Old Town Cottonwood
"Heart of the Verde Valley Wine Country"
Back in bootlegging days Cottonwood was known to have the best booze within hundreds of miles, attracting citizens from Los Angeles, Phoenix, as well as closer-to-home folks. Brick lined bootlegger tunnels and catacombs were interwoven below Main Street like the one that opens into the cellar of Nic’s Italian Crab & Steak House. Today you can walk into Pizzeria Bocce, Crema Craft Kitchen & Bar, Nic’s, the Tavern Grille, or one of the wine and spirits tasting rooms that line Main Streets and have a civilized drink with friends. No need to drive back home after a day of fun as The Tavern Hotel in provides a touch of luxury for overnight guests in Old Town Cottonwood.
Antique hunters have discovered the treasures that are tucked away in the eclectic stores on Main Street. You can find vintage clothing, gems, jewelry, glassware, home décor, and unique collectibles. There’s even a store with a sole focus on amazing clocks and timepieces. Art lovers can enjoy perusing the six galleries in Old Town with an eclectic array of artwork. Otherwise, The Old Town Center for the Arts on 5thand Main is the best theater for live music and entertainment in the Verde Valley. Local artists and the galleries show their wares at the Second Saturday Art Walk each month. Discover more about Old Town Cottonwood by Tapping Here.
Old Town Cottonwood has an ambience that is the perfect elixir for the busy lifestyle that most of us live today. Park your car, stroll at your own pace and enjoy the down home friendliness and sometimes quirky characters who call Cottonwood home. The beautiful Verde River runs through Cottonwood just a stone’s throw from Main Street. The Jail Trail begins in the old Rock Jail parking area in Old Town across the street from Pizzeria Bocce. It’s an easy walk along the Verde River to Dead Horse Ranch State Park or loop back into Old Town Cottonwood.
While you explore the area, make The Tavern Hotel your homebase!
Things to do in Cottonwood:
Incredible adventures await you in the region! Weather you are a native Arizonan or a visitor to our state, Cottonwood Arizona has a lot to offer. You can enjoy a day of wine tasting and indulging in top rated restaurants or enjoying the natural history surrounding you in the region while hiking or biking our top rated trails.
Tasting rooms of Cottonwood: Why leave Old Town for wine when you can enjoy any of the 6 wine and spirit tasting rooms on Main Street.
Historic Old Town Cottonwood: Located in the heart of the Verde Valley Wine Country, Main Street offers visitors a unique experience of the past and present. With unique galleries, antique shops and boutique stores you’ll be surprised how a day can fly by.
2nd Saturday Art Walk: On the 2nd Saturday of each month all of the ,art galleries, wine tasting rooms, set up to give you a good time with art exhibitions, music and entertainment, from 6pm - 9pm right in Old Town Cottonwood.
More things to do near Cottonwood:
Verde Valley Railway: “Its not the destination..It’s the journey” The Verde Canyon Railroad boasts a truly spectacular experience carving through the red rock hills. You can catch Bald Eagle and other wildlife during the 20 mile adventure. This is an ideal event for the whole family.
Tuzigoot National Monument: Tuzigoot National Monument is a pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge. The park offers rich natural history of the Sinagua indians while taking in breathtaking imagery of the lush green valley.
Verde Valley Wine Trail: There are 7 unique Arizona wineries and 8 tasting rooms that offer a variety of skillfully crafted wines to satisfy anyones palate. The trail takes you through Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, Clarkdale and Cornville. This is a perfect way for any wine enthusiast to experience the craft of Arizona Wines.
Dead horse Ranch State Park: Dead Horse Ranch State Park offers visitors access to camp, fish, and hike the beautiful banks of the Verde River.
Montezuma National Monument: Part of the National Park Service. Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. The cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people date back to the 12th century.
Out of Africa: Out of Africa is a world class wild life park and zoo located in Camp Verde. This is a truly unique safari experience the whole family will enjoy.
Sedona: Sedona boasts world class spas, art galleries and outdoor trail access. With the vibrant Red Rocks state park as your backdrop, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and fun this little city has to offer.
Jerome: Jerome is a historic Copper mining town Nestled ontop of Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome is now known for its vibrant art scene and quirky boutique store fronts. Come visit our other sister restaurants the Haunted Hamburger and Grapes while visiting Jerome.
This is Cottonwood!
Take a trip to the Verde Valley and see what Old Town Cottonwood has to offer.