Guided Meditation in Sedona, AZ

McLean Meditation Institute

Meditation in Sedona, Arizona

McLean Meditation InstituteThere are may reasons people visit the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Hiking expeditions, the arts, vortexes, spiritual, and rest and relaxation! One of the most beneficial ways to relax and reconnect with yourself is through the art of meditation. With that said, meditation takes practice and if you have never meditated before guidance is extremely useful.  The McLean Meditation Institute can help you get started! Below you will find information on a guided meditation session and also a self directed meditation. To see more of the events and programs offered please visit www.mcleanmeditation.com

McLean Meditation Institute
Weekly Community Meditations & Discussions in Sedona

Anyone can have the experience of meditation whether they’re new to meditation or already have an ongoing practice. Come to any of these programs at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. No need to preregister.

  • Guided Meditation with Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
    Sundays 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
    During the 45-minute program, simple meditation guidance is given–each week a different meditation is offered such as a Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation.

    Sunday through Friday 9:00-9:45 am
    Monday through Thursday 5:30-6:15 pm
    Silent Meditation Session with Martin Birrittella, Author of the Field of Love and founder of the Free Process, If you are comfortable with a 45-minute silent self-directed meditation period, please do attend. No need to preregister, no instruction is offered. Participants must arrive on time to join in. Free.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Super Pet Friendly Hotel in Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

When We Say Pet Friendly We Mean it!

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All of us at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn of Sedona take great pride in being a pet friendly hotel and considered one of the best by BringFido.com, a website entirely about traveling with pets. The Inn of Sedona received 5 out of 5 bones for a Perfect rating!.

Anyone who has read our blog or followed us on Facebook and Twitter already know that we love being a pet friendly hotel! Almost all of the staff members have pets of their own. We even have  employees that are involved in pet rescue! So yes, when we say we are pet friendly, we mean it.

We have had a variety of family pets that stay with us from Maggie the sweet little pig, to the very charming Coco (Wheaton Terrier crossed with a Standard Poodle), to the lovable  rescued Calico cat Precious, to the large and in charge lizard Charlie! we don’t discriminate, we love them all! When you are traveling with your pooch don’t be surprised if there is a little something special waiting for him/her at the front desk! 

We also feel that when your traveling with your pet you should have your choice of rooms, with that said our hotel offers pet friendly rooms on every level of the hotel and you will also have a choice of room type! That includes our Third Floor Double Queen rooms and our King Fireplace rooms, our most requested room types.We have plenty of pet friendly rooms for everybody but the upgraded pet friendly rooms are limited, so if you plan on coming to Sedona with your four legged companion, please make your reservations early. 

In case you haven’t been to Sedona, it is a very pet friendly town. There are plenty of pet friendly restaurants, a dog park only a 1/2 mile from the hotel, and we can even provide you with a list of approved pet sitters in the area! Below you will find everything you need to know about bringing your special pet, or pets, to the Inn of Sedona, what we provide and what we expect from you as the owner.

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Pet Info

  • One time Pet Fee = $20 + tax (no matter how many nights or how many pets – just a one-time $20 fee)
  • ALL kinds of pets are welcome (with the exception of livestock ) – we’ve had birds, cats, iguanas even a pot bellied pig!
  • No limit on number of dogs but please let us know who is in the room, in case of emergency.
  • Each pet owner receives a gift at arrival.
  • Each pet owner receives a list of pet friendly restaurants in the area.
  • We have access to licensed, bonded pet sitters that work closely with our guests and we would be happy to refer you to them as needed. Just check with our Front Desk or Concierge staff.
  • Sedona Dog Park is easily accessible (1/2 mile from the hotel).
  • You and your pet are welcome on our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.
  • Pets are welcome in any public area of the hotel except our breakfast room and pool area. (They are welcome at our outdoor breakfast seating area)
  • We require a cell phone contact in case of emergency.
  • Pets may not be left alone in the room at any time unless they are safely and comfortably crated. If your pet is crated in the room, you must leave a cell phone number for our Front Desk in case of emergency or problem.
  • Pets are the sole responsibility of the guest. If a pet is disturbing other guests in the hotel and you are unable to remedy the situation, additional charges may be incurred and you may be asked to remove the pet from the property. We respect all our guests and want everyone to have a great stay.
  • When you take your pet outside to go to the bathroom, we ask that you clean up after them and dispose of the waste in outdoor trash receptacle.
  • You are responsible for any damage caused by your pet. Please let us know if there are any issues so they can be addressed quickly.

