1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art Walk

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour February 6th, 2015

Jerome Art Walk February 7th, 2015

lanning Gallery 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkThe weekend is upon us and if you are still looking for something fun to do in Arizona this weekend, how about visiting all of us here in Sedona! You can take in the new art exhibits during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tours taking place tonight, February 6th. And then on Saturday head up to Jerome for the ever popular Jerome Art Walk. You might even find that something special for your Valentine!

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

Sedona Arts Center
“Diversity in Art”Sedona Arts Center 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art Walk
New artists have been juried in to Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery in Uptown, Sedona and you can see their amazing work in the “Diversity in Art” exhibit! A wide variety of mediums and styles will be represented in this fantastic show. Mingle with art lovers, artists and art collectors during this first Friday Exhibit. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“7th Annual Body Language Show”
Goldenstein Gallery 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkThis February, the Goldenstein Gallery invites you to join them and be inspired by the human form during their 7th Annual Body Language Show. Both classic and modern interpretations are included in this scintillating highly anticipated exhibition that includes the renowned bronzes of Kevin McCarthy and James Muir, Mike Medow’s stunning hand carved exotic wood figures, and LauRha Frankfort’s energetic drawings. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
From Our Hearts to Yours at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
Ken Rowe Gallery 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkLove is in the air, and that means it’s time for Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s annual From Our Heart to Yours evening. Since Ken and Monica Rowe opened the gallery’s doors five years ago, they have been thanking clients on the first Friday in February with a special chocolate treat. This year, anyone who has purchased a Ken Rowe sculpture or a piece of art from Rowe Fine Art Gallery is invited to stop by to receive their gift. Even if you have not purchased art from the gallery, stop in anyway to meet Ken and Monica and enjoy award-winning contemporary and traditional southwestern art. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Mountain Trails Gallery Presents “Native Traditions from the West”
Mountain Trails 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkMountain Trails Galleries presents “Native Traditions from the West” featuring artwork Inspired by Northern Plains, Southern Plains, and Pueblo Traditions: Sculpture by Susan Kliewer, Deon Duncan, Michael Trcic, Vic Payne, and Dustin Payne; Paintings by Dan Deuter, Steven Lang, Vicki Catapano, Lisa Danielle, Gene Speck, Jim Hagstrom. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“The Past as Presents: Vintage Native American Jewelry”
Turquoise Gallery 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkAs Valentine’s Day approaches, Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers an interesting alternative for gift-giving opportunities. Stop in on 1st Friday to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one or to give yourself a mid-winter treat – and breathe new life into these enchanting vintage jewelry pieces. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
““Three 5-Star Jewelers””Lanning Gallery 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art Walk
  At Sedona’s Lanning Gallery Valentine’s month features a showcase for the gallery’s exquisite jewelry, providing ample gift-giving ideas. “Three 5-Star Jewelers,” introduces new artist Victor Yurivilca whose sterling silver and stone jewelry is inspired by his travels all over the world. Showcased is award-winning forged steel jewelry by Valerie Ostenak,  and as always, the gallery’s most popular artist is master jeweler Michael Grant whose exquisite hand-cut stone jewelry boasts collectors across the country.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 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkFebruary 7th, 2015 (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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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle 1st Friday Sedona Gallery Tours and Jerome Art WalkDid 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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Live Concert Kicks of the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona International Film Festival

The Larry Dunn Anthology of Earth Wind & Fire kicks of Festival!

February 20th, 2015

Larry Dunn poster Live Concert Kicks of the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival

Every year the Sedona International Film Festival get bigger and better! This year the festival is celebrating 21 years and they are kicking it off in a big way with a very special performance! On February 20th at 7:00 pm, twelve musicians and singers including Larry Dunn will take center stage at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Yes you heard me right, the former keyboard mastermind for the ever popular Earth Wind & Fire has brought together some of the world’s greatest musical talents to recreate the Larry Dunn Anthology of Earth Wind & Fire! Not that is a concert you don’t want to miss!

