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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.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

by: Editor on 8/1/2017


Shops, restaurants, cultural events, and reserved special events from weddings to reunions all take place in this unique arts and crafts village in the heart of Sedona. For many, it’s an incredible shopping extravaganza where you can interact with local artisans, taste delicious locally sourced goodies, and slip away for a family outing, date, or solo adventure. With 19 art galleries in the village, there’s sure to be a treasure for every taste.

Peruse the wildlife bronzes, contemporary fine art, gorgeous traditional ceramics, and one of a kind blown glass. Featuring genuine American Western sculptures that are reflective of the region alongside handmade Persian, Navajo, and Tibetan rugs, it’s the premier shopping destination in Sedona. Shop the wines, weavings, and a toy store that sets the bar incredibly high. From cotton, leather, and silk clothing to footwear, home items, and Kachinas with precious stones, earmark a few days to explore all that the village offers.

Only in Sedona

It’s tough to believe that in the 1970s, Sedona was a tiny town with a single stoplight. Most of the land was open range, but Nevada businessman Abe Miller saw potential in the area. He was also a lover of Mexican culture, and dedicated himself to creating the vibe of Old Mexico right in Sedona after he fell in love with the town during vacations. Tlaquepaque blends his love of perfection and sheer beauty.

He created a space where artists could craft right in front of visitors, welcoming them to live on-site. It’s how artists were nurtured in Mexico, and he knew it could work in Sedona. Named after a Mexican city in Guadalajara, it’s part of what helped Sedona thrive into the arts-loving city it is today.


Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

by: Editor on 7/28/2017


Open daily from dawn to dusk, the Amitabha Stupa is a stunning destination perched amidst the juniper pines and flanked by one of the most amazing landscapes in the area. It’s long been a space for those of all faiths and spiritual leanings, surrounded by crimson spires and looking especially striking at dawn and dusk. It’s just a short hike along curving trails to the 36-foot tall Amitabha Stupa and its small sister the Tara Stupa.

Many come here for meditation, prayer, gentle yoga and healing practices. Considered a sacred space, there’s no charge to visit but donations are appreciated. Considered one of the oldest pieces of architecture in the world, archaeologist estimate it was constructed during Buddha’s era 2,600 years ago. “Stupas” are usually found in the East, but are occasionally discovered in the West.

A Brief History

Stupas are indicative of the “living presence of Buddha” and are a symbol of an enlightened mind. They’ve been constructed as a means to end famine, war and promote well-being and prosperity. By serving as a benefit to all living beings, they are adopted as a source of healing and wellness.

If you’re with a group of 4+ people, local caretakers are available to offer “The Inside Story of the Amitabha Stupa,” which demonstrates the spiritual prominence of such structures. This is a complimentary option and can be arranged by calling 877-788-7229.


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?


YC’s Hogwarts Overhaul

by: Editor on 5/1/2017


In their debut event, Yavapai College unveils The Music of Harry Potter in their annual “Concert Hall Goes to Cinema.” Showcasing the most beloved and well-known scores and music from the franchise, the YC Concert Band partners with the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra to bring Sedona a one-of-a-kind event for the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book release. Don’t miss out on this one-night event May 7 at the YC Performing Arts Center.

Admission is just $8, and tickets may be available at the door. However, it’s always best to reserve your seats early. Located at 1100 E. Sheldon Street, the YC Concert Band kicks off at 3 p.m., making this a family-friendly day of fun and music for all.

A History of Musical Cinema

For Harry Potter fans, the music of the series is just as magical as the storyline. Scores were composed by greats like John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle and Alexandre Desplat. Original musicians include Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ordinary Boys and more. Many of the musicians subsequently wrote scores for the HP video games.

The annual spring concert is both an ushering in of summer, and for some at the college, it’s a farewell event. The culmination of the year’s programming offers a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy the wizardry of these three symphonic forces coming together.


Hawaiian Grub in Sedona

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.