We sincerely hope that you and your pet(s) have a wonderful stay with us!

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April Gallery Exhibits in Sedona and Jerome

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour April 1st , 2016

Jerome Art Walk April 2nd, 2016

 

Halo-Headdress-mWhat a great sunny weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona! Hikers and bikers will be hitting the trails and art lovers will be enjoying the new exhibits at the Sedona and Jerome galleries! This weekend kicks off with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on April 1st, 2016. 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.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits
February 5th, 2016

Sedona Arts Center
Sedona Arts CenterSplash of Color Exhibition
April 1–May 3, 201
Opening Reception April 1st (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Spring seems to have come to Sedona a little early this year and the Sedona Arts Center is ready to celebrate the season with the upcoming First Friday exhibition and gallery reception for Splash of Color. On view from April 1st to May 3rd, the Splash of Color exhibition showcases dynamic new works by Gretchen Lopez (Oil), Michael Chesley Johnson (Pastel, Oil), and Dawn Sutherland (Oil), as well as the fine crafted dwellings of P. Ronald Schneider (Fine Crafts) and jewelry by Judy Classen. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
Impressionist/Expressionist Show
April 1st- May 31st, 2016
Opening Reception: April 1st (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Goldenstein GalleryJoin the Goldenstein Gallery for their Impressionist/ Expressionist Show featuring the modalities of art. This show features artists such as JA Gorman, Allen Powell, Patricia Griffin, JA Gorman, Lynn Rae Lowe, Liz Wolf, Lynette Jennings, and Jim Romberg. On Friday April 1st, socialize with local artists, and listen to them talk about their work.For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Animal Wise at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
April 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
April 2nd, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Ken Rowe GalleryRowe Fine Art Gallery in Tlaquepaque is proud to present “Animal Wise” featuring artists Joshua Tobey! Joshua Tobey knows animals, and Sedona art collectors love Joshua Tobey. Joshua grew up in Santa Fe where he apprenticed with his dad, wildlife sculptor Gene Tobey. He graduated from Western State Colorado University with a degree in three-dimensional art, and he immediately went to work creating impressionistic bronze wildlife sculptures. Joshua will be at the gallery both days. For more information please visit www.rowegallery.com.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Andrea Smith Gallery Presents Patricia Barthe:The Emotion of Color
April 1st – 2nd, 2016
Andrea SMith GalleryPatricia Barthe, a native New Yorker and poet, was awestruck by the myriad of colors and impressions the Sedona sky and landscape had to offer, transporting her to an experience beyond words. Before long, the desert’s inspirational flame danced its way into her heart and Spirit spilled onto the white canvas. Plein Air inspired, Patricia Barthe’s original oil paintings seek to express emotion in its purest color and boldest form. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
“Cowboys, Canyons, and Beyond:  Paintings by Marcia Molnar and George Molnar”Cascading-Light-by-George-Molnar_-web
April 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Featuring paintings of the Grand Canyon, Native American children, cowgirls, cowboys and ranch life, landscapes, still-lifes and more.  This exhibition of paintings by two Arizona masters of Western tradition is an opportunity to meet these two artists and to see exceptional works of art imbued with essence and spirit. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Tradition Re-Created:
John MacLeod and Russ Kruse”

