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.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

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.


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.


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.

Juniper Bar & Grille_Patio with food

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.



(March 2014) The Smithsonian Magazine has just named Sedona, Arizona as one of the most remarkable towns in America on its “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014” list.

Airport Mesa looking down on Sedona Arizona

The view atop Airport Mesa

Here is what the Smithsonian Magazine has to say about the splendor of Sedona: “Approaching Sedona, you will feel your jaw drop as pinnacles, hoodoos and buttes rise—crimson, carmine, burnt sienna, depending on the slant of the sun. The effect makes you want to paint a Sistine Chapel even if you can’t draw a straight line.”

View of Three Sisters behind cacti in bloom

View Cacti blooming and the Three Sisters in the background

Sedona is a four season red rock playground where families can escape, where romantic adventures materialize and where photographer’s dreams come true. Sedona offers healing and restorative therapies, the adrenaline rush of off-road tours, and it’s also a shopper’s paradise. Enjoy the cool mountain waters of Oak Creek while you’re mesmerized by the glowing red rock formations. Surrounded by stunning red rock formations and an abundance of activities for people of all ages and interests, it’s no wonder Sedona has been ranked as the most beautiful place on Earth by Good Morning America.

Chairs face Oak Creek and Red Rocks

Relax by the creek at L’Auberge

“On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, it is great honor to be placed on the Smithsonian Magazine list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014”. We are very proud to be recognized for our outdoor adventure, arts & culture, and rejuvenating activities that Sedona offers visitors and locals alike,” says Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. “It’s recognition like this that helps position Sedona as a premier destination in the United States. Kudos to the businesses recognized for top-notch service and world-class products and services.”

The other towns listed on Smithsonian Magazine on the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014” list include:

1. Chautauqua, NY
2. Healdsburg, CA
3. Williamsburg, VA
4. Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Woods Hole, MA
6. Marietta, OH
7. Beaufort, SC
8. Sedona, AZ
9. Nebraska City, NE
10. Lanesboro, MN
11. Spring Green, WI
12. Havre de Grace, MD
13. Columbia, PA
14. Mount Dora, FL
15. Ketchum, ID
16. Montpelier, VT
17. Harrodsburg, KY
18. Silver City, NM
19. Decorah, IA
20. The Dalles, OR


Guest Blog Submission from Arizona Travel Writer Roger Naylor

Hear that sound? It’s the soft knuckles of spring rapping on the window. It’s the signal that the coast is clear. Winter’s gone and you are wanted outside.

The fin

Don’t try to resist. Sedona never has much winter to recover from, just a sweater-worthy chill, but it’s enough to make the balmy days of March utterly seductive. Wildflowers splash across meadows and the woods echo with birdsong. Buttery sunshine swabs the landscape and even the red rocks seem to blush redder. If spring has an address, it is Sedona, Arizona. Wish you were here.

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

If you do nothing else on your springtime visit to Sedona, take time for a picnic—an old-fashioned sit-outside-and-eat picnic. Remember those? They used to exist when life moved at a slower pace. While there’s no way to be certain it’s a pretty safe bet that Sedona has more prime picnic real estate than just about anywhere.

Bear mountain

Spread your blanket among the historic orchards of Slide Rock State Park with the fruit trees wrapped in spring blossoms. Or at Red Rock Crossing along the banks of Oak Creek as majestic Cathedral Rock rises overhead. Or sit atop Airport Mesa while waiting for the bruised-peach sunset to settle on the horizon.


Or perhaps you prefer to pick a quiet spot, a private spot, known only to you and your loved ones. Somewhere amid the cluster of rising stone formations where you can relax for an afternoon amid scenic splendor and eat, drink and breathe. Take deep breaths. Smell that perfume? That’s the fragrance of a perfect spring day.

Exploring the Grand Canyon will have to wait.  But you won’t want to miss Sedona as part of your Arizona adventure.

David Sunfellow

Sedona and all of the splendid Arizona State Parks are open, including Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. Just a short drive south through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona offers inspiring overlooks, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and beautiful red rock vistas. And, did you know that Sedona is considered one of the 7 Best Outdoor Destinations in the America?


Visitors will enjoy Sedona’s vivid fall colors in a red rock playground where families can escape, romantic adventures begin and photographers dreams come true. Sedona offers healing & restorative therapies, adrenaline inducing off-road tours including Jeep and Hummer excursions, and a shopper’s paradise. Experience the cool mountain waters of Oak Creek and be mesmerized by the glowing red rock formations.

The fin

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Hello Sedona Fans,

As an avid hiker, biker, and swimmer, I know the importance of the emotional, physical and inner strength that comes with regular exercise. Exercise leads to flowing endorphins, soaring adrenaline, and a zest of energy and vitality.  Recently expanding my repertoire of difficult hikes to include Sedona’s Bear Mountain and Wilson Mountain, my joints are finally feeling of age as I creak, crack and spasm when I awake the next morning. It has recently become imperative that I begin to listen to my body and give it consistent rest and replenishment.

Luckily, Sedona in known for healing, relaxation and rejuvenation. The next two weekends are perfect ways to relax amongst phenomenal red rock formation and appreciative visitors and locals alike during the Zaki Gordon Institute Shorts Film Festival and the Sedona Bluegrass Festival.

May 25-27- ZGI Shorts Film Festival  

The Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) hosts a film festival every year on Memorial Day weekend. All graduates of ZGI screen their films at the annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival and the audience gets to vote! Enjoy two full days of independent short films, a special feature presentation and the Career and Gear Fair on Friday night. The Film School is designed with one goal in mind-taking your film from script to screen! Call Rue at (928) 649-4257 for passes. Schedule and synopses at

May 30- June 3– Sedona Bluegrass Festival

SBGF kicks off Wednesday, May 30 when the Burnett Family Bluegrass Band performs three concerts, followed by Run Boy Run’s FREE workshop and pickin party Saturday at Sedona Charter School. Purchase your Sunday Festival tickets and lunch package in advance and save! On Sunday, June 3 join friends at Los Abrigados when Tim O’Brien & Bryan Sutton, The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Run Boy Run and Muskellunge Bluegrass perform from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Visit