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Resolution to Reality: Travel to Sedona This Year

There are two types of New Year’s resolution makers—those who hope they’ll reach their goals and those who make their goals reality. This holds true for travelers with dreams of visiting Sedona. Whether you’ve resolved to take an adventure vacation or to take time to relax and heal in Sedona, these tips will help make those hopes your reality.

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Cast an Adventure Vacation Vision

Successful travel plans begin with a vision. Which of Sedona’s outdoor adventures call to you as the travel year begins? Whether your dream involves hiking, camping, fishing or blasting your way through the high desert in a Jeep, make it a reality by booking your tour, campsite or fishing expedition early.

Will you camp your way through Coconino National Forest? Or could this be the year that your kids learn to love the great outdoors along Bell Rock Pathway? Cast your vision for an over-the-top adventure vacation and plan ahead to experience the best tours, the most challenging trails and the most scenic campsites Sedona has to offer. Here’s a link to help launch Sedona vacation vision casting.

Take Time for a Healing Interlude

It’s no accident the beauty and mystery surrounding Sedona have birthed a town where healing and serenity are an expectation. Let this year’s travel resolution lead you to one of Sedona’s centers of healing and beauty.

The many spas that grace the streets of this high desert town offer visitors the chance to find their bliss. Resolve to take time for a healing interlude in Sedona, and give your budget a vacation, as well, by taking advantage of seasonal spa packages.

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Your dreams of visiting Sedona this year are within your grasp. Visualize what you want to happen in Sedona, plan ahead and set aside the time to make this resolution the one that becomes a reality.

Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States.  Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations. 

Reconnect in Sedona was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau


Sedona is a truly magical place. Blessed with a rugged, red-hued landscape of mountains, rock formations and canyons, the awe-inspiring beauty of Sedona is best seen on foot. A morning hike in Sedona is a spectacular way to start off the day as you can watch the sun slowly light up the brilliant red mountains and the shadows dance away. Furthermore, it may be one of the few times that you are hiking alone meaning you will receive the benefit and joy of finding peace and solitude while enjoying an incredible view.

One of the best sunrise hikes in all of Sedona is the Airport Mesa Trail Loop that literally circles around Sedona’s small mountaintop airport affording dramatic 360-degree views of the city and her magnificent, unusually shaped rock formations.

The hike starts off of Airport Road and meanders a gentle 3.5 miles from start to finish. Depending upon how fit you are and how many stops you make to take photos of the breathtaking views, the hike takes a little over an hour to an hour and a half.

Arrive about a half hour after sunrise to be rewarded with the best views of the sun bouncing off the red-hued mountains. It is the golden hour and the light is magical. It is not the best time for photos as the mountains are covered in shadows however watching the sun rise as the shadows disappear is fantastic.

I was lucky that although the parking lot was full, I only saw two people during the entire hike. It was so insanely serene and peaceful that I was overcome with emotion. If only I could start every day as beautifully as this!

Here are some photos of the glorious sunrise over Sedona that I took during the hike.

7As I set off on my hike, the light was brilliant, bouncing and reflecting off the red-hued rocks. It was felt surreal. Such a calm, peaceful beauty.

5As I continued, the views of Sedona changed in landscape, topography, vegetation and of course light. The hike continued to be just as stunning as it was when I began an hour before. It was pure eye candy!

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The trail head is located about halfway to the top of Airport Road. Note that the parking lot is very small and fits only a handful of cars. The lot is usually full from sunrise to sunset however I waited only a few minutes and a spot opened up.

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Content is provided by Minneapolis-based travel and social good blogger, Nicole Melancon, who shares her journey at Thirdeyemom


Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

Like all great works of art, Sedona takes your spirit hostage. It captures you softly and holds you in its red rock grip.

The visual drama of the landscape stirs something deep within everyone who visits or resides here. Sedona inspires and challenges, it thrills and mystifies, it haunts and energizes. It moves us in ways that we struggle to understand. Great art doesn’t provide answers. But it does show us which questions are the right ones to ask.

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A fortunate few drawn to this place manage to capture the magic, carving art from the larger masterpiece of Sedona. Surrealist Max Ernst arrived in 1946 and created his most famous work here. In 1958, Egyptian sculptor Nassan Gobran and others established Sedona’s first art center. Joe Beeler and pards formed Cowboy Artists of America over cold beers in a local saloon in 1965. That kind of diversity continues to fuel Sedona’s vibrant art scene that ranges from traditional to contemporary, from Native American to cutting edge.

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It’s no wonder the town bristles with artistic showcases. Numerous sculptures and murals are part of the public space. Dozens of galleries, studios and shops populate every corner of the community. Take some time to prowl as many as you can. Explore the different mediums and styles. See how their interpretation of the spectacular scenery aligns with yours.

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On the first Friday of every month, many of Sedona’s prominent art galleries from Uptown to Gallery Row and beyond host an evening of openings, demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation during First Friday Art Walk, circulating from gallery to gallery where everything from fine art to funkier creations can be found. What a wonderful way to kick off your weekend in Sedona.


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.

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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


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.

