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Sedona Tweet-Up Nov. 19 to Kick Off 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy

SEDONA/VERDE VALLEY TWEET-UP CELEBRATES THE SEASON

November 19 Tweet-Up to Kick-Off 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy  

This month's Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up Kicks off the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of lights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
This month's Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up Kicks off the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of lights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

SEDONA, Ariz., November 13, 2009 – The 6th monthly Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up will bring dozens of Twitter users from Sedona, Flagstaff, the Verde Valley, Prescott and other parts of Arizona together to network in person and online Thursday, November 19,  5:00 – 7 p.m. at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa’s Shef’s Bar. The evening also marks the grand opening of the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados, featuring over one million holiday lights in an array of creative displays throughout the property.  Shortly after arriving, attendees will have a chance to mingle with Santa Claus himself as he makes his grand entrance via helicopter at 5:30 p.m to switch the lights on for the season.

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups are sponsored in part by Red Rock TV16, Sedona.tv and the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. These fun and informal gatherings offer Twitter users the opportunity to meet their followers in person, gain more followers, learn how to use Twitter more effectively and create lasting business relationships. There is no cost to attend, no membership to join – just a gathering of great “tweeps”, good food, drinks and some valuable Twitter tips and tools to take home with you.

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa is generously offering attendees complimentary appetizers and drink specials in Shef’s Bar followed by a free raffle awarding prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and spas. Hosts Megan Aronson, Nate Hansen and Sheryl Curtis will give a brief presentation, “Online Video Marketing 101 and 2.0” followed by a short Twitter Tips & Tools Q & A session. Afterwards, be one of the first to see this year’s spectacular lights displays on a tour of the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy! In the spirit of the season, attendees may bring canned food donations for the Sedona Food Bank to help feed hungry families this winter. 

About Red Rock Fantasy

LA_RRF1The 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy will begins Thursday, November 19, 2009 and will last through the New Year, ending with “Lights Out” on Saturday, January 2, 2010. The festival is open each evening (weather permitting) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children aged 4-12 and is complimentary for children 3 and under. For more information, call 928-282-1777 or toll free 800-521-3131, or visit our web site at www.redrockfantasy.com.

About the Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups were started by Megan Aronson (Red Rock TV16), Sheryl Curtis (Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa) and Nate Hansen (Los Abrigados Resort & Spa) in June of 2009 in an effort to bring local Twitter users together to create business and social networking relationships on line and in person. The Tweet-Ups are well attended and take place once a month at various locations around Sedona. If you would like to be included on our email list about monthly events, participate as a host, sponsor or attendee, donate a raffle prize or if you just want to learn more about Sedona Tweet-Ups, please contact Megan Aronson via email at Megan@Redrocktv.com.

Camping in Sedona – 3 of Sedona's Best Spots

By, Megan Aronson

Q: What are the best campsites/campgrounds in Sedona?

A: All of them. (But I do have a few favorites – read ahead!)

I’m asked this question quite frequently and every single time I get so excited to share my answers. Where do I even begin? I feel like I’m sitting on a proverbial treasure chest of jaw-dropping goodies I can’t wait to share with the world! I grew up HATING camping. I couldn’t stand the thought of getting dirty in the woods, not having my hairdryer, curling iron, running water or a civilized toilet to use. Then I met my husband who is Mr. Outdoors and he begged me to go camping with him. I fell in love with camping for the first time on those first few trips we took around Northern Arizona. Now, I am in love! We don’t go camping nearly as much as I would like though – I think I’d go every weekend if I could. There are so many incredible spots all over Northern Arizona, especially right here in our own backyard.

Even though my parents dragged me along unwillingly at the time, I grew up camping all over the Southwest so I do know good camping and I can honestly say Sedona has some of the best in the land. There’s really not a bad campground in Sedona. Almost all of them are located on the banks of a creek (we have lots of those running through this old desert!) and with cool evening temperatures year-round, sleeping under the stars is always an option here in Red Rock Country.

