Save Money this December at the Inn of Sedona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

2014 “Winter Wonderful” Sedona Hotel Special

IOS 2 Save Money this December at the Inn of Sedona

Enjoy family fun holiday events, beautiful red rock views and save money on your holiday vacation this December at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona with the “Winter Wonderful” lodging special! There are a lot of fun events taking place in December, especially in the beginning of the month, and if you’re lucky you’ll be here during the occasional dusting of snow we get on the red rocks! Every now and then we are even blessed with more snow than a dusting! The snow is magical when it falls in Sedona, making for some great photo ops!

During the first weeks of December you have the Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque, the Chocolate Walk in Old Town Cottonwood, the First Friday Gallery Walk (perfect for holiday shopping), a beautiful performance of The Nutcracker by the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company and more! To see all of the fun Holiday events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley please visit our Events Page!

2014 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for the month of December 2014. Excluding December 25th – 31st.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night
  • Our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will get you to most of the Sedona holiday happenings!
  • Our Concierge will be happy to assist you with holiday dining reservations or tours.
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • FREE full hot breakfast
  • Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!
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Live Comedy Show this Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Zenprov Comedy is Back! Live in Sedona this Weekend!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

ThanksGiggling teaser Live Comedy Show this Weekend in Sedona, AZAre you ready for some laughs, giggles and fun in the red rocks of Sedona? After a five-month break, Zenprov Comedy is back with their final show of 2014 titled “Happy ThanksGiggling!” Enjoy a feast of funny starting at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 22nd at the Mary D Fisher Theater.

“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona! “At their last show, people were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.” - Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival.

If you’ve never been to one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced, spontaneous comedic scenes created in the moment, always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or rehearsed ahead of time. It’s completely made up and never the same show twice. During their five-month hiatus, Zenprov has been hard at work creating new games to surprise and delight their audience. “The audience is half our show. They provide the humor, we just channel it.”

So, if you are ready to have some fun this weekend visit the Sedona International Film Festival website for more information and to purchase tickets to this Sedona event. And if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this night of laughter in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! Starting in January 2015, Zenprov will be performing every month at the Mary D. Fisher Theater through May.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle Live Comedy Show this Weekend in Sedona, AZDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Thanksgiving Dining in Sedona, Arizona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Thanksgiving Dining Guide For Sedona, Arizona

Thanksgivng Dining Thanksgiving Dining in Sedona, ArizonaThanksgiving is almost here and if you are heading to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley for the holiday and have not made your dining reservations yet, now is the time. Below you will find a restaurant listing for great places to enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving feast. If you are going to be staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona over the holiday please call the concierge at 928.282.7218 (ask for concierge) to assist you with your holiday planning.

Thanksgiving Dining in Sedona, Arizona 
Prices listed below do not include tax and gratuity

  • Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport – Adults: $39.50, Children under 12: $14.00
    Seating from 12:00pm – 8:00pm ~ Reservations 928.282.2400
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • RENÉ at Tlaquepaque – $65 per person
    Seating from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.9225
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Olde Sedona Bar and Grill – Adults $19.95 – $25.95, Kids $7.95 – $9.95
    Seating from 2:00pm – 10:00pm ~ Reservations 928.282.5670
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Dahl and Di Luca – $39.95 per person
    Seating’s begin at 3:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.5219
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cottonwood, AZ – $35 per person
    Seating begins at 1:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.634.0700
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
  • Heartline Café – Adults $38, Ages 5-12 $19.00, Children under 5 eat free
    Seating Begins at 2:00 pm – Reservations 928.282.0785
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Sound Bites Grill – Adults $49.99, children 10 and under half price
    Seating begins at 1:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.2713
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take
  • Chocolatree – $39 for adults, $20 for a child’s portion
    Seating begins at 3:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.202.9159
    100% organic and vegetarian meal
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Thanksgiving with Love from Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Ho Ho… Hold on a Minute! We Skipped Turkey Day

By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Christopher Dobrowolski Thanksgiving with Love from Chef Christopher DobrowolskiHello there people, let’s get down to serious Thanksgiving business! I know that Turkey Day is just around the corner and I’ve been asked a thousand times what we do at our house. It’s really simple actually, free range fresh turkey from the Dakota’s. Over the years we have prepared it every way possible; grilled, smoked, roasted, fried and the most memorable I think, “in the ground”.

