Got art? could well be a Sedona catch-phrase. Sedona earned its cred as an art town with sixty-plus galleries clustered in “Gallery Row”on Highway 179 as well as along Main Street in Uptown. Sedona is a wonderful place to gift shop, window shop or to accessorize for your home or office.
Sedona boutiques and galleries offer an astonishing variety of media, styles and price points, showcasing a mix of both local and non-local artists. Chances are good of finding a treasure or two that you will just have to have.
Variety, as in something-for-everyone-and-every-occasion, is a big key to the gallery scene’s appeal. For example, you can find original paintings and wall art of every description, indoor and outdoor sculpture, glass work, wood carvings, handcrafted jewelry, original greeting cards, photo art and much more. It’s not just about quantity or diversity; many local artists are known far beyond Arizona for the exceptional quality of their work.
After browsing a few shops it’s hard to miss the fact that almost every gallery carries jewelry. It pays the rent. Not prepared, you say, to plunk down thousands of dollars for a painting at first sight, no matter how exquisite? Makes sense. But why not give in to a lovely pair of $45 silver/peridot earrings or an eye-catching $60 rhodonite pendant? And if you do happen to be reaching into your pocket for a framed original or a hand carved Hopi kachina figure, there are plenty here to choose from.
Sedona has always been a great place to discover Native created treasures in both established and contemporary styles. Jewelry especially. Looking for a traditional silver and turquoise bracelet made by an accomplished Navajo artist? Sedona’s the place. How about a Zuni fetish carving or a Santo Domingo beaded necklace? Check. A beautiful Two Grey Hills Navajo rug? It’s available. A one-of-a-kind necklace with modern design elements and expert silver work? Got it.
Nowadays the longstanding traditions and conventions of Native jewelry making have stretched to include new techniques, new design elements, and especially new materials. It’s not just squash blossom necklaces and broad silver/turquoise cuffs anymore. The bounty of metals and stones available from around the world means that artists can explore nearly unlimited inventory online. Native jewelry makers may use Afghani lapis, Chinese turquoise or Uruguayan amethyst as well as turquoise from the American Southwest. The repertoire of new colors, shapes and textures shows up as vibrant, timeless pieces that retain a distinctly Native character.
For a real treat, plan your art adventure to coincide with First Friday, the evening celebration of art that occurs the first Friday of every month. The big red Sedona Trolley makes a continuous circuit through Uptown and down Gallery Row from 5:00-8:00 pm. On board, your conductor Angelo describes the galleries that are staying open late and doing special events or exhibits. The service is free. Many galleries feature musical performance, a lecture, artists on hand, or food and beverages to make for a memorable evening.
Make sure to include the Sedona Arts Center in your rounds. A not-for-profit artists coop, the Arts Center is staffed by artists who run the in-house gallery, teach year-round classes and workshops and offer advice and information about the local arts scene. Many of these folks also display in the commercial establishments, but you can often find their work available for a better price at the Arts Center. With several dozen artists on board, the Sedona Arts Center offers unrivalled variety in both media and styles.
The oft-repeated mantra in Sedona galleries and shops is “we ship.” So don’t let distance or lack of space in the car stop you from claiming what you want. After an exciting day of shopping you might feel ready for pampering at one of Sedona’s wonderful spas or massage studios. Which is another adventure…
To make your shopping trip completely relaxing, finish your day with a stay at Sedona Real. We are offering some excellent December specials:
Cozy December Special starting at $99:
Between December 1st and 19th warm up with great savings on a Sedona pre-holiday getaway.
Holidays in Sedona Special:
We’re offering a limited amount of guests a 20% discount with a stay of 3 nights or more between December 20th and 31st. Great for families! Make memories that will last a lifetime this year by enjoying your holiday in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
To make a reservation visit our website at: www.sedonareal.com or call us at 800-353-1239.
See you in Sedona!
Blog contributed by Tod, Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Photo Credits from Flickr: Tony Fischer Photography, Sikeri and Wxcaslerphx
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: email@example.com. 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
The monsoon season ended strong this year leaving our desert moist and vibrant. Every season in Sedona offers something special but for those of us who love to be outdoors, autumn is definitely a magical time. The daytime skies are the bluest and the nighttime stars shine the brightest. With the crisp clear mornings and cooler evenings, fall is the absolute perfect time of year for hiking, mountain biking and all outside activities. And, with the fall leaves adding splashes of gold and crimson to the already colorful landscape, photography opportunities are leaping out around every corner.
