So, you are coming to Sedona and the weather forecast calls for rain or snow. Don’t despair. Don’t change your plans. Here are 21 ideas for things to do in Sedona that only require an umbrella…
1. If you are a photographer (or a wannabe with an iPhone), rainy and snowy days are special opportunities for rare scenes of the Red Rocks when they are wet or white. Go take pictures. Or videos. You’ll end up with some rare and beautiful scenes!
2. See what’s playing at the Sedona International Film Festival. SIFF shows world class independent films all year long in their own state-of-the-art theatre. You might end up coming back for the big festival in February.
3. Visit the Sedona Heritage Museum in Uptown Sedona. Great for history buffs, and check their calendar of events.
4. Stroll through Sedona Artist Market. It’s all indoors and they represent a ton of local artists.
5. Visit Tlaquepaque. There are 40 shops and galleries in this replica of a Mexican Village. Eat at one of 5 restaurants there.
6. Have a hot chocolate at one of many coffee shops in Sedona. Try an independent coffee shop like Java Love in West Sedona or Theia’s in Uptown. After all, you can visit a corporate coffee shop (Starbuck’s, Whole Foods) anywhere.
7. Visit the world famous Chapel of the Holy Cross.
8. Visit Sedona’s fine art galleries. You’ll find them in Uptown, the Gallery district along SR 179, at the Collective in the Village of Oak Creek, and in the Hillside shopping area.
9. Take a Red Rock Magic Trolley Tour. They say “Experience the Magic of Sedona”. I say its a great way to get an overview of the whole town.
10. Take a Jeep Tour – if they are operating.
11. Take a wine tour. You’ll be impressed by Arizona wines!
12. Take a class at the Sedona Arts Center
13. In the winter, go skiing at the Arizona Snow Bowl
14. Visit Old Town Cottonwood. Find one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, wine tasting rooms, and several excellent restaurants. Old Town Cottonwood is the area’s hot new destination for all things fun.
15. Go to Cliff Castle Casino for bowling, slots, poker, dining and entertainment
16. Visit the Sedona Arts Center
18. Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon if the weather is better up there.
19. Take a drive up Oak Creek Canyon and look for the rare, ephemeral waterfalls that only come out in the rain.
20. Taste teas from all over the world at Trailhead Tea
21. Visit Larry’s Antiques and Things in Old Town Cottonwood, over an acre of antiques all indoors.
I hope a few things on this list float your boat. Pun intended. 🙂