Writer Shannon Severson // Photo Courtesy of The Strawberry Inn
The Strawberry Inn may only be 100 miles from Phoenix but it feels like it is a world away. The Dutch-inspired inn and cottages, nestled among the pines, has multiple accommodation styles fit for two or the whole crew.
Owners Amber and Carson Eilers started their real estate careers flipping homes in the Valley and eventually began operating vacation rentals. They purchased The Strawberry Inn in 2016 and embarked on an ambitious summer renovation project for a fall launch. Over the years, they’ve added tiny cottages and cabins; they’ll soon add Airstream trailers as well.
The vibe is casual. Yard games and porch swings mix with modern design and plush bedding. Meanwhile, coffee drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the cute on-site Windmill Coffee shop that brews Press Coffee — a Valley favorite.
Each room has its own unique design with soothing colors and luxurious touches. Couples on a romantic getaway may opt for a room in the main building while families or groups will have more elbow room in The Creek Cabin, The Bunkhouse, The Bungalow, The Guest House or one of the tiny cottages that sleep up to six.
Several of the rooms are dog-friendly and have full kitchens. The property operates like a vacation rental, but has a local property manager if the need arises.
Nearby are natural water springs, hiking trails and local shops and restaurants. In the summer, Strawberry boasts cooler temperatures than Phoenix. In the winter, visitors may even enjoy a solid dusting of snow.
The Strawberry Inn // 5073 Arizona Hwy 87, Strawberry // 928–202–7790 // thestrawberryinn.com