The Best of Queen CreekPosted 07/10/2015
It’s not often people get to experience the best of both worlds. But for residents of Queen Creek, Arizona, it’s an everyday occurrence. Located on the southeast edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the charming town of only 31,000 offers easy access to Phoenix’s big-city amenities while still allowing residents to enjoy the perks of a relaxed rural lifestyle.
With a tight-knit community, locally owned farms and businesses, and countless festivals and events, Queen Creek is the quintessential all-American town. And, it happens to have quite a selection of dining and entertainment options, too. But you don’t have to take our word for it. We asked the locals at our Queen Creek neighborhoods – Villagio, Montelena and the Preserve at Hastings Farms – about their favorite spots around town and here’s what they came up with:
Rachel’s Bake Shop: This shop may be small but it has a national following. Offering a wide selection of desserts, including custom cakes, gourmet cupcakes, cookies, signature brownies, croissants and pastries, Rachel’s Bake Shop is a one-stop shop for all things sweet. Not to mention, they also offer a tasty breakfast and lunch catering menu.
Queen Creek Olive Mill: A unique, family-owned olive farm and mill, the Queen Creek Olive Mill produces Arizona’s only extra virgin olive oil. And, it’s also home to an Italian-inspired eatery that uses only locally sourced ingredients to create a healthy and delicious cuisine.
Queen Creek Café & Sports Lounge: A local favorite since 1995, Queen Creek Café and Sports Lounge offers a perfect blend of east coast and west coast fare, including homemade chili con carne, meatloaf and soups. Residents love the gourmet coffee, too. Looking for a place to watch the game? They’ve got plenty of big-screen TVs and a full bar, as well.
Founders Park Splash Pad: The Town of Queen Creek recently created this 4,000-square-foot water park to give families a fun place to go when the heat just won’t quit. Families enjoy water cannons, a dumping bucket, rain curtain and much more.
Schnepf Farms: Enjoyed by more than a quarter of a million people every year, Schnepf Farms is one of the largest agri-tourist farms in the county and hosts some of Arizona’s best events, like the Peach Festival and Pumpkin & Chili Party. Visitors enjoy farm tours, hayrides, bonfires, hands-on farming, great food and a country store & bakery.
Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre: Fun for the whole family, the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre is home to some of the best horse shows and rodeo events Arizona has to offer. Check out its calendar to see what’s coming up next.
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