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December Traditions

by: Editor on 12/10/2017


The annual tree lighting ceremony and Santa Visit kicks off December on the 1st at 5 p.m. Head to Canyon Breeze Plaza for holiday refreshments, free local entertainment and to snag a photo with Santa. The next day, have breakfast with the big man at the Sedona Hub located at Posse Grounds Park. The free breakfast includes pancakes, arts and crafts for the little ones, and another chance for a Santa photo op.

A tradition for many is the annual Nutcracker performance by the Phoenix Ballet. Snag your tickets early for the first weekend in December. The Sedona Performing Arts Center is a gorgeous venue, and the production showcases some fantastic costumes and award-winning dancers. You won’t want to miss the Festival of Lights, with over 6,000 luminaries which visitors are welcomed to help light up the Tlaquepaque courtyards while carolers and choirs perform This event takes place during the first weekend in December.

The Magic of the Season

Join the Holiday Sweet Stroll in mid-December, where carolers perform in the late afternoon while you stroll the shops for specials and deals. The boutiques stay open until 7 p.m. and offer a variety of holiday goodies and giveaways. It’s where the best shops in Sedona make magic happen, right in time for holiday gift giving.

For New Year’s Eve, many restaurants and bars in Sedona offer prix fixe menus, champagne toasts and unique dinners. Start planning which festivities you’ll join this year and make the most of December in Sedona.

Make the Most of a Sedona Thanksgiving

by: Editor on 11/20/2017


If you’re in Sedona on Thanksgiving, you’re in for a special treat: The ability to see, tour and photograph stunning destinations with nary a crowd in sight. Take the opportunity to check out Chapel of the Holy Cross and the red rocks, or head to the trails with turkey and cranberry sandwiches packed for a holiday trek. It’s one of the few days out of the year that you’ll feel like you have Sedona all to yourself.

However, not everything is closed for the holidays. The Golden Goose American Grill is a popular pick for Thanksgiving. The classic grill pulls out all the stops for Thanksgiving with a classic menu complete with an option of wine pairing from a local winemaker. Once you’ve revved up your appetite with a day of playing tourist, nothing beats an old-fashioned dinner.

Start Your Holidays Right

If you’re looking for a grander holiday meal, consider the three-course fixed menu at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa’s The Hundred Rox. Located right beside the spa, you can expect phenomenal service and elevated twists on your favorite dishes.

Heartline Café is another option, complete with a multi-course meal showcasing local ingredients. The juicy maple-glazed turkey with an orange zest is the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Just make sure there’s room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss out on decadent delights like the pecan or pumpkin pie.


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.


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?


French Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

by: Editor on 2/10/2017


Sedona is home to two seductive French restaurants, and reservations for Valentine’s Day can fill up quickly. If you’re looking to spark some romance during you stay, reserve a table at René at Tlaquepaque, an established venue for fine wines and French fare in an intimate environment. Open for lunch and dinner, and boasting an extensive wine menu, enjoy thinly sliced antelope with a trio of aioli or the sautéed brie garnished with fresh fruit to start.

Entrées include buffalo tenderloin with porcini butter, grilled to perfection. Center cut filet mignon pairs perfectly with the cabernet sauvignon. Roasted duck, seared scallops and tenderloin of antelope are also popular choices. For dessert, choose from artisanal cheese or a flambé of bananas foster and cherry jubilee.

Increase the Romance

There’s also the upscale, yet contemporary, American-French fusion destination of L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s where you’ll find fresh Alaskan halibut served with crab fried rice. Try the foie mousse with chocolate “bark” and cashews or the wagyu beef aged 30 days.

Dessert options include a raspberry cheesecake with dulce crisp, spiced pear frangipane and honey lavender galette. Many fall in love with the chamomile pavlova featuring meyer lemon, red berry and honeycomb.


NYE in Sedona

by: Editor on 12/28/2016


Spending New Year’s Eve in Sedona? It’s a magical holiday here, especially for visitors who are used to a chillier start to the New Year! Feel free to wear your strappy shoes, dresses and lighter suits for a celebration in moderate Sedona temperatures. The Naughty Bits New Year’s Eve Party at Oak Creek Brewery isn’t nearly as scandalous as it sounds. Instead, you get just a $5 cover charge, a complimentary champagne toast, and free food after 10 p.m.!

The Creative ReVisioning for Your New Year: Ceremonies and Mystic Insights Retreat is a very Arizona way to begin 2017. An immersive experience, you’ll be treated to a personalized program in this nature-centric experience. The retreat location is on Highway 89A, with ceremonies located throughout the Sedona area. Find out more on the website.

Party, Sedona-Style

Instead of heading to one of the many parties at bars, clubs and restaurants in the city, many visitors choose to head to a remote destination on the outskirts of town packing champagne and goodies to star gaze. No fireworks display can compete with the open Arizona sky.

A dusk hike, slipping away to a mom-and-pop restaurant for a special New Year’s menu, or simply ordering take out and snuggling up in your spacious guest room are all popular ways to ring in the New Year in Sedona. Whether you want to party, stargaze or keep it casual, you’re in charge of how 2017 rolls in!