Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show in Sedona, AZ

The Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show

June 2nd – 3rd, 2017

If you are visiting Sedona, Arizona and are interested in Navajo arts and culture you are in for a real treat! The Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show will be at Sedona Arts Center starting on Friday from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and then continued on Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm!

Experience the beauty, culture and heritage of the American West with an engaging traveling show from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site and Western National Parks Association (WNPA). Explore a remarkable historic narrative that provides an opportunity to learn about the history, art and lifeways of Southwestern American Indian tribes, in particular the Diné (Navajo) people.

Explore hundreds of authentic Navajo rugs in an array of designs and prices. Fine silver and turquoise jewelry, American Indian handcrafted items, and an assortment of books and other merchandise will also be available.

With special rug talks at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday, Hubbell’s trader Edison Eskeets will describe the history, symbolism, artistry and production of the rugs and how to choose and care for them. Weaving demonstrations will take place throughout the show, and all patrons will have an opportunity to enter a free drawing for a special Navajo gift basket. Refreshments will be served during the show on June 2nd as part of Sedona’s First Friday Art Walk.

For more information on this event please visit the Hubbell Trading Post on Facebook or visit their website www.hubbelltradingpost.org.

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Make the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona your hub for a Sedona vacation full of art culture, outdoor activities, adventure, shopping, spiritual exploration, day trips, and travel throughout Northern Arizona. To learn more about our Sedona hotel or to take advantage of one of our Sedona Vacation Packages please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

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Verde Canyon Starlight Train Tours

Starlight Tours at the Verde Canyon Railroad

2017 Tour Dates: June 10th, July 15th, August 5th, and September 9th

All Aboard! The Verde Canyon Railroad has announced the return of their very popular Starlight Tours! The first tour of the season will take place on June 10th!

Many of the people that visit Northern Arizona make sure to take the scenic, relaxing journey into the Verde Canyon aboard the fully-restored vintage train that calls the canyon home. During the summer time the Verde Canyon Railroad offers you the chance to see the canyon in a whole new light with their very popular Starlight Tours. The Starlight tour offers you a totally different perspective of the Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues and the wildlife that call the canyon home begin to stir as the cooler temperatures of the evening approach. I highly suggest visiting the open air cars often during the night journey into the canyon, especially when the train reaches its turn-around point at Perkinsville. The sun is usually setting around this time lighting the sky with a brilliant pallet of colors. On the ride back to the station enjoy the canvas of stars that blanket the canyon. The Starlight train departs the depot at 5:30 pm

For more information or to purchase passage aboard the Starlight tours please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad. The Starlight Tours will take place on – June 10th, July 8th, August 5th and September 9th! The Verde Canyon Railroad is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, only a 25 minute drive from Sedona,. Other than Saturday Starlight Tours, the train departs at 1:00 pm. and return at 5:00 pm. Reservations are accepted at 800.582.7245 or online at Verde Canyon Railroad.

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2017 “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!
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Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona

Helpful Tips and Ideas for  Memorial Day Weekend

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 few helpful hints and ideas to help you make your weekend wonderful. Have fun, enjoy the red rocks and take time out of your weekend to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our freedoms!

If you will be staying with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona please feel free to call our concierge (Amanda is on hand during the week and Hope will assist you on the weekend) before your visit to help you plan your time in Sedona (1.800.292.6344 ask for concierge) .

Helpful Tips & Ideas

  • Make 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.
  • Make sure you reserve the Sedona tours you would like to experience as soon as possible, our concierge is available to help you with tours and reservations, things are booking up quickly!
  • 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 Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic or Dead Horse Ranch State Park for swimming and fishing. 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are looking for restaurant that is open late, check out Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. Olde Sedona also has late night entertainment on the weekends.

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Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

27th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture

May 27th – 28th, 2017

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona over Memorial Day weekend and are interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the Zuni people you will not want to miss the 27 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona!

This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. The Ashiwi, or Zuni people, travel to Flagstaff from Zuni to share the Zuni language, life ways, traditional music, and dances. Zuni, New Mexico, is an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau. 

Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of the 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.

