Fun things to do in Sedona this Weekend

Sedona, Arizona

Jam packed weekend of events in the red rocks!

Sedona Scenery

Wow, the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona are going to be rocking this weekend! The Humming Bird Festival kicks off Friday, there will be live entertainment at Sound Bites Grill, Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, a guided moonlight hike at Red Rock State Park, a special evening at Montezuma Castle, the Jerome Art Walk will be taking place and more! See below for details on all the fun to be found in Sedona this weekend! If you are interested in staying at the Inn of Sedona this weekend make sure to take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona” lodging special.

Sedona Hummingbird Festival
July 31st – August 2nd, 2015
Sedona Humming Bird FestivalThe Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held the first weekend in August, when Sedona’s hummingbird population is highest and most diverse. Enjoy three days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center! There will also be “Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours, a Hummingbird Marketplace, Art exhibits, birding trips and more. For more information or to purchase individual tickets or a 3 day pass please visit the Sedona Hummingbird Festival.

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Guided Moonlight Hike
Including Blue Moon Telescopic Viewing
July 31st, 2015 (6:00 pm)moonlight
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Night Creatures of Montezuma CastleMontezuma
July 31st, 2015 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Free Event
Montezuma Castle National Monument would like to invite the public to their park for an evening with their night creatures. The trail will feature informational booths, activities, and a Junior Ranger program. There is also a full moon that evening to light your way! Water, close toed shoes, and flashlights are recommended. Time and date are subject to change due to weather. For more information on this event please visit the Montezuma Castle National Monument website or call 928.634.5564

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings
July 31st, 2015 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Cover Charge: $8
Sound-Bites-GrillSir Harrison and the Blues Kings gives you some of the best rockin’ blues in Arizona at Sound Bites Grill! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry.Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Live Entertainment at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
July 31st – August 2nd, 2015
Olde Sedona Bar & GrillWhen you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! There’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill! Visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.

  • July 31st – The Naughty Bits (9:00 pm)
  • August 1st – DJ (9:00 pm)
  • August 2nd – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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Anthony Mazzella LIVE in Concert
August 1st, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 per person
Anthony-Mazzella-posterGuitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater for the second time after a SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performance in June. Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including: The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Near Eastern, R&B, Celtic, Rock, New Age and Medieval. Photographer extraordinaire Ted Grussing will be projecting his original fine art photography as a backdrop. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Jerome Art Walk
Jerome Art WalkAugust 1st, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Twenty-five galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments. From blown glass to lovely jewelry, there is a treasure to be found for everyone! From the working studios of The Old Jerome High School to the lovely pottery of Made in Jerome, the true handmade Jerome touch is everywhere. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Sedona Entertainment – Thomas Oliver & Hotfoot
August 1st, 2015 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)Thomas Oliver
$8 Cover
Have fun dancing to this Rock’n Funky Blues Dance Band at Sound Bites Grill! “Many good songs have been sung about Arizona. there’s so much here in Arizona to inspire artists of all kinds. My contribution, “The Arizona Way,” concerns the people. So I’m happy to send it out for each and every one of us Arizonans” Thomas Oliver. For more information on this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Blue Moon Guided Hike at Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

Moonlight Hike with Telescope Viewing at Red Rock State Park

July 31st, 2015

Moonlight hikeTake a guided moonlight hike in Sedona, Arizona this Friday, July 31st, at Red Rock State Park! This hike takes place during the second full moon of July, commonly called the “Blue Moon”. Upon returning from the the hike, participants will have the opportunity to observe the moon through a “Viewing Scope’ compliments of the Verde Valley Astronomy Club. Sedona during the day is beautiful, Sedona by moonlight is Awesome!

The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 full moons in one Month. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month. According to this definition the next blue moon will occur on July 31, 2015www.moongiant.com

This 2 1/2 hour naturalist-led interpretive moonlight hike is by far the most popular hike offered by Red Rock State Park. Enjoy the cooler temperatures of evening as you enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. You will also have the chance to learn a great deal about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Information about Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and the riparian wildlife area is offered.

