May Gallery Exhibits in Sedona and Jerome

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour May 6th , 2016

Jerome Art Walk May 7th, 2016

What a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley, especially if you love exploring the arts! This weekend kicks off with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on May 6th, 2016. And then on Saturday evening the town of Jerome will be holding their “Art Walk”.

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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
“Walking in Beauty”
May 6th – 31st, 2016
Opening Reception May 6th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
 Sedona Arts Gallery is featuring five local artists in this May’s themed show Walking in Beauty. The show combines photography, jewelry, acrylics, fiber and ceramics. Christie Palmer creates atypical paintings that are a cross between landscape and abstraction. Local Sue Horine has been creating her bead embroidered art jewelry since 2005. John Foster changed his artistic medium for creation to clay in 2011 by starting classes at the Sedona Arts Center. A very special book signing by Julie Gilbert Pollard is also scheduled as part of the May show. Stop by the gallery on May 12th from 5pm – 7 pm to meet Julie and purchase a signed copy of Discover Oil Painting while enjoying refreshments and a gallery of art by local artists.For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
Johnathan Harris and Howard Hitchcock
May 6th – 15th, 2016
Opening Reception May 6th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, AZ opens a new exhibition to showcase both the landscape paintings of pure, unrestrained color by Johnathan Harris and the evocatively clever bronze sculptures by Howard Hitchcock. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception for Johnathan Harris on “1st Friday” evening, May 6th. For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Forget Me Not Fundraiser at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
May 6th, 2016 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
What happens to injured or ill wildlife in Arizona? Many animals wind up at rescue and rehabilitation organizations such as Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. Bronze wildlife sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe has worked closely with both nonprofits. Rowe Fine Art Gallery will host Forget Me Not, a fundraiser benefiting the two organizations. Representatives from Runnin’ W and SWCC will be on hand to answer questions. Animal ambassadors from both centers will greet art lovers during the show. Ken has created a sculpture especially for the occasion, and it will make its debut at the fundraiser. Also titled Forget Me Not, the bronze depicts a bobcat kitten surrounded by delicate forget-me-not flowers. Five of these sculptures will be available for purchase during the event with all proceeds benefiting Runnin’ W and SWCC. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Andrea Smith Gallery Presents Debbie Clemens “Highest Angel” Collection
May 6th – 7th, 2016
Possibly best known as wife of Roger Clemens, Debbie Clemens has made a name for herself in Sedona with her very popular jewelry line. Best seller Metatron is the highest angel, and includes everything God has created in one sacred geometric shape. The chakras (made of Swarovski crystals) are important because they create harmony and balance. Meet Debbie, and husband Roger at Andrea Smith Gallery May 6th 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
“Of Land and Sky: Ranching Life and the Great Outdoors”
Opening Reception May 6th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
From big open skies to ranching the West, Mountain Trails Gallery opens an exhibition of sculpture and painting that pays tribute to ranchers, the natural environment, and expressions of passion that keep the West alive today. Featurning sculpture by Mark Edward Adams, Ramond Gibby, Walt Horton, Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Michael Trcic, Deon Duncan, Susan Kliewer; Paintings by Jeff Pugh, Glen Edwards, Barbara Edwards, Edward Aldrich, Robert Hagan, Howard Carr, George Molnar, Marcia Molnar, Sarah Phippen, and more.For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Native American Narrative: The Art of Baje Whitethorne, Sr.”
May 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
In Sedona, Arizona Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes Baje Whitethorne, Sr. and hosts the esteemed Navajo artist at an exhibition opening to showcase his work. Visitors can meet Whitethorne and learn more about the rich sense of story conveyed in each of his paintings. No matter where he lives Baje Whitethorne, Sr. considers the vast Navajo Reservation where he was born his home. His family still has land there with a peach orchard and a collection of houses. It is land where stories remain for a very long time and Whitethorne draws on these for his paintings, portraying the stories’ sense of subject, place and memory. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
May 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The monthly tradition of Jerome First Saturday Art Walk has taken root and will blossom once again this spring with new artists and studios as well as Jerome’s exciting and well-known galleries. 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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May Events at Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2016 May Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park

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Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona is welcoming in the month of May with Bird Walks,  Archaeology, Moonlight and Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hikes and their newly unveiled Butterfly Garden! 

