Winter in Sedona, AZ

Winter Fun in Sedona, Arizona!

December 2017 – February 2018

We have many guests who love to visit us in Sedona, Arizona in the winter months, especially over the holidays. Sedona is less crowded, hotel rates are lower, and if you are lucky Sedona will get a little snow during your visit and transform the red rocks into a winter wonderland! Snow is not a common occurrence, some years we have very little, others we have enough to frost the red rocks like a layer cake! Because we have a lot of afternoon sun, the snow usually melts quickly, but while it is here it is downright breathtaking! With all that said, if you are considering visiting us during the winter months we have highlighted some of the fun things to do like hiking and photography and some of the most anticipated winter events below from December until February including holiday events, family fun, and popular events for the beginning of 2018 such as the Sedona Marathon, Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration, Sedona International Film Festival and more!

We hope all of this information helps you plan some winter fun in Sedona, to see even more events please visit our Sedona events page. If you would like to stay at our Sedona hotel during the winter months make sure to check out our Sedona Hotel Specials page, there a few lodging deals you may like to take advantage of. If you would like to learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

Fun Things to Do

Hiking Sedona in the Winter Months
During the winter months Sedona’s early morning and night time weather definitely carry a chill! There are some mornings we can be in the low 30’s with afternoon temps between 50 and 60. Heck, I remember one day wearing shorts in Sedona right around Christmas! The afternoon temperatures are ideal for those of us who love to hike the red rocks. One of the hikes our guests and staff like to take in the winter time is Bell Rock Pathway. One of our frequent winter guest loves to head out to the trail around 9:00 am carrying a thermos of hot tea with her for morning and water for afternoon. As long as the sun visits us during the day the trail heats up nicely.

We can’t guarantee you will get all sunny afternoons but we have more sun than snow, that’s for sure!

  • Make sure to dress in layers, make sure to take along water, energizing snack, cell phone, extra socks, wear hiking boots for a better grip.
  • If you are hiking alone, please let someone know where you will be hiking. You can always stop by the front desk and let us know you will be hiking alone and where you are going to hike. It is always smart to take the phone number of the hotel you are staying at in case you need to reach them.
  • Time you hike appropriately, once the sun starts going down it is cold!

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Photography Day
Sedona is beautiful to photo in the winter whether you are catching snow clouds moving in over the red rocks, a dusting of snow or a clear crisp winter day! If you love to snap photos we highly suggest picking a day centered on taking snaps of your favorite scenes. Some of our favorite place to shoot from are the Sedona airport, our hotels terraced balconies (You can get some really good shots from here, including Coffee Pot rock), Bell Rock Pathway and if it snows the chapel and the sculptures at Tlaquepaque make for a unique and artistic showcase of photos.

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Enjoy some Entertainment
On those cold days when it may be to chilly to hike or snap some photos look into enjoying some entertainment. The Mary D. Fisher Theatre features some great independent films you may not get the chance to see in your home town. You can also find live entertainment most nights at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and Sound Bites Grill!

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Featured Winter Events

6th Annual VIP Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Adults only event, ages 21 and up
December 1st, 2017 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Tickets $30
Enjoy a VIP exclusive evening of wine tasting and chocolate pairing in charming, historic Old Town Cottonwood! Enjoy the short stroll between tasting rooms while enjoying premier wines enhanced with gourmet chocolates. This special event includes a commemorative wine glass, as well as a 2 oz. wine pour and chocolate pairing at each of the tasting rooms: Pillsbury Wine Company, Fire Mountain Wines, Arizona Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars, Small Batch Wine & Spirits, Winery 101, Merkin Vineyards & Osteria. Beginning at 4L00 pm, collect your ticket and wine glass at Burning Tree Cellars, 1040 N Main Street.For more information visit www.oldtown.org.

