Easter Brunch in Sedona Arizona

Sound Bites Grill

Easter Brunch, Live Music and Fun in Sedona Arizona

March 27th, 2016

Easter 2016Easter is just around the corner and if you are still looking for a great place to enjoy Easter bunch with your family and friends you might want to consider Sound Bites Grill located at the Hyatt Shops in uptown Sedona! This year the Hyatt Shops have a special treat with the Easter Bunny appearing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the shops for an Easter Egg Hunt and photos, and Sound Bites Grill’s Brunch will be going on from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Eric Miller performing live from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, and are planning to visit the Easter Bunny and attend the delicious brunch offered at Sound Bites, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. We will drop you off at the Hyatt Shops in Uptown and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. Reservations are required for the brunch. Brunch is only $39 per person and kids under 12 are half price. For more information please visit www.soundbitesgrill.com . For reservations call 928-282-2713.  

Sound Bite’s Easter Brunch Menu

Carving & Egg Station
Prime Rib & Spiral Ham
Chef’s Choice of Roasted Potatoes and
medley of fresh vegetables
Omelets & Eggs made to order
All the goodies to build your own
French Toast
Maple Syrup, Strawberries with Crème Fraiche

Seafood Station
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail Mexicana
Tiger shrimp, red & Yellow bells, jalapenos, cilantro, avocado, lemon, lime & clamato juice
Smoked Salmon “Gravlox”
Capers, Red Onions, Cream Cheese, Egg and Assorted Bagels
Fresh Salmon
Mango glaze & tropical melon salsa or BBQ

Salad Station
Mesculin Green Salad with Cucumbers
Organic Beets, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Pear ,
Candied Pistachios and Stone Ground Mustard Vinaigrette
Grilled and Raw Vegetables
Zucchini, Squash, Beets, Carrots, Tomatoes and More
Herb Ranch and Blue Cheese Dips

Cheese and Fruit Station
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter,
Fresh Assorted Berries
Domestic and Imported Cheeses,
Lavash, Marcona Almonds, Dried Fruit

Dessert Station
Mini Assorted Pastries & Muffins, Mango Lime Cheesecake,
Apple Tart and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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Sedona’s St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

Sedona’s 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

March 12th, 2016

St. Patricks

Are you ready for some St. Patty’s fun in the Red Rocks of Sedona this weekend? We are! Join in the fun at the 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival taking place on Saturday, March 12th on and along Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. If you are a guest at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and would like to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary ‘About Town” shuttle that will drop you off in Uptown Sedona for this event and pick you up when you are ready to return. So if you are over 21 enjoy some St. Patty’s day libations and leave the driving to us!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

The Parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Bring your chairs early to set up along the Parade route on Jordan Road; note that the Master of Ceremonies and Parade Judges are located along Jordan Road near the corner of Mesquite Avenue.

This year’s Parade Grand Marshals are the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers. The parade entries include dignitaries, color guards, bagpipers, bands, dance troupes, businesses, and local social, cultural, civic, and religious organizations from all across Northern Arizona. They come on foot, horseback, and in vehicles of all sorts.

The Festival immediately follows the Parade and continues until 3:00 pm. Stay to enjoy the free festivities! The Festival will be located next to the end of the parade route on Apple Ave. between Cedar Street and Jordan Rd. There will be live music and a multitude of family and children’s activities available free of charge! Of course there will be refreshments at the Beer Garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewing Company, as well as a food cart by Smitty’s Hotdogs and a sweet treats booth by Sedona Fudge Company.

A World Trade Center artifact will be on display at the Festival. The Sedona Fire District is bringing this memorial girder from one of the Twin Towers, a five-and-a-half foot long, 3,000 pound piece of steel. Come view this static display to get a close-up look prior to its placement in a 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Fire Station # 6 to honor the 2,996 lives that were lost.

These festivities are free to the public and are presented by Sedona Main Street Program with the Sedona Green Team and NAU Parks and Recreation Management Program. For updates, or more information please visit the Sedona Main Street Program website and visit the Main Street Program on Facebook,  or call 928.204.2390 .