Mainstage Schedule (subject to change)

 

Saturday, May 27th

  • 9:00 am: Opening Ceremony with Fernando Cellicion
  • 10:00 am: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 11:15 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 12:30 pm: I*Conscious
  • 1:45 pm: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 3:00 pm: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
 

Sunday, May 28th

  • 10:00 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 11:15 am: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 12:30 pm: I*Consious
  • 1:45 pm: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 3:00 pm: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony with Fernando Cellicion

Heritage Insights Lecture Series – Supported by the Arizona Humanities

  • 10:30 am: Emergence & Migration
    Journey with the A:shiwi (Zuni) from the Grand Canyon to “the middle place.”
  • 11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods-Ali’kwi:we (Saturday only)
    Learn more about the process of making parched corn. Tasting to follow.
  • 11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods-Ko’la Ma’chabe (Sunday only)
    Learn more about the process of making chili pudding. Tasting to follow.
  • 1:00 pm: A Zuni Artist Looks at Frank Hamilton Cushing
    A discussion of political cartoons by Zuni artist Phil Hughte in response to Anglo perceptions of Zuni culture.
  • 2:15 pm: The Zuni
    A cultural interpretation of 35 mm film shorts produced in 1923 by Owen Catell.
  • 3:30 pm: Stick Racers, an Olympian & Cross Country Champions (Saturday Only)
    A history of running at Zuni Pueblo including messaging, stick races, and one Zuni’s experience at the 1920 Olympics.

The Museum is located only 55 minutes from our Sedona hotel (see map below), in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Zuni Festival is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Museum admission: $12.00 Adult (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 are Free. For more information on this event please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona website or visit the Museum of Northern Arizona on Facebook.

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

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Make the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona your hub for a Sedona vacation full of art culture, outdoor activities, adventure, shopping, spiritual exploration, day trips, and travel throughout Northern Arizona. To learn more about our Sedona hotel or to take advantage of one of our Sedona Vacation Packages please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

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Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ

Illuminate Film Festival

Now is the time to start planning your trip to Sedona, AZ to attend the 4th Annual Illuminate Film Festival taking place May 31st – June 4th, 2017. Illuminate spans five days and three venues, and will present 26 of the most compelling conscious themed films of the year. There will be evening spotlights, post-screening presentations with directors and producers, Reel Healing immersions, musical performances, a virtual reality showcase, and a Healing Lounge. The Festival opens with the free-to-the-public Launch Party and Outdoor Screening on May 31st at the Collective Sedona and will throw nightly parties for pass-holders every night of the festival.

In addition, the Festival will host a series of film industry programs – the Conscious Film Convergence, the Conscious Cinema Summit and the Conscious Cinema Accelerator – which offer workshops, networking and mentoring for those working to elevate consciousness through filmmaking.

The Festival will present its second annual Conscious Visionary Award to conscious evolution pioneer Barbara Marx Hubbard following the world premiere of American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard. Another highlight in the lineup is a special program with celebrated filmmaker, author, musician and peace troubadour James Twyman.

New to the festival this year is the Luminary Living Room Series, an offering of intimate workshops with nationally renowned teachers in the mind-body-spirit realm. Teachers include renowned neuroscience and human potential expert Dr. Joe Dispenza, who will share his timeless wisdom in conjunction with a spotlight world premiere of HEAL. This year’s film lineup includes a special focus on spiritual movements and the influential leaders that sparked global awakening and self-realization. For more information, schedule of events or to purchase passes or individual film tickets please visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona and our attending this event, take advantage our our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! We will drop you off and pick you up at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre  or the Sedona Performing Arts Center, venues of the Illuminate Film Festival.

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Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:30 pm.
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Complimentary Guest Shuttle in Sedona

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Our Brand New Shuttle has Arrived!

“Let us take the hassle out of Getting around Sedona”

Great news, our brand new Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle has arrived! 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 air conditioned, pet friendly shuttle, then just call us when you are ready to return to the hotel, and we’ll come back and pick you up! Our Shuttle service includes most popular Sedona hot spots including: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Mary D. Fisher Theatre (home of the Sedona International Film Festival), Uptown Sedona, Hillside Galleries, West Sedona dining and more! This free shuttle service is available to all our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:30 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating the round-a-bouts!
  • Don’t worry about having an adult beverage while you’re out!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!

How the Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle Service operates

  • Available from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:30 pm
  • Available only to guests of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
  • We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper then we’ll come back and pick you up when you call!
  • Shuttle leaves the hotel every half hour
  • Be in the lobby 5 minutes early, first come, first serve
  • Central drop off point in Uptown
  • Most other destinations are door to door service

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Mother’s Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Events and Fun things to do this Weekend with Mom in the Red Rocks

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May 12th – 14th, 2017

From all of us kids at the Inn of Sedona we wish our wonderful Moms and yours a very Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you all have an extra special weekend filled with love, hugs and fun with your family and friends!