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Sedona Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
December 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Free Event

Tlaquepaque North invites you to enjoy a traditional tree-lighting, refreshments, local entertainment and Santa visits with children. This free event takes place at Tlaquepaque North and is presented by Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. For more informaton please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Outdoor Holiday Films at Tlaquepaque
Select dates in December
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit Tlaquepaque on select evenings during December and enjoy favorite Holiday Movies sponsored by The Sedona Film Festival. Movie’s will be showing in the Patio Del Norte starting at Dusk.

  • December 1st – Elf
  • December 8th – Home Alone
  • December 16th – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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31st Annual Made In Clarkdale
November 30th – December 3rd, 2017
Don’t miss this Annual Art Show and Festival held the first week of December in historic downtown Clarkdale Arizona. “Made in Clarkdale” serves as a venue to display the creative talents of the residents, college students, and workers of Clarkdale in all forms of art. The Gala opening is on December 1st, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Show hours are: Nov. 30th 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Dec. 1 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Dec. 2nd 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. For more information please visit www.madeinclarkdale.org.

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Breakfast with Santa
December 2nd, 2017 (8:00 am – 10:00 am)
Free event
Sedona Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring to you, for the ninth year running, our Annual Breakfast with Santa event. This two hour event combines a warm breakfast and Santa Claus. The breakfast is being held at the Posse Grounds Hub located in Posse Grounds Park. After breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera if you would like a picture of your child with Santa Claus. This event is free of charge, so come for the pancakes (and more), come for the crafts and most of all, come to see Santa Claus. For more information please visit City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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24th Annual Chocolate Walk – Cottonwood, AZ
December 2nd, 2017
Christmas Parade is free (11:00 am)
Chocolate Walk (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Tickets for Chocolate Walk $25
Enjoy a fun filled day in Historic Old Town Cottonwood as they celebrate the 24th Annual Chocolate Walk! The merriment begins with the Annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade, set to begin at 11:00 am. Beginning at 3:00 pm, you can collect your bag, map and ticket at 3 Kings Kasbar, located at 102 E. Pima St. This is a different location than prior years due to the Civic Center building renovation. Collect a variety of homemade OR gourmet chocolates at more than 30 shops up and down Main Street! Hot cocoa will be offered at multiple stops along the way. Enjoy the Old Town Light Show accompanied with holiday music, beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information visit www.oldtown.org.

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Phoenix Ballet Company & Sedona Chamber Ballet
The Nutcracker
December 2nd, 2017 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
December 3rd (2:00 pm)
Tickets: Gold $30 for an adult, $18 for a child
Platinum $45 for an adult, $25 for a child
Treat yourself to Sedona’s favorite holiday tradition as Phoenix Ballet and Artistic Director Slawomir Wozniak present The Nutcracker at The Sedona Performing Arts Center Slawomir Wozniak has breathed new life into the Nutcracker choreography, and is excited to share this masterpiece that exudes the most beautiful and perfect choreography. The great thing about The Nutcracker is that it transcends generations. Winifred Muench, Chair, Sedona Chamber Ballet says, “Do not miss the opportunity to see the award winning and nationally renowned dancers perform this timeless classic. A professional production not to be missed.” Join in the celebration of the beginning of the Sedona holiday season by enjoying the performance of this enchanting tale at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.sedonachamberballet.org.

