Sedona, Arizona Page 2
From the south, head north on I-17 out of Phoenix and take SR 179 into Sedona. From the north there are two main routes south of Flagstaff--I-17 and SR 89--which pass through pine forests for 10 miles before descending into Oak Creek Canyon, a narrow, colorful gorge. Sedona is located at the southern end of the canyon where the cliffs make way for more expansive views.
Where To Stay
There are over 100 motels, hotels and resorts in the Sedona area, and many are upscale in nature. To name just a few:
Briar Patch Inn Bed & Breakfast
Classical music is performed six mornings a week at this 18-unit B&B located on 8.5 acres bordering Oak Creek. The cottages feature southwest furnishings and native American art. There's also a massage gazebo on the grounds.
This exclusive resort and spa is situated among the beautiful red rocks of Boynton Canyon. Included in the resort's many recreational activities are five pools (indoor and outdoor), saunas, a putting green, tennis courts, croquet, rental bicycles, spa and a basketball court.
Sky Ranch Lodge
These affordable accommodations are close to the Sedona Airport. The lodge offers a pool with spa, lovely gardens, fireplaces and kitchenettes.
Although snowfall is rare in Sedona in November, the weather is cooling down in this high-desert region. The average daytime temperature is a pleasant 65°, with nighttime temperatures around 40°. Prepare for cool evenings and possible rain.
Layer your clothing during the daytime, especially if you're planning on hiking. Don't forget that the sun can still be surprisingly strong at midday.
Also In November
Other festivities and photo opportunities around the country:
Chili Night in November, A Chili Cook-Off, Hampton, Virginia
Gather around a roaring bonfire and enjoy a hot bowl of chili at this annual event. Live music and an awards ceremony top off the festivities at Queens Way in downtown Hampton.
Mobile International Festival, Mobile, Alabama
This festival includes a variety of booths displaying posters, dolls, stamps, and crafts from many countries. You can also sample
foods from around the globe and see performances by dancers, musicians, and martial artists.
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, San Diego, California
This popular event is held during Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. The bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland and swing styles.
Websites for more information:
Sedona visitor and tourism information. 800/288-7336.
Detailed information about Sedona and the surrounding areas.
Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce. 800/288-7336.