Stargazing in Sedona Arizona

Stargazing in Sedona Arizona

Stargazing!  Unless visitors look to the night skies, however, they might miss one of the city’s biggest attractions—the unobstructed views of the heavens. The night skies over Sedona are so exceptional for stargazing, in fact, that the city was awarded the prestigious Dark Sky Community designation by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2014.

The reward for visitors for Sedona’s intentional steps to avoid light pollution is the ability to view stars, planets and constellations not visible from most other locations. There are several locations for star gazing such as Baldwin Trail, Marg’s Draw, and Turkey Creek.

Hiking in Sedona

Hiking in Sedona

Witness red rock beauty up close with a hike in Sedona.  See forest service site for trail maps and descriptions of hiking trails.

Sedona and the Verde Valley offer some of the most picturesque hikes in the world.

There are dozens of options to keep the novice and experienced hiker delighted for many days–trails along rivers, trails on mesas and high up in the mountains, trails in canyons, trails through arroyos, washes and fields, and trails to scenic vistas and archeological heritage sites. Hikes on these trails vary by length and steepness. Trail information and maps are available at Visitors Center. There are also some excellent books on the subject.

1. Choose the hike that is best suited to your fitness level, interest and seasonal appropriateness. When you plan your hike, think of the position of the sun. On hot days you will want to hike early and late in the afternoon. If you do hike during the day, choose trails along creeks and those that provide shade. In the cooler weather, you may prefer to hike mid morning through mid afternoon to take advantage of the sun’s warmth. Although it doesn’t rain or snow often in Sedona and the Verde Valley, when it does, trails can be slippery and sometimes dangerous. Check with forest rangers and/or the Visitors Center for updates on conditions and/or closures.

2. Carry plenty of water. The hiking rule of thumb is to drink a liter of water per hour, but in weather than exceeds 85 F, the need for water intake increases dramatically. Carry more water than you think you will need. It is easy to become dehydrated very quickly without realizing it is happening.. Signs of dehydration include headaches, fatigue and nausea. Drinking small sips of water throughout the day is a good way to stay hydrated. Some hikers find that pliable water bottles with tube extensions, called bladder bags, fit nicely into daypacks, and offer hikers the opportunity to sip whenever they feel thirsty while keeping their hands free.

3. Bring a snack for fuel. Sports bars, sandwiches, dried fruits, jerky and trail mix are some popular foods for taking on the trails to snack along the way for energy.

4. Protect yourself from the sun. Wear hats with broad brims, sunglasses, sun screen and long-sleeved clothing. Consider wearing layers to modulate your body temperature. If you hike early in the morning, the weather will get much warmer by mid-day. If you hike late in the afternoon, be prepared for a significant temperature dip when the sun goes down. Wear comfortable, broken-in boots or hiking shoes that will protect your feet from heated surfaces and loose, sharp rocks. A slip-free sole is a must!

5. Know and tell where you are going. Study the trail before you head out. Bring a map so you can keep track of where you are going. Keep landmarks in sight. Bring a fully charged cell phone and a first-aid kit. Be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Should you get lost or run into trouble, this will speed rescue efforts.

6. Consider bringing a walking stick to help with your balance and to relieve stress on your knees and joints. A staff can also alert wildlife that you are on the way. Although rattlesnakes do not often show themselves, they do live in the desert, especially in dense brush or rocky areas. So be mindful where you put your hands and feet.

7. Follow trail etiquette. Stay on the trails. The area’s cryptobiotic crust is very delicate. Pack out all trash, including garbage and toilet paper.Bury human waste at least six inches deep and 100 feet from any water source.

8. Leave what you find. Make it possible for others to share your sense of discovery: Leave rocks, plants, animals, archeological artifacts and other objects where you find them.

Red Rock Passes

A Red Rock Pass (or Golden Eagle, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when recreating (hiking, biking, swimming etc.) on national forest land in Red Rock Country. The pass must be displayed in the windshield when you park at a trailhead; otherwise you may receive a citation.

A pass is not required if you stop to take a photograph or to enjoy a scenic vista for a few minutes. These passes can be purchased at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, many commercial vendors and machines throughout the area. The cost is nominal: $5 per day; $15 per week; $20 per year.

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Daytrip to Grand Canyon from Sedona

Daytrip to Grand Canyon from Sedona

Sedona sits approximately 100 miles south of one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. You can enter the park by train or by car. If you choose to go by train, the classic train cars of the Grand Canyon Railway depart daily for a 2 ½ hour journey featuring costumed singers, storytellers, and even train robbers. At Grand Canyon National Park, you can drive to designated overlooks, walk along the rim’s edge to Grand Canyon Village, rent bicycles and hike into the canyon. Some activities, such as rafting, mule rides and the eight-mile hike to the turquoise-blue waters of Havasupai Falls, require weeks or months of planning, but they are well worth the extra effort.