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Sedona Heritage Museum – Christmas in the Park
December 9th, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Free Event
The Sedona Heritage Museum is pleased to present “Christmas in the Park”. Visitors will be treated to hot apple cider, holiday cookies and free entertainment and activities! Warm up by the red rock fireplace of the old Jordan house and enjoy the vintage holiday decor. A tumbleweed ‘snowman’ will greet all guests. The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road. For more information on this Sedona tour or to purchase please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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The Annual Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias
December 9th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Free Event
A cherished tradition, the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkway!Begin Strolling the courtyards at 3:00 pm and enjoy carolers, choirs and musicians (entertainment schedule below). Then at 5:00 pm enjoy the lighting of 6,000 luminarias!. Specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased. There will volunteers selling the Luminaria bags from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Patio del Norte, $10.00 per bag. Tlaquepaque is always a beautiful place to visit, but when the luminarias are lit it is a wondrous sight to behold. This is one event you really don’t want to miss! For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts Center:Loving Bowls
December 9th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
One of Sedona’s favorite annual events, the Arts Center’s super creative Loving Bowls! Stop by the historic Art Barn for a veritable medley of ceramic goodness. Over 1100 bowls and ceramics objects will be offered for $10, each lovingly made by their volunteer potters and ceramicists—and carefully glazed in their studio by the indefatigable Cliff and Katie Hamilton. A wonderful collection of hand-made glass bowls, courtesy of our partner The Melting Point, will also be featured. Also available: 200 pet bowls for sale, to benefit the Sedona Humane Society! As always, delicious chili and a desert will be served (thanks to chef Peggy Rivera from the Sedona Community Center). Proceeds from the one-day event go to support the Community Center, Sedona Food Bank, and Sedona Arts Center. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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A Christmas Carol at the Sedona Heritage Museum
December 9th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Cost: Food Donation
Michael Peach encounters with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future teach miserly Ebenezer Scrooge what it means to be human in this perennial holiday favorite. Keep cozy by the fire in the Museum’s historic Jordan House red rock fireplace as you enjoy this dramatic reading of the Dickens classic by local award-winning actor Michael Peach. In lieu of paid admissions, each guest is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Sedona Food Bank. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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Sedona Northern Lights
Art Show projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock)
December 14th – December 17th, 2017
6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season in Sedona, and witness the country’s largest 3D holiday light show in The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. For 4 days only, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this spectacular light event and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Sedona Arts Center. There will be viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Celebrate Sedona’s beauty, arts, dark skies and stunning landscapes with the largest 3D mapping project ever done on a natural canvas. For more information please visit Sedona Northern Lights.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Holiday Sweet Stroll
December 16th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Discover unique gifts, and strolling carolers at the Holiday Sweet Stroll taking place at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. The retailers will have their doors open till 7:00 pm and celebrate the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list. The Grinch will be roaming around Tlaquepaque from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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2018 January & February
Featured Events

Sedona Winter Music Festival
January 8th – 14th, 2018
cms-logo-header-mastheadThe Fifth Annual Sedona Winter Music Festival will showcase some of the world’s most talented musicians in a celebration of chamber music and the performing arts. After nearly a week of special events, including a gala held at a private home and masterclasses for students, the festival will culminate with a concert at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The 2018 festival will feature clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Adam Golka. Mr. Fiterstein is a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and has performed with leading orchestras and chamber groups worldwide. For more information or to purchase concert tickets please visit www.chambermusicsedona.org.

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Sedona VegFest
“Peaceful Plates, Peaceful World”
January 20th – 21st, 2018
Tickets up to $40, Children 12 free
Sedona VegFest 2018 is a two-day celebration of the joys of plant-based eating. Participants will learn from some of the top, national experts in plant-based nutrition and lifestyle, related to healthcare, our environment, and animal welfare – all in a fun, festive atmosphere. The VegFest exhibit area will feature exciting products, services and information supportive of whole food plant-based living. And some of Sedona’s finest artists will have works on display and for sale, focusing on our 2018 theme: Peaceful Plates, Peaceful World. Plan to come and find out how easy it is to adopt a lifestyle that can create remarkable, positive results for your health, and for the world. The VegFest will be taking place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. For more information of to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.healthyworldsedona.com

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13th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 3rd, 2018
Registration Fees
1416520861The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Sedona Yoga Festival
February 8th – 11th 2018
Purchase Tickets/Passes
Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The flexible conference structure gives you an unparalleled opportunity to weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona.For more information please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 14th, 2018
Tickets: $129 per person
Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300This 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 while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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The 24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 24th – March 4th, 2018
Purchase Passes here
Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films! Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2016 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. For more information or to purchase passes please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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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Thanksgiving Dining in Sedona, Arizona

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Thanksgiving Dining Guide For Sedona, Arizona

Thanksgiving is almost here and if you are heading to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley for the holiday and have not made your dining reservations yet, now is the time. Below you will find a restaurant listing for great places to enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving feast. If you are going to be staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona over the holiday please call the concierge at 928.282.3072 (ask for concierge) to assist you with your holiday planning.

