Erika Ayn Finch

Christmas in the Southwest

35th Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Put on a sweater and gather along the shores of Lake Havasu in the far western corner of our state for London Bridge Yacht Club’s 35th Annual Christmas Boat…

Garland’s Navajo Rugs in Sedona

When you think of Native American art in Sedona, some family names come to mind: Hoel, Wilcox and, of course, Garland. The Garland family moved to Sedona from Phoenix in 1970 (they had spent years vacationing…

Sedona’s Elote Cafe

Ever since Jeff Smedstad opened Elote Cafe in 2007, hungry devotees have been flocking to the restaurant. When the doors open at 5 p.m., there’s frequently a line outside (Elote doesn’t take reservations). What keeps the…

A New Take on an Old Classic

When it came time to make plans for November’s Native American Heritage Month, Ken Zoll, executive director of Verde Valley Archaeology Center, had an idea. Ken sits on the advisory board for Verde Valley Sinfonietta, and…

Sedona Open Studios

Thinking about holiday gift giving? Forgo online shopping and spend a weekend browsing local artist studios during Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s Fall Open Studios Tour. The self-guided, free tour takes place Nov. 10-12 from 10 a.m….

Jenna Vivre Plays Sedona

Jenna Vivre describes her smoky, sultry sound as indie folk or blue-eyed soul. She’s a singer-songwriter who demands that you lean forward and listen. It’s a new approach for the Colorado native, who will perform in…

Halloween in Sedona

It’s that time of the year when thoughts turn toward costumes and candy. There is no shortage of haunted happenings in the Verde Valley for the young and the young at heart, starting with the Pumpkin…

13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

It’s that magical week in fall when Sedona’s streets, trails and viewpoints are teeming with plein-air painters from around the country. We’re talking about Sedona Art Center’s invitational 13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, which returns…

Sedona Arts Festival

If you love to shop and you love the red rocks, there is no better festival than Sedona Arts Festival, now in its 27th year. On Oct. 7 and 8 on the sports field at Sedona…

Sedona Reflections

  In Sedona, everything is better in October. Daytime temperatures slowly start to drop and the summer monsoon storms dissipate. It’s also an ideal time to explore Pumphouse Wash in Oak Creek Canyon. Five miles of…

Cress on Oak Creek

There is no shortage of remarkable experiences to be had in Sedona, and dining at Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona has to be at the top of that list. First you have the…

Sedona’s El Dorado

When Claudio and Karla Herrera first met, they were part of a small population of Ecuadorian immigrants living in New York City. Karla was attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, intent on studying fashion design and…

Sedona Pet Lovers Gala

If what Gandhi said is true and the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated, then Sedona is already pretty great. In the first six months of 2017, 316…

Sedona Winefest 2017

Under a big-top tent on the field at Posse Grounds Park, wine lovers leisurely made their way from one winery to the next, sipping on glasses of red, white and rose. They nibbled on squares of…

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona

The 45th annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, takes place Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Tlaquepaque’s longest-running tradition will feature mariachis, flamenco dancers, ballet…

Miley’s Cafe in Sedona

For a couple of years now, we’ve been receiving emails from readers touting the hidden gem that is Miley’s Cafe. We had been to Miley’s on several occasions for breakfast, which is served all day, but…

Pedal to the Medal in Sedona

Sedona Golf Resort’s 4th Annual Sedona Bike & Brew Festival returns Aug. 26 with mountain bikers racing a 6-mile course at the resort. The race takes bikers around all 18 holes and through 80 acres of…

“Hold Your Horses!” at the Phippen Museum

The horse, that quintessential symbol of the American West, will be celebrated at the Phippen Museum’s fourth annual Hold Your Horses! invitational exhibition and sale. The opening reception takes place at the Prescott museum on Aug….

Dellepiane in Sedona

Any foodie can attest to the fact that the humble burger has been elevated in recent years from fast-food status to gourmet fare. No matter what type of burger aficionado you consider yourself, Dellepiane, the new…

Independence Day in Northern Arizona

Apple pie? Check. Charcoal for the grill? Check. Patriotic playlist? Check. Happy 241st birthday, America! It seems like every community in the Verde Valley and northern Arizona has something lined up for the Fourth of July….

