Explore Sedona with Pink Jeep

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

 Pink Jeep Adventure Packages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Terrace View

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

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April Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

 First Friday Gallery Tour April 7th , 2017

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

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sleep and Jeep Package

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

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

April Events and Hikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
April 23rd, 2017 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arizona Birding and Nature Festival

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

“Migration Madness Birding Festival”

April 27th – 30th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Take a Walk on the Wild side!

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Out of Africa Wildlife Park Sedona Vacation Package

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

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

Out of Africa Adventure Package

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

Voila Tour in Sedona, AZ

Voila Tour

April 4th – 8th, 2017

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

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

Voila Tour Sedona Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

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

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

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

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Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

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2017 Heritage Program Festivals

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

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

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

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

Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 21st – 22nd, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 14th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raices. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

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

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

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

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

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

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V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days

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March 25th – 26th, 2017

One of our favorite events during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month takes place next weekend at the V Bar V Heritage Site! If you love history, archaeology, ancient technology and petroglyphs the V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days event is for you! This truly is a wonderful event for the entire family, to be able to enjoy hands-on learning experiences, and to have truly knowledgeable, friendly people giving insight into the ancient technologies and ways, is what puts this high on our list of ‘must attend’ events in the Verde Valley!

V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days

Visitors are  invited to V Bar V Heritage Site the weekend of March 25th -26th for Archaeology Discovery Days from 9:30 am  – 3:00 pm. Discover how the people of the past thrived in this region for thousands of years.  Enjoy learning about ancient techniques for spinning and weaving cotton, making bows and arrows, flint knapping and many other interesting tools. Visitors can also try their hand at making “pinch pots” with clay and throwing a dart with an atlatl.

The learning continues with information about plants and animals useful to Native Americans and displays of Mountain Men in their living-history camp. Also, learn about traditional games and farming methods from a Hopi youth group.

Dancers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will perform at 10:30 am. and 1:00 pm on March 25th at the V Bar V Heritage Site, where one can view over 1,000 petroglyphs at the heritage site and learn about the people who made these markings.

The V Bar V Heritage Site is located 2.8 miles southeast of I-17 exit 298, just past the Beaver Creek Day Use area. A Red Rock Pass is required for parking and will be available at V Bar V for $5 per car, or a Federal Interagency Passes can be displayed. For more information, visit Coconino National Forest or call 928.282-3854.

The V-Bar-V Heritage Site, acquired in 1994 by the Coconino National Forest, is one of the most well preserved and largest petroglyph sites in the Verde Valley. If you are interested in learning more about this Verde Valley treasure please click here.

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Hiking in Sedona, Arizona

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!

Please keep in mind a Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when leaving your vehicle unattended while recreating on National Forest land around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.

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.

Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park
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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Boynton Canyon Trail
IMG_1209Boynton Canyon Trail is perfect for a morning hike. The Trail is 2.5 miles with a 400 foot gain in elevation. Because this is one of the more popular trails, I prefer this hike in the early morning. Often in the morning you will hear the sweet sound of the flute during this hike. This will put you at the Boynton Canyon Vista Trail (rated as easy to moderate with many rock steps up to the saddle of the vista), you will have to gauge this for yourself. If you continue on the Boynton Canyon trail you will be treated to some wonderful views, and some shade along the way. Keep an eye out for the area’s plentiful wildlife which includes a variety of lizards, songbirds, and I have heard, but not seen white tail deer. You will be skirting along the Enchantment resort during this hike. The Enchantment is a private resort, access is prohibited. You will also come across Deadmans Pass Trail that is a connector trail between the Long Canyon Trail and the Boynton Canyon Trail.

Directions: Take Dry Creek Road at the southwest end of town. Turn north (right) on Dry Creek Road and follow the signs to Boynton Canyon. You’ll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

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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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2BW-InnofSedona-Trailkeepers LogoThe Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is a proud sponsor of the Sedona Trail Keeper Program. As a local business in Sedona, we support the Sedona Trail Keeper program goals and continuously advocate that our visitors respect our fragile landscape, animals, and plants, while staying safe on the trails. As part of this elite group of supporters, we’ve committed to maintaining our delicate landscape and we work daily to preserve Sedona as one of the Earth’s greatest treasures.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

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Weekend Events, Entertainment and Fun Things To Do

March 10th – 12th, 2017

A big welcome to all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! You have picked a beautiful weekend to visit. The high today will be a sunny 74°,  followed by a high of 75° tomorrow and 71° on Sunday. Perfect weather for enjoying hiking, biking, strolling and sightseeing!

Below you will find featured events taking place this weekend, including the Sedona St Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place on Saturday the 11th! To see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and if you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona stop by our concierge’s desk for some great ideas for hikes this weekend. Have fun, get out there and enjoy!

Featured Events

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

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
March 11th, 2017 (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
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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Sedona St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th, 2017 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
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Are you ready for some St. Patty’s fun in the Red Rocks of Sedona this weekend? We are! Join in the fun at the 47th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade! The parade starts at 10:30 am from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. US Congressmen Tom O’Halleran will be the Grand Marshal this year! The festivities this year are presented by the City of Sedona, NAU Parks and Recreation Management Program and the Sedona Green Team. If you are a guest at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and would like to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary ‘About Town” shuttle that will drop you off in Uptown Sedona for this event and pick you up when you are ready to return. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
March 11th – 12th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. This event takes place at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.

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Sedona Entertainment – Walt Richardson
March 11th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
General Admission: $25
waltrichardsonArizona Music Hall of Fame icon, Walt Richardson brings his amazing reggae rock show to Sound Bites Grill, with special friends Gigi Gonaway (Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin), Drew Hall (Cheektones), and more. This is sure to be an amazing rock event of music and dancing at the best club in Arizona. “I am a soul, living out and enjoying life as a songwriting, storytelling, and performing musician. At best to describe my music is to say it is derives from my own spin of Folk, Rock, Reggae, and added African and Latin influences.” – Walt Richardson. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Geology Hike
March 12th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
March 12th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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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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