The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance just debuted an incredible new tourism tool, experienceclarkdale.com, and everyone is talking about it. Not just because of the well planned site, but because even a small town like Clarkdale, with just over 4,000 residents, has so much to offer and experience. Whether you are a local of the Verde Valley, an Arizona transplant living in Phoenix, or an international explorer passing through, Clarkdale has an experience for you. If you are curious, take a look.
The ExperienceClarkdale.com website was designed by a local business and Local First member, Nick of Time Productions working with the Town of Clarkdale’s staff and funded by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance members. It features an array of truly unique experiences and adventures that only a historic community like Clarkdale can offer. With old buildings, a reviving downtown, river access, a central park, and a host of annual events, the community has created a true destination and a place where anyone can find a bit of fun.
The views alone are a draw. Clarkdale has a stunning backdrop of a picturesque desert landscape and the teasing views of Sycamore Canyon (the Parson's Trail Head only a short 25 minute scenic drive). But add in the experiences of a train ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, a kayak trip on the Verde River through Clarkdale Kayak Company, a peruse through the internationally known Arizona Copper Art Museum, or a nature walk at Tuzigoot National Monument, and Clarkdale suddenly becomes the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or a week-long stay-cation.
Experience Food and Libations
The first company town in America, Clarkdale has a long history. Built to provide housing and amenities for the families and employees of the local mine, it's one of the larger historic districts in Arizona with over 380 buildings in the original town site. The downtown has been slowly reviving, and is now home to several restaurants and bars including 10/12 Lounge, Boat House Bar and Grill, and Su Casa an authentic Mexican restaurant. There is a fabulous bakery located in a train caboose right on main street. Violette's Bakery Cafe serves both breakfast and lunch with homemade brioche, quiche, cupcakes, and more to please your palate.
While exploring all that the community has to offer, you might also note Clarkdale is home to some very distinct, local wine and wine tasting opportunities. Chateau Tumbleweed, located just off 89A and Clarkdale's first commercial winery and tasting room is a must stop. They have some outstanding, award winning wines and there are always smiling faces behind the bar. Right downtown is Four Eight Wine Works, Arizona's first wine makers co-operative and incubator for small batch wine.
Experience 30th Annual Made In Clarkdale
If you need a reason right now, then come and "Experience Clarkdale" December 1st through December 4th at the 30th Annual Made in Clarkdale Art Opening. The show will feature over 40 local artists onsite and available to meet visitors and discuss their process and art work. View and purchase original art, paintings, sculpture, pottery and hand-crafted items just in time for the holidays. On Friday, December 2nd, there is an evening gala and celebration with food, wine, beer and drink provided by the the Clarkdale Business Alliance for a small entry fee.