Arizona Wines, Live Music, and More at the Sedona WineFest

Enjoy the Sedona Winefest and Save Money on your lodging at the Inn of Sedona

sedona winefest arizona 20111 Arizona Wines, Live Music, and More at the Sedona WineFestDo you love wine, great food, and live music? How about enjoying all three while taking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona? Now is the time to make your plans, reserve your rooms, and purchase your tickets for the 6th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place September 27th – 28th, at the Sedona Airport!

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

Featured Arizona Wineries at the Sedona Winefest

  • Alcantara
  • Arizona Stonghold
  • Burning Tree Cellars
  • Caduceus Cellars
  • Carlson Creek Vineyard
  • Cellar 433 Grand Canyon Winery
  • Grand Canyon Winery
  • Javelina Leap
  • Oak Creek Vineyards
  • Page Spring Cellars
  • Pilsbury Wine Company
  • Su Vino Winery
  • Zarpara Vineyard

Along with the all the great wineries,vendors, and live entertainment, three artists who have been invited to participate in the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival later in the fall will be creating a “plein air preview” with an exclusive exhibition in the expanded “Premium Tasting Room”

General admission for this event is $20.00 online at early bird prices, or $25.00 at the door and includes six tasting tickets and an etched commemorative wine glass. Premium Admission is available online at the early bird price of $40.00, or $45.00 at the door, if still available. Premium Admission includes eight tasting tickets, 4 Regular & 4 Premium, and a beautiful etched, stemmed, commemorative wine glass. For more information on this event or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest website.

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Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this Weekend

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour and Jerome Art Walk

September 5th & 6th, 2014

First Friday Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this Weekend

September is here bringing blue skies and cooler weather to Sedona, Arizona making it the perfect time to enjoy the special art exhibits during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on September 5th and the Jerome Art Walk on the 6th!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits
September 5th, 2014

Sedona Arts Center
“Earth Spirits”Sedona Arts Center Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this Weekend
Come explore the rich and engaging art that is not only grounded to the earth with the materials the artists’ use, but also in the final work they create. Mary Flaisig weaves flowing fiber structure wall-hangings, Jeffrey Perkins molds clay with his hands creating unique pottery, Joan Roberts creates jewelry based on items from nature and David Haskell and Jane Roberts interpret the landscapes they see on canvas. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“Beyond Tradition Show”
Goldenstein Gallery Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this WeekendJoin the Goldenstein Gallery for their “Beyond Tradition” Show. Several of the renowned artists in their gallery are innovative in their styles and use of mediums and in some way have taken their art Beyond Tradition. Among the Gallery artists whose work will be featured in this show include painters Karyl Bennett, Keith Schall, Sherab Khandro, Allen Powell, and sculptors Kevin McCarthy, Mike Medow and Glendon Good. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Tribute Celebration for Arizona-born sculptor Ken Rowe at Rowe GalleryKen Rowe Gallery Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this Weekend
This event is a great time for Ken Rowe collectors and fans to salute the artist and the efforts of artists everywhere. This event showcases Ken’s wildlife bronze art as well as his adventure-filled career. Join the gallery for the first public tribute to one of Southwest’s premiere bronze sculptors. The gallery is located in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village under the bell tower in Patio de las Campanas. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Mountain Trails Gallery – Stories from the West in Painting and Sculpture
Mountain Trails Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this WeekendIntriguing historical accounts and spirited renditions from the American West will be featured in the art work by master storytellers Steven Lang of Cherokee and Pawnee descent, artifact painter Lisa Danielle, tribal traditions painter Vicki Catapano, mountain man artist Dan Deuter, and cowboy and cowgirl ways painters Don Weller, Marcia Molnar, and Sarah Phippen. Also featured are historical and cultural stories in the bronze sculpture of Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Michael Trcic, Susan Kliewer, Ed Yazzi, and Deon Duncan. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Children of Beauty: The Art of Sharon Brening”
Turquoise Gallery Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this WeekendTurquoise Tortoise Gallery is pleased to welcome the gifted artist Sharon Brening to Sedona for a special artist reception to kick off its exciting Autumn Season. In 2011 Brening became the first woman to win the prestigious gold medal award for oil painting at the Annual Western Artists of America Show and Sale in Texas, an honor her long-time collectors could have predicted given the skill she brings to her portraits of Native American children. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
“Sticks: Joyful Art Furniture”
Lanning Gallery Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this WeekendThe Lanning Gallery opens Sticks: Joyful Art Furniture to showcase the now-nationally known collaborative of gifted artists known as Sticks. From Lazy Susans to benches and nesting tables to chairs, ottomans and dining room tables, all of Sticks’ colorfully designed furniture is handmade, hand-painted and of heirloom quality. Lanning Gallery also helps clients through the fun process of customizing Sticks pieces. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art Walk1 Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this WeekendSeptember 6th, 2014 (5:00 pm – 8:00pm)
Twenty-five galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments. From blown glass to lovely jewelry, there is a treasure to be found for everyone! From the working studios of The Old Jerome High School to the lovely pottery of Made in Jerome, the true handmade Jerome touch is everywhere. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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tight building IMG 99091 Enjoy Art Exhibitions in Sedona and Jerome this WeekendA 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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41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona

41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

September 13th, 2014

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque 41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, ArizonaIt’s the time of year when the plazas, patios and streets of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. That’s right, the 41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque will be taking place on Saturday, September 13th!

