2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

RRSP 2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Are you ready for a fabulous Summer in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Red Rock State Park is! The park has a lot in store for you and your family this June including a Guided Moonlight Hike and a very special Star Party!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
June 2nd, 2015Moonlight hike 2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park (6:30 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. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Star Night Party at Red Rock State Park
June 6th, 2015 (7:30 pm)
RERO StarParty 2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkCome out and enjoy the night skies with the Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Rangers of Red Rock State Park in Sedona! An introduction presentation at 7:30 pm will show current sky events and what’s “up” in the spring skies. The planets Jupiter and Venus will provide views of our near neighbors and Saturn will make a brief appearance as the viewing session ends at 10:00 pm. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as space cookies, moon juice, and other complementary beverages.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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (8:00 am)
HOME 653 2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkBird 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 walks 2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkEvery 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!

BWIS 2 2015 June Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkWe 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 Community Farmer’s Market

“Good Eats” at the Sedona Community Farmer’s Market

Every Friday Morning May 29th – October 2nd, 2015

11188397 10153437704933083 8003522486560883968 n  Sedona Community Farmers MarketWhether you live in Sedona or are just visiting, the farmer’s market is a great way to check out the local flavor and grab some fresh produce and breads. If you are visiting Sedona and are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off at the market and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. And if you are worried about purchasing something that requires refrigeration, all of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator.

Sedona Community Farmer’s Market

The Sedona Community Farmer’s Market at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village offers some of the best nutritious eats in town! Okay, so they may not have servers and chefs waiting on you hand and foot but they have some really great vendors who offer nutritious snacks and wonderful ingredients for you to make you own delicious dishes!

The market takes place ever Friday morning from 8:00 am – 11:30 am until October 2rd, 2015 in the creek-side parking lot of Tlaquepaque! Meet the local growers & taste the local flavor! Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, gluten free, vegan, hand-made chocolates, live music and much more! To see a full list of vendors or to learn more about the market please visit Sedona Community Farmer’s Market.

On my visits to the market I am always pleasantly surprised with the variety of vendors providing everything from delicious greens to sauces. Of course I have my favorites! Sky Hi Sprouts ranks very high on my list. The sprouts and micro-greens are grown with organic seeds and soil, absolutely yummy! When I stopped by last year the gentlemen snipped off some sunflower sprouts for me to taste and that is all it took, I was hooked and have vowed to visit every Friday! I ended up buying a huge bag of sprouts and a few other greens. They have been a great addition to my salads, sandwiches and can stand on their own for a quick munch! I also purchase breads, pasta sauce, salad greens, candles, and some very good hot sauces from some of the other vendors.

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

new shuttle  Sedona Community Farmers MarketDid 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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Inn of Sedona Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Winner

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Five Consecutive Years!

IOS cover 4 Inn of Sedona Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame WinnerWe are proud to announce that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“For my team to be awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and now be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a fantastic honor. We take great pride in going the extra mile for our guests at the Inn of Sedona and we’d like to thank all of them who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Elizabeth McIntire, General Manager at Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona. “That our guests recognized our commitment to service, and then commended us for it, makes this award extra special. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a report card, and our guests are the teachers. I want to thank all our TripAdvisor guests for their great comments and suggestions. We listen, we care, and we’ll continue to strive to make the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona their first choice for lodging in Sedona.”

 ”Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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

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Free Event to Open the Illuminate Film Festival

Illuminate Launch Party and Outdoor Screening

May 27th, 2015

header 2015 Free Event to Open the Illuminate Film FestivalThe Illuminate Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, May 27th, with a launch party and outdoor screening of Landfill Harmonic at Tequa Festival Marketplace, free and open to the public! There will be food and bevarages for sale and a complimentary reception for VIP and All-Acess passholders.

lluminate is the world’s premier film festival and launching platform for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and ushering humanity forward, Illuminate showcases the best of conscious cinema to uplift, inspire, and transform. World-class immersive, soul-centered workshops, panels, and excursions complement film screenings, featuring expert practitioners and thought-leaders in consciousness, wellness, raw and organic food, spiritual practice, and sustainable living. The Illuminate Film Festival takes place May 27th – 31st, 2015I For more information or to purchase tickets/passes for the festival please visit the Illuminate Film Festival website.

