Watch your back, Sedona. There are so many new things popping up in the Verde Valley hub of Cottonwood that we had trouble narrowing this list down.
The Tavern Hotel
Cottonwood serial entrepreneurs Eric and Michelle Jurisin gave their prized property a revamp in early 2018, expanding the hotel to 41 "retro rustic" rooms with tile and wooden floors. A warm front lobby with Edison lightbulbs, vertical "hanging gardens" and a cool upstairs lounge with goldenrod Adirondack chairs encourage guests to linger.
904 N. Main St.
Verde Valley Wine
Arizona wine continues to flow in Cottonwood. The Verde Valley Wine Trail and the Verde Valley Wine Consortium joined forces to create a new website with streamlined resources for visitors. The Verde Valley Wine Festival returns May 12 at a new location, Clarkdale Town Complex. This year, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Clarkdale Foundation and the Arizona Vignerons Alliance.
There's a foodie bonanza underfoot in Cottonwood, with half a dozen restaurants opening in the past few years. We have our eyes (and stomachs) on Colt Grill (barbecue and craft cocktails), 3 Kings Kasbar (Moroccan-inspired tapas), Muse Bistro (New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole), Merkin Osteria (locally sourced Italian and wine) and Bing's Burger Station (Americana fare; reopening under new ownership).
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