Now, I cannot disclose all my secret spots because then they wouldn’t be my special secret spots anymore! However, I can tell you about all the incredible campgrounds we have here in Sedona because there truly is not a bad one to be found.

My favorite campgrounds are the 3 located in Oak Creek Canyon just a little ways North of the Sedona’s main shopping & business district. The drive along this meandering highway has actually been named one of the Top 10 Most Scenic Drives in America by Rand McNally. The scenary is spectacular with red rock vistas jutting up from the banks of Oak Creek into the crystalline blue skies. The further you head up the canyon, the more pines and overall greenery you’ll find AND the lower the temperatures get!

CAVE SPRINGS CAMPGROUND

I love Cave Springs Campground most of all because its tucked in off the road just far enough that you get that peaceful feeling of isolation. Its still right on the creek though with lots of little trails right down to the water for exploring, trout fishing, bug catching, bird watching and more. You can easily find a quiet spot on the creek that’ll make you feel like the only person in your own beautiful moment. Red rock walls tower above in many directions and grassy meadows beckon a stroll with the family. Also, right across the highway is the trailhead for the Harding Springs/Cookstove trail. If you can handle a “fast and furious” sort of hike that’s not too long but straight up the whole way, the views at the top are unlike any other. Less than a mile in total, you can climb to the top just to stop and enjoy the view or continue further on the Cookstove trail to Thomas Point for a complete loop. Pack a little picnic and enjoy it at the top of the rim. You will never forget it. Soooooooo worth the huffin’ and puffin’ on the way up!

MANZANITA CAMPGROUND

Manzanita Campground is next on my list because it is just south of Slide Rock State Park (so if you don’t mind taking your life in your hands, you can just leave the car at the campground and walk the very narrow non-existent shoulder 1/4 of a mile up Highway 89A to the park) and it sits right on a spacious expanse of Oak Creek. This is one of the first campgrounds to fill up Spring-Fall because its small but sweet. You’ll have prime fishing holes, swimming spots, and wildlife-watching right in your backyard. The only drawback is that this campground is so small you can only tent-camp it here. No RV’s or trailers allowed.

PINE FLATS

My 3rd favorite in Oak Creek Canyon is Pine Flats. Furthest up Oak Creek Canyon, this one is by far the coolest, literally. Since I grew up camping in Colorado a lot, I love it because it reminds me of Colorado with the towering pines, cool crisp air, and that sweet, soothing aroma of burning campfires. One drawback is that it is fairly close to the highway but thankfully it is tucked
away just far enough that most visitors don’t find it an issue. The sounds of creek down out the highway noise and there’s hardly any highway noise after 8 p.m. since there aren’t too many cars on the road at that time. Usually when I drive down Oak Creek Canyon late at night, I’m the only car on the road! Pine Flats does have one very cool amenity that cannot be found anywhere else in Sedona and that is a fresh artesian well where you can just fill up your water jugs as often as you like! Also, many of the prime sites are literally right on Oak Creek or very close to it. You’re also just a few miles from the Westfork Trailhead which is one of the most popular hiking spots in Sedona, known for it’s mention in “The Call of the Canyon.” Here, incredible red rock cliffs tower above you as you criss-cross the creek on a mild 1-3 mile jaunt through thick greenery, under red rock cliffs, alongside beautiful swimming and fishing holes.

Like I said, there really isn’t a bad campground or campsite in or around Sedona in my opinion. There are some though, that are spectacular! So pick your spot, grab your camping gear, swimsuit, a bag of marshmallows, some chocolate bars and graham crackers and make some memories in the red rocks on your next vacation in Sedona.
For more of the details on these campgrounds like specific costs, locations, availability, etc. visit the Coconino National Forest website. Many of these campgrounds do require reservations so be sure to call ahead!

Megan Aronson is the host of “Out &About with Megan” on Red Rock TV Channel 16 in Sedona, AZ. She also the Author of the Sedona.tv Blog. She has been a resident of Sedona for nearly a decade and her family has been in this area for over 40 years.
Campground photos courtesy of Coconino National Forest