2015 November at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

 Geology Hikes, Archaeology Hike, Bird Walks and More!

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Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona welcomes you to join them in the month of November to explore and learn more about the beautiful red rocks of Sedona during their guided “Geology Hike” on November 8th and their NEW guided “Archaeology Hike”  on November 19th! The park also offers “Bird Walks” every Wednesday and Saturday and “Nature Walks daily! A special “Watercolor Class” will also be taking place on November 28th. Have fun, enjoy the fall weather and explore Sedona!

Sedona Geology Hike with Jack Conklin and Duane De Paepe
November 8th, 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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Archaeology Hike with Duane De Paepe
November 19th, 2015 (Arrive at 2:00 pm)
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 festinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! This initial hike is designed for park visitors and RRSP volunteers who may want to get involved in this new program. 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 one hour, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Autumn Images Fall Watercolor Class
November 28th, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Reservation fee $50.00, which includes park admissionREROleaves
Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for their ongoing series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-providing instruction and techniques with a theme each month. Reservation fee covers workshop, park admission, instruction, and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282.6907.

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Basic Tracking Workshop with Tony Nestor
November 21st, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Cost:$45.00, which includes Park admission
RERO_2015AAre you a hiker, hunter, or a general outdoor enthusiast who runs across tracks that you do not know? Are you interested in developing the skills and knowledge to not only identify tracks, but to understand the story behind them? Red Rock State Park will be hosting internationally known survival expert Tony Nestor for a workshop on the Basics of Tracking. This introductory class will cover both animal and man-tracking skills. Participants need to bring a sack lunch, water, sunglasses, and a notebook. Space is limited to 15 participants. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282.6907.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (8:00 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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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery Day at 10:00 am
you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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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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Winter Wonderful Sedona Hotel Special

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Save $20 to $40 per night in the Month of December

Winter special 2Are you looking for a special winter getaway this year? Why don’t you consider a place with great winter scenery minus the freezing cold? Where you can enjoy some fun family holiday events, an afternoon hike and take in amazing scenery all in one place? If all this sounds great, then we have an idea for you!

Enjoy all that beautiful Sedona has to offer AND save money on your holiday vacation this December with the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona’s “Winter Wonderful” lodging special! There are a lot of fun events taking place in Sedona this December, especially in the beginning of the month. There is the Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque, the Chocolate Walk in Old Town Cottonwood, the First Friday Gallery Walk (perfect for holiday shopping) and a beautiful performance of The Nutcracker by the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company.

If you’re lucky you’ll be here during one of our other winter events, the occasional dusting of snow! If you’ve never visited Sedona in the winter, take our word for it, the snow is magical when it falls on the red rocks.

To see all of the fun Holiday events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley please visit our Sedona Events Page!

2015 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for the month of December 2015. Excluding December 25th – 31st.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night
  • Our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will get you to most of the Sedona holiday happenings!
  • Our Concierge will be happy to assist you with holiday dining reservations or tours.
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • FREE full hot breakfast buffet
  • Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off winter chill
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!
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Have a Safe and Fun Halloween in the Red Rocks of Sedona

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Have a Safe and Fun Halloween!

Inn of Sedona HalloweenIt’s Halloween and zombies, ghouls and witches have taken over the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. It is a busy time of year, and all the little kiddies will be in Uptown Sedona during Sedona’s Safe and Fun Trick or Treat event. Please keep this in mind while driving, slow down, stay focused, and help all the little kiddos have a great Halloween. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, leave the driving to us. Take advantage of our “About Town” Sedona Shuttle that will be more than happy to drop you off in Uptown and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. To find all the Sedona Halloween Happenings for young and old please click here.

Sedona’s Safe & Fun Trick or Treat
October 31st, 2015(5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Calling all ghost, witches, ghouls and goblins, you are invited to enjoy a safe and fun trick or treat in Uptown Sedona along “Main Street” (N. SR 89A & Hyatt Shops)! “Theatre Zombique” will play out from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Jordan Road near the corner of N. State Route 89A. This is the 10th year for the production! It’s an exciting performance of community dancers dancing the daylights out of Thriller/Ghost Rave/Dead Man’s Party, produced and directed by Martha Edwards. New this year, watch for random appearances of the Cowboy Zombies. These re-enactors are members of The Red Rock Posse of Sedona, a fun-loving group of Cowboys and Cowgirls. Once again these “Cow folk” are giving their all to bring joy to our community, so make sure to say “Howdy” and “Thanks pardners”! For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Main Street Program.

