Jackie Venson Live in Sedona, Arizona

Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, AZ

Singer Songwriter “Jackie Venson” Live

maxresdefault-1-500x281April 22nd and 23rd, 2017

Guess who is returning to Sedona, AZ? That’s right, one of our favorite performers of all time, Jackie Venson!  Trust me, if you love Indie Blues you will not want to miss the Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician Jackie Venson sizzling up the stage at Sound Bites Grill! She will be performing in the Sound Bites Grill Celebrity Show Room on April 22nd and 23rd from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Tickets start at $25, Dinner Packages are also available and start at $65. Tickets are going to sell quickly, so make your plans today and call 928.282.2713 to purchase your tickets or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com. I know I am not going to miss it!

It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary …

Jackie Venson is well known for her blues guitar with her gorgeous, smoky voice. In June her band had the opportunity to perform on Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history, one of the most exciting and successful music festivals in the United States, and an award-winning concert venue.

Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues.

Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures your attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments that reach far beyond her tender age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more, with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear. When you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.

In recognition of her dedication to her craft, Bestfan.com said “Venson is no dilettante, wannabe performer, however a real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing.”

Her live performances revisits what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – but also defines who she is and reminds her where she wants to be: performing.

Having finished her second tour of Europe and the recent declaration of “Jackie Venson Day” (May 21st) in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, TX, and her performance on Austin City Limits on June 22nd there’s no doubt she has every reason to lead the way with the trademark smile that accompanies her magnificent musicianship.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sleep and Jeep Package

A hugely popular four-wheel drive tour through the red rocks of Arizona, the Broken Arrow Tour offers a guided trip down “The Road of No Return” for a one-of-a-kind Pink Jeep experience. This two-hour excursion includes direct shuttle pick-up and drop-off right at our hotel. Don’t forget your camera!
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Easter Weekend in Sedona, AZ

 Sedona, Arizona

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Fun Things to do, Events and Entertainment

April 14th – 16th, 2017

It is going to be a beautiful sunny Easter weekend in Sedona, AZ ! If you are going to be visiting the red rocks over the holiday with the kids and are looking for some family fun with the Easter Bunny, there are two events taking place that the Easter Bunny is sure to attend! The Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt taking place at Posse Grounds Park on Saturday, April 15th,  and the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express in Clarkdale on the 16th! Sound Bites Grill will will also be offering a delicious brunch taking place  from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand Piano from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm!  Below you will find the highlighted Easter events taking place, and other fun things to do this weekend in the red rocks! Happy Easter and Have a Great Weekend!

Featured Events

Flash Back Fridays
Featuring Robin Miller Triomiller_robin_P10303221
April 14th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 cover, no cover with entree purchase
Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Sedona Celebration of Spring
Carnival and Egg Hunt
Admission: $5
April 15th, 2017 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Sedona Carnival and Egg HuntThis is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! This is a fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Once you arrive, walk to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multiuse field for games and vendors! Inflatable toys for kids, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. Some vendors may be charging for their goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10:00 am for children 12 years of age and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with age group 2 and under). Children will be divided by age groups and there are over 10,000 eggs waiting to be found! This Event takes place at the Multi-use Field at Posse Grounds Park. Children need to bring their own baskets. Egg hunts will be divided into four age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and NEW THIS YEAR 9-12! For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

Celebration of Tween
April 15th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Admission: $5
City of SedonaWith the rides all set up for Saturdays Celebration of Spring event, we thought why not invite the bigger kids to play on Saturday afternoon! Children ages 10-14 (5-8 grade) are invited to play at this event. Super Slide, Silver Streak, Sea Dragon and Tip Top for them to enjoy. Looking for more? Try out the inflatable indoor laser tag! This Event takes place at the Multi-use Field at Posse Grounds Park. Avoid lines by purchasing your tickets in advance at the Parks and Recreation office, 525 Posse Ground Road (near tennis courts) in Sedona. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3, 2017. Tickets will be available at the gate for CASH ONLY purchases. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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National Park Week – Free Weekends
April 15th – 16th, 2017
Free Admission
logo_nationalparkserviceNational Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks! Below you will find the National Parks and Monuments participating in Flagstaff and the Verde Valley! Grand Canyon

Tuziggot National Monument – Cottonwood, AZ
Montezuma Castle or Montezuma Well – Camp Verde, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park
Wupatki National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ

For more information or to see find the National Parks in you area please visit the National Park Service Website.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show
‘Mercury in Retrograde!’
April 15th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door
This Easter weekend, dive into astrology and all things psychic with Zenprov Comedy’s one-night only, completely improvised comedy show “Mercury in Retrograde!” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “So what’s ‘Mercury in retrograde’? A few times a year, the orbits of the Earth and Mercury do this weird dance where Mercury appears to go backwards in the sky as the Earth passes it, which is referred to as ‘going retrograde’,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “For astrologers, it’s a chaotic time when communication breaks down, relationships fall apart, and most electronics seem cursed. So, yeah, I can’t think of more fertile ground for spontaneous comedy.” For more information or to purchase tickets to this live Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
April 15th, 2017 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$35
Sound Bites GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the “Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show” featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s!Recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records. Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Verde Canyon Railroad – Clarkdale AZ
Easter Bunny Express
April 16th, 2017
Event begins at 11:00 am Train departs at 1:00 pm
Ticket Prices
Easter_bunny_trainThe Black-tailed Jackrabbit, a Verde Canyon native, may be one of the largest hares in North America but he’s got nothing on Verde Canyon Railroad’s other resident rabbit, the Easter Bunny. On Sunday, April 16, depot guests enjoy hugs, candy and photo-ops with the mischievous hare. The fun continues on board as the winner of the jellybean counting contest is awarded a giant jar of candies to take along on the ride. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Easter Brunch at Sound Bites
April 16th, 2017 (11:30 – 3:00 pm)
$45 per person, 12 & under $22.50
Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present the special Easter brunch featuring a Carving and Egg Station, Seafood Station, Salad Station, Cheese and Fruit Station, and a dessert Station. They will also have live music featuring Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand Piano from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. For more information, or to make reservations please call 928.282.2713 or visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
April 16th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church: Easter Sunday Concert
April 16th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Tickets: $15
The Anderson Trio performs on Easter Sunday afternoon, with twins Peter and Will Anderson and guitarist Adam Mozinia, bringing some fabulous music with them to celebrate an afternoon of toe-tapping music and mirth for all in attendance. Based in New York City and all three Julliard graduates, it’s the third year for the trio swinging into this lovely chamber jazz venue, Saint Luke’s Church. Purchase tickets online, to get in early and have the best seats available! You will be able to purchase tickets at the door as well starting at 2:40 pm. Saint Luke’s Church is located on Highway 179 between the Back O’ Beyond and Chapel Road roundabouts. For moe information or to purchase tickets please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Celebrate National Park Week in April

National Park Week

Entrance Fee – Free Weekends

April 15th – 16th and April 22nd – 23rd, 2017

Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 15th – 23rd, you are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer.  During this special week there will be entrance fee-free weekends: April 15th- 16th and April 22nd – 23rd, 2017. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, The National Park System has something for everyone.

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

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

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Explore Sedona with Pink Jeep

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

 Pink Jeep Adventure Packages

If you are planning a trip to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ , we highly recommend taking an exciting ride through the red rocks with Pink Jeep! In fact we are so pleased with our guests’ experiences with this tour company that we have not just one but three vacation packages that will save you money on your lodging at the Inn of Sedona and includes an excursion with the ever popular Pink Jeep Tours. You have a choice! Our Sleep N’ Jeep package that includes the “Broken Arrow Tour”, by far their most popular excursion; the “Vortex and Views” package that will introduce you to one of Sedona’s popular attractions, a vortex; and last but not least our “Grand Canyon Experience” package, a day long narrated Grand Canyon Tour in a Pink Jeep Luxury Coach.

Sleep n’ Jeep
Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour” is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour Adventure that leads you up, on and over the red rocks.

  • One night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • Two-hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

Sedona’s Vortex and Views
Delve into the spiritual side of the Sedona landscape and its rich ethereal history with this magical mystical ride hosted by Pink Jeep Tours. Visit one of the area’s incredible energy centers – the Airport Mesa Vortex Site – to take in the twisted trees and interpret the site in your own way. This guided tour also includes a sojourn to the Mystic Vista and a short hike for breath-taking views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

  • One night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • 2.5-hour Pink Jeep Vortex Tour for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

Grand Canyon Experience Tour
Climb aboard the Pink Jeep Tour for an education and exhilarating day-long adventure through one of the seven wonders of the world! Look out onto stunning canyon vistas from several vantage points along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim with departures direct from our hotel.

  • One night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • A day-long narrated Grand Canyon Tour in a luxury coach for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary door to door shuttle
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

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Terrace View

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn of Sedona showcases all that Sedona has to offer. The hotel’s award-winning terraced design takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks all around that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views without leaving the hotel. Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and take in the views as you have your breakfast. 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. What are you waiting for, make your reservations today!