The start time for the guided hike is 6:30 pm, however the park recommends that you come through the gate approximately 30 minutes before starting time to insure your participation because no late arrivals can be allowed. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 928-282-6907, Pre-registration and a $5.00 reservation fee by phone is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Please wear suitable clothing and shoes and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. A $5.00 per person program fee will be charged at the time of the reservations. There is also a $10.00 entrance fee to the Park for a car of four adults. Program fees are non-refundable unless the Park must cancel the hike after your arrival. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Family Fun Cowboy Campfire Sing Along in Sedona

Red Rock State Park

Cowboy Campfire Singalong

July 26th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Cowboy singalong

Grab the kids, grab some marshmallows and head on over to Red Rock State Park for a “Cowboy Campfire and Sing-Along” with professional western cowboy entertainers Jim and Jeanne Martin from the Blazin’ M Ranch on July 26th, 2015!

The “Cowboy Campfire and Singalong”  special event will be taking place int the picnic area so if your planning on attending the event, show up early with some charcoal (grills available) and grub and create your own campout style dinner! Attendance is limited so please call ahead 928.282.6907 to reserve a place for you and your family. There is a ppe-registration and a reservation fee of $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). For additional information and reservations or visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Healthy Living with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals July 2015

By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

chrisIt’s good to be back! I am so happy that I am able to be with you again after a short, but very necessary, break. Thankfully I am on the right side of a comeback and have so many things to be grateful for. Over my last year we have discussed food, food and more food because well, that’s what I know! I just had my 37th Birthday, the day after celebrated my 23rd year in this industry of hospitality, and I have to say that I am enjoying it more every minute.

Back to our favorite topic, food! It seems as if our food sources are constantly working to bend the rules. Or go around them entirely.  All pretty scary if you ask me.  Chicken being shipped overseas just to avoid regulation and shipped back for consumption is just the start. Most Americans don’t know that over 70% of our food supply at any given time is shipped in from other countries. Instead of talking about the politics and such, let’s chat briefly about what you can do to minimize the impact of these issues when it comes time to feed your family.

Nowadays there are so many options for growing your own food it is almost a crime that more people don’t. In a .19 acre lot with a home on it you can grow over 10,000 pounds of food a year! Crazy right? I am not saying go out and do this because, well, you will have to work the garden 40 hours a week or more.  Here is something that we can do. Say you live in an apartment, or maybe even a great neighborhood, gather your neighbors together to enjoy some food and wine and come up with a plan for everyone to contribute to a group market. Have each home grow a different crop and come to a meeting point weekly with your goods for trade (this should always be done with something to eat and some wine). Do a little research, look for urban gardening tips and jump on the bandwagon of knowing the person growing your food.

I am at that point where I need to give you a recipe, so here it is. But I am going to challenge you not to run to the store but rather find the ingredients grown locally and know the person who put their life into your nourishment.

Until we meet again. Make everything in life a passion, as it is far too short.
Best regards,
Christopher Dobrowolski/Schoolhouse Restaurant

 

Grilled Peach SaladCourtesy of Southern Living Magazine: Grilled Peach-and-Mozzarella Salad
A cumin-lime vinaigrette spiked with a tiny amount of tequila adds a little something extra to this gorgeous grilled salad of peaches and fresh mozzarella cheese. As the seasons change, consider substituting heirloom tomatoes, plums, and other soft fruits for the peaches. We found traditional peaches work better in this dish than white peaches, which have more sugar and water and don’t hold up as well on the grill.

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings)

  • 5 peaches (not white)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tequila (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 (6-oz.) package watercress or baby arugula, thoroughly washed
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 16 (1/4-inch) slices
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

Preparation

1. Peel and chop 1 peach. Cut remaining 4 peaches into 28 (1/4-inch-thick) rounds, cutting through stem and bottom ends. (Cut peaches inward from sides, cutting each side just until you reach the pit. Discard pits.)

2. Process chopped peach, green onions, next 7 ingredients, and, if desired, tequila in a food processor 10 to 15 seconds or until smooth. Add oil, and pulse 3 to 4 times or until thoroughly combined.

3. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high). Brush both sides of peach rounds with 1/3 cup peach dressing.

4. Grill peach rounds, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.

5. Arrange watercress evenly on 4 plates. Alternately layer 4 grilled peach rounds and 4 cheese slices over watercress on each plate. Top each with 3 more peach rounds. Drizzle with remaining peach dressing. Garnish, if desired.

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National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Sedona

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Sedona

July 24th – 26th, 2015

NDC - color logoDust off those Cowboy hats, put on those styling cowboy boots and get ready for some family fun in  Sedona, Arizona during Sedona’s National Day of the Cowboy Celebration! This Family fun free event will have activities all three days, July 24th – 26th. Enjoy a whole lot of cowboy “goings on”: public opening of cowboy artists exhibit and cowboy music, gunfights, historical re-enactments, cowboy action shooting, roping, bullwhip cracking, outfit contest, storytelling & cowboy poetry, whip-cracking, live country music, and art & trades demonstrations in Uptown Sedona.

Coincidentally this year, Sedona is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Cowboy Artists of America which took place right here in Uptown Sedona, thanks to Sedona Arts Center. They have arranged activities and the public Grand Opening of a commemorative exhibition on July 24th from 5:00pm  – 7:00 pm; the exhibit will continue in the Gallery all weekend.

Western artist demonstrations occur on Saturday

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Margo Mitchell and Mary Lois Brown will each demonstrate their own style of Oil Painting: Margo has a way with horses; Mary Lois is a cowgirl at heart! She loves to paint horses and will be set up outside. Her style is painterly and often depicts these wonderful creatures grazing or playing; and Nori Thorne will show share her Leather Tooling technique on a holster. You can watch as she stamps in her various designs.
  • 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Julie Talbot will demonstrate Watercolor & Chrisanne Finefrock, Acrylic Painting: Julie carefully draws out her design using multiple photos for reference, then using various watercolor techniques to complete the painting; Chrisanne often depicts horses, or the Native American, in a soft acrylic style.

Free event and activities presented by Sedona Main Street Program and Red Rock Posse with support from event sponsors and participating businesses. For more information including an event program and parking map please visit www.sedonamainstreet.com. And if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona don’t worry about finding parking in Uptown, we will drop you off in Uptown and pick you up in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle!

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

Did 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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24th Annual Cornfest in Camp Verde, AZ

24th Annual Cornfest Celebration

July 17th – 18th, 2015

cornfest

If you love corn, live music, hot air balloons, games and family fun, you will not want to miss the 24th Annual Cornfest taking place in Camp Verde, AZ! (Camp Verde is located only 40 minutes from Sedona, AZ).
For the past 24 years the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms. But the Cornfest has always been much more than that. It is a celebration of families and of summer. It is also a celebration of Camp Verde’s rich agricultural history and a celebration of what makes life in a small town so special.

Festivities will take place in downtown Camp Verde from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday July 17th and from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday July 18th. There will be plenty of fire roasted, hot buttered (if you choose) sweet corn to gnaw on, bags of corn to take home and a long list of lots of corny games and activities for the entire family.

Also on the list of things to do are hot air balloon rides (Saturday at 9:00 am., weather permitting), a craft fair inside the gymnasium, a water slide, Birding excursion (Saturday at 8:00 am. call 480-242-1996 to register) vendors of all kinds, food, live music, a beer garden and an adobe brick making workshop at Fort Verde.

