Sedona International Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!

21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival

February 21st – March 1st, 2015

Sedona film festival Sedona International Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona, Arizona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet, the 21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival taking place February 21st – March 1st, 2015!

The Sedona International Film Festival celebrates more than 21 years of screenings and educational workshops. In that history, the Festival has achieved recognition as a world-class film festival. Each year, audiences and the next generation of filmmakers come together from all over the world to participate in this inspiring celebration of the power of independent film. The 2015 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. There will be special tribute celebrating the 100th birthday of director and actor Orson Welles. There will be a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives in Sedona. She will be joined by renowned film critic and family friend Jeffrey Lyons. The full schedule of films, workshops, panel discussions and events will be announced soon!

There are a variety of passes and ticket packages available for this Sedona event, for more information or to purchase passes/tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival  and enjoy 360 degree red rock views from our promenade decks, free hot breakfast, and complimentary WiFi. Don’t worry about finding your way around Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival! Add some adventure to your stay at the Inn of Sedona and save 20% or more with these Sedona Vacation Activity Packages!

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Spend Valentine’s Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Treat Your Special Someone to a Valentine’s Day Weekend in Sedona!

February 13th – 15th, 2015

Valentines Spend Valentines Weekend in Sedona, AZ

This Valentine’s Day skip the flowers and candy hearts and treat your special someone to the beautiful scenery of Sedona, Arizona and a special excursion aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Chocolate Lovers Festival train!

Sedona, Arizona is known for it’s beautiful sunsets and vibrant colors of the red rocks that surround it! Stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and enjoy beautiful views from our award-winning terraced design that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views! Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and in the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the deck, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. Than add to all of that the Chocolate Lovers Festival at the Verde Canyon Railroad and you have one awesome, romantic, special Valentines Day weekend!

Chocolate Lovers’ Festival at the Verde Canyon Railroad
Choclovers rezweb giftcard1 300x300 Spend Valentines Weekend in Sedona, AZThis 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 confectionery 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 with your special someone while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a first-class car! Now that’s a Valentine gift filled with romance, love and Chocolate! The Verde Canyon Railroad is locate only 40 minutes from Sedona in Clarkdale, Arizona. To learn more about the Chocolate Lovers Festival or to purchase tickets to this chocolate lovers event please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

For more information about our Sedona hotel or to make reservations for the Valentine’s Day weekend please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona. If you choose to stay with us please take full advantage of our concierge, she can help you with your Valentines plans!

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What’s Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals January 2015

By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

What will be hot for 2015?

Christopher Dobrowolski Whats Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher DobrowolskiAs we head into a new year, restaurateurs are always chasing that question. Well, here’s what I have; from what I would like to believe, and what is already out there in “cyber world”.

For years people have been saying butter is sooo bad for you, but come to find out that not all fat is a bad thing. Organic butter is one of the best sources of good fat, and your body recognizes it, so it’s easier to digest and waaaay better for you then the giant science experiment called margarine. Also, while we are speaking of fat, I am positive over the next year we are going to see the prices of olive oil dropping through the floor as many new and exciting oils are really gaining popularity like avocado, coconut, flaxseed, etc. All these oils, in my opinion, are outstanding options when cooking because their flavors do not overpower the center of the plate item like olive oil can.

Let’s get it out of the way and chat briefly about the horrible “D” word… That’s right Diet. We all know someone that is still strictly gluten free, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it has been proven time and again that it is OK to indulge every now and again, just don’t sit down and eat a loaf of white bread. If you are going to eat a little bit of gluten make sure you’re enjoying it in some of its other forms, like Worcestershire sauce or the chipotles, that way it won’t reset all your hard work. The other diet trend that is still raging is Paleo, not a bad thing either, but you don’t have to go crazy with it. Simply follow a no sugar or no carbohydrate diet and save yourself the frustration.

