The road out of Sedona takes you on a journey to the past. In less than 40 minutes, you can take a historical stroll through the streets of a legendary mining town and from there; head even further into history with a visit to the homes of the original settlers of the Verde Valley.
Founded in 1876, Jerome became a bustling mining town with a reputation of being the wickedest town in the west. At its peak population of 15,000 in the 1920’s, it was recognized as the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. Sitting high on top of Cleopatra’s Hill at 5,200 feet above a vast deposit of copper, it is also known as America’s most vertical city. As you drive from Sedona south on Hwy. 89A, you can see the town as it literally hangs on the side of the mountain. The description of hanging is actually appropriate as gravity from the 30 degree incline has pulled several buildings down the slope, one being the town jail which is still standing hundreds of feet downhill from its original location. After World War II, the mines closed due to less demand for copper. The population dwindled to less than a 100 people, and in so becoming a notable ghost town.
Today, Jerome is a charming artist community and a designated National Historical District. Its current population of approximately 500 includes artists, writers, musicians, B & B caretakers and shop proprietors. You can spend hours exploring the Douglas Mansion which is now a State Park, browsing the shops and enjoying a bite to eat at one of the town’s unique restaurants. The town looking pretty much the same as it did 100 years ago is a photographer’s dream. From where it sits you will see stunning panoramic vistas of the Verde Valley, our Sedona red rocks and the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff.
Jerome is also recognized as being a haunted town. The most notoriously noted is The United Verde Hospital which hovers at the top of Jerome. It closed in 1950 and remained vacant for 46 years. It reopened as the Grand Hotel in 1996 and has been renowned on several paranormal shows as being one of the haunted hotels in America. When you see this hotel forbiddingly towering above the town, you almost believe it could be.
In the valley below Jerome and the Mingus Mountains, you will find Tuzigoot (Apache for “crooked water”), a Sinaguan village built between 1125 and 1400 AD. The village is made of river stones and sits on a 120 foot high ridge overlooking the Verde Valley. The original pueblo was two stories high and consisted of 77 ground floor rooms with few doors. The entry was by ladders through openings in the roof. The Sinaguan people were small with the average male around 5’4” so the ceilings were only 6’ high. The ancient structure was topped by a two story watchtower which allowed the people sweeping views of the valley. The tower has been reconstructed by the National Forest Service so you can visualize the Sinaguan men standing watch on the valley below. As you walk about the grounds of this historical site, you can imagine the people going about their day; the men tending to their crops, the women grinding corn and weaving garments, children playing outside the homes, engaging in everyday life as a Sinagua.
A visit to Jerome and Tuzigoot, just a short drive from Sedona Real Inn & Suites, make any visit to the Verde Valley into a culturaladventure! Make the trip into a family event, by adding the our Ride the Rails Package onto your stay. For more information on all that the Verde Valley offers visitors, feel free to call us here at the hotel. We can be reached daily at 800-3535-1239 or send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We can make all your hotel and activities reservations too. You don’t need to lift a finger while you are here!
Blog contributed by: Debbie at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Jerome Photos: Kfunfsinn/Flickr & ElCaganer/Flickr
Tuzigoot Photos: Martin_PHX/FLickr & designatednaphour/Flickr
Last year’s Winefest drew in 2,500 guests and has become a Autumn tradition here in Sedona. This year looks just as promising with 10 wineries being featured along with Sedona cuisine, wine seminars, a VIP area, A juried Art exhibit and local vendors.
For those of you new to wine-tasting in Arizona, here is a description of what to expect:
“Sedona Winefest is proud to feature some of Arizona’s finest wineries. Each winery offers a distinct profile of flavors specific to the region and vineyard where the grapes are grown. Surprisingly, Arizona’s climate has proven to be perfect for wine growers, as it rivals many of the historic vineyards locations in Europe. Wine experts from each winery will teach you about their offerings so you can select the wines best suited to your palate and the foods it best pairs with. September usually marks the end of harvest in the vineyards of Arizona, and is the ideal time of year to savor the unique tastes and aromas each winery offers.” Read about the individual wineries here: http://sedonawinefest.com/wineries.
