2016 Sedona Winefest Hotel Special

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Kick back, enjoy the festivities, save money, and leave the driving to us!

2sedona winefestIf you love wine, great food and live music, how about enjoying all three while taking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Now is the time to make your plans, reserve your rooms, and purchase your tickets for the 8th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place September 24th – 25th, at the historic Posse Grounds Park!

Stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 8th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate. It’s that simple! You will need to purchase your Sedona Winefest tickets separately at the Sedona Winefest website, or if you prefer, tickets are available at the event entrance.

8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 24th – 25th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Purchase Tickets here
The Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley. The event also includes cuisine from local food vendors, music by local talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition by Plein-Air artists, and free wine education seminars. General admission tickets are available online at the early online price of $25 and at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

This Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Events, Live Entertainment and Fun Things to do

August 26th – 28th, 2016

2sedona shot 501To all our weekend guests and visitors; welcome to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! You have picked a great weekend to visit the red rocks. There are a lot of events, activities and entertainment to choose from this weekend: Sedona Bike and Brew, Sedona Street Arts Festival, Star Party at Red Rock State Park, Red Rock Music Festival and more! To top if off, the forecast is looking pretty good with highs in the low 80’s and a slight chance of monsoon activity in the afternoons. Have a great weekend and enjoy your stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!

Featured Event and Entertainment

Sedona Bike and Brew
August 26th – 27th, 2016
Registration $75 and up, Free for Spectators
bike and brewThis 3rd year event is believed to be the first of its kind, a Mountain Bike Race that is hosted on a Golf Course. The 2016 event will kick off Friday August 26th with rider registration and then a leisurely group ride so that the racers can see the track for the first time. The 6-mile track will take the riders over all 18 holes, 400 feet of elevation change, 90 acres of fairways, tee boxes, cart paths, natural and man-made features. Afterwards, riders can voluntarily participate in a short track race near the Clubhouse while spectators cheer them on. Additionally, the Juniper Bar & Grille, (Sedona Golf Resort’s restaurant) will be hosting dinner along with music and of course Cold Beer. For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit www.sedonagolfresort.com/race.

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Sedona Entertainment: Carly and The Universe
August 26th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Cover Charge $10Sound-Bites-Grill
Join Sound Bites Grill in welcoming Carly and The Universe an Indie Pop Band “On Tour” from Los Angeles, CA. This hot little soul-pop outfit has just hit the Los Angeles scene. They’ve got just the right amount of that classic soul, and a perfect splash of that special something new, to get those feet moving from here til kingdom come. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Street Arts Festival
August 27th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
The Sedona Street Arts Festival is a new festival celebrating and showcasing street arts.
The third in their summer series will again bring you:music,art, hip-hop dance, skateboarding, and
poetry. This free inter-generational event suitable for the whole family. Some of those you will meet there

  • aug-street-arts-poster-final-8-17-16_1_origMusic: Ben Steezy of Gone Green Records and DJ Craig Eagle, Sierra Bliss & Jay Thompson of Cat & Mouse, Sara Mireille, Tony Vega and Alo Moniz.
  • Artists: Eric Moorcroft, Donna Bonavito and add your work to a series of skateboard-themed panels.
    Live Performance Arts: hip-hop dancers the Sacred G’s.
  • Oncore Skate & Snow: Best Trick Contests at the Posse Grounds Skate Park from 2-6 p.m. during the festival. The skateboard competition is open to everyone, so bring your board!
  • Food and Drink: Tamaliza, Chocolatree, and Java Love Cafe Coffee Roasters

This event will be taking place Sedona Posse Grounds Hub, for more information please visit www.sedonahub.org

