2016 Updated Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ

Fall in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

fallWe have just finished updating our 2016 Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ.  Find all the fun events and festivals taking place in Sedona and the Verde Valley from September to November here. Have a great vacation and we hope to see you soon.

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October Guided Hikes in Sedona, AZ

October Hikes at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Guided Moonlight, Archaeology, Geology, and Ethnobotany Hikes!

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Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona welcomes you to red rocks with a variety of guided hikes this October! Guided Geology, Archaeology and  Ethnobotany hikes are back on the calendar, and the last Guided Moonlight hike for the season will be taking place. This is a great month to visit the park and learn more about Sedona’s red rock formations, plant life, wildlife, history and past cultures that inhabited the area!

Sedona Geology Hike
October 9th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Included with the park entrance fee

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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
October 15th, 2016 (Arrive at 5:00 pm)Moonlight hike
This will be the last Full Moon Hike for the year at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about the natural history of Sedona. The hike lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A non-refundable $5.00 program fee per person is required to reserve your spot in the hike in addition to the regular entrance fees on the day of the hike. Participants are encouraged to arrive at the park approximately 30 minutes before the hike starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children under seven are not permitted. Wear suitable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots (928.282-6907).

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Guided Archaeology Hike
October 16, 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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Sunday Lecture Series: Why Dark Skies Matter
Dr. Matthew Goodwin
October 23rd, 2016 (11:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees
Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park is pleased to present Why Dark Skies Matter with Dr. Matthew Goodwin. Why 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 Dr. Matthew Goodwin will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky using our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Seating is limited so call the park to reserve your spot (928.282.6907). For more information please visit Red Rock state Park.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
October 23rd (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (8:00 am)
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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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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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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Oktoberfest at Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

“Ales on Rails” Oktoberfest Celebration

vcrar1If you are going to be visiting Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley in the month of October and love a good Oktoberfest celebration, then you will not want to miss “Ales on Rails” at the Verde Canyon Railroad! This is not just a one weekend event, this celebration takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October!

The party starts at 11:00 am on the depot patio with a mouthwatering luncheon of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, all served to the rhythmic tunes of a polka serenade. Lunch is only $11 and the logo beer glasses that come with 5 beer tastings are $10!

The 1:00 pm train whistle signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails with specialty beers served on-board, including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted in Sedona by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery.

October at the Verde Canyon Railroad is not just about Oktoberfest, it is also the beginning of their Fall Colors Tour! This Fall excursion into the Verde Canyon is absolutely one of our all time favorites! Passengers on the Verde Canyon Railroad are treated to a gentle ride through a high-walled canyon painted in an array of vibrant autumn hues that shimmer and change around every curve in the track.

“The peak of the fall colors in the Verde Canyon depends on temperature, sunlight, and rainfall amounts. Timing can vary each year and can never be predicted exactly, however, passengers can generally be assured of viewing brilliant colors October through Thanksgiving, with the colorful climax reaching its peak during early November. Reservations should be made early, as this is a very popular time.” – Verde Canyon Railroad

Standard train fares apply, so we highly suggest taking advantage of our Inn of Sedona “Romancing the Rails” Vacation Package that includes one night at our hotel and two first class tickets on the train!

The Verde Canyon Railroad is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, only a 25 minute drive from Sedona. The train departs at 1:00 pm. and returns at 5:00 pm. If you are not taking advantage of our “Romancing the Rails” package and would like to purchase your tickets separately; reservations for the train are accepted at 800.582.7245 or online at Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

This Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Festivals, Events, and Live Entertainment

September 23rd – 25th, 2016

Sedona Shot 309A big welcome to all of our guests and visitors here in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona and ‘Cheers’ to those who are attending the Sedona Winefest! We wanted to make sure to remind our Inn of Sedona guests to leave the driving to us and take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle! We will take you to and from this premiere wine event!

There are a lot of other great events taking place this weekend, not just the Winefest. Below you will see our top picks for events and live entertainment taking place during your stay, to see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, have fun, be safe and experience all that Sedona has to offer!

