by: Editor on 3/29/2017
Take advantage of the relatively cool summer temperatures and hike Sycamore Canyon, the second biggest canyon in the state’s Red Rock Country. It’s not as famous as Oak Creek Canyon, and that’s part of its charm. Just as gorgeous, it’s much less crowded and allows for a peaceful and leisurely (or challenging at a fast clip!) hike through over 55,000 acres. You’ll find yourself amidst stunning cliffs, incredible pinnacles and a rare desert riparian environment.
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All the way from the forest-covered rim close to Williams to the desert canyons in Verde Valley, Sycamore is a veritable smorgasbord of delights for outdoor lovers. Mountain lions and black bears roam this area, so stay alert, and stick to the trails. Generally, Sycamore is a safe and family-friendly space if you follow park regulations.
A Night to Remember
When dark falls, you might spot the famous ring-tailed cat, which looks a bit like a raccoon. They’re the official state animal, as selected by a survey of Arizona school children. More common are hermit thrushes and wrens, and Taylor Cabin is a favorite area that hearkens back to the Wild West era. At Parsons Spring Trail, you’ll find a rare and productive habitat.
Head to the Sycamore Rim Trail in Kaibab National Forest to discover incredibly tall trees and private natural pools. It was the first area to be dubbed a Wilderness Area in the 1970s. With a lot of trails and attractions from horseback riding to photography, consider it your secret Sedona getaway.
by: Editor on 2/22/2017
Go where the trail leads! In gorgeous Sedona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail is nearby and attracts wine lovers from around the world. Enjoy local Arizona wines surrounded by the red rock scenery with seven wineries and eight tasting rooms at the ready. Each winery is one of a kind and offers unique wines at every stop. Near Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville and of course Sedona, it’s a fun way to see more of the local region.
Cottonwood is the hub of the Wine Trail, nestled above the desert heat yet away from the chill of the high country. Buttes and mountains surround the town, it’s the perfect place to start your wine-fueled journey. So far a largely under-discovered mecca, you’ll quickly fall in love with this gem as you explore the fantastic wine producing areas.
Sedona features rocky soil that makes the vines struggle, leading to vines that are more energetic and produce higher quality grapes. This means a more intense fruit with higher flavor concentration. In the past decade, wineries and vineyards have really sprung up in the area, and as pioneers, they’re setting the bar high.
Stop by each tasting room for samples. The seven wineries include Oak Creek Vineyards, Javelina Leap Vineyards, Alcantara Vineyards, Clear Creek Winery, Chateau Tumbleweed, D.A. Ranch and Page Springs Cellars. See how wines are crafted, and also discover some of the best hidden bistros in town.
by: Editor on 2/2/2017
Every first Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., the local Sedona Gallery Association hosts a showcase of local artists and exhibits. The receptions give visitors and local artists alike the chance to wine, dine (or enjoy appetizers in most cases) and start the weekend filled with the magic of the Sedona art scene. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation from gallery to gallery, and the Sedona Art Gallery is proud to be a featured venue space.
Sedona has been a major player in the global art scene for decades. In 1931, the sculptors Robert and Kay Kittredge came to Sedona and fell in love with the inspirational beauty of the area. It’s also been home to Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, as well as Nassan Gobran and several more artists. The Sedona Arts Center was founded in 1958, with the first show featuring the Dada movement.
What to Expect
Sedona is a well-known arts hub, and creatives have gathered in the area for years to help it grow. The galleries are full of emerging artists while still boasting established works. The New York Times calls Sedona the “New West Enclave,” and it’s a hot spot for collectors.
You’ll find special speakers talking about the art scene with the red rocks as a backdrop. The member galleries of the SGA include the Sedona Art Gallery and are all committed to offering the best in quality and integrity. Come discover your inspiration on February’s First Friday.
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!