REGISTER NOW for the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon Event taking place on January 31, 2015. Sign-up with your family and friends before September 1, 2014 to save on registration with Early Bird pricing! The boutique destination race event is expected to host more than 2,600 runners/walkers who will participate in one of these breathtaking panoramic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon race.

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The course will take registrants through the scenic Coconino National Forest District, known for its magical iron-clad formations, and onto the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the Country – a town which was recently placed on the “Top 10 Best Small Towns in America” list!

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Spectators, supporters and participants will be treated to an Awards Party, a Pasta Dinner, and an Event Expo at the world renowned Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The Expo will feature vendors, artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. All registrants will also have access to a fully loaded Virtual Goodie bag, a gender specific tech running t-shirt, and all finishers will be given a Finishers Medal.

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Sign up before September 1, 2014 to save on registration with Early Bird pricing!

Come to the Sedona Marathon Event and be part of a rich tradition of healthy, sustainable living that has most recently been named by Good Morning America as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.”

For details and to register, visit SedonaMarathon.com.


Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

Vacations are meant to be stress-free events. But family dynamics being what they are, that gets tricky. The younger kids want to go swimming, Mom wants to have an old-fashioned picnic, Dad wants to try out his new camera with the mega-zoom lens on the golf course and Grandma and the teens want to visit a vortex. (Sedona seems to bring out a side of Grandma nobody’s seen for awhile.

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No need to bicker. The diversity of Sedona is a gift to families both near and far. Natural water slides, endless miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, swimming holes and pristine forests means there’s plenty of room to let everyone pursue their passion. That includes indoors as well as outside. Because offsetting the rugged beauty is the unparalleled luxury found at elegant accommodations, pampering spas and delicious restaurants. Kids play their way, parents play theirs.

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Yet best of all, Sedona features so many opportunities to reconnect, to do things together as a family. Pile everybody into a jeep to explore the back-country and experience the kind of thrill-ride acrobatics that puts a smile on the face of even the surliest teen. Hop aboard a hot air balloon. Go kayaking. Take a group hike. Or gather to watch the sunset. Just be sure to make time for that picnic Mom wanted in the first place. When Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.

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The family that plays together, stays together. The family that plays together in Sedona, starts planning their next visit before they ever leave.

www.VisitSedona.com

Grab the Kiddos and Giddy-Up to Sedona, Arizona was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau


Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

Vacations are meant to be stress-free events. But family dynamics being what they are, that gets tricky. The younger kids want to go swimming, Mom wants to have an old-fashioned picnic, Dad wants to try out his new camera with the mega-zoom lens on the golf course and Grandma and the teens want to visit a vortex. (Sedona seems to bring out a side of Grandma nobody’s seen for awhile.

Family-hiking2

No need to bicker. The diversity of Sedona is a gift to families both near and far. Natural water slides, endless miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, swimming holes and pristine forests means there’s plenty of room to let everyone pursue their passion. That includes indoors as well as outside. Because offsetting the rugged beauty is the unparalleled luxury found at elegant accommodations, pampering spas and delicious restaurants. Kids play their way, parents play theirs.

Girls_Walking_tocreek

Yet best of all, Sedona features so many opportunities to reconnect, to do things together as a family. Pile everybody into a jeep to explore the back-country and experience the kind of thrill-ride acrobatics that puts a smile on the face of even the surliest teen. Hop aboard a hot air balloon. Go kayaking. Take a group hike. Or gather to watch the sunset. Just be sure to make time for that picnic Mom wanted in the first place. When Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.

Horse_and_riders

The family that plays together, stays together. The family that plays together in Sedona, starts planning their next visit before they ever leave.

www.VisitSedona.com


Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

 

As we age we tend to misplace things. It seems like we always lose track of our glasses, our keys and even our summers.

By the time we’re adults, the carefree summers of childhood are gone. Those three long glorious months dwindle to a week here, a long weekend there. So it’s important to make the most out of the time you do have. That’s where Sedona comes in.

Sunset atop Antelop Hill

Maximize every moment of vacation in the red rock paradise of Sedona. Soaring stone monoliths so vivid they each have distinct personalities, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, clear running streams and hidden canyons are engulfed amid 1.8 million acres of national forest. Sedona is built for fun and adventure.

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Seize the opportunity this summer to reconnect with the great outdoors. Take a hike or a swim. Catch a fish or a nap. Play some golf. Climb a boulder. Kayak a river. Bike down a mountain. You may get dirty and you may get wet. You’ll definitely create some warm delicious memories.

