Located in quiet Rim Country, Strawberry, Arizona is easy enough to overlook, but that doesn't mean you should. From culinary to camping, Strawberry's got all kinds of adventures up its sleeves.
Hang out with llamas at the Ranch at Fossil Creek
The Ranch at Fossil Creek is Strawberry's premier attraction and best of all, it's free to stop by, look around and pet the resident dairy goats and llamas. If you're willing to spend a little money, sign up for a guided hike through the mountains. Don't worry about lugging your belongings up 7,000 feet and missing the view because a llama will carry your stuff for you.
Ranch at Fossil Creek
10379 W. Fossil Creek Road
Strawberry, AZ 85544
Treat yourself to fudge at the Fossil Creek Creamery
The Fossil Creek Creamery is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. If you like fudge, you'll really like fudge made from goat milk! If sweets aren't your thing, try some cheese instead.
Eat steak at the Strawberry Lodge
If a 16-ounce porterhouse steak makes your mouth water, then head over to Strawberry Lodge for a savory, yet reasonably priced meal.
8039 W Fossil Creek Rd
Strawberry, AZ 85544
Tour Arizona's oldest schoolhouse
Step into the Strawberry Schoolhouse and step into the mid-nineteenth century. This restored schoolhouse is a must-see museum. It's open to the public every weekend from May to September.
Fossil Creek Road, west of Highway 87
Chow down on strawberries at the Annual Strawberry Festival
Sample strawberries, check out arts and crafts, view a quilt show and listen to music at Strawberry's favorite festival, held every June at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center.
Pine-Strawberry Community Center
Listen in on the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival
Check out Strawberry's newest tradition. The Strawberry Valley Blues Festival will feature two stages of music and even music workshops for one whole weekend in June.
Strawberry is one of America's top retirement communities with year-round sunshine (you'll enjoy comfy average temperatures of 6o to 80 degrees and sunny, clear skies to go with them). Strawberry's scenic countryside and small town charm makes it easy to settle down here. Plus, most Strawberry residents are at least 50 years old, so noisy college-aged neighbors aren't an issue there.
Don't miss out on the great outdoors of Arizona. With Strawberry's many campgrounds, it will feel natural to get back in touch with nature. Try camping at the nearby Pine RV Park or Payson Campground.
There are many fishing holes along Fossil Creek, so cast a line and catch some cod for lunch.
Take a day trip to Payson
Payson, just 30 minutes away, is home to the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Rim Country Museum, Payson Golf Course and the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.
Laura Hoot has been writing professionally since 2004. She is a full-time writer and editor for HomeAway's VacationRentals.com. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including TheBudgetFashionista and SeeJackShop. Hoot holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin.