Arizona’s distinctive lodgings do “cool” two ways: They allow visitors to enjoy the state’s temperate high-country summer climate while surrounded by the hosts’ personalized flair.

Book a stay, then prepare to be wowed by the accommodation and the gorgeous natural and historical places around it.

Arizona’s High-Country Hotels


What’s more spectacular than starting every morning with stunning views of that world wonder, the Grand Canyon? The 1905 El Tovar Hotel is steps away from the South Rim, at an awe-inspiring 7,000 feet. The hotel’s Swiss-chalet, rustic architecture preserves the national park’s lodging charm while providing modern amenities and fine dining.

Each one- and two-room individually decorated casita at southeast Arizona’s Sunglow Ranch sets the Southwest mood. After a hearty complimentary breakfast, explore high desert grasslands or Chiricahua National Monument’s rock pinnacles, spires and columns. Or use the 475-acre Pearce resort, located 5,340 feet above sea level, for riding horses or mountain bikes, hiking or birding, or relaxing by the pool or with a massage.

For a small-town experience, check into the Letson Loft Hotel smack in the middle of historic, mile-high Bisbee. The hotel’s modern, uptown elegance is surrounded by Victorian-era buildings that now house art galleries, cafés and specialty shops tucked into the Mule Mountains.

You know you’re staying somewhere special when each suite has a name. Pet-friendly El Portal Sedona Hotel boasts 12 suites full of original furnishings from the early 20th century, as well as Arts & Crafts architectural styling. They set the right mood for exploring Sedona at 4,500 feet high, with its red rocks, spiritual shops, art galleries and fine dining.

Bed & Breakfast Inns in Arizona’s Mountains & Buttes


The nearby San Francisco Mountains – including Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state – inspire the Territorial Arizona style of acclaimed Inn at 410 in evergreen-forested Flagstaff. The nine rooms and suites have private baths, entertainment centers and air conditioning. Enjoy afternoon refreshments as well as gourmet breakfasts when not exploring the Coconino National Forest, the Museum of Northern Arizona or historic downtown.

Cool pine forests surround The Sheridan House Inn, a well-appointed stop at the foot of the Bill Williams Mountains. Use the inn’s hometown of Williams – at a cool 6,800 feet – to launch a drive along historic Route 66, take a train to the Grand Canyon or visit animals at Bearizona wildlife park. Relax with quiet nature, gourmet English breakfasts and happy-hour drinks and snacks on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Adobe Grand Villas may be a B&B, but it feels like a luxury resort. Each spacious one- or two-bedroom accommodation has two fireplaces, a private bathroom, kitchenette and entertainment center. Complimentary breakfast, in-room snacks and afternoon hors d’oeuvres keep you charged for visiting Sedona’s sacred sites, riding the Valley Canyon Railroad or communing with nature at state parks.

Couple a quaint, mile-high, artsy town atmosphere with the tranquility of the mile-high Prescott National Forest during a stay at serene Prescott Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast. Each of the 11 rooms, divided among three cabinlike guest houses, has a private bathroom and porch entry. Some have kitchenettes and fireplaces. A larger cabin can accommodate a group of eight.

Cool Arizona Cabins


ChuckWagon_Greer- with frames.jpgTwelve luxurious cabins at the Lodge at Hidden Meadow Ranch are tucked among the evergreen forests and wildflower-covered meadows of the White Mountains in Greer (elevation: more than 8,000 feet). Guests can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and lawn and ranch games. The lodge serves up Western mountain cuisine at its restaurants and provides board games and books in its library.

Another secluded Greer getaway is available at the Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins. Fifty privately owned cabins, which are available to rent, range from country log cabins to luxury log home estates. The 1910 lodge offers rooms and suites, as well as acclaimed gourmet dining, a bar with weekend live music and outdoor activities to keep everyone busy.