We choose to stay in an adorable town just outside of Payson named Strawberry. A perfect place to get out of the busy hustle and bustle of life. Tucked away in the mountains, almost two hours away from Phoenix, but well worth the drive to escape the heat. 

The Strawberry Inn offers many different options that are pet and kid friendly with cottages, airstreams, and single rooms. All of which are cozy and quaint.  

The property now offers a number of different accommodation options including rooms at The Inn, the spacious Creek Cabin, a Bunkhouse—which sleeps eight and features a large hot tub—the charming Guest House that boasts three stunning bedrooms, and the new Tiny Cottages which operate as a cozy, glamping alternative.

The eight rooms vary in décor, but each has stylish tile floors, shiplap walls, reliable Wi-Fi and a comfortable king or queen bed. On the ground floor, most rooms include a futon, and two of the rooms connect to accommodate larger parties. The rooms on the second floor share a deck with delightful views of Mogollon Rim Country.

Each rental unit offers a uniquely modern farmhouse flair that’s incorporated into every detail, from the shiplap walls and subway tiles, to the luxury pillow-top Tuft & Needle beds and bedding. 

The property also recently debuted Windmill Coffee—an on-site coffee shop that’s open daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. featuring Press Coffee, snacks, lattes, Italian sodas, tea and more for guests to enjoy.

Off the property, there’s plenty to do — especially in the summer, when Strawberry is much cooler than the Phoenix area despite being less than two hours away.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is a short drive south, and the road to the Fossil Springs Trailhead is just up the highway. There’s other hiking in the area, too, and afterward, trekkers can cool off on the patio at That Brewery in Pine before getting a quiet night’s sleep at the inn. 

With no familiarity with the area, it might be hard to decide where you want to visit. So before our trip, we had done quite a bit of research to figure out where to visit in the area! Fortunately, this guide should help you! 

We have provided 5 top areas to visit while staying at The Strawberry Inn. 

  1. Tonto Natural Bridge 
  2. Water Wheel Falls
  3. Horton Creek Trail
  4. Rim Country Museum 
  5. Mogollon Rim

You can visit https://www.thestrawberryinn.com/ if you would like to reserve your stay at The Strawberry Inn.

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