Illuminate Launch Party and Outdoor Screening – FREE EVENT
May 27th, 2015 (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm)

2015 film stills landfill Free Event to Open the Illuminate Film FestivalRelax on the grass as you enjoy a fun, musical celebration with healthy food, fascinating performers, talented musicians, conscious vendors and exciting raffle prizes followed by a free outdoor screening of Landfill Harmonic. Sit back and be dazzled by Cirque du Soleil aerial acrobat sensation Delphine Gaillard and performance artist and yogi extraordinaire Lamonte Tales Goode.

About the film Landfill Harmonic
A worldwide sensation since its spotlight on 60 Minutes, Landfill Harmonic (South by Southwest 2015) is a heartfelt, moving tale of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose futures are otherwise spiritless. This empowering film follows the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of kids from a Paraguayan slum as their trash-into-music orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music that touches the heart while addressing two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Free Event to Open the Illuminate Film FestivalMake the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona your hub for a Sedona vacation full of art culture, outdoor activities, adventure, shopping, spiritual exploration, day trips, and travel throughout Northern Arizona. To learn more about our Sedona hotel or to take advantage of one of our Sedona Vacation Packages please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Memorial Day

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Remembering Those Who Have Sacrificed All for our Great Nation

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All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are honored and grateful to live in the United States of America. This great nation of liberty and freedom has come at a heavy price. Today remember to honor all who have served in our country’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we my have our freedom. No words could ever come close to expressing our gratitude to the men and women in the military forces of the United States.

“Our Debt to the Heroic Men and Valiant Women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices”. - President Harry S Truman

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Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture

May 23rd – 24th, 2015

2015 zuni Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern ArizonaIf you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona over Memorial Day weekend and are interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the Zuni people you will not want to miss the 25 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona located in Flagstaff, AZ! Enjoy traditional and contemporary art, insightful lectures, and performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers.

At the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, the Ashiwi, or Zuni people, travel to Flagstaff from Zuni to share the Zuni language, life ways, traditional music, and dances. Zuni, New Mexico, is an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau.  Learn about the importance of art and cultural place-names in the perpetuation of traditional identity. Meet and buy directly from Zuni artists and demonstrators. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

The Museum is located only 55 minutes from our Sedona hotel (see map below), in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Zuni Festival is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Museum admission: $12.00 Adult (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 are Free. For more information on this event please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona website or visit the Museum of Northern Arizona on Facebook.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern ArizonaMake the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona your hub for a Sedona vacation full of art culture, outdoor activities, adventure, shopping, spiritual exploration, day trips, and travel throughout Northern Arizona. To learn more about our Sedona hotel or to take advantage of one of our Sedona Vacation Packages please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona
Visiting Sedona, Arizona Memorial Day Weekend

pink jeep Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a few helpful hints and ideas to help you make your weekend wonderful.

As you enjoy the weekend please take a moment to show gratitude for all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our freedoms! On May 25th there will be a changing of the flags and short ceremony by the Sedona Marine Corps League at the Sedona Military Service Park at 10:00 am. The Sedona Military Service Park is located within the existing Jack Jamesen Memorial Park at 25 Northview Road.

If you will be staying with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona please feel free to call our concierge (Joan & Amanda) before your visit to help you plan your time in Sedona (1.800.292.6344 ask for concierge) .

Helpful Tips & Ideas

  • new shuttle Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day WeekendMake your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • Make sure you reserve the Sedona tours you would like to experience as soon as possible, our concierge is available to help you with tours and reservations, things are booking up quickly!
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic or Dead Horse Ranch State Park for swimming and fishing. there is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.Hiking Sedona Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • If you are looking for restaurant that is open late, check out Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. Olde Sedona also has late night entertainment on the weekends.
  • Have fun, enjoy the red rocks and take time out of your weekend to remember all those who have served proudly in our military forces to ensure our freedoms.

