Brief Historic Lecture with Self-Guided Walking Tour
Presented to you by the Cottonwood Hotel innkeeper, Karen J. Leff
Time: is at your scheduled Check-In.
***Must be able to check-in Sunday through Thursday, before 6pm.
Featuring Cottonwood's Historic Past, you will also receive a self-guided historic walking tour brochure to take at your own leisure. This complimentary package includes any known specials/deals in this 3 block section of the Cottonwood Commercial Historic District, with a little Taste of Old Town, enjoying some samplings along the way, maps and any available discounts/coupons.
Value $20-$100 depending on available discounts/coupons and wine-tasting if included.
Tours from the historic Cottonwood Hotel
call for scheduling... Karen (928) 202-2207
Have your own personal tour guide from $50/hr for 2 people minimum. $15 each additional person. NOTE... Tours that include items for sale will be in addition.
Cottonwood/Verde Valley Historic Tours
Old Town storytelling, spirits & hauntings
Old Town Building & Home Tour
Orb Chasing...What are orbs? How to take pictures of orbs.
Rare Greenway Riparian/Verde River Tour
Indian Ruin Tours
• Tuzigoot National Monument • Montezuma Castle • Montezuma Wells
Sedona Vortex Tour
Verde Valley Wine Trail Tour
Historic Hotel, Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, Arizona, Historic 89A, Explorations, Vortexes, Paranormal, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Haunted, Day Tours, Things to Do, Wine Tasting, Prohibition Era History, Arizona Movie Tours
Orbs, ghosts and the mysteries of Old Town Cottonwood and the Verde Valley with a little moonshine history! Guided tour with the Cottonwood Hotel innkeeper, Karen Leff, who is a personal accomplished tour guide, local historian, story-teller and ghost whisperer.
Night Tour on the Streets in Old Town
Starts at 8pm from the Cottonwood Hotel
Scheduled Tours only (48 hrs. in advance), no walk-ins: call Karen (928) 202-2207 or (928) 634-9455
2 people/$100 (plus tax, includes white lightning)
Digital cameras a must for orb chasing…
Old Town Phenomenon
Bootlegging, Moonshiners & Spirits Legacy of Prohibition: Old Town Wild West Tour
“The BIGGEST little Town in the State of Arizona!”
Cottonwood Arizona’s big bootlegging industrywas abound.During a time when having an alcoholic drink was illegal, Main Street was lined with pool halls, restaurants, auto dealers & supply shops, and countless other stores which were fronts to the backroom gambling houses, blind pigs and speakeasies, known for dispensing illicit wine, beer and the best brewed whiskey in the state of Arizona. Cellars from these backrooms, lead into bootlegging tunnels that connected businesses underground to hide their stock from raids and hijacking. Warehouses and underground distilleries were kept very secretly. During transportation, Cottonwood auto mechanics ingeniously rigged dual tanks on touring cars, one for gas and one for rum running. Engines were supped up to outrun the law. There was a certain reputation for lawlessness. For years, prohibition agents turned a blind eye to Cottonwood. When Al Capone and other criminals and bandits started coming to town, sheriff George Ruffner from Prescott was elected to come into Cottonwood to raid the businesses and close the underground tunnels.
This cultural heritage tour is fun and informative. Learn Cottonwood's prohibition history, locations of Arizona bootlegger Kings, underground tunnels, raids, where the bootleggers lived and where the out-of-towners stayed, including Mae West, and where she rubbed her hands through barrels of wine mash and more.
Hollywood Legends & Locally Filmed Movie Tour
John Wayne, Mae West, Elvis Presley andJon Cryer are only a few movie stars, starlets, and world renown people that have walked the streets in Old Town on Main Street in Cottonwood, Arizona’s Commercial Historic District.Come and learn this areas movie history and eat, sleep and stand where Hollywood Legions left an imprint. Bring your camera.
Tour starts at the Cottonwood Hotel featuring movie locations for:
• 1946, ‘Angel & the Badman’ starring John Wayne & Gail Russell
• 1946, ‘Desert Fury’, starring ‘Liz Scott, Burt Lancaster, John Hodiac, Mary Astor, Wendell Corey
• 1967 Filming of 'Stay Away, Joe" starring Elvis Presley, co-starring Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado • 1987, ‘Dudes’ starring Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck
John Wayne & Elvis both bought western wear at the old Robinsons Clothier Western Wear Shop, which was located below and adjoining the Cottonwood Hotel. Wayne exclusively wore Lucchese cowboy boots, which today you can purchase the Dukes favorite brand from the Alley Cat after your tour.
John Wayne and Gail Russell romanced at the historic Cottonwood Hotel several times during their 1946 filming of ‘Angel & the Badman’. Their ‘secret’, but not so secret romance, was carried on at the hotel, as it was just a few doors down from the old Rialto Theater. Before day break, they would sneak back into Sedona, where the other film crew lodged.
During the filming of his Wayne’s leading role in ‘Angel & the Badman’, he was known to have purchased a bottle of aspirin for his headache at the local Drugstore which was on the corner across from the Cottonwood Hotel. Since his father was a pharmacist, he liked to chat up the local pharmacist. (future Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders)
The old Rialto Theater (today’s Tavern Grille location), brought in nearly 150 locally filmed movies to do what was called a ‘Rush’. This was when the directors, producers and movie stars all gathered to review their progress of the filming.
Some John Wayne facts:
John Wayne born May 26, 1907, died Jun 11, 1979.
Wayne’s favorite drink was Sauza Commemorativo Tequila with a lemon and chipped ice. When he wasn’t drinking that, he generally had cola, grenadine & Jack Daniels on the rocks.
Home Interier of 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival
Tour a Spanish Revival Colonial Home
CLICK Photo to see more of Cate's Gallery
Italian Gelato Sampling at Crema's. You'll just have to buy some!
This mysterious cellar once lead into a bootlegging tunnel
Please click on the pdf. file below to open and/or print an Old Town Tours brochure.
Sedona Vortex Tours
• Red Rock Crossing ~ Cathedral Rock • Airport Vortex
Cathedral Rock ~ Red Rock Crossing
Red Rock Crossing
Cottonwood Arizona Hotel's
Rare 1-Of-A-KInd Specialty Lodging and a Unique Choice over traditional hotels/motels/B&Bs
Cottonwood Hotel, circa 1917
930 N. Main Street Cottonwood, AZ, 86326, United States