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Hop on the Red Rock Magic Trolley

by: Editor on 5/22/2017

 

Have you seen the little red trolley cruising around Sedona? That’s the Red Rock Magic Trolley, offering a variety of tour options so you can take in the best sights and hidden gems of the region in one fell swoop. Tours range from 55 – 85 minutes depending on which is selected, and it’s a fantastic quick trip even for locals who haven’t explored every nook and cranny of their gorgeous town.

The trolleys are also available for private rentals, as is renting a fleet of vans. Popular for business conferences, weddings and more, it’s a unique way to get around Sedona. However, day tours are by far the most popular. Guides are always local and know every inch of the city—as well as a few jokes to keep the party going.

Get on Board

Choose from three tour options, and book your reservations online. The Chapel of the Holy Cross Tour showcases the most visited destination in Sedona, just down Highway 179. Tickets are just $15 for adults, and the trolley departs seven days per week at 3 p.m. Choose the Boynton Canyon Tour and see Jordan Park while finding out about Native American history and the western film industry. These tours are $25 for adults.

The Bell Rock Tour’s highlight is the “land of giants” where vortex sites and the most famed rocks are the stars. Tickets are $25 for adults to join this 85-minute tour. You can opt for a Sunsetter Tour, too, and see the rocks in a brand new light!

 

Sedona Open Studios Tour

by: Editor on 4/24/2017

 

Join local artists and art lovers at the 14th annual Open Studios Tour April 28 – 30 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. It’s your chance to meet local artists in their staple environments. Learn more about their creative process in this popular, free event hosted by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition. Featuring artists of the Verde Valley and Sedona, the local Chamber of Commerce calls it the “signature event in Verde Valley.”

During the three-day weekend, indulge in self-guided tours that let you talk with artists and explore various galleries. It’s just one of the SVAC’s many events but one of the most beloved. Frequent visitors to Sedona are encouraged to consider membership in SVAC to take advantage of the organization’s full offerings.

Art History

Founder Nancy Robb Dunst created SVAC in 1996 with eight other artists as a means to discuss artistic processes and visions. It’s a hub for artists—which has now expanded to 150. The organization received non-profit status in 2006. SVAC is a supportive group of visual artists committed to social networking and educational opportunities.

There are monthly meetings, a mentoring program for students and elders, and regular exhibitions. Sponsored theme shows pop up around the region, and the Sedona Public Library is a collaborator for the Book Transformed Shows. Check out other upcoming events, and see what SVAC has in store for you.

 

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.

 

French Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

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.

 

Latin Fare in Sedona

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?

 

 

 

Old Time Ornament Making

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.