Helpful links

  • Sedona Events
    Find all the event for Sedona and the Verde Valley
  • Slide Rock Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley
    Information on hiking in the Sedona area
  • Sedona Vacation Packages at the Inn of Sedona
    Save money at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures, Pink Jeep Tours, Arizona ATV Adventures and more.
  • Slide Rock State Park
    Visitors to the park can slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. They also have fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day! Creek visitors may not travel north past the Slide Rock management area into the Slide Fire Burn Area.HOLIDAY WEEKENDS:Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $30.00
  • Arizona summers are always hot and dry, but with the help of responsible recreationists, it doesn’t have to be a time of catastrophic wildfires. Remember, one less spark could mean one less wildfire this summer. If you plan on enjoying the great outdoors please click here to learn more about preventing wildfires!
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Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Concert in Cottonwood, AZ

Old Town Center for the Arts

The 10th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Party & Concert

May 22nd – 23rd, 2015

old town Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Concert in Cottonwood, AZ

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this coming weekend and are a fan of Bob Dylan you do not want to miss the annual tribute show for one of the most influential figures in American music! Bob Dylan turns 74 on May 24th and he’ll be celebrated in song at the 10th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert on Friday, May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd, both at 7:00 pm, at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, AZ (see map below). Tickets are only $20 door, $25 priority and you can purchase your tickets online here!

No, Bob may not be there, but this year’s program once again features some of the best musicians in the area, (most veterans of previous Dylan shows and some newbies, too), all performing the music of Bob Dylan.

“This concert has become a tradition for the Verde Valley and Sedona,” remarked William Eaton, co-director at Old Town Center for the Arts. “Each year there are some surprises, with some of your favorite Dylan tunes and some you may have never heard. Joe has done a fantastic job of producing this event.”

“It’s hard to believe that I’ve been putting on this tribute to Bob Dylan for ten years now,” says Joe Neri, the show’s producer. “Bob Dylan has been one of the most influential figures in American music and has endured for over 50 years. I’m continually amazed and appreciative of just how popular our annual tribute shows have become.”

This year’s program once again features some veterans of previous Dylan shows and some newbies, too. Some songs that will be performed are faithful to Dylan’s recorded arrangements while others have creative interpretations of other well known artists or from the performers themselves. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Old Town Center for the Arts

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Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival in Cottonwood, AZ

Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival

Two Days of Wine, Music Food and Fun

June 19th – 20th, 2015

3Tilted Earth Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival in Cottonwood, AZSummer is fast approaching, vacations are being planned and for the second year in a row the Verde Valley is a buzz with excitement as the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival draws near. Why are people so excited you ask? How about two fun filled days of wine, music, food and fun! The event will be held at the Riverfront Park in beautiful Cottonwood, AZ (see map below). Shuttling via the CAT/Verde Lynx transit systems is free on the day of the event provided that you show your ticket stub.

Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival – Cottonwood, AZ
June 19th – 20th, 2015 (4:00 pm – 12:00 am)
Admission: Adults $45/Youth tickets (13-20) are $20/ children 12 and under are free
Two Day Pass $80
Don’t miss the second annual Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ. The festival will feature an expanded two-day lineup of well-known folk and acoustic rock entertainment like Rusted Root, Robert Earl Keen and The Lone Bellow. Wine lovers can enjoy vino from 17 Northern Arizona wineries, along with cuisine from eight gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. The event also will include family activities, including a rock climbing wall, bounce house, teen gaming tent and a simulated archaeological dig hosted by Verde Valley Archaeology all at no charge. Adult admission includes a reusable Govino wine glass and five free tastings. Additional tastings will be available for purchase, as will bottles from all wineries. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.tiltedearthfestival.com or visit the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival on Facebook.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ

To see all the upcoming events, festivals and entertainment for Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley click here!

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Inn of Sedona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests!

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Along with great views of the red rocks, professional friendly staff, use of our complimentary “About Town Shuttle” and a hot breakfast, guests of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona can now charge their electric vehicles! That’s right, we have taken the next step in creating a greener hotel and a better guest experience, we now have a Tesla charger and a EV-60 evCharger capable of charging any EV on the market today!

“All of my team take our commitment to our guests and the environment very seriously. By installing the Tesla Charger, and the evCharger, we can improve the experience of our guests with EV vehicles by taking the worry out of where to charge up. We are proud to take another small step towards improving the beautiful place we live.”Elizabeth McIntire, GM of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

There is no extra costs or hidden charges to our guests for use of the chargers,it’s complimentary for our EV guests. Simply let us know when you check in! We want you to be able to explore Sedona, drive wherever you want, and not worry about losing charge in the red rocks!

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