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Red Rock State Park
STAR Party with Verde Valley Astronomers
August 27th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
$5 Reservation Fee
Astronomy EventCome out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. The STAR Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the late summer skies. The Summer Milky Way rides high in the sky with its plethora of clusters, globulars, nebulae and stellar clouds. Planetary nebulae (exploded stars) dot the sky thru the stream of stars in the Milky Way. Constellations like Cygnus the Swan, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpius the Scorpion will join the smaller constellations of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, Vulpecula the Fox and Lyra the Harp. The Red Planet, Mars, will be at the edge of Scorpius as Saturn rides above in the 13th Zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus. A $5 non-refundable reservation fee is required, please call 928.282.6907 to make reservations, for more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment – Elvis Presley Tribute Show
August 27th, 20116 (7:00 pm)
Tickets start at $25, Reservations RequiredChance Elvis
If you are a Elvis fan you will not want to miss Chance Tinder and Kentucky Rain at Sound Bites Grill for their Elvis Presley Tribute Show! Chance is more than your everyday Elvis Tribute Artist. He’s an accomplished actor, recreating a legendary character. Chance’s secret is believing that it’s not always the voice, that plays the most important part, but it’s knowing exactly how to become the man himself on that stage!For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock Music Festival: Sedona Concerts
August 27th, September 3rd – 4th, 2016Red Rock Music
General Admission is $28 per person, per concert
Festival Special- $75 Buy all three concerts and Save!
The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world-acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Sedona Concerts will take place at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd in Sedona. See Concert Schedule below, for more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com

  • August 27th (7:30 pm) – Music From Five Centuries with Elmira Darvarova – violin and Howard Wall – french-horn. A US premiere by Stephen Brown, four Arizona premieres, Bach, Mozart & more
  • September 3rd (7:30 pm) – Romantic Journey, Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich – violins, Katharina Kang – viola, Thomas Landschoot – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano, performing four romantic pieces, Op. 75 by A. Dvorák and Piano Quintet, Op. 1 in C minor by E.V. Dohnányi. An Arizona premiere, Sonoran Storm, for solo viola by Nokuthula Ngwenyama, performed by the composer.
  • September 4th (3:00 pm) – Dvorák’s Masterworks. String Quintet No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. David Ehrlich, Katherine McLin – violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Katharina Kang – violas, Jan Simiz – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano.

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years!

Free Entrance Days from August 25th – 28th

Grand Canyon National Park

logo_nationalparkserviceThe National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! National Parks are offering Entrance Free Days from August 25th – 28th as part of their 100th birthday! If you are visiting the Sedona area during these dates it would be the perfect time to take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon National Park and don’t forget to include some stops at the National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way.

To celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial year, the NPS will offer 16 entrance fee-free days in this year (16 in ’16). The remaining fee-free days will occur September 24 for National Public Lands Day, and November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. For more information about free entrance days in the national parks, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Flagstaff, AZ

Day Trip Note: Consider taking the Scenic Loop Drive: Sunset Crater Volcano is located along a 34 mile scenic loop road that takes you from open meadows and the beautiful Ponderosa pine forests surrounding Sunset Crater, through Juniper grasslands and view of the Painted Desert, to the open red rock landscape of the Wupatki Basin and Wupatki National Monument. Drive time along the Loop Road is about 1 hour

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th – 28th, 2016

Seasonal Hours – visit website
Fees: Ages 16 and up $5.00 / Under 16 Free
Directions

Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among the dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns. People had been living here for several hundred years, at least, before the volcano erupted. Although we don’t know what they called themselves, archaeologists consider them representatives of the Sinagua culture. They were farmers, living in scattered groups adjacent to their corn fields. Their homes were pithouses, dug partially into the ground. 900 years later, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano’s red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface only yesterday. As plants return, so do the animals that use them for food and shelter. And so do human visitors, intrigued by this opportunity to see nature’s response to a volcanic eruption. Make sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail while you are there! For directions to this monument click here. For more information visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th – 28th, 2016

Seasonal Hours – visit website
Fees:$5
Directions

Experience Walnut Canyon National Monument, once home to a vital pueblo community over 700 years ago that built their homes in shallow alcoves along the ledges of the canyon. Carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon! You will enjoy the scenic beauty the Rim Trail provided, but I have to tell you, if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail…Read More

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Wupatki National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th – 28th, 2016

Open Daily (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Fees: Ages 16 and up $5.00 / Under 16 Free
Directions

From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument.

