Summer Hotel Special for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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

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

2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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

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

Tips for Summer hiking in Sedona (Humans and Pets)

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

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

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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

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

June 3rd – 5th, 2016

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

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

Feature Weekend Events

Illuminate Film Festival
June 1st – 5th, 2016
Illuminate Film Festivallluminate is the world’s premier film festival and launching platform for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and ushering humanity forward, Illuminate showcases the best of conscious cinema to uplift, inspire, and transform. World-class immersive, soul-centered workshops, panels, and excursions complement film screenings, featuring expert practitioners and thought-leaders in consciousness, wellness, raw and organic food, spiritual practice, and sustainable living. For more information or to purchase tickets/passes for the festival please visit the Illuminate Film Festival website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour June 3rd , 2016

Jerome Art Walk June 4th, 2016

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What a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley, especially if you love exploring the arts! This weekend kicks off Friday, June 3rd, with the inaugural Plein Air Painting Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque “Palet”, and Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour! And then on Saturday evening the town of Jerome will be holding their “Art Walk”. Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s 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.

Special Event

Tlaquepaque introduces Palet
June 3rd – 5th, 2016
308381384Mark your calendar for the inaugural Plein Air Painting Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque “Palet”! In collaboration with the Sedona Arts Center, this weekend –long event features invited plein air artists painting truly in the moment to capture the light in real time – no cameras will be used once the invited artists arrive to participate in Palet. In addition, there will be 3 live figurative models staged around Tlaquepaque from 2-5pm each day, providing artists with live portrait opportunities. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artists participating in Palet and view finished work for sale at the Main Exhibition Tent throughout the weekend. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

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Opening Reception June 3rd  (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Sedona Arts Center celebrates the seasons with the June gallery exhibition, Summer Solstice. The show features new works by Viki Norris, Chrisanne Finefrock, Julie Ronning Talbot, and Nori Thorne and combines pastels, acrylics, jewelry and watercolor. “This quartet of artists represents the incredible talent we have in our community,” said the Arts Center’s Jenny Reed. “Visitors this summer will discover a gallery filled with diverse artists, mediums, and forms of expression—all created locally.” For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
Sailing Away: The Encaustic Art of Slava TCH
June 3rd – 12th, 2016
Opening Reception June 3rd (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
 Lanning GalleryLanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens a new exhibition to unveil the latest luminous and imaginative encaustic paintings by renowned artist Slava TCH. Not many artists have the skills to master the challenging technique of encaustic but Slava TCH (full name Viatcheslav Tchstiline) came to the medium as an accomplished artist. Encaustic painting, the medium is a combination of beeswax and pigment, was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. It has always been a complicated process, one that requires skillful preparation of the medium and, in the use of the medium while it is in a heated, liquid state, depends on precise timing and control of temperature for its application.For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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En Plein Air at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
June 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
View-Through-the-JunipersThere is something infinitely romantic about the image of the painter at his easel, carefully capturing the scene in front of him under the gaze of a brilliant blue sky. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village recognizes that, which is why it is hosting its Plein Air Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque (PALET) June 3-5. Three of the 11 juried artists participating in the event are represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will be celebrating the works of Larisa Aukon, Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil during its new show, En Plein Air. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“It’s Good in the Garden”
Opening Reception June 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Goldenstein Gallery
The Goldenstein Gallery would like to welcome you to their “It’s Good in the Garden” Show. Their large stunning sculpture garden has red rock views as the backdrop for work from renowned  artists Liz Wolf, Kevin McCarthy, Upton “Greyshoes” Ethelbah, James Muir, David Phelps, Steve Goldenstein, Gregg Payne,  Dale Reiger, Glendon Good and the singing reclaimed metal bells of Cheston Trammel. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
“Painting Arizona”
Cathedral-Rock-Betty-Carr-24x18-WEB-EVENTOpening Reception June 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails Gallery in the beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is pleased to present “Painting Arizona”. This exhibit will feature paintings of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Wine Country Vineyards, Alpine Vistas, and more. Also featuring plein air artists in conjunction with “PALET,” Tlaquepaque’s inaugural plein air event in partnership with the Sedona Arts Center. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Synthesis: Leo Feeney Fine Jewelry”green-King-cluster-pendant-s
June 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
For over thirty-five years jeweler Leo Feeney has developed his singular style of Southwestern fine jewelry. He has, without doubt, mastered his craft, though this humble master jeweler notes that he will always evolve, improve and fine-tune his skills. The rich history of Native American designs, in particular Zuni Pueblo jewelry designs, greatly influenced the growth of Feeney’s personal style. It is the frequent mixture of opaque, semi-precious and precious stones that creates Feeney’s signature style.  For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
June 4th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Jerome Art Walk
Warm, easy nights of June in Jerome will set the perfect mood to welcome art lovers as they stroll the lovely galleries and studios that circle the town from the Old Jerome High School to Made in Jerome Pottery and The Lincoln Gallery. This first Saturday Art Walk on June 4th will continue to delight the growing group of regulars as well as lucky newcomers to this wonderful evening.A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk on Facebook.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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

