Cottonwood Winery Tour Getaway - April 23

Who knew of all the wineries in the Cottonwood - Verde Valley region?

A full day of world class Zip lining, Silverton train ride, and more.

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A sizable group of APA Pilots and co-pilots made their way to Cottonwood on a beautiful Saturday morning, shuttled to the hotel, then shuttled to three wineries in the Verde Valley. The adventure included the Page Spring Winery, the Oak Creek Winery, and lastly the Pillsbury Tasting Room in Old Town Cottonwood. Returning to the hotel after a hard day of wine tasting, there was just enough time to indulge in a power nap prior to going to the Blazing M Ranch for a cowboy dinner and western music show.

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If you haven’t been to Cottonwood for a while, or to the wineries, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Old Town has as much if not more activity than Sedona, and the two wineries we visited (Page Springs and Oak Creek) offered up some mighty fine scenery of vineyards on the banks of the Verde River. At noon on a Saturday you could swear you were at a Napa Valley, CA, winery tasting room by the number of visitors and even a few limousines. Oak Creek offered up yummy Boars Head cheese plates along with the wine tasting. It’s surprising to see the contrast between the red cliffs of Sedona and the greenery of the Verde Valley. Quite impressive and atypical Arizona as an outsider would think.

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The tour was arranged through the Pines Motel staff which offers several side tours including horseback riding, wine tours, river rafting, ATV rides and many more. We recommend the horseback riding before the wine tasting tour. So all the APA Getaway participants booked their room along with the tour and lunch all with one phone call. The APA host arranged shuttles to and from the airport. The process was straightforward and simple.

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The evening event was very special which took place at the Blazing M Ranch. A very interesting venue which is comprised of a miniature western cowboy town including gift shops, a museum, roping demonstrations and lessons, a saloon, a tractor pulled shuttle around the premises, and the main building which was the chow hall and entertainment stage. The ranch is a family owned and operated business with the employees wearing several hats including food service to singing to playing a guitar, and even riding a horse in an act. If you are ever in Cottonwood on a weekend, don’t miss an evening at the Blazing M Ranch.

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All in all the day was very enjoyable with perfect weather and very friendly hosts every place the APA Getaway group visited. The pace seemed to be just right too and allowed for plenty of catching up and some aviation stories.

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Several people were excited about the next APA Getaway Flight to Durango CO for a day of ziplining on the Animus River in the Ponderosa Pines of Colorado which includes a ride on the Durango-Silverton Railroad. Please see the article on this trip in the newsletter. World class ziplining like you’ve never experienced! Join us for the May 28 trip. Perry Null is the host 505-722-3806.

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