Manhattan Short Film Festival
September 23rd – 28th, 2016
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival membersmanhattan_short_teaser
Film goers in Sedona will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This year, Manhattan Short received a record 844 short film entries from 52 countries — a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. The ten finalists hail from eight countries. These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Cinema-goers will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. In addition, for the first time, all of the Final 10 short films will become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will become automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination. For more information, film schedule or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment: Sorrell Park Band
September 23rd, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present the Sorrell Park Band! Nicki & Kyle are a Phoenix based music duo. They can be seen performing locally and touring as solo acts, duo and/or with a full band. Both singer/songwriters perform an eclectic mix of covers and originals. Kyle’s amazing vocals and guitar loops pair nicely with Nicki’s smooth sound and harmonies. With amazing versatility, Nicki & Kyle offer something for everybody and are sure thing for musical entertainment! For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
September 23rd – 25th, 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.
September 23rd – The Mods (9:00 pm)
September 24th, 2016 – DJ R1 (9:00 pm)
September 25th, 2016 – NFL Sunday on the big screens all day! All Star Karaoke starts after the Sunday Night Game.

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Verde River Day – Cottonwood, AZ
September 24th, 2016 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood will celebrate its 28th annual Verde River Day! Arizona State Parks has waived park entrance fees for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day.Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance. For more information please visit www.verderiverday.com

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8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 24th – 25th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
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The Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley. The event also includes cuisine from local food vendors, music by local talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition by Plein-Air artists, and free wine education seminars. General admission tickets are available online at at the early online price of $25 and at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available. For more information please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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Following the Monarch Migration
Red Rock State Park with Gail Morris
September 25th, 2016 (9:00 am)
MonarchNewsletterPicEvery Fall Monarch butterflies undergo a rigorous, long-range migration to their overwintering sites in Mexico and California. Late September is the time they typically move through our state and hopefully a fair number will pass through Red Rock State Park. Join Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and Vice Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. Tagging Monarchs allows the Southwest Monarch Study to increase the public knowledge of migratory patterns and determine the destination of Monarch butterflies that pass through our area. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors – hats, closed-toed shoes, water, sunblock, and binoculars are encouraged. This program is included with park entrance fees or a valid Flagstaff Festival of Science Passport.
However, space is limited, so call to reserve your spots at 928.282-6907.
For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Winefest this Coming Weekend!

2016 Sedona Winefest

September 24th – 25th, 2016

sedona-winefestArizona Wine, great food, live entertainment, beautiful scenery and fun is exactly what you will find at the Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest taking place at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley.

Take one part Arizona wineries, add tasty food, marvelous music, vendors galore, mini seminars on all things wine, toss in exciting raffle prizes, an Art Exhibit, and some fantastic views, and what do you get? Sedona Winefest 2016, which has become a fall tradition in Sedona. Just as the wine industry has blossomed in Arizona, so has the attendance at Sedona Winefest, growing from 700 guests in 2009 to over 2500 in 2015, and drawing wine lovers from near and far. Come join us for Sedona Winefest 2016, and experience and taste the spirit of Sedona. – www.sedonawinefest.com

General admission tickets are available online at the early online price of $25 and at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

shuttleStay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 8th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate.

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AZ Event: Verde River Day this Weekend

Verde River Day in Cottonwood, AZ

September 24th, 2016

riverdays_bg_2016Have some outdoor family fun at Dead Horse Ranch State Park during Verde River Day taking place this coming Saturday, September 24th, 2016! The Park is located in Cottonwood, AZ, only a short drive from Sedona (see map below). Arizona State Parks has waived park entrance fees for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. The celebration will kick off at 9:00 am and go until 3:00 pm.

Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed on this day. There will also be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day.

Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance. The activities on Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde River’s riparian habitat. For more information on this event please visit www.verderiverday.com

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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Inn of SedonaA visit to Sedona, AZ can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or jeep tours into the red rocks, 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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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Fun things to do, Events and Live Entertainment this Weekend

September 16th – 18th, 2016

Sedona Shots 312It is time for another great weekend of fun in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Thunder Valley Rally kicks off today, Friday, September 16th, in Cottonwood, AZ, and tonight there is a “Guided Moonlight Hike” at Red Rock State Park, with telescope viewing after the hike! Anthony Mazzella will also be live tonight at Sound Bites Grill! Also taking place this weekend: Red Rose Sedona Arts and Crafts Show, Starlight Tour on the Verde Canyon Railroad and all the football you can handle on the big screens at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. And of course, great weather for hiking and biking in the red rocks! Have a great weekend!

15th Annual Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 16th – 17th, 2016
Thunder ValleyVisit Bootleg Capital of Arizona, historic Cottonwood, AZ for the 15th annual Thunder Valley Rally!Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley, Bootlegging Poker Run (registration fee), “Lucky Penny” Bike Show and an awesome line up of free live concerts! Street parking for motorcycles is only $10 and includes entrance to the concert area. Don’t have a bike? No problem. Main concert area entrance is a mere $5 starting each day at 5 p.m. for the national acts. For more information or to register for the poker run please visit the Thunder Valley Rally website.