Sedona, Arizona

2016 June Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park

 Red Rock State ParkSummer is here and Red Rock State Park has a great line up of events and guided hikes for you in June. This month the park is offering four guided hikes: Geology, Archaeology, Ethnobotany and of course their very popular Moonlight hike! Dr. Matthew Goodwin Ph.D. will also present their Sunday Lecture on June 5th, “Why Dark Skies Matter” and on June 12th an Illustrated lecture “Tour of the Amazing Geological Sites of Northern Arizona”, with Dr. Kennard Bork!

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

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Guided Geology Hike
June 12th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture
Tour of the Amazing Geological Sites of Northern Arizona
June 12th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
This lecture is included with park entrance fees
Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park is please to present “Tour of the Amazing Geological Sites of Northern Arizona” featuring Dr. Kennard Bork. Northern Arizona has a rich collection of geological sites, many known for their exceptional beauty. We will tour the northern tier of the state, in an illustrated lecture, from Monument Valley and the Navajo lands of the NE to the Grand Canyon, continuing to the Nevada border. Then we will consider the Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, the San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, and other noteworthy geo-sites along the middle of the state. Behind each beautiful feature is a geological story with its own inherent power to inform. Dr. Kennard B. Bork taught geology at the college level for four decades, focusing on the history of the Earth and its life forms. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
June 19th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
June 20th, 2016 (6:30 pm)
Reservation fee $5 plus park admission fee (see below)
Moonlight hikeThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hike at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7 – 13), and free for children (0 – 6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
June 26th, 2016 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery Day at 9:00 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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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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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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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Memorial Day

This great nation of liberty and freedom has come at a heavy price. This weekend remember to honor all who have served in our country’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we my have our freedom. No words could ever come close to expressing our gratitude to these men and women in the military forces of the United States who have given all.

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Fun things to do this Memorial Day Weekend in the Red Rocks

May 28th – 30th, 2016

Sedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a list of events to enjoy and some some helpful tips for visiting the red rocks this weekend. You will find a full listing of events on our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Events

Monarch Conservation Day
May 28th, 2016
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_MonarchConservationDayCome enjoy Red Rock State Park’s newly unveiled butterfly garden that has been developed to provide resources that attract butterflies and moths, with an emphasis on Monarchs. In this habitat, visitors will be able to learn about the ecology of these beautiful creatures and observe a variety of free flying butterflies.

As a certified Monarch Waystation, Red Rock State Park seeks to provide shelter and resources for the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. In addition, butterflies will be raised at the park as they become available, with butterfly releases throughout the season. The public can call the park to see if any releases are scheduled in June. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11:00 am. and 2:00 pm. In the park’s theater we will be playing “Flight of the Butterflies” a program by Nova, all day on a loop. Information on butterflies local to the Sedona area will be available for visitors who would like to go on a butterfly scavenger hunt on the park’s hiking trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Verde Valley Wine Consortium Festival & Symposium
May 28th, 2016 (11:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Admission: General Admission $30 Students $15
VVWSThe 2016 Verde Valley Wine Festival and Symposium will be hosted by Sedona Center of Yavapai College and will include guest speakers who are industry leaders, speaking on topics pertaining to this years theme “the Fruits of our Labor”. This year the Grand Arizona Wine Tasting & Peoples Choice Wine Competition will feature wineries from the Verde Valley and Southern Arizona who will share their stories and many of their amazing wines. Enjoy the afternoon tasting wines, touring the beautiful Sedona Center, visiting with other wine enthusiasts, eating food prepared by select Food Truck sponsors and speaking with wine industry experts. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Valley Wine Consortium website.