Last but not least: 2015 flavor profiles for food are still running strong from 2013! Umami, one of the 5 basic tastes representing savory, is still my all-time favorite. You can find strong umami in dry aged meats and fermented foods like black garlic, heirloom spinach and nice mushrooms. The other flavor profile I’m so excited about is pickling. O man I love a great pickle! But this is not just about a great pickled cucumber; it’s about the great acidic sour flavor that makes your mouth pucker. Sour flavor mashed with Umami is the taste that’s “where it’s at” for 2015.

Alright, that’s what I have so far for 2015. I’m going to leave you with a funny recipe to poke fun at some of my Paleo friends. icon smile Whats Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Organic Paleo Gluten Free BrowniesFirehouse Whats Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Ingredient:

  • 1 Computer, Smart Phone or Communication Device

Directions:

  • Contact “Firehouse Donuts” and order a dozen from Nisreen Diab
  •  Pick up and enjoy!!

 Have an amazing 2015 everyone!

 

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Special Hotel Rate for 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Special Lodging Rate for Attendees of the Sedona Yoga Festival!

Rate Valid February 5th – 8th, 2015

sedona shots 5 Special Hotel Rate for 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona would like to welcome all of the attendees of the 2014 Sedona Yoga Festival with a very special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. The Sedona Yoga Festival will be taking place from February 5th – 8th, 2015. This 4 day festival offers you the opportunity to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with yoga, music and energy work in the spiritual center of the West. With 108 presenters and intimate venues, you weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona. For more information on the festival please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

Sedona Yoga Special Hotel Rate for 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival taking place February 5th – 8th and save up to $40.00 a night! Just let us know you are attending the Festival, it’s that easy! Please call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Yoga Festival Rate” to make your reservations. This discounted rate is for lodging only, you will need to purchase your passes separately at the Sedona Yoga Festival website. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!

Weekend of Events in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

January 16th – 19th, 2015

power of the heart teaser Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Visit Sedona, Arizona this Martin Luther King holiday weekend. You can nurture your soul and be enlightened at Sedona World Wisdom Days, enjoy live entertainment at various venues, enjoy some laughs at the Zenprov Comedy show, and even get started on planning your dream wedding at the Sedona Bridal Fair! It is seriously a jammed packed weekend!

Below you will find a highlighted list of events for the weekend, if you are planning to attend some of these events and would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona please make your reservations as soon as possible, we only have a few rooms left. Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

Highlighted Weekend Events for Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley

Sedona World Wisdom DaysSedona World Wisdom Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 15th – 19th, 2015
Sedona is renowned for its magic and sacred land and Sedona World Wisdom Days brings you the luxury of being surrounded by the stunning red rocks and combines it with a profound and inspired purpose. This 4 day festival offers world class speakers, best selling authors, informative workshops, a book fair and an inspirational film festival designed to uplift the human spirit. For more information or to register for this Sedona festival please visit Sedona World Wisdom Days.

