Verde Valley declared 'American Viticulture Area' by federal
government, the third such area in Arizona. The 219 square mile area
is centered on the confluence of Oak Creek and the Verde River, and
includes some 19 commercial vineyards, about 150 acres of farmed
wine grapes, 25 tasting rooms, and the Southwest Wine Center located
at Yavapai College. The Verde Valley is currently producing more
than 40 grape varieties now identified with this unique designation.
Sedona lodging breaks occupancy record, signaling a robust
economic recovery in the individual travel market. While group and
business travel still remain far below the pre-pandemic level, the stats
show individual travelers are seeking destinations away from cities
that are drivable from their home base. Sedona is attractive to visitors
from large nearby cities like Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas.
Ambiente opens in October. The West Sedona "landscape hotel"
with spectacular views has encountered numerous lengthy
construction delays. The unique property consists of individual
"atrium" rooms, each with massive windows and a roof-top deck.
Major resort development proposed near uptown Sedona.
Olsen Development is proposing a new 92-room resort on 12 acres.
The project would include a two-level restaurant, spa, and meeting
space for groups. The proposal is currently pending approval through
the public review process.
New group venue proposed for Sedona airport, with its
unblockable 360 degree views. Developer Harrell Cooley LLC
proposes a 6,400 square foot architect-designed indoor venue, plus 2
acres of landscaped outdoor function space. An additional 4,000
square foot restaurant is propsed in a second phase 3 years later.
Much potential here, as the site is central with stunning views all
Lowell Observatory breaks ground on new $40 million
Visitor Center, planned to be the centerpiece of the facility's public
outreach program. The new visitor center is 6 times the size of the
existing one. Our groups have long enjoyed the historic observatory,
especially viewing night skies through Percival Lowell's original 24"
refracting telescope. Completion of the new center is scheduled for
Grand Canyon water pipeline to be replaced, leading to some
closures. The $120 million project replaces the 60 year old Roaring
Springs pipeline, which is prone to breaks and leaks, with a shorter 7
mile and stronger steel line from Phantom Ranch. Some trail and
facility closures will occur during the construction, scheduled to begin
in January 2023 and will last about 2 years. We'll keep you posted on
the best way to avoid impacts during your visit.
Sedona air tour "no fly zones" established. The agreed-upon
routes for helicopter and other air tours from the Sedona airport
avoid developed areas in the community and surrounding areas.
Routes are designed to minimize noise impacts and protect the natural
quiet in backcountry areas.
For further information on any of these activities, to request an
information kit, or just to ask a question, feel free to contact us .