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April Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

 First Friday Gallery Tour April 7th , 2017

Visit Sedona, Arizona this coming Friday, April the 7th, and explore the arts with First Friday Evening in the Galleries! Meet the artists, while enjoying refreshments,  live music and painting! The Voila Tour will be participating in the event and the “Celebration of Landscape Painting” is under way! 

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 First Friday Evening in the Galleries

Rowe Fine Art Gallery
Humor Me: Joshua’s Tobey’s Art with Attitude
April 7th 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 8th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Sculpture, first and foremost, is about shape and form.” This mantra was Joshua Tobey’s first lesson in art education. He learned it at a very young age from his father and mentor, renowned western sculptor Gene Tobey, who instilled in Joshua an innate desire to pursue a career as an artist. Joshua will discuss his father’s influence and debut his newest impressionistic wildlife sculptures at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during Humor Me: Joshua’s Tobey’s Art with Attitude. During his Sedona appearance, Joshua will debut his first-ever sculpture featuring a skunk. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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Andrea Smith Gallery – French Plein Air Inspired Patricia Barthe
Exhibition and Live Demonstration
April 7th – 8th, 2017

Andrea SMith GalleryAndrea Smith Gallery exhibits the work of local artist, Patricia Barthe, who will giving a live painting demonstration during Tlaquepaque’s Taste of Provence event this month. Barthe is a native New Yorker and poet who was awestruck by the myriad of colors and impressions the Sedona sky and landscape had to offer, transporting her to an experience beyond words. Her style is impressionistic, with the French artistic influences of Monet and Degas in terms of color scheme and Cezanne in terms of brushstrokes. Meet Patricia Barthe at Andrea Smith Gallery during Frist Friday, April 7th (5:00 pm -8:00 pm) and see her live painting demonstration on Saturday April 8th (2:00 pm -7:00  pm. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
Canyons and Vistas of the West
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Join Mountain Trails Gallery for their exhibit Canyons and Vistas of the West during Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries. Featuring landscape paintings of the mountains, forests, canyons and vistas of the West including the Grand Canyon, the Red Rock Country of Arizona and Utah, Native American scenes, wildlife, cowgirls, cowboys, ranch life, the natural environment, and more. Plein air artists Betty Carr, Bill Cramer, Joshua Been, Susie Hyer, Marcia Molnar, Gregory Stocks, and Howard Carr are also featured. For more information please visit Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Voila Tour at “Sedona First Friday”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Voila twitterSedona Arts Center – Live Music, Painting, Wine
  • Kuivato Glass Gallery – Crafts live creation
  • Renée Taylor Gallery – Live Painting, Wine

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Celebration of Landscape Painting
First Friday Event
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Meet the artists, share in French Wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Theatre Studio and explore all the galleries at the Sedona Arts Center. Sedona Arts Center welcomes the art-loving public to a celebration of landscape painting in Sedona, represented by a diverse group of fourteen contemporary artists who will create new works from the local environment. The Celebration of Landscape Painting exhibition will be on display in the Arts Center’s Historic Art Barn and will showcase both studio and plein air work.  For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
“Rolling Hills and Rounded Earth:
The Art of Slava TCH and Bob Smith”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “Rolling Hills and Rounded Earth: The Art of Slava TCH and Bob Smith” and welcomes both artists to the gallery for an opening night 1st Friday reception. Neo-primitivism may best define the rich encaustic landscapes by Russian artist Slava TCH. The places he depicts seem at once both mythical and sacramental. TCH, who grew up as Viatcheslav Tchstiline in Russia, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Arts. The experience achieved by Bob Smith continues to be evident in each stunning vessel he creates. Whether saggar-fired vessels with their silky surfaces or raku with bright surfaces that capture the red rock tones of our area, Bob Smith excels in these complicated, and always unpredictable, techniques. For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Stan Natchez: Symbols of Power”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes back the esteemed Native American artist Stan Natchez and unveils his latest NEW WORKS. With a commitment to producing thought-provoking art, Stan Natchez combines Neo-Pop sensibilities with traditional two-dimensional “ledger art” style to make visual statements both varied and profound. Natchez feels strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism. Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening to meet Stan Natchez and enjoy the rare opportunity to hear him speak on his paintings’ subjects, his viewpoints and techniques. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sleep and Jeep Package

A hugely popular four-wheel drive tour through the red rocks of Arizona, the Broken Arrow Tour offers a guided trip down “The Road of No Return” for a one-of-a-kind Pink Jeep experience. This two-hour excursion includes direct shuttle pick-up and drop-off right at our hotel. Don’t forget your camera!
See Package Details.