Every year visitors and locals fill up the village to enjoy the lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico! Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary! Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico.

“The artists at the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit of the community. Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque, started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people from all over the state and country.” – Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner

This is a family fun free event. The festivities take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this celebration in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. For more information on this free Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Festivities Schedule:

  • Mosaico Flamenco will perform in Patio Del Norte from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Jaleo Band will perform in Patio Del Norte from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Ballet Folklorico de Colores will perform in Plaza De La Fuente at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
  • Ritmo Latino will perform in Patio De Las Campanas from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Mariachi La Familia Rojas will roam the streets of Tlaquepaque from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and also from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • There will be free face painting and Balloon Twisting for children and adults in the Calle Independencia from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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

new shuttle 41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, ArizonaDid 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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Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation Packages

Fall Adventure Packages at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

tight building IMG 99091 Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation PackagesAll of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are looking forward to the fall season! Along with all the great events and festivals, the weather is close to picture perfect, the town is a buzz with activity, and our guests are out hiking and biking the red rocks!

Fall, in our opinion is also one of the best times to enjoy Out of Africa Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and tours with Pink Jeep and Arizona ATV Adventures. With that in mind we wanted to highlight the following vacation packages to help save you money on lodging at the Inn of Sedona and get you out there exploring all that Sedona and the Verde Valley have to offer.

Highlighted Fall Vacation Packages at the Inn of Sedona

Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • 200 animals3 Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation Packages 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Adult Tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • FREE Full Hot Breakfast
  • All Packages are priced for Two Adults. Please call concierge at 800.292.6344 for children or extra adults.
  • Additional nights available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • And as always when you stay at the Inn of Sedona you will be treated to unbeatable views of Sedona’s Red Rocks from our terraced promenade decks. Enjoy early morning sunrises, spectacular sunsets and of course, memorable moonlit nights.

General Admission Includes: African Bush Safari, The Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, The Wonders of Wildlife Show, The Giant Snake Show, Predator Feed

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views (Pink Jeep Adventure)

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, Vortex and Views Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation Packages
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Learn more about our Sedona hotel
  • Book this Sedona Package

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Play Dirty, Sleep Tight” (ATV Adventure)

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,ATV Sedona Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation Packages
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • “Funtastic” 3 hour guided ATV tour for 2 Adults
  • Package is priced for 2 adults. Please call our Concierge at 800.292.6344 to add children or extra adults
  • Our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will take you right to their door
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • To Book this Sedona package click here

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Sleep n’ Jeep (Pink Jeep Adventure)

  • sleepjeepSR 2010 205x1501 Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation Packages 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. 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”.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • To Book this Sedona package click here.

Inn of Sedona “Romancing the Rails” Vacation Package

  • VCR Package Take Advantage of these Fall Sedona Vacation Packages1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two First Class Tickets on the Verde Canyon Wilderness Train
  • Complimentary full hot breakfast buffet
  • Package is priced for two adults. Please call our concierge at 800.282.6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Additional nights are available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • For more information or to book this package please visit Sedona Vacation Packages
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Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend in the Red Rocks of Sedona

Hiking Sedona Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend in Sedona, ArizonaWow, this year is going fast! Labor Day weekend is here, along with cooler temperatures and beautiful blue skies painting the perfect backdrop to the red rocks polished up from the monsoon rains. We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend exploring the hiking trails, galleries and beauty that surround Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Labor Day weekend kicks off the busy season for Sedona. September brings popular festivals and events like the Celtic Harvest Festival, Sedona Winefest, Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Verde Valley Pride Festival, Thunder Valley Rally and more. Followed by the Sedona Arts Festival, the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Ales and Rail at the Verde Canyon Railroad and Fort Verde Days in October.

Our Sedona hotel fills up quickly during this busy season, so if you have plans to visit Sedona during the Fall please make your reservations soon. Our Concierge is on site every day and can assist you with tour reservations and offer some great ideas for fun things to do while you are in Sedona. Also, make sure to check out our Sedona Events Page (updated daily) to see what is happening during your visit. Our Sedona hotel offers seasonal, mobile and event lodging specials throughout the year including special lodging discounts available during popular festivals in Sedona, Arizona. You can find all of our specials here – Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona Annual Hotel Specials and Discounts.

