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Snoopy’s Belly

by: Editor on 10/15/2017

 

You’ve likely seen this aptly named formation in photos and movies. Just outside of downtown, a little imagination and the right angle turns one of the state’s famous red rock formations into an image of Snoopy sleeping on top of the dog house. Located in Little Shane, Sedona, it’s pretty tough to get a clear view from close to the formations. Instead, head to Little Lane right off of Highway 89 and north of the Highway 179 intersection. Here, Snoopy is sleeping just east and to the right of the larger red rock formation.

There’s also Lucy Rock nearby, and both formations can be seen somewhat from nearly every part of Sedona. Snoopy Rock, also known as Snoopy’s Belly, was originally named Saddle Back Rock. However, so many people agreed it was clearly the beloved character that it was officially renamed.

A Dog’s Life

Although Snoopy’s Belly is certainly a unique name, it and Lucy Rock are far from the only formations named after what they resemble. In and near Sedona, there’s also Coffee Pot Rock. Spend a little time looking closer at the formations, and you just might find some images that jump out at you.

October is the perfect time to stroll outdoors, taking in the red rocks and enjoying their natural beauty.

A Day in the West

by: Editor on 10/9/2017

 

Want to explore the Wild West in rugged yet comfortable style? A Day in the West is one of Sedona’s premium tour companies, and with Jeeps or horses you’re able to access parts of the cliffs, red rocks and desert inaccessible by other means. Choose from a number of packages like the Jeep, Horseback and Wine Tasting combination, the Outlaw Jeep Tour where the driving is left to professionals so you can soak it all in, or the Pioneer Trail Jeep Tour that puts you in the driver’s seat as you climb 5,500 square feet with one stunning view after another.

Mogollon Rim Jeep tour takes you back in time as you barrel across old pioneer wagon trails, while the Red Rock West Jeep tour takes you through the heart of Dry Creek Basin. In two hours, you make your way to the canyon floor, listening to stories of yore as you watch the sunrise or sunset turn the rocks an unbelievable hue.

Ready for Adventure?

The Diamondback Jeep tour is a rough 4×4 trail, or you can always opt to add on a helicopter upgrade or spa addition to customize your outing. Group tours and special packages including wedding options are always available. Photographers love these tours because it allows them to capture incredible images.

With a Wedding on the Rocks, you get a photography package, officiant, and of course transportation to one of the most stunning destinations in Sedona. What will your Day in the West entail?

 

Discovery Channel Telescope

by: Editor on 9/30/2017

 

Located in nearby Happy Jack, Arizona, the Discovery Channel Telescope is an easy to spot landmark managed by the Lowell Observatory. Featuring two configurations, a prime focus and Ritchey-Chretien, the telescope has been in use since 2012. The 4.3 meter aperture telescope is a collaborative project between The Discovery Channel and Lowell Observatory, crafted at a dark sky site within the Coconino National Forest.

Now, DCT is also part of research teams at Boston University, the University of Toledo, the University of Maryland and Northern Arizona University. Costing $53 million to build, it’s made a serious dent in the observational capacity of Lowell Observatory and has been foundational in a number of studies. The first DCT light images were captured in April 2012.

A Light Show

Created for a number of optical configurations, the first goal was to capture high-resolution images at near-infrared and visible wavelengths. It’s also meant to capture deep imaging surveys of the sky at night, as well as capturing moon images at bright phases—previously not possible using other telescopes.

At 85 feet long and 62 feet in diameter, special permits were required from the US Forest Service to build this massive telescope. It weighs 6,700 pounds and the finishing touches were completed by the U of A’s College of Optical Sciences. Current research includes studying Kuiper Belt objects and the material composing comets.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.