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Best Bars to Check Out

by: Editor on 1/7/2016

In Sedona, there’s no shortage of bars, pubs, taverns and lounges to check out, no matter what scene you’re into. Start at The Sundowner, a local favorite where the menu is expansive, the drinks are strong, and you’ll get that special Sedona hospitality like no other. The Olde Sedona Bar and Grill is a great place for dinner and late night drinks, famous for their amazing views and delicious chili. For a real taste of the southwest, it’s an absolute must and pairs perfectly with all their beers on tap.

Mariposa Steak and Seafood Grill is another top choice for dinner and drinks. However, if you want more of a quaint, pub feel, head to Mooney’s Irish Pub where darts, late night bites and ice cold brews await. The Cowboy Club is a steakhouse where you can also enjoy a fine cocktail or craft brew of your choice.

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Talk about a Nightcap!

At the Open Range Bar and Tavern, you can enjoy southwestern fare with an impressive drinks list. Saltrock is a favorite local bar, open late and where many locals wind down. Check out Vino di Sedona for craft beer, fine local wines, and pub food that will make you feel right at home.

Most in Sedona like to pair their drinking with a great steak, whether it’s at Relics Restaurant & Roadhouse or the Oak Creek Brewery & Grill where the brewpub is upstairs for fantastic views.

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.

The Javelina Leap Sunday Brunch

by: Editor on 10/18/2015

The Javelina Leap Winery has much more than generous pours of the best vino in Sedona. There’s also an impressive Sunday brunch, as well as other events happening throughout the week. November 14th is Member Day, and the 20th is the Horseback Trail Ride and Terroir Discussion.

Join the winemakers for Red Wine Sunday on the 29th and December 6th. However, you can visit the winery every Sunday for a festive brunch that includes four tastings and one full glass of your favorite wine. Enjoy crepes and bagels, a selection of jams and specialty cream cheeses. Lox and a steaming sautee station are the perfect accompaniment.

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Luxury is Served

Bananas foster is served tableside, and the puff pastry foie gras is incomparable. Indulge in crème fraiche, fruit crudité, and a variety of imported and domestic cheeses. The charcuterie station and pastries pair perfectly with whites, reds, and blushes.

Reservations are required, and space is limited. Plan your Sedona trip to include at least one Javelina Leap Sunday brunch for a special treat that won’t soon be forgotten. Nothing polishes off a weekend like discovery of a new favorite vino and treating your palate to a delectable spread.

Irish Pubs You Can’t Miss

by: Editor on 10/18/2015

Looking for some luck of the Irish in Sedona? It’s not far from your Best Western, with some excellent pubs, entertainment, and fare just a few miles away. Start your night of shenanigans at Oak Crew Brewery and Grill where there’s an impressive number of beers on tap, starters so big they need to be shared, and special events from live music to game nights popping up year-round. However, Oak Crew is just the beginning!

Mooney’s Irish Pub is the closest you can get to dear Erin without crossing the pond. Authentic Irish fare alongside Guinness (of course) as well as a lineup of British pints is what you’ll find here. Show your roots (if you’re Irish!) and connect with locals with the same roots. Not Irish! Not a problem! Fans are welcome here, too.

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Get Lucky!

PJ’s Village Pub is the quintessential public house that’s found everywhere in Ireland, but much rarer in the US. The Lone Pine Restaurant is the perfect location for enjoying a cold pint and trying out local cuisine. Nothing compares to these mom and pop pubs where the menu is only matched by the friendliness.

Ask your knowledgeable front desk staff for their own recommendations, and make this trip to Sedona one to remember.

Best Sedona Mom and Pop Joints

by: Editor on 10/12/2015

Sedona does grub right, and there are ample mom and pop restaurants to try out. The Golden Goose Cafe doles out some of the most delicious breakfasts dishes, all with generous portions and cooked with love. Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante is a classic Italian restaurant that features authentic cuisine in a family-friendly environment. Oaxaca Restaurant cooks up some of the best Mexican fare you’ll find in Arizona—and that’s saying something!

At Javelina Cantina Sedona, Mexican dishes blend with great cocktails to make Javelina a favorite dinner hotspot on weekends. Takashi Japanese Restaurant offers an East meets West vibe, and is the perfect antidote to comfort food and Mexican dishes. At Heartline Cafe, you’ll find unique dishes with amazing views, the perfect pairing for a romantic dinner.

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Good Grub

Judi’s Restaurant and Lounge is the go-to surf and turf restaurant in the area, renowned for service that matches the quality. Mesa Grill is a little off the beaten path, and the perfect short drive for an intimate dinner. Creekside is a new Americana bistro that offers views of the red rocks, ideal date night fodder.

From Wildflower Bread Company to Sedona Memories Bakery Cafe and everything in between, you never have to go far for delightful meals in this part of Arizona.