The Local Pinetop Experience

The planning for the Local First Arizona Foundation’s upcoming WeekendZona trip to Pinetop is well underway! Within 36 hours, attendees will be savoring some of the best flavors of the White Mountains, roaming Pinetop’s breathtaking scenery atop a trusty steed, creating a wood sign masterpiece as a souvenir, and attending the 1st Annual White Mountain Balloon Festival! I recently visited Pinetop to experience a run-through of this jam-packed itinerary, and was enlightened to a few other hidden gems that can be experienced in the Pinetop area:

1. WHITE MOUNTAIN SOAP & PINETOP OLIVE OIL

You may be asking yourself why on Earth there is a picture of an Alpaca under a heading for soap and olive oil. Before I get to that, make sure to stop by and visit White Mountain Soap and check out their handmade soaps, bath bombs, bath salts and lotions. The pricing is unbelievable and the shop itself is adorable. Next, head over to Pinetop Olive Oil and peruse their expansive offering of flavored oils and vinegars. But don’t stop there, because just through the side door of this shop, hides a little boutique with some of the cutest Alpaca clothing and accessories you have ever seen! Pick up an Alpaca scarf or beanie and plan for a warm and cozy winter (should winter actually decide to make an appearance this year…)

2. HAS YOUR MEAT LOST ITS MARBLES?

Before grilling season comes to a close (does that happen?), stop by Eddie’s Country Store and peruse their beautifully marbled Apple-Smoked selection. Locals come from all across the White Mountains to stock up for the winter, which clearly means that you should as well. While you’re there, check out Eddie’s varieties of salsa and don’t miss the Old-Timey candy section!

3. AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN ART

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If you blink, you’ll miss it and that is not something you would want to do! Trading Post Southwest sits in an unassuming building, but houses some of the most beautiful, authentic Native American art pieces in the region. Representing a wide variety of tribes, Trading Post Southwest offers Navajo rugs, Acoma, Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Sioux, and Zuni pottery, baskets, paintings, kachinas, and fine jewelry as well as artifacts--bows, arrows, and dream catchers. And if Native American art isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d be interested in some of the CBD oil products that are also offered here!

4. JOURNEY THROUGH THE FALL COLORS

Take a little time during your visit to journey along the Fall Colors Drive from Pinetop to Springerville and loop back along the US 60W through Show Low. The full loop will take about 2 hours, so stop at Goob’s Pizza in Springerville for a quick slice and continue on your journey!


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Liza Noland | AZ Ruralist

As Director of Rural Programs for Local First Arizona Foundation, Liza focuses on shining a light on the unique experiences that can be had in any of the many rural towns across the state of Arizona. Through a variety of community activation initiatives, Liza empowers community to stake their claim on the true, Arizona experience. To learn more about the mission of LFAF, Click here.