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

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park this Spring

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Out of Africa Wildlife Park Sedona Vacation Package

Out of Africa Vacation PackageNow is the perfect time to visit Sedona, Arizona and take a walk on the wild side! Spring is just a couple of weeks away for us in the red rocks and along with the beauty this time of year brings it also is the best time to visit our friends at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! The weather is perfect to visit the park and see hundreds of animals from all over the world in their natural habitat along with wonderful and exciting educational attractions that get you up close and learning about the wonderful animals that live there. With that in mind we are reintroducing our “Out of Africa Adventure” Sedona Vacation Package that will save you money on lodging at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and includes two adult tickets to the park.

“I had to return to see Pilgrim and give him a treat! I was more than ready to see the beautiful white tiger Chalet who always seems to be sunning and ready for photo ops, and lucky for me Chalet was the featured tiger that day in “Tiger Splash”! I mean really, could it get any better! Yes, yes it can! The new baby grizzly bear Cypress was playful and fun to watch at the “Wonders of Wildlife” Show and I was able to meet Jericho, the very handsome white rhino!” Read More…

Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • Out of Africa 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.
  • Out of Africa Wildlife park is about a 40 minute drive from Sedona, see map here.
  • Book this package

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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Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona Events

Explore Sedona’s Ancient Wonders 

Susie Reed, Keep Sedona Beautiful, Goldenstein Gallery and Pink Jeep Tour

Events taking place March 9th and 15th, 2016

Susie Reed

The 5th annual Explore the Ancient Wonders of Sedona Events, held in honor of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, offer great opportunities to learn about Sedona archaeology treasures and their influence on contemporary artists. Events include a free talk by eminent rock art photographer Susie Reed, a Honanki dwellings and rock art tour, and a Goldenstein Gallery reception.

Keep Sedona Beautiful is proud to kick off this year’s events on March 9th at 5:30 pm with Susie Reed presenting, “The Fine Art of Preservation” at their Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series™. Reed has a gift for bringing pictographs and petroglyphs back to life in her intriguing photos and her stunning landscapes vividly depict Sedona’s beauty and magic at its best. Her work has been in major museums and galleries including the De Young, the Cooper Hewitt and the International Museum of Photography.

She’ll show some beautiful photos, explain how rock art was made, its possible meanings, discuss conservation photography and ways people can help sustain and keep spectacular Sedona treasures from being lost. Keep Sedona Beautiful is located at 360 Brewer Road. Appetizers donated by El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano and refreshments provided by Keep Sedona Beautiful will be served.

Susie Reed’s love of Sedona’s fragile ancient sites and breathtaking scenery, in need of protection, led her to become a conservationist and preservationist who shines a spotlight on the value of these places by sharing her photos, speaking and leading tours. Says Reed, “I find when I show people these wonderful places their appreciation and awareness of them grows. When I explain how certain locations have been vandalized or are at risk it moves some to take action to protect and maintain them.
Appreciation leads to caring. People are less likely to deface or let what they care about be destroyed.”

Two additional events will be on March 15th. First is an exclusive, rare, extended tour of Honanki Heritage Site from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm led by knowledgeable Pink Jeep Tour guides and Reed, who photographed an excavation and restoration project at Honanki for years. Together they’ll share fascinating information about the site’s history, rock art, multiple dwellings, inhabitants and more. Cost: $99.16 per person plus tax and gratuity.

This promises to be an insightful afternoon, which includes a spectacular drive to and from the site. This is a paid tour that begins at Goldenstein Gallery. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. To reserve a spot call Pink Jeep Tours at 928-282-5000 and request the “Archaeology Month Honanki Tour.”

This year’s events conclude with a reception for Susie Reed at Goldenstein Gallery from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tour participants and the public are welcome to come see her photos and the work of other artists inspired by Arizona’s rich Native American heritage. This acclaimed gallery has been voted the best gallery in Sedona for the last 8 years and the #1 place to shop by USA Today. It is located at 70 Dry Creek Road. Refreshments will be served. For further information email info@susiereedphotos.com or call 928-204-5856

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Jerome and Sedona Gallery Exhibits

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour March 4th , 2016

Jerome Art Walk March 5th, 2016

SJ.ShafferWhat a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley, especially if you love mountain biking or exploring the arts! Friday kicks off the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival followed by an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour. Then on Saturday evening the town of Jerome will be holding their “Art Walk”.

