Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

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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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Your Weekend in Sedona, AZ

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Your Weekend Entertainment and Events Guide  for Sedona, AZ

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Welcome to Sedona, Arizona! The Sun is shining, the 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival is in full swing and hikers are taking advantage of the great weather and hitting the trails!

Below you will find the featured weekend happenings, if you are looking for some great hikes to take this weekend check out our 2016 Sedona Hiking Guide!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sedona Entertainment: Darius Lux TrioDarius
February 19th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
Don’t miss the Darius Lux Trio at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! This is an new ensemble of three outstanding artist coming together with some of the best soulful blues/pop/rock music to grace the stage at SBG. When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
February 20th, 2016 (9:00 am)
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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The 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 20th – 28th, 2016
Purchase Passes here
2016 film festJoin filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films!  Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2016 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. For more information or to purchase passed please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
February 20th, 2016 (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$30
Dinner & Show Packages: start at $60/$65/$70
Sound Bites GrillSedona’s Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present the Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s! 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. Come Dressed To Dance To 50’s & 60’s Classic Rock & Roll Music! For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill

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Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
February 21st, 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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Roslyn Kind: Live in Concert
February 21st, 2016 (6:00 pm)
Tickets are included in your Premium Pass or Ticket Pack
Individual tickets are only $13 – SIFF Members are $10
rozzie-smile-smRoslyn Kind is a dynamic, multi-talented entertainer who has forged a successful career in all facets of entertainment from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway. Rozzie and her band will make a splash with her NEW show; featuring career highlights, pop & novelty songs, show tunes and personal favorites, including new material and vintage “Rozzie” tunes.This event will take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets 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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Guided Archaeology Hike in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park

Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

February 21st, 2016

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend, and are interested in learning more about the Archaeology of Sedona and love to hike, you will not want to miss the new Guided Archaeology Hike being offered at Red Rock State Park!  It is going to be a beautiful day for the hike with a high of  71°!  The program is included with the park admission. Have fun and enjoy the Sunshine!

Archaeology Hike 
February 21st, 2016 (1:00 pm)
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 call 928.282.6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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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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2016 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona

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A Hikers Guide to Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

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Sedona, Arizona is truly a hikers paradise! With a wealth of trails to enjoy nature and the spectacular views in red rock country, visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim.

The spring and fall are still the most popular seasons to hike in the red rocks, but to tell you the truth I have enjoyed hiking during all the seasons. In the summer, I head out at sunrise and enjoy a mild hike and again a few hours before sunset I hit the trails. In the winter, afternoon hikes are a must, the sunshine heats up the trails and the most popular trails are less congested (I prefer Bell Rock Pathway in the colder months). Still, with that said the prime hiking seasons are spring and fall!

Below you will find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley with helpful tips, links and our favorite hiking websites. We of course have a few of our favorite hikes and guest’s favorites to share with you, and I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own. Have a great time exploring!

Favorite places to hike in Sedona, AZCoconino National Forest Map

Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest, one of six National Forest in Arizona, offers on of the largest varieties of landscape and beauty from the towering red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Whatever difficulty level of hike or scenic wonders you want to experience you will find it here. Recreation and hiking information is divided into three Ranger Districts, just click on the area you are interested in hiking and see what awaits you! Before you hit the trail, visit the Coconino National Forest website for maps and information.

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Red Rock State Park is a family-oriented 5-mile network of trails with a diverse habitat of plants and wildlife. The Forest Service presents popular talks at the visitor’s center on the natural history of Sedona, and living with our wildlife neighbors. They also offer the following guided hikes and walks: Geology Hike, Moonlight Hikes, Bird Walks and Nature Walks. To see the Schedule of guided hikes please visit Red Rock State Park.

Our Favorite Hikes in Sedona, AZ and surrounding Areas

Bell Rock Pathway
Hiking SedonaThis trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock and get some great views!

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8 for the South trailhead, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the North trailhead. Visit our Bell Rock Pathway Photo Album.

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Soldier Pass Trail
Sedona shot 310Okay this hike is great for all levels of hikers, with a whole network of trails to extend your hike and difficulty level. A camera is a must on this hike, the views are amazing as you go from the majestic red rocks into the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness.  Ultimately, scenic vistas can be enjoyed south into Sedona and north into the wilderness and the red cliffs of the Mogollon Rim. The trail dips to cross a wash then climbs out to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole just off the trail to the right at 1/4 miles. The trail then goes over level ground for 1/4 mile to the “Seven Sacred Pools” to the left of the trail.

