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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?


A Sedona Fourth of July Guide

by: Editor on 7/2/2017


Spending the Fourth in Sedona? There are numerous options for showing off your patriotic spirit and enjoying an explosive fireworks show:

  • All-American Weekend at the Cliff Castle Casino: With a free family picnic starting at 4 p.m. with complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda, it’s also where you’ll find face painters, inflatable fun and an early fireworks show on July 3rd. This is also the site of the 130th annual World’s Oldest Rodeo taking place during the holiday, so get your tickets soon!
  • 4th of July Fireworks Celebration: Here, you’ll find your favorite amusement park rides, massive water slides and a mechanical bull. Live music, beer and margarita gardens, and a 9 p.m. fireworks show are all available at Mile High Middle School.
  • 4th of July Wet Fest: Located at the Sedona Community Pool all afternoon, it provides free family fun with slip ‘n’ slides and water slides for all. A DJ and food sales make this a popular yearly event.
  • Laser Light Show: This patriotic indoor laser show starts every hour on the hour on July 4th at the Performing Arts Center. Enjoy 25 full minutes of lightshow fun at Red Rock High School.

How will you be showing off your patriotism this year? No matter what kind of party you have in mind, Sedona has you covered.


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.

A Sedona Story

by: Editor on 6/24/2017


In 1862, Congress was worried over the lack of population in the Wild West, particularly in what’s now known as Sedona. By establishing the Homestead Act, 160 acres of land was given to those who agreed to occupy these lands and “use them productively.” As a result, a number of settlers moved west, but few had what it took to thrive in this particular region. However, when gold was struck in 1863 in Prescott, immediately the space was flooded with hopefuls. This kick started the separation of New Mexico and Arizona.

As settlers explored the area, they fell in love with it, but there was a problem: It was Apache land. Settlers asked for military protection, which brought Camp Lincoln (Fort Verde) to Arizona. Eventually, the settlers discovered they had chosen a rich land where the water, soil and climate was reliable. Orchards and gardens were planted, and cattle ranching began in earnest.

The New, New World

When the area held enough residents to get a post office, a town name was required. “Sedona” was the name of an early settler’s wife. By now, the town’s character was established. It was a farming, fruit-growing community with a smidge of ranching. Nobody got rich quick, and it was a struggle at times to make ends meet. The Sedona saying, “You can’t eat the rocks” is a nod to living in a gorgeous area but under tough circumstances.

Once Hollywood discovered Sedona in 1923, it became the go-to spot for Westerns. Money flowed into the town, and until post-WWII it somehow sustained its small town charm. Artists began to settle in Sedona, along with retirees, and by the 1970s the New Agers arrived. Today, Sedona is a playground, resort town, and a home to 3.5 million visitors each year.

Pizza for Pop on Father’s Day

by: Editor on 6/12/2017

Picazzo’s Italian Kitchen is a favorite for Dather’s Day. Treat the dad in your life to an Italian spread like no other, featuring organic and seasonal ingredients that fuse Italian staples with a Sedona twist. For starters, try the baked wings with a variety of sauces including BBQ maple. Baked brie with roasted garlic and house focaccia, Avocado Toast with olive oil, and the fresh Caprese salad are all excellent appetizers.

Many come for the selection of unique pizzas, like the Sweet Potato Pie with cremini mushrooms, feta and caramelized onions. Try the Vortex with Italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni, red sauce and caramelized onions. The Spicy Meatball is extra hot with ricotta cheese and herbed parmesan.

A Slice of Paradise

Create your own pie or check out the pasta offerings like the Spicy Thai Peanut Fusilli with heirloom carrots, toasted almonds, grilled chicken and fresh veggies. The Bianca with grilled chicken features bigoli noodles and creamy Alfredo sauce.

Organic salads and hearty soups are staples and pair well with the extensive spirits menu. Dad will love the selection of craft beers and house cocktails like the Scofflaw with Maker’s Mark, vermouth, lemon juice and house grenadine. And for dessert? How about a massive chocolate chip cookie, ultimate brownie, hot apple crisp or tiramisu?