by: Editor on 5/21/2016
Spending the long weekend in Sedona and want to pepper in some patriotism? You’re in the right place! Explore one of the many hiking trails in and around the city, but start early. Average temperatures this time of year are in the 70s, and if you really want to see all the beauty the desert has to offer, get out there early. Ask your friendly desk agent what their favorite hike is!
Take a Sedona tour, but act fast—these tours fill up! You can choose from kayaking, desert guided hikes, pub hopping, a double decker bus tour, and more. Just remember that for the holiday weekend, there are more tourists than ever, so if you want to snag the best tours for you, reserve early, and show up early if you don’t have an assigned seat.
The Great Outdoors
Red Rock State Park is one of the most popular local options for cycling, hiking, picnicking and more. There’s also Dead Horse Ranch State Park (don’t let the name put you off), ideal for fishing and swimming. If you’re en route and need essentials, swing by the local Bashas’ for picnic goodies and supplies.
You’ll need a Red Rock, Golden Age, Golden Access, or America the Beautiful Interagency Pass for Red Rock access and for many more parks. As a high impact recreation area, you can pick these up at a number of convenience stores in the area. No matter how you spend this three day weekend, make it count with careful planning and early bookings.
by: Editor on 5/5/2016
On May 7, the famous Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the local Rotary Club, takes place at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Part of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend, 2016 welcomes a new Mayors’ Challenge as Mayor Diane Smith Joens of Cottonwood takes on Mayor Sandy Moriarty of Sedona. There’s also the much loved Fire Chiefs’ Challenge. This year it features the Chief of Camp Verde/Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Terry Keller, against last years’ champ and the Chief of Sedona Fire District, Kris Kazian.
A number of awards are at stake, including the Peoples’ Choice Award and Judges’ Award, which go to restaurants eager to show off their best chili recipes. There’s also the Best Booth Décor Award. This year’s competing restaurants include 89Agave, a Sonoran Mexican taqueria, Café Paleo Brio Health Food Restaurant, and Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge (and many more!).
The Hideaway House is back, a country Italian restaurant that brings fresh flavor to a southwestern classic dish. The Hudson is also in the running, along with Timo, a wood-fired oven eatery and wine bar. Will Vino di Sedona (a craft beer haven), Verde Brewing Company or Whole Foods Market take home the trophy this year?
All proceeds benefit the Rotary’s charitable programs, especially the Imagination Library which offers free books to 400+ children in the Sedona area. There are also scholarships supported by the cook-off, and END POLIO NOW receives some of the proceeds too.
by: Editor on 5/1/2016
Sedona is spilling over with pampering, spa and treatment centers offering Mother’s Day specials, but don’t forget about some of the best brunches the city has to offer. The Sedona Golf Resort is offering its annual Mother’s Day Special with an endless buffet and complimentary mimosas. Adult admission is $25, and children seven and under dine for free. Enjoy an omelet station, prime rib, bacon and turkey sausage, a chocolate fountain, and quiche Lorraine.
The Arizona Biltmore Afternoon Tea Party is an event worthy of all moms. Over 85 years of tradition is steeped here, dating back to the opening in 1929. You’ll find a selection of teas, scones and finger sandwiches, along with a great excuse to wear your most festive hat. Seatings are at noon and two throughout the week, including Sunday, and tickets start at $39.
Mom Gets More
At the aptly named Mama-Rama, the National Comedy Theater caters to Mother’s Day with audience participation. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the Saturday before the big day with shows at 7:30pm and 9:45pm. Tickets are just $12-14, and while you can sometimes score at the door, it’s best to reserve tickets in advance.
For those with moms who are no longer with us, the local Mother’s Day remembrance is a great way to celebrate the life and joy of a special woman in your life. Hospice of the Valley hosts this annual event and encourages attendees to bring mementos and photos of the mom(s) who have moved on.
by: Editor on 3/2/2016
Truly take a break from it all when you spend spring break in one of Arizona’s most peaceful and beautiful cities. Oak Creek Canyon is the perfect escape for hiking, mountain biking, camping, and fishing. Cathedral Rock is a gorgeous destination where hikers feel whisked away to another world. At Chapel of the Holy Cross, stunning architecture is built right into the rocks and there are a number of trailheads nearby.
Sedona stargazing is some of the best in the country, whether you plan to rent a truck and sit back in the bed for an evening of wonder or want the most remote camping spot possible. Trailhead Tea, the “best of the best” local tea shop, is nestled close to a favorite trailhead offering the perfect way to perk up or relax before and after a hike.
Spring Has Sprung
There are over 50 spas in Sedona, each catering to whatever indulgence strikes your fancy. Whether it’s a hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, body wrap, mud bath, mani/pedi combination, or something else you have in mind, make sure to carve out time for a little pampering.
Sedona is also a foodie city, with an eclectic mix, from the Elote Cafe for authentic Mexican fare to Dahl & Di Luca’s Italian eatery. Plan your spring break now and enjoy all Sedona has to offer!
by: Editor on 11/20/2015
Traveling during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Many restaurants in town will have special holiday hours, and many will feature unique holiday dishes. Ask the front desk staff about their recommendations, including an abundance of events and festivals around town.
Home for the Holidays
Everyone’s idea of the holidays is different, and packing during this time of year can be a little challenging. If you exchange gifts, make sure to shop and wrap early—and perhaps bring some small token gifts with you to open on the big day. Slip into a coffee shop for a seasonal treat with pumpkin spice or cranberry pastries.
You’re in charge of your memories and how you celebrate, so make the most of it while you’re away from home!
by: Editor on 11/20/2015
Make the most of the biggest party night of the year, even if you’re in transit. At Best Western Sedona, you have a smorgasbord of New Year’s celebrations just a few miles away—and of course, getting taxi service to and from your destinations can be handled by the front desk staff. Most restaurants in town offer special menus with a champagne toast, book early, as the restaurants do fill up!
The Sedona New Year’s Winter Masquerade Ball is the biggest gala in town, with live jazz, a DJ leading the countdown, and a balloon drop. Located at Ken’s Creekside on Hwy 179, tickets are just $25, and there will be a line of cabs waiting right after midnight to whisk you back to your hotel.
Countdown to 2016
Many in Sedona choose to take advantage of the natural beauty and plan an alternative NYE celebration. For example, taking a Pink Jeep Tour to see the stars, Chapel of the Rocks and other must-stop destinations is gaining in popularity. You can also make it a night of personal reflection at the massive red rocks, or slip into a nearby pub for a low-key celebration.
No matter how you ring in 2016, doing so in Sedona will make it one to remember!