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Sedona Chocolate Superfoods

by: Editor on 9/18/2017

 

Chocolate … as a superfood? Dreams do come true at this favorite Sedona destination that’s part eatery, chocolate factory, gift shop and even meditative garden. It’s the quintessential blending of all things Sedona, starting with 100% organic products. A full menu features a variety of items prepared with love, like Ayurveda elixir shots, Se’donut with coconut oil and maple syrup, a number of crafted cocktails with local garnishments and salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts that keep you coming back for more.

Shop for body products, teas and coffees, and of course decadent desserts. Raw cacao powder and paste is the perfect, travel-friendly treat to take home so you can whip up your own special goodie. Try the Chocolate Sampler and get six of the most popular bars and cups.

Sweet Sedona

Nut butters and oils are also in high demand, like the almond butter, tahini, ghee and pecan butter. In this family-owned sanctuary, every single item is handmade with care and longevity in mind, whether you opt for the wild jungle peanut butter or the Great Chocolate basket.

Chia crackers, onion flat bread and truly raw almonds are just a few more delectable choices Sedona Chocolate Superfoods has in store for you. Keep an eye on their calendar for special events, or connect to cater your next special occasion. Chocolate really does make everything better.

 

 

 

Mormon Lake

by: Editor on 9/13/2017

 

Just a few miles away, Sedona visitors will find one of the most beautiful lakes in Arizona. Directly fed from local snow melt and rain, this natural lake is hugged closely by big Ponderosa pines, nestled in a lush forest. It’s the perfect quiet retreat, ideal for late summer swimming and year-round fishing. In the summer, the 7,000-foot elevation makes it a crisp and refreshing getaway where temperatures rarely sneak into the 90s.

It’s also just 17 miles from Upper Lake Mary, another popular destination for hiking and fishing. You’ll find a variety of wildlife, such as deer or elk herds and even Pronghorn antelope. Keep an eye out for bald eagles while boating, windsurfing or picnicking.

Lakes and Recreation

Fishermen and women have the odds stacked in their favor thanks to well-stocked northern pike, trout and catfish. Fire rings, cooking grills, picnic tables and restroom facilities are also nearby, making Mormon Lake a popular day destination. Campgrounds are open through the end of September, but the lakes are also very convenient to your Sedona hotel.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll in the forest, the ultimate fishing destination or for a cool swim in natural waters, make Mormon Lake one of your Sedona destinations.

 

Sedona Shopping

by: Editor on 9/9/2017

 

Sedona is a one of a kind shopping experience where you can find stunning jewelry, works of art, homemade goodies and more. Whether you’re looking for a treat for yourself or a souvenir to take home, it’s easier to tackle Sedona shopping by districts rather than specific shop destinations. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the perfect treasure!

Sedona is an arts community, making it a prized region for art buyers and collectors. Check out the many galleries for contemporary southwestern work, Native American art and of course traditional Western pieces. There are also books, wearable art, specialty gift items and more finds at galleries around town.

Go Small or Go Home

Shop local in Sedona for the best buys. Like most activities in the area, shopping is often an outdoor “sport.” Head uptown to Arizona 89A and 179 to discover a smorgasbord of gift shops, galleries and restaurants. Everything you can imagine is in this district, including the Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe. Next, try the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village to the south.

The Gallery District is teeming with galleries tucked into plazas including Hillside Sedona. You’ll be able to spot Chapel to the Holy Cross between shops, too. At The Village of Oak Creek, there are classic shopping opportunities, but you’ll still find local goodies here, too.

 

 

 

Creekside Plaza

by: Editor on 8/24/2017

 

Also known as Creekside Galleria, this shopping, art, and dining destination is the perfect stop for Sedona visitors. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing outing while being skirted by the impressive Red Rocks. Overlooking the beautiful Oak Creek, and featuring a personal services center, you can explore galleries or slip into one of the many restaurants for a dining experience with a view.

Get pampered at the Aveda salon, offering a full-service day spa experience with spiritual practitioners who utilize the healing powers of the region. Strolling through the open-aired plaza with a fountain at the center is a wonderful way to pass the time, but this place is also ideal for souvenir shopping, treating yourself, and to indulge in some of the best dining in the city.

Something for Everyone

Featured shops include Big Vision Art featuring local artists, Cocopah North for your consignment and art needs, and Creekside Coffee where Chef Mercer Mohr and designer Cynthia Snapp with wine maker Javelina Leap offer a cozy atmosphere with sustainable coffee and pastries.

At Mother Sachi’s Bookstore, discover rare books and gifts before heading to Rosedale Hair for full-body pampering. Trailhead Tea is where you can find 130 different teas, from all corners of the world, and it’s a great precursor to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Creekside Restaurant. Ahi tuna tar tar, roasted eggplant dip, and duck confit are just a few favorites.

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.