The upscale, resort-style accommodations that Sedona offers may be wonderful – however, there is a time and place for this sort of living, and they are not always necessary. Cottonwood is a pleasant 15 to 20 minute drive from downtown Sedona, where you get to experience the Verde Valley – a desert basin once inhabited by an agrarian Native American society. There are a few attractions here, such as the old-timey shops along the main street, the Tuzigoot National Monument, Sycamore Canyon (although I have yet to explore it) and the nearby town of Jerome.
This little inn deserves five stars all around the board. The staff, namely Tracy, are over the top friendly; the rooms are clean and tastefully appointed (no carpet, either!) with very close and accessible parking; there is a cute little courtyard to sit in, and the walls are made of thick concrete so you never hear any noises from your neighbours. They come in far below the average nightly stay in Sedona, at less than or around $100 a night. Plus, you are away from the constant hubbub of tourism, which increases exponentially on the weekend. So if you happen to be visiting on a weekend, this is an even better idea as you won’t face traffic on 89A getting in and out of your accommodations. If you choose this inn, you’ll be staying on the historic strip of Cottonwood with abundant little shops to peruse. This is their website, and their location on Google Maps can be seen here.