2016 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

2016 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

March 4th – 6th, 2016

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Shake off those winter blues at the 2016 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival taking place March 4th – 6th! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands!

The new location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! The mountain biking in Sedona is world class. Sedona’s average temperature in March is 65 degrees and with over 200 miles of single-track trails, it’s the perfect biker destination. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination people want to come ride.

The Beer Garden this year features (5) breweries: Ska Brewing from Durango, Wanderlust and Dark Sky from Flagstaff, THAT Brewery from Pine/Cottonwood and our local brewery Oak Creek Brewery. A significant portion of the Festival beer garden proceeds go to the Verde Valley Cyclists. The VVCC has been doing amazing work (design, maintenance and construction) for years on the trails you’ll be riding during the Festival.

For more information, event schedule or to register for this Sedona festival please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival website.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

  • Bell Rock pathway 3Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the festival taking place March 4th – 6th, 2016
  • Our “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, the main festival area of this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Mountain Bike Festival” special rate.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.
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Sedona Geology Hike this Valentine”s Day

Guided Geology Hikes at Red Rock State Park

February 14th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Red Rock State Park

Does your special someone love to hike? If you answered yes, how about treating your loved one to a guided geology hike this Valentine’s Day at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ!

Join Chris Weld at Red Rock State Park this coming Valentine’s Day, February 14th and take an adventure on their beautiful trails while discussing how Sedona transformed into what we see today.

Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona.

This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. The Hike will take place at 1:00 pm and Red Rock State Park would like to remind everyone to please wear suitable shoes and to bring water. The program is included with the park admission.

Red Rock State park is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 3807 Red Rock Loop Road. Entrance Fees: Adults (14 +) $7, Youth (7-13) $4, Children 6 and under are free. This treasured Arizona State Park offers guided hikes, bird walks, lectures and more through out the year. We highly suggest visiting the Red Rock State Park website to learn more about all they have to offer during your visit to Sedona, Arizona.

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Marathon Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Fun Things to do Marathon Weekend in Sedona, AZ

February 5th – 7th, 2016!

Sedona Marathon

On your mark, get set, ready, GO!
It is Marathon weekend in Sedona, Arizona and the red rocks are filled with the sounds of runners pushing themselves to do better and get healthier, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of Sedona!

We wanted to remind our guests that our breakfast room will be open at 5:30 am and our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will be ready to go by 6:00 am to take you where you need to go! You can find a full schedule of events for the Sedona Marathon at www.sedonamarathon.com! Below you will find all of the events taking place over the weekend in the Sedona area! Have fun and good luck!

Featured Weekend Events

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
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The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. What a perfect event to find that special Valentine’s Day gift! All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
February 5th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover Charge
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the funky blues sound of the Sir Harrison Band! 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. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
February 6th, 2016 (9:00 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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11th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 6th, 2016
Registration Fees
1416520861The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Michael Peach at the Sedona Heritage Museum
“Lions (& Rattlers & Dragons & Longhorns) and Bears – Oh My”
February 6th, 2016 (1:30 pm)
Tickets are $6, with children under 12 free ~ Museum admission is separate.
Michael PeachThe Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of his new original show “Lions (& Rattlers & Dragons & Longhorns) and Bears – Oh My”! Peach’s show features his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at Arizona and local history, also incorporating jokes, stories, and first person narrative. An award-winning actor, playwright and historian Michael Peach is especially good at bringing to life history and his subjects. But, he isn’t afraid to also spin some tall tales, too. For more information about this presentation or the Museum, call 928.282.7038 or visit the Sedona Heritage Museum website.

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Sedona Poetry Slam
February 6th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
Sedona-Poetry-SlamPoets and audience members are invited to the third Sedona Poetry Slam of the 2015-16 season, which kicks off at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, and will be hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham. 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. All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize, please contact Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam. To purchase tickets or for more information please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Jerome Art Walk
February 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5 to 8pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Composer & Harp Guitarist Muriel Anderson
February 6th, 2016 (7:00 pm) Cottonwood, AZ
Tickets: $20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority
Muriel-AndersonAward winning guitarist, composer, and harp guitarist Muriel Anderson is one of the few international touring guitarists equally at home with fingerstyle, bluegrass, classical, freeform, and international music. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed with jazz greats Les Paul and Victor Wooten and with classical orchestras. Her recent CD Nightlight-Daylight placed first in its category in 11 national awards, and is the first ever to incorporate interactive fiber optics. This event will be taking place at the Old Town Center of the Arts located at 5th Street and Main in Cottonwood, Arizona. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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The Dover String Quartet
February 7th, 2016 (2:30 pm)
$30 General Seating, $50 Reserved Seating
cms-logo-header-mastheadThe Dover String Quartet (violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camdon Shaw) catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment”, The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble”, and The Wall Street Journal exclaimed “Masterly nuanced…gutsy and earthy sound.” In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music. This Sedona event will take place at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Chamber Music Sedona.

