Summer Trips

Lots of summer activities happening here at our little Chandler Arizona Ranch Home this summer. Our granddaughter, Alex, is coming soon from Colorado to spend a week with us. Part of her time will be spent here with us at home, and part of her trip will be spent with us in California, on Coronado Island, which is both  my husband, Bill and my, all time favorite vacation playground by far. Bill and I have spent many, many, summer vacations on Coronado Island… We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! 🙂

Then, in August, my cousin, Kathy Vezie Barton will arrive,  and stay with us for 10 days. Bill and I are so excited to have Kathy come and visit. Of course since I am a planner… I planned lots of day trip activities for Kathy and I to do while Bill is at work, as well as overnight trips Bill, Kathy, and I will take together… But today, Bill and I took a drive from our home in Chandler, to Cave Creek Arizona. I wanted to scout out cowboy/cowgirl type towns I can take Kathy to where she can get a real feel for the “old, wild, wild, west… and Cave Creek fits the bill perfectly!

Bill and I drove to Cave Creek and had lunch at the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse this afternoon.


When I take Kathy here, I am sure she will feel as if she stepped into a time machine and is truly standing in the “wild, wild, west” of days gone by… All that was missing was the dance hall girls…but remember it was lunch time and I’m sure they don’t venture out until later in the evening… 🙂


Immediately upon entering the establishment, we were told to seat ourselves (remember it was lunch time, we later found out that in the evening, during tourist season which is Sept – May, you may need reservations to get in… who knew?) One of the first things I noticed was this rustic box sitting on each table with help your self to napkins, silverware, and condiments…


Our waitress, Lynn, was a lovely, chatty Cathy… ( I told Bill I think we finally met someone who can talk more than I do…) but Lynn was a fountain of information… telling us all about the history of the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse. For example:

Lynn told us when this restaurant first opened cowboys and cowgirls would come in and order food then say they left their money in their saddle bag,  or vehicle… yeah, right… so they were told to “leave their boots and go get their money… apparently, by the many, many, boots that line the rafters of Buffalo Chip Saloon & steakhouse… not many of those cowboy/cowgirls ever came back to settle their bill…


Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse features live music and dancing 7 nights a week. Bill and I had our photo taken on the dance floor… right in front of the “beer wagon… Ya Hoo!!!


and in front of the “belly up to the bar, bar… 🙂


Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse also offers Live Bull Ridding on  Wednesdays and Friday nights!!! Oh, my!!!  Get your chaps ready Kathy… 🙂

They also offer free dance lessons on Thursdays and Sunday nights. 🙂 No wonder they were voted Best Western Saloon & Restaurant! Cowboys/Cowgirls giving you free dance lessons… who could ask for more? Even Bella is busting at the seams over this… 🙂

But wait…, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… they also have an outdoor bar and wagon camp complete with Dutch oven dinners…


The only drawback I could see for my cousin Kathy… is she lives in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, and just may be a Steelers fan… unfortunately, Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse is a Cheese Head establishment… Yes, and they boast that throughout the facility… they even have artifacts from past bets where some woman said if the Packers  lost she would take off her bra ( under her shirt) but they now have it proudly hung on the outside bar wall… along with their Green Bay Packers emblem…because as I was reminded over and over again .. their establishment is Green Bay Packers all the way…


Now, Kathy,  I am not a sports person at all… but I am assuming, coming from Pittsburgh, you would be a Steelers fan… so not to worry… apparently several of the restaurant establishments along Cave Creek Highway proclaim their support of their various teams very proudly… and it just so happens, right next door to the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, is another establishment we can check out ( sorry I didn’t get a photo) because I’m told they proudly hang a banner from their restaurant saying “This Is Steelers Country In the Wild West..”

Can’t wait for you to get here Kathy… we are going to have sooooooooooooooo much FUN!!

Stay Tuned!








4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 23:41:56

    Oh how fun that you two made it up to Cave Creek! I never knew that about the boots so thanks for sharing what you learned! The other restaurant is Harold’s – the big Steeler fan headquarters and their food is great!! You will be the BEST tour guide for Kathy!!! LOVE you!


    • beyondcinderella
      Jul 06, 2014 @ 00:52:42

      Thank you frissy. I am so excited to show my cousin, Kathy, around “my city and state…” We have not seen each other since we were kids… And YES, thank you, Harold’s, that is the name of the establishment next to Buffalo Chips, and where I will take Kathy to eat… seeing how she is from Pittsburg Pa and would most likely want to eat with Steeler fans… 🙂 XoXo


  2. katsbynp
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 23:00:53

    Oh I cannot wait. Yes I am a Steeler fan but I may step over enemy lines to visit the saloon. That is as long as we stop for a quick visit to Harold’s. I cannot wait to visit we will have so much fun. Thanks for the post and sharing some pictures of Buffalo Chips. Love you


    • beyondcinderella
      Jul 09, 2014 @ 23:08:08

      Love you too, and I’m REALLY good at stepping over the lines… But I think we should visit Harold’s first then step over the line… I can always just call out Bella.. you will meet her soon enough… She is REAL fun when things get a little dull.. Can not wait either…


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