Visit Historic Old Town Cottonwood Arizona for Arts Antiques Wine Tasting, Dining and Specialty Shopping
Section of Old Town Cottonwood
Old Town Cottonwood Where Shopping and Dining is Fun
All across America most shopping malls have pretty much the same type of stores thus similar items, and we have come to know what to expect when we dine at fast food and other dining chains. While malls and chain restaurants have their merits, most people crave unique experiences whether it is discovering a new travel destination, purchasing a one of a kind item, a local craft beer, a local wine, or trying new foods. If you can appreciate the unique, framed in a historical setting, then you deserve a visit to Old Town Cottonwood Arizona.
Old Town Cottonwood Arizona
Cottonwood is located about 130 miles north of Phoenix and south of Flagstaff in the Verde Valley. Today most travelers reach Cottonwood by travelling north on Interstate I-17, but another route is by the old state route 89A over Mingus Mountains from Prescott. This road has beautiful forest and scenic Verde Valley views, but it is not for the faint of heart as the road is a hair pin turns mountain road.
In 1874, a group of soldiers were posted to an adobe house near the Verde River. By 1879, several families began farming there. Because of the large cottonwood trees growing by the river, the area was called Cottonwood. The farmers sold their crops and livestock to Camp Verde and the mining operations in the area. When the mines began booming, Cottonwood became a center of trade because it was different from the nearby mining company owned towns of Clarkdale and Clemenceau. Besides the usual goods, Cottonwood became known for its bootleg booze during Prohibition. At one time, Cottonwood earned the name of "Biggest Little Town in Arizona." Things changed drastically for downtown Cottonwood, when the Arizona Department of Transportation created the Highway 89 bypass which routed traffic around the downtown area, and the downtown began its decline.
By 2000, most of the area mining was gone and the town was becoming a great place for retirement, and tourism, and the Old Town area had just begun to realize the potential of using the great old historic buildings. Restaurants, retail and wine tasting coupled with special events have made Old Town an interesting destination.
Dining, Wine Tasting and Bars
All along Main Street, in Old Town, there are a number of places to dine that offer a wide range of cuisine. A few of our favorite restaurants include:
Abbie's Kitchen- Small excellent continental restaurant
Ancient Pillars Greek Restaurant- Lunch followed by a break opens again for dinner
Bing's Burger Station- Burgers, chili, malts, fountain drinks, shakes, vintage decor
Crema Cafe- excellent gelatto, coffees, Italian flavor
Nick's Italian Steak & Crab House-Excellent food and full bar
Pizzeria Bocce Their pizza is fantastic
Red Rooster Cafe- Breakfast and Lunch
Tavern Grill- Lunch and Dinner good food and eat inside or outside
Wild Rose of Historic Old Town Tea House- Teas, Coffee and Cupcakes
WINE AND BEER TASTING
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Burning Tree Cellars
Desert Diamond Distillery
Small Batch Wines and Spirits
Cactus Kates--Been around for years, a rowdy good time
Riot- A gastropub, craft beers, outdoor & indoor seating
Bing's Burger Station
Nick's Steaks and Seafood
Upcoming Special Events in Old Town
Second Saturday Art Walks
Thunder Valley Motorcycle Rally September 18-20
Verde River Day September 26
Fall/Halloween Carnival October 31
59th Annual Christmas Parade/ Chocolate Walk December 5th
Antiques and Shopping
Green Shed Antiques
Thunder Valley Rally Sept 18, 2015
Shopping on Main Street
A Checkered Past: Kitchen, Holiday, Jewelry, Postcards, Glass, Pottery & Misc
Cat's Meow- Vintage clothing, jewelry, general antiques
Green Shed Antiques--Gas and Oil Advertising, furniture, folk art, general antiques shop By Chance or by Appointment 928-284-3120 (Open Saturday August 15th)
Larry's Antiques- 3 buildings full of all types of antiques
Papillion- Vintage clothing, kitchen, jewelry general antiques
Christy Fisher: Clothing made on premises, great specialty t-shirts
Red Geranium- great natural fabrics, stylish accessories
Treasure Junkies (Iron Horse Location) Vintage clothing and Jewelry
Other stores include: Olive oil tasting, clock repair, bookstore, Southwestern decor, fine jewelry, upscale items for pets, real estate, massage, a beauty salon, a dessert cafe, local art, and more. There are three boutique hotels in Old Town: Cottonwood Hotel, Iron Horse Inn and The Tavern Hotel.
Iron Horse Inn
Things to Do and Places to Explore
Outdoors: Hiking in Sycamore Canyon, Verde River activities, Jeep Tours
Tuzigoot Ruins Museum and Park
Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale- A scenic ride from Clarkdale to Perkinsville
Jerome- America's most vertical city, historical mining town, lots of art
Camp Verde- Historical Fort Verde Museum and tour
Sedona- Spectacular red rock formations, fine dining, art, and vortex tours
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