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 2/10/2017
Sedona is home to two seductive French restaurants, and reservations for Valentine’s Day can fill up quickly. If you’re looking to spark some romance during you stay, reserve a table at René at Tlaquepaque, an established venue for fine wines and French fare in an intimate environment. Open for lunch and dinner, and boasting an extensive wine menu, enjoy thinly sliced antelope with a trio of aioli or the sautéed brie garnished with fresh fruit to start.
Entrées include buffalo tenderloin with porcini butter, grilled to perfection. Center cut filet mignon pairs perfectly with the cabernet sauvignon. Roasted duck, seared scallops and tenderloin of antelope are also popular choices. For dessert, choose from artisanal cheese or a flambé of bananas foster and cherry jubilee.
Increase the Romance
There’s also the upscale, yet contemporary, American-French fusion destination of L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s where you’ll find fresh Alaskan halibut served with crab fried rice. Try the foie mousse with chocolate “bark” and cashews or the wagyu beef aged 30 days.
Dessert options include a raspberry cheesecake with dulce crisp, spiced pear frangipane and honey lavender galette. Many fall in love with the chamomile pavlova featuring meyer lemon, red berry and honeycomb.
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 12/14/2016
Daily from November 27 – December 31, the Sedona Heritage Museum in uptown offers an all-ages old time ornament making event where attendees can craft small gifts, ornaments and adornments for trees and gifts. Create wreathes, garlands and classic ornaments, or simply spend time with family and friends. A favorite “make and take” activity in Sedona, participants get hands-on help from crafty experts, and samples are available for inspiration.
The museum has a long-standing tradition of catering to kids, including a year-round two-hour hands-on experience for free—or even a scavenger hunt on site! With over 500 photos in the archives and countless artifacts, the museum specializes in pioneering communities that thrived in the area starting in 1876.
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (excepting holidays), a trip to the Sedona Heritage Museum is a must any time of year. Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for children. The museum also hosts Christmas in the Park, with free entertainment, complimentary cider and Christmas cookies, on December 10th at 11 a.m. with a Christmas Carol starting at 3 p.m.
Join the monthly Sedona Architecture meeting on December 14th at 10 a.m., featuring local architect Don Woods. Keep an eye on the calendar for more added events and activities throughout the month.
by: Editor on 11/14/2016
The greatest game just got greater thanks to the incredible views and course at Seven Canyons! Here, you’ll find 200 gorgeous acres where members can relax, get pampered, and enjoy endless golf and other outdoor experiences. The world-class course was designed by Tom Weiskopf, and it’s nestled in a practice park featuring 20,000 square feet of greens, dining options and stunning landscapes. The brand new Club House features state-of-the-art amenities.
For those who want to own a piece of paradise, the villas are available for partial or whole ownership. Membership is limited, with avid golfers quick to take advantage of the surrounding, protected forest land. Offering year-round golfing and unbeatable climates, it’s truly a treasure of Sedona.
Although memberships are difficult to attain, you can get a guest golf package if you book a spa appointment at the on-site Mii amo Spa. Still, call ahead for golf reservations, especially during holidays. Seven Canyons opened in 2002 and has since picked up accolades and awards from the largest critics and judges in the world. The red rocks and massive ponderosa pines provide an unbelievable backdrop to tee time.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Club Restaurant and Bar where your expert culinary team is always dishing up innovative treats. Relax on the patio or at one of the window seats, taking in the views of the red rocks while sipping the perfect vino. It’s the ideal way to end a day of luxury.
by: Editor on 11/2/2016
The Red Rocks are renowned for hiking, mountain biking and exploring, but don’t miss out on Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s smaller hidden gems. It’s a short, accessible hike at just 0.75 miles long and takes you up the northern face of the aptly named Bell Rock. The trail is marked clearly and begins at the Bell Rock Pathway. At the peak, you’ll take a loop before gently descending.
This is a favorite short hike for locals and can be a popular pick on weekends and holidays. It’s best to tackle this outing early mornings or on off days, such as weekdays and key holidays (Thanksgiving is a perfect pick!). Many rock climbers also try to take on the rock itself.
A Rocking Good Time
The slide area is a unique challenge that some hikers like to attempt, and to the east is a spot where you can try to climb even higher. Getting to the peak of the spires is an obstacle nervier hikers attempt, but you’ll need plenty of experience for this. To go above and beyond turns Bell Rock into a hazardous and strenuous hike. However, the rewards are incredible with views you can’t get anywhere else in Sedona.
The short trails and numerous options make Bell Rock a great choice for groups with a variety of skilled hikers. Take the northern parking lot to the base of Bell Rock for a simple hike, or choose the Lower Bell Rock Trail. A moderate hike can be made via the Upper Bell Rock Trail, or try the Ascent if you’re an experienced hiker.