Thanksgiving Dining in Sedona, Arizona
Prices listed below do not include tax and gratuity

  • Judi’s Restaurant & Lounge – Judi’s Traditional Thanksgiving
    Seating starts at 12:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.4449
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take you there!
  • Sound Bites Grill Thanksgiving Buffet – Adults $45.00 per person, children 12 and under $20 per child
    Seating begins at 1:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.2713
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take you there!
  • RENÉ at Tlaquepaque – Thanksgiving Prix Fixe, $85 per person
    Seating from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.9225
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there
  • Olde Sedona Bar and Grill – Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
    Adults $20.95 – $26.95, Kids 12 and under $9.95 – $11.95
    Seating from 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Reservations suggestions but not needed 928-282-5670
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
  • Mariposa Latin Inspired GrillThanksgiving Prix Fixe, $64 per person
    Seating from 3:00 pm – Close – Reservations 928.862.4444
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
  • Dahl and Di Luca – Thanksgiving Prix Fixe, $52 per person
    Seating’s begin at 400 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.5219
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
  • Cucina Rustica Thanksgiving Entree priced
    Seating begins at 3:00 pm – Close – Reservations 928.284.3010
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Golden Goose American GrillThree Course Pix Fixe Menu, $34.00 and up
    Seating 12:00 pm – Closing
    Reservations are full, walk in will be accepted for patio seating (weather permitted)
    Reservations 928.282.1447
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
  • Thanksgiving Buffet at Enchantment$75.00 Adults, children (4-11) $38
    Seating starts at 1:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.204.6000
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
  • Che-Ah-Chi at Enchantment $95 per Adult,  Ages 4-11 $48.00 per child
    Seating 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.204.6000
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here

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Turkey Trot in Sedona, AZ

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What? You’re going to be in Sedona, AZ for Thanksgiving and you haven’t signed up for the Turkey Trot yet? OMG, you gotta do it! Running or walking, you can get a head start and burn off some of those calories before sitting down for the big meal! Move over celery sticks and bring on the apple pie! Seriously though, this fun event fills up quickly and sold out well before the event last year. If you want to participate, as an individual or a family, you need to click here and register now.

The Annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K is presented by the Sedona Running Company. The start and finish will be at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona at 9:00am on Thanksgiving Day, of course, with packet pick-up at 8:00 am. The course will be an out-and-back with a small loop on Soldier Pass Rd. If you would like to take on a extra challenge, take your turkey on the run with you. Yes, I’m serious. I told you this event was fun! Go for it, bring your bird and become a Iron Turkey Hero!

The registration fee from now until November 23rd is $40, the fee will be $45 (cash) the day of. For more information please visit the Sedona Running Company. If you would like to see all the fun things to do over the Thanksgiving weekend please visit our Sedona and Verde Valley Events Page.

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Seasonal Hotel Specials

2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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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Cottonwood, AZ: Art, Wine, and Music Weekend

“Walkin’ on Main” in Cottonwood, AZ

November 11th, 2017

If you are looking for something fun to do during your visit to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this weekend, you will not want to miss the “Walkin’ on Main”  street fair that celebrates Historic 89A and the state of Arizona.

A juried art show presented by the Old Town Frame Company, and art exhibits on the street surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood fill the streets. Walkin’ on Main also includes wine tasting, historic displays, classic car show and jazz/blues music.

Live music will play throughout the day!

  • 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Keith Okie & Rebel Sol
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Big Nick & the Gila Monsters – the BIG blues band out of Phoenix
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 PM – Dave Riley & Bob Corritore & The Juke Joint Blues Band 

Verde Valley winemakers and vineyards will host an outdoor wine tasting on a closed off portion of historic 89A. Cost is $15 and with that each person will receive multiple taste of wine and a glass. Participating wineries and vineyards include: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Burning Tree Cellars, Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Page Spring Cellars, Four Eight Wine Works, Winery 101, Fire Mountain Wines, and Pillsbury Wines.