Here’s a little story about the “in the ground” turkey that will either have you laughing or calling me a genius, either way I’m okay with it. Here it goes.

About 13 years ago I was working out of state with the incredible Hillstone Company so I came home to visit my family for Thanksgiving. We all gathered in the Verde Valley this particular year, at my brother’s house. Everyone was excited by the aromas of stuffing and fresh turkey, then it happened……. a complete and total blackout. That meant no gas grill, no oven, nothing to cook with at all. We called and were told a minimum of 7-10 hours. Guess what, that doesn’t work out well with a house full of hungry family. So there we were with a giant raw turkey, a couple shovels and a couple cords of fresh cut mesquite. The next thing you know the birds are stuffed full of butter and fresh herbs and are hovering over a fresh bed of ash, roasting/smoking to perfection. You might ask why “in the ground”? It wasn’t because this was the best way, or even the best flavor, but because we worked together as a family to get it done, because we had earned it. That is a memory I am thankful for.

This article is hard for me because just the other day, Sunday November 9th, we celebrated an early Thanksgiving because my brother is losing his five year battle with cancer. I didn’t want us to miss the opportunity to get together one last time. Maybe it was for selfish reasons, maybe I need his approval, or maybe it was simply because we as a family are not perfect, but we always seem to figure it out. That is something to be truly thankful for, and what this holiday is all about. I realize this isn’t my usual playful attitude, but a more serious side of my personality. The one thing I want to get across is this, love yourself and be thankful for who you have, and for who has you.

Ok, back to what I’m good at, this year at Schoolhouse we are going to be serving up a classic turkey dinner but with Sous Vide turkey! Yum! Here’s a quick explanation of this method. Remember the old boil-in-bag foods? Yup, that’s the idea, but at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time in MUCH bigger bags. Of course, the bigger bags also have better stuff in them.

Here’s a recipe for a really great roasting rub. This will give your turkey great flavors, even if all of you don’t have the necessary machine in your kitchen for our “boil-in-bag” preparation. Thank you for reading and I look forward to sending you our Holiday and New Year article.

Schoolhouse Roasting Rub

  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • ¼ cup of each of the following finely chopped
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Tarragon
  • Rendered Bacon
  • Fresh Shallots
  • Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt (I like Volcanic Black because it adds a ashy flavor
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cracked pepper
  • 1 Cup cognac
  • Mix all together and rub the heck out of your bird. Do not forget to rub under the skin!

Love you Skip!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thanksgiving at the Schoolhouse Thanksgiving with Love from Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

4 course Traditional fare. Dip tray with fresh crudité to share for table and fresh bread basket, choice of Butternut~Pecan Soup or Garden Salad, Choice of Main course Free range Turkey, Herb Stuffed Meatloaf, Roasted Verlasso Salmon, or Hemp dusted Tempeh and choice of Berry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, or Cheesecake all for $35 per person. Please call Schoolhouse Restaurant to reserve your spot. 928-634-0700. 

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Register Today for the Sedona Turkey Trot

Sedona Running Company – Sedona Turkey Trot 5K

November 27th, 2014

Sedona Running Company Register Today for the Sedona Turkey TrotWhat? You’re going to be in Sedona, AZ for Thanksgiving and you haven’t signed up for the Turkey Trot Yet? OMG you gotta do it! Running or walking, you can get a head start and burn off some of those calories before sitting down for the big meal! Move over celery sticks and bring on the apple pie! Seriously though, this fun event fills up quickly and sold out well before the event last year. If you want to participate, as an individual or a family, you need to click here and register now.

The Annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K is presented by the Sedona Running Company. The start and finish will be at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona at 9:00am on Thanksgiving Day, of course, with packet pick-up at 8:00 am. The course will be an out-and-back with a small loop on Soldier Pass Rd. If you would like to take on a extra challenge, take your turkey on the run with you. Yes, I’m serious. I told you this event was fun! Go for it, bring your bird and become a Iron Turkey Hero!

The registration fee from now until November 26th is $35. For more information please visit the Sedona Running Company. If you would like to see all the fun things to do over the Thanksgiving weekend please visit our Sedona and Verde Valley Events Page.

