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Best Happy Hour in Sedona

by: Editor on 8/19/2017

 

Sedona knows how to relax and have a good time, so it’s no surprise that happy hour here is legendary. Start at Javelina’s Cantina, a laidback eatery featuring Mexican dishes and some of the best margaritas in town. On Mondays, margaritas are $3 all day long while Tuesdays bring $1.50 tacos, and on Wednesdays you get half-priced nachos with $2 draft beers.

Vino de Sedona is full of art and style, and you’ll often find live music on the weekends. A pub-style restaurant with an upscale twist, happy hour is from 3 – 6 p.m. daily and the menu changes often. However, staples include a Cupcake Chianti for $5, Blufeld Riesling for $5, and mimosas (regular or mango) for $6.

Get Happy

Old Sedona Bar and Grill, an institution in town, is a sports bar known for its legendary chili and other southwestern treats. Happy hour is from 4 – 7 p.m. daily and comes with a side of red rock views, as well as half off all appetizers, $1 off beer, and $3 off well drinks. Don’t miss the $3 baja tacos and $3 Absolut vodka on Fridays or the $3 for two sliders and fries with $3 beers on Mondays.

At the Oak Creek Pub you can score discounts on local craft beers during daily happy hour specials. They pair exquisitely with the “fire kissed pizzas” and extra toppings like beer-simmered bratwurst and the rich ricotta cheese.

Sedona Airport Overlook

by: Editor on 8/13/2017

 

Explore one of the most accessible hiking trails in Sedona, ranked as easy to moderate and recently renovated to include guide ropes and steps. Trails are flanked by rocks, and there are a number of conservation areas where hikers can enjoy the natural beauty of the region. At just 60 feet of total ascension, this gentle hike is the perfect way to get acquainted with Sedona and enjoy sweeping desert views.

The initial incline takes hikers towards Airport Lookout Summit Trail. Fences and cables keep the local natural area well protected without disrupting the adventure for hikers. The new trailhead sign to Overlook Point Summit leads hikers directly ahead, or you have the option to head left towards the Coconino Loop Trail. Manmade steps have replaced the rough, slippery trails featured before the 2015 renovation project.

Plan for Dusk or Dawn

The August heat can be intense in Sedona, and hikes are best planned for sunset or sunrise. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy how the colors reflect across the desert landscape. Well-defined steps are featured throughout the trails, and hikers find rock plateaus as the trail increases in incline.

The last trail leg has plenty of cables for balance, and at the peak of Airport Lookout Summit part of the Coconino Loop Trail can be seen. Also look for Courthouse Butte and the famous Bell Rock from this vantage point.

 

Northern Light Balloon Expeditions

by: Editor on 7/18/2017

 

Discover the beauty of Sedona in a truly unique light by taking a hot air balloon expedition. Book your outing by calling 800-230-6222 and get ready to welcome a new day with a dawn flight like no other. Sedona is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you’ll see why when you soar across the red rocks and watch the early morning light create a magic show below.

As Sedona’s oldest and most established hot air balloon company, founded in 1973, thousands of travelers and residents have experienced the joy of flight with this classic company. Boasting an impressive safety record, Northern Light has the longest flying record in the entire state and is just one of two balloon companies with permission from the U.S. Forest Service to take off and land in Sedona.

An Experience to Remember

Most balloons are small and suitable for up to seven passengers. This allows for a more intimate environment, and you’re welcome to book a private flight for special events. For larger groups, a few 12-passenger balloons are available. Call ahead to customize your flight.

All experiences end with a light picnic breakfast and champagne. However, you can also opt to customize the grand finale if you book a private flight. With the best customer service, pilots and ground control at your service, this is guaranteed to be a flight to remember.

 

 

Cool Off with the Best Ice Cream in Sedona

by: Editor on 7/14/2017

 

July in Sedona can be a scorcher, but there are some delicious ways to stay cool—like taking a foodie tour of the local ice cream “cool spots.” Start at Black Cow Café to find a full menu featuring highlights like homemade pie, hot dogs and of course ice cream in a variety of unique flavors, such as prickly pear.

Walters Ice Cream and Hot Dogs is a nostalgic and old-fashioned establishment known for prime customer service and delectable flavors. Featuring Thrifty’s Ice Cream, favorites include pistachio nut, chocolate malted crunch, butter pecan and classic chocolate chip cookie dough.

Sweet Creams!

Sabrina’s Ice Cream is another local staple, where you can also get snow cones, sundaes, malts and shakes. Sixteen tempting flavors are available, including Brownie Extreme, Peanut Butter Fudge, Bunny Tracks and classics like Rocky Road or Cookies and Cream. Huckleberry is a favorite in summer months.

Of course, sometimes only a trip to the local Coldstone Creamery will do where you can customize your fillings, add a churro or warm cookie, and check out the special flavors of the month. Why not try them all and decide for yourself which is the best in Sedona?

 

Verde Canyon Railroad

by: Editor on 6/24/2017

 

It’s not just a train ride, it’s “Arizona’s longest-running nature show.” Step on board the perfectly refurbished train car and you’ll feel whisked away to the golden era of train travel. Get a drink, sit back and relax on this 20-mile journey that takes you through the past century of Arizona’s history. However, you’ll still have all the comforts of the modern era including the most comfortable seating and climate control (a must in June!).

The train cars are also available to rent for special events from weddings to corporate gatherings. No matter your journey, it all starts at the Depot where you’ll be flanked in historic décor and you can learn about the history of railroads in Sedona. Enjoy a light meal, or swing by the gift shop.

All Aboard!

Nostalgia is rich throughout your adventure, and the train features outdoor viewing cars, is ADA friendly, and food and beverages are available for on-board purchase. You’ll get the star treatment as you wind through the canyon, taking in the red rock buttes as bald eagles soar overhead.

Special events are scheduled throughout the year including the Locomotive Ride-along, Eagle Watch, Wild Splendor featuring raptors, and the romantic Sedona Area Starlight Train Tour on June 10th. Only available four times per year, you won’t want to miss out on this moonlit journey.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

by: Editor on 6/2/2017

 

Things are wild in Sedona when you spend the day at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! Choose from a variety of rides, encounters and meet and greets from the Predator Feed to the Tiger Splash and Giant Snake Show. As a conservation and sanctuary, you’ll meet and see a variety of exotic animals who call the outskirts of Sedona home. The park is largely an educational and research facility where animals are cared for and enjoy their life in a habitat as close to wild as you can get.

Get the Behind the Scenes Tour to learn more about what goes into caring for these incredible animals. Combine your package with a zipline tour for a “Zippin’ Safari” that lets you check out the park with an eagle-eyed view. Fall in love with one of the animals? “Adopt” them to help support their care and maintenance.

A Roaring Good Time

Feed a tiger, cuddle with a sloth, or schedule a campout and spend the night amidst your new friends. You can visit the website any time to get a sneak peek of the animals, including the latest additions. Book your package online, and add à la carte options to customize your trip.

Hop in the resident “unimog” and explore the grounds with a skilled guide at the wheel. Armed with goodies for the herbivores, you might have a giraffe poke his head inside for a quick snack. You never know what to expect at the park, but one thing’s certain: You’re about to make a lot of new and unique friends!