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. If you are interested in seeing all of the events taking place in the red rocks this weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

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
March 4th, 2016

Goldenstein Gallery
“Decades in the Making Show” Show
Opening Reception March 4th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Goldenstein GalleryThe Goldenstein Gallery invites you to join them on Friday for the opening reception of “Decades in the Making’ which celebrates artists who have been creating work for decades throughout their lives. Among the many renowned featured artists are Adele Seronde and her garden impressionistic pieces, colored pencil and acrylic painter SJ Shaffer, Allen Powell and his dramatic “mosaic” technique paintings, fine woodworker Judd Lotts, Karyl Bennett and her multi-media paintings, Rafe Terry with his linear painting style, Mike Medow with his wordworks, Marilyn Bos with her surreal landscapes, Ben Wright and his spiritual paintings, and impressionist paintings by Peter Myerson. the exhibit runs until March 31st! For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Brush and Bronze at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
March 4th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
March 5th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Ken RoweHave you had the chance to meet Michigan-based acrylic painter Kim Diment? If not, gallery owner and renowned bronze wildlife artist Ken Rowe wants to introduce you to her during Kim and Ken’s first-ever collaborative show, Brush and Bronze. Ken will reveal a sculpture in progress featuring an eagle titled Fly Fishing while Kim is traveling with paintings featuring a scrub jay (The Key, The Cairn, The Jay) and a cougar (Dreaming in Sienna). On Saturday, both artists will demonstrate onsite. This will be Ken’s first show since 2014 and Kim’s first show since last spring. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Andrea Smith Gallery presents Gala Kraftsow: Mosaic Master
Andrea SMith GalleryMarch 4th – 5th, 2016
Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists and sculptors, mastering many art mediums and most recently, mosaics. In her latest mosaic collection, Gala has captured the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, beads, stone, shells, and any other object that inspires imagination and beauty. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Mountain Trails Galleries “Westward Ho”
March 4th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails Gallery opens a new exhibition of painting and sculpture that pays tribute to the settling of the American West as artists team up to share stories of the adventures of the great explorers, the mountain men, the ranchers and cowboys, as well as the Native American tribes who forged ahead continuing to keep their cultures alive. Also, new landscape paintings by Troy Collins, Mark Gibson, David Jonason, and Tal Walton. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Weaving in the Clouds”
March 4th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
EscalanteRugAssortment5For over two decades Escalante Rugs has worked with the traditional Zapotec weavers of Oaxaca, Mexico to provide for them a seamless outlet to bring their dynamic weavings to a grateful world. Over that time, strong relationships – and friendships – have been forged as Escalante works alongside the Native American weavers to create a unique mohair blended wool and to continually adapt color palettes and design combinations to best meet the ever changing world of interior design and decorating. The expertise and commitment of owner Dean Bulolo represents the second generation of Escalante dedicated to honoring the history and the continuing culture of these gifted weavers. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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

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

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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2016 March Events Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2016 March Events and Hikes at Red Rock State Park

March in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park in beautiful Sedona, AZ has a great line up of hikes and events for March!  Learn more about the beautiful red rocks during the guided geology hike taking place on March 13th, along with a very special performance by native flute player Jesse Kalu at the Visitor Center Theater on the same day! Visit the park and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park during the guided Archaeology hike taking place on March 20th also taking place that day will be their feature lecture “Plants Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon” featuring Carrie Cannon!  The park is also offering a new guided Ethnobotany Hike taking place on the 27th ! The park also offers daily “Guided Nature Walks”, and Guided Bird Walks every Wednesday and Saturday!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)HOME_653
Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as
advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Lecture Series: When Romans Visited Tucson
The Lead Cross Controversy, with Dr. Todd Bostwick
March 6th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission fee
RERO_DesertCrossToddBostwickRed Rock State Park is pleased to present When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy, with Dr. Todd Bostwick. In 1924 – 1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts, which contained mysterious inscriptions, were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts – crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears – generated considerable interest around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols. The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282.6907.
For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Geology Hike
March 13th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Native American Flute Performance at Red Rock State Park
Heartfelt Presentation-Echoes of Silence
March 13th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
See price below

Jesse KaluRed Rock State Park is proud to host internationally recognized native flute player Jesse Kalu. The performance will take place within our Visitor Center Theater and seating will be limited. Jesse’s intimate performance including questions and answers will last approximately 1 hour. This Heartfelt Presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story, and nature voices. Jesse’s presentations touch his audiences in unique ways. Each of his flutes has their own name and song. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawk, owl, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk and more. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot at 928.282.6907. The reservation fee for this performance is $5.00 per person in addition to the Park’s regular admission fee of: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7-13). For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture:Plants Inspiring the People
Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon
March 20th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission

RERO_CarrieCannon_HualapaiRed Rock State Park is pleased to present Plants Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon featuring Speaker Carrie Cannon! Carrie has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, an M.S. in Recourse Management and is of Lakota descent. She currently works for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. The information presented will examine the crucial role plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine-tuned and perfected over millennia. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282.6907. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
March 20th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
March 27th, 2016 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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

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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!