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April Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

April Events and Hikes

 Are you ready for a fabulous April in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Red Rock State Park is! Whether you like archaeology, geology, history or astronomy there is something for you this month at the park!  Enjoy guided hikes, nature walks, lectures and a Star Party! I almost forgot to mention, the park’s most popular hike the “Full Moon Hike” makes its return in April!

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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Guided Geology Hike
April 9th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
April 10th, 2017 (5:30 pm)
Reservation fee $5 plus park admission fee (see below)
Moonlight hikeThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hike at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.  Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
April 16th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Earth Day Celebration at Red Rock State Park
April 22nd, 2017 (10:00 am – 3:00 pmRed Rock State Park
You’re invited to celebrate Earth Day at Red Rock State Park! They will have all sorts of activities, including:

  • Nature hikes
  • The H2Olympics
  • Info Exhibits
  • Crafts
  • Special Guests
  • Art Showcase

Special Event Park Admission:$7 for ages 14 & up,$2 for ages 7 – 14, Free for children 6 and under. for more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
April 23rd, 2017 (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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Star Party at Red Rock State Park
April 29th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
RERO_StarParty2016Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky.  A 4-day-old Moon located in the constellation of Orion, the Hunter will not interfere with the many clusters and galaxies in the skies overhead. The Ghost of Jupiter will be due south with the planet Jupiter and its Galilean Moons not far away in the constellation of Virgo. Virgo is also host to galaxy clusters easily seen in telescopes. Several little known constellations such as Lynx, the Cat; Hydra, the Water Snake; Corvus, the Crow; Crater, the Chalice; Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs and many more will be visible under the dark skies at the park. This program is limited to 75 participants. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park’s regular entry fees on the day of the program. Call 928.282-6907 to reserve your spots.  Light refreshments (drinks,snacks) will be provided.

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Sedona Philosophy Experience
“Sedona and Our Relationship with Nature”
April 30th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park is pleased to present “Sedona and Our Relationship with Nature” featuring Dr. Robin Weeks. Historically, there have been two major strands to the human relationship with nature – one scientific and the other religious (or mythic). In recent times the scientific view has come to dominate our perspective, and perhaps separate us from our natural environment. However, do we have reasons, even scientific ones, to rediscover the mythic view in a new way? Can the scientific and mystical viewpoints be brought together to form a modern relationship with nature – one that doesn’t negate or exploit it? Perhaps then we would be able to hear the voice of Sedona’s natural beauty. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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

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

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

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

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Arizona Birding and Nature Festival

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

“Migration Madness Birding Festival”

April 27th – 30th, 2017

Attention all Bird lovers, the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival is close at hand! The Verde Valley is home to many species of birds and normally at the festival over a 100 species of birds are seen including herons, cardinals, tanagers, warblers, hawks and egrets to only name a few. The festival celebrates nature with Field trips led by experienced guides in beautiful central Arizona’s diverse habitats. Guided walks and workshops, vendors and exhibitors along with special events round out this four day event.

The keynote program features Noah Stryker. Noah Strycker is a 30-year-old writer, photographer, and bird man based near Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, during a quest spanning 41 countries and all seven continents, he set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds (more than half the birds on Earth) in one calendar year.

The featured contributing artist is Deedy Gregg. Deedy Gregg is a longtime resident of the Verde Valley in central Arizona, having grown up in Sedona, AZ in the early 1950s and ’60s. Interested in art at a young age, she pursued portrait drawing in her teens and over the years, has honed her skills to include realistic drawings of wildlife and birds. She works exclusively in graphite and colored pencils.

The Festival has been attracting hundreds of birders to the Verde River Valley for over 14 years now and due to the popularity of this event we highly recommend that you register now. To register for the festival please click here, to learn more about the events taking place please visit the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival.

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April and May are very busy months in the Verde River Valley and Sedona, if you are considering the Inn of Sedona for your accommodations please make your reservations soon, rooms are going quickly.
See why our guests love our hotel. Great views, beautiful setting, your red rock home away from home!

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Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Take a Walk on the Wild side!

