Located just north of Payson is the quaint town of Strawberry, home to the iconic Strawberry Inn. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh mountain air, experience the warm welcome of a small town and unplug from your devices this fall.
The Strawberry Inn hosts the perfect stay for anyone trying to beat the Phoenix heat. Similar to an Airbnb, The Strawberry Inn has a contactless check-in process with no lobby or host onsite. On the day of your arrival, you will receive a code to gain access to your room throughout the entirety of your stay. The process is quick and simple, allowing you to access your room seconds after arriving on the property. Just down the street, you will find an extension of The Strawberry Inn with cabins, a spacious guest house, Airstreams (pictured at top of page) and an abundance of picnic tables, lawn chairs and a fire pit (perfect for the chilly nights).
The main Strawberry Inn has eight rooms, four on each level of the two-story building. The rooms are quite spacious and have a farmhouse feel with wood-accented bed frames and floors, shiplap walls, and a king or queen bed (topped with the comfiest mattress we’ve experienced in a hotel).
The ground floor of The Strawberry Inn is just steps away from picnic tables, porch swings and rocking chairs overlooking the wooded forest across the street, making it the perfect place to sit down with a good read. Don’t worry if you forgot a book; there is a strawberry-shaped Little Free Library with lots of options to choose from. The lawn in front of the inn is the perfect place for all ages to play their collection of yard games with choices of bags, Jenga and Connect Four.
Conveniently located on the main property is Windmill Coffee. From 6:30 a.m. to noon, it serves everything from sweet lattes to cream sodas and cherry limeades. A short drive from The Strawberry Inn is Fossil Creek Farm, which serves breakfast and lunch out of a picturesque red barn tucked into the woods. The breakfast menu features French toast bake, breakfast burritos and bagel sandwiches. While there are no restaurants on the property, a short walk away from The Strawberry Inn is PIEBar, a small restaurant specializing in handmade sweet and savory empanadas. The empanadas are flaky on the outside, with a warm filling of your choice on the inside. Order one for the perfect snack or multiple for a filling lunch.
Many people come to Strawberry to immerse themselves in nature, but if that’s not your cup of tea, there are plenty of shops to visit during your stay. If you are looking for unique antiques, check out Tymeless Antiques & Treasures, Auntie Gail’s Collectables and Moose Mountain Gifts & Antiques, all a short drive from one another. Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm is a must if you are looking for locally sourced lavender products. It has everything from soaps, bath salts and lotions to skincare, candles, hats and lavender-infused spices. Another local shop to check out during a Strawberry stayover is The Honey Stand, which sells whole honeycomb, homemade salsas and jams, farm-fresh eggs and an assortment of honey, all flavored for different purposes.
For more information, visit www.thestrawberryinn.com.
Strawberry, AZ 85544