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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.

Italian Picks in Sedona

by: Editor on 10/2/2017

 

Sedona is well-known for authentic and fusion Mexican fare, but when only Italian will do the town has you covered, too. Dahl and Di Luca Ristorante is famous for their homemade pasta complete with a villa theme. The upscale, romantic restaurant features a baked polenta special appetizer, classic Bolognese, premium Black Angus filet and an eclectic desserts menu.

Try Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen for fire-grilled pizzas, fried calamari, the mozzarella caprese starter and coccoli (deep fried dough with red sea salt and imported cheeses). G’s Chef’s Board is an impressive charcuterie and cheese platter perfect for sharing—or pairing with one of the many featured wines.

A Taste of Italy

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen is all organic and highlights local, seasonal ingredients. Farm-fresh and gluten-free all the way to their beer selection, you’ll want to try their quinoa bowls, pesto ravioli, carbonara and zucchini primavera. Desserts like a hot apple crisp, tiramisu and the ultimate brownie demand you save room for sweet endings.

At Cucina Rustica, you’ll choose from a romantic dining room, outdoor patio, and be lavished with grotto-inspired décor. Try the Killer Kale as a starter before moving on to the Capellini Pomodoro with angel hair pasta in signature marinara and topped with pesto. Which slice of Italy will you dig into first?

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.

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.