About a five minute drive from the hotel is a restaurant called Red Rock BBQ. It’s been on my radar for a while (it’s near my nail place), but I haven’t had a chance to go in and check it out until last month. The location is great for getting views of the red rocks. There motto is “BBQ with a View.” In the dining area they have huge windows to look at the views and there is outdoor seating as well.
We discovered that on Fridays they have a special on their menu: 1/2 Slab of Baby Back Ribs, 1/4 lb of Pulled Pork, 1/4 lb of Pulled Chicken, 1/4 lb of Beef Brisket, 4 pieces of buttered bread and 2 sides. This is plenty of food for 2 people. We’ve gone twice since we enjoyed it so much. The first time we got the coleslaw and the corn as a side, and the 2cnd time we got the potato salad and the baked beans as the sides. I wasn’t fond of the coleslaw, tasted kinda blah, but the potato salad was tasty.
All of the meat is delicious. I really like the ribs and the pulled pork. They have a sweet tangy sauce that is really nice, but the pepper sauce was awful. Tasted really weird to me.
The service is great. We had the same waiter both times and he was attentive and the food came out quick.
If you’re in town and looking for some great BBQ I would definitely recommend Red Rock BBQ!
The 6th Annual Sedona Blue Grass Festival is only a week away! It will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, from 12pm – 6pm.
Grammy award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton will be performing, along with The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the Muskellunge Bluegrass, and rising stars Run Boy Run.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, and children 12 and under are free.
Meet the team! Rob Holeman, the General Manager here at the Real, has been with the Sedona Real Inn since it opened. He and his father have owned the hotel for more than 14 years and take pride everyday in our hotel. He is an avid mountain biker and recently went on a fun excursion on some biking trails that aren’t too far from our hotel. The trails here in Sedona are beautiful and are amazing from the seat of bike. We have a biking package available if you want to check it out. Here’s what Rob had to say:
About four years ago I started to mountain bike here in Sedona and just got addicted to it. I still do not ride enough. For about 8 months of the year I ride before coming into work a couple of days a week, about 6 to 10 miles depending on my pace; and on the weekends I do 10 plus miles.
Last weekend I was talking to some guests who just got off the trails and told me about how much fun they had riding the Mescal Trail which I had not rode in about 2 years, so many trails not enough time.
I went out and rode the Mescal trail this weekend and they were right, when I rode it last time it wasn’t much of a trail but the Forest Service has done a lot of work. This trail is well marked now with signage at intersections and at the trail heads. As you ride south from Dry Creek road you climb maybe 200 feet in elevation along a mesa then traverse along a Red Rock shelf underneath a taller mesa. In this area you can look straight up the rock face in parts. Where there is not so much of rock face you have caves. It makes you wonder, with all Indian dwellings in close vicinity, if there are more up there.
Close to the end you can see into Boynton Canyon, and then off to the west you see the Cockscomb, and behind you is Thunder Mountain. The trail ends on Deadman’s pass, which is the first trail I took a tumble over the handle bars on (fun fun). Deadman’s pass allows you to loop back to Long Canyon road or you can take the Aries Trail from Deadman’s pass to create a spectacular loop.
Until today, my favorite ride was the Templeton Trail which takes you from Bell Rock Pathway to the tip of Cathedral Rock Mescal Trail is less traveled by people which allows the rider to enjoy the ride more.
As I have talked with other bikers since my ride they have informed me that the Forest Service is working on lot of area’s condensing trails, installing signage and just making them safer. If you like to mountain bike or if you want to try, there is no better place to experience it then here in Sedona. The concierge is very knowledgeable on the trails and so is Over The Edge bike shop (has rentals available). If you are in for the weekend and want to ride with a local (not too crazy) just ask me. I have been considering putting together a weekend ride.
Photo of Mescal trail, courtesy of Over the Edge
A seasoned reptile handler, Russell has been studying and educating people on reptiles and insects for over 50 years. He is a participant in the USGS endangered snake species yearly surveys and is a volunteer with AZ Game and Fish. Several live species of rattlesnake will be featured during this lecture. Saturday May 19th at 11:00am, at The Hike House!
Reminder! Stories and Practical Tips for Hiking the Grand Canyon will be at The Hike House Energy Cafe there will be free hiking clinic about hiking the Grand Canyon on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 1:00pm. That’s tomorrow!