Payson is located 90 miles north-east of Scottsdale. The drive up to this 5000 feet elevation town is already calming you down from the hustle and bustle of high traffic in the valley of Scottsdale/Phoenix. Take the scenic Hwy 87, also called the Beeline Highway and enjoy the ride. There is hardly any traffic at all, not like the I-17 that one could take to get to Flagstaff or Camp Verde and then turn east towards Payson, Pine, Strawberry and Happy Jack all the way to Winslow on I-40.
You have to dig deeper to find the beautiful areas, not visible from the street. For example the incredible homes in the exquisite Golf community of Chaparral Pines (entrance north on Hwy 260 east in Payson, towards Star Valley, Showlow and Pinetop) and across the street, The Rim Club, equally beautiful.
Then you have the mentioned Green Valley Park at the end of Main Street, where you can listen to Concerts in the Park (free) , food festivals. Let your puppies roam among their friends, and watch for the geese crossings!
Then their is the Alpine Village and Alpine heights with nice views and wooded areas. Homes still at reasonable prices from $45,000 up to $4 mill. Many properties with horse privileges, they will enjoy the pleasant summer temperatures compared to the stinging heat down in the valley. Yet, you are in 60 minutes at the Sky Harbor airport,
All major shopping like Safeway, Basha’s, Walmart, Home Depot are already established and many very good restaurants besides the usual chains. Lots of Antique Stores and Second Hand stores that support The Humane Society and the diverse Senior Centers. Banner Hospital, as well as Holistic Doctors and plenty of health facilities are available all over town.
Some folks still remember the old Sawmill and its famous whistle to indicate the lunch breaks. Now that area is occupied by the Sawmill theater shopping center with health clubs and the nice family restaurant Macky’s Grill with the best Chili you can imagine. Their outside patio allows you to bring your dog, a big brownie point to me.
If you are into quilting, there is also specialized quilt store spanning the entire south side of the Sawmill complex.
Once a year there is a 3-day Quilt Show in Pine, my neighborhood 15 miles north and 400 feet higher (cooler).