Inn of Sedona Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Winner

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Five Consecutive Years!

Best Western Inn of Sedona AwardWe are proud to announce that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“For my team to be awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and now be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a fantastic honor. We take great pride in going the extra mile for our guests at the Inn of Sedona and we’d like to thank all of them who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Elizabeth McIntire, General Manager at Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona. “That our guests recognized our commitment to service, and then commended us for it, makes this award extra special. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a report card, and our guests are the teachers. I want to thank all our TripAdvisor guests for their great comments and suggestions. We listen, we care, and we’ll continue to strive to make the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona their first choice for lodging in Sedona.”

 “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Inn of SedonaA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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Free Event to Open the Illuminate Film Festival

Illuminate Launch Party and Outdoor Screening

May 27th, 2015

Illuminate Film FestivalThe Illuminate Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, May 27th, with a launch party and outdoor screening of Landfill Harmonic at Tequa Festival Marketplace, free and open to the public! There will be food and bevarages for sale and a complimentary reception for VIP and All-Acess passholders.

lluminate is the world’s premier film festival and launching platform for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and ushering humanity forward, Illuminate showcases the best of conscious cinema to uplift, inspire, and transform. World-class immersive, soul-centered workshops, panels, and excursions complement film screenings, featuring expert practitioners and thought-leaders in consciousness, wellness, raw and organic food, spiritual practice, and sustainable living. The Illuminate Film Festival takes place May 27th – 31st, 2015I For more information or to purchase tickets/passes for the festival please visit the Illuminate Film Festival website.

Illuminate Launch Party and Outdoor Screening – FREE EVENT
May 27th, 2015 (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm)

2015-film-stills-landfillRelax on the grass as you enjoy a fun, musical celebration with healthy food, fascinating performers, talented musicians, conscious vendors and exciting raffle prizes followed by a free outdoor screening of Landfill Harmonic. Sit back and be dazzled by Cirque du Soleil aerial acrobat sensation Delphine Gaillard and performance artist and yogi extraordinaire Lamonte Tales Goode.

About the film Landfill Harmonic
A worldwide sensation since its spotlight on 60 Minutes, Landfill Harmonic (South by Southwest 2015) is a heartfelt, moving tale of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose futures are otherwise spiritless. This empowering film follows the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of kids from a Paraguayan slum as their trash-into-music orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music that touches the heart while addressing two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

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

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Memorial Day

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Remembering Those Who Have Sacrificed All for our Great Nation

Memorial Day

All of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are honored and grateful to live in the United States of America. This great nation of liberty and freedom has come at a heavy price. Today remember to honor all who have served in our country’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we my have our freedom. No words could ever come close to expressing our gratitude to the men and women in the military forces of the United States.

“Our Debt to the Heroic Men and Valiant Women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices”. – President Harry S Truman

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Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture

May 23rd – 24th, 2015

2015 zuniIf you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona over Memorial Day weekend and are interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the Zuni people you will not want to miss the 25 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona located in Flagstaff, AZ! Enjoy traditional and contemporary art, insightful lectures, and performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers.

At the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, the Ashiwi, or Zuni people, travel to Flagstaff from Zuni to share the Zuni language, life ways, traditional music, and dances. Zuni, New Mexico, is an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau.  Learn about the importance of art and cultural place-names in the perpetuation of traditional identity. Meet and buy directly from Zuni artists and demonstrators. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

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

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

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

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Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona
Visiting Sedona, Arizona Memorial Day Weekend

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Sedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a few helpful hints and ideas to help you make your weekend wonderful.

As you enjoy the weekend please take a moment to show gratitude for all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our freedoms! On May 25th there will be a changing of the flags and short ceremony by the Sedona Marine Corps League at the Sedona Military Service Park at 10:00 am. The Sedona Military Service Park is located within the existing Jack Jamesen Memorial Park at 25 Northview Road.

If you will be staying with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona please feel free to call our concierge (Joan & Amanda) before your visit to help you plan your time in Sedona (1.800.292.6344 ask for concierge) .

Helpful Tips & Ideas

  • Make your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • Make sure you reserve the Sedona tours you would like to experience as soon as possible, our concierge is available to help you with tours and reservations, things are booking up quickly!
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic or Dead Horse Ranch State Park for swimming and fishing. there is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.Hiking Sedona
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • If you are looking for restaurant that is open late, check out Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. Olde Sedona also has late night entertainment on the weekends.
  • Have fun, enjoy the red rocks and take time out of your weekend to remember all those who have served proudly in our military forces to ensure our freedoms.

