When I told my toddler we were headed to the woods, he immediately asked, “Are we going to see a castle?”
I said not actually, but he wasn’t convinced. As soon as we arrived at Pine Canyon in Flagstaff, Arizona, he saw “castles” everywhere. And it didn’t take long for me to see the magic through his eyes as reality.
Club Cabin Living Room
Club Cabin Exterior
Set on more than 600 acres, Pine Canyon is every bit the storybook setting fairytales are made of. Rolling green hills, sprinkling brooks, crisp clean air, and acres and acres of fragrant pine trees. There were “castles” aplenty, in the form of custom cabins and villas. Some, traditional with beautiful rustic details, artwork, and elements brought in from around the world. Others, impressively modern with floor to ceiling glass windows, clean lines and gorgeous exteriors.
Summer or winter, Pine Canyon has plenty to offer. As a warm-weather escape, the traditional 18-hole Jay Morrish-designed golf course is sure to entertain. The picturesque scenery is simply stunning, and you may even spot a heard of elk, as we did, enjoying nature in its full glory. (Insider tip: Try the GolfBoard, a fun alternative to the traditional golf cart.)
Camp Pine Canyon
For families, it’s every bit a magical escape. You could easily spend the day at Camp Pine Canyon, where a water slide, splash pad, toddler pool and adult pool offer plenty of wet entertainment. Order some snacks—like the halibut bites—and a glass of rosé to keep your energy going all day. Play a game of giant checkers or lounge around on an oversized inflatable water animal. And retreat indoors when needed; there’s a ping pong table, TVs, video games and organized activities like family game nights, and Sunday’s “S’mores and Stories.”
Trout Creek Park
Children or not, a visit to Trout Creek Park is dreamy. The covered playground offers plenty for the little ones, as does the adjacent secret cabin with a toddler kitchen and toys. A rock climbing wall provides a fun challenge, as does the badminton court. Be sure to check the calendar of events and catch one of the concerts under the stars, a lovely way to round out a beautiful summer night.
Within eyeshot, the nearby brook is positively charming; we recommend packing a picnic lunch and maybe even bringing a fishing rod, or two; The spring is filled with catch-and-release trout. There’s even a park for the fur babies, too, offering respite for everyone in the family.
Within eyeshot, the nearby brook is positively charming; we recommend packing a picnic lunch and maybe even bringing a fishing rod, or two; The spring is filled with catch-and-release trout.
RELAX: Indulge in a treatment at the Spa, or enjoy a cocktail at the Pine Canyon Bar.
Come afternoon, head to the Spa for a luxurious massage and wind down with dinner and drinks at the Club. The views are spectacular, and the PC FIT menu makes it easy to “indulge” without any of the diet-breaking guilt. We recommend the PC FIT tacos which you can order with seared fish, wild shrimp or grilled “Yucatan Style” chicken breast. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Club along with spectacular views of the golf course behind the 19th hole. And, the 1,700 bottle wine room is sure to please any palate.
If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, there’s plenty of that, too. Start the morning off with a yoga class; get a quick run in at the gym; meet up with a friend for tennis or go for a hike. The two-mile trail leads straight to Walnut Canyon, a national monument where the Sinagua Indians built their homes into a cliff.
Clubhouse in Winter Lights
Wintertime is just as dreamy, if not more. Hot cocoa by fires, an outdoor ice skating rink and a winter wonderland brings Pine Canyon to life. For ski enthusiasts, Snowbowl is just a 35-minute drive away. And the 18th fairway becomes the perfect place for sledding.
Frosty Morning at Pine Canyon
While Pine Canyon homes are available for purchase only, a stay at the Club Cabins are available as Discovery Tours for prospective homeowners. They also serve as lodging for guests of members and are spacious, contemporary and full of little luxuries. Enjoy your morning Nespresso on the full deck with gorgeous views of the pines, or wind down in the soaker tub with a glass of wine. Whatever it is you’re in the mood for, this retreat offers something for everyone.
Grab a bite at one of these fine Flagstaff establishments.
Criollo Latin Kitchen
Latin fusion is the name of the game at this contemporary eatery. Try one of the house-made sangrias or the Salmon Tostada featuring seared salmon, black bean purée, arugula and achiote roasted mushrooms.
This trendy wood-fired pizza joint is great for couples and families alike. Order the amore oi mari featuring mascarpone, pecorino, prosciutto and arugula.
Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
For fine, farm-focused food featuring seasonal ingredients, head to Brix. This modern American restaurant is a favorite among locals and travelers alike and was recently named one of the top new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler