Celebrate National Park Week in April

National Park Week

Visit any of America’s National Parks for Free all Week!

April 16th – 24th, 2016

walnut canyonEach spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 16th – 24th, you are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, The National Park System has something for everyone.

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

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

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Easter Weekend in Sedona, AZ

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

March 26th – 27th, 2016

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It is going to be a beautiful Easter weekend in Sedona, AZ! If you are going to be visiting the red rocks over the holiday with the kids and are looking for some family fun with the Easter Bunny, there are three events taking place that the Easter Bunny is sure to attend! The Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt taking place at Posse Grounds Park on Saturday, March 26th,  the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express in Clarkdale on the 27th, and in Sedona on Easter day, the Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe have a special treat with the Easter Bunny appearing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the shops for an Easter Egg Hunt and photos, there will also be a delicious brunch taking place at Sound Bites Grill  from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Eric Miller performing live from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm!  Below you will find the highlighted Easter events taking place, and other fun things to do this weekend in the red rocks! 

Featured Events

V Bar V Ancient Technology Discovery Days
March 25th – 26th, 2016
VBarVGain a new appreciation of how native people survived and thrived as you see demonstrations of fire by friction, flint-knapping, making and firing pottery, ancient tool technology, spinning and weaving cotton and making shell and stone beads. Practice your skills of using an atlatl, making pinch pots and grinding corn on a metate. Learn about how native people used some of the area plants for food and medicine and see over 1,000 petroglyphs. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. The V Bar V Heritage Site is located 2.8 miles southeast of Interstate 17 at Sedona exit 298, just beyond the Beaver Creek Day Use area. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
March 26th, 2016 (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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Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt
Event Location: Multi-use Field at Posse Grounds Park
March 26th, 2016 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
$5 for Children 12 & Younger
Sedona Carnival and Egg HuntThis is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! This fun, action packed event is for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Once you arrive, walk to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multiuse field for games and vendors! Inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. Some vendors may be charging for their goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. for children 8 years of age and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with age group 2 and under). Children will be divided by age groups and there are over 10,000 eggs waiting to be found! For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Watercolor Workshop: Spring Flowers
March 26th, 2016 (10:00 am)
See prices below
springAre 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. Our March theme will be Spring Flowers. Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes park admission, instruction, and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282-6907.

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Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe And Sound Bites Grill Brunch
March 27th, 2016
Easter 2016This year the Hyatt Shops have a special treat with the Easter Bunny appearing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the shops for an Easter Egg Hunt and photos, and Sound Bites Grill’s Brunch will be going on from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Eric Miller performing live from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, and are planning to visit the Easter Bunny and attend the delicious brunch offered at Sound Bites, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. We will drop you off at the Hyatt Shops in Uptown and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. Reservations are required for the brunch. Brunch is only $39 per person and kids under 12 are half price. For more information please visitwww.soundbitesgrill.com . For reservations call 928-282-2713.  

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
March 27th, 2016 (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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Easter Bunny Express – Clarkdale, AZ
March 27th, 2016 (Train departs at 1:00 pm)
Purchase tickets here
Easter_bunny_trainThe hoppiest celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad is the Easter Bunny Express! This once-a-year opportunity to hob-knob with the wascally wabbit begins with face painting on the patio so everyone can star in a look-a-like photo. You can take home proof that the Easter Bunny really does exist. The honorable hare will dole out handfuls of treats and armloads of hugs before bidding farewell to everyone on the train as it departs at 1:00 pm! The Easter fun keeps going on board with a winner-take-all jellybean counting contest. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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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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2016 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

2016 Heritage Program Festivals

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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 28th – 29th, 2016 (10:00 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 2nd – 3rd, 2016 (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. Free with museum admission.

Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 6th – 7th 2016 (10:00 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 22nd – 23rd, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
The Museum comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. More than a dozen Flagstaff families create ofrendas (altars) to display in the Museum’s courtyard. Learn about Day of the Dead traditions and the role of Hispanics in northern Arizona’s history. Enjoy mariachi music, arts, and storytelling. Learn about migration and the blending of cultural traditions. A celebration of all people of Latino and Hispanic origin, this festival is a colorful and vibrant expression of community. It is created in partnership with Nuestras Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.

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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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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Native American Flute Performance in Sedona

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

Special Musical Event featuring Native Flute Player Jesse Kalu

April 3rd, 2016

Jesse Kalu

Back by popular demand, Internationally recognized Native Flute Player Jesse Kalu will be returning to to Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona on April 3rd, 2016 at 2:00 pm! Jesse’s intimate performance including questions and answers will last approximately 1 hour. This Heartfelt Presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story, and nature voices. Jesse’s presentations touch his audiences in unique ways. Each of his flutes has their own name and song. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawk, owl, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk and more. Jesse Kalu has been sharing his music throughout the world since 1994.