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A Personal Look at Out of Africa Wildlife Park

A Visit to Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, AZ

By: Lisa Peters

Out of Africa Wildlife Park A Personal Look at Out of Africa Wildlife ParkIt has been a while since I have been able to visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park, my favorite place in the known Universe! Work, life and weather have seemed to interfere with all of my plans for a visit this year. Last weekend I decided I had waited long enough. I had to return to see Pilgrim and give him a treat! I was more than ready to see the beautiful white tiger Chalet who always seems to be sunning and ready for photo ops, and lucky for me Chalet was the featured tiger that day in “Tiger Splash”! I mean really, could it get any better! Yes, yes it can! The new baby grizzly bear Sycamore was playful and fun to watch at the “Wonders of Wildlife” Show and I was able to meet Jericho, the very handsome white rhino!

I have come to expect wonderful experiences at the park, and I have yet to be disappointed. It seems like every time I have visited, there has always been a special experience waiting for me. I can still remember the very first time I witnessed “Tiger Splash”, the first time I came across the beloved Boom Boom, getting over my snake fear at the Giant Snake Show and my first Giraffe kiss! Now I get to add meeting Jericho to the list!

On a day that was already fantastic, I was treated to an extra surprise, Jericho! Now most of you that know me or have read anything I have ever written about Out of Africa know that I had a bond with the wonderful, remarkable, powerful rhino, Boom Boom. He was a favorite of everyone that visited the park. It was a very sad day when his spirit passed, and for me personally it was especially rough. I knew that it would be hard for me to visit the park and to see a new rhino in Boom Boom’s enclosure. Then I realized how selfish and a bit silly of me, I love all the animals at the park, even the ones that freak me out a little (like the hyenas). And I knew the White Rhino Jericho was there now. I really did want to meet him, and that I did, in a big way! I was fortunate enough to be allowed to get really close to this handsome creature, and no, he wasn’t Boom Boom, he had a personality all his own, and he too stole a little piece of my heart! Really a remarkable experience and I can’t thank the wonderful staff enough (especially Courtney and Ashton for making this encounter happen)!

So family, friends and visitors to Sedona and the Verde Valley area, this is why I go on and on about Out of Africa Wildlife Park! It is a great place for families, couples and individuals to visit. I would be very surprised if you had a bad day there. I mean, wildlife will be wildlife, there are days you visit and not all the lions, tigers and bears will choose to be seen. But for the most part you will see many of them, you will hear Lazarus roar, and see the tigers play, and Chalet will almost without a doubt be sunning and ready for you and your camera… and let’s not forget Jericho! So please, trust me on this, if you have not been yet, or it has been a while since you visited the park, GO! It is so worth it!

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Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • 200 animals3 A Personal Look at Out of Africa Wildlife Park 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Adult Tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • FREE Full Hot Breakfast
  • All Packages are priced for Two Adults. Please call concierge at 800.292.6344 for children or extra adults.
  • Additional nights available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • And as always when you stay at the Inn of Sedona you will be treated to unbeatable views of Sedona’s Red Rocks from our terraced promenade decks. Enjoy early morning sunrises, spectacular sunsets and of course, memorable moonlit nights.

General Admission Includes: African Bush Safari, The Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, The Wonders of Wildlife Show, The Giant Snake Show, Predator Feed

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Comedian Brad Zinn Live this Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Brad Zinn: “The Great Comedians” Live in Sedona

November 14th – 16th, 2014

Great Comedians Poster  Comedian Brad Zinn Live this Weekend in Sedona, AZHave some fun and enjoy some laughs this weekend when world-renowned impressionist, entertainer and comedian Brad Zinn performs live in Sedona! Brad will be performing his hilarious one-man show “The Great Comedians” on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre from November the 14th – 16th. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Brad in the lobby after the show!

Brad will have you rolling in the aisles with his heartfelt salute to his childhood heroes. His show includes generous portions of comedy, music, juggling, magic, rope spinning, audience participation, and extended impersonations of Johnny Carson, George Burns, Jack Benny, and Will Rogers. Brad’s impressions also include W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Jimmy Durante, George Jessel, Fred Allen, and Red Skelton. The show is more than just laughs, though. Brad reveals the warm wit, wisdom, and life-affirming philosophies that elevated these performers into permanent icons of American culture.