Sedona Summer Colony

Like many good stories, this one begins with a bottle of wine. It was October 2015, and Eric Holowacz and Paul Amadio had recently moved to Sedona; Eric relocated from Baton Rouge, and Paul had most…

Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria

In Italy, an osteria is a restaurant with a short and simple food menu and an extensive and sophisticated wine list. That’s basically what you’ll find at the new Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria, which…

R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery in Sedona

To spend time in R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery in Uptown’s Cedic Plaza is to receive an education on the lithograph printing process and R.C. Gorman, arguably the first Native American to be internationally recognized as a…

Tlaquepaque North Block Parties

What’s summer without a block party? How about four of them? Tlaquepaque North will be hosting block parties every Saturday in June from 4 to 8 p.m. Each free event will feature live entertainment along with…

Tim Young in Sedona

Tim Young looks like a musician. His long blonde hair is worn loose under his trademark black fedora, and when he plays, he’s frequently in a black button-down shirt and blue jeans, his prized Martin acoustic…

Welcome to Twin Peaks

When you push open the glass door of Twede’s Cafe located on a busy corner in North Bend, Washington, you experience one of two sensations. If you’re a fan of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s early-90s…

Verde Valley Wine Festival

Despite the threat of rain, last year’s inaugural Verde Valley Wine Festival was a sold-out event: 1,400 people spent the cool afternoon at Clarkdale Town Park, sipping wine, beer and spirits, noshing on tidbits from local…

Local Juicery in Sedona

If you’ve already perused this month’s cover story, you know that we ate a lot – A LOT – of burgers this spring. To balance it with something healthy, we stopped by Local Juicery for breakfast…

Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery

Peggy Lanning has owned and operated Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for 46 years as of this month, first in Glendale, Arizona, and then in Sedona since 1981. Even though she doesn’t have an education in fine art,…

Bun Appétit, Sedona

Butterfly Garden Inn The burgers at Butterfly Garden Inn in Oak Creek Canyon are easily one of Sedona’s best-kept secrets (until now, of course). Some people might not even realize that there’s a kitchen mixed in…

Fleur-de-Sedona

Mary Senseney The first thing that strikes you about Mary Senseney’s Village of Oak Creek garden is its orderly, well-manicured and thoughtfully executed design. But when you stroll through the courtyards and along flagstone pathways, you…

Viva Las Vegas

Tempt Lady Luck when the Scorpion Booster Club brings the action of a Las Vegas casino to Sedona Golf Resort on April 21 from 6-10 p.m. during Viva Las Vegas. The event will act as the…

Bonne Idée, Sedona!

Mark your calendars, francophiles: On April 8, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village will host A Taste of Provence from 4-7 p.m. Listen to songs in French and English from three French bands; watch demonstrations by a…

Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market

One of the most contemporary and comfortable eateries in Sedona right now is Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market in Tlaquepaque North (its name comes from its next-door neighbor, a historic water-pumping station). The interior…

The Girls Next Door

Never underestimate the importance of a single act of kindness. It was the late ’90s, and Danielle DuBoise was sitting in front of Whitney Tingle in eighth-grade math at Big Park School in the Village of…

India Palace in Sedona

For those of you already familiar with the complex spices, varied textures and bold colors of Indian cuisine, rejoice that we have an Indian restaurant that offers up all your traditional favorites right here in Sedona….

The Golden Dragon Acrobats

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a renowned troupe of 16 Chinese artists, will take to the stage at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on March 4 at 7 p.m. The show, presented by Yavapai College Performing Arts…

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

Maybe you’re someone who regularly “shreds the red.” Or you just like to drink craft beer, sample food-truck fare and hang out with the cool kids. Both of you will want to be at the Sedona…

Bike and Brew in Sedona

Love biking? Passionate about microbrews? Head to Oak Creek Brewing Co. on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Bike and Brew event organized by Dennis Ketterman, publisher of Bike and Paddle Magazine. “It’s really…

Creative Gateways in Sedona

Pilisa Rainbow Lady walks through the bright gallery at the back of Creative Gateways artist co-op and points to one of her glass plates hanging on the wall. She explains that when she got stuck on…

J Wine Bistro in the Village of Oak Creek

There’s something about an open kitchen that gives a restaurant a modern vibe, almost as if you’re ignoring the “employees only” sign and peeking into the window of a secret world. Place an inviting bar in…

Sedona Winter MusicFest IV

Chamber Music Sedona will put a soundtrack to the short days and cold nights of winter during its Sedona Winter MusicFest IV happening Jan. 4-8. This year’s festival sees the return of clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and…

Let it Snow!

Arizona Nordic Village Arizona Nordic Village, formerly known as the Flagstaff Nordic Center, changed hands in October 2015, and last winter the cross-country-ski playground began encouraging snow bikes to come out and play. It also added…

Hog Wild BBQ in Cottonwood

Right about now, as sacrilegious as it might sound, we’re sick of turkey and cranberry sauce. We want something with more of a kick and a crunch. That’s why we head to Hog Wild BBQ in…

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical

George Bailey, Clarence Odbody and the town of Bedford Falls are coming to Prescott. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center will host a production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical Dec. 15-18. The cast of 30…

Put a Sock in It

Last year, Sedona Athletic Club, located inside Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, hosted Socks for Seniors, a sock drive that benefited local elderly residents. All of the donations were delivered to Verde Valley Caregivers and…

Sedona Be Jeweled

  Have you been naughty or nice this year? If your answer is the latter, then visions of sparkling jewelry might be dancing through your head. Leave this story lying around, and drop a (not-so) subtle…