“The story of my friend & brother of the heart Jesse, is a story of Spirit, finding joyous expression in the life-paths of individual human beings, who have actualized their dreams. As a native chamorru of the Mariana Islands, Jesse lived his early years on a tropical territory of the U.S. in the northern pacific. Jesse remembers playing in his village bamboo grove as a child at the age of 4, and being treated by his native elders with herbal & natural medicines whenever he was ill. It was then, he began to hear the melodies within, that ‘danced in his heart’. “
Excerpt from “Breath of Spirit” Jesse Kalu profile by: Diana James.
Read more at www.friendsoffreedom.com/Friends/Jesse_Kalu/Jesse.htm
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We highly recommend making your reservations for this performance as soon as possible! Seating is limited, and last months performance sold out quickly. The reservation fee for this performance is $5.00 per person in addition to the Park’s regular admission fee of: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7 – 13). To reserve your spot please call Red Rock State Park at 928.282.6907.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona and Verde Valley Guide to a great weekend!

March 18th – 20th, 2016

Sedona, AZ

Wow, it is going to be a beautiful, sunny, event filled weekend in the red rocks of Sedona and the Verde Valley! And I must say a perfect weekend for hiking in the red rocks with a high of 75° on both Saturday and Sunday! If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona this weekend make sure to take some time and relax on our terraces while soaking in the sun and the views!

My hiking picks for the weekend would have to be Soldier Pass for an early morning wake up hike, close to our hotel and challenging enough to feel like you got a work out in while enjoying the scenery! West Fork Trail would be a great hike for the afternoon, and if you are looking for a late evening hike I would suggest Bell Rock Pathway. With that said, we all have our own favorite hikes so check out our 2016 Sedona Hiking Guide to find the right hike for you. Oh, I almost forgot, if you are into archaeology, Red Rock State Park will be having their guided geology hike on Sunday the 20th.

Along with great hiking opportunities this weekend there is a well rounded choice of events and entertainment in Sedona but if you are visiting and have your own mode of transportation I would highly suggest taking a day trip to the town of Camp Verde on Saturday or Sunday! The Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff Race, Archaeology Fair and Indian Art Show will all take place there this weekend!

Featured Events and Entertainment in Sedona and Camp Verde, AZ
These are our top picks for the weekend, if you would like to see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend!

Sedona Entertainment: Darius Lux TrioDarius
March 18th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
Don’t miss the Darius Lux Trio at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! This is an new ensemble of three outstanding artist coming together with some of the best soulful blues/pop/rock music to grace the stage at SBG. When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘Laugh Potion #9
March 19th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show
Laugh-potion-9-teaserNeed a double-dose of comedy shot directly into your funny bone? Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Laugh Potion #9” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona. “Laughter is the best medicine,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “It’s been proven to boost the immune system and produce endorphins 100 times more powerful than painkillers. That’s why we’re calling this show ‘Laugh Potion #9.’ If we all could just laugh more, we’d hurt less.” Besides performing a whole batch of brand new short-form improvised games, the troupe will also perform a long-form “Armondo” that uses true stories and monologues from an audience member about a camping trip or a family vacation as inspiration for improvised games and scenes. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Pecan-Wine-680x1024The Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016

2016FairExperience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.

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Verde River Runoff
March 19th, 2016
Registration: $50 per participant.
runofflogoThe Verde River Runoff will once again host their very popular river event during the Pecan & Wine Festival. There is a 5 and 10 Mile Canoe/Kayak race with a new stand-up board category this year. Experience a beautiful stretch of the Verde River from White Bridge, Camp Verde to Beasley Flats! Join the Awards and After-Party at the Pecan and Wine Festival behind the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. VRRO is made possible through a Special Use Permit from the Prescott National Forest District. For more information or to register for this event please visit Verde River Runoff 2016.

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Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
March 20th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment Music by the ClassicsJC2012Online
March 20th, 2016 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
$5 Cover
Sound Bites is pleased to present “An Evening of Romance”. The band will play and Jeanie Carroll will sing mostly the slower, dance-able songs that many of us are familiar with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also included with be some great up-tempo and Latin tunes to get you moving. So, bring your dancing shoes or just come to listen to and enjoy the music. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sedona Sound Bites Grill.

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sedona shot 308When it comes to the staff at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2016 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZ

Camp Verde, Arizona

Pecans, Wine, Kayaking, Archaeology and more this Weekend in Camp Verde

March 19th – 20th, 2016

If you are visiting Sedona, AZ this coming weekend and love pecans, wine, kayaking, archaeology, and family fun then we highly recommend taking a day trip to Camp Verde! The Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show all take place this weekend. The town of Camp Verde is located only 40 minutes from Sedona (see map below), and is home to many of the Verde Valley attractions such as Fort Verde State Historic Park, Cliff Castle Casino, Montezuma Castle, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Pecan-Wine-680x1024The Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016

2016FairExperience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.

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Verde River Runoff
March 19th, 2016
Entry fee is $25 for 5-mile and $50 for 10-mile.
runofflogoThe Verde River Runoff will once again host their very popular river event during the Pecan & Wine Festival. There is a 5 and 10 Mile Canoe/Kayak race with a new stand-up board category this year. Experience a beautiful stretch of the Verde River from White Bridge, Camp Verde to Beasley Flats! Join the Awards and After-Party at the Pecan and Wine Festival behind the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. VRRO is made possible through a Special Use Permit from the Prescott National Forest District. For more information or to register for this event please visit Verde River Runoff 2016.

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Free Birding Excursions
 March 20th, 2016
See and hear plenty of birds and also learn about the natural history of the Verde River, one of the premier birding venues in the southwest! The excursions will depart from Rezzonico Family Park at 8:30 am and will last approximately 90 minutes. Rezzonico Family Park is located in the Town of Camp Verde at the southwest corner of Montezuma Castle Highway and the Verde River at Black Bridge. It is 2.85 miles from I-17 on Montezuma Castle Highway toward Camp Verde, and .55 miles on Montezuma Castle Highway from Main Street in Camp Verde.  If you have binoculars, please bring them. Drinking water and walking or hiking shoes are also recommended.  Pre-registration is required. Please e-mail whiskycobra1@gmail.com or call 480.242.1996 to register or to request more information regarding these trips.

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Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde, AZ

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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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Easter Brunch in Sedona Arizona

Sound Bites Grill

Easter Brunch, Live Music and Fun in Sedona Arizona

March 27th, 2016

Easter 2016Easter is just around the corner and if you are still looking for a great place to enjoy Easter bunch with your family and friends you might want to consider Sound Bites Grill located at the Hyatt Shops in uptown Sedona! This year the Hyatt Shops have a special treat with the Easter Bunny appearing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the shops for an Easter Egg Hunt and photos, and Sound Bites Grill’s Brunch will be going on from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Eric Miller performing live from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, and are planning to visit the Easter Bunny and attend the delicious brunch offered at Sound Bites, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. We will drop you off at the Hyatt Shops in Uptown and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. Reservations are required for the brunch. Brunch is only $39 per person and kids under 12 are half price. For more information please visit www.soundbitesgrill.com . For reservations call 928-282-2713.  

Sound Bite’s Easter Brunch Menu

Carving & Egg Station
Prime Rib & Spiral Ham
Chef’s Choice of Roasted Potatoes and
medley of fresh vegetables
Omelets & Eggs made to order
All the goodies to build your own
French Toast
Maple Syrup, Strawberries with Crème Fraiche

Seafood Station
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail Mexicana
Tiger shrimp, red & Yellow bells, jalapenos, cilantro, avocado, lemon, lime & clamato juice
Smoked Salmon “Gravlox”
Capers, Red Onions, Cream Cheese, Egg and Assorted Bagels
Fresh Salmon
Mango glaze & tropical melon salsa or BBQ

Salad Station
Mesculin Green Salad with Cucumbers
Organic Beets, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Pear ,
Candied Pistachios and Stone Ground Mustard Vinaigrette
Grilled and Raw Vegetables
Zucchini, Squash, Beets, Carrots, Tomatoes and More
Herb Ranch and Blue Cheese Dips

Cheese and Fruit Station
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter,
Fresh Assorted Berries
Domestic and Imported Cheeses,
Lavash, Marcona Almonds, Dried Fruit

Dessert Station
Mini Assorted Pastries & Muffins, Mango Lime Cheesecake,
Apple Tart and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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Sedona’s St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

Sedona’s 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

March 12th, 2016

St. Patricks

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 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival taking place on Saturday, March 12th on and along Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. 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. So if you are over 21 enjoy some St. Patty’s day libations and leave the driving to us!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

The Parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Bring your chairs early to set up along the Parade route on Jordan Road; note that the Master of Ceremonies and Parade Judges are located along Jordan Road near the corner of Mesquite Avenue.

This year’s Parade Grand Marshals are the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers. The parade entries include dignitaries, color guards, bagpipers, bands, dance troupes, businesses, and local social, cultural, civic, and religious organizations from all across Northern Arizona. They come on foot, horseback, and in vehicles of all sorts.

The Festival immediately follows the Parade and continues until 3:00 pm. Stay to enjoy the free festivities! The Festival will be located next to the end of the parade route on Apple Ave. between Cedar Street and Jordan Rd. There will be live music and a multitude of family and children’s activities available free of charge! Of course there will be refreshments at the Beer Garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewing Company, as well as a food cart by Smitty’s Hotdogs and a sweet treats booth by Sedona Fudge Company.

