’s a lifestyle (and it looks good doing it!). Wildflower Bread Company is a laid back café and patisserie where you can satisfy your sweet tooth in more ways than you can imagine (pro tip: Make sure to pair it with one of their strong cups of java).

There’s a Coldstone Creamery in town if you’re in the mood for something chilly and familiar. At Sedona Memories Bakery Café, you can sit and indulge in every patisserie option imaginable. Judi’s Restaurant and Lounge is a classic Americana diner and surf and turf destination, but is also incredibly well known locally for their extensive dessert menu.

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Last Thing First!

You’re on vacation, so make the most of it! Every day, a complimentary breakfast buffet is available to guests, including your favorite sweet eats like waffles, muffins, croissants and more. Alternatively, you can go to Sedona Sweet Arts and discover what local baking wizards have whipped up.

Zainey’s Frozen Yogurt is a great way to beat the AZ heat, and the ChocolaTree is a must for that cacao fix. Try Black Cow Café for a morning pick-me-up, or Oh My Ganache! for a once in a lifetime dessert with all the trimmings.

Top Coffee in Sedona

by: Editor on 11/20/2015

Sedona does coffee right—after all, when you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty begging to be explored, you have to be alert for those early morning outings! Best Western Sedona features bottomless Arabica coffee at breakfast, and there’s a state-of-the-art coffee maker in your room, but it’s also worth checking out the numerous cafes in the area. Java Love Café Coffee Roasters features house-roasted beans, outdoor seating, and they’re up at the crack of dawn with you at 6am.

The Coffee Pot Restaurant features “breakfast amidst rock formations,” otherwise known as the ultimate Sedona experience. Pink Java Café is a local favorite, and of course there’s Starbucks for travelers who want something familiar (and perhaps pumpkin-spiced!).

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Coffee Up!

Theia’s is a delectable café open until 6pm, serving delicious treats alongside perfect java. At Trailhead Tea, you can get both your coffee and tea strong before heading out for your next adventure. Heartline Café is known for unique eats paired with great views.

There’s the Golden Goose Café, marrying Americana fare with Italian favorites. Don’t miss out on the Tea Light Café, a Vietnamese inspired hot spot open until 8pm. The Jazz Bouquet Floral and Tea Shop, Black Cow Café, and Sedona Sweet Arts are also great options for your caffeine fix.

Your Hotel Christmas Guide

by: Editor on 11/20/2015

Traveling during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Many restaurants in town will have special holiday hours, and many will feature unique holiday dishes. Ask the front desk staff about their recommendations, including an abundance of events and festivals around town.

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Home for the Holidays

Everyone’s idea of the holidays is different, and packing during this time of year can be a little challenging. If you exchange gifts, make sure to shop and wrap early—and perhaps bring some small token gifts with you to open on the big day. Slip into a coffee shop for a seasonal treat with pumpkin spice or cranberry pastries.

You’re in charge of your memories and how you celebrate, so make the most of it while you’re away from home!

Upcoming Sedona Concerts

by: Editor on 11/20/2015

Your December concert options are nearly endless in Sedona, whether you’re after a traditional holiday quarter show or want to check out world-class entertainment in a local venue. On December 11th Jake Dean will be in town at the Olde Sedona Restaurant and Bar, taking the stage at 9pm and offering a night of entertainment and dancing that you’ll never forget. Even better, it’s just a few miles from Best Western Sedona!

The OTCA Holiday Concert on December 12th kicks off at 7pm at the Old Town Center for the Arts. The annual series promises to be the best ever in 2015, playing both classic and modern holiday music. The best singers and performers in all of Arizona head to Cottonwood to celebrate the holiday season in style.

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Music to Your Ears

See Anthony Mazzella in concert on November 28th, featured at the Sedona Creative Life Center. Dubbed the “guitar wizard,” it’s the perfect way to begin the holiday season—if you’re not scouring Sedona for those Black Friday deals, of course. In Cornville, you’ll find PK Gregory at the Page Springs Cellars performing December 12th at 5:30pm.

Keith Okie comes to Oak Creek Brewing Company on December 18th at 8pm, and you’ll find a host of live music on recurring event calendars at bars all around the area.

Sedona’s Best New Year’s Celebrations

by: Editor on 11/20/2015

Make the most of the biggest party night of the year, even if you’re in transit. At Best Western Sedona, you have a smorgasbord of New Year’s celebrations just a few miles away—and of course, getting taxi service to and from your destinations can be handled by the front desk staff. Most restaurants in town offer special menus with a champagne toast, book early, as the restaurants do fill up!

The Sedona New Year’s Winter Masquerade Ball is the biggest gala in town, with live jazz, a DJ leading the countdown, and a balloon drop. Located at Ken’s Creekside on Hwy 179, tickets are just $25, and there will be a line of cabs waiting right after midnight to whisk you back to your hotel.

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Countdown to 2016

Many in Sedona choose to take advantage of the natural beauty and plan an alternative NYE celebration. For example, taking a Pink Jeep Tour to see the stars, Chapel of the Rocks and other must-stop destinations is gaining in popularity. You can also make it a night of personal reflection at the massive red rocks, or slip into a nearby pub for a low-key celebration.

No matter how you ring in 2016, doing so in Sedona will make it one to remember!