Helpful links

  • Sedona Events
    Find all the event for Sedona and the Verde Valley
  • Slide Rock2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley
    Information on hiking in the Sedona area
  • Sedona Vacation Packages at the Inn of Sedona
    Save money at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures, Pink Jeep Tours, Arizona ATV Adventures and more.
  • Slide Rock State Park
    Visitors to the park can slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. They also have fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day! Creek visitors may not travel north past the Slide Rock management area into the Slide Fire Burn Area.HOLIDAY WEEKENDS:Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $30.00
  • Arizona summers are always hot and dry, but with the help of responsible recreationists, it doesn’t have to be a time of catastrophic wildfires. Remember, one less spark could mean one less wildfire this summer. If you plan on enjoying the great outdoors please click here to learn more about preventing wildfires!
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Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Concert in Cottonwood, AZ

Old Town Center for the Arts

The 10th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Party & Concert

May 22nd – 23rd, 2015

Bob Dylan Concert

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this coming weekend and are a fan of Bob Dylan you do not want to miss the annual tribute show for one of the most influential figures in American music! Bob Dylan turns 74 on May 24th and he’ll be celebrated in song at the 10th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert on Friday, May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd, both at 7:00 pm, at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, AZ (see map below). Tickets are only $20 door, $25 priority and you can purchase your tickets online here!

No, Bob may not be there, but this year’s program once again features some of the best musicians in the area, (most veterans of previous Dylan shows and some newbies, too), all performing the music of Bob Dylan.

“This concert has become a tradition for the Verde Valley and Sedona,” remarked William Eaton, co-director at Old Town Center for the Arts. “Each year there are some surprises, with some of your favorite Dylan tunes and some you may have never heard. Joe has done a fantastic job of producing this event.”

“It’s hard to believe that I’ve been putting on this tribute to Bob Dylan for ten years now,” says Joe Neri, the show’s producer. “Bob Dylan has been one of the most influential figures in American music and has endured for over 50 years. I’m continually amazed and appreciative of just how popular our annual tribute shows have become.”

This year’s program once again features some veterans of previous Dylan shows and some newbies, too. Some songs that will be performed are faithful to Dylan’s recorded arrangements while others have creative interpretations of other well known artists or from the performers themselves. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Old Town Center for the Arts

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Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival in Cottonwood, AZ

Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival

Two Days of Wine, Music Food and Fun

June 19th – 20th, 2015

3Tilted EarthSummer is fast approaching, vacations are being planned and for the second year in a row the Verde Valley is a buzz with excitement as the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival draws near. Why are people so excited you ask? How about two fun filled days of wine, music, food and fun! The event will be held at the Riverfront Park in beautiful Cottonwood, AZ (see map below). Shuttling via the CAT/Verde Lynx transit systems is free on the day of the event provided that you show your ticket stub.

Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival – Cottonwood, AZ
June 19th – 20th, 2015 (4:00 pm – 12:00 am)
Admission: Adults $45/Youth tickets (13-20) are $20/ children 12 and under are free
Two Day Pass $80
Don’t miss the second annual Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ. The festival will feature an expanded two-day lineup of well-known folk and acoustic rock entertainment like Rusted Root, Robert Earl Keen and The Lone Bellow. Wine lovers can enjoy vino from 17 Northern Arizona wineries, along with cuisine from eight gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. The event also will include family activities, including a rock climbing wall, bounce house, teen gaming tent and a simulated archaeological dig hosted by Verde Valley Archaeology all at no charge. Adult admission includes a reusable Govino wine glass and five free tastings. Additional tastings will be available for purchase, as will bottles from all wineries. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.tiltedearthfestival.com or visit the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival on Facebook.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ

To see all the upcoming events, festivals and entertainment for Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley click here!

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Inn of Sedona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests!

EV Charging in Sedona

Along with great views of the red rocks, professional friendly staff, use of our complimentary “About Town Shuttle” and a hot breakfast, guests of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona can now charge their electric vehicles! That’s right, we have taken the next step in creating a greener hotel and a better guest experience, we now have a Tesla charger and a EV-60 evCharger capable of charging any EV on the market today!

