Have you ever been to Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh) Village in Sedona? Well, if not, you’ve just got to visit. Tlaquepaque is an arts and crafts village at the junction of Highways 89A and 179 in the heart of Sedona, AZ.
Designed to look like a traditional Mexican village, and nestled in a sweet hollow on the banks of Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque is definitely an amazing, unforgettable, and darling place to experience. The village contains quaint cobblestone streets, pueblo-style buildings that look as if they’re 200 hundred years old, bubbly fountains, lush foliage, and large, leafy Sycamore trees that cool the air and make it feel as if you’ve stepped out of time and stumbled upon a secret, magical place. People from all over the world come here.
The village offers 40 specialty shops of all kinds, from restaurants and a brewery to art galleries, and even a candy store. But, the best part of Tlaquepaque is its art. The Tlaquepaque Web site states it perfectly:
“Tlaquepaque is filled with spectacular one-of-a kind art expressions in every medium from Western and eclectic bronze sculpture, functional and traditional ceramics, breathtaking blown glass creations, contemporary and Southwestern fine art paintings, weavings, decorative arts, architectural décor pieces and stunning large format photography. Fine contemporary jewelry, designer casual wear in silks, and leathers and unusual gift items all await the Tlaquepaque visitor.”
My hubby and I, though frequent visitors to Sedona, had never managed to make it off of the trails and out of the open spaces to visit Tlaquepaque. Boy, did we feel silly when we realized that there are other awe-inspiring places in Sedona (other than the massive red rock formations and natural splendor).
Tlaquepaque is a jewel inside of the jewel that is Sedona. And, as artists ourselves (Craig is a pianist and composer and I, an artist and writer), this place absolutely spoke to our souls.
We had an amazing dinner and simply walked around and absorbed the ambiance of this special place. We both looked at each other after dinner and said “Can you believe we are going to live near here soon? How lucky are we?!”