Among the competitive events this year will be the annual Corn Hole contest (singles and doubles) Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm with cash prizes for the winners and a vintage baseball game at Fort Verde State Historical Park at noon on Saturday.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park will be raffling tickets to the Predator Zip Line and the Town of Camp Verde will be raffling Diamondback tickets at their Focused Future/General Plan public input booth in rooms 206-207. Visit www.campverdepromotions.org for discounts at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Arizona Offroad Tours, Verde Valley Kayak and Canoe, and local hotels along with additional information, or call 928-301-0922.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 17

  • 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm  Crafter’s Fair & Food & Drink Vendors
  • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Live Music by Brett Worth (American Idol candidate)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Live Music by Ray DeSylvester
  • 6:00 pm  Corn Hole Competition for $$ Prize
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Live Music by Hired Hands

Saturday, July 18

  • 8: 00 am – 12:00  pm Verde Valley Farmer’s Market
  • 8:00 am Birding Excursion (meet at Rezzonico Family Park: 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde)
  • 9:00 am.Adobe Brick-Making at Fort Verde State Historic Park
  • 9:00 am  – 11:00 am Balloon Rides on soccer field(weather permitting) $$
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Crafter’s Fair & Food & Drink Vendors in Gymnasium
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Public Comment: General Plan & Focus Future Rm. 206207 206/207
  • 10:00 am –  4:00 pm 1933 Rock Jail open on Hollamon Street
  • 12:00 pm Vintage Baseball Game at Fort Verde State Historic Park
  • 12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm Prince & Princess Contest for 3-5 year olds in front of the stage
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Cool off with water gun Capture the Flag game on the soccer field—FREE
  • 1:00 pm –  5:00 pm Old-Time Games for kids on the field—FREE
  • 1:00 pm –  5:00 pm Live Music by Steve Estes
  • 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Water Slide on the field—$$
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Corn Hole Competition for $$ Prize
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Live Music by Cheap Sunglasses

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde Cornfest

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Motown, R&B and Soul in Sedona, AZ

Sound Bites Grill

Motown, R&B and Soul with the “Street Life” Band featuring Lucius Parr

July 18th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

LP PhotoThere is more to Sedona than hiking, amazing views, majestic red rocks, beautiful skies and talented artists. Sedona also offers some great entertainment! If you are going to be visiting the red rocks this coming weekend and love the sounds of Motown, R&B and Soul you will not want to miss Phoenix based Blues Guitarist Lucius Parr and his brother Lamar Parr performing with the Street Life Band in Sedona, Saturday night, July 18th at Sound Bites Grill.

Long time guitarist, writer and producer, Lucius Parr has opened shows for BB King, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, and Mary Wells. He has performed with Johnny Copeland, Betty Swan, and with his cousin “Master of the telecaster-Albert Collins”. His latest on stage performance was with a long time favorite, Charlie Daniels.

Lucius Parr is the cousin of the late Albert Collins and grew up in Yoakum, Texas, influenced by the music of Collins and BB King, among others. These influences can be heard in his unique style of playing. Lucius has performed in bands in the Phoenix area for 30 years, and has recorded five albums of blues, with his most recent CD that was released in February 2012. Lately we are seeing a funkier R & B side of Lucius. The “Street Life” Band performs many styles of music with intensity and professionalism second to none. Lucius arranges all of the music for the band.

Sound Bites Grill is located at the Hyatt Pinon Pointe Shops in Uptown Sedona. The restaurant and entertainment venue serves dinner until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday Nights. The cover charge is $8 for the evening and the full dinner menu is available. For more information about Sound Bites Grill and their weekly music line up, go to www.soundbitesgrill.com or call 928.282.2713.

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Summer Fun In Sedona, Arizona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Summer Fun Sedona Vacation Packages

Pink jeepIt is time for some summer fun in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona! July and August bring sunshine, monsoon skies, warm temperatures, beautiful sunrises, fewer crowds and an opportunity to save money on some great Sedona activity vacation packages! Whether you want to take a famous Pink Jeep Tour into the red rocks, learn how to fly fish in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, or visit the wildlife at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, we have a package for you!

Sleep n’ Jeep

  • sleepjeepSR_2010_205x1501 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Thrilling Two Hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for Two Adults. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling two hour adventure that leads you up, on and over the red rocks. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Package is priced for two adults. Please call our concierge at 800.282.6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Book this Sedona Package

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Sedona Castaway Package

  • Fly-Fishing.JPG-21 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • A morning of casting for 2 Adults, includes instruction, does NOT include fishing licenses, which can be purchased on line at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
  • Package is priced for 2 people – Call Concierge for additional anglers
  • Your expert guides will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • To book this package click here

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Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • Out of Africa 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.
  • To book this package click here

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views 

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, Vortex and Views
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Book this Sedona Package

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2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival

Sedona Hummingbird Festival

“The Most Beautiful Place In America to See Hummingbirds.”