The Winefest runs on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 28th from 10 to 5 pm. Tickets for general admission are $20 with a premium ticket available for $40. Get your tickets at https://sedonawinefest.webconnex.com/2013ticketsales
Be sure to pair your Winefest with a stay here at Sedona Real Inn.
To make a perfect getaway, stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday night starting with rooms for $139/ per night for 3 nights, suites starting at $160 . Always included are our signature amenities: deluxe breakfast, free WiFi and excellent concierge service. Book your stay at www.sedonareal.com (use code NETF for the 3-night stay) or call our concierge at 1-800-353-1239. We can make all your reservations for dining and activities while you are here.
Blog by Staff @ Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Photo Credit: www.sedonawinefest.com
If you’re seeking a family vacation with youngsters, then Sedona should be top on your list. Sedona has an abundance of kid friendly activities to fit all vacation budgets.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park isn’t your typical zoo. At the park, hundreds of exotic animals from all over the world roam in a spacious natural habitat. The African Bush Safari is an entertaining ride in a safari type vehicle which allows you and your little ones to experience a personal encounter with a giraffe, zebra, ostrich and more. I can personally tell you that those giraffes love to give kisses! A variety of shows take place throughout the day with the Tiger Splash being an all-around favorite. Those big kitty cats love the water and you get to watch as they romp and play in the pool with their caretakers. If you have always dreamed of holding a python in your lap, then I suggest you take part in the Giant Snake Show. By timing your visit with the Predator Feed, you will have the opportunity to follow the caretakers as they throw 800 pounds of raw food to the animals, with only a fence between you and the hungry carnivores!
To make it easy for you to enjoy this wonderful park, we have collaborated with Out of Africa and created our Wild Thing Package. By taking advantage of this special package, you can stay one night in one of our comfy suites, enjoy our hot deluxe continental breakfast the following morning, and receive two general admission adult tickets and one child ticket to the park. The summer season rate for the package starts at $199.00 which is an incredible deal. We will happily add on additional days for you at a special rate. Check with our concierge desk for full details.
Coming mid-June, a new high flying adventure, The Predator Zip is coming to the park! This optional adventure will have you zipping right through the heart of predator territory. I can guarantee you I will be checking this adventure out in person and will be happy to share my experience with you.
You can also fill your vacation days hiking any of the hundred plus trails in the red rocks, enjoying a picnic and swimming in Oak Creek, catching a fish at the Rainbow Trout Farm, or exploring the many ancient Native American dwellings in the area. At night, drive a mile or so out of town and treat yourselves to one of the most incredible night skies in the country. When I experienced my first Sedona night sky, I had to blink a couple of times to make sure what I was seeing was real; yes, it was that amazing. And of course, you probably won’t want to leave Sedona without partaking in one of the famous jeep tours. We will help you choose the best one for your family and even share a discount with you.
Our fantastic summer specials give you the opportunity to stay longer and pay less! Save 20% off our regular rates when you stay two nights, and save 30% when you stay three nights or more! You can reserve on our web-site (www.sedonareal.com) or call us directly at 800-353-1239. Just request rate code NET2 or NET3 and start enjoying your savings!
We look forward to seeing you this summer in Sedona!
Blog contributed by Debbie Dubois, Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
But you knew that already. And you’re pulling out all the stops to show Mom a good time. One way you can let her know she’s the best – and worth the best – is to take her out for a wonderful brunch or dinner at a sumptuous Sedona eatery.
Plenty of places with distinctive menus will be mom-ready. She can enjoy Belgian waffles, prime rib, champagne or a variety of unique menu items on her special day. With a little planning and a reservation, your celebration of mom-ness will be a big hit.
Most area restaurants will be pleased to offer your mother a flower when she makes her entrance. She might hear live music, see an amazing ice sculpture or have a tasty dessert she doesn’t normally allow herself. Whatever she wants. It’s her day.
The Barking Frog, just over a half mile from the hotel, will be serving Mother’s Day brunch, a three course affair with several choices for each course, including dessert, all for $19.95. A mile from the hotel, Dahl and Diluca, home of classic Italian fare served in an Old World atmosphere, is planning special menu items for dinner, and flowers of course.