The Mingus Union Art Club will be creating art live before your eyes on the street sidewalks. Rounding out the event will be displays from local historical societies, antique and classic cars organized by the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and self-guided historic tours of Old Town Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel. Also, on November 11, don’t forget about the Zeke Taylor Barbecue hosted by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum just up the road at Willard Street and Mingus Avenue.

This event will take place on Saturday, November 11th, in Old Town Cottonwood from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. (see map below for directions to Old Town from our Sedona hotel). If you are considering making this event part of your weekend please visit the “Walkin’ on Main” on Facebook for additional information and updates!

Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to Old Town Cottonwood

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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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 Winter Hotel Special

“Winter Wonderful” Lodging Special

Save up to $40 per night on lodging!

Visit Sedona, Arizona from December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018 and save $20 to $40 per night on your lodging at the Inn of Sedona with our “Winter Wonderful” hotel special!

2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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!

There are a lot of great holiday and winter events for the family to enjoy like the Sedona Tree Lighitng and Santa Visit, Breakfast with Santa, The Annual Lighting of 6,000 Luminaria, Christmas in the Park at the Sedona Heritage Museum, Loving Bowls at the Sedona Arts Center, The Nutcracker featuring  the Phoenix Ballet Company & Sedona Chamber Ballet, and so much more! To see a full listing of holiday and winter events taking place visit our Sedona Events Page.

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November at Red Rock State Park

November at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Guided Hikes and Special Events

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona welcomes you to join them in the month of November to explore and learn more about the beautiful red rocks of Sedona! The November temperatures makes it the perfect time of year to take advantage of the guided hikes offered at the park this month: Guided Geology Hike, Archaeology Hike and the Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike!

Also taking place this month will be a very special presentation at the park – “The Sacred Meaning of Corn to the Hopi People” Featuring Roanna Jackson taking place on November the 5th! The park also offers “Bird Walks” every Wednesday and Saturday and “Nature Walks daily! Have fun, enjoy the fall weather and explore Sedona!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday in November (8:00 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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Red Rock State Park – Daily Naturalist Hike
Daily in November (10:00 am)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. Make sure your bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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“The Sacred Meaning of Corn to the Hopi People”
Featuring Roanna Jackson
November 5th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Reservation fee $5.00 per person in addition to normal park entrance fees
Red Rock State Park is proud to host Roanna Jackson, member of the Hopi Sand Clan. Roanna will share her insight and knowledge into the sacred meaning of corn and how it pertains to the Hopi people. The Hopi Indians, who reside in the arid highlands of Northeastern Arizona, have inhabited the land longer than any other people in North America. The Hopi are not only one of the oldest dwellers within this region, but are considered by many to possess an innate wisdom, knowledge and insight of spiritual matters long forgotten by our modern age. Seating is limited. For reservations please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282.6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Geology Hike
November 12th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
Included with park entrance fees
Join 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 on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Archaeology Hike
November 19th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red 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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Red Rock State Park: Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
November 26th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
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. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary time and wildlife. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2.5 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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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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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Rocky Horror Picture Show in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ: Rocky Horror Picture Show

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October 30th, 2017

Are you ready to have some early Halloween “Rocky Horror” fun in the red rocks of Sedona, AZ? Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades, returns to the big screen at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre tonight, October 30th at 7:00 pm!

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement! Tickets are only $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Feel free to dress in costume and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans!

This classic, cultural institution, and a world-wide phenomenon since 1975, concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby.
 
Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from the theatre!

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Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle Service

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!

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Fall Open Studios Tour in Sedona, AZ

SVAC Fall Open Studios Tour

November 10th – 12th, 2017

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

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

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

2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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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Zenprov Comedy Live in Sedona, AZ

Zenprov Comedy Presents 

‘Welcome to the “Funhouse”

October 28th, 2017

Are you looking for some Halloween fun and laughter in Sedona, AZ? Look no further than Zenprov Comedy’s special Halloween show “Welcome To The Funhouse” showing at the Mary Fisher Theater on October 28th, 2017 at 7:30 pm! .This is a PG-13 Show, bring the whole family!