7th First Annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K

What is quickly becoming Sedona’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition, the 7th First Annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K, waddles through Posse Grounds Park on Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. The race, presented by Sedona Running Company, includes the…

Sedona Musician Darius Lux

For the past 10 years, Darius Lux has been on the move. In 2004, the musician and his wife spent a year traveling around the world. When they returned to reality, they settled in Hawaii for…

Up The Creek in Page Springs

This probably comes as no surprise to regular readers, but I love wine. And one of my favorite wine lists in the Verde Valley is at Up The Creek, which, fittingly, is located just down the…

The Haunted Hamburger in Jerome

Where do you want to eat during the spookiest month of the year? The Haunted Hamburger in Jerome. Even after the restaurant received a facelift a couple of years ago, it still has an unsettling vibe,…

BOO! It’s Scary Time in Sedona!

Dia de los Muertos Don’t fear the dead – honor them at Tlaquepaque’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Oct. 29. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that…

Red Rocks Oktoberfest in Sedona

Raise your glass or, in this case, your stein, to the return of Red Rocks Oktoberfest organized by Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks. The traditional German celebration happens Oct. 22 from 4 to 9 p.m….

Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona

Goldenstein Gallery has come a long way from its humble beginnings in an office space in the back of One World Art, a defunct giclee printing business in West Sedona, where the gallery first opened on…

8th Annual Sedona Winefest

You know that saying about aging like a fine wine? It could be applied to Sedona Winefest, now in its eighth year.  The festival returns to Posse Grounds Park Sept. 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to…

Pura Vida Gallery in Jerome

There’s just something about Pura Vida Gallery in Jerome that invites you to linger for a while. It’s a combination of the fresh flowers in ikebana vases, interesting music and burning candles that makes you slow…

Sedona Book and Arts Festival

After hitting a rough patch last year, which led to the postponement of the inaugural event, the Sedona Book and Arts Festival is slated for Sept. 9-11 at Yavapai College Sedona Center. The opening reception takes…

Sedona Likes Hikes

Denise and Larry Garnello, owners of Magic Clothing in Sedona and Crystal Magic in Sedona and Flagstaff What is your favorite hike and why? Sugarloaf Summit because it’s a 5-minute walk to the trail from our house,…

Sedona Performer David Parker

David Parker sits on a stool in the corner of Mooney’s Irish Pub, singing a medley of songs that includes The Doobie Brothers, Michael Jackson and the Eagles. He throws in some originals that have a…

Red View Gallery in Sedona

In the late ’80s, Bonnie and Thomas Trzaskos had six kids and were living in Connecticut. The couple were wandering through some shops when they spotted a print by Native American artist Amado Peña Jr. that…

Modern Love

The crowd began to gather about an hour before the fashion show began, grabbing seats or jockeying for a space in the shade, all in the shadow of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi….

Sedona Restaurant: The Hudson

Like everyone else in this town, we love The Hudson. We love to grab a seat at the lively bar and sip on a Fig & Ginger Mule (Figenza vodka, ginger beer and lime) during happy…

The Art of Summer in Sedona

This summer (June 19 through Aug. 10), more than 125 artists, cultural producers and creative leaders will descend upon Verde Valley School in the Village of Oak Creek during the inaugural Sedona Summer Colony. The colony,…

Flagstaff Pro Rodeo

Three years ago, a group of Flagstaff locals banded together to form a committee to bring the rodeo back to Flagstaff. “We wanted to preserve our western heritage,” says Kristen Daulton, president of the Flagstaff Pro…

Moscato in Camp Verde

Located inside the historic Montezuma Inn, a structure that was built in 1900 as the Joe Lane Saloon, Moscato Italian restaurant might be Camp Verde’s worst-kept secret. In January, executive chefs Salvatore Moscato, originally from Italy,…

12X12 Exhibition and Fundraiser in Sedona

Think collecting art is out of your price range? Sedona Arts Center wants you to think again. SAC’s 2nd Annual 12X12 Exhibition and Fundraiser returns June 10 and features more than 100 artists who have created…

We Will Rock You

Flagstaff Folk Festival The summer’s most laid-back and most affordable music festival just might be the Flagstaff Folk Festival happening June 18 and 19 at Coconino Center for the Arts and the adjacent Pioneer Museum. More…

PALET 2016 in Sedona

When most people think of plein-air painting, they picture artists sitting at an easel, palette in hand, quietly capturing the scene before them. After all, “en plein air” is French for “in the open air.” As…

Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale

On Memorial Day weekend, for the 42nd year, 90 artists from across the country will convene at Courthouse Square in Prescott for Phippen Museum’s Western Art Show & Sale. Art collectors will meander through booths brimming…

Sedona’s Heroic Sandwiches

Garland’s Indian Gardens Cafe & Market Reuben, $10 We have a couple of Reuben connoisseurs on staff, which means we’ve tried just about every single Reuben to be had in Sedona. And we always come back…