Sedona guide

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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 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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Berry Divine Acai Bowls in Sedona

You’ve heard people touting the antioxidant benefits of acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries for years, but they haven’t always been easy to find. Meet the acai bowl, which became all the rage in places like L.A. in…

Sedona Open Studios Tour

We hear a lot these days about the importance of shopping local, and that means supporting local artists and craftsmen, too. The Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition gives you the opportunity to put your money where your…

Beyond Sedona’s West Fork

  Even the most casual local hiker has most likely explored West Fork. It’s one of Sedona’s most popular hikes, especially in the fall when the trees along the trail put on a brilliant display of…

Sedona’s Szechuan Chinese Restaurant

Lauded as the best Chinese food in Sedona for many years now (and the best sushi, in this writer’s opinion), Szechuan Chinese Restaurant received a slight makeover after its neighboring lounge, The Martini Bar, closed its…

Sedona Tapped

Dark Sky Brewing Company Tired of the same old, same old? That’s impossible at Dark Sky Brewing Company, northern Arizona’s newest craft brewery (May 2015). Nick Irvine, who co-owns the brewery with four other people including…

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

During last year’s reinvented Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, more than 1,000 mountain bikers descended on Red Rock Country to ride the trails and celebrate the biking community. Organizer Mike Raney, who co-owns Over the Edge bike…

The Asylum Restaurant in Jerome

Tucked inside the notoriously spooky Jerome Grand Hotel (built in 1926 as United Verde Hospital), The Asylum Restaurant is more than just a spot to enjoy lunch or dinner – it’s an experience. Walk up a…

Sedona Arts Center: Art of Recycling

Before you throw away that damaged fire extinguisher or those broken pieces of pottery, take a second look. Could you possibly repurpose those items? Or turn them into art? Those questions occurred to Gayle Taylor, artist…

Sedona’s Inner Eye Gallery

Everyone has a different definition of retirement. For Larry and Barbara Berkowitz, it meant relocating to Sedona to open a gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and working in said gallery at least four days…

Artists at L’Auberge de Sedona

This past July, Goldenstein Gallery and L’Auberge de Sedona launched Artist in Residence, a monthly program at L’Auberge featuring demonstrations by local and visiting artists. The program continues this month with demonstrations by Sherab Khandro, Mike…

Spawesome Sedona

Eforea Spa Relaxation is a beautiful thing. However, if you are looking for a treatment that offers visible results, you want to head to eforea spa at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. Earlier this year,…

Sedona Art: The DeSerio Gallery

When we first profiled photographer Lou DeSerio back in 2007, he was still photographing with transparency film. His gallery was located in the middle of Uptown and his son, then 13, had a small corner in…

Eat Out in Sedona: 89Agave Cantina

Late this summer, Uptown’s Taos Cantina reopened as 89Agave Cantina under the helm of Executive Chef Mark May. Both the interior and exterior of the space received a facelift. The popular front patio (ideal for a…

Masked in the Night

Put on your best Venetian mask – it’s time for the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition’s Fourth Annual Art. Wine. Dine. on the Rocks Fundraiser, happening Oct. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. The festivities take place…

Sedona, Take Me Away!

Take a bath … at Adobe Grand Villas To date, the most opulent bathrooms in Sedona (outside of private residences) can be found at Adobe Grand Villas. Opened in June 2004, the four-diamond luxury inn boasts…

Blue Elk Designs

It’s common in Sedona to walk into a gallery or shop and find Hopi or Navajo kachina dolls carved from cottonwood. But there’s only one location in all of Sedona – and, reportedly, the world –…

Sedona Hike: Table Top Trail

With a name like Table Top, you can be fairly confident that the trail will offer spectacular views – and it does. But the route actually takes its name from Airport Mesa, which was originally Table…

5K Summer Series in Sedona

The City of Sedona Parks & Recreation and Sedona Running Company present the 5K Summer Series with races in May, June and July at 6 p.m. The first one happens May 28. All events take place…

Sedona Art: Andrea Smith Gallery

If anyone knows how quickly life can change, it’s artist and gallery owner Andrea Smith. In 2007, while living in Maui, Andrea suffered a double brain aneurysm. Andrea and her husband of 48 years, Gary, had…

Jerome Home Roam

It doesn’t take much research – a slow drive through town will do it – to realize that Jerome has a colorful and quirky past. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the seven homes and two…