Best Sedona Activities

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Sedona isn’t exactly a place known to many visitors, but it is one of the cities you would really want to put on your travel bucket list. Before going into interesting details, Sedona is a beautiful city in the US state of Arizona with more than 10,000 residents. It is a thriving southwestern metropolis that takes pride in its culture and world-class tourist attractions.

Without a doubt, Sedona will surprise you with so many exciting and breathtaking wonders that you can’t find anywhere else. But what can you do in this town to get rid of your boredom and make your stay more worthwhile? There are so many things to do in Sedona. Adventures, shows, eating, shopping… Name it, Sedona has it.

Jampacked Activities

If you are an adventure-seeking person, then buckle up and get ready for fun-filled Sedona activities in the company of nature. You can do bird watching, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and photography, to name a few while looking at the famous red sandstone formations that glow when they are illuminated by the sun.

Aside from the physical activities, it is also highly recommended to avail its Pink Jeep Tours and go sightseeing and visit the town’s natural wonders like the Oak Creek Canyon. But if you wish to keep a low-key vacation, then you can visit art galleries where you can view art pieces made by local artists or spend your time in spas to experience a soothing and healing therapeutic massage.

One-of-a-Kind Events

After doing the activities, experience the Sedona events, which are perfect venues for family bondings. The events are usually held every weekend, so you have no reasons to get boring even on Saturday and Sunday. You can go to concerts and enjoy an iced cold beer, watch movies, laugh out loud at comedy shows, have a nightlife, or just spend time with your family in family events.

Satisfied Tummies

In any case you get hungry, don’t worry. There are many Sedona Restaurants to choose from. There is the Cucina Rustica that primarily serves Italian dishes. If you wish to try local cuisine, then head to The Village Grind where live music and a comfortable atmosphere take your breath away. Are you craving for fast food? Well, burgers at Serenitie Restaurant & Burger Bar would be the best choice.

If you can’t live without a hearty breakfast and a cup coffee, then you can either go to Historic Brewing or Miley’s Cafe – or both. It would definitely be worth it. Do you want to sing your heart out, play billiards, and enjoy an upbeat music? You have the Full Moon Saloon to keep you company.

And before you even leave the place, don’t miss to experience a romantic Sedona dining with your partner at J Wine Bistro where the place’s romantic ambiance makes your date a perfect one.

Awesome Shopping Establishments

Shopping in Sedona IS A MUST! If shopping doesn’t bore you, then you have the Bilby & Moss Boutique where you can buy fashionable and trendy clothes. For handicrafts and fashion items, The Chai Spot is a perfect place. You can have a sip of the delicious Chai Tea.

 

After knowing all of these, do you think you’ll still be bored in Sedona? Impossible!

Dining Out in Sedona Where and How

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Sedona is more well-known for its natural beauty than for its food.  However, this melting pot of many different cultures is the perfect setting for eclectic tastes and refined palates, but also has plenty to offer for those looking for pub grub, local breweries, or fantastic atmosphere.  Traveling to Sedona is not a completed venture until you have tasted the many different kinds of foods that are available in this lovely town.

The Collective, a plaza off Route 179, is an area where you will find many of these fantastic restaurants.

Great Atmosphere

The Village Grind is a wonderful café and eatery where you’ll be able to chill out.  The homey atmosphere is made even better by the presentation of live music.  Able to appeal to even the pickiest of coffee drinkers, you’ll fall in love with the aroma and the environment as soon as you walk in the door.

If you’re looking for a way to spice up the night, head to Full Moon Saloon.  The weekends here are packed with fun, including karaoke and live music, and you’ll be able to get the best of your regular pub food far into the night.

Wines and Beers

If you’re looking for handcrafted wines and beers that come from the local area, then look no further!  In The Collective, you’ve got some great options!

For beer, check out Historic Brewing Company, and let them show off their passion for craft beer.  Although the wine industry in Arizona is still in its early stages, Four Eight Wineworks has taken the lead in becoming the first winemaker Co-op in this part of the state.

Family Friendly

Miley’s Café is a great place for families and single people alike!  This Sedona restaurant features great quality at low prices, and is a proud supporter of breakfast foods at non-breakfast times.  You’ll love their welcoming atmosphere and good prices.

Also striving for high quality and freshness is the Schoolhouse Restaurant.  Feel secure in your choice, knowing that what is on your plate is of excellent quality and most likely comes from local providers.

Classy Dining

Take your evening up a notch by heading to Cucina Rustica, an award-winningItalian restaurant run by a woman who is clearly passionate about food.  And don’t forget to stop in at J Wine Bistro during your southwest travels, boasting 20 years of restaurant experience and locally grown ingredients.

Dining in Sedona can be a wonderful experience.  Take the time to truly delve into this rich and varied area for an unforgettable meal!

The Collective: Signaling a Rebirth – By Tom Vitron, QCBN

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Blending with the dramatic red color palette of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte that grace the background, The Collective in the Village of Oak Creek is a revitalized multiuse gathering space where residents and visitors can shop, eat, celebrate and just enjoy the natural beauty.

Thomas MacPherson and his Fenix Private Capital Group purchased the property last year after selling another project in Phoenix. “It’s a nice center. I love Sedona, and it’s a great place to spend time and money to build a very significant cultural and community entity,” said MacPherson.

The Collective is located on the plaza formerly known as the Tequa.

“I’m really optimistic and excited to feel the new energy. It’s almost like a rebirth. New things are coming,” said Sedona restauranteur Lisa Dahl, whose businesses include Cucina Rustica. “I have been waiting 13 years for cultural significance at the property. That was part of the Tequa plan and one of the main reasons I thought it was a good move to come out to the plaza. Four groups have come and gone, and now we have Thomas,” said Dahl, who also ran a storefront in the plaza for a time called Aroma and calls MacPherson “a visionary.”