Dunn’s unique rhythmic style, combined with artistic composing and arranging talent, meld into a legendary performance with music’s greatest talents. The set list includes favorite and memorable hits and maybe something we have not yet heard. Larry Dunn’s distinctive groove, funky sync and tight polish will be featured as the special opening act of the Festival. Tickets for this special event are or only $30 for the public, or $25 for Film Festival members. To purchase tickets or for more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival website or call 928.282.1177.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this very special event.

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tight building IMG 99091 Live Concert Kicks of the 2015 Sedona International Film FestivalStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival  and enjoy 360 degree red rock views from our promenade decks, free hot breakfast, and complimentary WiFi. Don’t worry about finding your way around Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival! Add some adventure to your stay at the Inn of Sedona and save 20% or more with these Sedona Vacation Activity Packages!

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February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, Arizona

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February in Sedona brings Fun Festivals and Events

P9080181 February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, Arizona

Wow, it is hard to believe that we are already into the 2nd month of the New Year! February in Sedona can be a little unpredictable with the weather, we will have sunny days, maybe some rain and every now and then a possibility of snow, but one thing for sure, Sedona offers some fun events and great festivals all through the month. From the Yoga Festival, to the Chocolate Lovers Festival, from the 5th Lunar New Year Festival to the big ticket February event – the Sedona International Film Festival!

Along with all of these great festivals, the popular Guided Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park returns this month, a special Valentine’s Day Jazz concert at the Church and so much more! Below you will find some of the highlighted events taking place, for a full listing of February events please visit our Upcoming Events in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley page! Have a great month and we hope to see you in the red rocks of Sedona!

Featured February Sedona Events and Festivals

Sedona Yoga Festival
February 5th – 8th, 2015
Sedona Yoga February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaThis 4 day festival offers you the opportunity to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with yoga, music and energy work in the spiritual center of the West. With 108 presenters over 21 intimate venues, you weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona. To learn more about this Sedona festival or to register please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
February 6th, 2015First Friday February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, Arizona
The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Sedona Guided Geology Hike
February 8th, 2015 (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaJoin 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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Verde Canyon Railroad‘s Chocolate Lovers’ Festival
February 13th – 15th, 2015 (Clarkdale, AZ)
VCR Chocolate.jpg 2 February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaThis delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. The confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Walk
February 14th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
wine walk February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaThe Shops at Piñon Pointe will be hosting a Wine & Chocolate Walk! Enjoy a delicious stroll through the plaza with select stores featuring bites of gourmet chocolates, great Valentines gift ideas, and wine tasting. Teresa Joy, daughter of world famous flamenco guitarist Esteban will be playing in the courtyard near Chicos and Esteban will be making a cameo appearance around 2:00 pm. For more information call 928-204- 8828.

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5th Lunar New Year Festival in Sedona
February 14th, 2015 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Free Event
Lunar Newyear 2015 February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaThe Sedona Korean-American Association will host the fifth annual Lunar New Year Festival. This unique opportunity for cultural exchange will offer traditional Asian food, games, performances, fortune telling and New Year blessings for all visitors and residents of Sedona. This celebration will take place at the Sedona Meditation Center located at 340 Jordan Road. For more information please call 928.282.3600

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Sedona Jazz at the Church: Valentine Jazz
February 15th, 2015 (3:00 pm)
JazzBumperStickerUpAndDown February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaEnjoy a wonderful afternoon of Jazz in the red rocks of Sedona! “Valentine Jazz” at the church will feature the Dmitri Matheny Group: Dmitri Matheny, Flugelhorn Steve Sandner, Piano and Ted Sistrunk, Double Bass. Tickets are only $13! This event will take place at St Luke’s located On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 21st – March 1st, 2015
Sedona film festival February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, ArizonaJoin filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona, Arizona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet, the 21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival! The Sedona International Film Festival celebrates more than 21 years of screenings and educational workshops. In that history, the Festival has achieved recognition as a world-class film festival. Each year, audiences and the next generation of filmmakers come together from all over the world to participate in this inspiring celebration of the power of independent film. The 2015 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. There will be special tribute celebrating the 100th birthday of director and actor Orson Welles. There will be a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives in Sedona. For more information please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views 

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  • Vortex and Views February Events and Festivals Guide for Sedona, Arizona2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults on Pink Jeep’s newest tour that will introduce you to one of Sedona’s popular attractions, a vortex. Learn the history behind Sedona and delve into the Spiritual and Mystical side as well. 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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Welcome to all visiting Sedona, AZ this weekend!

