Sedona Archives

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“There was so much beauty,” Jennifer May says of the land in Sedona where she and her sister, Colleen TeBrake, are building Ambiente. The siblings own Two Sister Bosses, a luxury hotel development and management company creating what they call North America’s first “landscape resort,” a property meant to seamlessly blend with its surroundings instead of disrupting them. They wanted to “build around [the land] and enhance it,” May says. Each room will feature floor-to-ceiling...

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Explore some of Sedona’s new and exciting developments this summer. visitsedona.com Trail House at Enchantment Trail House at Enchantment Resort will highlight outdoor activities and offer a gathering space for visitors. With coordinated bike rides and hikes available through the resort, the Trail House offers information and resources for those looking to connect with nature. Enchantment Resort closed due to COVID-19, but re-opened in May with new sanitary policies and guidelines. Trail House will be...

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view at Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort with one of the resort’s off-season lift rides. The lift line ascends the western side of the San Francisco Peaks to an elevation of 10,800 feet, affording views of the red rocks in Sedona, a cinder cone volcanic field and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Aug. 15; F-Su, Aug. 16-Sept. 27 (weather permitting). $16-$20; free, children 5 and younger....

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Toni Barker of Phoenix does not like snow. A native of Guyana in South America, Barker arrived in Arizona by way of Kansas in 2013. “I’m accustomed to sunshine all year, so moving to Arizona was the perfect choice,” Barker says. “My company at that time was expanding in Arizona, so I applied and got the job. I packed up my car, rented an apartment online and drove over 15 hours to a state where...

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Pending, as with all things, the conclusion of the coronavirus saga, Sedona’s famed Elote Cafe is reopening in a new location just a mile and a half away from the original. Chef Jeff Smedstad says he couldn’t imagine moving the restaurant outside of Sedona. “This is my home. It’s important to me that we maintain the Sedona vibe,” Smedstad says, defining said vibe as a “laidback lifestyle” and time spent in nature. The menu at...

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January and February tend to be the doldrums of the moviegoing year, full of titles that the studios want to unload with a quick release before blockbuster season, and don’t care if they’re forgotten by awards season. One remedy for this drought is to catch up on the high-profile stuff from last year you may have missed; FilmBar, for instance, is showing Bong Joon Ho’s horrifying, hilarious, wildly original surprise Best Picture winner Parasite, the...

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‘Tis the time of the year when everyone wants a quick staycation for the holidays. One great thing about Arizona is that you can drive two hours in any direction and end up somewhere completely different. Sometimes you might think you’re in a different state because the scene is so different from the metropolitan area. Here are a few places to stay during the holidays.  Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock If you want to stay...

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Burning Man for mountain bikers? We’re intrigued. From November 14-17, Sedona’s Enchantment Resort hosts its second annual Ride the Red Rocks, a three-night “crash course into mountain biking” set in the heart of beautiful Boynton Canyon. Guests of all skill levels will embark on a variety of exhilarating guided rides through captivating red rock scenery and canyon trails, and enjoy gourmet dining at the resort’s Native American-influenced flagship restaurant, Che Ah Chi. They’ll also have...

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As I took a bite of Chef Jeff Smedstad’s "pay de queso" (Mexican cheesecake), my mind took me back to my childhood’s kitchen. I pictured my mom baking pays for the holidays and a younger me eager to eat. This is the real deal I told Smedstad. The chef and owner of the reknowned Elote Cafe in Sedona says he was influenced by a trip to Veracruz where he learned about the craft of homemade Mexican cheesecake sort of a lighter, less sweet, less dense version of our beloved New York cheesecake. He put a spin on the traditional Mexican dessert with goat cheese from Fossil Creek Goat Farm in Strawberry, Arizona, near Payson. The result is absolutely exquisite.

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