A visit to the Tavern Hotel in Cottonwood is the date night that couples dream about. Now it’s official.
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, released its 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards for best hotels in a variety of categories. Sitting on the list of Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the U.S. at #13 is the Tavern Hotel. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for the boutique hotel that expanded only a year ago. TripAdvisor bases its lists on millions of reviews and opinions collected from travelers. What those guests have discovered is that the Tavern Hotel makes romance easy.
The magic begins as soon as you check in. All arriving guests are treated to a complementary cocktail at neighboring Tavern Grille. Just like that you’re relaxing, and reconnecting. Don’t worry about driving. You won’t need a car. While many hotels have their own restaurant, Tavern Hotel offers guests access to an entire town. That’s their secret. The 45-room hotel is the anchor of Old Town Cottonwood in the heart of Verde Valley wine country.
Just footsteps from the hotel are superb restaurants, a collection of colorful shops and galleries, and six—count them—six wine tasting rooms. Let the soft rhythm of Old Town cast its spell as you stroll the covered sidewalks. It’s a community small enough to be charming but eclectic enough to be vibrant.
Music spills from open doors and food aromas waft from kitchens. Shop for one-of-a-kind treasures, enjoy an appetizer and a flight of wine made from grapes grown on hillsides at the edge of town. Don’t be surprised if there’s a vaguely European feel to the evening as you sit down for dinner. Afterward, it’s more of the same until you’re ready to return to the Tavern Hotel where beautifully appointed rooms feature wood plank floors, tile bathrooms, plush bedding with fine cotton linens, 50-inch flat screen televisions, high-end bath and spa products, and walk-in showers that are big enough for two.
Let the romance continue the next day. After enjoying a free continental breakfast at Crema Craft Kitchen, the bounty of Northern Arizona waits to be explored. Browse the art galleries in Jerome, take a horseback ride into cactus-dotted hills, or a jeep tour through Sedona’s red rock formations. All are just minutes away.
Better yet, book one of Tavern Hotel’s Deluxe Packages. Ride the scenic Verde Canyon Railroad into a high-walled riparian gorge, or kayak the gentle Verde River. Of course, the most popular is the Sip & Stay Wine Package. It forms the basis of many romantic adventures at one of America’s most romantic hotels, in the small town of Cottonwood.
Tavern Hotel is located at 904 Main Street. For more information: 928-639-1669, www.thetavernhotel.com