“The Great Comedians” celebrates the diversity of American pop culture humor of the 20th Century. The show bridges generations with hilarity and clean, timeless laughs and offers an enlightening glimpse into show business history. The play makes a powerful emotional connection with those who remember, while delivering a thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience for everyone.

There will be three performances of Brad Zinn’s “The Great Comedians” Show. Time’s will be 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday, November 14th and 15th; and a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, November 16th. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona let us do the driving! Take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle that will drop you off at the Theatre and pick you up when you are ready to return from the event (make sure to call the hotel when you are ready to be picked up).

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tight building IMG 99091  Comedian Brad Zinn Live this Weekend in Sedona, AZA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st Friday

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

November 7th, 2014

Sedona Arts Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st FridayKick off your weekend in Sedona, Arizona with a tour of Sedona Galleries during the “First Friday Evening in the Galleries” event! Enjoy great weather, and an evening of artist receptions and new exhibits at the phenomenal galleries that call the red rocks of Sedona home!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits
November 7th, 2014

Sedona Arts Center
“Bold Vision”Sedona Arts Center Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st Friday
Sedona Arts Center invites you to explore the work of artists who exhibit great spirit and courage with their use of color, design and materials in this month’s exhibit entitled, “Bold Vision” Meet the artists and art patrons at the opening exhibition! This month features: Gale Craig (Mixed Media), Miro FitzGerald (Acrylic, Oil), Christie Palmer (Acrylic), Judy Classen (Jewelry) and Lyn & Ken Mikell (Ceramics). For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“The Women’s Show”Goldenstein Gallery Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st Friday
Goldenstein Gallery kicks off their highly anticipated exhibition The Women’s Show. This scintillating show celebrates the feminine perspective of the visual, spiritual and written arts. Over 25 noted female artists will be featured in a broad range of styles and mediums. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
“Pigments of My Imagination” at Rowe GalleryKen Rowe Gallery Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st Friday
Join the Rowe Fine Art Gallery in Welcoming seasoned nature artist Julie T. Chapman fresh from the National Museum of Wildlife Art Western Visions Show. Chapman joins the eclectic blend of wildlife sculptors and painters at Rowe Gallery with her flash-action stills captured in lush oil colors on canvas or with the novel medium of scratch board: the inverse of pen and ink where one draws with light. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Annual Sculpture Show at Mountain Trails GalleryMountain Trails Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st Friday
Mountain Trails Gallery presents their Annual Sculpture Show which opens on First Friday. The gallery’s family of award-winning sculptors will debut newly completed works in bronze as well as never before seen clay precast models for bronze sculpture. The Annual Sculpture Show promises to be a spirited event with artists on hand showcasing their sculpture techniques. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“A Lineage Carved in Stone: The Art of Larry Yazzie & Lance Yazzie”

Turquoise Gallery Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st FridayThis award-winning father and son are the guests of honor at this opening reception for the gallery’s latest exhibition. Larry Yazzie is renowned for his stone and bronze works, sculptures that exhibit both fine detail and suggestive shapes. His son Lance Yazzie has learned well from his father while also carving out his own artistic vision. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
Annual Michael Grant Exhibition
Lanning Gallery Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st FridayThis year Grant unveils turquoise inlay work that is truly outstanding and a new avenue for him. Grant’s inlays are, untraditionally, of a subtle sculptural texture. Each stone is the result of seven precise cuts that give a slight bevel to its edges and fit it snugly, yet with individual distinction, beautifully into place. Grant may incorporate sterling silver within the lines of his design, as in a buckle of webbed green Peacock turquoise whose large center stone is offset from the slivers of stone that create a surrounding rectangle. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle Kick off your Weekend in Sedona, Arizona with 1st FridayDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Cottonwood, AZ – Enjoy Art, Wine, and Music this Weekend

“Walkin’ on Main” Street Fair in Cottonwood, AZ

November 8th, 2014

Walkin on Main Cottonwood, AZ   Enjoy Art, Wine, and Music this WeekendIf you are looking for something fun to do during your visit to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this weekend, you will not want to miss the “Walkin’ on Main“  street fair that celebrates Historic 89A and the state of Arizona.