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
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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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Guided Geology Hike
May 8th, 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
May 15th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. 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. Explore ideas of other cultures that 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. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 21st, 2016 (5:30 pm)
Reservation fee $5 plus park admission fee (see below)
Moonlight hikeThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hike at Red Rock State 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. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7 – 13), and free for children (0 – 6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
May 22nd, 2016 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with 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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Monarch Conservation Day
May 28th, 2016
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_MonarchConservationDayCome enjoy Red Rock State Park’s newly unveiled butterfly garden that has been developed to provide resources that attract butterflies and moths, with an emphasis on Monarchs. In this habitat, visitors will be able to learn about the ecology of these beautiful creatures and observe a variety of free flying butterflies.

As a certified Monarch Waystation, Red Rock State Park seeks to provide shelter and resources for the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. In addition, butterflies will be raised at the park as they become available, with butterfly releases throughout the season. The public can call the park to see if any releases are scheduled in June. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11:00 am. and 2:00 pm. In the park’s theater we will be playing “Flight of the Butterflies” a program by Nova, all day on a loop. Information on butterflies local to the Sedona area will be available for visitors who would like to go on a butterfly scavenger hunt on the park’s hiking trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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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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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Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, AZ

Fun Things to do this Weekend in Sedona, AZ

April 29th – May 1st

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Welcome to all of our hotel guests and visitors to Sedona, AZ! There are a lot of family fun events and fun things to do in the Verde Valley this weekend! From the Sedona Open Studios Tour, to the Verde Valley Fair (Cottonwood, AZ), to the Umbrella Project at Hillside Sedona, there is something for everyone to enjoy! See below for all the highlighted events taking place during your visit, to see all the events taking place this weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Events

Sedona Open Studios Tour
April 29th – May 1st, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Free Self Guided Tour
SVACWorking artists in the Verde Valley will be opening their private studios to the public at the end of April for the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s (SVAC) 13th annual Open Studios Tour. This non-profit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. The weekend event is a free, self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily work spaces. There will be over 40 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums. For more information and map of participating studios please visit www.sedonaartistscoalition.org

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The Umbrella Project at Hillside Sedona
April 29th – May 1st, 2015
logo_umbreallaproject2Hillside Sedona, located at 671 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ is once again the site to display this year’s Umbrella Project Charity Event. Hillside Sedona will be home to over 200 beautifully hand painted umbrellas that will be on display. The umbrellas were painted by students across the country, Arizona and Havasupai Elementary students. The artistic umbrellas are available for a recommended donation of $50. All money will go directly to the Havasupai Elementy to assist them in obtaining much needed classroom supplies and technology. For more information please visit www.hillsidesedona.net.

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Verde Valley Fair (Cottonwood, AZ)
April 27th – May 1st, 2016
Verde Valley FairKick up your heels, let out a couple of hee – haws and eat some sweet hot funnel cakes. You guessed it – the Verde Valley Fair is back! Since 1967, features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, commercial vendors selling their wares, games, crafts, a wide variety of food, rides, Since 1967, featuring a carnival, livestock shows, concerts, pony rides, a petting zoo and many side show attractions and games! The fair is located in Cottonwood a short drive from Sedona, Arizona at 800 East Cherry Street at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. For more information and ticket prices please visit www.vvfair.com

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Sedona Entertainment: JC & The Juke Rockers
April 29th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
Get ready to dance! Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, AZ is proud to present JC & The Juke Rockers! From old school Chicago Style to modern day W/Coast Blues with a heaping of Classic Rock plus R&B provide just right mix to make you want to Jump Jive & Swing!J.C. fronts the show with mellow vocals, smoking guitar licks and smooth stage tricks while blowing some hot harmonica! A triple threat! For more information please visit Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill!

