Let’s face it. While anytime is a good time to visit Sedona, some seasons here are extraordinary. Fall is an especially fun time to come because of comfortable daytime temperatures and the possibility of turning leaves. The same hikes or outdoor adventures that may require a bit of logistical finesse between Memorial Day and Labor Day (read: limit your heavy outdoor exertion during the summer to early morning and late afternoon) can be enjoyed all day long in October or November.
If the high desert Southwest doesn’t quite have four distinct seasons, it certainly has a robust 2-1/2. The fall is magical. Abundant sunshine, clear skies and crisp evenings put a bow on the already entrancing landscape. Whether you’re here to do your own thing or to attend an annual event, you will find it easy to create once-in-a-lifetime autumn memories.
Without further ado, here is a Top Ten List of Things To Do In October And November:
1. Leaf Peeping: enjoy a drive up tree-lined Oak Creek Canyon; take a trip to Lockett Meadow or the Snow Bowl (think about riding the chairlift while you’re up there) in Flagstaff for aspen splendor; pay a visit to the U.S. Forest Service Gateway Visitors Center in the Village of Oak Creek for a look at a blazing ribbon of color extending southward along the wash and a chat with the rangers about hot color spots; head out for a hike on the gorgeous West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, a true deciduous feast; see the colors from above Sedona’s red rocks during a sunrise balloon ride.
2. Enjoying Hiking Trails That Are Hot During The Summer: Bell Rock; Red Rock State Park; Bear Mountain and others.
3. Catch film premieres and meet film folk at the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, October 9th-13th.
4. The Plein Air Festival, from October 19th -26th: wall-to-wall workshops, lectures, exhibits, even a competitive Paint Out featuring the world’s best plein air painters. A signature Sedona event.
5. Halloween Night in Uptown: is it for the kids or their parents – or for monster watchers marveling at the thousands of creative costumes drifting along Main Street? You decide.
6. On Tuesday, November 12th, listen to lively contemporary string music performed by acclaimed Michigan quintet Greensky Bluegrass, at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theatre.
7. Get your tickets to ABBA Mania on Sunday, November 24th only, starring the original cast from London’s West Side production. The Performing Arts Center is just a mile from the hotel.
8. Enjoy a fascinating history lecture or re-enactment performance at the Sedona Heritage Museum. The changing season brings added poignancy to stories of Sedona’s hard-working, early pioneers.
9. Thrill to the IMAX-like experience of an autumn helicopter ride above red rocks and scattered pockets of turning leaves.
10. Tune in the fall colors and comfortable temperatures along the lush Verde River greenbelt on the Verde Canyon Railroad. Greens give way to mellow golds, burnt oranges and screaming reds that linger well into November.
11. Bonus! Soak up the view on horseback of the changing autumn landscape in Page Springs. Fifteen minutes from the hotel.
Blog contributed by Debbie, Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
For accommodation and information on all the exciting seasonal activities, please contact our concierge team (Tod and Debbie) at 800-353-1239. They can make all tours, dining and activities reservations as well as offer the best rates for a stay with us. We are offering some great specials for two, three or more night stays. You can also go to: www.sedonareal.com to make a reservation. We hope to see you soon!
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
A growing part of the “Sedona experience” for many visitors is an encounter with local viticulture. Winemaking throughout Northern Arizona has climbed on the fast track in recent years, with vineyards, winemakers and tasting rooms popping up everywhere. It would be easy to assume that this is “oh by the way” wine, meant to cash in on Sedona’s popularity as a tourist destination. In fact, local producers are creating enduring, award-winning wines of considerable distinction.
Newcomers to area winemaking may be surprised at the high quality, considering Arizona’s reputation for hot temperatures and desert landscape. Northern Arizona, it turns out, offers significant advantages in climate, soil and growing conditions. With plenty of sunshine and a long growing season, many grape types flourish here.
While the rising profile of Arizona wines is a recent development, winemaking in the Copper State is not. Spanish missionaries brought Old World growing methods and grapes to the American Southwest as early as the sixteenth century. Once their sporadic efforts at cultivation subsided, permanent vineyards were a long time in coming.
Commercial use of Arizona grapes got underway in the early 1980’s. Despite the late start compared to other, better known winemaking regions, such as California, Arizona has already proved a good home to several thriving varietals. A nice mix of both reds and whites have matured into worthy estate wines here.
So what to do to enjoy the best local wines? You can visit the scene of the crime, at four nearby vineyards, or stop in at any of a dozen tasting rooms within a half hour radius of Sedona Real.