A juried art show surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood will fill the streets of this historic section of town. The art show is an intricate part of the Walkin’ on Main Festival. The art show’s theme of Historic 89A explores traditional and contemporary artwork inspired by one of America’s most scenic routes – Arizona’s Historic State Route 89A.

Live music will play throughout the day featuring featuring Don Whitcher, the Sweet Baby Ray Band, and the Sugar Thieves. Verde Valley winemakers and vineyards will host an outdoor wine tasting on a closed off portion of historic 89A. Cost is $10 and with that each person will receive multiple taste of wine and a glass. Participating wineries and vineyards include: Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Winery, Pillsbury Winery, AZ Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars and Dionysian Winery.T

The Mingus Union Art Club will be creating art live before your eyes on the street sidewalks. Rounding out the event will be displays from local historical societies, antique and classic cars organized by the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and self-guided historic tours of Old Town Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel

This event will take place on Saturday, November 8th, in Old Town Cottonwood from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. (see map below for directions to Old Town from our Sedona hotel). If you are considering making this event part of your weekend please visit the “Walkin’ on Main” website for additional information and updates!

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Old Town Cottonwood

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

BWIS 2 Cottonwood, AZ   Enjoy Art, Wine, and Music this WeekendWe appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Sedona Jewish Film Festival at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona International Film Festival – 3rd Annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival

November 8th – 12th, 2014

jewish film fest poster 2014 Sedona Jewish Film Festival at the Mary D. Fisher TheatreNovember is a great time to visit the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Along with great hiking weather and beautiful fall colors still highlighting Oak Creek Canyon the 3rd Annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival will be taking place from November the 8th – 12th, 2014!

About the Festival
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to team up with the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the Sedona Jewish Film Festival at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The program will feature the best of Jewish cinema, including 8 award-winning films representing six foreign countries and the United States plus a selection of award-winning short films.

The five-day event will include both narrative and documentary features. In addition, there will be a Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y simulcast as part of the festival offerings. To purchase tickets to the films or for more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the film festival our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will drop you off at the theatre and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

Film Schedule

  • November 8th  – Opening Night
    The opening night film for the festival will be “Cupcakes” preceded by Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion. The film “Cupcakes” will be followed by a Q&A led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, who was a tour guide and worked for the Israel Television Broadcasting Authority at the exciting time when Israel won for best song at the EuroVision Song Competition. This event will start at 7:00 pm.
  • November 9th
     - “Above and Beyond” (3:00 pm)
    The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the Israel War of Independence, the film brings together new interviews with pilots from the ’48 War, as well President Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day.
     - World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism: Live from NY’s 92nd St. Y (5:30 pm)
    New York’s famous 92nd Street Y returns to Sedona when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts “World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism” featuring Jack Miles, Susannah Heschel and Professor David Biale live as it is happening in New York. Can religion be defined? Join award-winning scholars as they tell a new story: traveling from prehistory to the present day illuminating how world religions came to be acknowledged and studied, with a focus on Judaism.
  • November 10th
     - “Transit” (4:00 pm)
    From the perspectives of several main characters, Transit explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms over their precarious lives.
     - ‘Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem’ (7:00 pm)
    Preceded By Moses on the Mesa
    Portraits of two beloved icons: Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel are woven together in this enchanting new documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.
  • November 11th
     - “24 Days” (4:00 pm)
    In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant’s number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom.
     - “Run Boy Run” (7:00 pm)
    A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.
  • November 12th
     - “Rue Mandar” Preceded by “Reverence” (4:00 pm)
    Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall. Add a Yiddishkeit community in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and top it off with an ensemble cast of dysfunctional siblings and spouses. What you get in the assured hands of director Idit Cébula is the charmingly poignant French film Rue Mandar.
     - Operations Sunflower – Closing Night Film (7:00 pm)
    The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half, they will be prepared to “push the button” and launch the missiles toward any point in Israel. Against the time that is running out, a political, scientific and human drama is being reconstructed. The drama took place in Jerusalem and Paris during the 1950s-60s. Operation Sunflower also deals with the dilemma involving the commitment of the Jewish People around the world toward the State of Israel and how far will they go to help the Jewish State. The story that unfolds in the film, in the words of one of the characters, “was mythical.”

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle Sedona Jewish Film Festival at the Mary D. Fisher TheatreDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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