Discover Northern Arizona: The Ultimate Verde Valley Summer Travel Guide

Verde River Valley, Arizona

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Northern Arizona’s Verde Valley with our ultimate summer travel guide. Experience the essence of adventure and immerse yourself in local favorites.

This story is from our special edition IN AZ 2024 issue. Read the full issue online here for more inside intel on where to stay, dine and everything in between IN AZ this season and all year round.

Where to Stay

The Clinkscale

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This historic hotel nestled in the center of Jerome dates back to 1899. The Clinkscale has six guest rooms, each featuring individual flair and charisma. Downstairs, guests can enjoy the lobby bar and restaurant which serves craft cocktails and modern American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During your stay, make sure to stop by Jerome’s shops, galleries, wineries, bars and restaurants that are all just steps outside of The Clinkscale. 

Park Hotel 

Park Hotel was built in1915 and has undergone an amazing revitalization to feature five king rooms, one grand king room and two queen rooms. Located in the Clarkdale, Park Hotel is in an ideal wine country location. It also sits above Smelter Town Brewery, which operates on the first floor of the same building. Guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary brew at check-in. Nearby attractions within walking distance include the Verde Canyon Railroad and the Arizona Copper Art Museum. Sedona and Jerome are only a short 20-minute drive away.

The Tavern Hotel

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Located in Old Town Cottonwood, The Tavern Hotel offers guest rooms, cottages and a luxurious penthouse just steps away from wine tasting, dining and shops. The family-owned Tavern Hotel focuses on attention to detail and care, from welcome cocktails at The Tavern Grille to complimentary continental breakfast at Crema Craft Kitchen. 

Where to Eat & Drink


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Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a place to celebrate with friends, it’s always a unique and memorable dining experience at EDEN. Executive Chef and Owner Eden Archer focuses on creating healthy, delicious food with an all-day menu so guests can enjoy tacos in the evening or a filet mignon for lunch. EDEN also includes The Cellar, an intimate private dining room for up to 40 people that is available by appointment.

Javelina Leap

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Javelina Leap At this boutique, family-operated winery in Page, participate in wine-tasting sessions that are complemented by homemade grab-and-go charcuterie boxes. Experience the unique flavors of Arizona wines while being immersed in the atmosphere of a working vineyard and winery.

Up the Creek 

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A living piece of history, Up The Creek was originally a Cornville store and gas station that opened in 1956. It served drivers traveling from Phoenix to Flagstaff before Interstate 17 was built. Now, guests are invited to enjoy local wine pairings and delicious food. Open Wednesday through Sunday, reservations are available by phone. The nature and scenery are also breathtaking. Guests truly feel immersed in the trees and creek surrounding the restaurant.


Predator Zip Lines 

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Embark on this two- to three-hour zipline tour, featuring five lines and a suspension bridge. As you glide through the air, observe wildlife, such as lions, tigers and cougars, that roam beneath you from the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Guides will help point out the animals below the ziplines. Whether you’re new to ziplining or a seasoned pro, this course is the best way to see your furry friends from a whole new perspective. Predator Zip Lines was recently ranked the 19th most interesting zip line course in the world by USA Today. 

The Blazin’ M Ranch 

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The Blazin’ M Ranch features a Western frontier town including a full-service saloon, shopping, wagon rides and other Western activities. Behind the gates, guests will get the chance to experience axe throwing, bull riding, wagon rides and other fun activities for people of all ages. At 6:30 p.m., it’s time for dinner as the wranglers serve up a chicken and rib meal with homemade rolls, prickly pear coleslaw, cowboy beans and mashed potatoes. The Western Stage Show begins right after dinner; guests can watch the Blazin’ M Wranglers play an array of Western hits, including songs by Chris Stapleton, Patsy Kline, Kenny Rogers and more!  

Verde Canyon Railroad 

Photo: Verde Canyon Railroad

Embark on a four-hour, 20-mile journey through 110 years of history at the Verde Canyon Railroad. This heritage railroad runs between Clarkdale and Perkinsville. The luxuriously refurbished train cars offer guests the opportunity to experience modern amenities while learning about the simpler times in the Old West. Be sure to visit the gift store, cafe and museum at the train depot. For more information about rates and schedules, visit

Vortex to Vineyard Tour 

The Vortex to Vineyard tour begins in Sedona with a view of the legendary red rocks and a visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This nine-hour tour is the only city tour that includes a visit to one of the world-famous vortexes. Guests will then visit two award-winning Verde Valley wineries with exclusive discounts on tastings and bottles and enjoy a picnic with your personal charcuterie of assorted artisan cheeses, salami, fresh fruit, chocolates and French bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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