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12 Delightfully Different Places to Stay in Arizona

Whether you live in Arizona or not, it is a state worth exploring. From north to south, to in between, there is beauty to see and things to do. However, throughout your travels, comfortable lodging is key. GMT contributor Darla Hoffmann has compiled a list of her favorite delightfully different places to stay.

The Yellow House, Williams

The Historic Yellow House, while renovated for modern comfort, maintains a 19th-century character. The house accommodates up to eight people and has a full kitchen, a spacious living area, and a quaint patio. Accordingly, there is plenty of room for cooking, sitting by the fireplace, or lounging outdoors. And for the active souls, there is lots of hiking nearby. Visit

Lieutenant Ralph’s Hideaway, Alpine

Lieutenant Ralph’s Hideaway is a rustic getaway amidst the aspens of the T al Wi Wi area. The cabin is owned by the son of a WWII Navy lieutenant who enjoys nature. The hideaway sleeps six, is dog-friendly, and has a full kitchen and a barbeque grill on the large outside deck. Further, there are wonderful spots for hiking and fishing nearby. Visit

Bocce Penthouse, Cottonwood

The luxurious 2-bedroom, 1-bath Bocce Penthouse sits atop the Pizzeria Bocce on Main Street. What’s more, the spa-like ambiance boasts plush bedding, a fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, and a rooftop patio. And steps away, there are plenty of dining options. Visit

The Salcido House – Tucson

The Salcido House is a 100-year-old historic brick home in the up-and-coming Five Points area of the Santa Rosa Barrio District. The Airbnb serves as three separate units in one house, and each space is theme-decorated. So, you can rent the Saguaro Studio, The Groovy Getaway, the Vintage Room, or all. Even more, you are a three-minute drive from downtown Tucson. Visit

Villa Paradisio, Phoenix

A private villa behind the host’s home is a slice of paradise. The property was custom-designed by an apprentice of Frank Llyod Wright, Richard Caviness. Moreover, the beautiful grounds, recognized in Better Homes & Gardens, are heavenly, with greenery and trees surrounding the luxurious swimming pool. In addition, it is an excellent location as you are within a few miles of Arcadia and Old Town Scottsdale. Visit

A Lazy Atom, Cave Creek

This adorable studio is where to stay after a long hike. A solo adventurer or couple will enjoy magnificent views and are within walking distance of many trails — and you are only a few miles from town. 

The decor is bright and cheerful, with a cowboy theme and a retro red fridge. Listen to the fountain and rejuvenate on the cute outdoor patio. Visit

The Cedar Hill Bungalow & The Cedar Hill Casita, Globe

Situated on a quiet neighborhood street in the old mining town of Globe, Cedar Hill is steps from downtown. The cozy bungalow has a private entrance and a full kitchen; it is a lovely spot to hang your hat. Even better, the newly remodeled Casita( Visit )n the back is dog-friendly. 

Nearby, enjoy the majestic landscapes or raft the Salt River. A must-stop from the Historic Old West Highway, Globe offers plenty of action in a sleepy town. Visit

Aravaipa Farms, Winkelman

Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn is a retreat-style getaway offering mountainous views and the company of farm animals. Moreover, there is little cell service promoting relaxation. Hence, it is the perfect place to disconnect. Further, a swimming pool is on-premise, and hiking trails are within walking distance or a short drive. Although the staff brings a homemade dinner to your room, your stay is remote, so bring snacks and drinks. Visit

Tombstone Monument Ranch, Tombstone

A working cattle ranch, Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch is a horse-lover’s dream. The ranch emulates the town’s look, and each suite has a Western theme. Dinner and drinks are available in the Saloon or restaurant, and evening entertainment is on the weekends. Guided on-site activities include horseback riding, archery, UTV touring, and Western-style shooting. Visit

Secret Garden Inn, Tubac

Tubac Secret Garden Inn is an artsy oasis of tranquility. Since there are five units on the property, I recommend choosing the White Sage Casita if you are solo. However, if traveling with friends, rent the whole compound. Whatever you do, soak up the serene grounds, meditation spots, and coy pond. In addition, less than a mile from the village of Tubac, you can get to art galleries, restaurants, shops, or Tubac Golf Resort on foot. Visit

The Huts at Rhumb Line Vineyards and Lavender Farm, Willcox

Minutes from Arizona wineries, The Quonset Huts at Rhumb Line is a fantastic place to stay in Willcox Wine Country. While accommodations are limited to two main huts, each spot has a kitchen or kitchenette, a grill, and a patio. Moreover, on a clear night, you can see stars galore. However, it’s a wondrous spot to sit back and listen to the rain when it storms. Visit

The Gadsden Hotel, Douglas

The ornate architecture and grandiose lobby make spending the night at the Gadsden Hotel a glorious experience. Upon opening for business in 1907, the hotel was a meeting spot for miners, cattlemen, ranchers, and businesspeople. Today, nostalgia is all-encompassing as the said-to-be haunted hotel transports you back in time. Visit

About Darla Hoffmann

Darla Hoffmann is a wine and travel journalist, Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, and owner of About Wine, a wine education and marketing company. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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