The first week in July my traveling comrade and I headed for the hills to start out a cool, crisp getaway. Our first stop was in Greer, located in the refreshing Apache Sitgreaves National Forest of eastern Arizona, where we came upon our first taste of wilderness charm at the Molly Butler Cabins. We pulled up to our appropriately named Little Cabin in the Woods that waited for us quietly amongst the fresh air and pines. The meticulously maintained 2-story cabin was whimsical and well-outfitted and perfectly suited for us with a large porch, dining table for games of scrabble and a swing postured perfectly to enjoy the massage of the gentle breeze.
Our sleepy haven offered privacy and a relaxed atmosphere with the surroundings of a nearby main street and country road that were one of the same. The views included the plush valley lined with the largest ponderosa pine and alpine in the world is coupled by the whisper of the little Colorado River that guides you through town. The scenic village offers genuine charm with its Greer Community Center that houses the Greer Library and Chapel as well as its historic dining options.
You may also embrace the view at Arizona’s oldest lodge, the Molly Butler. We found both the Molly Butler Cabins and Lodge to be a part of our memorable experience. The authentic early Arizona hunting lodge offered us specialties that included prime rib and fresh seafood that went toe to toe with our Little Cabin in the Woods. One could also find the Rendezvous Diner a few steps away that served up a few homemade dishes of their own.
Beautiful scenery, big blue skies, and the crisp mountain air infused with the clean scent of Ponderosa pine served as the backdrop for our daily excursions. This included numerous groomed trails of wilderness when stepping out of our Little Cabin in the Woods. Some of our many trail options included the nearby Saffel Canyon off highway vehicle trail that provides a panoramic view carpeted by wildflowers or a stroll through the Butler Canyon Trail nature trail that will provide you with a plethora of information about the wildlife, plants and different habitats along your way.
The Rivers and Streams of the White Mountains provide excellent fishing, photography, biking with wildlife abound. Lakes are filled with trout, and there are 600,000 acres of national forest where man is in the minority whereby wild creatures are the year-round residents.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest offers an abundance of year-round activities for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy both nature and solitude. At 8,500 feet it is easy to create a heavenly rendezvous of your own with recreation in all directions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque mountain village of Greer, Arizona, The Historic Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins is the oldest continually operating lodge in the state of Arizona and has entertained many famous guests and U.S. presidents. It’s founder, Molly Butler, was truly the stuff of legends—hardy, self-reliant, and generous with a spunky enthusiasm for frontier life that was endearing and contagious. Today Molly’s is committed to carrying on the legacy of genuine hospitality engrained by its namesake, offering visitors award-winning dining, a wide variety of comfortable lodging and cabins (sleep 2 to 18), and a year round calendar of events that translates into lots of good old-fashioned fun for couples, friends and families! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Molly Butler Hotel Greer