Fifteen minutes south of the hotel, three wineries sit just a stone’s throw apart in Page Springs. Situated in the Oak Creek watershed, they benefit from a potent combination of abundant sunlight, efficient hillside drainage and hospitable, volcanic soil. The result is a lovely mix of reds and whites, including a sparkler or two.
While each of the three produces both reds and whites, it is fair to say that Page Springs Cellars has had great success with Rhone-style red varietals. Javelina Leap knocks out peppery, earthy reds, and Oak Creek Vineyards excels at crisp, well-rounded whites.
Another waterside vineyard is Alcantara, overlooking the Verde River, just a few hundred yards from the confluence with Oak Creek. Known for robust reds and nicely balanced whites, Alcantara produces estate wines as well as blends using grapes sourced in Arizona and elsewhere.
All four of these wineries offer tasting, occasional cellar and/or vineyard tours and of course, wine for purchase by the bottle or case. Three of the four accommodate visitors on a deck or patio overlooking the water. All four serve edible accompaniments such as Panini, cheese, deli items and more.
In Sedona proper, four tasting rooms showcase local wines. Four more can be found in Old Town Cottonwood, twenty minutes from the hotel. Jerome has three of its own, about thirty minutes away. Some tasting rooms represent a single area vineyard or producer; some sell wines produced from local as well as out-of-state grapes.
Even Yavapai College is in the wine business. The college just broke ground at the new Southwest Wine Center, where students in the viticulture and enology degree program will learn their craft by cultivating seventeen acres of grapes.
Sedona Real is the ideal jumping off point for all your area wine touring. Close to in-town venues, you will also be nearer here than at any other Sedona hotel to Page Springs, Cottonwood and Jerome.
Here is a list of options for your tasting pleasure.
In Page Springs: Page Springs Cellars; Oak Creek Vineyards; Javelina Leap.
In Camp Verde: Alcantara Winery.
Tasting rooms and Wineries.
In Sedona: Sedona Wine and Beer Company; Made In Arizona; The Art Of Wine; Tasting Arizona.
In Cottonwood: Arizona Stronghold; Pillsbury Wine Company; Old Town Wine Cellar; Burning Tree Cellars.
In Jerome: Merkin & Caduceus Cellars; Jerome Winery; Grapes; Bitter Creek Winery.
Join us at Sedona Real Inn & Suites this summer! We are having a great special from May 28th-August 15th. Stay 2 nights and save 20%. Stay 3 nights or more and save 25%! Find out more here: sedonareal.com or us at 800-353-1239. Our concierge team can make all your arrangements for winery visits, dining and Sedona activities.
Blog contributed by: Tod Young, Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
If you are seeking a little pampering for your body and soul, then you need to look no further. With our numerous resort style and boutique spas, Sedona has become a mecca for relaxation and rejuvenation.
One of my favorite spas in Sedona is Sedona’s New Day Spa. With its beautiful décor and eclectic selection of treatments, it is a relaxing retreat for the ladies. Imagine beginning your experience with the 90 minute True Sedona Clay Treatment. Your therapist will start by first dry-brushing your skin in preparation for the creamy Sedona clay mask. The antioxidants and minerals detoxify and balance the skin. A wrap with a warm Vichy shower and relaxing massage with Desert Dew Lotion will leave you relaxed, hydrated and fragrant. And since I know you won’t want to leave your face unattended, a facial should be next on your agenda. Utilizing Pevonia Bontanica products, your therapist will customize your 60 or 90 minute facial to your specific needs. I personally love the 90 minute facial as the extra time allows your therapist to indulge you with a relaxing massage to your head, neck, arms and feet. After your treatments, you can enjoy some time in the steam room, or grab some cucumber water and snacks and relax in the lounging area.
I recently had the delightful opportunity to experience Namaste Spa. Namaste Spa is new to Sedona and is located just across the street from Sedona Real Inn. How is that for convenience? Namaste is a full service spa complete with custom massages, facials, hair, make-up, nail services, and even lash extensions.
Summer months bring on the sizzling specials at Sedona Real Inn & Suites! By requesting the “Net” rate, you will receive a discounted rate on a one night stay with rates starting as low as $115.00 per night. Since we want you to stay longer, we are offering a 20% discount off a two night stay and a 25% discount off a three night or more stay. Just request “NET2” or “NET3” and enjoy your savings! These special discounts are valid May 28th through August 15th.
You can make your reservations on-line at www.sedonareal.com or call us directly at 800-353-1239. We look forward to helping you plan your spa getaway in Sedona!
Blog contributed by Debbie, 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)