by: Editor on 7/1/2016
Sedona is the perfectly patriotic place to be this Independence Day, with events, parades and firework displays galore. The party starts early with the All-American Weekend at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in nearby Camp Verde. For adults who want to try their luck, five times per day a $239 Castle Cash hot seat drawing takes place with complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda from 4-9pm on July 4th.
There are face painters and a carnival for the kids, and fireworks at 9:30pm on the big day. The Sedona 4th of July Concert and Laser Light Show offers a special light show every hour on the hour at the Performing Arts Center, with food vendors and a concert from 10am-2pm at Sedona Red Rock High School.
Light It Up!
The nearby Prescott 4th of July Celebration has the biggest fireworks show in the area. They also have zip-lining, a carnival, water slides, climbing walls, bungee trampolining, and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9pm and there’s a free shuttle and parking at Embry-Riddle located on Willow Creek Road.
For something a little different, head to the 4th of July Rodeo Parade in Prescott followed by Whiskey Row Boot Racing and a parade. It’s all in downtown Prescott from 9-11am!
by: Editor on 6/10/2016
Celebrate summer in the quintessential “always summer” city of Sedona. Even though it feels like the best season of all year-round, Sedona residents love the festivities that roll around every June. The Summer Solstice Celebration of Light Ceremonies and Vision Quest Retreat is held June 19-26, where participants engage in activities to “deepen spiritual insights” and celebrate their relationship with Mother Earth. Hosted by the Hopi Healing Circle, it draws eager attendees from around the world each year.
The Sedona Summer Solstice Festival is held on June 21 at Unity of Sedona from 9am-9pm and includes catered lunches and dinners. You’ll be treated to a myriad of speakers and performers including Druid Priestess Linda and songs from Three Trees and Kayt Pearl. Bohemian or renaissance attire is highly encouraged.
Ring in Summer
Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking Day Tours offer a Summer Solstice surrender every June where yogis of all abilities gather to salute the sun. You’ll be led on beautiful hikes to some of the most isolated areas in Sedona where seasoned yoga instructors will lead you in a series meant to brighten the light in and around you. It’s the perfect slice of zen for your trip.
However you celebrate summer, simply being in the spiritual city of Sedona is a fantastic way to kick off the season.
by: Editor on 6/3/2016
Travelers coming to Sedona for a special graduation don’t need to haul their gifts from afar. Sedona is home to many top-rated gift shops, so carve out some time for shopping and find the perfect present for the graduate in your life. Start at Hummingbird House, a local favorite where there are collections from local artisans and crafts makers. Accessories, arts and antiques, bath and body gifts, home décor, kitchen goodies, and garden/patio delights are just part of what you’ll find here.
Sedona Green Gallery and Gifts is known for eclectic collections, where you’ll find something for even the pickiest of grads! Dreamcatchers, a unique t-shirt collection, prisms and hanging ornaments with a Sedona touch, red rock jewelry, candles, and more are all available. Local artists create many of the items you’ll find here.
At Red Rock Candle & Gift, you’ll find Arizona sandstone items, bath and body products, and of course, more candles featuring natural and local ingredients than you can imagine. From votive to ribbonwick, there are also perfumes, soaps and knickknacks available so you can put together a fabulous gift basket.
Peace Place Gifts and Reiki Center is another option for gift seekers looking for a local touch. Celebrate one of life’s greatest achievements with a thoughtful, quality and local gift your grad is sure to love.
by: Editor on 6/1/2016
Spending Father’s Day in Sedona is a great reason to really enjoy the outdoors, the local cuisine, and indulge yourself in everything this magical town has to offer. Book “A Day in the West,” an adventure from the oldest family touring company in the area. Choose from a Jeep tour, horseback rides ending with a BBQ cookout, winery outings and much more. Cowboy and Indian guides are always local and are happy to reveal Sedona’s best kept secrets.
See the famous red rocks from an entirely new perspective with a Red Rock Balloon Tour! If hot air balloons aren’t dad’s passion, there’s also an Aerial Nature Walk, offering sky high treks that will make you feel like you’re soaring. Natural wonders abound, around you and below you. Schedule a sunrise flight with champagne, breakfast and a complimentary video to really make the day special.
The Wild West is the perfect place to “steak” your claim with some of the best steakhouses in the country. Head to Relics Restaurant and Roadhouse, a popular banquet space and authentic estate perfect for the holiday. There’s also Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits for the dad who prefers a low-key outing.
Silver Saddle at the Cowboy Club, Rainbows End Steakhouse and Saloon, and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill are also fantastic options. Book early!
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.