Have a fabulous weekend and we hope to see you in Sedona!

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2014 September Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Guided Moonlight Hike, Geology Hike, Bird Walks and History!

September has arrived! Along with the milder temperatures and bluer skies that fall brings to the Verde Valley it also brings back the popular Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park. Add to that the Guided Moonlight Hike, bird and nature walks and a fascination discussion about the  Permian Period and it is shaping up to be a great month of activity at the Park!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
September 9th, 2014Moonlight hike 2014 September Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the 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.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

Sedona Guided Geology Hike
September 14th, 2014  (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park 2014 September Hikes and Events at 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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Guided Bird Walk
Red Rock State Park 2 2014 September Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkEvery Wednesday and Saturday Morning (8:00 am)
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 7:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2014 September Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkEvery 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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Red Rock State Park – Sunday Lecture Series
As Sedona’s Red Rocks Were Being Formed: A Look at the Permian Period
September 21st, 2014 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park1 2014 September Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock state Park in welcoming Kennard Bork. Ken is a new resident of Sedona and is an enthusiast of the rich natural history and cultural options of this area. He has long been fascinated with dinosaurs and has a Ph.D. in geology and paleontology. The world of the Permian Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. The Permian period ended with the greatest extinction event in the history of the planet.This lecture will briefly look at the Earth during that fascinating time. Space is limited so please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your space. The program is included within the Park’s admission fees. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Winefest

sedona winefest arizona 20111 2014 September Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkStay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the Sedona Winefest, taking place September 27th – 28th, 2014, and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that’s available to all our guests! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some local wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate. It’s that simple!

You will need to purchase your Sedona Winefest tickets separately at the Sedona Winefest website, or if you prefer, tickets are available at the event entrance. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Red Rock Music Festival’s Sedona Concerts this Weekend

Red Rock Music Festival in Sedona, Arizona

August 30th – 31st, 2014

Red Rock Music Festival Red Rock Music Festivals Sedona Concerts this WeekendThe Red Rock Music Festival will be visiting Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend! Their will be two concerts: “The Magnificent Blend of Voice and String” on August 30th and “An Afternoon in Paris” on the 31st.

  • August 30th, 2014 (7:30 pm)
    Featuring: Ariana Wyatt, Soprano Adam Margulies, Baritone David Ehrlich, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin; Rami Solomonow, viola; Jan Simiz, cello; Teresa Ehrlich, piano. This event will take place at the Sedona Creative Life Center. Tickets for this event are $28 and can be purchased online here.
  • August 31st, 2014 (3:00 pm)
    An Afternoon in Paris
    Featuring: David Ehrlich, violin, Rami Solomonow, viola; Thomas Landschoot, cello and Teresa Ehrlich, piano. This event will take place at the Sedona Creative Life Center. Tickets for this event are $28 and can be purchased online here.

The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Master classes and workshops enable young musicians to learn skills from master musicians. For more information on these concerts or the festival please visit the Red Rock Music Festival.

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Exploring the red rocks with Pink Jeep Tours
Vortex and Views Red Rock Music Festivals Sedona Concerts this WeekendEnjoy the red rock views and excellent service at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and delve into the Spiritual and Mystical side of Sedona on a special Pink Jeep tour, all while saving money with the all new “Vortex and Views” Sedona Vacation Package. Pink Jeep’s newest tour will introduce you to one of Sedona’s popular attractions, a vortex! You’ll enjoy the majestic views from Upper Red Rock Loop Road. A visit to the Airport Vortex will give you an opportunity to experience a vortex first hand and develop your own interpretation. You will also have a sojourn to Mystic Vista. A short hike with your Pink Jeep guide will provide views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

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2015 Wildlife Photography Workshops at Out of Africa

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Attention Shutterbugs, Explore the Wilder Side of Photography in 2015!

Samara taken by Prayeri Harrison 2015 Wildlife Photography Workshops at Out of AfricaOut of Africa Wildlife Park has announced their 2015 dates for their very popular Wildlife Photography Workshops! These workshops sell out quickly, we highly suggest making your reservations as soon as possible by calling 928.567.2842.

2015 Schedule: February 27th – 28th, April 24th – 25th, May 8th – 9th, October 23rd – 24th, and November 13th – 14th.

Wildlife Photography Workshops at Out of Africa

Join accomplished photographer Kathleen Reeder in an unparalleled wildlife photography workshop that will appeal to amateur photographers of all levels as you explore the wilder side of photography at Out of Africa Wildlife Park.The Class size is limited to 12 participants, so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with Kathleen throughout the workshop to ask questions and get coaching specific to your individual photographic needs.

