Of Current Events
Out of Africa
Wildlife Park opened its gates on Thursday,
May 26 2006, after one year of construction on 104 wilderness
acres in Camp Verde, about 30 minutes from
FUN THINGS TO DO IN SEDONA
AIR TOURS (LOCAL)
“Grand Adventure” - 45 minutes - Verde Valley, Schnebly Hill, Bell Rock, Jerome, Cliff Dwellings
“Classic Tour” – 20 minutes – Bell Rock, The Chapel, Lee and Wilson Mountain, Mund’s Canyon.
“Mystic Canyon”– 30 minutes – Broken Arrow, Mt. Wilson, Submarine & Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek
“Hog Wild”– 52 Miles – All Sedona Vortex Sights, Broken Arrow, Schnebly Hill, Mt. Wilson & Bear Mt.
“The Ancient’s Way” – 33 Miles – Secret Canyon, Rattlesnake Mesa, Cliff Dwellings, Bear Mt.
Go to: www.BirdyVerde.org and see if you find something interesting.
Sedona has many good restaurants. Here is just a selection of the most requested ones with websites to view their menus:
- Dinner in your villa or in our Dining Room prepared by your personal Chef www.AdobeGrandVillas.com click on “Personal Chef”
- Café Elote – Upscale eclectic Southwestern/Mexican. No reservations. www.cafeelote.com
- Cowboy Club – High Desert Cuisine, Reservations recommended www.cowboyclub.com
- Barking Frog – Southwest Cuisine. Reservations recommended. www.barkingfroggrille.com
- Dahl & Diluca – Upscale Italian, Reservations recommended. www.dahlanddiluca.com
- The Hudson – Continental. Reservations recommended. http://www.thehudsonsedona.com
- Heartline Cafe – Continental with Southwest Flavors. Reservations recommended. www.heartlinecafe.com
- Ken’s Creekside – Gourmet Bistro and Late Menu. Reservations recommended. www.kenscreekside.com
- Picazzo’s – Gourmet Pizza http://www.picazzos.com
- Rene’s – French. Reservations recommended. www.rene-sedona.com
- Oak Creek Brewery – Bar & Grill, Handcrafted Beers www.oakcreekpub.com
Are you ready to tackle some of Arizona’s most beautiful streams in search of wild trout? Do you dream of float tubing a pristine mountain lake in search of monster browns and ‘bows? We can book half day and full day fly fishing adventure on one of Arizona’s beautiful high country lakes or streams. Stunning views, gorgeous pine forests, lots of elk and deer, and some incredible trout fishing all await. Your all-inclusive adventure will be outfitted with a full line of Orvis rods and reels, waders, boots, float tubes (if necessary), beverages, line, leaders, tippet and flies. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the outfitter’s certified casting instructors and full time guides will insure you a fly fishing adventure of a lifetime!
GOLFING AND TENNIS
Check these courses out and then let us book your T-Time.
We can reserve a tennis court for you at the Poco Diablo Resort
GRAND CANYON TRIPS
“Grand Experience” – 11 hours – Bus to Grand Canyon, South and East Rim of the Grand Canyon, leisure time at
view points, Trading Post, Lunch upgrades for El Tovar or Bright Angel Lodge
“Air/Land Combo” – Same as above combined with a 30 minute helicopter flight.
“Sunset Tour” – 11 hours – Includes a wonderful gourmet dinner.
If your emphasis is on hiking, we have private guides available that will customize your hike to your ability.
If you love to hike and want a vortex experience on top of it, we have got the right guide for you too.
If your emphasis is on the spiritual side, get a guide that will accompany through the beauty and spirit of Sedona.
If you hike for exercise, we have a guide to challenge you.
If you are an avid horseback rider you will not find any challenge here. On the other side, if you just want to experience nature on a horse’s back we can offer you 1 to 3 hour rides with or without a Cowboy Cookout. Custom Private Rides are also available.
JEEP TOURS AND RENTALS
If you are in Sedona for the first time you “have to” take one of the jeep tours that take you deep into red rock country. A knowledgeable guide will answer all your questions and give you a fun ride. Go on a 2 hour Broken Arrow tour or add another hour that gets you up high on Schnebly Road to overlook Sedona and part of the Oak Creek with lots of red rocks on all sides. If you’d rather do the tour on your own and you don’t have a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle you can rent one or you can rent an ATV, your choice. Jeep Tours are also available to ancient Indian Cliff Dwellings.
www.AdobeGrandVillas.com click on “Spa Services”. Book early since the “good” spots (after breakfast and before dinner) are taken fast. The Spa is set up for couple massages but single massages are possible as well.
MOUNTAIN BIKING/ATV/MOTORCYCLE TOURS
If you like to mountain bike, there is nothing better to explore the hundreds of trails around the Red Rocks in Sedona. Go to www.Bike-Bean.com to reserve your bike. We can arrange for a guide who will customize the ride for you.
Sedona ATV & Buggy Rentals
NATIVE AMERICAN TOURS AND GUIDES
If you prefer Native American Guides and want to learn more of the Native American Culture we recommend taking a Tour of the Hopi Reservation, or stay local and visit Montezuma Castle and Well. A tour to Antelope Canyon or Monument Valley is also possible.
OUT OF AFRICA (Wild Animal Park)/Jerome/Cottonwood
Out of Africa is located 30 minutes from us in the Verde Valley. It only takes rescue animals, none from the wild. The “Tiger Splash” is a special treat for everybody and is included in the general admission. Besides the regular admission to the park we can book a “Behind the Scene” Tour for you which is lead by a senior staff member and lets you get closer to the animals. Guests who have taken this tour have raved about it for days.
Jerome is a small Mining Town perched on the side of Mingus Mountain, 30 minutes from the inn. You can explore it on your own or we can book a Historic Tour during the daytime or a Haunted Excursion in the evening for you.
If you visit any of the mentioned places you will come through Cottonwood, which has a lovely “Old Town” worth checking out.
Sedona is known for its Vortex locations, which makes it a very spiritual and metaphysical place. If you want to expand your quest for knowledge we recommend a Psychic Reading. We can arrange for a reading with a gifted psychic who will come to the inn or meet you at her place. She reads for individuals, couples or groups.
Historic Railway Tour – 11 hours – Bus to Williams, train to Grand Canyon, Bus to East Rim and back.
Canyon RR Express Tour – 10hours – Airplaine to Williams, Bus to Train, train to Grand Canyon 3 hours free time for sightseeing or motor coach tour (add. Chg)
Wilderness Train – 4 hours – Train rides on historic route following the upper Verde River, a lush riparian habitat.
If you have never been to Sedona before you have no idea how many stars you can actually see here at night. If you are interested in stargazing we can book a Tour of the Evening Sky for you. You will meet your astronomer in a trailhead parking lot after dark. He will be waiting for you with chairs, blankets and an enormous telescope, and proceed to explain the night sky to you. If you want to venture farther you can drive up to Flagstaff and take a tour at the Lowell Observatory.
WATER (Pontoon, Tubing, Kayaking)
Even though Arizona is not known for its water sports, we have plenty of venues that entail getting wet. If you take one of the before mentioned tours to the Grand Canyon you can incorporate a Pontoon Boat float. The Verde River is perfect for tubing and inflated kayaks. If we arrange for a tube rental the outfitter will provide a shuttle back to your car. Rental of the inflatable kayaks include life jacket, helmet, paddle, pump and water cannon. If you don’t have any children with you we highly recommend the “Water to Wine” tour, a favorite tour of some of our guests. It is a guided tour that starts with an hour float trip in an inflatable kayak to a winery located on the Verde River and includes a wine tasting.
The following websites might help you in planning your wedding in Sedona. Our inn is able to accommodate wedding ceremonies and/or receptions for no more than 20 (sit-down) 35 (cocktail party style). We also make a great honeymoon get-away.
We have also had many guests staying with us in order to propose to their future spouse. Our Chef Michael is always happy to be part of the conspiracy and we innkeepers are very good in decorating your villa in a romantic way.
WINE TASTING TOURS
Arizona, and especially Sedona, are up and coming as the new frontier of wine making. The grape plants are mature and the vineyards have accumulated numerous awards, so now they are ready for you to come to a tasting. This is one tour you should not do with your own vehicle. We will be happy to book a tour for you that either entails only wine tasting or can be combined with a tour to Jerome, a gallery walk or a river float. Let us know your preference.
Let us know what you are interested in and we can suggest places to go or arrange for private work-out sessions in the Red Rocks.