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Welcome to all the Marathon Runners and Super Bowl Visitors!

tight building IMG 990911 Welcome to all visiting Sedona, AZ this weekend!All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona want to welcome all of the Sedona Marathon participants and the guests that have decided to spend some of their Super Bowl Vacation with us at the Inn of Sedona! We hope you all have a wonderful experience in the red rocks and remind you to take advantage of our Concierge, who is here to make your vacation special!

If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona and going to be participating in the Sedona Marathon make sure to fuel up with our complimentary hot breakfast, we will be opening our breakfast room at 6:00 am to allow you plenty of time before the race. We will also have a shuttle ready to take you to the starting line beginning at 7:30 am. If you are interested in other events taking place this weekend please take a moment to visit our Sedona Events Page.

Have a great weekend!

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

new shuttle Welcome to all visiting Sedona, AZ this weekend!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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2015 February Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Guided Geology Hikes, Workshops, Birds Walks

February 2015

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona has a great line up of guided hikes and workshops in store for you this February. From a guided geology hike to bird and nature walks to a workshop on “Basic Tracking” with Tony Nestor and another featuring Cathy Stedman focusing on the basics of watercolor painting! This is definitely going to be a fun month to visit the park!

Sedona Guided Geology Hike
February 8th, 2015 (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park 2015 February 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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Basic Tracking with Tony Nester
February 14th, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
RERO Tony Nester 2015 February Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park is pleased to present Tony Nester. for a workshop on the basics of tracking. This is an introductory class that will cover both animal and man-tracking skills. You will learn the basics of track identification from aging prints, interpreting the stories in tracks, gait patterns, how to follow a person over varied terrain and how to pick up a lost trail. Participants need to bring a sack lunch, water, sunglasses, and notebook. Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $45.00, which includes entry. For additional information and reservations, please call 928.282.6907.

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Structures and Building Watercolor Workshop
February 28th, 2015
Water color 2015 February Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for their ongoing workshop series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-instruction and techniques with a theme each month; February’s theme will be incorporating buildings and structures within the landscape with the option to focus on Red Rock’s very own House of Apache Fire. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes entry 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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (9:00 am)Red Rock State Park 2 2015 February Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 9:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2015 February 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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tight building IMG 99091 2015 February Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkA 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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Sedona International Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!

21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival

February 21st – March 1st, 2015

Sedona film festival Sedona International Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona, Arizona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet, the 21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival taking place February 21st – March 1st, 2015!

The Sedona International Film Festival celebrates more than 21 years of screenings and educational workshops. In that history, the Festival has achieved recognition as a world-class film festival. Each year, audiences and the next generation of filmmakers come together from all over the world to participate in this inspiring celebration of the power of independent film. The 2015 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. There will be special tribute celebrating the 100th birthday of director and actor Orson Welles. There will be a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives in Sedona. She will be joined by renowned film critic and family friend Jeffrey Lyons. The full schedule of films, workshops, panel discussions and events will be announced soon!

There are a variety of passes and ticket packages available for this Sedona event, for more information or to purchase passes/tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 21st Annual Sedona International Film Festival  and enjoy 360 degree red rock views from our promenade decks, free hot breakfast, and complimentary WiFi. Don’t worry about finding your way around Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival! Add some adventure to your stay at the Inn of Sedona and save 20% or more with these Sedona Vacation Activity Packages!

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Spend Valentine’s Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Treat Your Special Someone to a Valentine’s Day Weekend in Sedona!

February 13th – 15th, 2015

Valentines Spend Valentines Weekend in Sedona, AZ

This Valentine’s Day skip the flowers and candy hearts and treat your special someone to the beautiful scenery of Sedona, Arizona and a special excursion aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Chocolate Lovers Festival train!

Sedona, Arizona is known for it’s beautiful sunsets and vibrant colors of the red rocks that surround it! Stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and enjoy beautiful views from our award-winning terraced design that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views! Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and in the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the deck, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. Than add to all of that the Chocolate Lovers Festival at the Verde Canyon Railroad and you have one awesome, romantic, special Valentines Day weekend!