This private workshop offers many unique and exciting features:

  • An informative and engaging presentation that covers wildlife photography tips, recommended gear, and an illustrative slideshow of photos taken at Out of Africa Wildlife Park to prepare you to maximize your camera’s potential while shooting at the park.
  • An exclusive opportunity to photograph the animals in first light before the park opens to the public.
  • Hands-on assistance in photographing wildlife in a variety of settings, including outdoor habitats, open ranges and even enclosed habitats with artificial lighting.
  • A dedicated trolley and personal driver/guide to provide transportation throughout the park, narratives of the habitats, and security of your camera equipment.
  • A dedicated Unimog all-terrain vehicle for your Serengeti free-roaming African animal segment of your experience.
  • Treats to encourage the animals to pose and perform natural behaviors in their habitats that make best use of the light of the day.
  • Unobstructed views to photograph the famed Tiger Splash™ show through fence cut-outs not available to the public.

For more information on the Wildlife Photography Workshops including class fees please visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park website! But, seriously don’t wait the workshops for 2014 sold out quickly and we have a feeling the 2015 workshops will fill up just as fast if not faster!

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tight building IMG 99091 2015 Wildlife Photography Workshops at Out of AfricaA 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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Fall Colors Tour on the Verde Canyon Railroad

 Make your plans early for the Fall Colors Tour aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad!

fallcanyonview 25 Fall Colors Tour on the Verde Canyon RailroadThe monsoon season has been active in the Verde Valley and Sedona which means the “Fall Colors Tour” on the Verde Canyon Railroad is going to be spectacular this year! This Fall excursion into the Verde Canyon is absolutely one of our all time favorites! Passengers on the Verde Canyon Railroad are treated to a gentle ride through a high-walled canyon painted in an array of vibrant autumn hues that shimmer and change around every curve in the track.

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

October and November bring crisp nights followed by warm sunny days beneath a sky achingly and endlessly blue. Be sure to keep a sharp eye peeled for wildlife. Sightings of deer, javelina, coyote and other species increase this time of year and migratory birds return to the sanctuary. You definitely do not want to forget your camera! The open air cars offers you a chance to get some great pictures!

For more information on the “Fall Colors Tour”, or to make your reservations, please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website. If you are going to be staying with us at the Inn of Sedona this Fall and are interested in this tour, save some money and take advantage of our “Romancing the Rails” Vacation package.

Inn of Sedona “Romancing the Rails” Vacation PackageVerde Canyon Railroad Fall Colors Tour on the Verde Canyon Railroad

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two First Class Tickets on the Verde Canyon Wilderness Train
  • Complimentary full hot breakfast buffet
  • Package is priced for two adults. Please call our concierge at 800.282.6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Additional nights are available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • Book Package Fall Colors Tour on the Verde Canyon RailroadFor more information or to book this package please visit Sedona Vacation Packages
  • To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.
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Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival Featuring Scottish Athletics

2014 Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival

Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival1 Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival Featuring Scottish AthleticsDust off those kilts, and get ready to experience the rich traditions that Celtic folk hold dear at the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival taking place in Sedona, Arizona on September the 20th, 2014! New to the festival this year – Scottish Heavy Athletics, you heard me right, the Scottish games are coming to Sedona! The festival will take place at the Verde Valley School (see map below) from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Scottish Heavy Athletics are a key part of the Scottish/Celtic festival and are a tradition which dates back more than 150 years in the New World, and to the beginning of recorded history in Scotland. Scottish Athletics are competitions of strength and skillthat involve groups of men and women throwing heavy weights, stones, and poles for distance, or for height. The distance events include two stone throw/put events, two weights thrown for distance, and two hammer throws. Competitors also throw a heavy weight (28 pounds for women, 42 pounds for men’s lightweight masters, and 56 pounds for open men) over a bar similar to one used in pole vaulting. The signature event of the games is the caber toss. Scoring for the carber toss is not dependent on the distance thrown, but on the alignment of the pole after the turn. If you are attending the festival and interested in participating in the games you will need to register by visiting the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival Website for the registration form.

Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation. Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beer, single malt Scotch, mead and wine. Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes, dance, falconry and more! We attend this festival every year and every year it gets bigger and better! I can’t wait to watch the games and see the beautiful and talented Scottish dancers. So, what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets, register for the games and make your hotel reservations today! To learn more about the festival, register for the games, or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival. You can also visit the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival on Facebook.

We want everyone to come and enjoy the festival, with that in mind, our Sedona hotel is offering a lodging special during the weekend of the festival.

Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival

  • tight building IMG 99091 Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival Featuring Scottish AthleticsStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 2014 Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival and save from $20 to $40 a night! Just let us know you are attending the festival, it’s that easy!

  • This special rate is only valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19th, 20th and 21st Please call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Festival Rate” to make your reservations and get a great deal!

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to the Celtic Harvest Festival

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