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Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
April 29th – May 1st, 2016
Olde Sedona Bar & GrillWhen you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, and sports on the 7 big screen TVs all the time, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.
April 29th – The Mods (9:00 pm)
April 30th – DJ Dom (9:00 pm)
May 1st – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
April 30th, 2016 (8:00 am)
Walks are included with park entrance fees
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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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 Hotel Rates for the Sedona Spirit Symposium

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sedona Spirit Symposium  Hotel Special

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Make your plans today to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 2016 Sedona Spirit Symposium taking place June 9th – 11th and receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at our hotel. All you have to do to receive your special rate is call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Spirit Symposium Special offer”, it’s that easy! Tickets/Passes for the Symposium need to be purchased separately at www.SpiritSymposium.com

More About the 2016 Spirit Symposium

Sedona, Arizona is one of the most unique, mystical and beautiful destinations in the world. It is the ideal setting for The Sedona Spirit Symposium an amazing two day event hosted by the Yavapai College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

The Sedona Spirit Symposium brings together four of the most innovative minds and creative voices in Afterlife Research: Dr. Gary Schwartz, Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer®, Dr. Marjorie Woollacott and Dr. Robin Weeks. These experts will remove the fear and superstition which has clouded the perception of death and the afterlife since the dawn of time. They will present the scientific basis and theories concerning life after death, near-death experiences (NDE), survival of consciousness, spirit communication (both human and animal), karma, and reincarnation.

In addition to the individual speaker’s presentations there will also be two panel discussions during the Sedona Spirit Symposium. The first concerns end of life issues and coping with the loss of loved ones. The second will be on new enlightening and ground breaking views on the nature of consciousness.

The Symposium concludes with an Evidential Mediumship demonstration conducted by world renowned medium Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer®.

For more information or to purchase passes to this Sedona event please visit www.SpiritSymposium.com.

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Tilted Earth Festival in Cottonwood, AZ

2016 Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival

TE-logo-2016-horiz4cAll about Northern Arizona Wine, Rockin’ Good Music, and the Verde Valley community!

Summer is fast approaching, vacations are being planned and for third 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 only a 25 minute drive from Sedona (see map below).

Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival – Cottonwood, AZ
June 17th – 18th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 12:00 am)
Tickets are on sale now!
Don’t miss the Third Annual Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ. The Festival kicks off with a special Wine Dinner at the Blazin M Ranch from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the 16th followed by the main festival on the 17th and 18th. The festival will feature an amazing line up of live entertainment including Decker, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Dry River Yacht Club, Taj Mahal and more! Wine lovers can enjoy vino from 17 Northern Arizona wineries, along with local craft brews! Each Adult Admission Ticket Includes FIVE Wine Tasting Tickets. Beer will be sold for cash. Additional tastings will be available for purchase, as will bottles from all wineries. Shuttling via the CAT/Verde Lynx transit systems is free on the day of the event provided that you show your ticket stub. 

Also at the Festival

  • KidsZone
    Climbing Wall, Bounce Room, Eco Arts & Crafts, River clay-play, Sand Painting, Sidewalk Chalk Art, Face Painting, Archaeological Dig, Magician and Yo-Yo Entertainer, Teen tent with Video Games and More! (KidsZone not included in ticket price)
  • Gaming Area
    Summer classics like horseshoes, bocci ball, cornhole, jenga and a celebrity dunk tank!
  • Extreme Sports
    What’s more Tilted than a backflip on a BMX bike! BMX Impact of StuntMasters will be ripping it up throughout the evening. This unique display of art and skill will be a spectacle for all ages!
  • Art and More
    Local artists will be offering an eclectic variety of artwork from paintings and sculptures, to jewelry and clothing. Support your needs for awesome handcrafted art, while supporting your local artist!
  • Food Truck Rally
    Pair that wine and beer with a selection of incredible food from the Phoenix Food Truck Coalition and some local epicurian masterminds! We’ll have everything from Cajun and Asian to Burgers and Gourmet Dogs!

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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Green Lodging in Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona: TripAdvisor GreenLeader Status

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At the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we are putting our best foot forward to make our Sedona hotel more environmentally friendly! We are proud to be Bronze level GreenLeaders in the TripAdvisor Green Leaders program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.