Mountainbiking in Sedona

Mountainbiking in Sedona

There are few feelings more exhilarating than exploring Sedona by mountain bike, racing down steep declines nestled within the stunning red rocks and riding over hills amongst dense, lush forests. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran who brings their own bike or you’re looking to try out mountain biking for the first time and need a rental, there are many options for rentals and trail riding in Sedona.  Mountain bikes can be rented at Absolute Bikes and can ride to many trails.  Absolute Bikes is located 5 minutes from either home.

A Great Place to Eat in Sedona

A Great Place to Eat in Sedona
The Hudson

The Hudson calls itself a neighborhood restaurant and that is true.  You almost always need a reservation for dinner.  Start with the beer-battered Calamari topped with julienned vegetables and served with a spicy chili-paste orange marmalade.  The Hudson Mushroom Burger is a house favorite.  The burger is adorned with Portobello mushrooms, spicy jalapeno bacon, haystack oion strings, arugula and truffled Gouda.  Don’t forget the 8 different style brushetta as an appetizer.  Happy hour daily from 3-6pm.

In the spring of 2015, Mark and Lisa Shugrue embarked on a collective vision to create an upscale, yet casual, local neighborhood restaurant.The Hudson, an American eatery, welcomes you daily for lunch and dinner with chef-driven food, great cocktails and wine, and a fun, inviting, family-like atmosphere. Chef Jeff Storcz pairs sophisticated comfort food with genuine hospitality in a relaxed urban atmosphere at an exceptional value. The menu combines the very best simple, yet hearty, dishes ranging from chopped salads to juicy burgers, and truly great fish, chicken, ribs and steak.

Their place is industrial chic with an open dining room, central bar, lounge and the best deck in town.

 

Check Out Sedona’s vibrant art scene

Check Out Sedona’s vibrant art scene

Sedona not only offers astounding natural beauty, it is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with art galleries, historical attractions, museums and art festivals that will enrich and inspire.

Today, Sedona is home to more than 200 artists of every medium and aesthetic bent. It is an art community of ruggedly individualistic expression, from cutting-edge contemporary to visionary, Native American to modern realism.

This burgeoning level of cultural activity helped foster Sedona’s reputation as a destination. Sedona now rivals Santa Fe and Scottsdale in its richness of the arts.

Where there is art, there are galleries, and more than 40 exhibit a wide spectrum of Southwestern, Western and Native American arts. The galleries showcase contemporary, representational and traditional artists who are known nationally and internationally.

This creates a full calendar of openings, artist receptions, demonstrations and workshops to keep the art aficionado entertained year ’round.

From 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, Sedona’s most prominent galleries host an evening of openings, technique demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation as it makes a continuous loop among the studios. Details: Sedona Gallery Association, 928-282-7390 or www.sedonagalleryassociation.com.

Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona

Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona

The Pink Jeep Tour is a must do on your visit to red rock country. Take a tour with an experienced guide on a fabulous excursion for all ages in Sedona!  These photos taken from their most extreme tour, The Broken Arrow tour which is their most popular and the original tour that started the company.  There are 360 degrees of stunning wilderness and not to be missed adventure!

Fun Things to do in Sedona

Fun Things to do in Sedona

visitors find themselves here just on their way to the Grand Canyon. If a visit to the Grand Canyon part of your plan, we highly recommend that you book yourself a Sedona hotel room or vacation rental for a couple of nights. Sedona is also a fantastic home base to visit all of what northern Arizona has to offer. From Sedona jeep tours, hiking, Slide Rock, and Oak Creek Canyon to spiritual healing, massages, psychic readings and energy vortexes, Sedona will have your senses buzzing for days!

Sedona, AZ has become a mecca for all sorts of communities: spiritual healers, mountain bikers, hikers, artists, nature photographers, and even film makers. This vibrant and stunning area of Arizona’s ability to attract and accommodate so many walks of life has created and nurtured an eclectic, unique culture unlike anywhere you’ve ever experienced. Sedona is truly one of a kind, and visiting Sedona will be an experience not easily forgotten.