Chocolate Lovers’ Festival at the Verde Canyon Railroad
Choclovers rezweb giftcard1 300x300 Spend Valentines Weekend in Sedona, AZThis delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. The confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts with your special someone while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a first-class car! Now that’s a Valentine gift filled with romance, love and Chocolate! The Verde Canyon Railroad is locate only 40 minutes from Sedona in Clarkdale, Arizona. To learn more about the Chocolate Lovers Festival or to purchase tickets to this chocolate lovers event please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

For more information about our Sedona hotel or to make reservations for the Valentine’s Day weekend please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona. If you choose to stay with us please take full advantage of our concierge, she can help you with your Valentines plans!

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What’s Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals January 2015

By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

What will be hot for 2015?

Christopher Dobrowolski Whats Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher DobrowolskiAs we head into a new year, restaurateurs are always chasing that question. Well, here’s what I have; from what I would like to believe, and what is already out there in “cyber world”.

For years people have been saying butter is sooo bad for you, but come to find out that not all fat is a bad thing. Organic butter is one of the best sources of good fat, and your body recognizes it, so it’s easier to digest and waaaay better for you then the giant science experiment called margarine. Also, while we are speaking of fat, I am positive over the next year we are going to see the prices of olive oil dropping through the floor as many new and exciting oils are really gaining popularity like avocado, coconut, flaxseed, etc. All these oils, in my opinion, are outstanding options when cooking because their flavors do not overpower the center of the plate item like olive oil can.

Let’s get it out of the way and chat briefly about the horrible “D” word… That’s right Diet. We all know someone that is still strictly gluten free, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it has been proven time and again that it is OK to indulge every now and again, just don’t sit down and eat a loaf of white bread. If you are going to eat a little bit of gluten make sure you’re enjoying it in some of its other forms, like Worcestershire sauce or the chipotles, that way it won’t reset all your hard work. The other diet trend that is still raging is Paleo, not a bad thing either, but you don’t have to go crazy with it. Simply follow a no sugar or no carbohydrate diet and save yourself the frustration.

Last but not least: 2015 flavor profiles for food are still running strong from 2013! Umami, one of the 5 basic tastes representing savory, is still my all-time favorite. You can find strong umami in dry aged meats and fermented foods like black garlic, heirloom spinach and nice mushrooms. The other flavor profile I’m so excited about is pickling. O man I love a great pickle! But this is not just about a great pickled cucumber; it’s about the great acidic sour flavor that makes your mouth pucker. Sour flavor mashed with Umami is the taste that’s “where it’s at” for 2015.

Alright, that’s what I have so far for 2015. I’m going to leave you with a funny recipe to poke fun at some of my Paleo friends. icon smile Whats Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Organic Paleo Gluten Free BrowniesFirehouse Whats Hot for 2015 with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Ingredient:

  • 1 Computer, Smart Phone or Communication Device

Directions:

  • Contact “Firehouse Donuts” and order a dozen from Nisreen Diab
  •  Pick up and enjoy!!

 Have an amazing 2015 everyone!

 

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Special Hotel Rate for 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Special Lodging Rate for Attendees of the Sedona Yoga Festival!

Rate Valid February 5th – 8th, 2015

sedona shots 5 Special Hotel Rate for 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona would like to welcome all of the attendees of the 2014 Sedona Yoga Festival with a very special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. The Sedona Yoga Festival will be taking place from February 5th – 8th, 2015. This 4 day festival offers you the opportunity to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with yoga, music and energy work in the spiritual center of the West. With 108 presenters and intimate venues, you weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona. For more information on the festival please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

Sedona Yoga Special Hotel Rate for 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 2015 Sedona Yoga Festival taking place February 5th – 8th and save up to $40.00 a night! Just let us know you are attending the Festival, it’s that easy! Please call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Yoga Festival Rate” to make your reservations. This discounted rate is for lodging only, you will need to purchase your passes separately at the Sedona Yoga Festival website. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!