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All of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are looking forward to the Fall season! Along with all the great events and festivals, the weather is close to picture perfect, the town is a buzz with activity, and our guests are out hiking and biking the red rocks!

Fall, in our opinion is also one of the best times to enjoy Out of Africa Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and tours with Pink Jeep. With that in mind we wanted to highlight our most popular Fall Sedona Vacation Packages, click here to save money at the Inn of Sedona!

 

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2016 Bike and Brew Festival in Sedona, AZ

2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival

August 26th – 27th, 2016

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Have you heard? The 2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival hosted by the Sedona Golf Resort will be taking place this Friday and Saturday, August 26th and 27th! This is not your typical Mountain Bike race course, this one takes place on a golf course! There are divisions for every member of the family to join in on the fun, so yes make sure to sign up your kids! This is a great event to get the whole family out there exercising, spending time together and having some fun in the red rocks! Not a rider? That’s ok, have fun spectating at no charge

The 2016 event will kick off Friday August 26th with rider registration and then a leisurely group ride so that the racers can see the track for the first time. The 6-mile track will take the riders over all 18 holes, 400 feet of elevation change, 90 acres of fairways, tee boxes, cart paths, natural and man made features. Afterwards, riders can voluntarily participate in a short track race near the Clubhouse while spectators cheer them on.  Additionally, the Juniper Bar & Grille, (Sedona Golf Resort’s restaurant) will be hosting dinner along with music and of course Cold Beer.

Races will start August 27th at 8:00AM.  All levels will be shotgun start. Open Division will complete two consecutive laps, Sport & Junior will be one lap.  Racing will conclude with an awards ceremony, music, food, drink and a Raffle with tons of swag benefiting the Red Rock Trail Fund.  All riders are required to wear a helmet and sign a waiver. To Register, or for more information on this event, please visit the Sedona Bike & Brew Festival website. Admission for the Adult Men or Women’s division is $75 and up.

Friday Schedule

  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Registration
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Group Ride / Scout the Course
  • 5:00 pm – Ladies Short Track Race – (20 minutes + 2 laps) (GA $10 additional – VIP Included)
  • 5:30 pm – Mens Short Track Race – (30 minutes + 2 laps) (GA $10 additional – VIP Included)
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Evening Festivities: Music, Beer, Cornhole (GA Food = $15 additional – VIP Included)

Saturday Schedule

  • 8:00 am – Junior Division 12 – 7 Years Old (Approx 1/2 Mile)
  • Followed by- Junior Division 6 & Under (Approx 300 Yards)
  • Followed by – Junior Division 13 – 17 Years Old (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Men’s SPORT Division (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Women’s SPORT Division (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Men’s OPEN Division (2 Laps)
  • Followed by Awards Ceremony / Party

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

This weekend in Sedona, Arizona

August 19th – 21st, 2016

sedona shot 608To all our weekend guests and visitors, welcome to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! The forecast is looking pretty good with highs in the low 80’s and a slight chance of monsoon activity in the afternoons. This would be a great weekend to do some early morning hikes, visit our friends at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, or enjoy some live entertainment! The Verde Canyon Railroad will also be having their popular Starlight Tour this weekend. Below you will find our top picks for events, entertainment and fun things to do in Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley! If you love the Olympics like we do, you can catch all the action on the big screens at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Have a great weekend!

Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
August 19th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Open 7 Days  a Week
Admission Prices/ Purchase Tickets
Out of AfricaVisit the Wildlife Preserve where large land predators like Lions and Panthers prowl majestically in their natural habitat. The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. Enjoy the “walk-a-bout” tour and take the educational Tram. Experience the Serengeti Safari, traveling on a two-story Hummer or a Mercedes Unimog, to see other animals from the African Plains up close and personal. Even feed a Giraffe right from your Safari vehicle! A delightful, all day African Wildlife Adventure this is a truly unique experience and just a 30 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. To learn more about the park please visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

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Sedona Poetry Slam
August 20th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
Sedona-Poetry-SlamSlam poets will assemble for the Sedona Poetry Slam on Saturday to choose Sedona’s representative for the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam. Poets are invited to compete at the first slam of the 2016-17 season, which kicks off at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Alice Tatum Supper Club Show
August 20th, 2016
Cost: Supper Club Dinner Show $65
Show Only* tickets $25 (minimum $15 food & beverage spend per person)
Sound-Bites-GrillAlice Tatum has been a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for 30 years. She is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who is always on the ‘must have’ list for events needing the finest in musical entertainment.As performer, Alice has played along side such greats as; Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. She has also worked with producer giant Don Costa as well as entertainers Flip Wilson, Paul Anka and most recently, her summer concert series at the Hilton, with Merv Griffin. As a recording artist her discography is expansive. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Starlight Tour on The Verde Canyon Railroad
August 20th, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Coach Class $64.95 First Class 89.95
moonlight-ride-artwork1-150x150This Saturday Night Starlight Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon and stars! It’s not just the stars that come out to play in Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds. The Canyon comes alive with the luminous glow of moon-kissed skies on Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Saturday Starlight Tours. For more information of to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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When it comes to the staff at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2016 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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Star Party in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park

Enjoy a star filled night at Red Rock State Park’s “Star Party”

August 27th, 2016

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If love gazing in to the beautiful night sky and are going to be visiting the red rocks of Sedona, AZ on August 27th, you will not want to miss the Star Party at Red Rock State Park! Sedona has been accredited as the 8th International Dark Sky City in the World! Our stars shine brightly in the night sky and astronomers and star gazers flock to Sedona every year to relax, unwind, discover and dream under a blanket of stars. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about the universe and enjoy a very special evening of stargazing!

Star Party at Red Rock State Park
August 27th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Come out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. The Star Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the late summer skies. The Summer Milky Way rides high in the sky with its plethora of clusters, globulars, nebulae and stellar clouds. Planetary nebulae (exploded stars) dot the sky thru the stream of stars in the Milky Way. Constellations like Cygnus the Swan, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpius the Scorpion will join the smaller constellations of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, Vulpecula the Fox and Lyra the Harp. The Red Planet, Mars, will be at the edge of Scorpius as Saturn rides above in the 13th Zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus. This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees. For additional information and reservations for this Sedona event please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We 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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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Hotel Special

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Save Money on your lodging during the 2016 Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

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It is almost time for one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village! That’s right the 44th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque“, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, will be taking place on Saturday, September 10th! The village will be dressed in a festive wash of color while music and dancing bring the village alive with the spirit of old Mexico! The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day with celebration, culture and fun! This is one event you do not want to miss!

If you wish to stay with us at the Inn of Sedona during this event take advantage of the special lodging rates we’re offering for the weekend of the Fiesta. (See lodging special below”!) If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, don’t worry about finding a parking place, or for those over 21 enjoy an adult beverage during the festival, we will do the driving! Our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event!

Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Valid September 9th – 11th, 2016Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

  • Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 44th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes and yogurt parfaits!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

Sedona, AZ

Weekend Events, Live Entertainment and Fun Things to do in Sedona

August 12th – 14th, 2016

Sedona Shots 312The weekend is here and the red rocks of Sedona, AZ are calling your name! The weekend weather forecast is looking pretty good with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 90’s. This would be a great weekend for early morning hikes and visiting the galleries around Sedona. Or take a scenic jaunt down to the The Collective Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek for their Second Saturday Art Walk. For your evening, taking in some live entertainment at Sound Bites Grill is always a great choice! Of course if you love the Olympics, like we do, you can kick back with your favorite beverage and catch all the weekend action on the big screens at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Go Team USA!

