by: Editor on 1/10/2017
Arizona, and especially the Sedona area, is world-famous for the “red rocks,” but how did they get that hue? Made of red sandstone formations, they can look like they glow a bright red and orange thanks to the sun’s rays. It’s no surprise that they’re a favorite backdrop for a number of activities from photography and hiking to spiritual retreats and, of course, outdoor weddings and photos.
The city of Sedona also has some unique history. The city was named for Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly, wife of the city’s first postmaster circa 1910. She was known for her hard work ethic and hospitality. However, her name was made up by her mother simply because “it sounded pretty.”
The sandstone red rocks are full of hematite, also known as rust, which stains the stones along Schnebly Hill especially deep. Much of the Sedona rock terrain is very steep because the top layer of the “strata” is made up of limestone and basalt—these materials are harder than the actual sandstone underneath.
When water runs along the edge of the terrain, the lower layers are eaten away to create the stunning cliffs Arizona is famous for. Eventually, big slabs break off and form canyons. Where the slabs have fallen away, you can see the raw material underneath before the process begins all over again.
by: Editor on 1/5/2017
It’s no secret that Sedona and Arizona overall touts some of the best Mexican fare in the country. However, if you’re craving something a little different but still full of spicy flavors, check out the Latin-inspired restaurant Mariposa. This upscale, intimate restaurant works for dates, family outings and group events. With a fabulous tapas and dessert menu along with regular lunch and dinner options, there’s something for everyone.
Try the gazpacho served with avocado, fried avocados with aioli, or the grilled Spanish octopus slathered in warm butter with a beans vinaigrette. Jumbo black tiger prawns and mussels baked in a tomato sauce are popular tapas picks, too. A pulled pork tostado is the perfect way to spice things up.
Bigger and Better
Hungry for entrees? An incredible selection of steaks like filet mignon to a French cut Australian rack of lamb are sure to satisfy. All steaks and cuts of meat are served with house chimichurri, or get the cold lobster tail with scallops and jumbo prawns.
Fire roasted chicken, steelhead salmon or the mashed potatoes with almonds are amazing choices. Try the grilled asparagus with truffle butter or Mom’s favorite potatoes au gratin with white cheddar. Ready to indulge?
by: Editor on 12/28/2016
Spending New Year’s Eve in Sedona? It’s a magical holiday here, especially for visitors who are used to a chillier start to the New Year! Feel free to wear your strappy shoes, dresses and lighter suits for a celebration in moderate Sedona temperatures. The Naughty Bits New Year’s Eve Party at Oak Creek Brewery isn’t nearly as scandalous as it sounds. Instead, you get just a $5 cover charge, a complimentary champagne toast, and free food after 10 p.m.!
The Creative ReVisioning for Your New Year: Ceremonies and Mystic Insights Retreat is a very Arizona way to begin 2017. An immersive experience, you’ll be treated to a personalized program in this nature-centric experience. The retreat location is on Highway 89A, with ceremonies located throughout the Sedona area. Find out more on the website.
Instead of heading to one of the many parties at bars, clubs and restaurants in the city, many visitors choose to head to a remote destination on the outskirts of town packing champagne and goodies to star gaze. No fireworks display can compete with the open Arizona sky.
A dusk hike, slipping away to a mom-and-pop restaurant for a special New Year’s menu, or simply ordering take out and snuggling up in your spacious guest room are all popular ways to ring in the New Year in Sedona. Whether you want to party, stargaze or keep it casual, you’re in charge of how 2017 rolls in!
by: Editor on 12/9/2016
Sedona transforms into Tinsel Town in December at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in uptown. Each evening from dusk until 9 p.m., this free event lets attendees walk through incredible light displays. Visit the ancient Sycamore tree grove, and dance to music that changes every 15 minutes. Open to the public through January 1, this is a tradition for many holiday and New Year’s Eve revelers. There are different pop-up events nightly, many kept a surprise, so keep coming back to see what Tinsel Town has in store for you!
Hosted by the City of Sedona, there are a number of holiday-infused events this month. You’ll also want to check out Breakfast with Santa on December 3 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Hub at Posse Grounds Park, hosted by Sedona Parks and Recreation. The two-hour event includes a hot breakfast, decorations and, of course, a meet and greet with Santa.
Sedona Does the Holidays Right
You can ice skate in Sedona December 30 and 31 at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, too! The outdoor synthetic skating rink is a favorite holiday tradition! It’s open from 3 – 9 p.m. both nights, and admission is free to all. Parking is available nearby, and complimentary shuttle services are available.
There’s no rule that a winter wonderland has to include snow. If you’re spending the holidays in Sedona, there are many options to get into the spirit of the season!
by: Editor on 12/1/2016
Let the holidays begin with the annual tree lighting and visit from Santa at Canyon Breeze Plaza in uptown Sedona on December 2nd. The two hour event starts at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. The huge 20-foot tree is gorgeously decorated and lit throughout the month of December, but being there for the inaugural lighting is extra special. Plus, Santa has a grand entrance to help Sedona begin the holiday season—and he’s available for visits and photos, too!
Bring the kids while you listen to holiday carolers from around the region. Youth music groups are especially popular, and nothing pairs better with your favorite holiday song than a cup of cider, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Hosted by the Sedona Main Street Program and the City of Sedona, for many the holidays don’t start until this event takes place.
Small Town Holiday Charm
Throughout the year, Main Street is committed to offering a pedestrian-friendly experience to all residents and visitors to the city. A destination that “embraces the beauty of the surrounding red rocks and creates a unique experience for all” is at the heart of their vision. They also partner with area businesses who will be offering holiday specials and deals, including at the tree lighting ceremony.
Bring your wish list for Santa, your sweet tooth for indulgences, and get ready to make Sedona your home away from home this holiday season.
by: Editor on 11/21/2016
Want to start your Thanksgiving in a healthy and fun way? The Sedona’s annual Turkey Trot is now in its seventh year and has become a Red Rocks tradition! It loops from the Posse Grounds Park where you’ll find plenty of nearby parking and comfortable amenities on site. Registration is just $35 during the month of November and $40 on race day. However, keep in mind that for the past six years, this race has sold out, so reserve your tickets early!
An easy out-and-back trail with a little loop along Soldier Pass Road means this is truly a fun run for the entire family. Every runner is pro timed compliments of Run Flagstaff via RFID chip technology. Packet pick-up happens on November 23 at the Sedona Running Company from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and same-day pick-up is November 24 from 8 – 9 a.m. The race is staggered from 9 – 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day with the awards ceremony kicking off at 10:15 a.m.
Wobble Before You Gobble
Want an even bigger challenge? Try the Iron Turkey, which requires you to take on the course all while carrying your turkey (it’s recommended that the turkey isn’t cooked yet, but that’s your call—some runners get hungry along the course!). Last year, there were five Iron Turkey challengers, and there will surely be more this time around!
Medals are given to all finishers, and trophies are dished up to the winners in each category. Two water stops are located along the course, with light snacks for finishers including the basics like bagels and fruit and, of course, slices of pumpkin pie.