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Yet beneath Sedona’s rugged exterior lies a soft core of comfort and luxury. A bevy of elegant motels, hotels and resorts are waiting for you. Not to mention rejuvenating spas, excellent restaurants and boutique wineries. Play like a kid all day in Sedona. Then relax like an adult when the sun goes down.

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One advantage to being all grown up is that nobody will ask you to write an essay on how you spent your summer vacation. Although after some time in Sedona, you probably will want to do just that—a reminder to yourself of where to go next summer.

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Although fireworks are generally a 4th of July staple, the explosions aren’t exactly safe in the high desert of Arizona. They release chemicals into the atmosphere that are harmful to people’s health and the environment. They cause a lot of noise pollution. And in the Sedona area in particular, these flashing lights also run the risk of starting fires.

Boy lookingThe team at Just Energy, realizing these risks, put together a blog post offering alternatives to the traditional Independence Day celebration. One of these suggestions was to attend a laser light show, which offers all the glitz of a fireworks display without any of the harmful side effects. The article also notes that while some electricity is used during a laser display, it’s an eco-friendly option because lights can be reused whereas fireworks can’t.

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Just Energy even went as far as picking out their favorite laser light shows, and of course Sedona made the list, taking the No. 2 spot. The city is touted as an ideal vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts with its proximity to Oak Creek Canyon and the surrounding Coconino National Forest. And on Independence Day, the laser show can’t be missed.

After a day of exploring the picturesque surroundings, make sure you head on over to the baseball field at Red Rock High School to take in the patriotic show. Although the laser display won’t begin until after dark, arrive early to stake out a decent spot with your blanket or lawn chair. Starting at 6:30 p.m. you can enjoy live music from David Parker & the Big Time or indulge in food from one of the event’s vendors. Entry to the show and parking are free.

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To see the full list of safe fireworks alternatives, visit: http://www.justenergy.com/blog/4-safe-alternatives-to-independence-day-fireworks/


Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

If Sedona has a kindred spirit it’s the Grand Canyon.

The two geological marvels are both “bucket list” destinations for people all over the world. Millions of visitors come for scenery that’s dazzlingly unique. See a photo of either the Grand Canyon or Sedona and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else. Yet photos don’t begin to do these Arizona icons justice. They must be experienced in person.The fin

It’s hard to imagine traveling to the Southwest and not visiting Grand Canyon or Sedona. So why not do both? We believe when you have one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in your backyard, take advantage of it. By making Sedona your base camp for a Grand Canyon expedition, you’ll enjoy a much wider array of creature comforts. In Sedona you’ll find more places to stay and eat, not to mention spas, shops, galleries and more.

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Sedona sits approximately 100 miles south of the Grand Canyon and it’s a spectacular journey. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving so you can relax and take in the sights, several companies launch guided Grand Canyon tours from Sedona.

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At Grand Canyon National Park designated overlooks provide visitors with aw-inspiring views. Walk along the rim in Grand Canyon Village. Snap a photo of mule riders moseying towards the river and peer into the abyss to hear what secrets are echoed there.

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Then it’s time to come back home to Sedona, where all the incredible sights are just outside your door. Blessed with a beauty that’s epic yet intimate, grandiose yet personal, people seem to make a very special connection to Sedona. No overlooks or mule rides are required.

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Guest Blog submission by Roger Naylor

Grapes, like people, need to overcome a little adversity to develop true character. If everything comes too easy for them they simply grow up to be grapes. Maybe they get a chance to pursue a career as jelly, juice or raisins but that’s as far as they go. Yet under the right conditions, grapes can mature into fine wine.

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Sedona and the Verde Valley offer the ideal location and climate to develop award-winning wines. The serenity of Sedona today belies its violent past when fierce volcanoes towered over the landscape. What remains is a layer of rich volcanic soil blanketing hillsides above the creeks and streams providing exquisite settings for vineyards. Dramatic temperature swings—warm days and cool nights—coaxes the complexity and intense flavors from the small fruit. These are the traits coveted by winemakers who then work their magic.

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Thanks to the burgeoning wine industry, visitors can spend languid afternoons exploring lush vineyards just outside of town. Tasting rooms pour Syrahs, Zinfandels, Chardonnays and more. Restaurants proudly stock an array of local wines to pair with meals—full-bodied reds and lean crisp whites.

Green Wisteria grow free on this pathway to Page Springs Vineyards & Cellars

Most important of all, everything slows down for good wine. You stop and taste and savor. Wine gives you permission to relax. It keeps you in the moment. And sitting in Sedona with a glass raised, toasting a vibrant sunset is exactly the kind of moment to hold onto ever so tight.

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Grapes have discovered what everyone else already knew: Sedona is the perfect place to grow and flourish and to become the best possible version of themselves they can become.

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