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Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month

Arizona State Parks

2016 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month

Events all Month Long,Throughout Arizona!

2016 Archaeology Month 2

For those of you interested in Archaeology, the month of March is the perfect time for you to visit Arizona. There will be events taking place all over the state during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, at Arizona State Parks, National Monuments, Historical sites and Arizona Museums. The popular V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show also take place during this statewide event!

You can find a full listing of events taking place during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month by clicking here. Below you will find some highlighted events taking place in the Sedona area including Flagstaff, Rimrock, and Camp Verde. Events and times could change so please click on the site link for each event. We will update this page as more events are known.

Camp Verde

Fort Verde State Historic Park

 

  • Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks at Fort Verde
    March 12th & 26th, 2016 (10:00 am)
    Want to learn how to make Adobe Bricks? Don’t miss this workshop sponsored by Arizona State Parks at Fort Verde State Historic Park. You will learn the basics of making adobe bricks as well as the history of the Fort. For more information please contact Sheila Stubler,(928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov
  • Display: Ancient Indian Technology
    March 19, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
    Learn about ancient Indian technology as well as the history of the fort. This event is sponsored by Arizona State Parks. Regular entrance fees will apply. For more information please contact Sheila Stubler,(928.567.3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016
2016FairExperience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

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

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Clarkdale 

Tuzigoot National Monument

Hike and Presentation: Tuzigoot PuebloTuz
March 8th and 22nd (1:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists Matt Guebard and Lucas Hoedl at Tuzigoot. They will provide a history of Tuzigoot Pueblo and answer frequently asked questions. Participants will walk around Tuzigoot Pueblo, approximately ½ mile. Meet up at the Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center, loacated at 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd. This program is free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.

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Flagstaff Area

Flagstaff Ranger Station

Hike: Tour of Juniper Terrace Archaeological Site
March 26th, 2016 (9:00 am)
Forest Service archaeologists will provide an overview of the site and a discussion of pre-contact settlement trends in the Flagstaff area. Travel will be on pavement and on unmaintained dirt roads. High clearance vehicles will be needed. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. The Flagstaff Ranger Station is located at 5075 N. Hwy 89. For more infomration please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us

Museum of Northern Arizona

Discovery Second Saturday – Archaeology Day
March 12th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
It is Archaeology Month and the Museum of Northern Arizona wants to celebrate with you! Join our Discovery educators and guest educators from Elden Pueblo to learn about prehistoric technologies, ancient food systems, and the art in archaeology. Free with museum admission. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona or contact Jennnifer Glennon at 928.774.5211, ext. 222 or discovery@musnaz.org.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Lecture: “Bison in the Southwest.”
March 14th, 2016 (12:15 pm)
Join NPS archaeologist Donelle Huffer for a talk about the archaeological and historical evidence of bison on the Colorado Plateau, the history of the Grand Canyon bison herd, and how archaeology can be used to inform on modern wildlife management issues. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Rd. For more information pleasecontact Kathy Farretta at 928.779.4395 or kfarretta@azstateparks.gov.

Presentation: “Capturing the Northern Arizona Archaeological Landscape: Photospheres and Tiny Planets”
March 26th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
KNF Archaeologist Neil Weintraub will discuss how he uses Google Camera and Tiny Planet Application to capture archaeological sites and their associated landscapes. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Rd. For more information please contact Kathy Farretta at 928.779.4395 or kfarretta@azstateparks.gov.

 

Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • Hike: “Ranger Cabin Hike”
    March 8th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 300 pm)
    Join an NPS archaeologist to see the monument’s first visitor center. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. This hike is  Limited to a maximum of 15 people on a first come, first-served basis. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov. 
  • Demonstrations: Hands-On Craft Day
    March 19th , 2016 (12:00 ppm – 3:00 pm)
    Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and learn about ancestral technologies, such as how to throw a spear using an atlatl and how to drill holes in shell. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center.  Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov. 

