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)
One of the most enchanting experiences in the high desert Southwest is visiting an abandoned Ancestral Puebloan site. For a potent mix of history, mystery, desert beauty and lessons in adapting to a harsh environment, puebloan sites are unsurpassed.
Puebloan communities are often tucked away in remote canyons, perched atop windswept mesas or situated along rock benches below towering canyon walls. At site after site, expertly built and organically conceived masonry structures blend almost seamlessly into the landscape.
We often refer casually to these sites as “ruins,” although the term would probably surprise the former inhabitants. All the physical evidence points to a cultural ecology that embraced natural decay as the accepted way of things. When puebloans’ functional need for a tool, ceremonial object, pot or building ceased, it was meant to return to the earth. Puebloan people often left entire communities, built by hard labor over several generations, en masse, never to return.
Consequently, at many of these sites, evidence of daily life abounds, in the form of largely intact stone dwellings and ceremonial buildings, discarded tools, potsherds, granaries, rain cachement and diversion pathways, trash middens and even celestial markers that still track the positions of sun, moon and stars. Organic material decays slowly in the desert, so timbers, mud and brush roofs, and even food staples such as corn may linger for centuries before finally disappearing into the sand.
A half dozen intriguing sites can be visited within a 25-35 minute drive from Sedona Real. The hotel sits at the gateway to the Dry Creek Basin area, where the Palatki and Honanki Heritage Sites attract visitors from all over the world. Both sites feature cliff dwellings and “rock art” panels, sections of vertical rock face covered with petroglyphs and pictographs. Some symbols and figures date back 5-6000 years.
V Bar V Heritage Site, on the banks of beautiful Beaver Creek, boasts a solar calendar. The ancients showed a keen interest in the movements of sun, moon and stars for a variety of reasons that archaeologists are still investigating. Keeping track of planting and harvest times for corn, beans and squash accounted for part of it. Their attention to certain star clusters also suggests a cosmology and a set of spiritual practices that today are but little understood.
Tuzigoot National Monument, on a hilltop outside of Cottonwood, overlooks the Verde River. A paved path behind the visitors center winds around and through the remnants of stone dwellings and kivas, or ceremonial buildings. The visitors center houses artifacts and displays recounting what is known of the Verde Valley’s early inhabitants.
Montezuma Castle, on Beaver Creek, showcases cliff dwellings and a self-guided interpretive trail. Montezuma Well, a mesa-top, spring fed pool, provided a constant water source for humans and animals over thousands of years. Both sites illuminate the lives of bygone people and their environment.
Visit any of these wonderful sites and glimpse the wisdom and aspirations of a vanished culture expressed in the physical remnants of their lives. For “ruins” they have a lot to offer.
Call our concierge at 800-353-1239 today to make your reservation this spring or summer at Sedona Real Inn & Suites.
To view our current specials and reserve online, go to www.sedonarealinn.com
Blog contributed by Tod at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Photo Credit: Username: Alphatengobravo at Flickr.
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What’s so great about Sedona for mountain biking?
Sedona is considered one of the best locations in the USA for single-track riders with the opening of more trails: approximately 150 miles more. Over the last few years, the increase in visitors heading our way for biking vacations has inspired the forest service to build and improve many off-road paths throughout the Verde Valley. We are being compared to long time established biking meccas like Moab and Fruita with mild winters, unparalleled beauty and challenging landscape. The town of Sedona itself offers approximately 300 miles of riding opportunities all with a magnificent red rock backdrop.
As we here at Sedona Real Inn started to get more guests with bikes, we heeded the call and began to expand our amenities to include specific benefits for our biking guests. Last year, we added a washing station and we also allow bikes in the rooms. On the social side, we just completed a fire pit inviting an opportunity spot to hang out after a ride.
Our General Manager, Rob Holeman is an avid mountain biker himself and loved to share his suggestions and tips for biking in the Sedona area. During the summer weekends, he also will ride with guests if asked. You can follow his rides on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/sedonarealinn. Be sure to like our page also for all our updates!
Whether you are a new or experienced biker, we recommend Over The Edge Sports (otesports.com) in West Sedona which is a “one-stop biking shop offering the best in rentals, sales, service and fun”! They also offer guided tours in conjunction with Hermosa Tours – Mountain Bike Vacations (www.hermosatours.net).
For more information on mountain biking in Sedona, feel free to contact our concierge staff at 800-353-1239. We would love to help you plan your perfect biking trip! And this spring, you will save 17% on stays of two nights or more! See all our current specials here: http://www.sedonareal.com/specials/
Let us know if you are planning a biking trip to Sedona in 2013!
Contributed by Staff at Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Here in Sedona, we are blessed with four mild seasons. If you love to hike, you truly appreciate this, because you can hike the same trail in each of the seasons and visually capture a completely different beauty in the red rocks. I am a novice photographer and absolutely love taking pictures and it’s amazing to see what each changing season will hold.
Spring is upon us now and this is the time of year when our red rock country comes to life. Snow melt from the high country fills our pristine Oak Creek and creates waterfalls in the canyons. The shades of the forest evergreens deepen, desert cactuses blossom, wildflowers sprout out of the red earth, and our flowering trees burst with shades of pinks, yellows, whites and reds. From some of the north facing mesas, you are apt to see snow on the San Francisco Peaks outlined in the distant horizon. Top off this kaleidoscope of color with a pristine blue sky and you see perfection.
Spring also offers near perfect temperatures for exploring the back country with cool mornings and mild daytime highs. There is a hike for everybody here in Sedona. Just let us know what you’re up for and we will send you on your way!
Visit our web-site at www.sedonareal.com for our fantastic on-line spring specials!
If you only have one day … Use code NET for a great rate on a one night stay. Rates start at $122.00 through March 14th; March 15th – April 20 rates start at $151.00.
If you can stay longer and enjoy more trails … Use code NETF for a discounted multi-night stay. 17% off 2 nights or more through March 14th; or 17% off 3 nights or more March 15th – April 20.
We look forward to helping you enjoy springtime in Sedona!
Blog Contributed by Debbie at Sedona Real Inn and Suites