April 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens “Tradition Re-Created: The Art of John MacLeod and Russ Kruse” to showcase the gifted artists’ meticulous re-creations of Native American ceremonial war shirts and headdresses, respectively. Both artists have mastered the myriad skills necessary to create such show-stopping pieces. They work with soft leather, primarily from deer, with beads, horsehair, ermine, trade cloth, paints and pigments; they carve wood, knap stones, master complex and beautiful beadwork, hand-stitch leather, hand-paint feathers, paint designs in acrylic on rawhide, leather, wood, and bone. It can take weeks or months to complete a piece. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art WalkApril 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The monthly tradition of Jerome First Saturday Art Walk has taken root and will blossom once again this spring with new artists and studios as well as Jerome’s exciting and well-known galleries. Meet the artists that night and mingle with other art lovers who are drawn to this charming mountain town.A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did 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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April Events at Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2016 April Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park

 Red Rock State Park

Are you ready for a fabulous April in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Red Rock State Park is! The park has a lot in store for you and your family this month! Native flute player Jesse Kalu is back by popular demand on April 3rd, a Star Party with the Astronomers of Verde Valley takes place on the 9th, and to top it all off there is a  guided moonlight hike on the 21st! The park also offers daily “Guided Nature Walks”, and Guided Bird Walks every Wednesday and Saturday!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)HOME_653
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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Special Musical Event – Native American Flute
“Echoes of Silence” featuring Jesse Kalu
April 3rd, 2016 (2:00 pm)
Jesse KaluBack by popular demand – Red Rock State Park is proud to host internationally recognized native flute player Jesse Kalu. Jesse’s intimate performance including questions and answers will last approximately 1 hour. This Heartfelt Presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story, and nature voices. Jesse’s presentations touch his audiences in unique ways. Each of his flutes has their own name and song. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawk, owl, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk and more. Jesse Kalu has been sharing his music throughout the world since 1994. Last month’s show was sold out because seating is limited so call quickly to reserve your spot at 928.282-6907. The reservation fee for this performance is $5.00 per person in addition to the Park’s regular admission fee of: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7 – 13). For more information please visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Star Party at Red Rock State Park
April 9th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
RERO_StarParty2016Come out and enjoy the night skies with the Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Rangers of Red Rock State Park in Sedona. Starting with a presentation at 7:00 pm on current sky events and what’s “up” in the spring skies. Then star viewing from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The galaxies of Virgo, Coma Berenices and Leo will be high in the sky. Ursa Major, the Big Dipper will be high in the sky as well offering galaxies, double stars and planetary nebulae. Jupiter and its Galilean Moons will be the planet of the spring constellations just below the galaxies of Leo the Lion. There will be a “Star Jar” craft project available for children during the presentation as well as space cookies, moon juice, and other complementary beverages. Attendance is limited and a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event is required. Upon arrival usual entrance fees also apply: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7 – 13), and free for children (0 – 6). For additional information and reservations, please call 928.282-6907.

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Guided Geology Hike
April 10th, 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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Bird Migration: An Amazing Journey
Featuring Dena Greenwood at Red Rock State Park
The program is included with the park admission fee
April 17th, 2016 (11:00 am)
Red Rock State ParkOf the more than 650 bird species that nest in North America, 75% engage in some kind of migration. Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. How do they know to which way to fly? How do they navigate the long distances? How do birds return to the same breeding grounds where they hatched the year before? Dena Greenwood – bird biologist/naturalist, will discuss all these and many more questions about migration. Dena Greenwood began her birding adventures 25 years ago as an Arizona State Park’s ranger leading bird walks and developing bird guides for several State Parks. She received her graduate degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in ornithology, botany and geology. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282-6907.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
April 17th, 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
April 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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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery Day at 10:00 am
you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Celebrate National Park Week in April

National Park Week

Visit any of America’s National Parks for Free all Week!

April 16th – 24th, 2016

walnut canyonEach spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 16th – 24th, you are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, The National Park System has something for everyone.

