Carefree in Carefree, Arizona: Desert Dwelling at Its Finest
On the north-eastern outer reaches of the Valley of the Sun lies Carefree, like nearby Cave Creek, a hamlet nestled just to the north of Scottsdale. Principally known as a haven for retired folk, many of whom visit during the winter from colder climes and are known as “snowbirds”, however, of late, many year-round residents are opting for the peacefulness of Carefree, while commuting to their jobs in either Phoenix or Scottsdale. consequently Carefree, much like Cave Creek and the surrounding environs has seen important growth in recent years.
Spanish Village is a shopping center in the heart of Carefree with many eclectic stores and restaurants. It is also great number to antique car shows, home shows, art shows and horticultural events during the time of a year, making it an extremely popular destination for both residents and tourists alike.
A little further south on Tom Darlington Road we have another shopping complicate known as “El Pedregal”. This is a more upscale development with many art galleries, gourmet shops, boutiques and jewellers. There are several excellent restaurants at the facility, which is a two storey affair arranged in a circular fact. There is a stage at one end and, due to the “amphi-theater” style arrangement, it is an excellent venue for the many musical concerts, of all genres, that El Pedregal hosts each year. Grab a glass of wine, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Carefree also has a general aviation facility with a 4100 ft. runway, which is home to many aviation enthusiasts covering vintage aircraft to modern experimental lightweight craft. This year, at a combined antique car and plane show. We were privileged to have a bit “flying fortress” of World War II vintage fly over in all it’s majesty. Very awe inspiring; an what a crowd it drew that day. We also were fortunate to have two F16 fighter jets do a fly-by from Luke Air Force Base. All in all a good day out for all the family.
That sums Carefree up really. Many people come to visit from all around, and some just cannot bear to leave. It has all the benefits of a small town with all the attractions and facilities of two major cities, Scottsdale and Phoenix, just a scant 30 minute excursion away.
It cannot be beaten.