“All of my team take our commitment to our guests and the environment very seriously. By installing the Tesla Charger, and the evCharger, we can improve the experience of our guests with EV vehicles by taking the worry out of where to charge up. We are proud to take another small step towards improving the beautiful place we live.”Elizabeth McIntire, GM of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

There is no extra costs or hidden charges to our guests for use of the chargers,it’s complimentary for our EV guests. Simply let us know when you check in! We want you to be able to explore Sedona, drive wherever you want, and not worry about losing charge in the red rocks!

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Star Party at Red Rock State Park in Sedona

Red Rock State Park

Enjoy a star filled night at Red Rock State Park’s “Star Party”

May 15th, 2015

RERO_StarPartySedona has recently been accredited as the 8th International Dark Sky City in the World! Our stars shine brightly in the night sky and astronomers and star gazers flock to Sedona every year to relax, unwind, discover and dream under a blanket of stars. If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona this coming Friday, May 15th, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the universe and enjoy a special evening of stargazing at Red Rock State Park’s Star Party!

Star Party at Red Rock State Park
May 15th, 2015 (7:30 pm)
Come out and enjoy the night skies with the Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Rangers of Red Rock State Park in Sedona! An introduction presentation at 7:30 pm will show current sky events and what’s “up” in the spring skies. The planets Jupiter and Venus will provide views of our near neighbors and Saturn will make a brief appearance as the viewing session ends at 10:00 pm. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as space cookies, moon juice, and other complementary beverages.This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees. For additional information and reservations for this Sedona event please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views Vacation Package

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!Vortex and Views
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Learn more about our Sedona hotel
  • Book this Sedona Package
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Mother’s Day Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Have some fun with Mom this Mother’s Day Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

May 8th – 10th, 2015

Mother's DayThere are some fun and different things to do with Mom this Mother’s Day weekend in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley. Treat her to a Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch at Sound Bites Grill, have a family day at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, take her on a relaxing train ride through the Verde Canyon, or take her out on a Guided Geology hike at Red Rock State Park. If your Mom happens to love country music and is a fan of Reba McEntire there is a special live performance at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre featuring Corrie Sachs performing her award-winning tribute to Reba McEntire and the Great American Songbook. No matter what you decide to do, be sure to have a wonderful time with your Mom! From all of us to all the hard working Moms out there – Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Weekend Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do!

Sedona Live Performance: Corrie Sachs “Tribute to Reba McEntire”
May 8th – 10th, 2015
Tickets: $15 general admission/$13 for Film Festival members and students
corrie-teaserThe perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend! Renowned performer and tribute artist Corrie Sachs comes to Sedona with her award-winning tribute to Reba McEntire and the Great American Songbook. This musical, live theatrical event will be presented by the Sedona International Film Festival on the Goldenstein Stage at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The Great American Songbook and the Queen of Country swing into spring with Corrie Sachs as she performs The Great American Songbook as well as pays tribute to the Queen of Country, Reba McEntire. Corrie is currently appearing weekly as co-host of the highly successful syndicated Dennis Bono radio show. Her dynamic stage presence, versatility, musical interpretation and sheer enthusiasm for entertaining audiences keeps fans coming back for more. For more information, showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
May 9th, 2015 (8:00 am)Red-Rock-State-Park 2
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 8:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Mother’s Day Jazz Buffet
May 10th, 2015 (11:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Sound-Bites-GrillCelebrate mom in Sedona with a delicious Mother’s Day Buffet & Live Jazz at Sound Bites Grill featuring Susannah Martin & the Steve Sanders Jazz Trio. The doors open at 11:30 am, buffet will be served from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Mom gets a $20 Sound Bites Grill Gift Card for a future visit and a rose! Reservations are required. Buffet is all you can eat including sparkling wine and mimosas. Only $49, and kids are half price. (928) 282-2713 or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com for the amazing Mother’s Day menu!

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Sedona Guided Geology Hike
May 10th, 2015 (1:00 pm)
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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Verde Canyon Railroad – Throw Momma on the Train!VCR
Looking for a truly memorable way to celebrate mom? Throw Momma on the Train! Verde Canyon Railroad provides beautiful scenery, service and an unforgettable adventure to share with your number one fan. This classic train takes passengers deep into a scenic Arizona canyon, offering unsurpassed comfort amid a sculpted and colorful landscape. For over 20 years Verde Canyon Railroad has provided guests with style and comfort, romance and relaxation, service and beauty. Limited seating still available for Sunday’s 1:00pm departure. For more information or to purchase your tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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

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