National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks! Below you will find the National Parks and Monuments participating in Flagstaff and the Verde Valley! Grand Canyon

For more information or to see find the National Parks in you area please visit www.nationalparks.org/national-park-week.

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Easter Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Things to do  Easter Weekend in the Verde Valley and Sedona, AZ

March 26th – 27th, 2016

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It is going to be a beautiful Easter weekend in Sedona, AZ! If you are going to be visiting the red rocks over the holiday with the kids and are looking for some family fun with the Easter Bunny, there are three events taking place that the Easter Bunny is sure to attend! The Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt taking place at Posse Grounds Park on Saturday, March 26th,  the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express in Clarkdale on the 27th, and in Sedona on Easter day, the Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe have a special treat with the Easter Bunny appearing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the shops for an Easter Egg Hunt and photos, there will also be a delicious brunch taking place at Sound Bites Grill  from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Eric Miller performing live from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm!  Below you will find the highlighted Easter events taking place, and other fun things to do this weekend in the red rocks! 

Featured Events

V Bar V Ancient Technology Discovery Days
March 25th – 26th, 2016
VBarVGain a new appreciation of how native people survived and thrived as you see demonstrations of fire by friction, flint-knapping, making and firing pottery, ancient tool technology, spinning and weaving cotton and making shell and stone beads. Practice your skills of using an atlatl, making pinch pots and grinding corn on a metate. Learn about how native people used some of the area plants for food and medicine and see over 1,000 petroglyphs. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. The V Bar V Heritage Site is located 2.8 miles southeast of Interstate 17 at Sedona exit 298, just beyond the Beaver Creek Day Use area. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
March 26th, 2016 (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission

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

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Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt
Event Location: Multi-use Field at Posse Grounds Park
March 26th, 2016 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
$5 for Children 12 & Younger
Sedona Carnival and Egg HuntThis is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! This fun, action packed event is for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Once you arrive, walk to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multiuse field for games and vendors! Inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. Some vendors may be charging for their goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. for children 8 years of age and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with age group 2 and under). Children will be divided by age groups and there are over 10,000 eggs waiting to be found! For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Watercolor Workshop: Spring Flowers
March 26th, 2016 (10:00 am)
See prices below
springAre you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for their ongoing series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-providing instruction and techniques with a theme each month. Our March theme will be Spring Flowers. Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes park admission, instruction, and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282-6907.

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Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe And Sound Bites Grill Brunch
March 27th, 2016
Easter 2016This year the Hyatt Shops have a special treat with the Easter Bunny appearing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the shops for an Easter Egg Hunt and photos, and Sound Bites Grill’s Brunch will be going on from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Eric Miller performing live from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, and are planning to visit the Easter Bunny and attend the delicious brunch offered at Sound Bites, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. We will drop you off at the Hyatt Shops in Uptown and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. Reservations are required for the brunch. Brunch is only $39 per person and kids under 12 are half price. For more information please visitwww.soundbitesgrill.com . For reservations call 928-282-2713.  

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
March 27th, 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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Easter Bunny Express – Clarkdale, AZ
March 27th, 2016 (Train departs at 1:00 pm)
Purchase tickets here
Easter_bunny_trainThe hoppiest celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad is the Easter Bunny Express! This once-a-year opportunity to hob-knob with the wascally wabbit begins with face painting on the patio so everyone can star in a look-a-like photo. You can take home proof that the Easter Bunny really does exist. The honorable hare will dole out handfuls of treats and armloads of hugs before bidding farewell to everyone on the train as it departs at 1:00 pm! The Easter fun keeps going on board with a winner-take-all jellybean counting contest. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did 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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2016 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

2016 Heritage Program Festivals

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Located only 48 minutes from Sedona, the Museum of Northern Arizona offers exciting Heritage Program Festivals the will immerse you into and most of all, give you a better sense of each featured culture. Below you will find the 4 festivals scheduled for this year; I personally have attended all of these festivals every year and have truly enjoyed the environment and activities and have learned something new every time.

