One of the best ways to explore the road less traveled in Arizona is with a stay at a small-town bed & breakfast. Intimate and homey, these retreats allow you to connect, on a personal level, with your hosts and fellow travelers while learning about the best local attractions, restaurants and activities.
It doesn’t matter what type of a getaway you’re looking for – an active adventure in Arizona’s northern reaches, a laid-back retreat closer to the Mexican border or a combination of both somewhere in between – Arizona has the perfect accommodation for you.
History, wine and nature are the big draws of this region. In Tubac, the historic Poston House Inn, with its large courtyard and serenity garden, offers a quiet sanctuary just a few minutes’ walk from the more than 100 shops and art galleries downtown and the presidio (Spanish fort).
Farther south, you can fall asleep in class at the School House Inn, an almost 100-year-old school building in Bisbee with nine themed rooms, including the Principal’s Office Suite. Use the getaway as a base to explore not only the sights of Bisbee, but of nearby Tombstone and the Chiricahua Mountains as well.
Nature lovers will appreciate Cochise Stronghold Retreat in Pearce, where they can watch for birds or wildlife, such as deer, javelina, fox and badgers. Horseback rides into the 64,000 acres surrounding the retreat are offered through Blue Sky Ranches.
Meanwhile, avid birders from around the world flock to Down by the River Bed and Breakfast, located on the San Pedro River in St. David, to see the more than 400 species that migrate through the area. The bed & breakfast also makes a good base for visiting Southern Arizona wineries.
While still reasonably close to Phoenix’s attractions, the bed & breakfasts of Central Arizona are secluded enough to offer an escape from the city’s busy pace. Rancho Sonora Inn & Casitas, which dates back to the 1930s, is a short drive from historic downtown Florence and a practical starting point for daytrips to the east side of the metro Phoenix area, including Scottsdale.
Spur Cross Bed & Breakfast, with its scenic mountain views to the north and easy access to the Carolyn Bartol Preserve, feels remote but is only a short walk away from Cave Creek’s eclectic shops and celebrated restaurants. It’s also not too far by car from north Scottsdale and Phoenix attractions, such as the Musical Instrument Museum and Taliesin West.
For a true escape though, head to Rio Tierra Casitas in Wickenburg. Situated along the 700-plus-acre Hassayampa River Preserve, these artistically designed, homelike casitas with full kitchens were designed to be a sanctuary.
Many of the state’s best bed & breakfasts can be found in the small towns of Northern Arizona. Heritage Inn – once the home of a prominent pioneer family in Snowflake – boasts Victorian decor in its 10 guest rooms and is perfect for a romantic weekend. It is the perfect location for exploring the Petrified Forest, Canyon de Chelly or Route 66.
You can also get your kicks on Route 66 at the Sheridan House in Williams. The upscale bed & breakfast, known for its incredible dining service, is roughly an hour from the Grand Canyon as well.
Built in 1916, the Surgeon’s House in Jerome was originally the home of the city’s chief surgeon until the United Verde Copper Company mine closed in 1953. Today, it’s not only the perfect place to stay if you want to visit the shops and art galleries in town, but is also a good base for daytrips to Sedona, Prescott and local wineries.
Another local option is Prescott Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast. Minutes from downtown Prescott, the inn sits at the edge of the Prescott National Forest, providing excellent opportunities for hiking, fishing and whitewater rafting.