Sedona has many different yoga classes to offer and if you let us know that you are interested we can send you a class schedule in advance so you can arrange your travel itinerary accordingly.
Among the recommendations if you
only have 1 day to spend in Sedona, Arizona, are the Sedona
Cultural Park, Red Rock State Park and the Canyon Amphitheater!
A Hikers Paridise!
Red Rock Crossing is the most photographed spot in the state
of Arizona. ($5 entry fee)
From Red Rock Crossing
Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of four significant
modern churches in the world. It was designed by the artist
and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude. Inspired by her vision
of what appeared to be a cross in the newly built Empire State
Building, it took an Act of Congress to build on national
forest land. The Chapel is open daily from 9 - 5.
Mesa is a Vortex site and a wonderful place to view
the sunset. Simply drive one mile up Airport Road, park
your car on the right, and wait for the sunset. A beautiful
way to end your day in Sedona, Arizona!
of Sedona, Arizona's most popular activities is taking
an off the road jeep tour. We suggest Pink
Jeep Tours. The most popular Pink Jeep tours
are the exclusive Broken Arrow tour for off-the-road
high impact adventure and the Ancient Ruin tour for
Indian ruins. They also have the Diamond Back Gulch
tour from Sedona Adventures (another Pink Jeep Tour
Company). Pink Shuttle services are provided for most
tours from the inn. Call 800-228-1425 and an
Innkeeper will be happy to make reservations for you!
Canyon Railroad takes you on a four hour train
ride along the Verde River. You'll see bald eagles,
blue herons, Indian ruins, etc. The tour is narrated
and hors d'oeuvres are served on the first class cars.
Call 800-228-1425 and an Innkeeper will be happy
to make reservations for you!
our guests love the Oak Creek Country Club. It is only
fifteen minute from the inn. Call 928-284-1660 for
tee-time. Call 800-228-1425 and an Innkeeper will be
happy to make reservations for you!
more sedate viewing, we recommend Northern
Light Balloon Expeditions for
a sunrise hot air ballooning trip for that unique
memory of the red rocks of Sedona. Northern Lights
is Arizona's oldest, largest, and most experienced
hot air balloon company and has been FAA certified
since 1974. Their flights are breathtaking. Call 800-228-1425
and an Innkeeper will be happy to make reservations
way to see the Grand Canyon is with Grand Canyon Wild West
Tours. From Sedona you ride in a luxury tour coach with
reclining sets and wide screen TV. The tour begins in Oak
Creek Canyon, then on to the Navajo Indian Reservation to
visit Cameron's Historic Trading Post built in 1916, then
on to the Grand Canyon with plenty of time for photos. Lots
of story telling from your guide make this the most comfortable
and entertaining way to see and learn about the Grand Canyon.
IMAX Movie is included as well as park admission fee, soft
drinks, water and candy. Call 800-228-1425 and an Innkeeper
will be happy to make reservations for you!
for something more? Try the Tribeazure
website for ideas and possibilites such as restaurants,
shops, spas, golf, nightlife, events and the great outdoors!
The primary focus for Day 2 is historic areas, both of
the ancient peoples and the early white settlers.
Castle and Montezuma's Well will
give you an excellent idea of how the Native Americans
lived here 800 years ago. Montezuma's Well was once
an underground pool, but after the roof caved in they
used the pool for irrigation. Montezuma's Castle is
a Sinaguan pueblo ruin five stories high with twenty
rooms. It is astonishingly well preserved due to its
position in a cliff recess. ($2 entry fee at the Castle).
Ask us for a direction card.
is an historic copper mining town literally hanging
off the side of Mingus Mountain. It was once called
"the baddest town in the West" by the New
York Times, and went from boom town to ghost town in
the space of a century. It has recently been revived
as an artists' colony. From Montezuma's Castle follow
Route 260 into Cottonwood, and follow the signs to Jerome.
turn of the twentieth century, the town of Jerome was a collection
of houses and buildings, not beautiful, seldom comfortable
Those who came were willing to put up with conditions for
the time. No one expected to die here. Jerome was for making
a stake and going somewhere else to spend the easy fortune.
