Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!


Shhhh…….. I’ve got a secret!!!

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…….

 Because Santa Claus is coming to Payson’s Swiss Village!! 


He’ll be riding in on his sleigh at about 6 pm tomorrow, November 28, 2014!  Payson’s beautiful Swiss Village will light up in celebration, and the lovely shops and restaurants all around will offer free hot chocolate and hot apple cider to everyone! Sit on Santa’s lap and let him know what you want for Christmas — he and Mrs. Claus will make a note of it!

From 3 o’clock on there will be lots of fun to be had — live music,  carnival rides, performances by Irish dancers, good food, an amazing Magician and fun shops!!

From’s Event Calendar:

Swiss Village Christmas Lighting

From November 28 3:00 PM Until November 28 9:00 PM

600-810 N. Hwy 87, Payson, AZ 85541d

Swiss Village Annual Christmas Lighting Tradition and fantasy will be coming together the day after Thanksgiving at our 36th annual Christmas Lighting. Come and see Santa at 6:00, the lights, our carnival and magician, music and much more. Friday Nov 28th from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 to 9:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 at Swiss Village, 600-810 N. Hwy 87, Payson, AZ 85541



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Wild Rides and Other Fun in Payson

20140906_12501820140906_124811Today,  September 7, 2014,  in Payson, Arizona, you get a boatload of entertainment at the Payson Event Center (right across from the Casino on the southernmost edge of town….)

First of all, the Northern Arizona Gila County Fair is in town. Tickets are only a dollar apiece. Do you love animals? Arts and crafts? Quilts and puzzles? Homegrown food?  This is the place you want to be today. Horses, pigs, bunnies, adorable tiny ponies, goats, bulls, turkeys and other lovingly cared for mammals await you at the Fair today.

And once you’ve seen (and petted) the animals, walk right out to the parking lot to the other side of the Event Center and there are rides galore! Tickets are on sale at the Carnival—you can buy a book of tickets or get a wristband for unlimited rides for $22.00.




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Great Video on Payson!

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Rodeo Days in Payson!

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1) Go to a rodeo

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country that was founded by a real cowboy in the 1800′s

1) Go to the best small town rodeo in the country,  that also happens to be the oldest continuous rodeo in the whole world, and make sure that  it was founded by a real, bona fide cowboy from the 1800′s.


   That’s it!!

Payson here we come!!!



August 15th — 18th, 2013

Payson will celebrate it’s 129th year of the August Doins Rodeo, the oldest continuous rodeo in the world!

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for children 8-10 and free for children 7 and under.  If you show an active military card, you will also not be charged for admission.

Performances will be held at the Payson Events Center — just across the street from the Mazatzal Casino  on the west side of the road at the light.  Performance times are Saturday at 1 and 7 pm (gates open at 11 am and 5 pm), and Sunday at 1 pm (gates open at 11 am). On Friday night, the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance will be at 7 pm (gates open at 5 pm).

Be prepared for a weekend of fun, beginning with Cactus WPN Barrel Racing on Thursday night at 7 (gates open at 5). Admission is 1 can of food.  On Saturday morning at 9 am is the 129th August Doins Rodeo Parade down Payson’s Historic Main Street.

For more information about this historic rodeo, go to

See you there!!!

Cowboy Arizona Charlie

Cowboy Arizona Charlie






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Guess Where I Am?

dimi11dimi5I am sitting here in Payson Arizona on a lovely Friday afternoon, enjoying both the free wifi and a delicious iced coffee…..

at Dimi Espresso! 612 N. Beeline Hwy

Open from  7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, Dimi not only has an incredible selection of coffees and teas but also a fabulous assortment of pastries and paninis to accompany them.

If you have a sweet tooth you will absolutely, positively LOVE the tempting selection of scones, muffins, tarts, cream puffs and cinnamon rolls, to name a few of the mouthwatering pastries.

If you are in the mood for a meal, you will be delighted by the delicious assortment of pita pizzas, paninis, wraps and quiches.

But wait, there’s more! :-)

Stay for Open Mic night on Fridays from 5 to 6 pm…

Learn how to dance for $5 on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm….

Or enjoy discounts at Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.

In the mood for a tea party? Come join your friends at Dimi  for unlimited tea served  in fine tea cups from 3 to 4 pm for only $6!

Dimi Espresso is located in the Swiss Village Shopping Center in the heart of Payson. We’ll see you there! -




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Dimi a New Coffee Shop in Payson, OK? …..

The lovely coffee shop in the Swiss Village Plaza just off the Beeline has a new owner and a new name — “Dimi Espresso”

Check out their website at:


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Winter Wonderland in Payson

Payson is a beautiful place, especially in Winter.  Here are a few photos of Payson’s historic Swiss Village during the Christmas Holidays:

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Wine Tasting at the Tonto Natural Bridge on August 4th

Have you ever wanted to visit the Tonto Natural Bridge but have never had the time?  From 5-9 pm on August 4th, the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge will be hosting an event there.  There will be live music, art and wine-tasting for participants.

Tickets are $50 per person.

For more information, go to:


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Don’t You Just Love the Monsoons? :-)

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Horseback Riding at Kohl’s Ranch

Check out the link below for a glimpse of my journey into Butterfly Canyon on my favorite horse, Caesar!


So here’s yet another reason to love Payson — Horseback Riding at nearby Kohl’s Ranch.

It cost us a mere $30 an hour to ride deep into the lovely forests near Kohl’s Ranch.  On our 1 hour tour,  we traveled down rugged terrain into Butterfly canyon, saw incredible views and encountered a curious deer who seemed to follow our group until he finally crossed in front of our horses near a dry creek bed.

The horseback rides are guided tours which are scheduled for 1, 2 or 3 hours, with the 2 hour trip the most popular, according to our guide.  During the 2 hour tour,  the journey includes not only a foray deep into the forest, but a marvelous detour to some gorgeous waterfalls in the area.

After a fun  ride in the forest, we settled in for lunch at Kohl’s Ranch’s  Zane Grey Steakhouse and Saloon, and had mouthwatering burgers!

Here’s a few tips:

Before you go, call 928-478-4211 to schedule your ride.

Here are Directions from Payson to Kohl’s Ranch Stables:

From Payson, go East on Hwy 260 for about 16 miles, and turn right on Kohl’s Ranch Lodge Road.  Follow the road into Kohl’s Ranch. The Stables will be on the right. Follow the sign that says “Stables”  and travel down the dirt road to the horses. The road veers right at the end and leads directly to the stables. ( BTW– watch out for the speed “dips!” They’ll slow you down one way or another! :-) )



For more information on Kohl’s Ranch, go to



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