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A Sedona Story

by: Editor on 6/24/2017

 

In 1862, Congress was worried over the lack of population in the Wild West, particularly in what’s now known as Sedona. By establishing the Homestead Act, 160 acres of land was given to those who agreed to occupy these lands and “use them productively.” As a result, a number of settlers moved west, but few had what it took to thrive in this particular region. However, when gold was struck in 1863 in Prescott, immediately the space was flooded with hopefuls. This kick started the separation of New Mexico and Arizona.

As settlers explored the area, they fell in love with it, but there was a problem: It was Apache land. Settlers asked for military protection, which brought Camp Lincoln (Fort Verde) to Arizona. Eventually, the settlers discovered they had chosen a rich land where the water, soil and climate was reliable. Orchards and gardens were planted, and cattle ranching began in earnest.

The New, New World

When the area held enough residents to get a post office, a town name was required. “Sedona” was the name of an early settler’s wife. By now, the town’s character was established. It was a farming, fruit-growing community with a smidge of ranching. Nobody got rich quick, and it was a struggle at times to make ends meet. The Sedona saying, “You can’t eat the rocks” is a nod to living in a gorgeous area but under tough circumstances.

Once Hollywood discovered Sedona in 1923, it became the go-to spot for Westerns. Money flowed into the town, and until post-WWII it somehow sustained its small town charm. Artists began to settle in Sedona, along with retirees, and by the 1970s the New Agers arrived. Today, Sedona is a playground, resort town, and a home to 3.5 million visitors each year.

Pizza for Pop on Father’s Day

by: Editor on 6/12/2017

Picazzo’s Italian Kitchen is a favorite for Dather’s Day. Treat the dad in your life to an Italian spread like no other, featuring organic and seasonal ingredients that fuse Italian staples with a Sedona twist. For starters, try the baked wings with a variety of sauces including BBQ maple. Baked brie with roasted garlic and house focaccia, Avocado Toast with olive oil, and the fresh Caprese salad are all excellent appetizers.

Many come for the selection of unique pizzas, like the Sweet Potato Pie with cremini mushrooms, feta and caramelized onions. Try the Vortex with Italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni, red sauce and caramelized onions. The Spicy Meatball is extra hot with ricotta cheese and herbed parmesan.

A Slice of Paradise

Create your own pie or check out the pasta offerings like the Spicy Thai Peanut Fusilli with heirloom carrots, toasted almonds, grilled chicken and fresh veggies. The Bianca with grilled chicken features bigoli noodles and creamy Alfredo sauce.

Organic salads and hearty soups are staples and pair well with the extensive spirits menu. Dad will love the selection of craft beers and house cocktails like the Scofflaw with Maker’s Mark, vermouth, lemon juice and house grenadine. And for dessert? How about a massive chocolate chip cookie, ultimate brownie, hot apple crisp or tiramisu?

 

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

by: Editor on 6/2/2017

 

Things are wild in Sedona when you spend the day at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! Choose from a variety of rides, encounters and meet and greets from the Predator Feed to the Tiger Splash and Giant Snake Show. As a conservation and sanctuary, you’ll meet and see a variety of exotic animals who call the outskirts of Sedona home. The park is largely an educational and research facility where animals are cared for and enjoy their life in a habitat as close to wild as you can get.

Get the Behind the Scenes Tour to learn more about what goes into caring for these incredible animals. Combine your package with a zipline tour for a “Zippin’ Safari” that lets you check out the park with an eagle-eyed view. Fall in love with one of the animals? “Adopt” them to help support their care and maintenance.

A Roaring Good Time

Feed a tiger, cuddle with a sloth, or schedule a campout and spend the night amidst your new friends. You can visit the website any time to get a sneak peek of the animals, including the latest additions. Book your package online, and add à la carte options to customize your trip.

Hop in the resident “unimog” and explore the grounds with a skilled guide at the wheel. Armed with goodies for the herbivores, you might have a giraffe poke his head inside for a quick snack. You never know what to expect at the park, but one thing’s certain: You’re about to make a lot of new and unique friends!

 

Hike Sycamore Canyon

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.

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.

Discover the Verde Valley Wine Trail

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.

Happy Trails

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.

 

First Friday at Sedona Art Gallery

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.