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2016 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special

  • 2016 film festValid February 19th – 29th, 2016
  • Save up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type 
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Explore the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome, AZ

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour February 5th , 2016

Jerome Art Walk February 6th, 2016

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What a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona! The weekend kicks off with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on February 5th, 2016. Then on Saturday join the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, along with the entire Sedona area, in welcoming thousands of runners, their families and friends for the 8th Annual Sedona Marathon! And then on Saturday evening the town of Jerome will be holding their “Art Walk”.

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

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

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits
February 5th, 2016

Sedona Arts Center
“Something New”
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Sedona Arts Center“Something New” will be featuring for the first time selected new artists who will be represented in Sedona Arts Center’s main gallery for the upcoming year!In addition, the arts center is presenting two highlighted events: From the Heart and Out of the Fire.

  • From the Heart – February 5th – 14th, 2016
    Invited poets, photographers, and visual artists will participate in a combination of visual and verbal original artwork, capturing statements “From the Heart.”
  • Out of the Fire – February 5th – 7th
    Wildly talented artists are teaming up from Sedona’s very own glass art studio and gallery, The Melting Point, and Sedona Arts Center’s Ceramics Department to collaborate on a unique exhibition of glass and ceramic art, both of which are born “Out of the Fire!”

For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“8th Annual “Body Language” Show2The Couple Artist Mike Medow
Opening Reception February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Goldenstein Gallery invites you to join them on Friday, and be inspired by the human form during their Body Language Show. Both classic and modern interpretations are included in this scintillating highly anticipated exhibition that includes the renowned bronzes of Kevin McCarthy and James Muir, Mike Medow’s stunning hand carved exotic wood Yoga figures and women and LauRha Frankfort’s energetic drawings. You are invited to meet local artists at the opening night reception for “Body Language” on February 5th, the exhibit runs until February 29th! For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Art with Heart at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Ken Rowe GalleryFebruary is for lovers, including lovers of fine art. Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents its annual collector appreciation show, Art With Heart!Ever since gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe opened their doors six years ago, they have designated the first Friday in February as the day they show their appreciation to their clients. Anyone who has ever purchased a Ken Rowe sculpture or a piece of art from Rowe Fine Art Gallery is invited to stop by for a special chocolate treat. Meet with one of the art experts at Rowe Fine Art Gallery and let them help you choose a thoughtful gift for your sweetheart. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Andrea Smith Gallery presents Kurt Wenner: Sacred Art Collection
February 5th – 6th 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Andrea SMith Gallery
Kurt Wenner, one of the most recognized artists ever to exhibit in Sedona, is an American artist with an international following. While most known for the invention of interactive 3D pavement art illusions, his work also includes large-scale oil paintings, ceramic murals, sculptures, decorative elements, and architectural designs for public and private clients in more than 30 countries. Wenner has created a collection of sacred art images, including Jesus, Yogananda, Moses and Mother Mary, specifically for Andrea Smith Gallery. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
“Honoring the Native American Cultures in Sculpture and Painting”2Warcloud
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
 Award-winning Mountain Trails Gallery artists focus on the Native Cultures of the American West as each artist paints or sculpts historical narratives, cultural objects, and specific ceremonies and symbols of a variety of tribes and pueblos. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
 “Jewelry for Your True Love”
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Lister family, with Alice Lister and David Lister at the helm, are one of the most highly regarded families of Navajo jewelry makers working today; their renowned pieces in turquoise and sterling silver represent meticulous traditional methods and both traditional and contemporary designs. Each Lister creates their own pieces from start to finish, the only collaboration being some pieces which Alice Lister and David Lister create together, and each individual has their own distinctive style.For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art WalkFebruary 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00pm)
 Jerome continues its love affair with art with the First Saturday Art Walk. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 24 galleries and studios of Jerome will be brimming over with visual delights. There will be plenty of chocolate, music and good conversation at this vibrant event. Meet the artists that night and mingle with other art lovers who are drawn to this charming mountain town.A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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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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Special Lodging Rates for the Sedona Film Festival

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Special Lodging Rates for the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival

2016 film festStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival taking place February 20th – 28th, 2016, and save money with our Sedona Film Festival Lodging Special! And don’t worry about finding your way around Sedona, take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival! 

Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films!  Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2016 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films.

2016 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special

  • Valid February 19th – 29th, 2016
  • Save up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type 
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

The Latest from the Sedona International Film Festival

2016 Sedona Film Festival

The range of films selected for the 22nd annual Sedona International Film Festival is as diverse as the audiences who will fill the theaters and the filmmakers whose creative talents will be on display from February 20th – 28th, 2016!

Among the 165 films to be screened are dozens directed by women, including 14-year-old Bailey Weber (The Student Body); Oscar-nominated short film Stutterer, French-produced drama, Mustang, and Theeb from Jordan, both nominated in Best Foreign Film category; world premieres of Now More than Ever: the History of Chicago and locally produced Sacred Journeys, a conscious short film from Glenn Scarpelli and Mackenzie Phillips; the most successful Korean film ever produced, My Love Don’t Cross That River; and films dealing with disability issues (The Ataxian, Right Footed), the environment (Landfill Harmonic, Antarctic Edge, Aina: That Which Fees Us, Tree Hugger); LGBT subjects (An Act of Love, No Home Movie) and The Pearl Button, winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival and Best Documentary at Jerusalem Film Festival and Philadelphia Film Festival.

The 2016 Festival officially opens with expected sold-out concerts Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20 by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago.

“Being able to partner with iconic rock band Chicago to present both their documentary and two concerts is something that still has me wondering if this is a dream I’m about to wake up from,” said Sedona International Film Festival Executive Director Patrick Schweiss. “And, I’m still catching my breath about the absolutely incredible lineup of films this year. All I can promise is great films, great guests, great times and great music!”

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Inn of Sedona Values Customer Service

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

We Value You, Our Guests!

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.

We would like all our guests to 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 before your stay. They can help you plan your activities ahead of time or you can visit them in the Lobby once you arrive! We also send out a monthly Events Listing, with highlights from our Sedona Events Page, that you may enjoy. To sign up for our Listing simply click here.

From our knowledgeable Concierge to our hardworking Engineers and Housekeepers, from our friendly and helpful Front Desk Staff to our top notch Shuttle Drivers, we are here to make sure your Sedona Experience is all you dreamed it would be!

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February Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park

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2016 February Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in beautiful Sedona, AZ has a great line up of hikes and events this February! Learn more about the beautiful red rocks during the guided geology hike taking place on February 14th, or visit the park and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park during the guided Archaeology hike taking place on February 21st! Archaeologist Allen Dart will be presenting a talk on the culture of the Hohokam Native Americans on February 28th. The Hohokam cultural flourished from the sixth through the fifteenth centuries then mysteriously disappeared. The park will also be offering daily “Guided Nature Walks”, and Guided Bird Walks every Wednesday and Saturday! 

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (9:00 am)HOME_653
Bird 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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Red Rock State Park
Guided Geology Hike with Chris Weld
February 14th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
February 21st, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information 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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Red Rock Stae Park Lecture Series
Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam
February 28th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park LectureRed Rock State Park is proud to present Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart who will be presenting a talk on the culture of the Hohokam Native Americans. The Hohokam cultural flourished from the sixth through the fifteenth centuries then mysteriously disappeared. Allan will provide an interesting discussion on possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs, deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282-6907. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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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Live Show: Vortex of Love in Sedona, AZ

Zenprov Comedy: Vortex of Love

February 13th, 2016

vortex-of-love-posterVisit Sedona, Arizona on Valentine’s weekend and kick off the romantic holiday with laughter, after all isn’t laughter the ultimate aphrodisiac! Join Zenprov Comedy for the spectacular love fest of funny in the “Vortex of Love” on February 13th, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 7:30 pm!

If you’ve never attended one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced games and scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or prepared ahead of time. Best of all, it’s never the same show twice.

“The audience is half our show,” said Derek Dujardin, director of the troupe. “For this Valentine’s Day performance, we’re going to focus a lot on love and relationships. We might interview a couple for five minutes on how they met and fell in love. Then re-play their love story as a science fiction film, a Western movie, and finally as a corporate training video.”

