Old Town Cottonwood is a fun and funky place to visit. Located 17 miles from Sedona on North Main Street, Old Town is a five block area of quaint shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants, and more, all tucked into Cottonwood’s oldest business section.
For example, the Adventures Unlimited Books building was built in 1924 and initially housed a lumber and mercantile company — a sort of early Home Depot. The City of Cottonwood recently redid the street with old fashioned street lights, planted trees, and repaired old brick work on the sidewalks giving the area an old time feel.
Old Town now boasts the best restaurants in the Verde Valley. Be sure to visit Old Town Cafe, a favorite with many of our locals. (It’s not uncommon to see saddled horses “parked” out front while their owners enjoy a cup of coffee and, often, animated conversation. This venerable establishment has been serving it’s rich German-inspired pastries for decades and should be added to the “must do” list of all visitors.
The widely popular Pizzeria Bocce is rated as one of Arizona’s top restaurants and the newest addition to the Haunted Group that also includes the Tavern Grill and Nic’s Italian Steak & Crab House in Old Town Cottonwood. Thai Palace offers a variety of delectable dishes in a charming atmosphere and Crema has home-made ice cream to die for, and lattes and sandwiches, just to name a few.
Seed Restaurant is getting a lot of attention around Arizona, landing in the top 50 eateries of 2014 and known for its “farm-to-table concept.” The newest addition to restaurants on Main Street is Ancient Pillars that opened in late spring, 2014, and features Greek dishes that are already getting rave reviews.
Jim and Ellen’s Rock Shop — just across the street from Adventures Unlimited Books — has a fabulous rock and mineral collection (they’re genuine rock hounds). The shop is full of Mexican pottery, plenty of garden and metal art, and lots of other items. If you are interested in the local rock art scene, these are the folks to visit.
There are antique and consignment shops, including Larry’s Antiques, The Checkered Past, and Papillon II, as well as wonderfully unique gift shops such as The Red Geranium, River’s Edge, and Pink Rain (formerly Bee Bling)!
Old Town enjoys a reputation throughout the Valley as the hot spot for wine tasting venues for sampling wines from the local vineyards. (Verde Valley has become an important grape growing and wine making area.)
Enjoy popular wines — and beers too — at the Arizona Stronghold, Pillsbury Wine Company, Bootlegger’s Beer Club, and Rendezvous in Old Town (R.I.O.T.).
Plan to spend a delightful afternoon walking, hiking, browsing, shopping, and eating in this beautiful historic section of Cottonwood.
Enjoy a leisurely walk beneath the cottonwoods on the Jail Trail at the north end of Old Town. And keep in mind, Dead Horse Ranch State Park is just around the corner, offering camping, hiking and horseback riding.
Or come to one of our many seasonal events such as the Thunder Valley Rally in September, Walkin’ on Main in November, and the Chocolate Walk — a holiday tradition throughout central and northern Arizona — in December.
Want recommendations about what to do in the Old Town, Cottonwood, and throughout the Verde Valley. Be sure to drop in to Adventures Unlimited Books and talk with our very well-informed staff who are always happy to help you out with your visit plans! And we have many books on local and regional information — both historical and contemporary!
What to do in Old Town?
- 4 Wine Tasting Rooms
- 14 Cafes and Restaurants
- 10 Antique Stores
- 5 Galleries
- 3 Hotels
- Shops and Boutiques
- Historic Tours / Hiking Trails
- Nature Trails and the Verde River
- Live Performances at the Old Town Center for the Arts
- Numerous special events throughout the year
For more information about Old Town Cottonwood visit the
Old Town Association.