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Neil Diamond’ Tribute Show
January16th, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Tickets starting at $20
eddie diamond2 Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Eddie Diamond and his fabulous AZ Diamond band perform a stunning tribute to the legendary Neil Diamond at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. Eddie’s uncanny vocal impersonation of this iconic superstar has taken his tribute act to theaters across the country as well as casino’s,resorts, fundraisers,festivals,and numerous corporate events. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Cinema- ‘The Power of the Heart’
Premiere Screenings with Filmmakerspower of the heart teaser Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 16th and 19th, 2015
The Sedona International Film Festival will present four special premiere screenings of “The Power of the Heart” in celebration of Sedona World Wisdom Days. The film will be presented at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theater. A breathtaking film featuring the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukav and the stories of souls transformed by love, all over the world, “The Power of the Heart” has the potential to generate a quantum leap in humankind’s capacity for love, connectedness, compassion, and understanding. For more information, showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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5th Annual Sedona Bridal Fair 2015 Postcard SedonaBridalFair Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 17th, 2015 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
The Sedona Bridal Fair represents Arizona’s most outstanding wedding vendors, including many award-winning specialists in their field. Sedona is the perfect location for a wedding. Whether you’re intimate, classic, or a sensational Bride, you’ll find all your wedding vendors at the Sedona Bridal Fair. Over 25,000 displays, vignettes, and exhibits. Enjoy ongoing entertainment, hourly raffles and gifts, along with food and cake samples. For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Bridal Fair.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show:’Aloha-Ha-Ha Sedona!’
January 17th, 2015 (7:30 pm)
zen teaserJan Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “ALOHA-HA-HA SEDONA!” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. “Since one of our long-time troupe members, Mike Burdick, is moving to Maui we decided to call this show “ALOHA-HA-HA,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “We’re going to give Mike a proper send off by featuring both his skills as an improviser as well as his talents as comic musician.” For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Live Entertainment – Marley Taylor Trio
January 17th, 2015 (7:00 pm) Sound Bites Grill Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
Tickets:$10.00
From the sounds of Fleetwood Mac to the current hits of Pharrell, former Las Vegas Headliner/Singer/Songwriter, Marley Taylor, sings her ways thru the pop charts alongside bassist and husband, Chris DeHerrera, and guitarist/trumpeter, Bob Powers at Sound Bites in Sedona. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Comedy Concert featuring Greg Tamblyn (Cottonwood, AZ)greg tamblyn Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 17th, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Award-winning humorist brings Comedy Concert to Cottonwood, Arizona. Dubbed “a contemporary Mark Twain” by author Dr. Larry Dossey, award-winning “transformational humorist” and songwriter Greg Tamblyn brings his irreverent humor and sideways view of life to Old Town Center for the Arts. Tamblyn’s unique musical wit provides the perfect dose of conscious comic relief from the workday blues, global anxiety, and personal challenges. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
January 18th, 2014 (3:00pm – 5:00 pm)
JazzBumperStickerUpAndDown Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Spend an afternoon in Sedona in the magnificent setting of Saint Luke’s Church enjoying the sounds of West Coast Jazz featuring the Nick Manson Duo! Tickets are only $13! St Luke’s is located On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

BWIS 2 Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!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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Visit Sedona, Arizona before or after the Super Bowl!

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Visit the Red Rocks of Sedona while Visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl!

visit Sedona Visit Sedona, Arizona before or after the Super Bowl!

Super Bowl XLIX is almost here! It has come down to the Seahawks and Patriots, we don’t know who will win, but what we DO know is while you’re in AZ for the big game you shouldn’t miss the chance to experience the red rocks of Sedona! Located just two hours from the University of Phoenix Stadium, Sedona is the perfect place to spend some down time before or after the Super Bowl! Enjoy beautiful scenery, hiking, biking, and fun before heading to the game on Sunday or just come kick back and refresh after the festivities are over. If you’re a runner you could participate in the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon! If you love hiking, try one of the 143 different trail heads in Sedona, offering an unbelievable selection of hikes for all experience and fitness levels.

Guess what else? If you would like to visit Sedona before or after the Super Bowl, and would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we will give you a special Super Bowl Rate. All you have to do to receive a 15% discount on your entire stay is call us directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the Super Bowl Special, it’s that easy. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans today to visit the red rocks of Sedona!

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It’s Almost Time for the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon Event

10th Annual Sedona Marathon

January 31st, 2015

On your mark, get set, ready, GO!

1416520861 Its Almost Time for the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon EventIt is almost that time of year again. When the red rocks of Sedona, AZ are filled with the sounds of runners pushing themselves to do better and get healthier, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of Sedona.

The entire Sedona area is ready to welcome thousands of runners,as well as their families and friends, for a weekend of fierce competition and neighborly camaraderie at the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon presented by Northern Arizona Healthcare!

Oh, wait a minute, you didn’t hear about the marathon and you want to participate? No problem! You can still register for any of the four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon! What are you waiting for, register today at http://www.sedonamarathon.com. If you would like more information about this event please visit the Sedona Marathon Event website.