 Wupatki National Monument
“100 Years of Photography at Wupatki Pueblo”

March 23rd, 2016 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Visit the Pueblo with an archaeologist and observe the ways in which the Pueblo have been captured photographically for over 100 years. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, located at  25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Hike and Presentation: Montezuma Castle and Castle A Sites
March 10th and 24th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Join NPS Archaeologists Matt Guebard and Lucas Hoedl as they provide a history of the Park and answer frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately ¼ of a mile on a paved trail. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the Visitor Center. Montezuma Castle National Monument,located at  2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.

Hike: Montezuma Well
March 30th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Join NPS Archaeologist Matt Guebard as he provides a history of the Park and answers frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately 1 mile on paved trails. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at Montezuma Well Contact Station. Located at Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Rd. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.649-6195 or MOCA_Ranger_Activities@nps.gov.

V Bar V Heritage Site

V Bar V Ancient Technology Discovery Days
March 25th – 26th, 2016
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Demonstrations and hands on activities of Ancient Technology including making and firing pottery, throwing rabbit sticks and atl-atls, ancient technology tool demonstrations, flint knapping, making fire by friction, grinding corn on a metate, making pinch pots, and tasting traditional foods. Archaeologists will be on site. Author Ken Zoll will talk about the solar calendar spring equinox effect at the petroglyph panel from 1-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun. Enjoy watching the Yavapai Apache Nation dancers and singers and more! Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.

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Sedona

 

Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Visitor Center
March 4th, 2016 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
This event will feature demonstrations of ancient technology including Fire by Friction with Michael Campbell, Bow and Arrow fabrication with Sam Palais, and Gourd Arts with Dean Campbell. Demonstrations will be at the visitor center under a covered porch at Red Rock Ranger Station, 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. This event is free, for more information please contact Terrilyn Green at 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

Red Rock State Park

Lecture Series: When Romans Visited Tucson
The Lead Cross Controversy, with Dr. Todd Bostwick
March 6th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission fee
Red Rock State Park is pleased to present When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy, with Dr. Todd Bostwick. In 1924 – 1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts, which contained mysterious inscriptions, were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts – crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears – generated considerable interest around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols. The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282.6907.
For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture:Plants Inspiring the People
Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon
March 20th, 2016 (2:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission

RERO_CarrieCannon_HualapaiRed Rock State Park is pleased to present Plants Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon featuring Speaker Carrie Cannon! Carrie has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, an M.S. in Recourse Management and is of Lakota descent. She currently works for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. The information presented will examine the crucial role plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine-tuned and perfected over millennia. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928.282.6907. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
March 20th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
March 27th, 2016 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Entertainment Tonight in Sedona, AZ

Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill: Indie Band the Outer Vibe

February 26th, 2016

Tonight in Sedona, AZ the increasingly popular Indie Band the Outer Vibe takes center stage at Sound Bites Grill located at The Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe (101 N. State Rte. 89A) in Uptown Sedona. The three hour show starts at 7:00 pm and has a cover charge of $15. Making a dinner reservation (928.282.2713) guarantees you a seat in the intimate Celebrity Lounge while available. 

The Outer Vibe is a musical vacation where everyone enjoys a slice of paradise delivered by the band’s feel-good nostalgic, energetic concert experience. “Clint Eastwood drinking a Pina Colada at a Dick Dale concert” is how the band describes the crisp sounds of their cinematic surf disco style.  Band members Nick Hosford (lead guitar), Sean Zee (vocals), Lisa Kacos (trumpet, vocals, and keyboards), Andrew “Wonderboy” Dornoff (bass), and Noah Snyder (drums) are igniting the musical world…and we aren’t just referring to the flaming piano in their music video, “Shining Like a Diamond.”

Backed by a very impressive marketing and engineering team, the band is making a name for itself: one of their songs was licensed by the ABC News show, “Good Morning, America.” Producer Brad Dollar worked with bands such as Grateful Dead, Keb-Mo, and The National. Mastering engineer Joe LaPorta made a name for himself in the music business by working with The Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, and Vampire Weekend.

