Clarkdale, AZ – Liberty Wildlife at the Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad
Liberty Wildlife Patio Presentations
March 19th, 2014

Sonora 3 Clarkdale, AZ   Liberty Wildlife at the Verde Canyon RailroadDon’t miss your chance to learn more about and explore the world of raptors at the Verde Canyon Railroad today, March 19th, from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm.

The Verde Canyon Railroad, one of the most popular attractions in the Verde Valley area, partners up with Liberty Wildlife to offer you the chance to get up close to magnificent wildlife with “Liberty Wildlife Patio Presentations”. These are very special days when Liberty Wildlife presents some of their rescued educational raptors to all depot guests.

We have been fortunate enough to visit the Verde Canyon Railroad several times when they have had events with Liberty Wildlife and highly recommend this event! The picture of Sonora on the right was taken at the last event we attended. For more information please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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ride rails 1201 Clarkdale, AZ   Liberty Wildlife at the Verde Canyon RailroadIf you are interested in visiting the Verde Canyon Railroad during your Sedona vacation make sure to check out our Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona Vacation Package Romancing the Rails“! This package includes: 3 Days / 2 Nights at our Sedona hotel,Two First Class Tickets on the Verde Canyon Wilderness Train and a Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.
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Verde Valley, AZ – Back to School with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals March 2014
Arctic Char, Chimichurri Sauce, and Beef
By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Christopher Dobrowolski Verde Valley, AZ   Back to School with Chef Christopher DobrowolskiHi KIDS! Nice to see you on this almost Spring day. Not sure about where you are, but in Arizona it almost seems like it’s been spring since last fall. Sorry, that was just mean to say, especially if you are in the northeast area. Ok, enough of the bragging, let’s get down to some culinary ideas and a little tip for beef purchasing.

We are going to start out with a little food for thought and chat about what I think is one of the most well balanced fish, not only in flavor, but nutrients, and it can be sustainably fished. Arctic char is a cold-water fish in the family Salmonidae, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic and alpine lakes and coastal waters. It breeds in fresh water, and populations can be either landlocked or anadromous, migrating to the sea. No other freshwater fish is found as far north; it is, for instance, the only fish species in Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. It is one of the rarest fish species in Britain, found only in deep, cold, glacial lakes. It is also common in the Alps, where it can be found in lakes up to an altitude of 8,500 feet above sea level, and in Iceland.

Arctic char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, and has many characteristics of both. The fish is highly variable in color, depending on the time of year and the environmental conditions of the lake it lives in. Generally, whole market-sized fish are between 2 and 5 lb (0.91 and 2.27 kg). The flesh color can range from a bright red to a pale pink.

Fish in general are an excellent natural source of protein, vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish have an even higher concentration of omega-3 oils. American Heart Association recommends eating 2-3 servings of fish per week to ensure you ingest enough omega-3 essential fatty acids. Essential means the body cannot synthesize it and we must eat certain foods, particularly cold water fish, to ensure our body gets this important component. The cold and clean waters of the North produce fish that have an increased amount of these important nutrients making them superior to fish from other parts of the world. Wild Arctic Char is one of the most nutritious fish products available on the market today.

Nutritional Information for Arctic Char (per 100g serving, raw)

  • Energy – 154 Cal / 640 kJ
  • Protein – 20 g
  • Fat – 8.1 g
  • Carbohydrate – 0
  • Sodium – 51 mg
  • Potassium – 551 mg
  • Omega-3 – 6 g

Ok, now for something to go with your Char that is easy to make and so worth the time. Char is meant to be simply cooked (Salt & Pepper) grilled or pan sautéed. A lot of people make the mistake of cleaning out the bones and taking off the beautiful skin. With char I recommend that you do neither of these steps. Char bones literally melt back into the fish while cooking to add richness and nutritional value, as does the skin. Now you don’t have to eat the skin, but I do recommend leaving it on while you are cooking it. As for a sauce, here is a nice little recipe that we use at Schoolhouse.

Chimichurri Sauce (Kind of like Pesto)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 Shallot, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation
Puree all ingredients in processor. Transfer to bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature.