We have recycling bins on our property and utilize energy saving equipment. Our soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion in our guest rooms are in hygienic, sealed dispensers to avoid the landfill issues caused by individual amenity bottles. We have found biodegradable/compostable K-cups for our guest room Keurig Coffee Makers. And now guests of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona can charge their electric vehicles on sight! 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! There is no extra costs or hidden charges to our guests for use of the chargers, it’s complimentary for our EV guests.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.

“We were very excited to be taking the steps to be more environmentally friendly” said General Manager Elizabeth McIntire, we live in a beautiful place and are always looking for ways to decrease our impact on our environment. Being a part of GreenLeaders is a great way to communicate that to our prospective guests.”

Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Sedona, AZ

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Cinco de Mayo

Start making your plans today to visit the red rocks of Sedona, AZ during one of our favorite events of the year! That’s right, the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is just around the corner on May 7th, 2016! Reservations are already pouring in for that weekend so book your rooms as soon as possible! If you are a guest at the Inn of Sedona you will be able to hop on our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and catch a ride to and from the event!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The Courtyards of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village come to life with the vibrant expressions of Mexican culture including folklorico dancers in dazzling costumes, phenomenal flamenco dancing from South of the Border that brings thunderous applause every time, hot Latin vibes, and the ever-popular roaming Mariachis. Mouth-watering Mexican fare from Tlaquepaque’s El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, will be on hand as well as a special beer garden offered by Oak Creek Brewery and Grill featuring its award-winning brews. This is a Family Fun FREE Event. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off
For the sixth straight year Tlaquepaque is also proud to sponsor the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off as part of the day. Last year hundreds of folks attended and it just gets more popular every year! Prep your buds and vote for the tastiest chili! Admission is $15, children under ten are free. Presented by the Rotary Club of Sedona, funds from the event support a variety of international and local service projects including Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign and the Rotary Club of Sedona’s Imagination Library. For more information please visit www.sedonarotary.org

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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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Guided Moonlight Hike in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park: Guide Moonlight Hike

April 21st, 2016 (5:30 pm)

Moon in Sedona

If you are going to be vising Sedona, Arizona this week, don’t miss you chance to hike the red rocks during the full moon! That’s right, Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ is ready to take you out to enjoy the night time splendor of the red rocks with a Guided Moonlight Hike on April 21st!  Sedona during the day is beautiful, Sedona by moonlight is Awesome!

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

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

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

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  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
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Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, AZ

Things to do this weekend in Sedona, AZ

April 15th – 17th, 2016

Sedona Shot 309TGIF! What a wonderful weekend to be visiting the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! The forecast is showing a high of 60°on Saturday and 66° on Sunday. National Park Week kick off on Saturday, making this the perfect weekend to visit the National Parks and Monuments in the area! Also taking place this weekend: Piano on the Rocks International Festival, a guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park, and a variety of live entertainment and other events!

Featured Weekend Events and Festivals
See a full schedule of events on our Sedona Events Page

Piano on the Rocks International Festival in Sedona
April 15th – 17th, 2016
Prices Below
Piano on the RocksThis first Piano on the Rocks International Festival, “From Paris to Sedona”, celebrates great music by French composers and composers who lived in Paris. Piano on the Rocks will present masterpieces by Franck, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Chopin, Liszt, Thalberg and others. The Festival will open at the Church of the Red Rocks under a beautiful sunset. The subsequent two concerts will be held at the Sedona Creative Life Center. These three concerts will feature international pianists: Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, and Helene Tysman, laureate of the Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition. The concerts also feature Dr. Carl Schmidt, musicologist; Elizabeth Peña, narrator and member of the Duo MusicAleph and Dr. Barbara Di Toro, soprano, who will sing the Hymn To Sedona.