At Golden Goose, dinner choices, beginning at 3:00 pm, will include specials on salmon with Cajun shrimp sauce, lamb shank, chicken cordon bleu, sea bass and a seafood trio of lobster tail, scallops and shrimp. The Goose is less than a mile from Sedona Real.
Che Ah Chi, situated in a box canyon at the Enchantment Resort, is preparing “Sunday brunch with a twist,” according to their kitchen staff. Think ice sculpture, champagne, and surprises; $69 for adults, $32.50 for children. Che Ah Chi is in the Dry Creek Basin, five miles from the hotel.
Shugrue’s Hillside Grill, boasting magnificent red rock views, will supplement their traditional surf and turf lunch and dinner menus with three specials at each meal, plus flowers. If you visit Mesa Grill, expect some “festive” additions to the regular lunch and dinner offerings. The views there take in almost every major rock formation in the surrounding landscape.
L’Auberge de Sedona will serve Mother’s Day brunch indoors, as well as outdoors on the patio, where some tables are within sight and sound of the creek. They will offer seasonal treats with your mother in mind, and champagne as usual. $85 for adults, $30 for children.
Reservations anywhere are a good idea. Once you’ve made Mother’s Day plans, reset the dial for Father’s Day on June 16th. From steak to swordfish, Sedona restaurants will do dad proud.
For both Mom and Dad, be sure to keep the party going after brunch or dinner. Several local tour companies will offer holiday discounts. Check with Red Rock Jeep for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day specials. Bon appetit.
For accommodations reservations, go to our specials page at Sedonareal.com and get a jump on our best rates! To do some trip planning with Tod and/or Debbie (our concierges) call us anytime at 800-353-1239! They can help you make reservations for all your holidays and special occasion visits here at Sedona Real Inn & Suites.
Blog Contributed by: Tod, Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Sedona offers an abundance of fun activities for families. With over 100 hiking trails, recreation parks, and numerous touring options such as helicopter rides, jeep tours, scenic train excursion, and ATV tours; there are limitless choices to suit your vacation time and budget.
Beautiful Oak Creek meanders through Oak Creek Canyon and the heart of Sedona offering several refreshing swimming areas. The infamous Slide Rock State Park located in Oak Creek Canyon is a nature created water park featuring slippery slides over natural red rock sandstone. Grasshopper Point is another popular swimming hole in Oak Creek Canyon with inviting deep clear pools for an invigorating swim. The scenic Crescent Moon Ranch only minutes from the hotel offers picnic grounds, creek swimming and trails; all with the majestic Cathedral Rock as a backdrop. For a unique evening adventure, plan your visit around the full moon and enjoy a “Moonlight Walk” at Red Rock State Park, also just minutes from Sedona Real Inn.
Events are on-going throughout the summer in Sedona. The annual Sedona Bluegrass festival taking place June 3rd-9th will be showcasing emerging Bluegrass artists from around the USA. July 4th celebrations include a live concert in the park during the day followed by an evening laser light show. Tlaquepaque honors Independence Day on Saturday, July 6th, with their Sizzlin’s Summer Bash. This celebration is a great family event with a BBQ, live music and entertainment for the kids. For a little authentic cowboy action, make plans to participate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration on July 27th held in Uptown Sedona, complete with gunfights, roping, music, storytelling and much more. August is peak season for the hummingbird population, and August 2nd-4th, it is celebrated with The Sedona Hummingbird Festival. The festival includes many entertaining and educational presentations and tours of hummingbird hotspots. The summer season comes to a close with the Moonlight Madness Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale August 31st through September 2nd. You can spend the days enjoying great bargains plus entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Wind down your days relaxing in the hotel hot tub or with a refreshing dip in the pool. Our new family park complete with patio area and fire pit, picnic tables and barbeque grill, offers the perfect area for a family picnic and entertaining game of Frisbee.
Take advantage of our summer promotions and spend your summer vacation with us. Stay with us two nights, May 28 through August 15, and save 20%; stay three nights or more and save 25%. The longer you stay, the less you will pay! We look forward to helping you plan the perfect summer vacation!
To make reservations call us at 800-353-1239 or go to sedonareal.com
Blog contributed by: Debbie Dubois – Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
(Slide Rock Swimmer – Bill85704 on Flickr)