Cave Creek, Arizona is a lovely little town in Maricopa County part of the Sonoran Desert with a population of less than 5,000 people. It is North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, in the foothills of the Black Mountains established in the 1870 as a gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. Cavalry and though most of the old buildings have been lost in the more than 100 years of its long history, it has retained its old world charm and its Western heritage.
The Western town has a lot of eclectic shopping, biker bars and at least 20 restaurants to choose from. I’ve been there quite a few times with a girlfriend shopping and it is quite quaint. If you are in the neighborhood and have time you should stop in for the day. It has a wonderful little town feel. There is a nice little coffee shop with the friendliest waitress where you can while away the hours on the porch as you eat and watch the bikes and traffic pass by. The food is great, too. I recommend the 3 egg omelette. The town is touristy, but fun.
There are furniture consignment stores with western furnishings, some antiques, Native American wares, and kitsch. There are of course t-shirt stores and the ever-present jalapeno store including Suzanne’s Hot Stuff – the Original Habanero Hot sauce which is not to be missed! The woman in the store who has worked there for years is very knowledgeable, kind and unbelievable funny!
Everyone seems to be friendly and nice in the town. I highly recommend visiting! You’ll probably want to return, maybe even want to buy real estate!
Written by Evelyn Garone 5/21/12