2015 Bike and Brew Festival in Sedona, AZ

2015 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival

August 28th – 29th, 2015

bike and brewHave you heard? The 2015 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival hosted by the Sedona Golf Resort will be taking place this Friday and Saturday, August 28th and 29th! 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!

The 2015 event will kick off Friday, August 28th, 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 Brews.

Races will start August 29th at 8:00 am. All levels will be a Lemans style 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 (See Below for Itinerary). 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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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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Inside Scoop on Visiting Sedona, AZ

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Great insights on What Makes Sedona Special from our Concierge, Amanda

AmandaAll of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are proud to be a TAG approved hotel.  We would like to thank gaytravel.com for the opportunity to have our wonderful concierge Amanda give their readers the inside scoop for visiting Sedona, AZ!

“The natural beauty of Sedona’s red rocks might be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture the Arizona tourist hot-spot, one of the “Top 100 Places to Visit in the World.” But there is so much more to this escape from the real world than natural beauty (although that’s a big selling point). Amanda chose to make this beautiful oasis her home 21 years ago, and as the concierge for the award-winning Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, she knows this city better than almost anyone.” – gaytravel.com

Read what Amanda has to say about Sedona, AZ by clicking here.

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Sedona Restaurant Week Kicks off Today!

Sedona Restaurant Week

August 21st – 30th, 2015

Sedona, Arizona is known for it’s majestic scenery, but did you know that the red rocks of Sedona also offer a wide variety of restaurants that can please every palate? Well just in case you didn’t, here is your opportunity to try a wide variety of culinary delights during Sedona Restaurant Week!

Sedona Restaurant Week
August 21st – 30th, 2015
Restaurant-Week-Logo2Dinner Prices: $22, $33, or $44
Sedona is showcasing its dining prowess through its semi-annual Sedona Restaurant Week, hosted by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. Held in the months of August and December, this culinary event highlights the best the city has to offer and gives local foodies and visitors the chance to experience a selection of specially priced meals from a wide variety of Sedona’s restaurants. Guests will enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus including an appetizer, entrée and dessert. For more information please visit www.sedonarestaurantweek.com.

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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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Peter Pavone’s Vintage Vegas live in Sedona, AZ

Peter Pavone’s Vintage Vegas live in Sedona, AZ

August 21st – 23rd, 2015

Sedona Film Festival eventIf you are looking for some live entertainment “Vegas Style” during your visit to the red rocks this weekend, look no further! The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present Peter Pavone’s one man show “Vintage Vegas”, a high energy production that pays tribute to the golden age of Music and Comedy. The festival is making this a “Member Appreciation Event” but you do not have to be a member to attend. Tickets for members are free and admission for non-members are only $10 per person! All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Peter Pavone in the lobby after the show!

There will be three performances Aug. 21st – 23rd, on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, showtimes will be 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and a 1:00 pm matinee on Sunday. If you are going to be staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona this weekend and wish to attend this event make sure to take advantage of our “About Town” Sedona shuttle that will take you to and from the event.

More about Peter Pavone’s Vintage Vegas
World-renowned entertainer and impressionist and 2014 Las Vegas Male Entertainer of the Year Peter Pavone is bringing his award-winning show to Sedona! Pavone the Star of The Rat Pack LIVE and The Stars of Country has appeared in multiple Las Vegas productions including Road House, Country Superstars, The Rat Pack, The Rat Pack is Back and many more. Just back from his successful engagements in Paris and Japan, Pavone brings his sizzling vocals to the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, George Strait, Tony Bennett and many more as well as his expert impersonations of the Greats of the era such as John Wayne, Jack Benny Jackie Mason, Joey Bishop, Rodney Dangerfield and More.

Don’t miss the performer who has been referred to in the Las Vegas press as “Mesmerizing,” “Incredible” and “Thoroughly Entertaining”. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona, International Film Festival.

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Fall Guide to Festivals in Sedona, AZ

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Your Fall Guide to Festivals and Events in the Red Rocks

September – October 2015

Fall Festivl Guide

Fall is approaching, bringing beautiful weather and fun filled festivals and events to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley. With that in mind we have created a Fall Festival Guide to help you plan your vacation to the red rocks. From Wine, Art, and Magic festivals to to the very popular Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, from Thunder Valley Rally to the fun of Oktoberfest, there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy. If you wish to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during any of the festivals listed below please make your reservations soon, our hotel is filling up quickly for the fall season!

Featured Fall Festivals and Events
Below you will find our top picks for Fall Festivals and Events in Sedona, AZ. If you would like to see a full listing of events including live music, Sedona cinema and guided hikes please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Red Rock Music Festival – Sedona Concerts
September 5th – 6th, 2015
Sedona Tickets: $28 per concert or $48 for both
Red Rock Music FestivalThe 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. There will be two concert in Sedona at the Sedona Creative Live Center.