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 1.2 miles to Solider Pass Road on the right. Go 1.5 miles to Rim Shadows Drive, then right 0.2 miles (keep straight ahead where Rim Shadows branches left) to a gated entry road to trailhead parking on the left.

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Red Rock Crossing – Crescent Moon Picnic Site
Rock Carins Red Rock Crossing.jpg2Red Rock Crossing is one of the most popular places to take a leisurely hike and take some great photos of Cathedral Rock. The Crescent Moon Picnic Site offers pathways that take you to the crossing where Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek meet. There are Picnic Tables, grills and well maintained restrooms. Enjoy a little water play in Oak Creek, walk the pathways and visit Buddha Beach, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. You will find a variety of rock cairns, last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the complexity of some.

Directions: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.

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West Fork Oak Creek Trail
West ForkThere are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. You’ll know some of them once you’ve strolled beside the pleasant little stream that ripples along the canyon floor and look up, way up, at the dizzying cliffs that tower above it. There was a lot of talk that the West Fork Trail was very damaged by the fire last year, I assure you it is just as beautiful as before! This hike is most popular in the fall when vibrant colors take over the trail, but spring is also a great time for this hike, just keep in mind this hike will be cooler than the others, if you start early or late in the day you will want to dress in layers! I also highly suggest to bring your camera along.

To access the West Fork Oak Creek Trail drive north 9.5 miles from Sedona to about halfway between milepost 385 and 384. The trailhead is on the west (left) side of the highway. Visit our West Fork Trail photo album.

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Hiking at Walnut Canyon National Monument in Flagstaff
walnutCarved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon. if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail….Read More

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)
DHRSPThe beautiful park with the unfortunate name sits on over 400 acres in Cottonwood, Arizona and is right next to the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. The temperatures at the park are often mild, due the park’s elevation, and make it an ideal place for outdoor activities. This state park is a short distance from Sedona and has numerous hiking trails, not to mention trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. You can even take along a nice picnic lunch for your family and take in the scenic view at any of the picnic tables around the park.

Directions from Sedona: Head south on Arizona 89A, continue straight through AZ RT 260 intersection in Cottonwood, turn right onto N 10th Street to the park. Visit our Dead Horse Ranch Photo Album.

Our favorite Sedona Hiking Resources

Tips for Hiking in Sedona

  • Make sure to bring plenty of water. Even if you are only hiking a short distance, hydration is key. Take more than you think you will need.
  • Create a hiking backpack that includes water, first aid kit, protein snacks, trail map, compass, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • It is always safer to hike with others. Always let somebody know what trails you plan on hiking.
  • Wear suitable clothing and shoes for hiking.
  • Don’t leave the trail. The ecosystem of the desert is fragile and leaving even a footprint can damage it.
  • The trails in Sedona and the Verde Valley are very traveled and it is unlikely that you will come across a rattler, however if your tromp around off the trails you are asking for trouble! With that said be aware of your surroundings and respect the wildlife of Sedona!
  • Bring a camera to take some amazing shots.
  • Know your limitations.
  • Don’t rush your hiking experience. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

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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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2016 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

2016 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

March 4th – 6th, 2016

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Shake off those winter blues at the 2016 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival taking place March 4th – 6th! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands!

The new location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! The mountain biking in Sedona is world class. Sedona’s average temperature in March is 65 degrees and with over 200 miles of single-track trails, it’s the perfect biker destination. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination people want to come ride.

The Beer Garden this year features (5) breweries: Ska Brewing from Durango, Wanderlust and Dark Sky from Flagstaff, THAT Brewery from Pine/Cottonwood and our local brewery Oak Creek Brewery. A significant portion of the Festival beer garden proceeds go to the Verde Valley Cyclists. The VVCC has been doing amazing work (design, maintenance and construction) for years on the trails you’ll be riding during the Festival.

For more information, event schedule or to register for this Sedona festival please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival website.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

  • Bell Rock pathway 3Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the festival taking place March 4th – 6th, 2016
  • Our “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, the main festival area of this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Mountain Bike Festival” special rate.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.
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Sedona Geology Hike this Valentine”s Day

Guided Geology Hikes at Red Rock State Park

February 14th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Red Rock State Park

Does your special someone love to hike? If you answered yes, how about treating your loved one to a guided geology hike this Valentine’s Day at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ!

Join Chris Weld at Red Rock State Park this coming Valentine’s Day, February 14th and take an adventure on their beautiful trails while discussing 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. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. 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. The Hike will take place at 1:00 pm and Red Rock State Park would like to remind everyone to please wear suitable shoes and to bring water. The program is included with the park admission.

Red Rock State park is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 3807 Red Rock Loop Road. Entrance Fees: Adults (14 +) $7, Youth (7-13) $4, Children 6 and under are free. This treasured Arizona State Park offers guided hikes, bird walks, lectures and more through out the year. We highly suggest visiting the Red Rock State Park website to learn more about all they have to offer during your visit to Sedona, Arizona.

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  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
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Marathon Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Fun Things to do Marathon Weekend in Sedona, AZ

February 5th – 7th, 2016!

Sedona Marathon

On your mark, get set, ready, GO!
It is Marathon weekend in Sedona, Arizona and the red rocks are filled with the sounds of runners pushing themselves to do better and get healthier, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of Sedona!

We wanted to remind our guests that our breakfast room will be open at 5:30 am and our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will be ready to go by 6:00 am to take you where you need to go! You can find a full schedule of events for the Sedona Marathon at www.sedonamarathon.com! Below you will find all of the events taking place over the weekend in the Sedona area! Have fun and good luck!

Featured Weekend Events

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
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The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. What a perfect event to find that special Valentine’s Day gift! All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
February 5th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover Charge
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the funky blues sound of the Sir Harrison Band! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
February 6th, 2016 (9:00 am)
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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11th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 6th, 2016
Registration Fees
1416520861The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Michael Peach at the Sedona Heritage Museum
“Lions (& Rattlers & Dragons & Longhorns) and Bears – Oh My”
February 6th, 2016 (1:30 pm)
Tickets are $6, with children under 12 free ~ Museum admission is separate.
Michael PeachThe Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of his new original show “Lions (& Rattlers & Dragons & Longhorns) and Bears – Oh My”! Peach’s show features his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at Arizona and local history, also incorporating jokes, stories, and first person narrative. An award-winning actor, playwright and historian Michael Peach is especially good at bringing to life history and his subjects. But, he isn’t afraid to also spin some tall tales, too. For more information about this presentation or the Museum, call 928.282.7038 or visit the Sedona Heritage Museum website.

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Sedona Poetry Slam
February 6th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
Sedona-Poetry-SlamPoets and audience members are invited to the third Sedona Poetry Slam of the 2015-16 season, which kicks off at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, and will be hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize, please contact Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam. To purchase tickets or for more information please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Jerome Art Walk
February 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce 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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Composer & Harp Guitarist Muriel Anderson
February 6th, 2016 (7:00 pm) Cottonwood, AZ
Tickets: $20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority
Muriel-AndersonAward winning guitarist, composer, and harp guitarist Muriel Anderson is one of the few international touring guitarists equally at home with fingerstyle, bluegrass, classical, freeform, and international music. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed with jazz greats Les Paul and Victor Wooten and with classical orchestras. Her recent CD Nightlight-Daylight placed first in its category in 11 national awards, and is the first ever to incorporate interactive fiber optics. This event will be taking place at the Old Town Center of the Arts located at 5th Street and Main in Cottonwood, Arizona. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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The Dover String Quartet
February 7th, 2016 (2:30 pm)
$30 General Seating, $50 Reserved Seating
cms-logo-header-mastheadThe Dover String Quartet (violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camdon Shaw) catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment”, The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble”, and The Wall Street Journal exclaimed “Masterly nuanced…gutsy and earthy sound.” In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music. This Sedona event will take place at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Chamber Music Sedona.

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2016 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special

  • 2016 film festValid February 19th – 29th, 2016
  • Save up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type 
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Explore the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome, AZ

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour February 5th , 2016

Jerome Art Walk February 6th, 2016

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What a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona! The weekend kicks off with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on February 5th, 2016. Then on Saturday join the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, along with the entire Sedona area, in welcoming thousands of runners, their families and friends for the 8th Annual Sedona Marathon! And 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.

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
February 5th, 2016

Sedona Arts Center
“Something New”
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Sedona Arts Center“Something New” will be featuring for the first time selected new artists who will be represented in Sedona Arts Center’s main gallery for the upcoming year!In addition, the arts center is presenting two highlighted events: From the Heart and Out of the Fire.

  • From the Heart – February 5th – 14th, 2016
    Invited poets, photographers, and visual artists will participate in a combination of visual and verbal original artwork, capturing statements “From the Heart.”
  • Out of the Fire – February 5th – 7th
    Wildly talented artists are teaming up from Sedona’s very own glass art studio and gallery, The Melting Point, and Sedona Arts Center’s Ceramics Department to collaborate on a unique exhibition of glass and ceramic art, both of which are born “Out of the Fire!”