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Red Rock State Park
Guided Sedona Full Moon Hike
September 16th, 2016 (5:30 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee in addition to the regular entrance fees
Moonlight hikeLed by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about Sedona. A knowledgeable guide will provide interpretive information on topics such as park history, archaeology, geology, botany, and local wildlife. The hike lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children 7 and under are not permitted on this hike. Wear suitable clothing and closed toed shoes, bring water, and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots 928.282.6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
The Astronomers of Verde Valley will set up their telescopes for a moon viewing at the conclusion of the hike.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
September 16th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets Starting at $20
Dinner & Show Packages Available
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
September 17th – 18th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. If you are a guest of ours at the Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop your off and pick you up at this event in our complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle. This event takes place at the parking lot of The Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. For more information please visit www.redroseinspiration.org.

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Starlight Tour on The Verde Canyon Railroad
September 17th, 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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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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Upcoming Sedona, Arizona Hotel Specials

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September and October Hotel Specials

event-specials-1If you have had a chance to check out our Fall Festival Guide then you already know some of the great events coming up at the end of September through October! From the Sedona Winefest to the Plein Air Festival it is going to be a very busy fall in the red rocks! With that in mind we have created some event hotel specials that will save you money on your lodging at the Inn of Sedona. Our rooms fill up fast so take advantage of these discounts and reserve your room soon.

Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Winefest
Valid September 24th – 25th, 2016

SWF-Logos-FINALSStay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 8th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate. It’s that simple! You will need to purchase your Sedona Winefest tickets separately at the Sedona Winefest website, or if you prefer, tickets are available at the event entrance.

8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 24th – 25th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Purchase Tickets here
The Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley. The event also includes cuisine from local food vendors, music by local talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition by Plein-Air artists, and free wine education seminars. General admission tickets are available online at the early online price of $25 and at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Plein Air Festival
Valid October 15th – 22nd, 2016

Sedona-Plein-Air-FestivalStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival and save up to $40 dollars a night! Enjoy great views from the award winning terraced decks, free hot breakfast every morning and use of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle available to all of our guest. And you can also pick your room type! This week long festival takes place in October. All you have to do to take advantage of this special is call our hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Plein Air Festival Rate” to make your reservations. It’s that easy!

12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 15th – 22nd 2016
Plein Air Festival is a celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes of 30 of the finest plein air painters in the country. The week long festival will feature these painters all over town,on the streets, trail-heads, creeks and vistas, capturing the beauty of the Sedona area on canvas. “En pleinair,” French for “in the open air,” is a spontaneous art form with artists creating outdoors, responding to the immediacy of the moment and reflecting the excitement of the changing light, weather conditions and deepening shadows on canvas. For more information visit Sedona Plein Air Festival.

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Special Lodging Rates During Red Rocks Oktoberfest
Valid October 21st – 23rd, 2016

  • RROFReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the Red Rocks Oktoberfest
  • No worries about kicking back and enjoying a few beers, our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Red Rocks Oktoberfest Special”
  • You will need to purchase your Red Rocks Oktoberfest tickets separately
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Red Rock Oktoberfest
October 22nd, 2016
The Rotary Club of the Sedona Red Rocks is hosting the Red Rocks Oktoberfest on at the Posse Grounds Park. This traditional German celebration of the harvest season features 10+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers. This event moved locations to the park to allow for a longer event, more people, better views, parking, food, etc! A portion of all proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks. Come for the beer and German food and enjoy yourself at this charity event! For more information visit the Sedona Red Rock Oktoberfest on Facebook.

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Explore Sedona, Arizona this Fall

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Things to do in Sedona, Arizona this Fall

fall-2-2Late September, October and November are by far the most popular months to visit Sedona, AZ! The crisp air, blue skies and majestic sunrises and sunsets have visitors flocking to the red rocks to hike, bike and explore the trails and historical sites in the area. The daytime temperatures in the fall are mild, but keep in mind the early morning and late evening can be a bit chilly, so pack accordingly. If you are a first time visitor to the Verde Valley area, you may be asking what tours should I take, what attractions should I visit, and what hikes are the best this time of year. After taking suggestions from our staff, returning fall guests and our friends and family we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Sedona in the fall.

