Jul 8, 2022 - Things to Do

Beat the Phoenix heat: Road trip to Strawberry and Pine

Animated gif of a thermometer in the shape of a cactus rising to 120+ degrees, and then back down.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

It's going to be nasty-hot this weekend — temperatures are gonna top out at 113. So take a little road trip to the adorable Strawberry/Pine region. It will be hot there, too, but not miserably so.

The big picture: These two tiny towns have charming downtowns with mom-and-pop restaurants, bars and shops surrounded by cozy cabins.

Distance from Phoenix: Just over 100 miles via State Route 87.

Average July temperature: High of 88, low of 64.

What to do

💜 Visit the Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm.

🏫 See the oldest standing schoolhouse in the state.

🚜 Explore the Pine Strawberry Farmer's Market.

🥾 Take a hike on one of the many trails in the area.

What to eat and drink

🍦 Grab a scoop of ice cream or an iced coffee at Pine Creek Fudge & Espresso.

🍻 THAT Brewery & Pub offers local brews and yummy bar food.

🍕 Old Country Inn serves up wood-fired pizzas.

😋 Empanadas in Pine? You'd better believe it. Get them sweet or savory at PIEbar.

Where to stay

🏨 Try the very Instagrammable Strawberry Inn.

🏡 We've also compiled a list of Airbnbs in Pine and Strawberry.

An inn with patriotic flags and picnic benches.
The Strawberry Inn has become an Instagram favorite because of its small-town charm. Photo: Courtesy of Monika Cheang
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