Weekend of Events in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

January 16th – 19th, 2015

power of the heart teaser Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Visit Sedona, Arizona this Martin Luther King holiday weekend. You can nurture your soul and be enlightened at Sedona World Wisdom Days, enjoy live entertainment at various venues, enjoy some laughs at the Zenprov Comedy show, and even get started on planning your dream wedding at the Sedona Bridal Fair! It is seriously a jammed packed weekend!

Below you will find a highlighted list of events for the weekend, if you are planning to attend some of these events and would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona please make your reservations as soon as possible, we only have a few rooms left. Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

Highlighted Weekend Events for Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley

Sedona World Wisdom DaysSedona World Wisdom Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 15th – 19th, 2015
Sedona is renowned for its magic and sacred land and Sedona World Wisdom Days brings you the luxury of being surrounded by the stunning red rocks and combines it with a profound and inspired purpose. This 4 day festival offers world class speakers, best selling authors, informative workshops, a book fair and an inspirational film festival designed to uplift the human spirit. For more information or to register for this Sedona festival please visit Sedona World Wisdom Days.

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Neil Diamond’ Tribute Show
January16th, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Tickets starting at $20
eddie diamond2 Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Eddie Diamond and his fabulous AZ Diamond band perform a stunning tribute to the legendary Neil Diamond at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. Eddie’s uncanny vocal impersonation of this iconic superstar has taken his tribute act to theaters across the country as well as casino’s,resorts, fundraisers,festivals,and numerous corporate events. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Cinema- ‘The Power of the Heart’
Premiere Screenings with Filmmakerspower of the heart teaser Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 16th and 19th, 2015
The Sedona International Film Festival will present four special premiere screenings of “The Power of the Heart” in celebration of Sedona World Wisdom Days. The film will be presented at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theater. A breathtaking film featuring the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukav and the stories of souls transformed by love, all over the world, “The Power of the Heart” has the potential to generate a quantum leap in humankind’s capacity for love, connectedness, compassion, and understanding. For more information, showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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5th Annual Sedona Bridal Fair 2015 Postcard SedonaBridalFair Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 17th, 2015 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
The Sedona Bridal Fair represents Arizona’s most outstanding wedding vendors, including many award-winning specialists in their field. Sedona is the perfect location for a wedding. Whether you’re intimate, classic, or a sensational Bride, you’ll find all your wedding vendors at the Sedona Bridal Fair. Over 25,000 displays, vignettes, and exhibits. Enjoy ongoing entertainment, hourly raffles and gifts, along with food and cake samples. For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Bridal Fair.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show:’Aloha-Ha-Ha Sedona!’
January 17th, 2015 (7:30 pm)
zen teaserJan Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “ALOHA-HA-HA SEDONA!” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. “Since one of our long-time troupe members, Mike Burdick, is moving to Maui we decided to call this show “ALOHA-HA-HA,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “We’re going to give Mike a proper send off by featuring both his skills as an improviser as well as his talents as comic musician.” For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Live Entertainment – Marley Taylor Trio
January 17th, 2015 (7:00 pm) Sound Bites Grill Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
Tickets:$10.00
From the sounds of Fleetwood Mac to the current hits of Pharrell, former Las Vegas Headliner/Singer/Songwriter, Marley Taylor, sings her ways thru the pop charts alongside bassist and husband, Chris DeHerrera, and guitarist/trumpeter, Bob Powers at Sound Bites in Sedona. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Comedy Concert featuring Greg Tamblyn (Cottonwood, AZ)greg tamblyn Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!
January 17th, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Award-winning humorist brings Comedy Concert to Cottonwood, Arizona. Dubbed “a contemporary Mark Twain” by author Dr. Larry Dossey, award-winning “transformational humorist” and songwriter Greg Tamblyn brings his irreverent humor and sideways view of life to Old Town Center for the Arts. Tamblyn’s unique musical wit provides the perfect dose of conscious comic relief from the workday blues, global anxiety, and personal challenges. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
January 18th, 2014 (3:00pm – 5:00 pm)
JazzBumperStickerUpAndDown Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!Spend an afternoon in Sedona in the magnificent setting of Saint Luke’s Church enjoying the sounds of West Coast Jazz featuring the Nick Manson Duo! Tickets are only $13! St Luke’s is located On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

BWIS 2 Great Weekend for Enlightenment and Fun in Sedona, Arizona!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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