During this time of year you really want to make sure to plan ahead, tours and accommodations need to be made as far in advance as possible. As always our Concierges are here to help ensure our guests of the Inn of Sedona experience everything on their wish list. They can set up tours, make restaurant reservations, give suggestions for hiking and biking trails, pass on information about events and festivals taking place during your stay and anything else you need to make your vacation special. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 before your stay. They can help you plan your activities ahead of time or you can also visit them in the Lobby once you get here!

Hiking West Fork Trail
Fall in ArizonaWhen it comes to Fall hikes in the Sedona, Arizona area an all time favorite hike would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. Fall is the most popular time of year to take this hike when the beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies serves as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant fall foliage in Oak Creek Canyon, but there is no bad time of year to enjoy this hike. This three mile hike takes you into the beautiful Canyon and stays fairly level and near the creek. You will however benefit from wearing a good pair of hiking boots. There are tree roots that you can easily trip over if you are not paying attention to were you are walking and keep in mind that there are place where you will be crossing the stream. This is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona and can be extremely busy. I would recommend either going in the early morning or during the week…read more

Out of Africa Wildlife ParkOut of Africa wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The cooler fall temperatures really give you and your family a chance to enjoy all the fun, exciting and educational attractions at the park such as Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Out of Africa Adventure” vacation package.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical SitesMontezuma Castle National Monument 2
The Verde River Valley and Sedona area is rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Make sure to check out our guide to Ancient Ruins, Historical Sites and National Monuments in Northern Arizona.

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
Pink Jeep ToursThe fall season is one of the best times to experience Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour”! This tour is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”. Don’t forget your camera on this One-of-a-Kind Pink Jeep Tour. If you are going to be staying at the Inn of Sedona and would like to experience this Jeep tour make sure to check out our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” vacation package.

Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Pathway 2This trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hike is one of my personal favorites in the fall. During the summer the trail get a little to warm for me but in the fall I can stay on this trail all day taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off of the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks.…read more

Verde Canyon Railroad – Fall Color Tour
VCR FallFrom October through November the Verde Canyon Railroad rolls through our vibrant canyon corridor on a Fall Color Tour, you’ll settle into comfortable loveseats or bistro chairs near panoramic windows as they treat you to the best show of autumn in Arizona. Seasonal specialties, expertly crafted by your bartender, reflect the seasonal splendor. The colors of fall are bursting along the Verde River with a gaudy, rowdy, eye-popping colorful flourish that reminds you that you love the season because you’re on a train. Known as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. If you will be staying at the Inn of Sedona and are interested in experiencing the Verde Canyon Railroad make sure to check out our “Romancing the Rails” vacation package.

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Sedona, AZ: Fiesta del Tlaquepaque this Weekend

Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

September 9th – 11th, 2016

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The weekend is here and the charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico this Saturday, September 10th, for the 44th Annual Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque! This Free Sedona event is a guest favorite and if you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up from this family fun fiesta in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. Below you will information on Fiesta del Tlaquepaque along with other fun things to do this weekend in Sedona. Have a great weekend!

44th Annual Fiesta De Tlaquepaque Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 10th, 2016 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Free Event
Join the 44th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day! Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and, mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaquePatio de Norte: Gaetano Mosaico Flamenco 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • Ritmo Latino 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Le Fuente: Ballet Folklorico de Colores 10:00 am , 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
  • Jaleo Band 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Patio de Las Campanas: David Merino 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Eric Miller 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • We will have Free Face Painting and a Balloon Twisting artist for the kids.
  • Patio de Las Rosas: Mariachi La Familia Rojas 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Tlaquepaque North: Mariachi La Familia Rojas 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Johnny Hot Shot 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • David Merino 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Jeremy Drysdale will be doing caricature drawings 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Pump House Urban Eatery: Latino Rebel Band 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
September 9th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets Starting at $20
Dinner & Show Packages Available
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
September 9th – 11th, 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.
September 9th – The Rudy Boy Experiment Live (9:00 pm)
September 10th – DJ Ill.Ego (9:00 pm)
September 11th – NFL Football on the big screens all day and All Star Karaoke after the games.

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Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
September 10th – 11th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. If you are a guest of ours at the Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop your off and pick you up at this event in our complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle. This event takes place at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information please visit www.redroseinspiration.org.

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Sedona Live Entertainment: Zenprov Comedy
‘Make America Zen Again!’
September 10th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the showZenAmericateaser
Is the election year getting you down? Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Make America Zen Again!” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. “Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, we can all agree on one thing: this year has been anything but Zen for America,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov. “We felt it was high time we brought back some great laughs, good vibrations, and positive comedy to our little corner of the Republic.” 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. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.ZenprovComedy.com.

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