Featured Events and Entertainment

Sedona Cinema: ‘When Elephants Were Young’
August 12th – 16th, 2016
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members
When-Elephants-teaserThe Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present ‘When Elephants Were Young’ at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. William Shatner narrates this story of a young man and his young elephant living together in Thailand. Their tender bond reveals a complex relationship, where elephants live with humans, even though they are wild animals. While the lens never strays from its focus of preserving this magnificent creature from extinction, it also portrays the paradoxes of elephants in captivity, dismantling common beliefs about the relationship between human and elephant. Twenty-six-year-old Wok has been caring for Nong Mai since she was three. Nong Mai is one of 35 captive elephants in Wok’s village in northeastern Thailand. Here, the traditions of elephant keeping have been passed down from generation to generation — but now they’re quickly fading. Wok is Nong Mai’s mahout, her keeper. They are inseparable. They play together. They bathe together. And they beg together. For more information, showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
August 12th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
2016 Olympic Coverage on the Big Screens!

August 12th – 14th, 2016
Olde Sedona Bar & GrillWhen you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, and sports on the 7 big screen TVs all the time, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.
August 12th – Godfood (9:00 pm)
August 13th – DJ Pablo (9:00 pm)
August 14th – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
August 13th, 2016 (7:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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The Collective Sedona Second Saturday Art Walk
August 13th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Village of Oak Creek
tcsThe Collective Sedona will be launching the Second Saturday Art Walk, a celebration of local art, music and culinary concepts. Second Saturday will feature artwork on display and for sale from local artists and galleries such as Bearcloud, Zona Gallery, and Sedona Arts Center. The event will also feature a rotation of monthly artist showcases, live art demonstrations and live music. Guests can get a taste of The Collective Sedona with sample dishes and beverages from the venue’s top dining spots. For more information please visit The Collective Sedona website.

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Sedona Entertainment – “Neil Diamond” Tribute ShowSound-Bites-Grill
August 13th, 2016 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Supper Club Dinner Show $75, Show Only* tickets $35
Eddie Diamond and the AZ Diamonds perform a tribute to “Neil Diamond” at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! Eddie’s uncanny vocal impersonation of this iconic superstar has taken his tribute act to theaters across the country as well as casino’s,resorts, fundraisers,festivals,and numerous corporate events. Close your eyes and you might swear that it’s Neil Diamond himself performing on stage. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
August 14th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
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Part of the Cool Summer Jazz series, it’s the unique sounds of Floote Prints, with flutists Joe Corral and Mike Crotty, double bassist Dwight Kilian, percussionist Ryan Anthony and pianist Armand Boatman at Saint Luke’s Church – the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona.. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and at the door. Saint Luke’s Church is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. For more information please visit Jazz at the Church.

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“The Days Of Wine & Murder” Murder Mystery Dinner
August 14th, 2016 (6:00pm, Doors open at 5:30pm)
$65 per person (includes 4 course dinner)
The-Days-Of-Wine-Muder-Cast-III-768x576Enjoy an evening filled with fun, fine dining, excellent wine, good company, and a cold bloodied killer at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! Cheri Chardonnay has a HUGE announcement about a new wine that will revolutionize the industry. Joining Cheri is her ex-husband, rich and snobby wine connoisseur Jacque B. Nimble, Marilyn Merlot, a stripper best known for jumping out of cakes, and Al Catraz, an ex-con with singing pipes to die for. But when one of them is suddenly murdered….Seating is limited, call 928.282.2713 or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com and make your reservations today.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We 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, AZ: Guided Moonlight Hike

Red Rock State Park: Guide Moonlight Hike

August 18th, 2016 (6:00 pm)

Moon in Sedona

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona on Thursday, August 18th, don’t miss your chance to hike the red rocks during the full moon! That’s right, Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ is ready to take you out to enjoy the nighttime splendor of the red rocks with a Guided Moonlight Hike!
Sedona during the day is beautiful, Sedona by moonlight is Awesome!

This 2 1/2 hour naturalist-led interpretive moonlight hike is by far the most popular hike offered by Red Rock State Park ( make your reservations for this hike as soon as possible). Enjoy the cooler temperatures of evening as you enjoy the sunset and moon rise 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.