If you are visiting Sedona this weekend, you will have no problem finding something to do with Mom. Below you will find a variety of events, festivals and fun things to do in the Verde Valley. To see a full listing of events taking place this weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Weekend Events

12 x 12 Project and Fundraiser
Over 100 Artists Contributing
May 12th, 2017 (5:30 pm)
Free Event
12x121What do you get when you invite hundreds of extraordinary artists to create new unsigned works within a 12-inch space, and exhibit everything in support Sedona’s hometown cultural organization? Sedona Arts Center has the answer in its Annual 12x 12 Fundraiser in the historic Art Barn. The 12 x 12 Project invites artists and visual communicators from all over to create and donate a 12 by 12 inch work, which will be shown and offered at the event for $250—with proceeds going to support Sedona Arts Center’s programs and operations. Art lovers will find painting, photography, fiber, ceramic, and even sculptural works. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
May 13th, 2017 (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
May 13th – 14th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. This event takes place at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.

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Verde Valley Wine Festival – Clarkdale, AZ
May 13th – 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
One Day General Admission: $35 pre-sale/$45 day of event
Two Day General Admission – $55/VIP Experience -$125
The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona’s premier Wine and Culinary festival of the year, presented by Four Eight Wineworks and the non-profit organization, Made in Clarkdale. The event highlights the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large with the goal of offering the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products for locals and visitors to enjoy. Guest viticulture lecturers, live music from Arizona bands, and art from Made in Clarkdale artists will enhance the festival experience as well. Each day of the festival will be different to the other with new restaurants, music, artists and guests speakers showcased. This event will take place at the historic Clarkdale Town Park. For more information, or to purchase tickets to this event please visit www.verdevalleywinefestival.com.

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Sedona Entertainment – Calico The Band
May 13th, 2017 (Showtime 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $20/$25 + tax /Dinner Package: $60/$65
Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Calico the band! CALICO the band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker is shorthand for California country—as if that weren’t vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group’s resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. for mmore informaton or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Geology Hike
May 14th, 2017 (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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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
May 14th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, 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. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Sedona Cinema – Newsies: The Musical
May 14th, 2017 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
Straight from the Broadway stage, Arts Alliance and Disney Theatrical Productions are thrilled to bring the Tony Award-winning musical “Newsies” to Sedona when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. It is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a joyous celebration of song and dance! Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment: Music by the Classics
May 14th, 2017 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
No 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 please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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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 air conditioned shuttle, 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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Fun Things to do in Sedona, AZ

Fun Things to do in Sedona, AZ

We have asked our family, friends, staff and guests what their favorite things to do in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley are to help give our visitors an insider’s guide  to the red rocks. We had a lot of suggestions, and picked the ones that were suggested the most.

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

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

Hiking 
Sedona, Arizona is truly a hikers paradise! With a wealth of trails to enjoy nature and the spectacular views in red rock country, visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim. Check out our Sedona Hiking Guide and you will find find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley with helpful tips, links and our favorite hiking websites. We of course have a few of our favorite hikes and guest’s favorites to share with you, and I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own. Have a great time exploring!

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
We highly recommend taking an exciting ride through the red rocks with Pink Jeep! Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour” is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”. Don’t forget your camera on this One-of-a-Kind Pink Jeep Tour. If you are going to be staying at the Inn of Sedona and would like to experience this Jeep tour make sure to check out our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” vacation package.

Visiting Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work.It’s not uncommon to venture upon a well-known sculptor working on his or her latest piece right in one of the Tlaquepaque galleries. The galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment. The vine covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways create an ambiance that is as impressive as the artists that grace the galleries, restaurants & shops. Tlaquepaque is also well know for their events and celebrations. Make sure to check out the villages latest addition Tlaquepaque North, located right across from the village. To learn more please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Horseback riding at the M Diamond Ranch
Horseback rides and Cowboy Cookouts
When it comes to experiencing Arizona the way of the cowboy the M Diamond Ranch is top on the list. This 100 year old family cattle ranch values its cowboy heritage and takes great joy in offering guests a taste of the lifestyle of a traditional Arizona ranch. One of their knowledgeable cowboy wranglers will take you on a guided horseback ride with breathtaking views of Sedona’s Red Rocks, the Mogollon Rim, Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff! They even offer a cowboy cookout that can’t be beat. For more information please visit the M Diamond Ranch.

