Few getaways are more head-clearing than a high-altitude retreat. Pinetop-Lakeside is the perfect spot to get your fix. Spend the day soaking up the fresh country air, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing or enjoying a few brews alfresco.
3 Places to Eat
A Los Corrales
This bustling family restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare with well-priced specials. Our party of five ordered an appetizer and molcajete (for two people) and couldn’t work our way to the bottom of this towering chef-d’oeuvre with chicken, beef, chorizo, shrimp and nopales.
845 E. White Mountain Blvd.
B Darbi’s Café
Dive into breakfast at this local favorite, where hefty portions reign, from the S.O.B. (Son of a Biscuit) and chilaquiles, to choices “for you healthy cluckers.”
235 E. White Mountain Blvd.
Pinetop 928-367-6556, darbiscafe.com
C The Lion’s Den Bar & Grill
Gourmet wine burgers practically melt in your mouth at this popular joint. We paired ours with Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila – he’s a regular here and took the stage with the Peacemakers during our visit. Stop in on Sunday for all-day happy hour.
2408 E. White Mountain Blvd.
Pinetop 928-367-6050, thelionsdenpinetop.com
3 Things to Do
D The Truck Stop
Don’t skip town without a visit to this new hangout, where an old cattle truck has been set up as a stage, food trucks and artisans gather and The Beerstream features a full bar. Grab a seat on a covered wagon or other vintage vehicles to enjoy live music most weekends, April-November.
5533 W. White Mountain Blvd.
E Woodland Lake Park
Located in the heart of town, this recreational gem features a 1-mile loop around the lake that is paved and fully accessible. Tall ponderosa pines and sunflowers pepper the path, with waterfowl dotting the lake. Walk it twice to earn an extra evening libation.
Woodland Lake Rd., Pinetop
F The Burly Bear
A chainsaw is the brush and a log is the canvas for Trent Penrod, who owns the shop with wife Heather. Beyond the piles of sawdust outside, you’ll find chainsaw carvings and all the bear necessities, from carved doors to coffee mugs.
1545 S. Adair Dr., Pinetop
Detour north to find Bigfoot. Marc Simpson, Bobby Roberts and Mark McClain combined their talents to create the 12-foot, 6-inch recycled wonder from tires, steel and screws.
660 S. 11th St., Show Low
This economical choice for family recreation and relaxation offers an indoor heated pool and hot tub, basketball and racquetball courts, lawn games, barbecues and a cozy double glider swing. 5829 Buck Springs Rd., Pinetop, 928-369-4848, rhresort.com.