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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“This site is well restored & partly rebuilt. You can see exactly where all the buildings used to be so it's easy to imagine how it was living there. lt has gorgeous, panoramic views & a great little museum with a small gift shop. There is a little incline but it is fairly easy to walk around.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Old Town Cottonwood. Wood fired yumminess. A personal fave and allllways a hit with guests!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Verde Canyon, featuring an abundance of native flora and fauna, rugged, high-desert rock faces and spectacular vistas, is only accessible by rail. As you step aboard this popular excursion, complete with luxurious coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage diesel engines, expect to be captivated by this untouched and unspoiled canyon. This is fun, we always recommend it we've never had a complaint.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great place for breakfast or lunch! Outdoor dining has AC/Heat. Amazing brunch on the weekends serving Mimosas, and Bloody Mary's. Walk up coffee bar if strolling and shopping on Main St. Best baristas ever! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
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“Walk downtown and visit Tasting Rooms, Shops and Restaurants. Nics Restaurant, Bocce Italian restaurant with big outdoor fire pit - both very good. Good Thai restaurant on other side of town.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“The motto for this restaurant is: “Our Farm To Your Table. Our Vines To Your Glass.” Merkin Vineyards is on a mission to come as close as they can to deliver a 100% Arizona Experience to their extended family, community, and visitors to the area. All of their wines are produced and grown locally here in the Verde Valley and in Wilcox, AZ. All of their vegetables are grown in their Verde Valley greenhouses, gardens, and orchards, or provided by local farmers. Their pasta and bread are made from scratch using Arizona Heirloom and Italian milled wheat flour. Their house-made Gelati and Sorbetti are crafted by using Arizona produced dairy and fresh ingredients grown in their greenhouses, gardens, and orchards. Here Mother Nature beats the drum to which they march and jump. So the menu remains flexible and changes weekly or even daily depending on her whims. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nic's Italian Steak and Crab House is located on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona. Locals and visitors have discovered the Wine Tasting Rooms, and cool art and antique stores that line Main Street that are fun to explore before dinner at Nic’s. Step through the front door and you are transported to the atmosphere of the great East Coast Steak & Italian restaurants – polished brass, rich dark woods, plush green upholstery, and a 40’ long mahogany bar that could be a Hollywood movie set. Belly up to the bar for handcrafted cocktails and try not to miss Martini Monday – choose any one of our special Martinis for only $3.50!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Amazing breakfast and lunch menu with fresh ingredients and they have a wonderful staff.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Lodging
“Great food! Affordable and located in Old Town Cottonwood. We frequent the Tavern often and can always find a place to sit. The chef is great and makes everything from scratch.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Winery
“Wine Tasting, Music (call first), appetizers, indoor and outdoor seating, not open late”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazingly smoked everything. Their menu includes killer Caesar Salad and unforgettable fish tacos.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“Clarkdale. Get your mining history fix in this lovingly restored school building. Always a favorite!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Located in "Old Town" Cottonwood, nestled among several wine tasting rooms, great restaurants, antique shops, and so much more. Try their "Red Flight", it's the best. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Local hiking trail along the Verde River . Entrance is on Main Street @ the parking lot near Pizzeria Bocce . ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music on the weekends, mostly outdoor seating with fire pits, local beer. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Old Town Cottonwood. Wood fired yumminess. A personal fave and allllways a hit with guests!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great place for breakfast or lunch! Outdoor dining has AC/Heat. Amazing brunch on the weekends serving Mimosas, and Bloody Mary's. Walk up coffee bar if strolling and shopping on Main St. Best baristas ever! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“The motto for this restaurant is: “Our Farm To Your Table. Our Vines To Your Glass.” Merkin Vineyards is on a mission to come as close as they can to deliver a 100% Arizona Experience to their extended family, community, and visitors to the area. All of their wines are produced and grown locally here in the Verde Valley and in Wilcox, AZ. All of their vegetables are grown in their Verde Valley greenhouses, gardens, and orchards, or provided by local farmers. Their pasta and bread are made from scratch using Arizona Heirloom and Italian milled wheat flour. Their house-made Gelati and Sorbetti are crafted by using Arizona produced dairy and fresh ingredients grown in their greenhouses, gardens, and orchards. Here Mother Nature beats the drum to which they march and jump. So the menu remains flexible and changes weekly or even daily depending on her whims. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nic's Italian Steak and Crab House is located on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona. Locals and visitors have discovered the Wine Tasting Rooms, and cool art and antique stores that line Main Street that are fun to explore before dinner at Nic’s. Step through the front door and you are transported to the atmosphere of the great East Coast Steak & Italian restaurants – polished brass, rich dark woods, plush green upholstery, and a 40’ long mahogany bar that could be a Hollywood movie set. Belly up to the bar for handcrafted cocktails and try not to miss Martini Monday – choose any one of our special Martinis for only $3.50!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Amazing breakfast and lunch menu with fresh ingredients and they have a wonderful staff.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazingly smoked everything. Their menu includes killer Caesar Salad and unforgettable fish tacos.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“10-12 Lounge offers live music on the weekends. Check Kuddo's for current events.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Clarkdale. Guided kayak tours of our beloved Verde River! Great way to keep cool in the desert! Oh yeah, Scott has a great restaurant, too!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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