  • 9/5 – “Classical Meets Jazz” at 7:00 pm
    C.M. von Weber – Clarinet Quintet, Bruch – Trio, Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes and Paul Schoenfield – Trio
  • 9/6 – “Folklore in Music” at 3:00 pm
    J. Brahms – Clarinet Quintet, B. Bartok – “Contrasts” and Klezmer arrangements.

For more information, to purchase tickets or for the Phoenix events please visit the Red Rock Music Festival.

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42nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 12th, 2015 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Fiesta del TlaquepaqueFree Event
The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village.

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15th annual Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 18th – 20th, 2015
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 including George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and more! For more information or to register for the poker run please visit the Thunder Valley Rally website.

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Sedona Airport Family Fun Day
September 19th, 2015 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Free eventSedona Airport Days
Enjoy some free family fun at Sedona Airport Day! This event will feature cool classic automobiles and trucks and aircraft of all vintages including former military, antique, home built, and brand new aircraft. This is also a fly-in for pilots in the southwest. Sedona Airport invites all to fly in and meet and greet the public and fellow pilots. Food, beverages and “surprise” entertainment will be at the event. Stay tuned for more details or visit www.sedonaairport.org/events.

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Sedona Winefest
September 26th – 27th, 2015 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)sedona-winefest-arizona-20111
General Admission Saturday or Sunday: $25.00 online at early bird prices, or $30.00 at the door.
This year the Winefest takes place at the Posse Grounds Park in the heart of Sedona. Enjoy scrumptious Sedona cuisine, live music, and vendors galore while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks. Admission includes eight tasting tickets and an etched commemorative wine glass. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.sedonawinefest.com. See our Sedona Winefest Lodging Special.

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Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October!
alesThe amber glow of the autumn season is matched by the rich ales, lagers and stouts of Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails taking place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October! The party starts at 11:00 am with a hearty luncheon on the patio. A festive selection of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, are served up to the tune of a rollicking polka serenade. The 1:00pm train horn signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails, with specialty beers available aboard the train including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted locally by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery. For more information or to purchase your tickets aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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The Sedona Magic Festival
October 2nd – 4th, 2015
Sedona Magic FestivalDon’t miss first annual Festival of Magic in one of the most magical places on earth, Sedona, AZ! Produced by Jay Scott Berry, this is a family-friendly celebration of wonder, showcasing a full spectrum of the ancient Art. All the main events will take place in and around The Sedona Creative Life Center with beautiful rooms and spectacular views. Throughout the weekend, a magical dreamteam of international and local stars will amaze, amuse and inspire young and old alike! There will be One-Man shows, All-Star Galas, Street Shows, Lectures and Hands-on Workshops! All events are individually ticketed and seating is limited. Reservations will be on a first come basis. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.sedonamagicfestival.com.

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Red Rock Oktoberfest
October 3rd, 2015 (12:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Tickets: $25
RROFThe Rotary Club of 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 Rock Oktoberfest on Facebook.

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Sedona Arts Festival
October 10th – 11th, 2015
Tickets: Gate $12/Online $10/ Children 12 and under are FREE
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sedona Arts Festival125 artists from across the United States 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 and much more! There is also a popular KidZone, where children have a blast creating their own masterpiece while you shop! The interactive KidZone is a safe and creative environment for kids 12 and under. The Sedona Arts Festival has become a premiere, destination arts festival, known for the quality of art and first class treatment of both its artists and attendees. This event takes place at Red Rock High School. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event online please visit the Sedona Arts Festival website.

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11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 17th – 24th, 2015
plein airIn addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape a special addition of figurative painting will be explored at this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival!Experience a “Speakeasy Salon” with a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical “Theatre Studio” of the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center. While 15 of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working in the landscape and exhibiting in the Special Exhibition Gallery all week long another group of nationally known figurative painters will be working during the day painting from models in the adjacent Speakeasy Salon. For a full schedule of events, purchase tickets for workshops or for more information please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

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Fourth Annual Taste of the Verde Valley
October 17th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Tickets: $25
taste-of-the-verde-valleyIt’s the Fourth Annual Taste of the Verde Valley, the Annual Wine Harvest Celebration, at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Stargazer Pavilion! Taste why the The Verde Valley has become a major player in the wine industry. Back this year are the popular Painted Wine Barrel Auction, featuring a number of barrels painted and embellished by local artists. The money raised by the Auction goes to Verde Valley Humane Society and Yavapai County Big Brothers and Big Sisters. There will be delicious food provided by their new Executive Chef and his staff. $25 gets you five tickets for wine and food servings. Additional tickets can be purchased. For more information please visit Taste of the Verde Valley.

