Often called "Red Rock Country" Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone - whether you're into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping ; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical , imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful. Natural endowments aside, you'll also find world-class hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied. Escape the chaos of life, kick back and relax in Sedona.
Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, Cottonwood grew from a small farming community to the Verde Valley's population center. In the past, Old Town businesses supported residents and workers of the many mines that operated in nearby communities. Today, a historic hotel, European cafe, art and antique galleries, organic and locally-focused restaurants, clothing shops, wine and olive oil tasting, a bakery, Northern Arizona's largest bead and yarn location, jewelry stores, home furnishing & decor shops, a bike & gear store, a florist and a hair salons line Old Town Cottonwood's Main Street. Located just minutes from Sedona, Jerome and Clarkdale, Old Town Cottonwood is ideally situated near the Verde River offering a variety of recreational activities that include camping, picnicking, horseback riding and fishing.
After the mines closed in 1953 and "King Copper" left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements, the Douglas Mansion became a State Park in 1965, and Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. During the 60's and 70's, Jerome offered a haven for artists. Soon newcomers and Jerome old timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life. Today, Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. They form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of history and lore.
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Camp Verde is rich in history with the Sinagua - an Ancestral Puebloan people, the Native Americans, the U.S. Calvary, and the settlers all coming together in this central Arizona location. The weather is unique, at an elevation of 3147 feet and surrounded by mountains, the summer rains make the valley green and lush. In this beautiful setting visitors can enjoy the many attractions, events, shopping, and restaurants.
Arizona's high desert produces a climate similar to that of California wine country which contributes to the success of growing grapes. The desert heat is required for sugar production and the cool nights are important for acid retention. The temperature change allows grapes to develop unique complexity and character.
Some of the area wineries include:
Page Springs Cellars
Pillsbury Wine Company
Caduceus / Merkin Vineyard
Bitter Creek Winery
Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery
Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery
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