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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 from Arizona Travel Writer Roger Naylor

Everyone knows Sedona provides a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul. But it’s not your soul that starts growling around lunchtime.

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Fortunately, visitors will have no trouble satisfying rumbling tummies. Culinary options are as varied as the fanciful red rock formations defining the magnificent landscape. From casual cafes to white tablecloth dining rooms, health-conscious vegetarian to cowboy-style steakhouses, spicy Southwestern to elegant Italian, and everything in between, Sedona has emerged in recent years as a destination for lovers of fine food.

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While the idea of eating local has become a popular culinary trend, it never went out of style in Sedona. The town was first settled because of year round water and fertile soil. Local fruit and produce, along with trout pulled fresh from Oak Creek are menu mainstays. Varietals of grapes grow on sloping hillsides just outside of town and produce some of Arizona’s finest wines.

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What you won’t find are many chain restaurants. Chef-owned eateries, brimming with passion, define the dining experience. Sedona is a destination meant to be savored, in every way imaginable. You can dine creekside, on a patio in the shadow of soaring red rocks or at a sidewalk table in the midst of the bustling historic main street district. Some of the best side dishes served throughout the town are the views.

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Don’t worry too much about over indulging. Everyone who visits Sedona is pulled outdoors. It only takes a few hours hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing or swimming—all the reasons you came in the first place—to work off last night’s dessert. When it comes to calories, what happens in Sedona, stays in Sedona. You only take home the delicious memories.

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Guest Blog Submission from El Portal Sedona Hotel

More and more people are now traveling with their pets; including them on vacations, getaways, and weekend trips.  Every pet owner has concerns when considering traveling with their pets.  Where to stay? How to travel? What should you expect from a hotel that claims to be pet friendly? The list of questions to answer can become quite lengthy, but with a little bit of common sense and these tips, you can plan a trip that will be fun for all!  With research and planning, working your pet’s needs into every step of the itinerary is easy and conducive to a good trip for everyone.  If your pet feels stressed out or poorly cared for, no one will be able to enjoy the trip.Pet 1

First, consider where to stay.  Look for pet friendly hotels on the internet and travel sites, ask friends who have traveled where they have stayed.  Hotels that claim to be pet friendly are often only pet-tolerating – charging more money and sticking you in a smoker’s only room.  Phone hotels and find out what their policies are regarding pets – will they provide a bed and other useful items such as maps to local dog parks? These are the hotels to look for – the ones with few restrictions, who view the pets as guests in their own right and will provide things to meet their needs as well as their human guests, but without focusing solely on the profit.  Look for not only pet friendly hotels, but pet friendly restaurants too! Do your research!

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Consider how you are going to be traveling.  Are you driving? Flying? Hopping on board a train? Odds are you will use one of the first two methods to get to your vacation destination.  Each of these methods of travel comes with its own concerns for transporting your pet.  If you need to fly, time of the flight and size of the pet will likely impact your plans.  Most airlines will let you know when they transport pets for maximum comfort, but if you have a pet small enough to fit under the seat, you can fly any time.  Car rides are a little different.  The most important thing to keep in mind in this case is that your pet will need to stretch their legs and move around about once every three hours – much like you do! In either case, remember to hydrate your pet and avoid feeding them a full meal before in order to avoid upset stomachs during the journey. If your pet is kennel or crate-trained, bring it with you, your pet will feel more safe and secure. 1526636_10201316634901334_1721030371_n

When traveling with a pet – keep it on your schedule, meaning even with time changes your pet will have to adjust just like you, but do it gradually for them.  Bring their food and bowls, bedding, toys and leash to ensure that they are comfortable and have familiar items to ease their travel anxiety.  Never leave them alone in a hotel room, cabin, or other space. Remember, pets are like children – not everyone likes them, keep them on a leash at all times, and never let them be bothersome. Pets are part of our families and they need to be taken care of with love, attention, and discipline.pet 3

El Portal Sedona Hotel is a pet friendly hotel that welcomes both people and their pets with open arms and rooms.  To the owners, Steve and Connie Segner, there was no question that an upscale, luxury inn could provide style, the best amenities and personalized concierge services for guests and their pets.Each room at El Portal Sedona is open to pets of various sizes, although some fit better with larger or smaller ones. It was voted as the Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA by USA Today Traveler and 10Best.com, is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, is one of the top hotels in the Southwest (by Coñde Nast Travelers readers) and has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award.

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Sedona provides numerous opportunities to take your pet on excursions.  The Arizona town is located in an area with hundreds of miles of hiking trails of all different difficulty levels, and the town itself is incredibly dog friendly.  This is important because taking your pet with you when you leave your hotel is highly recommended. Leaving them alone in a strange place can make them anxious and noisier than they may usually be.  Besides, you do not want to spend all that time bringing them with you, only to leave them alone in a hotel room for the entire trip! El Portal Sedona can help you discover and plan activities for both you and your pet – pets need attention and care, just like a child, so include them in as many things as you can!

Contact Information:

Steve Segner | El Portal Sedona Hotel

95 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336

928-203-9405 |800-313-0017 | Fax: 928-203-9401

info@ElPortalSedona.com | www.ElPortalSedona.com

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