Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Fun things to do events and entertainment this weekend in Sedona, AZ

2sedona shot 501Welcome to Sedona, AZ! It is definitely a summer weekend in the red rocks with highs in the mid 90s° today and tomorrow and a high of 100° on Sunday. Keeping that in mind, we highly suggest exploring and hiking the red rocks in the morning and evening hours. Maybe take a dip at Slide Rock State Park, or a cooler hike at West Fork Trail. Below you will find live entertainment and events taking place this weekend, we have included some interesting cinema choices showing at the Mary D. Fisher theater that you might enjoy during the hotter hours of the day, including a special showing of San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Featured Weekend Events, Entertainment and Cinema

Sedona Cinema: ‘A Hologram for the King’
Starring Tom Hanks
June 24th – 29th, 2016
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival membersHologram-teaser
The Sedona International Film Festival is please to present ‘A Hologram for the King’ at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. In recession-ravaged 2010, American businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks), broke, depressed and freshly divorced, arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. His mission: sell a state-of-the-art holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government. Adrift and alone in an unfamiliar land, Alan befriends taxi driver Yousef (Alexander Black), who chauffeurs him through the desert to the “King’s Metropolis of Economy and Trade,” a surreal ghost town of vacant skyscrapers and half-completed construction projects. For more information, showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Summer Archaeology Film Fest
Killer Whale and Crocodile(Sedona Showing)

June 24th, 2016Summer Film Fest Poster
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to present a summer of free archaeology films on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in June, July and August in Sedona and Camp Verde.The Sedona films are shown at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. The Camp Verde films are shown in the Learning Center at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

  • KillerWhaleIn Killer Whale and Crocodile carvers from two of the world’s great carving traditions come together. A First Nations carver from Canada travels into the jungles of Papua New Guinea and a New Guinea carver travels to urban Canada. Together, they share each other’s cultures and learn about the myths and legends that inform their individual artistic styles.

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Sedona Entertainment: Alice Tatum Band
June 24th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Tickets: $15
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the Alice Tatum Band! Alice Tatum has been a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for 30 years. She is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who is always on the ‘must have’ list for events needing the finest in musical entertainment. As a performer, Alice has played along side such greats as; Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
June 25th, 2016 (7:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
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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Met Live Opera Encore:’Tosca’
June 25th, 2016 (1:00 pm)Tosca_teaser2
Tickets are $15 general admission, or $12.50 for Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “Tosca” showing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Tosca” — Puccini’s enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles — features acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy’s production. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
June 25th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$12 Cover Charge
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the funky blues sound of the Sir Harrison Band! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
June 26th, 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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Guided Meditation with Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
June 26th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)
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. $5 donation. The McLean Meditation Institute is located at 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road), For more information, or to see more of the events and programs offered please visit www.mcleanmeditation.com.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
June 26th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets are $15
BriceWinstonIt’s Cool Summer Jazz in Sedona, with the Brice Winston Trio – Brice on saxophone, pianist Nick Manson and double bassist Chris Finet. It will be a Sunday afternoon of hot jazz in the beauty and coolness of the red rocks of Sedona, at Saint Luke’s Church – absolutely the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona.Saint Luke’s Chruch is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and “at the door.” For more information please visit Jazz at the Church.

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San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’
Great American Dance SeriesRomeo-and-Juliet_teaser
June 26th, 2016 (4:00 pm)
Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members
San Francisco Ballet’s glorious production of “Romeo & Juliet”, choreographed by company Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, will be screened in cinemas nationwide and at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona as part of the Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance series. As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of “Swan Lake” and “Nutcracker”, as well as the first 20th-century American “Coppélia”. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special
Valid for stays over July 1st – 5th, 2016

  • Inn of SedonaStay at our Sedona hotel a minimum of three nights between July 1st – July 5th, and save $110 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2015 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to 4th of July Concert and Laser Show and 4th of July Wet Fest!
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Sedona, AZ: 4th of July Hotel Special

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Save Money with our 4th of July Hotel Special

4th of julyDon’t delay, make your plans today to visit Sedona, Arizona over the 4th of July weekend! Save money on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona with our Rockin’ 4th of July Hotel Special! Stay a minimum of three nights between July 1st – 5th, 2016 and save $110 or more! To take advantage of this special you must make your reservations by phone directly with the hotel by calling 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344! This special also includes complimentary shuttle service to the 4th of July Wet Fest and the Indoor Laser Light Show. Please see below for more information on our hotel special and the main events taking place on Monday, the 4th! To see all the events that take place over the holiday weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special
Valid for stays over July 1st – 5th, 2016

  • Inn of SedonaStay at our Sedona hotel a minimum of three nights between July 1st – July 5th, and save $110 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2015 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to 4th of July Concert and Laser Show and 4th of July Wet Fest!