All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona would like to do our part in making it more affordable for the participants and their families to stay in red rock country during this event by offering our Sedona Marathon Lodging Special. This special is valid the weekend of the marathon for participants, and the spectators who come to cheer them on!

Special Lodging Rates During the 2015 Sedona Marathon

  • Sedona Marathon Its Almost Time for the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon EventValid January 30th, 2015 – February 1st, 2015
  • Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the Sedona Marathon
  • A complimentary special marathon shuttle for early drop off the day of the race.
  • 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 “Marathon Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Special Sedona Hotel Rate for Sedona World Wisdom Days

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Special Lodging Rate for Sedona World Wisdom Days

Sedona World Wisdom Days Special Sedona Hotel Rate for Sedona World Wisdom DaysThe Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona would like to welcome the attendees of the World Wisdom Days to Sedona, Arizona by offering special room rates for all those attending! Our central location and complimentary “About Town Shuttle” will make your experience not only enlightening but stress free.

Sedona World Wisdom Days Lodging Special

  • Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona from January 15th – 19th, 2015, during the Sedona World Wisdom Days event.
  • This special is for lodging only, passes to this event must be purchased at www.sedonaworldwisdomdays.com
  • Sedona World Wisdom Days will be taking place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center – Let us do the driving our complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you op from the center.
  • Enjoy a Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast before heading out to this event!
  • To take advantage of this offer please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Wisdom Days Special Rate”
  • To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

Sedona World Wisdom Days
January 15th – 19th, 2015
The Sedona World Wisdom Days brings you the luxury of being surrounded by the mystical energy of Sedona and combines it with a profound and inspired purpose. This 4 day festival offers world class speakers, best selling authors, informative workshops, a book fair and an inspirational film festival designed to uplift the human spirit. To learn more about this Sedona event, purchase passes or to see a full line up of guest speakers please visit Sedona World Wisdom Days. You can also visit Sedona World Wisdom Days on Facebook.

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Plan Your Wedding at the Sedona Bridal Fair!

Attention Brides: Plan your Entire Wedding at the Sedona Bridal Fair

January 17th, 2015

2015 Postcard SedonaBridalFair Plan Your Wedding at the Sedona Bridal Fair!Saying I Do in Sedona? Come experience the magic of the red rocks, see Sedona’s wedding venues and plan your entire wedding all in one day at the fabulous Sedona Bridal Fair! This annual event will be taking place January 17th, 2015 at the Poco Diablo Resort from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Sedona is the perfect location for a wedding. Whether you’re an intimate, classic, or sensational Bride, you’ll find all your wedding vendors at the Sedona Bridal Fair. The fair has Sedona’s best award winning venues as well as wedding professionals that will help you make your day unique. There are lots of activities planned throughout the day. Raffles, giveaways, food tasting stations, dessert bar, cakes and even hair & make-up samples! This event is going to be a lot of fun!

Tickets for this Sedona event are only $10 per bride and $5 per guest. For more information or to register and purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Bridal Fair website. You can also visit the Sedona Bridal Fair on Facebook.

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If you are coming from out of town to attend this event and would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our “Winter Wonderful” hotel special!

“Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • 2IOS 2 Plan Your Wedding at the Sedona Bridal Fair!Special Rate Valid January 5th – 25th, 2015
  • 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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Sedona, AZ – January Winter Wonderful Hotel Special

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

We are Extending our Winter Wonderful Hotel Special!

Snow NYE Sedona, AZ   January Winter Wonderful Hotel SpecialHappy 2015 everyone! All of us at Inn of Sedona had a great time over the holidays with our guests and their pets in the red rocks! Since many of our guests took advantage of our December “Winter Wonderful” hotel special we have decided to extend it into January 2015! We consider it a small way to thank all our guests that helped to make our holidays warm and bright! Cheers to 2015 and we hope to see you soon in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, AZ!

“Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • 2IOS 2 Sedona, AZ   January Winter Wonderful Hotel SpecialSpecial Rate Valid January 5th – 25th, 2015
  • 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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