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Summer Sucks. Make yours less miserable by visiting www.locallily.com to download the free Summer Survival Guide, where you’ll find local  restaurants, shopping, events and things to do.

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 5:30 pm

Escape to the Red Rocks, where hiking, dining, cooler weather and pet-friendly things to do will give even your furry friends a little relief from the heat.

In Sedona, eat at Ken’s Creekside for a four-star menu and service without the four-star price. Ken’s is the best place in town for Saturday brunch, offers a dog-friendly patio, family-friendly menu, and a full bar. Ken’s is located across from Tlaquepaque at 251 State Route 179. Find information at www.kenscreekside.com.

While in town, get your shopping fix at Urban Gypsies Boutique for boho gifts, apparel and accessories. Urban Gypsies is located in the Harkins plaza at 2081 W. State Rt 89A. Information is at www.urbangypsiesboutique.com.

The Hummingbird House offers French and vintage-inspired gifts, home decor and accessories and has two locations — one on Brewer Road and another at the Hyatt Shops off 89A. Reach them at (928) 282-8444 or (928) 282-0705, respectively.

Take a hike up West Fork Trail in Oak Creek. A favorite of locals — and said by forest rangers to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the area — West Fork is an easy hike with cool, shallow streams. Find hike details at www.arizonaguide.com.

Discover a hidden gem at the little known Buddah Garden (Amitabha Stupa). Walk an easy trail to a larger-than-life buddah garden and meditation temple. Get info at www.tara.org/visit-us/amitabha-stupa.

If you go

Sedona is about two hours north of the Valley. To get there, take Interstate 17 north to Exit 298. Go west (left) on Arizona 179 and follow into Sedona.

Plan your trip: Sedona Calendar

Fridays: Sedona Community Farmers’ Market, held 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays under the shady sycamores at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, features produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, vegan specialties, gluten-free products, hand-made chocolates and live music. Information: (928) 282-4838 or www.tlaq.com

Aug. 3: Numerous galleries host artist receptions, live music, wine tastings, artist talks and demonstrations for Sedona’s Art Walk, held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Rides on the Sedona Trolley are complimentary until 8:30 p.m. Information: www.sedonagalleryassociation.com

Aug. 3-5: Find a “Hummingbird Mall” and presentations on the little birds at Sedona’s first Hummingbird Festival at the new Sedona Performing Arts Center. Information: www.hummingbirdsociety.org/festival.php

Aug. 24 through Sept. 2: The 11th annual Red Rocks Music Festival includes classical, jazz and other performances at Sedona Creative Life Center and Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum. Information: (877) 733-7257 or www.redrocksmusicfestival.com

• Follow Lily at www.locallily.com, a blog published by Beth Hickey and Brandi Walsh, where you’ll find the best local restaurants, shopping, events and things to do.

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