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Tribute to Neil Diamond in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Sound Bites Grill

Eddie Diamond & The AZ Diamond Band

August 15th, 2015

Eddie Diamond

If you are a Neil Diamond Fan and are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona this coming Saturday, August 15th, you will not want to miss the live Tribute to Neil Diamond at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! 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 to get you to and from this event. Please note the  show ends at 9:00 pm and our last pick up time for the shuttle is at 9:45 pm.

Appearing in the Celebrity Show Lounge at Sound Bites is Arizona’s award winning Neil Diamond Tribute Band, AZ Diamond in a fun Dinner Concert. AZ Diamond delivers a high-quality professional tribute to Mr. Neil Diamond and his timeless music. Definitely not “just another tribute band,” AZ Diamond replicates both the sound and styling of the original recordings, adding the best details of his subsequent live performances to make you feel like you’re watching The Man himself on stage.

This high-energy group led by vocalist Eddie Kij, along with his hand-picked band of professional musicians, has worked hard to replicate the glitter and vocals of the legendary Neil Diamond. Eddie performs with the same magic, charisma and strong audience connection that have made Neil so popular over the years. This show has been voted Best of Scottsdale three years in a row!

Eddie Diamond (his stage name) and his hand-picked ensemble of professional musicians recreate the vocals and orchestrations in such detail that few can leave the show without feeling as though they’ve been taken back in time to an era of music we all remember so warmly.

Show time is 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and doors open at 5:00 pm for dinner if you choose the dinner package. Tickets range from $20-$40 (VIP) for show only, and $55-$75 (VIP) with a three course gourmet meal. Tickets may be purchased by calling 928-282-2713 or at www.soundbitesgrill.com. Guests may order off the regular menu or enjoy a drink or appetizer while watching the show as well. The Celebrity Show Lounge at Sound Bites Grill is located at the Hyatt Shops in uptown Sedona; 101 N. Hwy 89A.

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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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2015 Sedona Winefest Lodging Special

Sedona, Arizona

Save money at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the Sedona Winefest

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

Inn of SedonaDo 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 7th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place September 26th – 27th, at the Posse Grounds Park! That’s right this year the Winefest has moved to a new location.

Stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 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 that’s available to all our guests! 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.

More About the Sedona Winefest
Sedona WinefestThe Seventh Annual Sedona Winefest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Sedona Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. This year the event will be held in an all-weather supersized tent for all attendees to enjoy in a community-like setting. The new venue, Posse Grounds Park will give wine lovers the opportunity to sip wine and listen to music while enjoying vast expanses of the grass lawn of the park.

This year the Winefest is expected to host over twenty wineries from all parts of Arizona who will be showcasing their latest wines. The event also includes tasty cuisine from local restaurants, delightful music by talented musicians, a variety of vendors, and an inspiring art exhibition. The Sedona Winefest weekend will delight both experienced and aspiring wine connoisseurs, with wine education presentations by experts in the industry, including topics from how wine is made to comparing wine regions and why grapes grown in Arizona produce high quality wines. These seminars are offered at no additional cost.

General admission tickets are available online at SedonaWinefest.com at the early bird 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 to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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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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Grape Train Escape Features Arizona’s Alcantara Vineyards

Verde Canyon Railroad Grape Train Escape

August 29th, 2015

Grape-Train-Escape-510x337Introduce yourself to one of the most popular vineyards in the “heart of Arizona”, Alcantara Vineyard, aboard the Grape Train Escape at the Verde Canyon Railroad on August 29th, 2015! The Grape Train Escape is a rolling wine-tasting adventure which is offered only in first-class during a Starlight Tour at the Verde Canyon Railroad. Each Escape focuses on a select wine-producing region, and each vintage is paired with appetizers that complement the wine. The first-class journey in August includes samples of varieties of the fine Arizona wines provided by Alcantara Vineyards!

  • Mesa Blanca
    Alcantara’s only white blend and all of the grapes in this wine are grown in the Verde Valley estate vineyard. Presenting a strong floral aroma with subtler orange peel and minerals, this wine has medium acidity and a long finish.
  • 2014 Merlot Rosé 
    Alcantara Vineyardsmade with Merlot grapes grown in the Verde Valley estate vineyard. It is a dry rose very light color offering floral, mineral and green apple aromas with a slight bitterness from the orange Muscat. Lean on the palette with a medium finish.
  • Confluence VI
    A flagship wine for Alcantara. It is named in honor of the confluence of the Verde River and Oak Creek, occurring at the Verde Valley estate property. It is a wine deep in color with aromas of black cherries, cassis, black olives and cloves. The tannins are moderate and the wine is very well-balanced. The finish is long and smooth.
  • Grand Rouge VI
    Another blend from the Verde Valley estate vineyard. It offers a smoky, anise and black plum aroma with a hint of earthiness. The tannins are moderate with good length in the finish. The alcohol content, at 12.8%, is lower than most red wines making this an excellent food wine.