It was above all else a mining town. Most of its people were
young men drawn by the advantages of steady employment and
As the 20th century grew older, Jerome became an around the
clock, three shift town boasting 13 hotels, 21 bars, and 8
houses of prostitution with names like "The Cuban Queen,"
and the less elegant "Cribs." Belgian Jenny, the
honky-tonk queen of the houses of light love is Jerome's most
War I brought prosperity, growth and labor unrest. The town
boomed. Disaster's presence was always near. Dynamite, cages
for descending into the tunnels, cave-ins and heavy equipment
were a dangerous combination.During the Great Depression
of the 1930's, production slowed. It was during the '30's
that dynamite blasts combined with general shifting caused
parts of the town to crack or slide. One particularly powerful
blast caused a whole block to slide down to the next level,
and the "sliding jail" came to rest a block from
its intended location.
World War II revived the mines for a short time, but mining
towns die young, and by 1953, after belching copper for
more than 70 years - 800 million dollars worth - the great
shafts were silent. The remaining citizens, mostly mine
officials and retirees, realized the potential for making
Jerome a whistle stop on the way to Phoenix or California.
Labeled "America's most unique ghost city," the
town that had nearly been left for dead found new life.
There were people here before the west was won. If you're
interested in Jerome's History, the Mine Museum, owned and
operated by the Jerome Historical Society, sells history
books and tapes about Jerome. You can also join the Jerome
Historical Society (JHS) and receive a quarterly newsletter
about the history of Jerome in depth. JHS has actively preserved
Jerome's old buildings and historic status and sponsors
cultural and historical events.
State Historic Park Open 8 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas.
In 1916 James Douglas built the Douglas Mansion of adobe
bricks made on-site, covered with stucco and painted white.
The mansion overlooks the United Verde Extension mine, nicknamed
"The Little Daisy." and was equipped with a central
vacuum system and steam heat.
Douglas designed the mansion to accommodate and entertain
visiting mining officials and investors and was reportedly
a gracious and generous host.
Inside are maps, ore samples and the story of the town.
On the second floor, the 3D model of the town with the tunnels
beneath it merits the trip. The park shows a video of the
history of Jerome continuously all day, and each month features
a different additional video. Viewing is free with your
admission to the park.
James "Rawhide Jimmy" Douglas was born in southern
Quebec, Canada in 1868. From 1881 to 1885 Douglas and his
brother, Walter attended school in Toronto. In 1883 his
father became a mining consultant for Phelps Dodge. He moved
from Manitoba Province to Arizona in 1889 to farm, but instead
he took a position with his father's company. In 1911 Major
A.J. Pickrell owned the United Verde Extension (UVX). Using
Douglas' knowledge and contacts, the two secured a stock
option and sold shares for development of a shaft. They
sold the stock for fifty cents a share in 1912. By 1916
UVX stock was worth $42 per share. Your grandfather or great-grandfather
could have made some money!
When the ore was exhausted, Douglas relinquished his US
citizenship and returned to Canada, where he died in early
ruins are a secret in Sedona, even though they are the
most spectacular ruins in the area. At Palatki you hike
up a short trail to hidden ruins, and can actually climb
up into the dwellings. Also, there is an extensive cave
area across from the parking lot where you will find
the most extensive pictographs in this area. There is
a local Friends of the Forest volunteer to answer your
questions. ($5.00 entry fee) Ask us for a direction
Uptown Sedona area is a great place to shop for souvenirs
such as T-shirts, post cards, and Sedona items. This is also
where you will find the jeep tour companies. Shop hours are
Hill Road Scenic Drive is a very rough dirt road
up to an unbelievably beautiful viewpoint. The drive
is about six miles to the viewpoint, and takes about
thirty minutes, but will leave you with wonderful memories
and breathtaking photographs of red rocks and the sunset.
We've slowed down the pace now - we don't want you to get
totally worn out on your vacation! Sedona is a Hiker's Paradise.
Please take the hiking information from the notebook in
your room, and we'll suggest hikes appropriate for your
comfort level. There is also an excellent hiking book in
our gift shop.
is considered by Rand McNally to be the eighth most scenic
drive in the country.
Rock State Park for
bird hikes. Also see the "House of Apache Fire"
and an environmental education display. (Entry fee $5 per
you've been out in the hot sun on your jeep ride, a
great way to cool off would be enjoying the natural
red rock water slides of Slide Rock State Park.
Six miles north of the "Y" on 89A, you'll
find this Oak Creek oasis fun for kids of all ages!
