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9:00 a.m. Breakfast in Pinetop at Bobbi Jo’s Restaurant
There’s no better way to start the day in the Arizona White Mountains than with a hearty breakfast. The friendly service and flowers on the table will welcome you, and the tasty breakfast will leave you pleased. No matter the time of day, it’s always a good time to try the “222” breakfast (a.k.a. two pancakes, two eggs any style, and two pieces of bacon or sausage), because breakfast is served all day long. And remember, the morning isn’t complete unless you leave room for the sticky cinnamon rolls.
11:00 a.m. Hike the mountain at Sunrise
Sunrise Park Resort is well known for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. But have you seen it during the summer? Grab a top-of-the-world view from the chair lift and enjoy a picnic at the top of the 10,700-foot peak. If you’re feeling adventurous and not afraid of downhill adrenalin, you can also partake in Arizona’s only lift-served mountain bike trails. Or, you can stay planted on both feet with a hike through the beautiful ponderosa, blue spruce, and aspen forest.
5:00 p.m. Dinner at Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse in Pinetop
How do you feel about oyster shooters? Because Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse has some of the best you’ll find. Dinnertime is the right time to try this western-themed gem of a restaurant, nestled away in the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the U.S. Since 1938, Charlie Clark’s has been specializing in mesquite-broiled steaks and chicken, prime rib and seafood. It’s very clear here they found the recipe for success
7:00 p.m. Stay the night at TimberLodge Inn Pinetop
You’ll be sitting pretty in the ponderosas when you call it a night at TimberLodge Inn. Tucked away on an acre of mature pines, this mountain retreat is in the heart of Pinetop and the White Mountains of Arizona. Although a night’s rest might be on your mind, there’s plenty more to do around TimberLodge, including visiting nearby antique shops and trying your luck at Hon-Dah Casino, just a few miles away.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Picnic Basket
With friendly service as sweet as the syrup on their giant and fluffy pancakes, you’ll know what breakfast is supposed to be like after stopping in at the Picnic Basket. If hunger is something to be conquered then order the a.m. pileup—a delicious combination of scrambled eggs, green peppers, bacon, and melted cheddar covering a mound of homemade potato chips. Hungry yet?
10:00 a.m. Walk to see ruins at Lyman Lake
Walk in the footsteps of prehistoric inhabitants and see the artwork they left behind. On Peninsula Petroglyph Trail you can take a gentle, quarter-mile self-guided hike to get a firsthand look at the petroglyphs and interpretive signs left by the early Hopi occupants. And if you have a few more steps in you, the trail connects with several loop trails that total about 1.5 miles of additional trails around the mountain. It’s truly a walk back into history.
2:00 p.m. Lunch in Show Low at Cattleman’s Steakhouse
What’s a trip to a steakhouse called Cattleman’s without loosening the belt a bit and trying the slowroasted hand-cut prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish? This place will have you licking your lips. And to wash it all down, you can choose your favorite wine from an excellent wine selection. In case you can’t find the right choice, there’s always the wine flights to sample a new favorite.
4:00 p.m. Hike Country Club Trail in Pinetop
A hike through the Arizona White Mountains is a great chance to see some of the diverse and abundant wildlife that is often found along or near trails. A little hint though—they don’t always follow the trails. The Country Club trail is a moderate 3.5-mile opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wildlife as you trek through ponderosa pine and pinion juniper woodlands. And if you feel like going another half mile, the Spur Trail to the top of Pat Mullen Mountain is well worth the effort. You might even run into some mule deer and elk, or forest birds.