For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“8th Annual “Body Language” Show2The Couple Artist Mike Medow
Opening Reception February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Goldenstein Gallery invites you to join them on Friday, and be inspired by the human form during their Body Language Show. Both classic and modern interpretations are included in this scintillating highly anticipated exhibition that includes the renowned bronzes of Kevin McCarthy and James Muir, Mike Medow’s stunning hand carved exotic wood Yoga figures and women and LauRha Frankfort’s energetic drawings. You are invited to meet local artists at the opening night reception for “Body Language” on February 5th, the exhibit runs until February 29th! For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Art with Heart at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Ken Rowe GalleryFebruary is for lovers, including lovers of fine art. Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents its annual collector appreciation show, Art With Heart!Ever since gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe opened their doors six years ago, they have designated the first Friday in February as the day they show their appreciation to their clients. Anyone who has ever purchased a Ken Rowe sculpture or a piece of art from Rowe Fine Art Gallery is invited to stop by for a special chocolate treat. Meet with one of the art experts at Rowe Fine Art Gallery and let them help you choose a thoughtful gift for your sweetheart. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Andrea Smith Gallery presents Kurt Wenner: Sacred Art Collection
February 5th – 6th 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Andrea SMith Gallery
Kurt Wenner, one of the most recognized artists ever to exhibit in Sedona, is an American artist with an international following. While most known for the invention of interactive 3D pavement art illusions, his work also includes large-scale oil paintings, ceramic murals, sculptures, decorative elements, and architectural designs for public and private clients in more than 30 countries. Wenner has created a collection of sacred art images, including Jesus, Yogananda, Moses and Mother Mary, specifically for Andrea Smith Gallery. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
“Honoring the Native American Cultures in Sculpture and Painting”2Warcloud
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
 Award-winning Mountain Trails Gallery artists focus on the Native Cultures of the American West as each artist paints or sculpts historical narratives, cultural objects, and specific ceremonies and symbols of a variety of tribes and pueblos. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
 “Jewelry for Your True Love”
February 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Lister family, with Alice Lister and David Lister at the helm, are one of the most highly regarded families of Navajo jewelry makers working today; their renowned pieces in turquoise and sterling silver represent meticulous traditional methods and both traditional and contemporary designs. Each Lister creates their own pieces from start to finish, the only collaboration being some pieces which Alice Lister and David Lister create together, and each individual has their own distinctive style.For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art WalkFebruary 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00pm)
 Jerome continues its love affair with art with the First Saturday Art Walk. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 24 galleries and studios of Jerome will be brimming over with visual delights. There will be plenty of chocolate, music and good conversation at this vibrant event. Meet the artists that night and mingle with other art lovers who are drawn to this charming mountain town.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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Special Lodging Rates for the Sedona Film Festival

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Special Lodging Rates for the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival

2016 film festStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival taking place February 20th – 28th, 2016, and save money with our Sedona Film Festival Lodging Special! And don’t worry about finding your way around Sedona, take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival! 

Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films!  Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2016 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films.

2016 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special

  • Valid February 19th – 29th, 2016
  • Save up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type 
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

The Latest from the Sedona International Film Festival

2016 Sedona Film Festival

The range of films selected for the 22nd annual Sedona International Film Festival is as diverse as the audiences who will fill the theaters and the filmmakers whose creative talents will be on display from February 20th – 28th, 2016!

Among the 165 films to be screened are dozens directed by women, including 14-year-old Bailey Weber (The Student Body); Oscar-nominated short film Stutterer, French-produced drama, Mustang, and Theeb from Jordan, both nominated in Best Foreign Film category; world premieres of Now More than Ever: the History of Chicago and locally produced Sacred Journeys, a conscious short film from Glenn Scarpelli and Mackenzie Phillips; the most successful Korean film ever produced, My Love Don’t Cross That River; and films dealing with disability issues (The Ataxian, Right Footed), the environment (Landfill Harmonic, Antarctic Edge, Aina: That Which Fees Us, Tree Hugger); LGBT subjects (An Act of Love, No Home Movie) and The Pearl Button, winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival and Best Documentary at Jerusalem Film Festival and Philadelphia Film Festival.

The 2016 Festival officially opens with expected sold-out concerts Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20 by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago.

“Being able to partner with iconic rock band Chicago to present both their documentary and two concerts is something that still has me wondering if this is a dream I’m about to wake up from,” said Sedona International Film Festival Executive Director Patrick Schweiss. “And, I’m still catching my breath about the absolutely incredible lineup of films this year. All I can promise is great films, great guests, great times and great music!”

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