 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 28th – 29th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
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 created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July 2nd – 3rd, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 80 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, woodworking, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food, as well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area. Free with museum admission.

Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 6th – 7th 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances.

Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 22nd – 23rd, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
The Museum comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. More than a dozen Flagstaff families create ofrendas (altars) to display in the Museum’s courtyard. Learn about Day of the Dead traditions and the role of Hispanics in northern Arizona’s history. Enjoy mariachi music, arts, and storytelling. Learn about migration and the blending of cultural traditions. A celebration of all people of Latino and Hispanic origin, this festival is a colorful and vibrant expression of community. It is created in partnership with Nuestras Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),Student (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation). Free (Children under 10). To learn more about the Heritage Program Festival or to learn more about the museum please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Native American Flute Performance in Sedona

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

Special Musical Event featuring Native Flute Player Jesse Kalu

April 3rd, 2016

Jesse Kalu

Back by popular demand, Internationally recognized Native Flute Player Jesse Kalu will be returning to to Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona on April 3rd, 2016 at 2:00 pm! Jesse’s intimate performance including questions and answers will last approximately 1 hour. This Heartfelt Presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story, and nature voices. Jesse’s presentations touch his audiences in unique ways. Each of his flutes has their own name and song. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawk, owl, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk and more. Jesse Kalu has been sharing his music throughout the world since 1994.

“The story of my friend & brother of the heart Jesse, is a story of Spirit, finding joyous expression in the life-paths of individual human beings, who have actualized their dreams. As a native chamorru of the Mariana Islands, Jesse lived his early years on a tropical territory of the U.S. in the northern pacific. Jesse remembers playing in his village bamboo grove as a child at the age of 4, and being treated by his native elders with herbal & natural medicines whenever he was ill. It was then, he began to hear the melodies within, that ‘danced in his heart’. “
Excerpt from “Breath of Spirit” Jesse Kalu profile by: Diana James.
Read more at www.friendsoffreedom.com/Friends/Jesse_Kalu/Jesse.htm
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We highly recommend making your reservations for this performance as soon as possible! Seating is limited, and last months performance sold out quickly. The reservation fee for this performance is $5.00 per person in addition to the Park’s regular admission fee of: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7 – 13). To reserve your spot please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282.6907.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona and Verde Valley Guide to a great weekend!

March 18th – 20th, 2016

Sedona, AZ

Wow, it is going to be a beautiful, sunny, event filled weekend in the red rocks of Sedona and the Verde Valley! And I must say a perfect weekend for hiking in the red rocks with a high of 75° on both Saturday and Sunday! If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona this weekend make sure to take some time and relax on our terraces while soaking in the sun and the views!

My hiking picks for the weekend would have to be Soldier Pass for an early morning wake up hike, close to our hotel and challenging enough to feel like you got a work out in while enjoying the scenery! West Fork Trail would be a great hike for the afternoon, and if you are looking for a late evening hike I would suggest Bell Rock Pathway. With that said, we all have our own favorite hikes so check out our 2016 Sedona Hiking Guide to find the right hike for you. Oh, I almost forgot, if you are into archaeology, Red Rock State Park will be having their guided geology hike on Sunday the 20th.

Along with great hiking opportunities this weekend there is a well rounded choice of events and entertainment in Sedona but if you are visiting and have your own mode of transportation I would highly suggest taking a day trip to the town of Camp Verde on Saturday or Sunday! The Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff Race, Archaeology Fair and Indian Art Show will all take place there this weekend!

Featured Events and Entertainment in Sedona and Camp Verde, AZ
These are our top picks for the weekend, if you would like to see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend!

