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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.

 

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.