Together, these two musical innovators worked with The Outer Vibe to create the full-length release, “Full Circle.” Now the band is on a national tour to promote this very special album. Already, The Outer Vibe is earning significant airplay in over 11,000 retail stores and over 200 college radio stations…Read More

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

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

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

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

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Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

March 10th – 13th, 2016

Sedona YogaStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 2016 Sedona Yoga Festival 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

Sedona Yoga Festival
March 10th – 13th, 2016
The Sedona Yoga Festival provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days and three nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West.

The 4th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival will be held at a single conference venue, the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, nestled among the red rocks and surrounded by easily accessible trails – some easy walks, some challenging hikes – where you can tap into the energy of the land and leave behind what no longer serves you. Rich in energy “vortexes,” Sedona has long been known for its magnifying, regenerative powers.

This year the festival will have multiple scheduled activities for young ones age 6-13 including yoga classes, mandala making, games, acro and more. The Kids’ room schedule is in-line with the conference schedule so they can check in for the same class times while parents enjoy conference sessions.

To learn more about this festival or to purchase passes please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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

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Live Performances during the Sedona Film Festival

Sedona International Film Festival 

Live Performances this week at the Sedona Performing Arts Center

February 22nd – 27th, 2016

Tied-Up-bannerIf you are visiting Sedona, AZ and would like to  attend some of the live performances taking place during the 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival individual tickets are on sale for these performances that will take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, leave the driving to us, we will drop you off at the center and pick you up when you are ready to return from the event.

Live Performance: Dr. Keeling’s Curve starring Mike Farrell
February 22nd, 2016 (6:00 pm)
Tickets: $13 SIFF Members: $10
Event Location: Sedona Performing Arts Center
dr-keelingThe Sedona International Film Festival is pleased to present Dr. Keeling’s Curve starring Mike Farrell at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The issue of global climate changes takes center stage in a compelling new one-man show by George Shea!Noted Emmy-nominated actor and activist Mike Farrell plays Dr. David Keeling, the scientist whose research on CO2 gave the world its first early warnings of global warming. In this highly acclaimed performance, Farrell brings to life the quirky and brilliant man who created the Keeling Curve, the iconic chart that illustrates the rise in atmospheric CO2 levels from 1958 to the present. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Live Performance:Tied Up in Knotts
February 23rd, 2016 (6:00 pm)
Tickets: $13 SIFF Members: $10
Event Location: Sedona Performing Arts Center
Tied-up-in-KnottsThe Sedona International Film Festival is pleased to present “Tied Up in Knotts” at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. This tribute show is a must see for all of “us kids” from the 50s, 60s & 70s who were laughing at Don Knotts as Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show”! “Tied Up in Knotts” is a father/daughter story about growing up in a celebrity “Diva” world with a deep love of “Mayberry.” In the 1950’s, Don Knotts was making the rounds of casting directors’ offices in New York City. Destiny knocked on Dad’s door when he got a small part in a Broadway play starring Andy Griffith. In the 1960s, Andy was set to star in a sitcom about a small town sheriff. Dad called him and asked, ‘Could you use a deputy?’ And Barney Fife was born!For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Live Performance: Gene Kelly – The Legacy
February 24th, 2016 (6:00 pm)
Tickets: $13 SIFF Members: $10
Event Location: Sedona Performing Arts Center
GENE-KELLY-poster500The Sedona International Film Festival is pleased to present “Gene Kelly – The Legacy” at the Sedona Performing Arts Center! Biographer and film historian Mrs. Kelly (Patricia Ward Kelly) takes audiences behind the scenes and shares an intimate story of her late husband Gene Kelly, the man who helped create some of the most memorable scenes in film history. This unique, LIVE performance — praised as “a real treat” by Variety — combines rare and familiar film clips, never released audio recordings, memorabilia, and personal insights culled from hours of interviews with her husband. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: An Evening with Elliott Gould
February 27th, 2016 (6:00 pm)
Tickets: $13 SIFF Members: $10Elliott-TEASER
Event Location: Sedona Performing Arts Center
Join renowned film critic and author Jeffrey Lyons as he celebrates and honors the Sedona International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree for this year’s festival — Elliott Gould! The two have been friends for many years, so it is sure to be a fun evening of celebration and reminiscing over the career of this Academy Award-nominated actor. The evening will include a screening of one of Gould’s favorite films along with an interview between the two friends as well as a chance for the audience to be part of the Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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