Sedona Entertainment: Darius Lux TrioDarius
March 18th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
Don’t miss the Darius Lux Trio at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! This is an new ensemble of three outstanding artist coming together with some of the best soulful blues/pop/rock music to grace the stage at SBG. When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘Laugh Potion #9
March 19th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show
Laugh-potion-9-teaserNeed a double-dose of comedy shot directly into your funny bone? Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Laugh Potion #9” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona. “Laughter is the best medicine,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “It’s been proven to boost the immune system and produce endorphins 100 times more powerful than painkillers. That’s why we’re calling this show ‘Laugh Potion #9.’ If we all could just laugh more, we’d hurt less.” Besides performing a whole batch of brand new short-form improvised games, the troupe will also perform a long-form “Armondo” that uses true stories and monologues from an audience member about a camping trip or a family vacation as inspiration for improvised games and scenes. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Pecan-Wine-680x1024The Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016

2016FairExperience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.

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Verde River Runoff
March 19th, 2016
Registration: $50 per participant.
runofflogoThe Verde River Runoff will once again host their very popular river event during the Pecan & Wine Festival. There is a 5 and 10 Mile Canoe/Kayak race with a new stand-up board category this year. Experience a beautiful stretch of the Verde River from White Bridge, Camp Verde to Beasley Flats! Join the Awards and After-Party at the Pecan and Wine Festival behind the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. VRRO is made possible through a Special Use Permit from the Prescott National Forest District. For more information or to register for this event please visit Verde River Runoff 2016.

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Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
March 20th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. 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. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who 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. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment Music by the ClassicsJC2012Online
March 20th, 2016 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
$5 Cover
Sound Bites is pleased to present “An Evening of Romance”. The band will play and Jeanie Carroll will sing mostly the slower, dance-able songs that many of us are familiar with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also included with be some great up-tempo and Latin tunes to get you moving. So, bring your dancing shoes or just come to listen to and enjoy the music. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sedona Sound Bites Grill.

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sedona shot 308When it comes to the staff at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2016 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZ

Camp Verde, Arizona

Pecans, Wine, Kayaking, Archaeology and more this Weekend in Camp Verde

March 19th – 20th, 2016

If you are visiting Sedona, AZ this coming weekend and love pecans, wine, kayaking, archaeology, and family fun then we highly recommend taking a day trip to Camp Verde! The Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show all take place this weekend. The town of Camp Verde is located only 40 minutes from Sedona (see map below), and is home to many of the Verde Valley attractions such as Fort Verde State Historic Park, Cliff Castle Casino, Montezuma Castle, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Pecan-Wine-680x1024The Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016

2016FairExperience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.

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Verde River Runoff
March 19th, 2016
Entry fee is $25 for 5-mile and $50 for 10-mile.
runofflogoThe Verde River Runoff will once again host their very popular river event during the Pecan & Wine Festival. There is a 5 and 10 Mile Canoe/Kayak race with a new stand-up board category this year. Experience a beautiful stretch of the Verde River from White Bridge, Camp Verde to Beasley Flats! Join the Awards and After-Party at the Pecan and Wine Festival behind the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. VRRO is made possible through a Special Use Permit from the Prescott National Forest District. For more information or to register for this event please visit Verde River Runoff 2016.

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Free Birding Excursions
 March 20th, 2016
See and hear plenty of birds and also learn about the natural history of the Verde River, one of the premier birding venues in the southwest! The excursions will depart from Rezzonico Family Park at 8:30 am and will last approximately 90 minutes. Rezzonico Family Park is located in the Town of Camp Verde at the southwest corner of Montezuma Castle Highway and the Verde River at Black Bridge. It is 2.85 miles from I-17 on Montezuma Castle Highway toward Camp Verde, and .55 miles on Montezuma Castle Highway from Main Street in Camp Verde.  If you have binoculars, please bring them. Drinking water and walking or hiking shoes are also recommended.  Pre-registration is required. Please e-mail whiskycobra1@gmail.com or call 480.242.1996 to register or to request more information regarding these trips.

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Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde, AZ

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Inn of SedonaA 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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