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Out of Africa Wildlife Park Sedona Vacation Package

Now is the perfect time to visit Sedona, Arizona and take a walk on the wild side! Spring has arrived 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”  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 have come to expect wonderful experiences at the park, and I have yet to be disappointed. It seems like every time I have visited, there has always been a special experience waiting for me. I can still remember the very first time I witnessed “Tiger Splash”, the first time I came across the beloved Boom Boom, getting over my snake fear at the Giant Snake Show and my first Giraffe kiss! Now I get to add meeting Jericho to the list!” Read More…

Out of Africa Adventure Package

  • Out of Africa wildlife ParkOne night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • Two adult tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • General Admission Includes: African Bush Safari, The Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, The Wonders of Wildlife Show, The Giant Snake Show, Predator Feed
  • Additional nights available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4:00  pm) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay. To book this package and inquire about further discounts on additional nights, please contact the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 or email: stay@innofsedona.com
  • Out of Africa Wildlife park is about a 40 minute drive from Sedona, see map here.
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Voila Tour in Sedona, AZ

Voila Tour in Sedona, AZ

Voila Tour

April 4th – 8th, 2017

France is coming to Sedona, Arizona when the Voila Tour stops in the red rocks April 4th – 8th, 2017! The Voilà Tour French Festival combines several Arts for different kinds of events: Music, Singing, Paintings,  Art & Crafts, Wine, Gastronomy and more! The Voilagers, recognized talented professional artists, are traveling all the way from France to perform. There will be several events taking place in Sedona starting with “Around France” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on April 4th and ending with “Tlaquepaque, a Taste of Provence” on April 8th. Make you plans today and don’t miss the fun, food & music!

You will find the Sedona Voila featured events below, for a full listing of Voila Tour events taking place in Arizona please visit the Voila Tour website. You can also connect with them on Twitter.

Voila Tour Sedona Events

“Around France at Mary D. Fisher!”
April 4th, 2017 (3:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 one movie – $25 two movies
(includes live music, one glass of wine and its tapenades)
The Mary D. Fisher Theater and Sedona International Film Festival partner up with tje Voilà Tour in order to create this nice artistic and cultural exchange. Two movies will be shown: A French film paying tribute to Hollywood and an American film made as an homage to Paris. Before and between the screenings, Belen la Parisienne, accompanied by Jo, will take you to the streets of Paris by singing a mix of French standards like Edith Piaf or Brigitte Bardot. While listnening, enjoy your glass of Provence rosé wine and homemade tapenades from Chef Marie-Pierre Gall! To purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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“For Sedona with Love”
Non-profit event
April 5th, 2017 (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm)
Voilà Tour is proud to offer this event the Friends of Jack Jamesen Memorial Park who are dedicated to honoring those who made a difference in others lives. “They support our military men and women, the North American Indian culture, service animals, and women who have changed lives. We believe that public art lifts the esteem of a community”.  For more information please visit the Voila Tour website.

  • Cattaneo‘s performance
  • Live Action Painting on CadiJo’s live music. This painting will be auctioned to the benefits of Honoring Women and Friends of Jack Jamesen Park.
  • Shondra Jepperson performs side by side with our Voilagers and to host with Cynthia Richmond.
  • Live demo of glass beads Artcrafts making process by Bénou.
  • Get your glass of Provence rosé wine and its homemade tapenades from Chef Marie-Pierre Gall!
  • The fundraising is based on sales, crafts and painting auctions.

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“A French Cabaret Night”
Dinner and Concert
April 6th, 2017 (7:30 pm = 11:00 pm)
Dinner & Concert $85 per person
What a better place in Sedona to host such an event than Sound Bites Grill? French inspired dinner, made by Sound Bites Chef, and a selection of French wines will get you into the mood before Voilagers cabaret style concert. Belen & Jo will sing La France, CadiJo will take you to the streets of Paris and Fanny Melili will definitely charm you. From Piaf to Gypsy Jazz, from Montand to harmonica Melodies, from Pop to Blues, this night will sure be an easy and pleasant way to go to France… In uptown Sedona! To purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Voila at “Sedona First Friday”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sedona Arts Center – Live Music, Painting, Wine
  • Kuivato Glass Gallery – Crafts live creation
  • Renée Taylor Gallery – Live Painting, Wine

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“Tlaquepaque, a Taste of Provence”
April 8th, 2017 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Mix and mingle with 12 artists and craftsmen from Provence right here in Tlaquepaque during a fabulous day of cultural exchange and a delight for all of your senses. Listen to the music and vocals from three outstanding French bands with songs in French and English. Watch as a master glass worker creates one-of-a-kind stunning glass beads and other objects of art. Experience live demonstrations of painting and drawing with a decidedly French flair. Taste delicious wines from the award winning wine country in Provence along with tasty little bites by a French chef. Smell the aromas as you anticipate a sumptuous meal prepared by both chef Walter of Rene’s and guest chef Marie Pierre Gall from Provence. This exotic Taste of Provence will give you a luscious look into Provence right here in our beloved red rock country. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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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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Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

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2017 Heritage Program Festivals

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

 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 27th – 28th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July 1st – 2nd 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 80 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, woodworking, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food, as well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area.

Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 5th – 6th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances.

Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 1st – 22nd, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 14th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raices. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

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

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

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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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