The Collective is intended to encompass a variety of food and beverage establishments, an eclectic collection of storefronts, from banking to yoga, art galleries and art installations, and indoor and outdoor event spaces for community and private events.

“It’s meant to be a place for everyone in The Village to go hang out, to have ideas and come up with new ideas,” said MacPherson. “Coming up, we’re holding a forum on the upcoming [Yavapai] county supervisor election, we have our farmers market running two three-day weekends a month, and we’ll have a Native American cultural center soon.” Recent events have included the kickoff of the Illuminate Film Festival and a summer moon dance.

Currently, he is focused on finishing Phase One of the property’s redevelopment, including finishing all deferred maintenance, programming all spaces and finishing build outs. Phase Two is focused on beautification, including an emphasis on sustainability; the property’s environmental impact is being lessened by the use of organic grass, and there are plans for a solar power array and a gray water system. This phase is also intended for organizational and operational improvements. Phase Three is a long-term effort to develop the dirt lot that remains on the internal southwest edge of the property.

Next to that space and behind Schoolhouse Restaurant (a tenant since February 2015 before MacPherson came in) is the grass courtyard utilized by the farmers market, the film festival and other events. Surrounding the courtyard are the interlinked Village Grind Coffee and Eatery and the soon-to-open J Wine Bistro, as well as an intriguing set of small, adjacent storefronts destined to be tasting rooms for local craft wine, beer, and spirit makers.

Dubbed “The Producers,” this space is currently occupied by two tenants: Four Eight Wineworks cooperative of Clarkdale, and Historic Brewing Company/Grand Canyon Wine Company based in Williams/Flagstaff. Southern Arizona winery Flying Leap Vineyards has also signed on to join the space soon, and more will follow.

“Everyone I talked to about taking part loves the space but has push backs,” MacPherson explained. “They wanted to see it when it’s done. Now that it’s done, brewers and winemakers are considerably more interested. The space will be more full by the end of summer and totally full by the end of the year,” he predicted.

MacPherson is seeking a Series 6 liquor license, making it easier for tasting-room and special-event guests to enjoy more freedom of mobility and use of the property’s common spaces.

Carole Kennelly, a part owner of Historic Brewing Company, echoes an enthusiasm for the vision renewed by MacPherson. “Historic is very excited to be on the ground level of such an exciting project. Wine, beer, food, art? What more can you ask for? We, at Historic, value collaboration and community. The Collective is the perfect place for like-minded businesses to be a part of something greater than themselves. We look forward to being a destination for both travelers and locals alike.”

Big Park Regional Coordinating Council president Amadeus Larew says he is energized to see this commercial space becoming a more complete business and community hub. “It’s an asset for both residents and visitors to the Verde Valley,” he said.

The 6.15-acre, 54,000-square-foot Tequa Plaza originally opened in 2002 on the south end of The Village of Oak Creek and was negatively impacted by the economic downturn in 2008. Now, business owners say the future looks bright.

How to Get the Most Out of the Sedona Dining Experience

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Sedona is a beautiful town surrounded by red rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and natural forest. The scenic beauty of this town with various amazing places to visit and adventures to encounter makes it the perfect vacation destination for tourists. Tourists visiting Sedona are guaranteed appropriate portions of outdoor adventure, soothing relaxation and pampered luxury. There are elegant spas and resorts, exquisite art galleries, restaurants and wine tasting rooms.
Sedona dining offers many culinary options. Visitors coming to Sedona originate from all parts of the world. Sedona dining accommodates all tourist from casual cafes to white tablecloth dining rooms, health conscious vegetarians to cowboy-style steakhouses, spicy Southwestern to Italian as well as everything in between. Every visitor requires a heavy hearty and healthy breakfast to have enough energy needed for physical activities of the day such as biking, running, riding and hiking among others. Some places open early to offer delicious breakfast which can be French toast crusted with pecans, southwestern-accented eggs Benedict with chorizo and jack cheese in a tortilla cup,  just to name a few.
Sedona has a vast selection of restaurants that offer different cuisines. Some of the best restaurants include The Hudson, which is an American Eatery, Creekside Restaurant, Golden Goose American Grill, Hiro’s Sushi and Japanese Kitchen, Chocola Tree Organic Oasis, Che Ah Chi among many others. These restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts at excellent prices and excellent service.
The following provisions are also available in Sedona dining: coffee/tea, cocktails, brews, wine, health food/farmers market, wine tasting and sweet treats. Sedona dining gives an enjoyable and enriching experience.

Tourists get the best out of Sedona by:

•    Having meals in different restaurants. This enables visitors to have a taste of delicious meals prepared using fresh produce from local farms by various chefs in Sedona.
•    Trying out new cuisines. Sedona has visitors from all around the world. They make tourists feel accommodated by providing varied cuisines from various countries. This is an excellent opportunity to try out a meal from different countries and cultures.
•    The enchanting and savoring view. Sedona dining is not restricted to a closed space. Visitors dine on Creekside, on a patio in the shadow of red rocks or even at a sidewalk table in the midst of bustling historic district. These views create amazing memories which visitors remember for a long time.
In addition to the fabulous Sedona dining, comfortable accommodation is also provided in cabins, hotels, motels, resorts, vacation rentals and RV camping. Sedona has also developed a global reputation as a place of enlightenment. Many healing practitioners are always ready to assist visitors on their spiritual quest including massage therapists, psychics, spiritual counselors, life coaches and shamans.