When we tell you that this is one of the most popular guided Sedona hikes, we are not kidding. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space as soon as possible. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival: 7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)).

Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. If you would like to learn more about Red Rock State Park and other hikes available please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Valid September 9th – 11th, 2016

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaqueReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 42nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • 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).
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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2016 Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ

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Autumn Vacations in Sedona, Arizona

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Fall is fast approaching and now is the time to start planning your Autumn vacation to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Along with clear blue skies, crisp cool air and the color changes in Oak Creek Canyon there are some great events and festivals to enjoy. Fiesta De Tlaquepaque, the Sedona Winefest, and the Sedona Plein Air Festival are just a few. Below you will find our top picks for events and festivals this fall.

Don’t delay, make your hotel reservations soon. Our hotel is filling up fast for September through November, as is the rest of town. Popular tours like Pink Jeep, and the “Fall Colors Tour” on the Verde Canyon Railroad need to be made in advance as well. If you are going to be staying with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona this fall we urge you to go ahead and take advantage of our complimentary Concierge Service. Amanda and Joanie can help you plan tours, assist you with your dining reservations, suggest hikes and events, and offer you ideas for day trips to the surrounding areas. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 or email them at Concierge@InnofSedona.com before your stay. Or if you’re more of a ‘spur of the moment’ planner you can visit them in the Lobby once you arrive! And by all means, bring your pooch with you, fall is a great time to go hiking with your dog and we LOVE our four legged guests!

Fall Event and Festival Guide

44th Annual Fiesta Del TlaquepaqueFiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 10th, 2016 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Free Event
Join the 44th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day! Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and, mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Sedona Hotel Special

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15th Annual Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 16th – 17th, 2016
Thunder ValleyVisit Bootleg Capital of Arizona, historic Cottonwood, AZ for the 15th annual Thunder Valley Rally!Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley, Bootlegging Poker Run (registration fee), “Lucky Penny” Bike Show and an awesome line up of free live concerts! Street parking for motorcycles is only $10 and includes entrance to the concert area. Don’t have a bike? No problem. Main concert area entrance is a mere $5 starting each day at 5 p.m. for the national acts. For more information or to register for the poker run please visit the Thunder Valley Rally website.

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8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 24th – 25th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
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The Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley. The event also includes cuisine from local food vendors, music by local talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition by Plein-Air artists, and free wine education seminars. General admission tickets are available online at at the early online price of $25 and at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available. For more information please visit the Sedona Winefest. Sedona Hotel Special

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Sedona Arts Festival
October 8th – 9th, 2016
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the gate: $12, Online in advance: $10, Children 12 and under are FREE
Sedona Arts Festival125 artists from across the US will be showcasing their exquisite work against Sedona’s stunning red rock backdrop. Enjoy a wide variety of artistic creations in Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Glass, Photography, Drawing, Sculpture. Jewelry, Wood, Metal, and Painting! This event will be taking place at Sedona Red Rock High School located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in West Sedona. 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 event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Arts Festival.

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Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October
Standard train fares apply
alesThere are parties and shindigs and then there is Oktoberfest! Of course Verde Canyon Railroad never misses out on a good time so they roll out their popular Ales on Rails every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. The party starts at 11:00 am on the depot patio with a mouthwatering luncheon ($11) of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, all served to the rhythmic tunes of a polka serenade. A $10 logo beer glass comes with five beer tastings. The 1:00 p.m. train whistle signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails with specialty beers served on board, including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted in Sedona by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery. For more information or to reserve you spot on the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Red Rocks Oktoberfest
October 22nd, 2016 (4:00 – 9:00 pm)
Ticket prices to be announced.
RROFThe Rotary Club of the Sedona Red Rocks is hosting the Red Rocks Oktoberfest on at the Posse Grounds Park. This traditional German celebration of the harvest season features 10+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers. This event moved locations to the park to allow for a longer event, more people, better views, parking, food, etc! A portion of all proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks. Come for the beer and German food and enjoy yourself at this charity event! For more information visit the Sedona Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Facebook. Sedona Hotel Special

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