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Cave Creek Field Trip Friday

GMAZ visits the beautiful town of Cave Creek where the Old west meets the new. Cave Creek AZ itself is a throw-back to the early frontier days. Before gold miners and cattlemen settled this rustic area in the 1870s, the ancient Hohokam Indians roamed these parts from the about 1050 to about 1400 when these early inhabitants mysteriously left the area.

In 1935 work began on the Bartlett Dam and in 1940 it continued on the Horseshoe Dam. Both dams were created on the nearby Verde River and lakes now exist for water recreation and fishing. A camp was built to provide housing for the many workers that built those dams. Saloons came along and the local miners and ranchers joined the nightly fun with the dam workers. This was the real beginning of what eventually became the Town of Cave Creek, Arizona.

For more information on the town of Cave Creek go to:
http://www.cavecreek.org

Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse

There aren’t many places in the world where you can grab a beer, good food to eat and the then watch someone hop on a bull. At Buffalo Chip they have bull riding twice a week. You can come see live professional bull riding. They also have free dance lessons

For more information on the Blue Chip Saloon go to: http://www.buffalochipsaloon.com
6811 E Cave Creek Rd,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480-488-9118

Frontier Town

You'll have to get out of Phoenix and Scottsdale to get a taste of the old west. One of these places is Frontier Town in Cave Creek, Arizona. Cave Creek AZ itself is a throw-back to the early frontier days. Before gold miners and cattlemen settled this rustic area in the 1870s, the ancient Hohokam Indians roamed these parts from the about 1050 to about 1400 when these early inhabitants mysteriously left the area.

Frontier Town is located in the center of town. Yes, it’s mostly a replica of an old west town, but the land its sets on carries a rich history and association to those days long past. Although it's a bit "touristy", the flavor and aura still whispers of nostalgia. There is a long history behind the spawning of Frontier Town. Some fact while some is legend that has evolved for almost 150 years.

Today Frontier Town is mostly replicas of buildings from those old west days of cowboys and gold miners. It is no longer a guest ranch or a bed and breakfast, but a collection of nostalgic wooden walkways, hitching posts, old wagons, and open-air antiques from the era gone by. Housed there now is an old time BBQ restaurant, outdoor patio saloon, chapel, wedding pavilion and gift shops. Collectively, it's the center attraction of Cave Creek, AZ for locals and tourists alike.

For more information: http://cavecreeklive.com/frontier-town-stores

Horny Toad

The Horny Toad restaurants has earned numerous awards for their made from scratch famous fried chicken and homemade BBQ sauce. They also serve their award winning  specialties including BBQ chicken, Pork and Beef Ribs and mesquite grilled steaks including porterhouse, top sirloin and prime rib.

For more information on  Horny Toad go to: http://thehornytoad.com/index.php

6738 E. Cave Creek Road
480-488-9542
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

Harold's Corral

Harold’s Corral is one of the state’s oldest restaurants and this year they are celebrating their 80th anniversary. Several 80th Anniversary events and promotions are being planned including an Employee Reunion on Wed., Sept. 9, a Love Corral night on Sat., Sept. 12 for couples who met there, a Cave Creek Elementary School Reunion on Thurs., Sept. 17, a Steelers Party on Sunday, Sept. 20, and a special day where the menu will reflect prices from 1935 and more.  Among the bigger events are:

A History Dinner at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, on Tues., Sept. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will benefit Cave Creek Museum. Arizona's official balladeer Dolan Ellis will emcee a panel of Cave Creek long-time residents who will share their favorite Harold's stories during the sit-down dinner. Tickets are $50 prior to Sept. 11 and $55 after. RSVP to the Museum at (480) 488-2764 or purchase tickets online at www.cavecreekmuseum.org. 

The big Harold's 80th Birthday Bash featuring live music, kid's activities and more is set for Sat. and Sun., Sept. 26 & Sept. 27. The weekend blowout party will feature current and former bands and musicians who have performed at Harold's.

During the month of September, those who dine at Harold's can enter to win a gift certificate for $19.35 (drawn daily) and anyone 80 years or older can dine for free on Monday, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28.

Harold's Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 
For information, call (480) 488-1906 or visit www.haroldscorral.com.

Brinkley’s Restaurant

Since opening in 2004, Brinkley’s Restaurant has been heralded as one of the best restaurants in Arizona the southwest. Owner Chef Brinkley and his wife Amy have four award winning restaurants including Cafe Bink, Bink's Midtown and Bink's Scottsdale.

For more information: www.binkleysrestaurantgroup.com

6920 E Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ
480-437-1072

Cave Creek Events

The Taste Of Cave Creek
Wednesday, October 14  & Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each night
From Alberto's to Z's Asian Fusion
Sample the cuisine of more than 25 restaurants in an outdoor, open air setting while listening to the Ryan Sims Band in the gazebo or other bands (to be announced) in the beer garden.
Wash that down with some Craft Beer, Tequila or Wine Tasting