Our red rock canyon hikes are especially alluring during the fall season as the monsoon soaked earth rewards us with autumn wild flowers lining the trails. As you hike deeper and deeper into the canyons to higher elevations, you will witness changes in the terrain; from our high desert red earth with scrub and cacti, into a forest of Manzanita, Arizona Cypresses and Oaks which offer a spectacular blaze of color against the evergreens and red canyon walls. In the deeper canyons such as Boynton and Secret, your journey will end beneath the towering pines of the Ponderosa Pine Forest. Usually you have to drive many miles to witness such diversity in landscape but our red rock canyons offer the opportunity in a moderate hike.
The splendor of fall in Sedona is best experienced in our beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, and more specifically, Call of the Canyon, also known as the West Fork hiking trail. West Fork is known for its towering walls and lush, diversely vegetated stream banks. Pinyon and ponderosa pines, cottonwood, various oak, maple, and fir form an enveloping canopy over the trail while fern, lupine, horsetail, wildflowers, and ivy cover the forest floor. The trail crisscrosses the creek a total of 16 times in the three mile one-way stretch to the designated end of trail. West Fork is well known for producing one of the most stunning color displays in Northern Arizona and with the monsoon season closing with a surge; it will be especially spectacular this year. You will want to make sure your camera battery is fully charged as at every bend you will find yourself dazzled with colors and visualizing that perfect picture! The West Fork trail area requires a $9.00 fee for parking and can be quite busy during the fall so plan on arriving early.
Our fall savings are spectacular as well with savings of 22% on a stay of two nights or more (use code NETF). Just call us at 800-353-1239 or reserve directly on-line at www.sedonareal.com using the appropriate rate code.
We look forward to helping you enjoy the colors of fall in Sedona!
Blog contributed by Debbis DuBois, Cconcierge @ Sedona Real Inn & Suites
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!
Imagine you are enjoying one of Sedona’s beautiful, serene hiking trails. Distinctive red and orange rock formations all around you contrast sharply with green, high desert flora and the commanding blue sky. As you come around a bend, you suddenly spot the first people you’ve seen since you left the trailhead. They’re standing next to a prickly pear grove. One of them is laboring intensely at an easel. Six or eight others are huddled deferentially behind her, watching intently.
You’ve just stumbled onto the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, a paintapalooza-style event that showcases artists from all over the country. What a fresco is to dining, plein air is to painting: the act and the art of completing a painting, start to finish, out of doors, in one shot. Paint what you see wherever you are. Then go home, completed piece in hand.
For one glorious week, from October 19th-26th, you can participate in classes and workshops, watch live competition, and attend a number of gala events celebrating plein air painting and its many practitioners. You can view a world class exhibit of plein air paintings at the home of the festival’s parent organization, the Sedona Arts Center.
It’s a thrill to catch painters in the act almost anywhere you go. As you browse shops in Uptown, stroll the banks of Oak Creek or head down a Forest Service trail, you will see the creative process unfolding, often for the benefit of students gathered round to learn the tricks of the trade.
Day One gets things started with a bang, as all the invited artists take part in the frenzied Paint Out, a shootout with brushes from 1:30-4:00 pm along the highway in Uptown Sedona. The work is juried and then immediately offered for sale on the sidewalk in front of the Arts Center. You can see past winners at the website, sedonapleinairfestival.com.
A handful of Native American themed events will make this year’s festival especially intriguing. On Thursday, October 24th, the Arts Center is organizing a tour to Montezuma’s Well to hear creation stories of the Yavapai Apache Tribe. A speaker from the tribe will discuss paintings composed at the Well and share the history of this sacred site. The Sedona Film Festival’s Mary D Fisher Theatre will feature an exhibition that afternoon of paintings created at Native American legacy sites. In the evening, New Mexico artist Tony Abeyta will give a talk and digital presentation entitled “Ancient Questions and the New Face of Native American Painting.”
For anyone interested in fine art, either casually, professionally or simply as an admirer, the Plein Air Festival is a deeply satisfying experience. You may rekindle dormant skills or gain confidence in your technique at one of the many workshops. Artist or not, you will feel inspired by the high quality work on display. You might get acquainted with an artist whose wonderful work you “discover.” And you may just finish your holiday gift shopping with a few amazing finds.
Blog contributed by Tod, Concierge at Sedona Real Inn
For accommodation and festival information, please contact our concierge team (Tod and Debbie) at 800-353-1239. They can make all your tours, dining and activities reservations. 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!