There are veritably hundreds of things to do in Sedona. There are enough activities to satisfy a life-long stay, so the only trouble with planning a vacation to Sedona is how to manage to do the “very best things” in a short amount of time. If you have only one day in Sedona, make the most of the day by arriving in Sedona as early as possible (allow for driving time from Phoenix or where ever your trip begins.) You can take a self-guided driving tour, a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, do a short day hike or an ever-popular Jeep tour. Spend time meandering about Tlaquepaque, Uptown Sedona, and the various art galleries, eateries and shopping centers therein. Drive up Oak Creek Canyon and back, stopping at West Fork or Slide Rock for a lovely, verdant hike as long or as short as you like. End the day watching the sun go down from Airport Mesa. A two- to three-night stay is the ideal length of stay for the majority of Sedona visitors. Use the extra time to heal and focus inward, or get out and explore outward. Book a day of restorative spa treatments at one of Sedona’s acclaimed day or resort spas to quiet the noise of your everyday life. Or pile into the car for more driving than hiking. Head for West Sedona for additional shops and dining and a bit beyond toward Page Springs/Cornville to sample the terroir of Arizona wine country; venture down Highway 179 to poke around the Village of Oak Creek’s shops and restaurants; or even take a day trip through cute-as-a-button Cottonwood to the funky former ghost town of Jerome. Sedona is so laid back, almost nothing (except guided tours and the sunrise and set) happens on a particular timetable, so relax and go with the flow of Sedona’s palpable energy. If you can’t see it all in 2 – 3 days—and we assure you, there’s always more to do—come back year after year like many visitors, and do something different on your next visit.

Wine Tasting in Sedona

Wine Tasting in Sedona
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Page Springs Cellars is a winery first and foremost. But it’s also a destination that encourages exploration. Here, visitors can pack a day full of authentic experiences, from the obvious—tasting wine—to strolling the vineyards on a tour, opening up the heart and mind during a yoga session, creating a private event or savoring Chef Michael’s house-made jam. Experiences. Little moments. You know, the things that make the world go round.

TASTING ROOM & BISTRO
Our Tasting Room is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We welcome you to join us Sunday–Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. In our Tasting Room, not only can you sample our wines and enjoy our delicious bistro offerings, but you can also peruse a gallery of local artists and check out our weekly line-up of live music.

We get a little busy on the weekends, so if you find yourself having to wait for a spell, relax on our shaded front veranda or stroll our beautiful grounds. Also, parking can be tight when we’re busy, but our friendly parking attendants will help guide you (and your car) to a spot.

Here’s what you do:
Simply choose a flight (we offer a variety of flight styles), sit back, and let our expert tasting room staff pour and educate. Each flight costs $11 and includes five tastes, plus a souvenir tasting glass.

Want something extra special? For $25, you can order the Reserve Flight, which includes five specially selected, limited-edition wines. There’s also our Library Wine menu, an offering of some of our best wines that have been intentionally cellared for release at the optimum time.

Of course, you’re not limited to tasting flights. Almost all of our wines are available by the glass or bottle.

Winery Tour
Our flagship tour, this is a 60–90 minute guided exploration of Page Springs Cellars, where you’ll get an insider’s look into winemaking. You’ll learn the history, culture, and process of winemaking, from grape to bottle, plus you’ll get 5 tastes of our award-winning wines, including a special tasting pulled directly from barrel. Explore areas of our grounds not open to visitors, including our estate vineyards, cellar, barrel room, and crush pad. Bonus: You’ll receive a souvenir glass to take home.

Times:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
First and last Saturday of the month, no 4 p.m. tour.

Rates:
Winery Tour with 5 tastings – $34
Winery Tour without tastings – $19
Children 12 and under are free.

Notes:

Handicap accessible.
Groups larger than 8 require special arrangements.
Guests may buy out a Winery Tour for an exclusive, private reservation. This is subject to availability and costs a one-time additional fee of $100.
Reservations:
928-639 3004, Ext. 850
Tours@PageSpringsCellars.com

Fantastic Restaurant in Sedona

Fantastic Restaurant in Sedona

The Oak Creek Brewery & Grill has been packed for lunch and dinner since it opened its doors in 2001.  It is centrally located in the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.  The most popular menu item is the fish & chips with four chunks of North Atlantic cod that are battered in beer and deep fried until golden brown.  The cod comes with a mound of waffle-cut fries, coleslaw studded with golden raisins and black sesame seeds, tartar sauce and ketchup.  The second most popular item on the menu is the barbecue pork ribs.  The tender smoky ribs have just the right amount of sauce.  Don’t forget to try a flight of beer tasters.  Open daily 11:30 am to 8:30 pm for lunch and dinner.

LOCATED IN HISTORIC TLAQUEPAQUE, SEDONA, AZ
If dining amid the Red Rocks of Sedona is on your short-list of things to do, then let us show you the right way to do it! Not only have our beers won numerous awards, but our wood-fired grill fare is rated tops in Arizona and our world-class micro-brews make your lunch, dinner or special occasion one to remember. Chill on our second story patio and enjoy our fabulous brews with amazing Red Rock views. Oak Creek Brewery and Grill is the perfect gathering place for Sedona visitors, family and returning friends