Monday, March 17, 2014

Aravaipa Farms A Country Inn


Imagine waking up to this scene everyday! Our week-end started as we left Phoenix and headed east on highway 60. We drove a little over 2 hours before arriving at the town of Winkleman. We turned south on AZ-77 and about 10 minutes before the turn off to Aravaipa Canyon road it began to rain. The smell of the desert when it rains, is deep and earthy, the smell originating mostly from the creosote bush. There is no smell quite like it. The plant leaves can unfurl with just the tiniest amount of rain drops. This was the first sign of the greatness to come. After turning off the main highway, we drove 7 miles on the paved road to a dirt road and drove another 3 miles. We arrived at a hand painted sign with the words Aravaipa Farms, A Country Inn.


We took this turn and headed down to cross a small running creek which added to the charm of this sweet little place.


Here we follow the road that is flanked by fruit trees on both sides to the main house. There were apricot, grapefruit, Meyer lemon, pear and pecan trees.


We were surrounded by mountains on all sides and the beauty of the land in between.


Our cottage was beautiful, it was rustic, quaint, and had lots of character. There was a fireplace on the inside and outside on the patio. We could of spent everyday all day long on the patio it was so picturesque.


The dishes are beautiful and hand painted. In the mornings there is homemade banana bread and yogurt with fresh fruit and granola.



Everywhere you turn there is another thoughtful detail to make your stay more comfortable. There was a telescope to enjoy the stars. Games and magazines scattered around the room for entertainment. A refrigerator that was stocked with juice and bottled water. Potted plants flanked every cottage around the patios and stairs, some with native plants and others with bright red geraniums. We spent our days hiking and reading and enjoying the wonderful guest that were also staying in the other cottages.


As it happens, my husband used to work for Carole Steele, the owner and operator of this bed and breakfast in the late seventies and early eighty's. So at night we were fortunate enough to be able cook with her. She was very gracious and gave me a few tips in the kitchen. She roasted organic chickens stuffed with preserved lemons, garlic, salt and pepper. I felt very fortunate to meet her, she is quite an inspiration.


I would come back here again in a heartbeat, the place is magical. This might sound a little crazy, but I felt something there, it was peaceful and calming, maybe it was the land. I don't know......but I felt at home.
Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

22 comments:

  1. That place does look magical! I love nature and being right in the middle of it. I hope you can take another trip out there soon since you enjoyed it so much :)

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    1. Thanks Tammy, since we've been back I have been trying to think of ways to make a living out there. It's so nice!

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  2. Love the place: the scenery, the nature, the hand-painted dishes...the food, the stars. Thanks for sharing! :) ela

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  3. Sounds like a lovely weekend...and a new home away from home. Congrats. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, it was a magical place for sure.

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  4. Wow-that place looks so pretty Cheri!

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  5. Great scenary shots and look at that blue sky and green grass. I am currently looking out my apartment window in HK and had to close the windows because the smog is so bad. I guess I will have to pretend that I am on the trip with you instead. Take care, BAM

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    1. Hi Bam, so sorry about the smog, there probably was not much in this area. The skies were pretty amazing!

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  6. I could spend every day on that patio too. What a nice place to visit.
    Sam

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  7. What a relaxing, serene vacation! Love the views : )

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    1. Thanks Natalie, it was exactly that, and the views were lovely!

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  8. What a wonderful get-away. I love the photos - vacations or mini-weekend escapes are the best. I didn't realize you are in Phoenix - so are my friends Mary and Donna from "Barefeet in the kitchen" and "Slow Roasted Italian" wish I was close to blogger friends!

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    1. Hi Tricia, I already receive updates from "barefeet in the kitchen" did not realize she was in Phoenix. Just signed up with "Slow roasted Italian", thanks for the heads up and stopping by.

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  9. What a lovely trip you had! Looks so peaceful and filled with good things~

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  10. Hey Cheri! What a treat for us all... looks and reads relaxing and fun. Would love to know what this wonderful cook's pantry looked like... did anything impress you in and around the kitchen area that you will take home with you?

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    1. Hi Sandra, Her pantry was well stocked, and she has a large walk in cooler loaded with all kinds of things, loved that. What I did take home with me was the way she used preserved lemons with chicken, she is an amazing cook. It's an amazing place.

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