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Halloween fun in Sedona, Arizona

Monster Masquerade Ball, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Trick or Treat and More!

October 29th – 31st, 2015

Halloween fun

This is a shout out to all the ghosts, goblins, tricksters, witches and ghouls who are ready to have some Halloween fun in Sedona, Arizona. There are some fun Halloween themed events to get you in a hauntingly good mood for Halloween.

For all those in my age group get ready for a blast from the past when the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on October 29th! On the 30th Olde Sedona Bar and Grill will be having a Monster Masquerade Ball featuring Yin Yang and Zen some, and Sound Bites Grill will be hosting the Batrina’s Ghosts & Beggars Murder Mystery Ball! On October 31st be entertained with Haunted History tales at the Sedona Heritage Museum, and Halloween night the kiddos can enjoy safe and fun trick or treat in Uptown Sedona! What are you waiting for. Take a walk on the spooky side and head to Sedona, AZ for a crazy fun time.

Halloween Events in Sedona

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
RockyHorror-teaserXOctober 29th, 2016 (7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members
Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades, returns to the big screen in Sedona! The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Dress in costume if you wish and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! Relive Richard the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Monster Masquerade Ball – Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Ying Yang and Zen Some

October 30th,2015
No Cover
HalloweenYY & ZS presents an unforgettable evening of rock n’ roll debauchery, live from The Olde Sedona. It’s Halloween Eve and they wanna get you properly prepped for the best holiday of the year. It’s a Monster Masquerade Ball, so everyone come in your best! For almost 10 years now, YY&ZS has been putting on themed costume shows in Arizona. The music ranges from outlandish covers of David Bowie and Sweet to Black Sabbath and The Talking Heads.For more information visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.

 

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Batrina’s Ghosts & Beggars Murder Mystery Ball
October 30th, 2015 (6:00 pm)
Cost: $65 per person (includes 3 course dinner)Batrina
Start your Halloween weekend at Sound Bites Grill with an outstanding dinner & murder mystery performance, all the while Batrina and her cast of Ghosts and Beggars try to unravel the mystery of “Who Done It”? Enjoy a wonderful 3 course meal, a murder mystery performance & the “Thriller Dancers”. Guess who done it and win the grand prize. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Haunted Halloween at the Sedona Heritage Museum
October 31st, 2015 (3:00 pm)
Mike-MysteriesAdmission: $6, Museum admission is separate
Come spend an autumn afternoon at the Museum and hear ghostly tales – some of which have their origins right in our own back yard! Hear award winning actor and playwright Mike Peach use historical narrative, cowboy poetry, and tongue in cheek fun to weave these stories of mischief and mirth.The show is about an hour long and appropriate for all audiences. This is a special one-time performance in honor of Halloween. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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Safe & Fun Trick or Treating
October 31st, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
HalloweenCalling all ghost, witches, ghouls and goblins, you are invited to enjoy a safe and fun trick or treat in Uptown Sedona along “Main Street” (N. SR 89A & Hyatt Shops)! “Theatre Zombique” will play out from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Jordan Road near the corner of N. State Route 89A. This is the 10th year for the production! It’s an exciting performance of community dancers dancing the daylights out of Thriller/Ghost Rave/Dead Man’s Party, produced and directed by Martha Edwards. New this year, watch for random appearances of the Cowboy Zombies. These re-enactors are members of The Red Rock Posse of Sedona, a fun-loving group of Cowboys and Cowgirls. Once again these “Cow folk” are giving their all to bring joy to our community, so make sure to say “Howdy” and “Thanks pardners”! For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Main Street Program.

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Tricks, Treats, Follies & Feats (Cottonwood, AZ)
October 31st, 2015 (7:00 pm)DiVoM-S&B
$15 advance, $18 door, $20 priority
Don’t miss Tricks, Treats, Follies & Feats featuring Aerial and Modern Dance, Classic Horror Movie excerpts, Day of the Dead performance and more! Performers for the evening include: Featuring Ty and Christine Eaton, Coco Rambo, DiVoM Sticks and Bones – David Vincent Mills & Michael Drew. 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 please visit the Old Town Center for the Arts website.

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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4th Annual Fall FilmFest in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Film Festival and Jewish Community Present Fall FilmFest

November 7th – 9th, 2015

jewish-film-fest-poster-2015(1)The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to team up with the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the Fall FilmFest taking place November 7th – 9th, 2015 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The program will feature five award-winning narrative and documentary features from around the world. Tickets for each show are $12 for general admission, or $9 for Film Festival members. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and are planning to attend these screenings please take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle to drop you off and pick you up from the theatre.

Featured Films

  • “Dough” –  November 7th (7:00 pm)
    Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice in the British dramedy Dough.
  • Once in a Lifetime” – November 8th (4:00 pm)
    A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils.
  • “Rosenwald” –  November 8th (7:00 pm)
    Aviva Kempner’s “Rosenwald” is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, son of an immigrant peddler, who never finished high school yet rose to become President of Sears Roebuck.
  • “To Life!” –  November 9th (4:00 pm)
    Fate has taken its toll on aging cabaret singer Ruth and young, but terminally ill, Jonas. Despite their age difference and entirely opposite life experiences, they give each other a reason and purpose to live.
  • “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem  – November 9th (7:00 pm)
    David Broza, Israeli singer-songwriter, sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialog between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During 8 days and nights of joint creation in an East Jerusalem studio, Israeli and Palestinians musicians jam together, sharing their thoughts, their ideas, their lives, their music, and their hopes for the future as a message of equality and unity arises.

For more information, in depth film descriptions or to purchase tickets to this Sedona 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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Guided Moonlight Hike in Sedona, AZ

Guided Moonlight Hike in Sedona, AZ

October 27th, 2015

Moonlight hikeDon’t miss the last Guided Moonlight hike of the year at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona! This 2 1/2 hour naturalist-led interpretive moonlight hike is by far the most popular hike offered by Red Rock State Park. Enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures of evening (we highly recommend dressing in layers) as you enjoy the sunset and moon-rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. You will also have the chance to learn a great deal about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Information about the Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and the riparian wildlife area is offered.

Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. When we tell you that this is one of the most popular guided Sedona hikes, we are not kidding. And since this is the last one for the 2015 season, we higly suggest making your reservations now! A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)).

Rangers ask hikers to please arrive at 4:30 pm! Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. If you would like to learn more about Red Rock State Park and other hikes available 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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Rocky Horror Picture Show Returns to Sedona

Sedona International Film Festival: Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 29th, 2015

RockyHorror-posterAre you ready to have some early Halloween “Rocky Horror” fun in the red rocks of Sedona, AZ? Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades, returns to the big screen in Sedona on Thursday, October 29th!

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement for two shows: 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are only  $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from the theatre for the first showing at 7:00 pm. Our shuttle service does not run for the second showing at 9:00pm.

Feel free to dress in costume and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! 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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Vortex and Views with Sedona Pink Jeep

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Save Money this Fall with the “Vortex and Views” Sedona Vacation Package

Pink jeepGreat weather, beautiful blue skies, and the vibrant fall color changes in Oak Creek Canyon have made this the perfect time to visit us in Sedona, Arizona! Hikers are everywhere, and photographers are having fun catching all the changes fall brings to the area. Now is the time to explore, learn and save some money with our “Vortex and Views” vacation package with Pink Jeep! This package will save you money on lodging at the Inn of Sedona, where you will enjoy spectacular red rock views and friendly service, and includes a very special Pink Jeep tour that gives you an opportunity to learn about and experience one of Sedona’s most popular attractions, a vortex!

This Pink Jeep Tour offers you the opportunity to learn about the history, science, cultural and metaphysical beliefs of the vortex sites as well as covers the myths and legends surrounding the vortices of Sedona. You’ll enjoy the majestic views from Upper Red Rock Loop Road. A visit to the Airport Vortex will give you an opportunity to experience a vortex first hand and develop your own interpretation. You will also have a sojourn to Mystic Vista. A short hike with your Pink Jeep guide will provide views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

Sedona’s Vortex and Views Vacation Package

  • Vortex and Views1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Learn more about our Sedona hotel
  • Book this Sedona Package
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Things to do in Sedona, AZ this Weekend

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, AZ

A big welcome to all our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The town is abuzz with activities and events, there are a lot of fun things to choose from. The Plein Air Festival, Taste of the Verde Valley, Ales on the Rails, International Archaeology Day, Relay for Life, and the Sedona Gem and Mineral show all take place this weekend! Below you will find a brief description of these events and helpful links. You can visit our Sedona Events page to see all the live entertainment happening this weekend as well.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle to take you to the heart of Sedona, and if you need any assistance to help with your planning please stop by and chat with our concierge! Our front desk agents are also extremely knowledgeable and are happy to help. Have a great weekend!