 

Last but not least and the final tip for today’s lesson; it’s about purchasing beef or any red meat. This is something the grocery stores and meat packers won’t tell you, but I will. During the six week of lent beef is on average 30% less expensive. Now, knowing that information it is a perfect time to buy a big chunk of Ribeye, or whatever tickles your fancy, and dry age the heck out of it.

Thank you for reading and we will see you next month for another edge of your seat invigorating Schoolhouse lesson.

Sincerely,
Christopher Dobrowolski/Schoolhouse Restaurant

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Arts and Crafts Show this Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
March 15th and 16th, 2014

Rosey crafts show Arts and Crafts Show this Weekend in Sedona, ArizonaDuring 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! The upcoming show will take place March 15th and 16th (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), at the parking lot of the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

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.

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals holds these special arts and crafts shows in the Spring and Fall when the weather is pleasant and you can really enjoy being outside and viewing all that the Sedona artists and craftsman have to offer. To see the schedule of all the upcoming Sedona shows click here. Proceeds from events will go to various animal rescue organizations to help homeless, abused, neglected or nearly extinct animals. Community shelters or sanctuaries will participate in off-site adoptions at these events when possible. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals

* The mission for Red Rose Inspiration for Animals, Inc. is simple: to provide quality, affordable and professional well-organized shows with great success for the exhibitors while enhancing the lives of homeless, abused, neglected animals and animals near extinction.

Full Listing of Weekend Events in Sedona, Arizona

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Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service
new shuttle Arts and Crafts Show this Weekend in Sedona, ArizonaAll of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona want you to have the best vacation ever! With that in mind, we have upgraded our complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle this to a 12 passenger van! We’ll take you anywhere withing 5 miles of the hotel then when you call we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

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

The Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona is proud to be a pet friendly hotel!

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2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

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A Hikers Guide to Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

Sedona hikes 3 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasHiking is one of the most popular recreational activities for visitors coming to the red rock region of Sedona, Arizona especially in the Spring and Fall. Visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim. you and your family will enjoy being out in nature taking in the beauty of the red rocks against the crystal blue sky and all the desert flora and fauna of the area.

Below you will find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley. We of course have a few of our favorites and guest favorites to share with you, and I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own. Below you will find information on the Coconino National Forest, our favorite Sedona hikes and some tips and resources to help you plan your hike. Have a great time exploring!

Our favorite hikes and places to hike in the Sedona areaForest Map 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest, one of six National Forest in Arizona, offers on of the largest varieties of landscape and beauty from the towering red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Whatever difficulty level of hike or scenic wonders you want to experience you will find it here. Recreation and hiking information is divided into three Ranger Districts, just click on the area you are interested in hiking and see what awaits you! Before you hit the trail, visit the Coconino National Forest website for maps and information.

Red Rock State Park 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasRed Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is a family-oriented 5-mile network of trails with a diverse habitat of plants and wildlife. The Forest Service presents popular talks at the visitor’s center on the natural history of Sedona, and living with our wildlife neighbors. They also offer the following guided hikes and walks: Geology Hike, Moonlight Hikes, Bird Walks and Nature Walks. To see the Schedule of guided hikes please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasThis trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off 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. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock and get some great views!

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8 for the South trailhead, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the North trailhead. Visit our Bell Rock Pathway Photo Album.

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Red Rock Crossing – Crescent Moon Picnic Site
Rock Carins Red Rock Crossing.jpg2  2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasRed Rock Crossing is one of the most popular places to take a leisurely hike and take some great photos of Cathedral Rock. The Crescent Moon Picnic Site offers pathways that take you to the crossing where Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek meet. There are Picnic Tables, grills and well maintained restrooms. Enjoy a little water play in Oak Creek, walk the pathways and visit Buddha Beach, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. You will find a variety of rock cairns, last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the complexity of some.

Directions: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.

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West Fork Oak Creek Trail
West Fork 2 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasThere are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. You’ll know some of them once you’ve strolled beside the pleasant little stream that ripples along the canyon floor and look up, way up, at the dizzying cliffs that tower above it. This hike is most popular in the fall when vibrant colors take over the trail, but now is also a great time for this hike, just keep in mind this hike will be cooler than the others, if you start early or late in the day you will want to dress in layers!

