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December Holidays in Sedona…

I’m a “Friday’s Child” and Christmas Day is my birthday.

What will I do on my birthday?  Well, I set out to find out what Sedona and the Verde Valley might offer me during the rest of the year.  Absolutely fascinating all the choices:

Verde Canyon Train

The Verde Canyon Railroad came to mind.  I

Verde Canyon Train Depot

 have been wanting to do this for several years and, well, time goes by…  The Santa Express is available on 12/23…shall I go?  $49.95 for Seniors in coach… or is First Class the way to go at $79.95? 

I searched for some other offerings and found this wonderful site that covers a multitude of choices, even Poker and a Karaoke Nite! 

But, what special places and things can I do on or near my birthday…??!!

One of my personal loves about Sedona is the Sedona Chamber Music organization, so I went to their websiteI can actually attend a Christmas Eve celebration with Jazz as the music choice of the event!  (It’s on my calendar)

While “browsing” on Google, I found this website that gave many of the origins of Christmas throughout the world…great to get you into the mood!

Still searching for what to do Christmas Day!

Maybe a restaurant…  Elote!  I haven’t been but have heard nothing but rave reviews.  My personal favorite, Shugrues, is closed on Christmas Day, the only day of the year, so they can give their employees the day off.  Great employees who will give you the very best of service.  I’m going to miss my Ahi Tuna (you can only call it “Ahi” if it comes from Hawaiian waters).  Okay, next… A new favorite:  Ken’s Creekside.  Be still my heart!  They will be open!

"Itsy" - GEM car

Okay, reality is that while I have several invites to attend “family-friend” functions in Phoenix (2-2.5 hrs drive each way), my recent instances of I-17-closure-due-to-accidents has me choosing to stick around Sedona and drive “Itsy”, my GEM (electric) car to wherever.  Love my Phoenix friends and really want to have a time at the holidays with them, but, drive the 24th and/or the 25th?  I think not. 

Phone is ringing…

“…Okay, let’s do it!!”  I’m off to the movie “It’s Complicated!” opening Christmas Day at the Harkins 6-plex. 

So, Sedona is laid back.  A lot like me.

Have a very blessed and happy holiday. 



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Write ADOT to Keep SR89A Open on Snow Days

adot-logoHelp keep SR89A open on “snow days”.  The Sedona Chamber of Commerce is asking for assistance in letting ADOT know that there is a better solution than stranding Canyon dwellers and closing the road to those Sedonans who commute to Flagstaff…some on a daily basis.

Your help is appreciated.  You can click here to send and email to ADOT.

Many, many thanks.


Kathy Howe

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SEDONA…the beauty of fall

As I flew across 1/2 the world returning from Dubai, my thoughts were all about fall in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.  Mystic.

Fall in Oak Creek Canyon 2007

Fall in Oak Creek Canyon 2007

Hawaii was beautiful but its lack of seasons was the reason for my return to Arizona early in 2006.  My return was cemented in 2005 when I flew to AZ, and drove to Sedona in October.  A trip up the canyon to Flagstaff and Hart’s Prairie filled me with such a whole feeling that I returned to the Sedona hotel, looked at several neighborhoods, visited one listing, and wrote an offer while having breakfast at El Portal the next AM.  The offer was ultimately accepted and my return to the the land of enchantment became history.

Take a peek at why I returned.  My SedonaKathy website is full of pictures of Westfork along the Oak Creek Canyon in the fall.  Yes, those are the colors of fall.  And the beginning of fall throughout Sedona – ours runs through November.

Next, plan a trip to my enchanted homeland.  You won’t regret it.  Beauty will surround you.

Kathy Howe

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What a difference the other half of the world makes…

After flying Phoenix to Atlanta to Dubai, the lights appeared at the water’s edge and our landing commenced.  Disembarking into a new modern airport was not a surprise, but what was totally unexpected was to see such an open, easily navigated walkway to customs and eventually my taxi.  Bright, shiny, and truly clean.  Not a piece of paper, cigarette butt, trash… in sight.

Long trips don’t make for cheery dispositions, but when my taxi driver welcomed me to Dubai and very cheerfully answered questions about Dubai, where he was from, and the economy, I perked up.  At the hotel, I also found an exceptional attitude of hospitality from the reception desk.  My room at the Tamani Hotel at the Marina sported 4 baths, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, and living and dining.  Best yet was the fact that room service was available!!

The District 6 ARELLO conference is another blog… for now I just want everyone to know how wonderful are the people of Dubai.  Yes their economy is down with many other countries, and yes, development projects have been stopped, but many continue.  The Palm is finished and as my first trip out of the hotel I chose to have lunch at the Atlantis hotel at the Palm.  A hotel that is truly magnificent, complete with a large round aquarium with some of the most beautiful, large and small, fish.  Security and customer service people everywhere.  Lunch by the pool.

Then there is the world’s only 7 star hotel:  The Burj Al Arab.  Cannot remember the last time I spent $150 for a glass of wine and a 3 course meal… it was all worth it. 

A tour of the city after the conference and dinner with Aussie, N. Caroliba, and texas friends made the trip very special. 

Reflections:  Dubai is truly the hub of North Africa.  It is the city you would build if money were no object.  It showcases the eastern culture and all of its charm and beauty.  Would I return?  In a heartbeat!

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Time to leave to catch a plane home.


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