(Don't forget to take your "creek" towels
located under your bathroom sink.) (Entry fee $5 per
13 miles north of the "Y" in Oak Creek Canyon,
you'll find the "Call of the Canyon" parking area
for the West Fork Hike. This hike is a beauty both
in summer and winter, and is not difficult. The hike takes
you into the Secret Mountain Wilderness as far as you'd
like to go, and is marked every half mile. The trail traverses
Oak Creek a number of times and affords views of sheer red
rock cliff walls. ($3 parking fee).
If you've reached the West Fork Hike, you're halfway to
Flagstaff from Sedona. Should you choose to continue
there several points of interest we might suggest...
- an impressive overlook at the top of the switchbacks
is both a beautiful photo opportunity, and also the
site of the Native American Arts Cooperative,
a group that certifies the authenticity of Native
American made jewelry and other goods for sale there.
Observatory - an interesting tour at the Observatory
where Pluto was discovered. The Observatory also houses
a 100 year old telescope and the personal library
of Percival Lowell, the astronomer who discovered
of Northern Arizona - fascinating artifacts and
exhibits that explain the culture and history of the
area. A gift shop offers Hopi, Navajo and Zuni art.
Canyon is an easy day trip from Sedona. One way to approach
it would be to follow 89A to Flagstaff and then 89 North.
Just north of Flagstaff you'll see signs for Sunset Crater
National Park. This 31 mile loop road takes you to Sunset
Crater, a crater and lava flow area. You can walk around the
lava flow, but can't actually hike the crater. Continuing
past the crater, you'll have a panoramic view of the Painted
Desert, and then arrive at the Wupatki ruins. These extensive
ruins include not only a pueblo, with original 800 year old
beams in place, but also a ball court and sacred blow hole.
At the end of the loop road, you'll continue North on 89 into
the Navajo Nation. The Cameron Trading Post is a 100 year
old trading post, and is a great place to stop for a midmorning
snack of Indian fry bread. You'll follow Route 64 West into
the Grand Canyon National Park (this is also advantageous
because it's the lesser used entrance), and follow the scenic
drive all the way up to the Grand Canyon Village, where you
can have a late lunch at the historic El Tovar Hotel. Leaving
the park, stop at the IMAX theater (shows every hour on the
half hour), and then come back to Sedona via Route 180. This
is a full and rewarding day!
other driving option is to go directly up Route 180 to the
Grand Canyon, stop at the IMAX on the way in, see the canyon
from several overlooks, have lunch at the El Tovar Hotel,
and come home again via Route 180. This route can be really
advantageous, especially if you've been in the car too much
on your vacation.
following are our guests' favorite restaurants in Sedona.
the poetry and romance of fine dining, tucked in a quiet
corner of Tlaquepaque. René presents a symphony of
flavors featuring American and continental specialties prepared
to your taste by talented executive chef Walter Paulson.
The superb selection of wines complements the menu, and
an intimate bar provides the perfect red rock rendezvous.
Casual dress. Open for lunch and dinner. Outdoor courtyard
seating is also available. Reservations: 928-282-9225
Cowboy Club provides an authentic Southwest atmosphere with
hearty cowboy fare... Buffalo ribs and armadillo eggs are
featured on the menu as well as prickly pear salsa. Great
Southwestern food! Or choose their fine dining room, The
Silver Saddle - delightful. Reservations: 928-282-4200
excellent northern Italian cuisine in a dining room featuring
original works from Robert Shields. Extensive wine list,
and varied menu for a hearty meal or light dining. Reservations:
Hillside is a favorite for fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks,
rack of lamb & specialty salads. It boasts one of the
most incredible red rock views of any Sedona, Arizona, restaurant.
Outdoor seating is available. A great restaurant to watch
sunset while having a fabulous dinner. Light Jazz entertainment
on weekends. It's open for lunch and dinner seven days a
week. Reservations: 928-282-5300
name "Heartline comes from the Zuni Indian Tribe's
bear fetish, which symbolizes health & long life. The
Heartline Café, symbolizes all that is flavorful,
tasty, and unique. This cozy restaurant will fill your senses
with warmth, and your taste buds with delight. New American
cuisine in a bistro setting. The Heartline Café is
open for lunch except for Tuesday and for dinner seven days.
Outdoor seating is available. Reservations: 928-282-0785
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