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Tuzigoot Star Party Star Party and Solar Viewing
Special Guest Speaker Ken Zoll (Clarkdale, AZ)
May 28th, 2016 (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
TuzThe National Park Service and The Astronomers of the Verde Valley would like to invite the public to Tuzigoot National Monument to explore the skies. The star party will begin at 8:00pm with a presentation on Southern Sinagua Astronomy with Ken Zoll of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Telescopes will be open for public viewing from 8:30-10:00 pm. Arts and crafts activities will also be provided for our young astronomers. Night time activities are FREE! For a safe and fun evening, we advise that visitors wear close toed shoes and bring flashlights with a red filter. Also, if you would like to sit with us a while and enjoy the night sky, camp chairs are recommended. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information, call 928.634.5564 or visit www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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Zuni Heritage Festival (Flagstaff, AZ)
May 28th – 29th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),
2009ZuniFestivalStudent (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation). Free (Children under 10)
The Museum of Northern Arizona is pleased to host the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture. Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This event is presented in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. For more information please visit The Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale
May 28th – 29th, 2016
Admission:$3.00 Adults/ Children under the age of 12 are free
Saturday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm), Sunday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)fagate
The Annual Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale will be held at the Sedona Red Rock High School at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona, Arizona. Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, findings and cutting material at competitive prices. Many of their artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states. An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show, and food will be available for purchase as well. This is a fun and educational experience the entire family will enjoy. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/CKMProductionsLLC

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Sounds of Healing Concert
May 28th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Tickets: $20.00 in Advance; $25.00 at the door
Sounds healingSedona AZ (May 20, 2016) – Performers Peter Sterling, Three Trees, Katherine LaTorraca, Valerie Sanjali Irons and Susie Brighten will star in “The Sounds of Healing Concert,” a special evening of music, songs, words, sound vibration and stories of journeys to healing and transformation through the powerful expressions of sound at the Sedona Creative Life Center. The concert is a benefit for The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Creative Life Center.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
May 29th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets are $15
steveSandnerPopupPictureIt’s Memorial Day Weekend, and the Steve Sandner Quartet presents an afternoon of fabulous Jazz at Saint Luke’s Church – the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona. Pianist Steve Sandner brings with him saxophonist Brian Sanders, double bassist Steve Douglas and percussionist Ron James, presenting some swinging and classic jazz to a packed and appreciative audience. Saint Luke’s Chruch is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and “at the door.” For more information please visit Jazz at the Church.

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Memorial Day Changing of the Flags Ceremony
May 30th, 2016 (10:00 am)
ShowImageThere will be a changing of the flags ceremony provided by the Sedona Marine Corps League at the Sedona Military Service Park on Monday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. This event will include guest speakers, live singing of the National Anthem and more. Hosted by the Sedona Marine Corps League. All are welcome.The Sedona Military Service Park is located within the Jack Jamesen Memorial Park at 25 Northview Road. For more information, please visit the Sedona Military Service Park.

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Helpful Tips

  • Hiking SedonaMake your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic. There is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
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Pink Jeep Adventure in Sedona, AZ

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Save Money and Explore Sedona with Pink Jeep!

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Save money this summer on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona with our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” Vacation Package and explore the red rocks of Sedona, AZ with Pink Jeep Tours! 

Our Sleep n’ Jeep Package combines accommodations at our hotel with Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour”! This Sedona 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 up, on and over the red rocks. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”.

Sleep ‘n’ Jeep Sedona Vacation Package

  • 2 Days / 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Thrilling Two Hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for Two Adults 
  • Please call our concierge at 800.292.6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Complimentary door to door shuttle
  • FREE full hot breakfast buffet
  • Book this package
  • Learn more about the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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Summer Archaeology Film Fest in Arizona

2016 Summer Archaeology Film Fest

2016 Archaeology Film Festival

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this Summer and are interested in archaeology and film, you will definitely want to check out the 2016 Summer Archaeology Film Fest. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to present a summer of free archaeology films on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in June, July and August in Sedona and Camp Verde.The Sedona films are shown at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. The Camp Verde films are shown in the Learning Center at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street. If would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the Summer months visit our Sedona Hotel Specials page and take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona” lodging special.