Things to do this Weekend in Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley

11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 17th – 24th, 2015
plein airIn addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape a special addition of figurative painting will be explored at this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival!Experience a “Speakeasy Salon” with a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical “Theatre Studio” of the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center. While 15 of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working in the landscape and exhibiting in the Special Exhibition Gallery all week long another group of nationally known figurative painters will be working during the day painting from models in the adjacent Speakeasy Salon. For a full schedule of events, purchase tickets for workshops or for more information please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

  • The Main Street Pain Out
    October 17th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    Join artists all along Main Street as they paint out in the open air (en plein air) all along Main Street in Uptown, Sedona. Sponsored by Sedona Main Street, Gamblin Oils and Guerrilla Painter, you’ll be able to watch artists from start to finish during this ‘quick-draw’ from 1 to 4 pm. Then at 4:30, meet in front of the Sedona Arts Center to see which images will win the Gamblin Oils and Guerilla Painter awards! See a painting you love? You’ll be able to buy it and take it home, too! For more information on this event please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

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Relay For Life of Sedona
October 17th, 2015 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Fundraising Event
rfl-logoRelay for Life is a life-changing fundraising event for the American Cancer Society that help communities across the globe fight back against cancer. During a Relay event participants and survivors Celebrate what they’ve overcome, Remember people lost to the disease and those still battling, and Fight Back by taking action against this disease that has taken too much. Come be a part of this community event to end cancer! For more information, donation or to participate in this Sedona event please click here.

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Annual Sedona Gem & Mineral Show
October 17th – 18th, 2015
Admission: $3 for adults, children freefagate
More than 40 vendors will be participating in this year’s event. Many artist have created special jewelry designs and many rock gem and mineral vendors are returning with their specimens in both the rough and polished states. . The will also be hourly raffles throughout both days. This event will take place at the Sedona Red Rock High School (Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm). For more information please visit www.sedonagemandmineral.org.

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Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad
October 15th – 18th, 2015
alesThe amber glow of the autumn season is matched by the rich ales, lagers and stouts of Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails taking place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October! The party starts at 11:00 am with a hearty luncheon on the patio. A festive selection of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, are served up to the tune of a rollicking polka serenade. The 1:00pm train horn signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails, with specialty beers available aboard the train including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted locally by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery. For more information or to purchase your tickets aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum
International Archaeology Day (Camp Verde, Arizona)
October 17th, 2015
Free Event
IADLogo-with dateThe Verde Valley Archaeology Center is a collaborating organization with the Archaeological Institute of America to present a day of lectures, movies and demonstrations. This year the Center will mark the day with “Everything Mesoamerican” activities. These films, lectures and demonstrations are all FREE. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum are located in Camp Verde, AZ, only a 40 minute drive from Sedona. Information on these events are available at the Centers website, www.vvarchcenter.org or by calling 928-567-0066.

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Fourth Annual Taste of the Verde Valley
October 17th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Tickets: $25
taste-of-the-verde-valleyIt’s the Fourth Annual Taste of the Verde Valley, the Annual Wine Harvest Celebration, at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Stargazer Pavilion! Taste why the The Verde Valley has become a major player in the wine industry. Back this year are the popular Painted Wine Barrel Auction, featuring a number of barrels painted and embellished by local artists. The money raised by the Auction goes to Verde Valley Humane Society and Yavapai County Big Brothers and Big Sisters. There will be delicious food provided by their new Executive Chef and his staff. $25 gets you five tickets for wine and food servings. Additional tickets can be purchased. For more information please visit Taste of the Verde Valley.

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Archaeology Center Celebrates International Archaeology Day

Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum

Archaeology Center Celebrates International Archaeology Day

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this coming weekend and are interested in Archaeology you will not want to miss the free events taking place at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center during International Archaeology Day on Saturday October 17th! The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum are located in Camp Verde, AZ, only a 40 minute drive from Sedona (for directions please see map below).

Archaeological contributions are key to encouraging greater appreciation of our shared history and cultural heritage. International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the Archaeological Institute of America and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. In 2015, International Archaeology Day is celebrated on Saturday, October 17. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is a collaborating organization with the Archaeological Institute of America to present a day of lectures, movies and demonstrations.

This year the Center will mark the day with “Everything Mesoamerican” activities. These films, lectures and demonstrations are all FREE. On October 17, the Center will have expanded museum hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with docents available for interpretation. The Research Lab will be open with artifact samples. The Children’s Discovery Area will have various activities for children.

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