Just a stone’s throw away, these sister towns offer all of today’s amenities in a casual environment at a friendly pace. Surrounded by the cacti and ocotillo of the Sonoran Desert are pedestrian villages with eclectic shops and restaurants – from fine dining to cowboy bars. Carefree and Cave Creek hark back to a time when life was slower, the pace of life was easier and the most important times were spent in the center of town. There is no limit to the varied shopping and dining experiences in this area.
Carefree’s Spanish Village
Home to many local retailers featuring local art, jewelry and home wares. It’s a wonderful gathering space and hosts many art and music festivals year round.
Nearby and home to the Heard Museum North. With its shops and open-air concert stage, it’s just right for concerts during the high season.
Cave Creek has its own array of diverse shops and restaurants all along Cave Creek Road.
This restaurant always surprises newcomers with its classic French cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. A well-kept secret in Cave Creek, the patio dining is quite lovely and the service attentive. You will be pleased that you didn’t have to travel far for a wonderfully prepared French meal.
Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
Ranked as one of the best steakhouses in town, the décor honors Arizona’s ranching history. The atmosphere is cozy and family style and all the best of local, seasonal produce and meats are used.
Tonto Bar and Grill
Featuring salads, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, mesquite-grilled steaks and chops, along with homemade breads and desserts, the menu here is Native American and Southwestern. This restaurant offers the freshest, highest-quality food available, including all-natural meats with no hormones or antibiotics, organic, grass-fed Arizona beef and desert-harvested ingredients.