Well here we are in the middle of another summer in Arizona. This has always been the season I dread the most out of the whole year and it seems to last the longest. The 100+ degree weather lasts well into October making my favorite season very short 😕. This year I have decided to make the most of it and enjoy summer with all it has to offer. Honestly it’s not so bad thinking about the wonderful produce that comes out of these months, lazy afternoons lounging in a cool pool, monsoon storms rolling into the night and all the ice cream your belly can handle…it’s like being a kid again. Summer also means sneaking away on a road trip or two. As a kid, my family would spend some time in Oak Creek Canyon camping and hiking.
One of my favorite memories of summer is hiking through Oak Creek and swimming in the the many swimming holes along the way and picking the wild blackberries.
Last week we took Brayden to Rainbow Trout Farm off State Route 89A near Sedona.
He’s been experiencing a lot of “firsts” in his 3rd year and we took him fishing for the first time! At the farm, there is a large pond full of trout so you are almost guaranteed to catch one.
Brayden was very excited to catch his first fish!
For a small fee, they provide the bait, fishing poles, buckets and everything you need. They’ll even clean and package up your catch for fifty cents per fish. It was definitely a fun experience for him. We ended up with three fish! 🐟
On our way back down to Phoenix, we had to make a stop at Page Springs Cellars! I heard about it a few months back and with my growing interest in wine I couldn’t wait to check it out.
The winery is nestled in a valley east of Jerome that I never knew existed. It’s beautiful in there and so green!
On arrival we were starving and anxious to eat at the bistro they have on site.
We sat out on a patio deck overlooking the vineyards. Beautiful scenery while enjoying a glass of wine!
We ended up getting a few things to try…
To share, we ordered the House Cheese Board that had a few different cheeses on it. My favorite was the chive-horseradish havarti and the gruyere.
It also came with house made jams(that were delicious!), crackers and focaccia, nuts and fruit.
Brad got a Burrata salad that looked tasty(I didn’t try any).
I got the Mediterranean focaccia. It was a nice spread of roasted red pepper hummus, olive tapenade, white bean salad, house pickles and feta cheese with bread.
Brayden got a brick fired cheese pizza that was amazingly good!
Of course with all this food I had to do some wine, after all we were at a vineyard!
I did the Chilled Flight which were all whites. They have some very unusual varietals I have never heard of before. My favorite was the 2017 Vino de la Familia Blanca which is a blend of two white wines. It was tropical and sweet.
Page Springs is worth taking a visit to being its only about an hour and a half outside of Phoenix. Aside from the bistro and tasting room, they host several live music events and have a small local art gallery inside. It’s a very cool place!