by: Editor on 3/9/2017
Have you had your fill of Southwestern, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine? It’s time to “taste out” some incredible tropical dishes! Aloha Hawaiian BBQ Restaurant serves authentic as well as innovative dishes that will feel like you were whisked to the tropics. It’s a local secret gem with no online presence, but with a strong cult following, and you’re sure to be the next to get addicted.
Locals swear by the coconut shrimp and chicken katsu that achieves the perfect blend of crunchiness and tenderness. However, others come solely for the Boba Thai tea complete with eccentric flavors and unique, colorful fruity toppings. Their sticky rice goes above and beyond, proving to be the ultimate side dish.
An 808 Special
The Golden Goose American Grill might not sound like it has a surplus of tropical treasures, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s the go-to spot when you can’t decide between classic Americana comfort food and something a little more exotic.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try the yucca frites with chipotle dipping sauce, firecracker shrimp skewer wrapped in a jalapeño bacon slice and served with sour cream, or the pecan-crusted trout. The dessert coffees never disappoint, like the Thin Mint or Burnt Almond that’s half decadent, half coffee-lovers dream come true.
by: Editor on 3/5/2017
March 9 – 12 marks the annual Sedona Yoga Festival, a long weekend full of meditation, asanas, and enjoying the rich yogi community. Select key conferences and workshops, or maybe you’re in town with a full conference pass. This year, the event starts on a Thursday evening to purify, absorb, integrate and embody. Friday and Saturday offer sunrise yoga at 6 a.m. followed by guided meditations. Conference sessions and workshops start at 7:30 a.m. with each day dedicated to a different topic.
Classes are offered through 6 p.m. sessions, then it’s an evening of fun and camaraderie until 10 p.m. On Sunday, the wrap-up ceremony happens at 4 p.m. with a kirtan. In 2017, the SYF Gives Back: Yoga for PTSD training is offering specialized training for certified yoga instructors at 8 a.m. on Thursday with separate sessions throughout the weekend.
All are Welcome
Kids have their own customized activities including mandala making, games, acroyoga and traditional yoga. All kids activities align with the conference sessions, so parents are free to enjoy their yoga retreat with their little ones nearby. There are over 77 presenters and 200 workshops, so check out the schedule, and book your sessions now!
There’s also the Conscious Expo at the Heart Center Village featuring 33 vendors, sea classes, dharma talk stage events and more. In partnership with the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association, come “hOMe” to Sedona with a weekend of openness and learning.
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 2/2/2017
Every first Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., the local Sedona Gallery Association hosts a showcase of local artists and exhibits. The receptions give visitors and local artists alike the chance to wine, dine (or enjoy appetizers in most cases) and start the weekend filled with the magic of the Sedona art scene. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation from gallery to gallery, and the Sedona Art Gallery is proud to be a featured venue space.
Sedona has been a major player in the global art scene for decades. In 1931, the sculptors Robert and Kay Kittredge came to Sedona and fell in love with the inspirational beauty of the area. It’s also been home to Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, as well as Nassan Gobran and several more artists. The Sedona Arts Center was founded in 1958, with the first show featuring the Dada movement.
What to Expect
Sedona is a well-known arts hub, and creatives have gathered in the area for years to help it grow. The galleries are full of emerging artists while still boasting established works. The New York Times calls Sedona the “New West Enclave,” and it’s a hot spot for collectors.
You’ll find special speakers talking about the art scene with the red rocks as a backdrop. The member galleries of the SGA include the Sedona Art Gallery and are all committed to offering the best in quality and integrity. Come discover your inspiration on February’s First Friday.
by: Editor on 12/9/2016
Sedona transforms into Tinsel Town in December at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in uptown. Each evening from dusk until 9 p.m., this free event lets attendees walk through incredible light displays. Visit the ancient Sycamore tree grove, and dance to music that changes every 15 minutes. Open to the public through January 1, this is a tradition for many holiday and New Year’s Eve revelers. There are different pop-up events nightly, many kept a surprise, so keep coming back to see what Tinsel Town has in store for you!
Hosted by the City of Sedona, there are a number of holiday-infused events this month. You’ll also want to check out Breakfast with Santa on December 3 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Hub at Posse Grounds Park, hosted by Sedona Parks and Recreation. The two-hour event includes a hot breakfast, decorations and, of course, a meet and greet with Santa.
Sedona Does the Holidays Right
You can ice skate in Sedona December 30 and 31 at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, too! The outdoor synthetic skating rink is a favorite holiday tradition! It’s open from 3 – 9 p.m. both nights, and admission is free to all. Parking is available nearby, and complimentary shuttle services are available.
There’s no rule that a winter wonderland has to include snow. If you’re spending the holidays in Sedona, there are many options to get into the spirit of the season!
by: Editor on 12/1/2016
Let the holidays begin with the annual tree lighting and visit from Santa at Canyon Breeze Plaza in uptown Sedona on December 2nd. The two hour event starts at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. The huge 20-foot tree is gorgeously decorated and lit throughout the month of December, but being there for the inaugural lighting is extra special. Plus, Santa has a grand entrance to help Sedona begin the holiday season—and he’s available for visits and photos, too!
Bring the kids while you listen to holiday carolers from around the region. Youth music groups are especially popular, and nothing pairs better with your favorite holiday song than a cup of cider, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Hosted by the Sedona Main Street Program and the City of Sedona, for many the holidays don’t start until this event takes place.
Small Town Holiday Charm
Throughout the year, Main Street is committed to offering a pedestrian-friendly experience to all residents and visitors to the city. A destination that “embraces the beauty of the surrounding red rocks and creates a unique experience for all” is at the heart of their vision. They also partner with area businesses who will be offering holiday specials and deals, including at the tree lighting ceremony.
Bring your wish list for Santa, your sweet tooth for indulgences, and get ready to make Sedona your home away from home this holiday season.