Are you traveling to Arizona in the near future? If you are, I hope that you’re not settling on only going to the big cities like Tucson and Phoenix, but intend to make a few stops at some of the smaller Arizona towns, like Pine. A true gem, Pine offers a laid back atmosphere where you can enjoy Arizona’s wilderness, while making new friends and memories.
1. Visit an art gallery
True to Arizona’s theme for being an artistic state, Pine, Arizona is home to Myra’s Art Gallery and Studio. The studio was first founded by artist Myra Kraemer, and was built on the belief that the customer’s needs are of the utmost importance. The gallery sells to repeat customers frequently because of this belief, and continues to feature an impressive display of prints, sculptures, photography, hand-crafted gifts, wind chimes, dreamcatchers, Indian jewelry, pottery, and greeting cards all of which interchange periodically. On the company’s website, you can view art from the 40+ artists featured at the studio, but the online visit pales in comparison to actually going to the studio.
Myra's Art Gallery and Studio
Address: 3788 N Highway 87. PO Box 1586 Pine, AZ 85544
Opening Hours: Thurs - Mon: 10am - 5pm. Tues & Wed: Closed. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +1 9284762256
Website: Myra’s Art Gallery and Studio
2. Pet a goat at a goat and llama ranch
Fossil Creek Creamery is more than just a goat and llama ranch. Located 12 minutes away in Strawberry, Arizona, the ranch is also a fresh, sustainable, and local food source for Arizona. The ranch produces cheese, fudge and soap, which can be found at farmer’s markets in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. Of course, you can always just visit the ranch yourself where, with a reservation, you will be given a tour of the ranch and allowed to pet the resident goats and llamas for have a fun, but simple, family excursion.
Fossil Creek Creamery
Address: 10379 W. Fossil Creek Rd, Strawberry, AZ 85544-2764
Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +1 9284765178
Website: Fossil Creek Creamery
3. For outdoor adventure, visit the Fossil Springs wilderness
While at the creamery, stop by Fossil Creek itself and the Fossil Springs Trail. Fossil Springs, one of Arizona’s “Wild and Scenic” rivers, will shock you when it seemingly appears out of nowhere and gushes at 20,000 gallons (75708 liters) a minute from springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot (487 meter) deep canyon. Years of water depositing tiny amounts of limestone have formed casings around past creatures and plants that fell into the stream bed, forming fossils, and giving the creek its name. You can visit the spring to view the deposits, or like most of the public, enjoy this part of the Cococino National Forest with a hike, birdwatching, sunbathing, or wading. Set in the desert, the lush riparian area stands out as a green oasis, perfect for getting in touch with nature. For example, during your visit, don’t be surprised to see javelina, collie dog-sized wild pigs, that are abundant in the area. Multiple trails surround the area, with a Waterfall Trail leading to, you guessed it, a waterfall. Though not tall or large, this waterfall will please your eyes and make you want to play in the water all the more.
Fossil Springs Adventure
Website: Fossil Springs Adventure
4. The Randall House
After your adventures, wind down at the Randal House, a historic spot for Pine citizens and a delicious place to eat. From a tradition of hospitality, hand-made baked goods, and meals made from fresh fruits and vegetables, comes The Randall House restaurant and country store. Before becoming a public restaurant, the Randall House was a two-room log cabin. Built with wood from Pine, the building was then insulated with adobe. You can learn all about the old house and how it was built upon your visit, as a view of the original construction is on display in the house. During the previous owner’s time in the house, Pine residents would visit daily because something was always cooking at Mary Ellen and George’s. From baked apple pies to plum jams to homemade bread, all were kept available and served to anyone who payed Mary Ellen a visit. Upon Mary Ellen’s passing in 1998, the current owner, Barbara, continued the hospitality tradition of creating a tasty and relaxed environment for all that stop by. Today’s menu includes soups, sandwiches, and pastries, all made from scratch and served with a smile.
The Randall House
Address: The Randall House, 3821 N Highway 87, Pine, AZ 85544
Opening Hours: Wed - Sun: 8:00am - 2:30pm
Contact: +1 9284764077
Website: The Randall House
5. THAT Brewery and Pub
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If a sandwich shop isn’t your thing but you still want a place to unwind after exploring Pine, try THAT Brewery and Pub. At THAT Brewery and Pub, you can mingle with old and new friends, sample beers, enjoy a pint, or eat a burger at this family-friendly social hub. With 17 home brews currently on tap, THAT Brewery and Pub will make you fall in love with the tastes of Arizona. Alongside the beer and food, wine, volleyball, horseshoes and good times abound in the cool air of Northern Arizona. As active supporters of charities like Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge, Mountain Village Foundation, Pine Strawberry Business Community, Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction, AZ Trails Association, RiffRaff Club and the Justice McNeeley Foundation (children’s medical needs charity), THAT Brewery actively serves the community while actively serving you. So stop in for a pint. You’ll probably leave with a few life-long friends.
THAT Brewery and Pub
Address: Tonto National Forest, 3270 AZ-87, Pine, AZ 85544
Opening Hours: Mon & Tue: Closed; Wed - Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact: +1 9284763349
Website: THAT Brewery and Pub
6. Try a wine tasting room
Finally, if you’re just looking for a place to relax, sip some wine, and discuss your latest adventures, head to Trident Winery. This winery is unlike any other, only making their products from organic ingredients and in-season fruits. No sulfates are added to the wines, furthering the freshness of the product and insuring your sipping is worth-while. With the option of sampling Trident’s wine both indoors or on the outdoor patio, you are sure to have a fun, relaxed visit.
Address: 6261 Hardscrabble Rd. Pine, AZ
Opening Hours: Mon - Thur: By appointment only; Fri: 12pm - 6pm; Sat: Noon - 8pm; Sun: Noon - 6pm
Contact: +1 9286420618
Website: Trident Winery
Though not as bustling as other Arizona towns, Pine offers a tranquility that cannot be matched anywhere else. From art to wine to hidden springs, Pine will keep you entertained and longing to return.
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