Thinking back, I am not even sure how we initially found it, but since our first year visiting, we have felt called back time after time. Just a short 1.5-2 hour drive from the East Valley, this is a super easy day trip to make when you are looking for snow in the winter or to escape the heat in the summer.
Wondering what to do? See below for the best way to enjoy the day in this little piece of rim country heaven.
Strawberry Day Trip Itinerary
🍓 Stop by the Randall House for breakfast – this quaint little gem is right off the main drag and offers delicious and healthier options for kids and adults alike. They have a basket of toys, coloring books, and games to make the wait for food a little easier. Our girls always enjoy the pancakes and they make all their pastries and baked goods in house.
🍓 Pay a visit to the Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm – around the way from the Randall House, this picturesque stop was built in the early 1900s by the first homesteaders in Pine. In addition to walking the farm and perusing their adorable shop of lavender products, check their website in advance of your visit as they offer cooking and baking classes sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. We were lucky enough to spot an elk herd on our last visit!
🍓 Head over to The Strawberry Inn to grab refreshments from Windmill Coffee. The specialty lattes and italian sodas can’t be missed! And the Inn’s grounds are the CUTEST. You can enjoy your treats on their lawn and casually stroll the property.
🍓 The Strawberry Schoolhouse is located just under 2 miles off Highway 87 and serves as a great next stop for some history. The oldest standing school in Arizona, this landmark is open to the public May-October on weekends and holidays or you can call to make an individual appointment as needed.
🍓 On your way back into town, stop at PIEbar and grab a quick on the go lunch to enjoy while exploring the antique stores and shops Strawberry has to offer. They have both savory and sweet options and we are yet to try one we haven’t liked. Picadillo and the lemon are some personal favorites.
🍓 The Honey Stand is a great place to end your afternoon to pick up some raw, local AZ honey. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Pine, this little shop has so many great products and is really fun to walk around.
🍓 Finally, Pinecreek Fudge and Espresso is a must hit for a little pick me up for the way home. Ice cream for the kids, espresso for the parents, and maybe a little fudge for tomorrow. Enjoy on their porch before your return back to the valley.
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