4th of July Wet Fest
Swimming Pool, Water Rides, Food and Music
July 4th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Free Event

Looking for something fun to do in Sedona, AZ during the day on 4th of July? Have a blast at Posse Ground Park! Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 1:00 pm for free recreation swim and just outside the pool gate will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. All pool rules apply and a 375 person pool maximum will be enforced. Maximum does not apply to activities outside the pool gate.

  • Parking available in the West Sedona School parking lots.
  • Water Slides, water toys, slip-n-slide.
  • All non-swimmers must be accompanied by and adult in the pool.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

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4th of July Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2016 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
sedona laser light showSpend your 4th of July “day” at the Laser Light Show and still have time to drive to your favorite fireworks show at night. A patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour in the Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. Each show is 25 minutes in duration. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

  • Four convenient Laser Show times at the top of every hour. 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to enter facility and be seated before show begins.
  • Spectators will not be allowed in late.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Beat the Heat at Slide Rock State Park

Sedona, AZ: Slide Rock State Park

The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in the Red Rocks!

Slide Rock State ParkWhen you are looking for a day of family fun and a break from the Arizona heat during your Sedona summer vacation, Slide Rock State Park is the place for you! Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. 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! It is important to remember that your picnic should be packed with the knowledge that charcoal fires are permitted in designated grills only. No wood fires allowed in grills. Propane grills and stoves are allowed, so cold cuts and salad would be a great way to go.

Slide Rock State Park also offers hiking trails. These are short trails that include a nature trail. Our favorite trail happens to be the Pendely Homestead Trail an easy 0.25 mile paved trail. This trail will take you through part of the historic Pendley Homestead and features some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon. To learn more about the trails and park please visit Slide Rock State Park.


Here is a rare look at Slide Rock without a soul in sight by Mike’s Road Trip.
Take a tour of the famous Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona, Arizona.
You can see pictures and get more information by visiting: Mike’s Road Trip.

Hours of Operation & Fees

  • May 23rd – September 1st
  • Open 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, last entry at 6:30 pm
  • Credit Cards Preferred, Cash payment requires exact change
  • Monday – Thursday admission is $20.00 per vehicle (for up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult/bycycle is $3.00)
  • Friday – Sunday and Holidays admission is $30.00 per vehicle (for up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult/bicycle is $3.00)

Tips

  • Before visiting the park please review these Park Rules.
  • During summer months Slide Rock experiences extremely high visitation. The parking lot will typically fill up from late morning through early afternoon. A long wait to enter the park may occur, especially on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity a Parking Lot Full sign will be posted at the park’s point of entry. During times of high visitation access to the park is only available from the southbound turn lane. If and when the southbound turn lane fills and begins to encroach the highway, access to the park will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Water Quality Hotline
    Current conditions are available by calling (602) 542-0202 after 9 am the day you intend on coming to the park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash & attended to at all times and Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area and can not to be left in a vehicle.
  • Include sun screen, sunglasses, water(no glass containers permitted), protein snack and a first aid kit in your backpack.
  • Anytime you go off hiking in the Red Rocks it is important to let other know where you are going.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

 

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Father’s Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Fun Things to do , Events, Festivals and Entertainment this Weekend in the Red Rocks

June 17th – 19th, 2016

Fathers Day 1

What a great weekend to be visiting Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley! We are going to be experiencing some hot weather in the red rocks but to go along with the heat there are going to be some event hotter events! Below you will find information on the Tilted Earth Festival in Cottonwood, Blues and Brews in Flagstaff, Starlight Tour on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Sedona’s Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park, Esteban live at Sound Bites, and The Darius Lux Trio live at Olde Sedona! To see a full listing of events and entertainment please visit our Sedona Events Page

We would like to wish all of the great dads out there a happy Father’s Day and we hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Please remember to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and limit hiking to the early morning and evening hours.

Featured Events

Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival – Cottonwood, AZ
All about Northern Arizona wine, rockin’ good music, and the Verde Valley community!
June 17th – 18th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 12:00 am)
Purchase Tickets here3Tilted Earth
Festival Tickets do not include Kid Zone
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 cuisine from eight gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. The event will also features Extreme Sports – BMX Impact of StuntMasters will be ripping it up throughout the evening, a special Kidzone, gaming area, art and more!. 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. 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. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.tiltedearthfestival.com or visit the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival on Facebook.

