In 1966, Chuck Mabery bought a cattle ranch that dated back to the late 19th century, planting the seeds of the Blazin' M Ranch. After stints herding and growing vegetables, the flood of 1993 forced the Mabery family to start over, inspiring them to show off their musical talents at a traditional chuck-wagon dinner staged on the property. Fully renovated in 2010, the ranch now hosts an authentic Arizona frontier town where visitors can experience the cowboy life through such activities as lassoing mechanical steers, shooting wax bullets out of a real Colt .45, and learning how to easily covert ten-gallon hats into metric. A selection of shops fits customers out in Western-themed apparel, the copper Spur Saloon serves local wines and microbrews, and a museum delves into the history of the ranch, pioneer-era Arizona, and the Yavapai-Apache Nation. An old-time photo studio, "Pistols and Petticoats", allows groups to have their likeness captured while wearing Victorian costumes. At the museum, the unique Wood'n West Gallery enthralls visitors with moving dioramas of Western life, hand carved over 30 years by a master whittler.
Fill up on fare from Rendezvous in Cottonwood and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
At Rendezvous, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Rendezvous.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Rendezvous.
If preferred, visitors can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Rendezvous.
There are a lot of words one can use to describe barbecue sauce. Some are sweet, some spicy, and some tangy. But at the AZ Rhythm & Ribs festival, only one adjective matters: best. The KCBS Competition takes all comers, restaurant and solo operation alike, to vie for the best barbecue title in the categories of chicken, pork ribs, pork, and beef brisket. Other awards include best dry beans, best sauce, best dessert, and the Anything Goes award, given to a chef who makes the best side dish. Guests vote for their choice with samples—some included with entry—and cleanse their palate between bites with micro-brewed beers from all over the country. Meanwhile, country and southern rock stars make tunes as zesty as the savory stars of the show.
Sourcing grapes from their own vineyard—as well as four other vineyards across the state—the winemakers at Page Spring Cellars are able to craft an eclectic variety of wines at a sunny, picturesque estate. Imagined and brought to fruition by owner and winemaker Eric Glomski, vintages and blends range in style from a delicate and nuanced sangiovese to the understated chenin blanc. At the stately tasting room, curious visitors sip samples from the collection of wines or, every third Thursday, work their way through a tapas-style winemaker dinner with pairings. Perhaps more spectacular are the outdoor spaces, which host summer stargazing with astrophysicists or picnics enjoyed on a deck that runs alongside a gurgling creek with splendid oral hygiene.
As the name implies, the folks at Passion Cellars are passionate about great wine—and most of all, sharing it with others. The founders created the winery after learning about the thriving wine industry in Arizona. With the owners' love of local libations, it's no surprise that Passion Cellars offers wines made with Arizona-grown grapes. Visitors can sip samples of a wide variety of wines, from the smoky, peppery syrah to the unique agave-ginger wine.
The crew at Sedona Adventure Tours coax visitors out to explore the rugged wilderness and rolling terrain of the Verde River Valley. Suited for guests of all experience levels, they know the Verde River Valley well, providing wine tours, and river trips throughout the Verde River Valley. Their Verde River rental with shuttle guests at the helm of inflatable ducky kayaks which, thanks to their stability and lightweight, are easy to navigate through the shady bends and past sweeping desert vistas.