The group has added a whole new repertoire of improvise games, including “Improvised Love Poems,” “Silent Movie Dubbing”, and their own twisted version of the “Dating Game” that uses famous historical figures, in-animate objects, and zoo animals as contestants.

Ticket for this show are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show. This one-night-only performance is expected to sell out so please purchase tickets early. You can purchase tickets online at the Sedona International Film Festival website or in person at Mary Fisher box office.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and will be attending this event, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that will drop you off at the theatre and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel (last shuttle pick up is at 9:30 pm)

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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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Tom Frye Live in Sedona, AZ

Live Performance of “Tru” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

January 22nd – 24th, 2016

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While you are visiting Sedona, AZ this weekend don’t miss your chance to see acclaimed actor Tom Frye live at the Mary D. Fishere theatre when he stars in “Tru” — the one-man show about the life of the late Truman Capote! There will be three performances on the Goldenstein Stage from January 22nd – 24th. Tickets for this funny and poignant show are only $15 for general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets also include a meet-and-greet with Tom Frye in the lobby after the show! Purchase your tickets today at the Sedona International Film Festival website.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and are planning on attending this event, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle that will drop you off at the Theatre and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel (shuttle pick up runs until 9:30).

More About the Show

“Tru” explores the life and times of Truman Capote through his own words. Frye revives the role originally directed by the author Jay Presson Allen.

Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, “Tru” takes place in the writer’s New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote’s infamous novel “Answered Prayers” has recently been published in Esquire and the author’s friends, recognizing their characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their backs on the man they once considered a close confidant.

Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career. It was a turning point for Capote, who died in 1984, as he began the downward spiral from literary celebrity to the alcoholic and addict who made a fool of himself on talk shows. He reflects on this in the play as well as his life in general, making for a funny, poignant, and compelling drama.

For more information showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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2016 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • 2IOS (2)Special Rate Valid January 6th – 27th, 2016
  • Save $20 to $40 per night
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • FREE full hot breakfast
  • Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!
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Upcoming Festivals in Sedona, AZ

Upcoming February and March Festival in Sedona, Arizona

The Sedona Marathon,  Sedona Film Festival, Mountain Bike Festival, Yoga Festival, Pecan and Wine Festival and More!

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WOW, is the only word that describes February and March in the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! If you like testing your endurance and strength or hob-knobbing with celebrities while taking in some great movies or if you love to mountain bike, strike your warrior pose on the red rocks or sample the great taste and flavors of the Verde Valley, then February and March is the perfect time for your visit to the red rocks. I’m not kidding, book your room and check out all the festivals below. (If you are interested in staying at our Sedona hotel during these festival months please make your reservations as soon as possible, our rooms are going fast!) Make your reservation today at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!

February and March Festivals
To see all the events and entertainment taking place during the festivals please visit out Sedona Events Page

11th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 6th, 2016
Registration Fees
1416520861The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 12th – 14th, 2016
Tickets: $129 per person
Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300This delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. the confectionary celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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The 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 20th – 28th, 2016
Purchase Passes here
2016 film festJoin filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films!  Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2016 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. For more information or to purchase passed please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
March 4th – 6th, 2016logoBsize
Passes: $50 and up
The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is a 3 day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival area at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Village, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, great Bands and more! Sedona’s average temperature in March is 65 degrees and with over 200 miles of single-track trails, it’s the perfect biker destination. For more information and to stay up to date and in the loop please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

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Sedona Yoga Festival
March 10th – 13th, 2016
Ticket/Passes:  www.sedonayogafestival.com
Sedona YogaSYF provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with 3 days and 3 nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy medicine in the undisputed spiritual center of the American West. The 4th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival will be held at a single conference venue, the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock For more informatioin or to purchases passes to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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46th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival
March 12th, 2016
St PatricksThe fun kicks off at 10:30 am with the festive parade that starts at Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. The St. Patrick’s parade is popular and we highly suggest showing up a little early and picking your place along the route to watch. The Festival begins immediately following the parade, featuring free children’s and family activities, food booths and music until 3:00 pm. If you are a guest at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and would like to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary ‘About Town” shuttle that will drop you off in Uptown Sedona for this event and pick you up when you are ready to return. So if you are over 21 enjoy some St. Patty’s day libations and leave the driving to us! For more information please visit the Sedona Main Street Program.

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Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Pecan-Wine-680x1024The Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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