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Sedona Entertainment: Esteban 2016
June 17th & 18th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets starting at $35Esteban-Color-bc-3-2015
Don’t miss Esteban along with Teresa Joy on violin, Raul Yanez on keys and Joe Morris on drums at Sedona Sound Bites Grill. Legendary flamenco/classical guitarist Esteban mesmerizes audiences with his stunning and passionate style of Spanish Guitar that is influenced by New Age, great love songs and Latin pop. Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart, as he performs with his daughter Teresa Joy on violin and his band, the experience is a sensational expression of the inner soul. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Darius Lux Trio

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Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Blues and brewsJune 18th, 2016 (11:00 am – 9:00 pm)
The festival will feature live blues music, craft beer, a vendor garden, delicious food, and a kids area! The festival lineup will include: The Sugaray Rayford Band, Danielle Nicole, MonkyJunk, The Austin Young Band, The Blues Review Band, Smokestack Lightning and Arizona Hired Guns. This event will take place at the Continental Country Club Driving Range located at the corner of Country Club and Old Walnut Canyon 5000 E. Old Walnut Canyon in Flagstaff, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.flagstaffblues.com

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Starlight Tour on The Verde Canyon Railroad
June 18th, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Coach Class $64.95, First Class 89.95
moonlight-ride-artwork1-150x150This Saturday Night Starlight Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon and stars! It’s not just the stars that come out to play in Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds. The Canyon comes alive with the luminous glow of moon-kissed skies on Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Saturday Starlight Tours. For more information of to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
June 19th, 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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Verde Canyon Starlight Train Tours

Starlight Tours at the Verde Canyon Railroad

2016 Tour Dates: June 18th, July 16th, August 20th and September 17th

Starlight Tours

All Aboard! The Verde Canyon Railroad has announced the return of their very popular Starlight Tours! The first tour of the season will take place this weekend on June 18th!

Many of the people that visit Northern Arizona make sure to take the scenic, relaxing journey into the Verde Canyon aboard the fully-restored vintage train that calls the canyon home. During the summer time the Verde Canyon Railroad offers you the chance to see the canyon in a whole new light with their very popular Starlight Tours. The Starlight tour offers you a totally different perspective of the Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues and the wildlife that call the canyon home begin to stir as the cooler temperatures of the evening approach. I highly suggest visiting the open air cars often during the night journey into the canyon, especially when the train reaches its turn-around point at Perkinsville. The sun is usually setting around this time lighting the sky with a brilliant pallet of colors. On the ride back to the station enjoy the canvas of stars that blanket the canyon. The Starlight train departs the depot at 5:30 pm

For more information or to purchase passage aboard the Starlight tours please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad. The Starlight Tours will take place on – June 18th, July 16th, August 20th and September 17th! The Verde Canyon Railroad is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, only a 25 minute drive from Sedona,. Other than Saturday Starlight Tours, the train departs at 1:00 pm. and return at 5:00 pm. Reservations are accepted at 800.582.7245 or online at Verde Canyon Railroad.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Recognized as a Highly Ranked Hotel on the World’s Largest Travel Site

2016 Certificate of excellenceWe are proud to announce that the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona has received the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have achieved great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is thrilled to have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year in a row,” said Elizabeth McIntire/ General Manager. “We are dedicated to providing an amazing Sedona experience for our guests, and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a remarkable vote of confidence as we continue delivering superior customer care”

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Fun Things to do, Events and Entertainment this Weekend in the Red Rocks!

June 10th – 12th, 2016

Sedona, AZThe weekend is here and the weather forecast for Sedona, AZ is looking pretty good! Today, Saturday and Sunday should be in the mid to upper 80’s, making it a beautiful weekend to be out and about. We still highly suggest limiting hiking to the early morning and sunset hours, and of course remember you are in the desert, drink plenty of water when you’re out exploring the red rocks. Below you will find a variety of featured events and entertainment taking place this weekend, if you would like to see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend!