To access the West Fork Oak Creek Trail drive north 9.5 miles from Sedona to about halfway between milepost 385 and 384. The trailhead is on the west (left) side of the highway. Visit our West Fork Trail photo album.

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)
DHRSP 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasThe beautiful park with the unfortunate name sits on over 400 acres in Cottonwood, Arizona and is right next to the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. The temperatures at the park are often mild, due the park’s elevation, and make it an ideal place for outdoor activities. This state park is a short distance from Sedona and has numerous hiking trails, not to mention trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. You can even take along a nice picnic lunch for your family and take in the scenic view at any of the picnic tables around the park.

Directions from Sedona: Head south on Arizona 89A, continue straight through AZ RT 260 intersection in Cottonwood, turn right onto N 10th Street to the park. Visit our Dead Horse Ranch Photo Album.

Our favorite Sedona Hiking Resources

Tips for Hiking in Sedona

  • Make sure to bring plenty of water. Even if you are only hiking a short distance, hydration is key. Take more than you think you will need.
  • Create a hiking backpack that includes water, first aid kit, protein snacks, trail map, compass, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • It is always safer to hike with others. Always let somebody know what trails you plan on hiking.
  • Wear suitable clothing and shoes for hiking.
  • Don’t leave the trail. The ecosystem of the desert is fragile and leaving even a footprint can damage it.
  • The trails in Sedona and the Verde Valley are very traveled and it is unlikely that you will come across a rattler, however if your tromp around off the trails you are asking for trouble! With that said be aware of your surroundings and respect the wildlife of Sedona!
  • Bring a camera to take some amazing shots.
  • Know your limitations.
  • Don’t rush your hiking experience. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

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tight building IMG 99091 2014 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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New Sedona Vacation Package “Vortex and Views” with Pink Jeep

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Inn of Sedona and Pink Jeep team up for the “Vortex and Views” Vacation Package

Vortex and Views 2 New Sedona Vacation Package Vortex and Views with Pink JeepEnjoy the red rock views and excellent service at the Inn of Sedona and delve into the Spiritual and Mystical side of Sedona on a special Pink Jeep tour, all while saving money with the all new “Vortex and Views” Sedona Vacation Package.

Pink Jeep’s newest tour will introduce you to one of Sedona’s popular attractions, a vortex! You’ll enjoy the majestic views from Upper Red Rock Loop Road. A visit to the Airport Vortex will give you an opportunity to experience a vortex first hand and develop your own interpretation. You will also have a sojourn to Mystic Vista. A short hike with your Pink Jeep guide will provide views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

Sedona’s Vortex and Views Vacation Package

  • 2 Days/1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of SedonaVortex and Views New Sedona Vacation Package Vortex and Views with Pink Jeep
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
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3rd Annual Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona Events

3rd Annual Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona
Events Take Place March 10th & 13th, 2014

honanki dwellings c susie reed 3rd Annual Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona EventsRemnants of the Verde Valley’s rich cultural heritage can be found at rock art and dwellings sites throughout the area. In honor of Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month and to help bring about greater awareness of these treasures, the importance of protecting and preserving them and their influence on modern day artists, the Goldenstein Gallery, Keep Sedona Beautiful, Pink Jeep Tours and Susie Reed Photos are collaborating to present the following “Explore the Ancient Wonders of Sedona” Events.

“Wonders of Sedona Rock Art & Honanki Heritage Site”
Free event featuring Susie Reed
March 10th, 2014  (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Location: Keep Sedona Beautiful – 360 Brewer Road Sedona, AZ
Don’t miss this free event featuring Sedona’s own Susie Reed as she presents “Wonders of Sedona Rock Art & Honanki Heritage Site”! Susie Reed is considered a foremost photographer of rock art. She’s been researching, documenting and working to help protect archaeology sites in the Sedona area since 1995. She’ll share wisdom and unique insights she’s gained while following her passion. She’s made some fascinating discoveries and learned a great deal through her explorations and observations as well as from Forest Service workers, archaeologists, Native Americans, shaman and others she’s met along the way. She’ll be discussing rock art she’s photographed around Sedona as well as a stabilization project at Honanki Heritage Site that she documented for a number of years, which was funded by a Save America’s Treasures grant. Many of her photos are in the Coconino National Forest archives. Tales of her adventures are as colorful and captivating as her remarkable pictures.