Interested? You of course must be 21 yrs. or older to book passage on the Grape Train escap, tickets are $129 per person and can be purchased online at www.verdecanyonrr.com. This first class journey will depart the depo at 5:30 pm on August 29th, 2015.

The Verde Canyon Railroad is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, only a 25 minute drive from Sedona. Other than Saturday Starlight Tours, trains depart at 1:00 pm. and return at 5:00 pm. To learn more about this popular Arizona railroad please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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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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1st Friday Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

August 7th, 2015

Fresh IdeasKick off your weekend in Sedona, Arizona with a tour of Sedona Galleries during the “First Friday Evening in the Galleries” event! Enjoy 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 Arts Center
“Fresh Ideas”
August 7th – September 1st, 2015
Opening Reception August 7th (5:00 – 8:00 pm)
sedona arts centerMingle with art lovers, art collectors and artists! Experience the “Fresh Ideas” of the newest artists to be juried into the Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery in Uptown Sedona. These new artists bring such a breath of fresh air with their diversity of art and wonderful colors! Enjoy the  abstract work by Julie Bernstein Engelmann and Agata Kijanka, whimsical painted furniture of Adell Shay, jewelry by Leah Donell and Kimball Walker, brilliant colored pencil work of Deborah Stromsdorfer and beautiful ceramics by Monte Voepel. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Sedona in Summer”
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 – 8:00 pm)

SHARON WEISER  Desert-Blooms-36The Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers a new mid-summer exhibition that celebrates summer and the artwork that embodies its warmth and spirit. In other parts of the country Black-eyed Susans or sandy beaches may be the epitome of summertime but in Arizona it’s the blooming cacti and the wearing of cool turquoise stones that characterize the season. Visitors to Turquoise Tortoise Gallery are treated to summer-hued cactus compositions by artist Sharon Weiser whose popular, award-winning oil paintings bring together agave and beavertail, barrel and fishhook, with blooms or not, in hues that push forward every shade the eye doesn’t even know that it sees. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
“Summer in Sedona”
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Summer in SedonaThe Lanning Gallery opens a new exhibition to showcase art that embodies all that we love about the hot summer months. The showcase of art begins with the ubiquitous bird nests of early summer. Sculptor Phil Lichtenhan mimics nature itself foraging for found wire and other materials. Painter Cynthia Reid creates bird nests as well, small oil paintings that capture the beauty and strength of these natural homes. As a complement to Reid’s Impressionism it is Expressive Realism that best describes the landscapes of painter Gerald Moore. Summertime is also the perfect time for sculptor Robert Cherry to unveil a red-hot new coloration for one of his hand-turned pine vessels with turquoise inlay. And summer is made all the better with hand-turned turquoise beads by master jeweler Michael Grant.For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“Friend of a Feather”
August 7th – 31st, 2015
Goldenstein Gallery
Goldenstein Gallery celebrates “Friends Of A Feather”. You are sure to enjoy the unique selection of sculptures and paintings by their talented artists that have timelessly captured the Spirit of the Bird! Hummingbirds, eagles, owls and hawks…their collection of feathery friends is an exquisite one, indeed! For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
“Rowe Fine Art Gallery “Hot Summer Nights Part II” at Rowe Gallery
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Ken Rowe Gallery

Escape to Rowe Fine Art Gallery where the drinks are cold and the air conditioner is cranked up. The gallery will host Hot Summer Nights Part II, a continuation of a show that began in July. This month, the show will highlight the gallery’s award-winning sculptors and jewelers. Grab something cool to drink and let the artwork around you turn up the heat. Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s staff of art experts is always on hand to help you discover your new favorite artist. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
 “Summer Group Show” at Mountain Trails Gallery
August 7th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails
Along with story-telling bronze sculpture highlighting the history and culture of the American West, the gallery will light up with colorful and compelling paintings that include a range of contemporary and historical Western subject matter, landscapes of Sedona and the Grand Canyon, domestic animals and wildlife, Native American artifacts, cowboy memorabilia, and portraits of children, horses, cattle, and buffalo. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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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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2015 August Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Raptors, Guided Moonlight Hike, Bird and Nature Walks

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If you love raptors, hiking, bird watching and moonlight Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona is the place to be this August!

Rescued Raptors
August 8th, 2015 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)
RaptorsRed Rock State Park welcomes you to get up close and personal with amazing raptors from the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary! Several professional handlers will present “Rescued Raptors” with a hands on discussion of the unique and varied adaptations of these marvelous birds. Seating is limited so please call 928.282.6907 ahead to reserve your space. This event will be $5.00 per person and normal gate fees will also apply on the day of the event: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For more information please visit Red Rock State Park. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
August 29th, 2015Moonlight hike (Arrive at 6:00 pm)
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. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (7:00 am)
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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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery Day at 10:00 am
you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology. For more information on this Sedona hike please 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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