Featured Events and Entertainment

Sedona Arts Center: 12 x 12 Project and Fundraiser
Over 100 Artists Contributing to 2nd Annual Event for Local Art Lovers
June 10th, 2016
Admission: $50 Preview Tickets 5:30pm / FREE to Public at 6:30pm
12x121What do you get when you invite hundreds of extraordinary artists to create new unsigned works within a 12-inch space, and exhibit everything in support Sedona’s hometown cultural organization? Sedona Arts Center has the answer in its 2nd Annual 12x 12 Mystery Art Project and Fundraiser taking place in the historic Art Barn. And the public is invited to unlock the creative mysteries. The 12 x 12 Project invites artists and visual communicators from all over to create and donate a 12 by 12 inch work, which will be shown and offered at the event for $250—with proceeds going to support Sedona Arts Center’s programs and operations. Art lovers will find painting, photography, fiber, ceramic, and even sculptural works. What they won’t find is the artist’s signature—keeping an air of mystery for those in attendance. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Summer Archaeology Film Fest
Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods (Sedona Showing)
June 10th, 2016Summer Film Fest Poster
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to present a summer of free archaeology films on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in June, July and August in Sedona and Camp Verde.The Sedona films are shown at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. The Camp Verde films are shown in the Learning Center at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

  • chac_moon-goddess_chocolateChocolate: Pathway to the Gods explores the 3,500 year-old history of this divine substance through ritual and obsession. From Mayan kings who were buried with it, to urban professionals who bathe in it, the film begins in ancient Mesoamerica and journeys throughout time to Europe’s finest chocolate houses where chocolate is still revered as one of mankind’s highest expressions of decadence. Archeological and anthropological revelations expose the sacred realm of cacao and give the viewer a whole new perspective on chocolate.

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Sedona Entertainment: David Miller and The Other Sinners
June 10th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present David Miller and The Other Sinners!“David Miller’s music is earthy and soulful. David Michael Miller and his band, Miller and The Other Sinners bring a sweet blend of blues/gospel/americana/r&b with a splash a cayenne pepper. A bluesy rock style, a rich voice and guitar, along with years of experience. On Tour, don’t miss this is one great bands to come to Sedona and Live at Sound Bites Grill. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
June 11th, 2016 (7:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
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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Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘Marriage for Dummies
June 11th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show.
Marriage-teaserJune is a month filled with weddings, anniversaries and engagements, especially in Sedona! So join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Marriage For Dummies” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. Zenprov plans to lampoon this venerable institutions from all angles— courtship, proposals, marriage, kids, divorce, until death do us part and beyond — are all fair game. The troupe embraces the Del Close method of improv acting, which emphasizes the “group mind” that mysteriously develops during a performance. Miraculously, the player’s minds fuse together to create a “super mind” where they practically finish each others sentences—and often do. Laughter ensues. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Guided Geology Hike
June 12th, 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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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
See why our guests love our hotel. Great views, beautiful setting, your red rock home away from home!

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Summer Hotel Special for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Stay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night!

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Summer has arrived in the red rocks, hikers are enjoying early morning hikes, summer events and festivals are under way, and lovers are enjoying the romantic sunsets, all while saving money with our 2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special!

2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Stay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Tips for Summer Hiking in Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Tips for our guests, and their dogs, for Summer Hiking in the red rocks!

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It is that time of year again, summer heat is moving into the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. You will want to make sure to take certain precautions if you go out exploring, especially if you hike with your dog. Even though we are at a higher elevation than Phoenix we still get hot. Afternoon temperatures can get up into the high 90’s and occasional 100s, this is the dessert after all! With that in mind we wanted to share with you some tips we have learned from our own experiences and our guests’ over the years. Please, take our tips seriously, especially about your beloved dogs, they rely on you to keep them safe. And if you are reading this and have some more helpful hints please share them with us so that we can pass them on. We have also found some great advice here www.sedonadogandcat.com/sedona_pet_safety.html

Tips for Summer hiking in Sedona (Humans and Pets)