July 31st – August 2nd, 2015

Humming Bird

Hummingbirds will be taking over the beautiful red rocks of Sedona during  the 4th Annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival taking place July 31st – August 2nd, 2015!  Aimed at residents and visitors alike, the purpose of the festival is to teach about hummingbirds and work to protect the endangered species. The Festival, headquartered at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, is sponsored by the International Hummingbird Society, a Sedona-based nonprofit education and conservation organization formed in 1996.

Attendees come to learn about all things hummingbird. At the Performing Arts Center, there will be three days of presentations by world hummingbird experts on a variety of topics (tickets required). Experience hummingbirds first hand, by visiting several identified “hummingbird hotspots” with large numbers of hummers (free), take the “Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours (ticketed event) watch and learn as individual birds are “banded” with unique identifying anklets for scientific research (free), and of course make sure to spend some time at the Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center (free). Also, to help celebrate the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Hummingbird Society, Goldenstein Gallery and Sedona Arts Center are collaborating to present an art exhibition devoted to hummingbirds!

If you are interested in attending this festival we highly suggest purchasing your tickets now. Some events are already sold out (see festival activities below) Children under 12 are FREE for presentations, garden tours, and banding demonstrations, when with a paying adult! For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Hummingbird Festival. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up at the Sedona Performing Arts Center in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle.

 Festival Activities

  • Sedona Hummingbird Festival“Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours: Each ticket valid for two days, permitting scheduling garden visits and presentation plans so as not to miss anything! (Always a sellout; in 2015, increasing capacity from 300 tickets to 450 tickets).  See what Birds & Blooms Magazine(Platinum level corporate sponsor) has to say about the festival – Go See Hummingbirds in Sedona!
  • Sunrise Breakfasts: Several “hotspots” with huge numbers of hummingbirds suitable for breakfasts. SOLD OUT for 2015
  • Gala Banquet Celebration: A delightful highlight of the 3-day event, with dinner and good times.
  • Banding (free): One banding hotspot for all three days! 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Exhibits (free): The Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, with easy access to shopping opportunities for “everything hummingbird.” As before, no admission fee!
  • Art Exhibit (free)
    To help celebrate the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Hummingbird Society, Goldenstein Gallery and Sedona Arts Center are collaborating to present an art exhibition devoted to hummingbirds. The exhibition will be presented at two different locations: The Goldenstein Gallery (voted Sedona’s favorite art gallery the last ten years! 70 Dry Creek Road, about 1 mile from the S.P.A.C.), and The Sedona Arts Center (15 Art Barn Road, in uptown Sedona), in their Special Exhibition Gallery. In addition, many artists will be exhibiting in the Hummingbird Marketplace at the Festival.
  • Birding Trips: Birders will have the opportunity to visit one of two different habitats, Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Oak Creek Canyon; tickets $10, but reservations required because of limited capacity. Trips are led by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. SOLD OUT for 2015

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Anthony Mazzella Live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

August 1st, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Anthony-Mazzella-posterGuitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary D. Fisher Theater for the second time on Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 pm after a SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performance in June!

If you are a fan of guitar music and amazing musical talent you will not want to miss internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets, this performance is going to sell out quickly! Tickets for this special musical journey are only $15 per person and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 928-282-1177. As an added bonus to the evening photographer extraordinaire Ted Grussing will be projecting his original fine art photography as a backdrop.This is a theater concert setting, so come experience a musical and visual journey without distraction.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and wish to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up at the event venue. For More information on this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

More about Anthony Mazzella

Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including: The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. Mazzella then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges & universities all over the USA. He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Mazzella attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Pepe Romero, William Ackerman, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Mazzella was also one of the few chosen understudies of world-renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan. Visit Anthony Mazzella on Facebook

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

Did 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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