“Halloween is our favorite time to perform because there is so much material. Getting up in front of an audience with nothing prepared is scary enough. Adding a few monsters, creepy situations, and corn-syrup filled candies with razor blades, and it gets very funny, very fast”. – Derek Dujardin, the troupe’s director.

If you’ve never attended one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced games and scenes created in the moment, always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is rehearsed or scripted ahead of time. Best of all, it’s never the same show twice.

“Zenprov Comedy is the best improv troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “At their last show, people were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.”

Dujardin also said they’ll perform an old audience favorite “Sound Effects” where the audience members will create the sound effects for a haunted house and the actors will have to justify the creepy sound (good or bad) into an established scene. Also, troupe will stage “Sedona Realty” where a Sedona realtor will do his best to sell a haunted home to unsuspecting buyers with a lot wrong with the house. The troupe will also perform a long-form “Harold” based something audience says they are afraid of.

Zenprov show tickets always sell out quickly, we highly suggest purchasing your tickets now.  Tickets for this show are only $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show! This one-night-only performance is expected to sell out so please purchase tickets early. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona this weekend and wish to attend this show, make sure to leave the driving to us and take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.

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Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle Service

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!

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Sedona Fall Hikes: West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon

West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon

When it comes to Fall hikes in the Sedona, Arizona area my 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.

A couple of falls ago my niece Sara came for a visit, and we were both ready to hit the trails and explore. Since Sara has never been on the West Fork Trail and I was aching for some clean crisp air, vibrant colors of fall and the painted scenery of towering cliffs against the crystal blue sky we decided West Fork was going to be the first hike!

We arrived at the trail very early in the morning and was glad that I remember to layer clothing. It was a bit nippy there and let me tell you if you are planning a fall hike on West Fork you will want to do the same. When you first start the trail plenty of sunshine will warm you, but the further you get along the trees provide a great deal of shade, making those early morning hikes a bit chilly.

When you get to the bridge that crosses over the creek make sure to take a minute and just hang out and enjoy the scenery. On this last trip there was a young man Fly fishing which kept me entertained for some time. Not to far from the bridge you come into a section of the canyon were towering cliffs engulf you. You can’t help but just stand there in amazement. You can see were water falls of the cliff, in fact there was still some slowly running down from a rain storm early in the week. The shutterbugs out there will love this hike; there are awe inspiring images throughout the entire hike. I have been known to stop dead in my tracks to catch a photo of the cliffs peeking through the trees. To check out some of my photos of this hike click here.

There will be a three mile marker and just past that there is a steep climb across the wooded hillside that drops down into a stony area mid river. This marks the end of the official path and hiking beyond this point takes a very experienced hiker. I highly recommend that you if you are inexperienced do not go any farther. I have gone a little bit passed this point and realized I was not ready to handle it yet. In fact if you choose to travel all 14 miles from one end of the canyon to the other, plan to do a lot of wading and boulder hopping, and even some swimming.

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. The rocks crossing the creek can be slippery and I myself have taken a splash. Now I always bring extra socks! 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.

The West Fork and Oak Creek Canyon typically peak around the third week of October. Sedona and the Verde Valley don’t typically turn until the end of October and into November. This page will be filled out and updated regularly as we get information and the season progresses. – from the Cocnoino National Forest Website. Fall Colors on the Coconino National Forest

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The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is a Pet Friendly Hotel

Pets are welcome guests at Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona! We have a number of rooms reserved for pets in every room type from our most economical to a King Room with a fireplace. There is a one-time only pet-fee of $20 + tax per pet, no matter how long your stay. This fee is non-refundable and includes complimentary items available at the front desk, including dog biscuits and pet waste bags (please clean up after your pet on walks or hiking trails)!

For the comfort and safety of all our guests as well as your beloved pet, we kindly request all owners to review the following pet guidelines prior to booking, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our pet policy.

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