Spectacular Sedona

History and Hiking / Magic and Myth

Tentative Day-to-Day Itinerary 


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All plans are subject to change, depending on weather and other factors.

Participants are welcome to personalize their pleasure, substituting individual choices, from golf to gallery-hopping, for group activities.  Every activity, every day, will be “spectacular,” but this is your vacation, to be modified as you wish.

But please … never hike alone, and always advise Charlie or Karen of your plans.


Tuesday, October 31 – Happy Halloween

Arriving early?  You are responsible for making your own reservations for additional nights.  On October 31, on the “Uptown” streets right outside our hotel, you will encounter Sedona’s Halloween celebration, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Drama and dance, store-to-store trick-or-treating, and hundreds of costumed “children” of all ages will provide an evening of spooky delights.  Bring your broomstick!

Wednesday, November 1 – Welcome to Sedona!

3:00 – 5:00 PM / AR Lobby
Charlie and Karen will greet you, providing seminar folders with maps and walking-distance restaurant recommendations for dinner.

5:00 / AR Lobby
Meet in the hotel lobby for a two-minute walk to ARV, a short and easy walk to the creek, and a ten-minute tour of the clubhouse facilities.

5:30 – 7:00
Dinner – “on your own in Uptown”

7:15 – 9:00 / ARV Roca Room
Equipment Distribution
Snakes and Safety – Part I
Sedona Time / Israeli Time / Your Time

All participants will be provided with hip packs, water bottles, and hiking poles (included in tuition).  All participants will be required to use them on all hikes.

All participants should bring a small backpack for carrying cameras, clothing, sunblock, hats, personal items, and daily snacks (fruit, cheese, and energy bars will be provided every day; included in tuition).

All participants must wear lug-soled hiking boots for all hikes--NO EXCEPTIONS. Participants who arrives without hiking boots will need to shop for boots, missing all hikes until they have them.




Thursday, November 2 – So why are you here? (To eat at Dairy Queen, of course!)

6:30 – 8:15 AM / AR 

8:30 / AR Lobby - dressed for hiking
Ten minute drive to Indian Gardens


8:45 – 9:30 Indian Gardens
Picnic pick-up and ten-minute drive to West Fork Trail

10:00 – 2:00 / West Fork Trail
Mini-lecture / Snakes and Safety – Part II
Hike and picnic “in the creek”

2:00 – 3:00 / A Tale of Two Galleries
Garlands and DQ – high desert / high dessert

3:00 – 5:30
Hot-tubbin’ time?  Take it easy … it’s only day one.

5:30 – 8:00 / ARV
Lite dinner / Lite lecture / Heavy history
Early to bed … Sweet Sedona Dreams

Friday, November 3 – Searching/Spiritual and Physical

6:30 – 8:15 / AR

8:30 / AR Lobbydressed for hiking
Meet for thirty-minute drive to … well, well, well, we’ll see.

9:15 – 10:30 / Where it all began
Montezuma’s Well

10:45 – 1:00 / Measuring time
V-Bar-B Calendar
V-Bar-B Picnic Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 / Spiritual Cross-Training
Chapel / Synagogue / Stupa / Vortex

4:15 – 6:00 / AR
Hot-tubbin’ time?

6:15 / AR Lobby
Five-minute drive to “Judi’s”

6:30 – 7:30
Fish fry dinner
Five-minute walk to Charlie and Karen’s

7:45 – 9:15
Dessert – the magic of local pecans
Q&A / Searching with Al Cornell (Dean of Arizona Search & Rescue)

Saturday, November 4 – History-on-the-Rocks I / The Sedona Secret and the World Series

6:30 – 8:15 / AR

8:30 / AR Lobby – dressed for hiking
Meet for five-minute drive to Soldiers Pass

9:00 – 1:30
Devil’s Kitchen, Seven Sacred Pools, Cibola Pass Picnic

1:30 – 3:30 / Galleries
Tlaquepaque, Hillside, Hozho

3:30 – 5:00
Hot-tubbin’ time?

5:15 AR Lobby
Fifteen-minute history walk to sunset balcony dinner
5:30 / Hideaway House (928-660-5000)

7:00 – 9:00 / ARV Roca Room
Made-in-Sedona Cinema – Part I – Broken Arrow (1950), starring James Stewart (with fresh-popped popcorn, of course) 

Sunday, November 5 – Isn't it Grand!

6:30 – 7:30 / AR

7:45 / AR Lobby – dressed for hiking
Meet for two-hour drive to Grand Canyon

10:00 – 1:30 / Grand Canyon
Hiking the canyon / canyon rim

1:45 – 3:00 / Grand Canyon / El Tovar (928-638-2631)

3:00 – 4:00
Relaxing and shopping the rim

Depart from El Tovar for Flagstaff and “the drive” (89A, from Flagstaff to Sedona, appears on many lists of America’s most beautiful drives … picture perfect with the setting sun)

Arrive Sedona – dinner on your own

Monday, November 6 – Booze and Brothels and Ghosts, Oh My!

6:30 – 10:00 / AR

Morning on your own / options include just relaxing and:

  • Creekside breakfast at L’Auberge (not included)
  • Golf (Sedona offers two, nine-hole executive courses as well as several world-class courses)
  • Jeep tours (Sedona offers a wide variety of tours – from sunrise to sunset; check with Charlie for recommendations)
  • Sedona Heritage Museum (highly recommended; admission fee; tax-free gift shop requires no admission fee; fifteen-minute walk from AR)
  • Sedona Art Center (just a few steps north of AR; non-profit, tax-free, excellent art by local/regional artists)
  • Advanced hike (check with Charlie – departure time and hiking route will depend on participants) 

12:00 / ARdress for hilly sidewalk strolling and light trail hiking
Meet for one-hour drive to Clarkdale and Jerome

Clarkdale and Jerome offer a feast of Copper Country history, scenery, fascinating galleries, and two small, superb museums.  For those wanting to visit either or both, an early departure can be arranged.  To decide whether either or both museums would be of interest, and to watch brief video introductions to the importance of copper in Arizona history, visit:

Jerome State Historic Park
Copper Art Museum

12:45 – 1:00
The “company town” – Clarkdale mini-lecture

1:15 – 3:45 / Jerome
Lunch on your own in any of Jerome’s many eateries

3:45 / Jerome
Meet at “Nelly Bly” for return to Sedona (and allow at least a few minutes to browse Nelly Bly, a remarkable shop of kaleidoscopes and other “visualistic” art)

4:30 – 5:30 / Red Rock Crossing
Arizona’s most-photographed site (other than the Grand Canyon) – see why, at sunset

6:00 – 7:15
Dinner – Paleo Bistro

7:30 – 9:30 ARV
Made-in-Sedona Cinema – Part II – Sedona (2010), starring Frances Fisher (with fresh-popped popcorn, of course)

Tuesday, November 7 – History-on-the-Rocks / Spiritual Splendor

6:30 – 8:15 / AR

8:30 / AR Lobby – dressed for hiking
Meet for fifty-minute drive to Honanki

9:30 – 1:00 / Honanki
How they lived / How they prayed

2:00 – 3:15 / Luncheons
Option I – lunch with Renoir / the magic of L’Auberge
Option II – lunch with the red rocks / the enchantment of Enchantment

3:30 – 5:30 / AR
Hot-tubbin’ time?

Dinner – TBA

7:30 – 9:30 / ARV
Seminar discussion – History, Magic and Myth 

Wednesday, November 8 – Elope Elote

6:30 – 8:15 / AR







8:30 – 4:00 / Your choice

Option One
Shop ‘til you drop with Karen – the best galleries you’ve not yet seen (lite-lunch on your own – save room for dinner).

Option Two
Hike (advanced) with Charlie (lite-lunch on the trail – save room for dinner).

Option Three
La Posada – Winslow (see rainy day, below)

Option Four
The Lowell Observatory – Flagstaff (see rainy day, below)

Option Five - As you like it … jeep tour? golf? fish? sleep?

4:30 / AR Lobby dressed for dinner
Meet for five-minute drive to Elote.

5:00 - 7:00 
Dinner at Elote

Thursday, November 9 

6:30 – 10:00 AR
Breakfast Energy Bag-to-go

Check your schedule
Sedona Shuttle pick up / AR Lobby


Just in Case …

Rainy-Day Delight
“Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow Arizona”
Star-gazing in Flagstaff

6:30 – 8:15 / AR

Departure for ninety-minute drive to Winslow – dress for rain and indoor comfort

10:00 – 10:30
The corner … and just one block away:  La Posada

11:00 – 1:30 La Posada
Mary Coulter, the Harvey Girls, the amazing art of Tina Mion … and if possible, with Tina who, with her husband, Alan, saved La Posada

Mary Coulter was the exceptional architect who designed El Tovar, many other national park lodges, and the Santa Fe Railroad’s trackside hotels.  Her most famous work was La Posada, the enormous hotel saved from the wrecking ball by the acclaimed artist, Tina Mion, who now lives in Sedona and in La Posada, and exhibits her art throughout the countless hallways and galleries of La Posada.  You might not like Tina’s style, but you’ll never forget it, including her first-ladies series, which includes the very controversial one of Jackie Kennedy selected for the National Portrait Gallery.  Each La Posada suite, many of which we may view, is a work of art, named for famous hotel guests (Truman, Einstein, Goldwater, Diane Keaton, John Wayne …)  Also in La Posada is “The Turquoise Room” – the restaurant recently named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as America’s second best restaurant.  For history, art, eating and shopping in one stop, La Posada is phenomenal!

1:30 – 2:30
Big late lunch – The Turquoise Room (included)

3:00 – 5:30
The Lowell Observatory

Established in 1894, the Lowell Observatory is one of the world’s most important astronomical laboratories and, according to Time Magazine, is one of the world’s one hundred most important places.  In addition to its several enormous telescopes, Lowell houses a wonderful museum with superb exhibits, movies, and daily lectures.  [$12 admission not included in tuition]

6:00 – 8:00
Old Flagstaff / shopping / snacking / dining on your own

Depart for Sedona

Arrive AR



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