Discover Sedona’s vortices (vortexes)
Excerpt from www.visitsedona.com
Some say Sedona’s vortex energy is so powerful that you can actually feel it and that it is powerful enough to help people take giant leaps with their spiritual development. The Native Americans believe that spiritual transformation can occur more quickly and easily in Sedona because the veils to other dimensions are thinner here. Whether or not you believe that energy vortexes actually exist, one thing is for certain, there is “something” about Sedona that has made people travel here for something more than just its incredible beauty. Although all of Sedona is considered to be a vortex, there are special spots that have been identified where the energy is more intense and where you are more likely to actually feel the energy. – www.visitsedona.com

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

Visiting the Sedona Airport Mesa
The airport is located on top of a high mesa on Airport Road overlooking the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. You definitely want to make the trip up to the Sedona Airport Mesa for some of the best overall panoramic views in Sedona! Sunset is the most popular time to visit because of the way the lights and colors bounce off the red rocks. Make sure to bring your camera, you can get some amazing shots of Coffeepot rock from the look out! If you happen to go around meal time, the Mesa Grill comes highly recommended. For more information about the Sedona Airport please visit www.sedonaairport.org.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. These adventures give you the opportunity to get up close to wild life in a natural habitat. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Out of Africa Adventure” vacation package.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical Sites
Flagstaff, the Verde River Valley and Sedona, Arizona are rich with history, from the history of the Native American Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Northern Arizona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling and well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Please visit our Ancient Ruins, Historical Sites and National Monument Guide were you  will find our top suggestions for your exploration of the past. We have arranged them by location to help you plan a day trip to each destination.

Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde Canyon RailroadKnown as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. Depending on the season, you’ll enjoy spring flowers, fall foliage, migrating waterfowl, and wintering bald and golden eagles. The Verde Canyon Railroad also offers special events throughout the year.  If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in experiencing the Verde Canyon Railroad make sure to check out our “Romancing the Rails” vacation package.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is one of the most visited spiritual sites in Sedona and was built as a gift to the community and the world. On any given day in Sedona, dozens of visitors of all faiths trek up the short winding trails to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a beautiful and sacred setting. The Amitabha Stupa is open every day from dawn until dusk and your visit is free of charge. (Of course, donations to support the stupa are gratefully accepted.)The Stupa is located at 2650 Pueblo Drive, off of Andante, in the heart of West Sedona.

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

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

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

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A 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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Verde Valley Wine Festival in May

Verde Valley Wine Festival

May 13th – 14th, 2017

Don’t delay make your Mother’s Day weekend plans today to visit Sedona, Arizona and indulge your senses with the flavors and aromas of Arizona wines and culinary delights at the Verde Valley Wine Festival taking place on May 13th and 14th! The Festival takes place at the historic Clarkdale Town Park, only a 30 minute drive from Sedona, AZ!

The event highlights the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large with the goal of offering the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products for locals and visitors to enjoy. Guest viticulture lecturers, live music from Arizona bands, and art from Made in Clarkdale artists will enhance the festival experience as well. Each day of the festival will be different to the other with new restaurants, music, artists and guests speakers showcased.

Festivals tickets: One Day General Admission: $35 pre-sale/$45 day of event, Two Day General Admission are $55. General Admission includes admission to the VVWF; wine glass; 10 Libation tickets (attendee can purchase more on site – 10 for $10); unlimited food sampling; enjoy live music and art at event. VIP tickets are available for $125 and includes all general admission benefits; Early Admission at 11:00 am; Swag Bag; access to VIP Lounge with scheduled guest viticulture speakers; exclusive food & wine sampling in VIP Lounge; 15 Libation tickets (attendee can purchase more on site – 10 for $10). For more information or to purchase your tickets to this event please visit http://verdevalleywinefestival.com.

If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event please make your reservations as soon as possible, our hotel fills up quickly in May.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekday Hotel Special

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Red Rockin’ Lodging Special

Join us in the red rocks this month and receive a special rate! Stay weekdays, Sunday through Thursday, and we’ll offer you our Red Rockin’ Special. You can save between $28 and $41 per night! Call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for this special rate when you make your reservation, it’s that simple! This special is valid for reservations made for any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from May 7th through June 15th.
*This offer is valid for new reservations only and is based on availability.

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