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Archive for December, 2010

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a busy time for the lovely town of  Sedona and this year, our visitors  at Poco Diablo Resort were lucky to enjoy the beauty of  Sedona covered in snow.  Although Sedona only receives an average of 4 inches of snowfall each year, no one can deny that Sedona’s red rocks are spectacular when covered in snow.

Snow Falling on the Poco Diablo Golf Course

Snow Falling on the Poco Diablo Golf Course

Many of our hotel guests were having fun in the snow on the golf course today and even making snowmen. Our Mallard ducks were enjoying the precipitation making tracks through the snow.

Duck Tracks in the Snow

Duck Tracks in the Snow

Enjoy the lovely scenery of Sedona in Winter. The landscape is unique and magical.

Cathedral Rock Sprinkled with Snow

Cathedral Rock Sprinkled with Snow

Winter Scene of the Nuns and the Chapel of the Holy Cross

Winter Scene of the Nuns and the Chapel of the Holy Cross

Ship Rock and Wilson Mountain Covered in Snow

Ship Rock and Wilson Mountain Covered in Snow

Winter in Sedona

Winter in Sedona

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Janelle and John Saari’s wedding at Poco Diablo Resort was captured by the talented photographer Danielle Daigle who shared some of their lovely moments from their wedding. The images portray the beautiful setting that Poco Diablo offers bridal couples that want to hold their destination wedding in Sedona.

Janelle and John Saari

Janelle and John Saari

The Rose Terrace is lined with tranquil fountains and captivating flowers and is the perfect location for dancing to your favorite music in celebration of your wedding. Dinner is offered on the Canopy Patio which offers a view of our golf course and surrounding hills and summits.

Dancing on the Rose Terrace

Dancing on the Rose Terrace

Fun on the Rose Terrace

Fun on the Rose Terrace

The quaint gazebo, decorated with wedding garland, was the perfect venue for their intimate wedding ceremony. Enjoy the magic of Poco Diablo Resort encapsulated by the talented photographer, Danielle Daigle.

Danielle Daigle Photography

Danielle Daigle Photography

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Weddings at Poco Diablo Resort. Wedding favors are a way for the bridal couple to thank their guests for sharing their special day with them. Over the years, we have seen a number of wedding favors that bridal couples present to their guests. There are a variety of ideas that can be obtained online with options to personalize your gifts. These favors can range in price but should be something that is easy for your guests to take with them as many wedding guests travel by air to the destination wedding venue.

Personalized M & M's - Photo by: www.bridesforbrides.com

Personalized M & M's - Photo by: http://www.bridesforbrides.com

Over the years, companies have come up with a variety of creative ideas for wedding favors. One of the most popular is the personalized M&M’s that can have your names and image stamped on them. You can find a range of containers for them so each one of your guests can enjoy this creative favor. I think they are very special and lots of fun.

Hand Woven Scarves for Wedding Guests and Personalized Candle

Hand Woven Scarves for Wedding Guests and Personalized Candle

I have seen many couples tie in their wedding favors with their individual lives.  Having items purchased abroad are unique and personal.  Here are some more ideas.

Homemade Jam - Personal Wedding Favor

Homemade Jam - Personal Wedding Favor

Personalized glassware is something pratical that wedding guests can take with them and use day to day. Each and everytime they use the glass, they will think of you and your exciting wedding. You have to keep in mind if you are getting married in Arizona that you want to offer something that is not perishable as many times chocolate will not last the warmer temperatures.

Personalized Glassware for Wedding Guests

Personalized Glassware for Wedding Guests

Share part of yourselves in your wedding favor and be creative. Most guests remember special gifts and feel appreciated when you put a little effort into your wedding favor.

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Poco Diablo Resort is determined to serve only the finest food at our resort. For all wedding bookings, we offer a formal wedding tasting so our bridal couples can decide on the variety of food that they will offer their wedding guests.  Our catering menus have been created by Chef Felipe and they offer a range of choices to our clients. 
Nancy and Ron with Chef Felipe

Nancy and Ron with Chef Felipe

Nancy Poissant and Ron Starkey decided to get married at Poco Diablo Resort on Saturday, March 12, 2011. They had attending a wedding here earlier and really loved the resort. We were so happy to have availability on their date of choice and are thrilled to be hosting their wedding.

Banquet Captain Eric Johnson with Chef Felipe and Nancy

Banquet Captain Eric Johnson with Chef Felipe and Nancy

Chef Felipe prepared two delicious meals for their tasting on Saturday, December 4.

Marinated Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Medallions of Beef with Wild Mushroom Demiglace served with Guajillo Chili Mashed Potatoes

Ron Proposed to Nancy on a Romantic Cruise

Ron Proposed to Nancy on a Romantic Cruise

Needless to say, Nancy and Ron enjoyed the entrees prepared by Chef Felipe who takes great pride in his work. We look forward to hosting Nancy and Ron’s wedding in March and welcome all couples to tour our lovely resort when thinking of planning their special Sedona wedding.

