Local First Arizona has now released the third edition of the Verde Valley Small Wonders Map, a pocket-sized guide featuring forty-three local restaurants, hotels, shops, and experiences located in the Verde Valley area. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated. “Local First Arizona created the Small Wonders Maps to make it fun and easy for residents and visitors to find and support local businesses in our local communities, which keeps more dollars circulating in the local Arizona economy,” said Meg Williams-Jamison, Northern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona. The third edition of the Verde Valley map is more than a guide to finding fun local things to try, it is a resource on how to experience the Verde Valley like a true localalist. The success and growth of this map shows the desire for this kind of guide from locals and visitors alike.
Some of the participating businesses featured in the third edition of the Verde Valley Small Wonders Map include newer wineries such as Four-Eight Wineworks and Burning Tree Cellars, but also include local favorite hangouts like Crema Cafe, Nate's Cowboy Cafe, Blazin' M Ranch, Hilltop Deli, Copper Art Museum and many more. “We are thrilled to be able to show off the wonders of the Verde Valley with this map,” said Kelsey Melvin, Northern Arizona Outreach Coordinator for Local First Arizona. “There are so many unique places to try in this region and the small wonders map makes it easy to explore this beautiful part of Arizona.”
Maps will be distributed at the hotel welcome desks across the northern Arizona region, visitor centers at the various towns involved, the local state parks, and local businesses in the Verde Valley area. Local First Arizona staff will even be helping out as “downtown docents” while different events take place in town throughout the year, handing out the Verde Valley Small Wonders Maps and telling out-of-town visitors about the local spots that make the Verde Valley special.
Local First Arizona has also produced Small Wonders Maps for Central Phoenix, Phoenix Arcadia Area, Tucson, Gilbert, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa. The Verde Valley Small Wonders Map can be downloaded digitally by clicking here. Business owners, realtors, property managers, hotels, event organizers, and individuals can request maps for distribution free of charge by contacting Northern Arizona Director Meg Williams-Jamison at [email protected].