Archaeology Fest film line-up

  • Chocolate Pathway to the Gods
    Sedona Showing on June 10th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on June 17th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    chac_moon-goddess_chocolateChocolate: Pathway to the Gods explores the 3,500 year-old history of this divine substance through ritual and obsession. From Mayan kings who were buried with it, to urban professionals who bathe in it, the film begins in ancient Mesoamerica and journeys throughout time to Europe’s finest chocolate houses where chocolate is still revered as one of mankind’s highest expressions of decadence. Archeological and anthropological revelations expose the sacred realm of cacao and give the viewer a whole new perspective on chocolate.
  • Killer Whale and Crocodile
    Sedona Showing on June 24th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on July 1st, 2016KillerWhale
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    In Killer Whale and Crocodile carvers from two of the world’s great carving traditions come together. A First Nations carver from Canada travels into the jungles of Papua New Guinea and a New Guinea carver travels to urban Canada. Together, they share each other’s cultures and learn about the myths and legends that inform their individual artistic styles.
  • Sign on the Stone: The Unknown Sahara of the People With No Name
    Sedona Showing on July 8th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on July 15th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    SignOnTheStoneThe Sign on the Stone: The Unknown Sahara of the People With No Name tells the story of how 12,000 years ago, after a period of extreme drought, the rain returned and life began to slowly sprout in the central Sahara. The first communities formed, culturally accomplished and able to define their identity not only through the mere physical survival but also to elevate their daily lives and primitive need to the complex level of pictorial expression. Through their cave paintings the shelters that gave them refuge became the place of abode and conservation of a culture.
  • Agave Is Life
    Sedona Showing on July 22nd, 2016Camp Verde Showing on July 29th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    MayahuelLaudAgave Is Life unveils the 10,000 year-old story of mankind’s symbiotic relationship with the agave plant. Once a critical resource for survival among hunter and gatherers living in the arid regions of the American Southwest and Mexico, we learn how agave later became embedded in myth, religion, art, and culture. For these indigenous peoples, it was truly a gift from the gods. Portions were filmed in the Verde Valley.
  • Secrets of the Pyramid of Djoser
    Sedona Showing on August 5th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on August 12th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.

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    Secrets of the Pyramid of Djoser follows Latvian scientists, archaeologists, radar and photogrammetry specialists and others, banded together to create a unique technology for exploring archaeological sites. In the oldest stone building in the world the scientific expedition discovered new underground rooms and a network of gallerie, forcing a reevaluation of previous assumptions about the role and function of pyramids.

  • Stone Age Masters: The Magdalenian Masters
    Sedona Showing on August 19th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on August 26th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    magdalenianStone Age Masters: The Magdalenian Masters tells the story of the Magdalenians – ancestors that settled in large areas of Europe between 18,000 and 10,000 years B.C. Their art was amazingly developed. The sculpted bas-relief of the Roc-aux-Sorciers site in southwestern France is proof that a golden age of prehistory did actually exist. This film reveals the Lascaux cave, a showcase that suggests that the Stone Age may well have had its share of “Michelangelos.”

For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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

 

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Fun things to do in the Red Rocks this Weekend

May 20th – 22nd, 2016 

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What a beautiful weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona! Sunshine and a high of 78° today, 75° Saturday and 67° on Sunday! Being out and about exploring the red rocks is definitely highly suggested!  Hiking is high on the list of fun things to this weekend especially since Red Rock State Park will be having both their Guided Moonlight Hike and their Guided Ethnobotany Hike this weekend! If you love history and historic homes then you will want to make sure to take a day trip up to Jerome for their 51st Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour. And if your looking for some live music tonight to kick start your weekend The Sorrell Park Band will be live at Sound Bites Grill and Einsteins Missing Sons will be live at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill! 

Below you will find our top picks for events this weekend, to see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. We hope everyone has a great weekend and a big thank you to all of our guests who chose our hotel for their weekend getaway!

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Sedona Entertainment: Sorrell Park Band
May 20th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
Sound-Bites-GrillSound 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
May 20th – May 22nd, 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.
May 20th – Einsteins Missing Sons (9:00 pm)
May 21st – DJ Soulece (9:00 pm)
May 22nd – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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51st Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour
May 21st – 2nd, 2016 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 adults/$10 Children

Miners-ShackThe longest running home tour in Arizona boasts never-before seen historic and significant homes in this guided tour through the mile high town’s back streets. The Miner’s Shack at Casa Colibri will be shown. The tour takes visitors to The Gulch area of Jerome for the first time. Please note, the tour is NOT handicapped accessible. Tickets will be sold online as well as the day of the event. For more information, visit www.jeromechamber.com.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 21st, 2016 (5:30 pm)
Reservation fee $5 plus park admission fee (see below)
Moonlight hikeThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hike at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7 – 13), and free for children (0 – 6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Sedona Entertainment: Melanie
May 21st – 22nd, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets starting at $30
melanie+hires2Sound Bites Grill is please to present Melanie! Melanie, who became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock, has been putting the pieces in order. Pieces of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey. Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song… and nobody does this better than Melanie…For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
May 22nd, 2016 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Save Money this Summer in Sedona, AZ

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Save Money with our 2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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Summertime in Sedona, Arizona brings out the monsoon skies, beautiful sunrises and warm nights filled with romance as the sun sets on the red rocks. Summer also brings out one of our hottest hotel deals of the year! That’s right, it is time once again to offer our “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special that can save you up to $43 a night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!  Check out some of the events taking place in the red rocks this summer on our Sedona Events Page.

2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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