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.
by: Editor on 11/14/2016
The greatest game just got greater thanks to the incredible views and course at Seven Canyons! Here, you’ll find 200 gorgeous acres where members can relax, get pampered, and enjoy endless golf and other outdoor experiences. The world-class course was designed by Tom Weiskopf, and it’s nestled in a practice park featuring 20,000 square feet of greens, dining options and stunning landscapes. The brand new Club House features state-of-the-art amenities.
For those who want to own a piece of paradise, the villas are available for partial or whole ownership. Membership is limited, with avid golfers quick to take advantage of the surrounding, protected forest land. Offering year-round golfing and unbeatable climates, it’s truly a treasure of Sedona.
Although memberships are difficult to attain, you can get a guest golf package if you book a spa appointment at the on-site Mii amo Spa. Still, call ahead for golf reservations, especially during holidays. Seven Canyons opened in 2002 and has since picked up accolades and awards from the largest critics and judges in the world. The red rocks and massive ponderosa pines provide an unbelievable backdrop to tee time.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Club Restaurant and Bar where your expert culinary team is always dishing up innovative treats. Relax on the patio or at one of the window seats, taking in the views of the red rocks while sipping the perfect vino. It’s the ideal way to end a day of luxury.
by: Editor on 11/2/2016
The Red Rocks are renowned for hiking, mountain biking and exploring, but don’t miss out on Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s smaller hidden gems. It’s a short, accessible hike at just 0.75 miles long and takes you up the northern face of the aptly named Bell Rock. The trail is marked clearly and begins at the Bell Rock Pathway. At the peak, you’ll take a loop before gently descending.
This is a favorite short hike for locals and can be a popular pick on weekends and holidays. It’s best to tackle this outing early mornings or on off days, such as weekdays and key holidays (Thanksgiving is a perfect pick!). Many rock climbers also try to take on the rock itself.
A Rocking Good Time
The slide area is a unique challenge that some hikers like to attempt, and to the east is a spot where you can try to climb even higher. Getting to the peak of the spires is an obstacle nervier hikers attempt, but you’ll need plenty of experience for this. To go above and beyond turns Bell Rock into a hazardous and strenuous hike. However, the rewards are incredible with views you can’t get anywhere else in Sedona.
The short trails and numerous options make Bell Rock a great choice for groups with a variety of skilled hikers. Take the northern parking lot to the base of Bell Rock for a simple hike, or choose the Lower Bell Rock Trail. A moderate hike can be made via the Upper Bell Rock Trail, or try the Ascent if you’re an experienced hiker.
by: Editor on 10/22/2016
One of the best parts of celebrating Halloween in Sedona is the weather—there’s no freezing in costumes, and you’re guaranteed to have a ghoulish night of revelry or trick or treating. In the nearby ghost town of Jerome, the city comes alive on Halloween with guided “spirit walks” offering tours of historic buildings along with some of the town’s sordid past. Group tours can accommodate up to 200 people but do sell out, so book your trip early.
Spook Hall has been Sedona’s biggest costume party for years, helping to raise funds for the local fire department. After 30 years of spooktacular fun, the event planners have this haunt down pat. The party rages until 2 a.m., and nearby bars and shops also participate, decking out the entire street in ghastly decorations. A cash bar and costume contest with themes being added each year make this adults-only party a must.
Treats and Tricks
In downtown Sedona, early trick or treating on the big day is offered compliments of local shops and vendors. Bring the little ones to a dusk gathering where many treats, and a sprinkling of tricks, can be found. You can also go door to door in one of the many neighborhoods, checking out decorations and sizing up costumes.
The Cliff Castle Halloween Costume Party on October 31 is another favorite option, where you can showcase your best garb in between playing slots or your favorite table games. Plus, the dining at the Cliff Castle is truly to die for!