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Poco Diablo Resort was happy to host the breakfast networking event “Good Morning Sedona” on Friday, December 10, 2010 in the Poco Diablo Ballroom. There were nearly 70 people at this holiday event attending from the Sedona area with a variety of sponsors including the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

Canyon Moon Theatre Presenting a Fun Holiday Play - Photo by Wib Middleton

Canyon Moon Theatre Presenting a Fun Holiday Play - Photo by Wib Middleton

The Good Morning Sedona committee contains volunteers that contribute their time and creativity to make sure each and every event is a success.  This year’s entertainment included the amazing Tom and Shondra, singer Courtney Greico and “Go Bellistic”,  a lively handbell duet who have performed throughout the United States.  A delicious breakfast buffet was enjoyed by all and holiday decorations were everywhere.  A special thanks to Wib Middleton for sending us these great photographs.

Great Community Networking at Good Morning Sedona

Great Community Networking at Good Morning Sedona

The next Good Morning Sedona will take place on Friday, March 4, 2011. We hope to see you there.

Poco Diablo Director of Sales, Troy Williams, announcing our Holiday Specials

Poco Diablo Director of Sales, Troy Williams, announcing our Holiday Specials

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Wildlife patterns have been formed throughout the years and the spacious grounds of Poco Diablo Resort is a comfortable stopping point for many migratory birds flying south for the winter.  Our 22 acres of land offers fresh water and green grass to our winged visitors and we love having them on the golf course.

American Wigeon

American Wigeon

The American Wigeon Visiting our Grounds

The American Wigeon Visiting our Grounds

A yearly visitor to the Poco Diablo golf course is the American Wigeon who migrates from the Pacific Northwest to the southern part of our country. As you can see, we can have up to a hundred of these small ducks on our grounds this time of year.  They need to eat and add body weight for their long flight and our cool ponds are a haven for our guests.

The American Wigeon Visits in Great Numbers

The American Wigeon Visits in Great Numbers

Another popular visitor to our resort is the majestic Great Blue Heron. This tall bird stands tall with a six foot wingspan and remains on the grass until he finds something delicious. The Great Blue Heron is one of our favorite birds and you won’t find a more regal bird in the area. They also nest along Oak Creek which offers the perfect environment for this species.

The Majestic Great Blue Heron

The Majestic Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron has a 6ft Wingspan

The Great Blue Heron has a 6ft Wingspan

With large mature trees situation on the golf course, you will always notice playful squirrels running from tree to tree. These bushy animals frolic throughout the area finding peanuts and berries to eat. As you can see by the photo, they look healthy and hearty.

Our Friendly Poco Squirrels

Our Friendly Poco Squirrels

All of us at Poco Diablo Resort enjoy wildlife and are happy to share our property with the animal kingdom. You too will enjoy your time spent at our relaxing and peaceful resort.

Lizard soaking up some Arizona Sun

Lizard soaking up some Arizona Sun

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

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Many people are mesmerized by the beautiful setting of Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona and it’s not surprising since our resort was built on what was once a spacious ranch in earlier days.

Vintage Photo of Doodlebug Ranch, the area where Poco Diablo was built.

Vintage Photo of Doodlebug Ranch, the area where Poco Diablo was built.

There were only 800 residents in the area by the 1960’s and much of Sedona was ranch land with very few homes. As you can see in the photo, there are no homes built in the area prior to the building of Poco Diablo. Ahthough there are more residents in Sedona, the beauty still exists today.

Poco Diablo Resort view

Poco Diablo Resort view

As listed in the wonderful book, Sedona, by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger and Janeen Trevillyan, Sedona Historical Society, part of the area known as Doodlebug Ranch was sold and the Poco Diablo Resort was built in the 1970’s, boosting Sedona as a tourist destination. Residents enjoyed an elegant meal overlooking the weeping willows and magnificent lawn without leaving town.

An interesting link with Poco Diablo Resort and the Chapel of the Holy CrossMargurite Brunswig Staude, who designed and paid for the building of the Chapel, was married to Tony Staude. His family owned the Doodlebug Ranch, the area where Poco Diablo Resort was built.

Some history on Doodlebug Ranch was obtained from the Sedona Blog which contains a variety of information on the area. The welcoming golf course and spacious grounds, have offered wedding couples the perfect venue for their special day. There were a list of celebrities that owned homes in the area in the early days, among them Walt Disney and Lucille Ball. Poco Diablo has hosted hundreds of weddings throughout the years and one in particular was the niece of Lucille Ball, Jennifer Ball, who got married to William Jackson at Poco Diablo Resort in 1980.

Red Rock News Article July, 30, 1980

Red Rock News Article July, 30, 1980

 

Red Rock News Article July, 30, 1980

Red Rock News Article July, 30, 1980

Wedding styles have changed throughout the years but the popularity of Poco Diablo remains the same.  It is the perfect location for your Sedona wedding.

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