Every summer in Arizona we look to find the ‘coolest’ spots! Located about 3.5 hours away from Phoenix is the Grand Canyon Caverns. At a brisk 62 degrees year round, this cave is a cool escape from the Arizona summer. You enter through an above ground restaurant and walk through a gift shop with Route 66 items and much more. Don’t forget to take a picture on the world’s largest dinosaur saddle!
You access the cave by using an old elevator that takes you down 220 feet. If the elevator ever stopped working, there are stairs that were used in buildings in New York as escape routes. Once you arrive to the cave, you walk through a hallway that leads to a large chamber that is lighted beautifully. The Mystery Room in the cave provides natural air.
We were led to their underground restaurant called Cafe Grotto. This restaurant was recently established in 2017 and offers a quieter and unique way to eat your meal! It has only 4 tables and offers a view of the chamber and... their hotel! Yes, they have one room that is located in the cave that is used as a guest suite. It has two beds, a tv, and a bathroom. The only catch? The only walls are the walls from the cave! They told us they rent it out most nights, and while I’m not sure I plan to stay there, it would be a one of a kind experience.
At the restaurant, you have a server that takes your order and calls (with a wireless phone) upstairs to the main restaurant. The food is brought down by the elevator. While the food is the same 220 feet above, the experience of eating your lunch down in the cave was a memorable one.
After lunch we took a tour of the rest of the cave. It has a few other chambers that are larger than the first one you see when you enter the cave. The tour lasted about 30 minutes, and we all thought it was really cool! The tour guides knew all the history of the cave, and it was actually all very interesting. Watch out for the giant prehistoric sloth!
All in all, everyone agreed it was a fun afternoon! It’s a great place to bring your kids and you can stop for milkshakes on Route 66 on your way home at the Sno Cap!
Fun fact: You can get married down there! There have been 12 weddings in its history.
Grand Canyon Caverns Contact Info:
Details: 115 Mile Marker AZ-66, Peach Springs, AZ 86434
(928) 422-3223, gccaverns.com.
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At Road to Home Mortgage we are showcasing local businesses around Greater Phoenix. If you haven’t heard of Oven + Vine, you should! It’s a fantastic local restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the delicious food in a remodeled 1940’s Vaughn residence. They also opened a little coffee shop by the restaurant called Birdhaus Coffee. Evan recently spoke with Dylan who is the owner of Oven + Vine with his wife.
How did you get started in the restaurant industry?
Our restaurant journey began after a weekend trip to a small town in Colorado while we were both in college. We ate at a few places up there and were disappointed in the food. We dropped out of college, moved up to that small town in Colorado, and started The Countryside Coffeehouse. A few years later we made it back to AZ and after one other restaurant venture we started our current restaurant Oven + Vine.
How do you maintain the neighborhood feel to your restaurant?
We try to keep Oven + Vine casual as we don’t have uniforms or a hostess. We want our customers to come in and feel as though they are eating at a friends house. Our prices are affordable and this allows our customers to come visit us more often. We have some customers visiting us 3+ times a week!
What’s your favorite dish in your restaurant?
The green chile pork is hands down my favorite. My wife grew up in New Mexico and as a teenager, she learned how to make some awesome green chile pork. In our restaurant we slow roast our pork and marinate it in green chile.
Do you have any favorite local restaurants in town?
We are big fans of St. Francis and Richardsons. I also remember going to Pizzeria Bianco before the 3 hour waits existed!
You serve a wide array of wine. How do you choose which wine to offer?
We have 8-9 wine companies visit our restaurant every week! Many times the winemakers and owners come share their knowledge of wine with us. We usually try 20-30 wines a week. We always try to find wine that taste great, but that is also affordable.
This is a family business. How is it to work with your family?
The best way I can describe it is unique! Most people think you can’t work with your wife and family. We have made it work great, and we enjoy spending the extra time together!
You recently opened Birdhaus coffee bar which also serves fresh waffles. What do you like on your waffles?
I’m a simple guy when it comes to my waffles! I like my waffles with the organic maple syrup that we have at Birdhaus.
What’s your most popular dish?
People are in love with our flatbread! Right now our most popular one is the sausage and mushroom flatbread.
If this interview got you hungry, go check them out! We love showcasing local businesses! If you would like to be featured on our site, please let us know! Info@rthmortgage.com
Oven + Vine: http://ovenandvine.com
14 W Vernon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Birdhaus Coffee: http://birdhauscoffee.com
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