Honanki Heritage Site Rock Art & Dwellings Tour
March 13th, 2014 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Location: Meet at Goldenstein Gallery – 70 Dry Creek Road, Sedona, AZ
Cost: $64.84 per person
Susie Reed will join participants on a fascinating tour to see spectacular rock art and amazing 700 year old Sinaguan Indian cliff dwellings at Honanki Heritage Site. The off road journey to and from the site goes through very beautiful scenery. The Pink Jeep Tour guide will provide information about the myths, legends and customs of the Native Americans who inhabited the area. To book a reservation contact Pink Jeep Tours at (928) 282-5000 and request the “Archaeology Month Honanki Tour”. Advanced reservations are required.

Reception at Goldenstein Gallery following the Honanki Tour
March 13th, 2014 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Location: Goldenstein Gallery – 70 Dry Creek Road, Sedona, AZ
Following the Honanki Heritage Site tour there will be a free reception at Goldenstein Gallery from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Tour participants and the general public are welcome to attend. Jesse Kalu will play flute music and beverages will be served. The gallery represents a number of artists whose work is inspired and informed by Native American cultures, including Susie Reed’s photography.

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Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona this Spring!
tight building IMG 990911 3rd Annual Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona EventsEnjoy the hotel’s award-winning terraced design that takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks all around that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views without leaving the hotel. Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and take in the views as you have your breakfast. In the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the deck, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. To make reservations at our Sedona hotel please click here.

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Spend Spring in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

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Spring in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

Spring Inn of Sedona Spend Spring in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

All of us at the Inn of Sedona are excited to welcome the clear blue skies, mild temperatures, blooming cacti and wonderful visitors that spring brings to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Hikers and bikers are out exploring the red rocks of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, kayaks are taking to the Verde River and family’s are enjoying much needed time together discovering the jewels of our national monuments and historical sites.

There are some great events taking place during these months beginning in March with the Arizona Archaeology and Heritage month, Spring Harvest Verde Valley Pecan and Wine Festival and the Verde River Runoff Race. April brings the popular Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival as well as Easter celebrations and May features the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off, just to name a few. You can find all the events taking place this spring on our Sedona Events Page. Our events page is updated weekly so make sure and check for additional events as your vacation draws closer!

Because of the popularity of the spring months in Sedona we highly suggest making your Sedona hotel and tour reservations as soon as you can. If you are going to be a guest of the Inn of Sedona please take advantage of our concierge, they are here to help you with tour reservations, ideas and suggestions. And remember our Complimentary “About Town Sedona Shuttle” is here to help you get around town with ease!

If you have not made your hotel reservations yet and would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we urge you to make them soon, our rooms are filling up fast and we already have a few sold out dates. We also would like to suggest that you look over some of our Sedona Vacation Packages before booking your room, they can save you up to 20% and include many of the popular spring time tours and attraction.

 

 

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This Weeks Featured Sedona Event – First Friday Gallery Tour

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour – March 7th, 2014

First Friday This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourVisit Sedona, Arizona this coming Friday, March 7th, 2014 and enjoy the coming of spring along with the creations of talented artists at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour. Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Bringing a New Dimension to Still Life at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
March 7th, 2014 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
March 8th, 2014 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Ken Rowe Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourRowe Fine Art Gallery, located in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, presents “Bringing a New Dimension to Still Life” during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. The Gallery is pleased to present still-life oil painter Sue Krzyston! Sue will discuss subject matter and technique during an exclusive show at Rowe Fine Art Gallery.For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Adrea SMith Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourDoug Bloodworth Collection at Andrea Smith Gallery
Andrea Smith Gallery will be featuring the paintings of internationally acclaimed photorealist, Doug Bloodworth. Doug Bloodworth’s artistic perspective is influenced by his childhood affection for American western classics and the quintessential youth of the American dream. All giclee prints will receive a personalized Remarque (sketch and dedication) by Doug Bloodworth. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts Center
Annual Juried Members’ ExhibitionSedona Arts Center This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery Tour
Indulge in a wonderful array of styles and media which include sculpture, ceramics, drawing, colored pencil, pastel, oil, acrylic watercolor and mixed media painting, glass, wood, fiber, 3D and 2-D mixed media, jewelry and photography. Join the art center for our opening reception Friday, March 7th, mingle with the artists, art lovers and art collectors. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Navajo Folk Art & Hopi Pottery”
Turquoise Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourDuring Sedona’s “1st Friday Gallery Tour” this month, Turquoise Tortoise Gallery highlights a unique Navajo artist along with the gallery’s collection of Hopi pottery by several gifted artists.Anthony Chee Emerson’s style has evolved to express both contemporary and traditional Navajo Folk Art themes. In his thoroughly charming paintings he captures the unique spirit and lifestyle of the Navajo. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
Do-Over: Found Object Art
Lanning Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery Tour It’s always nice to get a “do-over” and that is the theme of a new Exhibition opening at Sedona’s Lanning Gallery. Celebrat the second life given to myriad found objects reborn as exclusive art pieces.Featured will be works by three quite different artists: Phil Lichtenhan, Elizabeth Frank, and Roger Wood.Each artist creates works that captivate gallery visitors as they inspect every detail to identify origin of these disparate found objects.For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery on Facebook.

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Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock State Park Events
Guided Hikes, Birding, Geology, History and More!
March 2014

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona has a great line up of events, presentations and guided hikes in store for you this March. From bird and nature walks, to a survival workshop, to a Guided Geology Tour, to a special presentation featuring Jim Turner “For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition”, this will be a fun month at the park!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (9:00 am)Red Rock State Park 2 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 9:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaEvery 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.

Guided Geology Tour
March 9th, 2014 (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaRed 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. Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. 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 or call 928.282.6907.

Big 5 Survival Priorities with Tony NesterTony Nester 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona
March 1st, 2014 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Have you ever wondered what to do if you were lost and had to spend the night in the wild unprepared; Or maybe how you can prepare yourself for a similar situation? Join us on March 1st for a daylong survival class with nationally known Tony Nester. Tony will be covering the “Big 5 Survival Priorities”. This class will cover shelter, emergency fire-making, water location, signaling and survival kits. Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $65.00 which includes park entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition
March 30th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
Coronado Expedition 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaRed Rock State Park is pleased to present “For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition” featuring speaker Jim Turner. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered Arizona with the largest European expedition know to North American history in 1540. Though the exact route through Arizona is unclear, historians have entertained the idea for years. Join us as Jim Turner leads us on a virtual tour through images by famous artists, maps, scenic and historical photographs, and archeological remains from one of Coronado’s campsites. For more information on this Sedona event and reservations, please call Red Rock SP at (928) 282-6907 or please visit the Red Rock State Park

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Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona this Spring!
tight building IMG 990911 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaEnjoy the hotel’s award-winning terraced design that takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks all around that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views without leaving the hotel. Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and take in the views as you have your breakfast. In the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the deck, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. To make reservations at our Sedona hotel please click here.

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Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First Time

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Fun Things to do your First Time Visiting Sedona, Arizona

300527 134634479963770 2263612 n Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeWe have asked our family, friends,staff and guests what were their favorite things to do in Sedona, Arizona to help give our new visitors an insider’s guide to fun things to do on their first visit to the red rocks. We had a lot of suggestions, and picked the ones that were suggested the most.

Below you will find the top suggestions that we believe will get you off to a good start for your first visit to Sedona and the Verde Valley. Once you get here you will find your own favorites that encompass your interests and we would love to hear about it. So please, after or during your visit let us know what some of your favorite things to do in Sedona were by either filling out a comment at the end of this article or by posting on our Inn of Sedona Facebook page.

Fun Things to do in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

Hiking the West Fork Trail
West Fork 2 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeWhen it comes to hiking in the Sedona, Arizona area one of the all time favorite hikes would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. 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. Well I take that back, we would not want to hike it during a heavy rainstorm. To access the West Fork Oak Creek Trail drive north 9.5 miles from Sedona to about halfway between milepost 385 and 384. The trailhead is on the west (left) side of the highway down a paved lane that leads behind a few creek side houses. Visit our West Fork Trail photo album.

Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures
Sedona Flyfishing adventures header 1a Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeYes, there is water in the dessert, and more importantly there is fly fishing! Oak Creek offers some of the most pristine pools and secluded stretches of water in Northern Arizona. This creek along with its breathtaking red rock views, make for an unforgettable fishing adventure any time of year. The fishing season is open year round, and Oak Creek is stocked regularly. Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures offers offers a fishing excursion of a lifetime from the red rocks of Sedona to Arizona’s White Mountains, and on to historic Lee’s Ferry. Fishing licenses is required and can be purchased on line at www.az.gov/app/huntfish. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Sedona Castaway” vacation package.

Visiting the Sedona Airport Mesa
Coffepot Rock Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeYou definitely want to make the trip up to the Sedona Airport Mesa for some of the best overall panoramic views in Sedona, and the sunset there is exceptional because of the way the lights and colors bounce off the red rocks. Make sure to bring your camera, you can get some amazing shots of Coffeepot rock from the look out! If you happen to go around meal time, the Mesa Grill comes highly recommended.

Visiting Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
tlaq101 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeWhen it comes to exploring the world of art in Sedona, the Talquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is the place to be. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work.It’s not uncommon to venture upon a well-known sculptor working on his or her latest piece right in one of the Tlaquepaque galleries. The galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment. The vine covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways create an ambiance that is as impressive as the artists that grace the galleries, restaurants & shops. Tlaquepaque is also well know for their events and celebrations. See photo’s of the Tlaquepaque Cinco De Mayo Celebrations!

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Tigers Rescued 1 2 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeOut of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. These adventures give you the opportunity to get up close to wild life in a natural habitat. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. Where else would you be able to kiss a giraffe, feed a Tiger, or watch people and tigers play together in a giant swimming pool?  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.

Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeThis trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. 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. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes in, you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock. Desert flora surround you on the hike and you never know what surprises await you as the desert blooms. Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the northern trailhead. Visit our Bell Rock Pathway photo Album.

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
Pink Jeep Tours Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimePink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow 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.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical Sites
Montezuma Castle National Monument 2 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeThe 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 these historical sites Montezuma Castle, Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki Heritage Site, Wupatki National Monument and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Tuzigoot National Monument.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
stupa Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeSedona, Arizona is a mecca for spiritual journeys, revitalizations, connections, and a place to awaken and welcome the spirit within. There is definitely something here that elevates your senses and nurtures your soul. The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is one of the most visited spiritual sites in Sedona and was built as a gift to the community and the world. On any given day in Sedona, dozens of visitors of all faiths trek up the short winding trails to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a beautiful and sacred setting. The Amitabha Stupa is open every day from dawn until dusk and your visit is free of charge. (Of course, donations to support the stupa are gratefully accepted.)The Stupa is located at 2650 Pueblo Drive, off of Andante, in the heart of West Sedona.

Visiting Jerome and Cottonwood
Many of our guests who come to Sedona and have access to a vehicle highly recommend experiencing the history and fun of the Verde Valley. Jerome and Old Town Cottonwood rated high on the list from guests.

Jerome
Jerome Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeJerome, located 5,200 feet up on Cleopatra Hill, was once the 4th largest city in the Arizona Territory. Between the late 1880s and early 1950s Jerome was a thriving mining camp producing an amazing 3 million pounds of copper per month. Now that’s a lot of copper! You can still feel the history in Jerome today,the Jerome Historical Society has done a wonderful job in guarding and preserving many of the historical buildings. You will now find the town filled with galleries, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. They have a very popular “Art Walk” that takes place every 1st Saturday of the month throughout the year.

Cottonwood
DHRSP Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeShops, galleries and restaurants line Main Street and provide the backdrop for this quaint and colorful historic district. The unique Cottonwood Jail stands guard at the top of Main Street. Cottonwood is surrounded by jagged mountains on the south and west, and to the north and east by mesas and buttes. Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, the town grew from a small farming community to the Verde Valley ‘s population center, called “the biggest little town in Arizona” by the late 1920s. At that time Old Town businesses supported residents and workers of the many mines that operated in nearby communities.

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