  • Friday, April 15th, 5:00 P.M. free Church of the Red Rocks
  • Saturday, April 16th, 7:00 P.M. $15 Creative Life Center
  • Sunday, April 17th, 7:00 P.M. 7:00 $15 Creative Life Center
    For more information please visit www.pianoontherocks.com

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Sedona Entertainment: Darius Lux TrioDarius
April 15th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
Don’t miss the Darius Lux Trio at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! This is an new ensemble of three outstanding artist coming together with some of the best soulful blues/pop/rock music to grace the stage at SBG. When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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National Park week
April 16th – 24th, 2016
Free Admission
National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks! Below you will find the National Parks and Monuments participating in Flagstaff and the Verde Valley! Grand Canyon

  • Tuziggot National Monument – Cottonwood, AZ
  • Montezuma Castle or Montezuma Well – Camp Verde, AZ
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Wupatki National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ

For more information or to see find the National Parks in you area please visit the National Park Service Website.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Celebrating Art in the Park
April 16th, 2016 (11:00 am)
Fee Waived for National Park Week
Montezuma Castle National Monument 1Dr. Patin will lead a discussion that will focus on how the country’s national parks and monuments have helped visitors deepen their understanding of nature, American history, past cultures and environments, creating an American collective imagination and national identity. These visual landscapes, according to Dr. Patin, have aided in building community across America and have created emotional connections over many generations. NPS employees and volunteers will also present an informal art show of their works from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located three miles off Interstate 17, exit 289 east, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, AZ. For more information please visit Montezuma Castle National Monument on Facebook.

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Leroy Miller Trio & The Grant Ferguson Band
April 16th, 2016 (7:00 – 10:00 pm)
Entry Fee $15
grantferguson1-778x1024LA Blues Sensation “Leroy Miller Trio” & Propulsive, Melodic Rock Powerhouse “Grant Ferguson Band” will be taking center stage at Sound Bites Grill! Leroy has toured all over the world as a supporting act for bands such as Aerosmith and the Dave Mathews Band. He has played venues ranging from The Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood to Webster Hall in Manhattan as well as arenas like the PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ and the Molsen Amphitheater in Toronto Canada. Propulsive, melodic rock guitar in the hands of Grant Ferguson is a powerful reminder of the instrument’s glory days. Influenced by some of the great axe masters: Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, The Edge and others, Ferguson is pushing his all-instrumental sound toward a new rock vision. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘Laugh-A-Tax’
April 16th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show
Laugh-a-TAX-teaser (1)Make sure you get your taxes finished so you can join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Laugh-A-Tax” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona. “In real life, there’s nothing funny about getting audited by the IRS,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “But on stage, there’s plenty of humor to be found.” Similar to the improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, Zenprov Comedy performs fast-paced, spontaneous comedic scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions and hands-on participation with the actors. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or rehearsed ahead of time. It’s completely spontaneous and never the same show twice. For more information or to purchase tickets to this night of laughter please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Rod Timanus Book Signing
April 17th, 2016 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Fee Waived for National Park Week
Rod TimanusAuthor and illustrator Rod Timanus will sign copies of his book on Montezuma Castle in an event co-sponsored by Western National Parks Association. Mr. Timanus has published numerous books on the history of the American West and in 2014 he released his Acadia Publishing edition of “Montezuma Castle National Monument”. The author will present a talk on this book starting at 11:00 am. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located three miles off Interstate 17, exit 289 east, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, AZ. For more information please visit Montezuma Castle National Monument on Facebook.

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Guided Meditation at The McLean Meditation Institute
With Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
April 17th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)
$5 donation
meditation-CDDuring the 45-minute program, simple meditation guidance is given–each week a different meditation is offered such as a Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. The McLean Meditation Institute is located at 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information on this event or to see a full calendar of events please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
April 17th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. 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. Explore ideas of other cultures that 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. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Inn of SedonaA 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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SVAC’s Open Studios Tour in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Open Studios Tour  (April 29th – May 1st, 2016)

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Make your plans today to visit the artists in Sedona, AZ during the SVAC’s Open Studios Tour taking place the last weekend of April! There will be over 40 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums, such as: ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, and sculpture.

This free, self-guided event is an annual celebration of the arts and artists in the greater Verde Valley. This non-profit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. The event is funded entirely by artist participation fees and community support. The weekend event is a free, self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily work spaces. To see a full listing of participating artists please visit www.sedonaartistscoalition.org or visit the SVAC on Facebook. The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily!

Brochures will be widely available around Sedona and the Verde Valley. They can be found in most of the Sedona Hotels and the Wine Tasting Rooms in Old Town Cottonwood. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, please stop by the front desk or the concierges desk to pick up yours.

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sedona shot 308When it comes to the staff at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2016 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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