A World Trade Center artifact will be on display at the Festival. The Sedona Fire District is bringing this memorial girder from one of the Twin Towers, a five-and-a-half foot long, 3,000 pound piece of steel. Come view this static display to get a close-up look prior to its placement in a 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Fire Station # 6 to honor the 2,996 lives that were lost.

These festivities are free to the public and are presented by Sedona Main Street Program with the Sedona Green Team and NAU Parks and Recreation Management Program. For updates, or more information please visit the Sedona Main Street Program website and visit the Main Street Program on Facebook,  or call 928.204.2390 .

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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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Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park this Spring

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Out of Africa Wildlife Park Sedona Vacation Package

Out of Africa Vacation PackageNow is the perfect time to visit Sedona, Arizona and take a walk on the wild side! Spring is just a couple of weeks away 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” Sedona 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 had to return to see Pilgrim and give him a treat! I was more than ready to see the beautiful white tiger Chalet who always seems to be sunning and ready for photo ops, and lucky for me Chalet was the featured tiger that day in “Tiger Splash”! I mean really, could it get any better! Yes, yes it can! The new baby grizzly bear Cypress was playful and fun to watch at the “Wonders of Wildlife” Show and I was able to meet Jericho, the very handsome white rhino!” Read More…

Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • Out of Africa 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Adult Tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • FREE Full Hot Breakfast
  • All Packages are priced for Two Adults. Please call concierge at 800.292.6344 for children or extra adults.
  • Additional nights available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • And as always when you stay at the Inn of Sedona you will be treated to unbeatable views of Sedona’s Red Rocks from our terraced promenade decks. Enjoy early morning sunrises, spectacular sunsets and of course, memorable moonlit nights.
  • Out of Africa Wildlife park is about a 40 minute drive from Sedona, see map here.
  • Book this package

General Admission Includes: African Bush Safari, The Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, The Wonders of Wildlife Show, The Giant Snake Show, Predator Feed

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Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona Events

Explore Sedona’s Ancient Wonders 

Susie Reed, Keep Sedona Beautiful, Goldenstein Gallery and Pink Jeep Tour

Events taking place March 9th and 15th, 2016

Susie Reed

The 5th annual Explore the Ancient Wonders of Sedona Events, held in honor of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, offer great opportunities to learn about Sedona archaeology treasures and their influence on contemporary artists. Events include a free talk by eminent rock art photographer Susie Reed, a Honanki dwellings and rock art tour, and a Goldenstein Gallery reception.

Keep Sedona Beautiful is proud to kick off this year’s events on March 9th at 5:30 pm with Susie Reed presenting, “The Fine Art of Preservation” at their Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series™. Reed has a gift for bringing pictographs and petroglyphs back to life in her intriguing photos and her stunning landscapes vividly depict Sedona’s beauty and magic at its best. Her work has been in major museums and galleries including the De Young, the Cooper Hewitt and the International Museum of Photography.

She’ll show some beautiful photos, explain how rock art was made, its possible meanings, discuss conservation photography and ways people can help sustain and keep spectacular Sedona treasures from being lost. Keep Sedona Beautiful is located at 360 Brewer Road. Appetizers donated by El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano and refreshments provided by Keep Sedona Beautiful will be served.

Susie Reed’s love of Sedona’s fragile ancient sites and breathtaking scenery, in need of protection, led her to become a conservationist and preservationist who shines a spotlight on the value of these places by sharing her photos, speaking and leading tours. Says Reed, “I find when I show people these wonderful places their appreciation and awareness of them grows. When I explain how certain locations have been vandalized or are at risk it moves some to take action to protect and maintain them.
Appreciation leads to caring. People are less likely to deface or let what they care about be destroyed.”

Two additional events will be on March 15th. First is an exclusive, rare, extended tour of Honanki Heritage Site from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm led by knowledgeable Pink Jeep Tour guides and Reed, who photographed an excavation and restoration project at Honanki for years. Together they’ll share fascinating information about the site’s history, rock art, multiple dwellings, inhabitants and more. Cost: $99.16 per person plus tax and gratuity.

This promises to be an insightful afternoon, which includes a spectacular drive to and from the site. This is a paid tour that begins at Goldenstein Gallery. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. To reserve a spot call Pink Jeep Tours at 928-282-5000 and request the “Archaeology Month Honanki Tour.”

This year’s events conclude with a reception for Susie Reed at Goldenstein Gallery from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tour participants and the public are welcome to come see her photos and the work of other artists inspired by Arizona’s rich Native American heritage. This acclaimed gallery has been voted the best gallery in Sedona for the last 8 years and the #1 place to shop by USA Today. It is located at 70 Dry Creek Road. Refreshments will be served. For further information email info@susiereedphotos.com or call 928-204-5856

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