  • Avoid hiking during the heat of the day
    During the summer months we highly suggest keeping your hikes restricted to the early morning. Remember this great rule of thumb, if you are hiking with your dog place your hand on the trail surface, especially if it is red rocks. If it is hot to the touch, it is too hot for paws! There are protective ‘booties’ available for dogs, if yours is willing to wear them. If they aren’t willing just be aware of the surface you’re walking on, black top especially. One of our favorite early morning hikes is West Fork Trail, it provides a lot of shade and remains very cool. Dogs are permitted on this trail provided they remain on a leash. We also highly suggest getting in contact with the friendly folks at The Hike House. They have a wealth of knowledge about hiking in Sedona. You can visit their website by clicking here!
  • Bring plenty of water
    Water is key to hiking anytime of year in Sedona, but it’s critical in the summer months! Dehydration can happen quickly in our high desert climate. Never take a chance, bring plenty of water, and make sure to keep your dog hydrated too! The early morning hikes might seem cool and gentle, but don’t be fooled, make sure you and your pooch DRINK PLENTY OF WATER before, during and after your hike. Always bring extra as we all know sometimes our four legged friends spill as much as they drink! Often dogs will drink from a bottle or your hands, in my case I carry around a bowl that tucks into my hiking bag. Jasper enjoys it more that way and at least I know he is getting more of the water he needs.
  •  Limit your time hiking
    All of us that like to explore, love to hike, but you really need to limit your distance and time out on the trail. Remember, if you are hot, your dog is more than likely twice as hot.
  • Being Aware on the Trail
    Sedona is beautiful to hike, but you must keep some things in mind during the summer months. Be Aware on the Trail, not only for yourself but for your dog as well. While it is not common, it is possible to see a snake, and if you see it you know your super rocking dog sees it too. Staying on the trail will really slim your chances of seeing one, but stay aware. You know as well as I do, if it is something new to your dog they will want to investigate, another great reason to keep them leashed and under your control. I really don’t think they would enjoy an accidental walk into a cactus!
  • Always let others know where you are hiking
    Make sure to always let others know where you will be hiking, friend, family or even a hotel staff member. And make sure to bring a cell phone that is charged.
  • Summer hiking snacks
    Along with water I always bring along protein snacks or fruit for a hike. For me I bring nuts, seeds and grapes. For my buddy Jasper I like to bring along his dog food and a few treats. Did you know that they even make backpacks for dogs! I would not want to use one during a summer hike even in the early morning, but if you are out during a cooler time of year it would be a great idea. You will find a lot of helpful information on what to pack when hiking with your dog here www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_hiking_with_your_dog

 Above all else, just think before you hike. We hope this helps a little bit and remember please feel free to share your tips, suggestions and ideas.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Your Weekend Guide to Fun Things to do in Sedona, AZ

June 3rd – 5th, 2016

Sedona Shots 312Are you ready for the weekend? Well, Sedona is ready for you! There are a lot of great events taking place this weekend including the lluminate Film Festival, “Palet” at Tlaquepaque, Sedona’s 1st Friday in the Galleries, the Jerome Art Walk, and some great live entertainment at several different venues! You will find information on the highlighted events below, to see even more please visit our Sedona Events Page.

We would also like to send out a friendly reminder to everyone who is visiting Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley during the summer season. Make sure to stay hydrated! Carry water with you even if you are just taking a little walk around town. And if you enjoy hiking in the red rocks, we highly suggest early morning and sunset hikes.

Feature Weekend Events

Illuminate Film Festival
June 1st – 5th, 2016
Illuminate Film Festivallluminate 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. For more information or to purchase tickets/passes for the festival please visit the Illuminate Film Festival website.

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Tlaquepaque introduces Palet
June 3rd – 5th, 2016
308381384Tlaquepaque provides the perfect place for artistic inspiration with its lush flower gardens, cobblestone walkways, and charming patios and fountains. This weekend, you are warmly invited to meander its grounds and observe many gifted Arizona artists ply their art. Each is well versed in the plein air Legacy style of painting that uses no camera or imaging technologies to record the changing light of day. Live staged models will be striking painterly poses in three courtyards from 10 am to 2 pm daily. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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

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Sedona Entertainment – Green Light Dance Band
June 3rd, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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Are you ready to dance! Don’t miss Green Light Dance Band at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! A dance band, a jam band, a vocal harmony group — all these descriptions can be used to define Green Light. The songs they write take you back, bring us here and carry us forward. They are timeless. People start singing along by the second stanza even if they never heard it before. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Sedona Entertainment: Eric Miller Trio
June 4th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover Charge
Eric MillerSound Bites Grill is please to present the Eric Miller Trio! Dance to the Original Latin & Popular Cover music by one of the hottest dance bands in Northern AZ! Eric Miller is one of the most outstanding singer/songwriters of this generation, he is able to blend the sounds of yesterday into his own modern day flamenco and Latin influenced music. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Jerome Art Walk
June 4th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture
“Why Dark Skies Matter” with Dr. Matthew
June 5th, 2016 ( 1:00 pm)
Included with park entrance fees
WhyDarkSkiesMatterWhy should we turn out the lights and enjoy the darkness? Why is it important that we protect our nighttime views of the sky? Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. In this talk we will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky with our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Philosophy, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience—an Arizona Benefit Corporation. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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