The Town of Cave Creek is still inhabited by the rugged spirit of the Old West on which it was founded. Along its quaint main street visitors can while away many happy hours rummaging through quirky curio shoppes, upscale western shops and funky stores. From western wear to consigned designer fashions, home accessories, Native American crafts, pottery, postcards and souvenirs to fine art and furnishings, Cave Creek has an eclectic mixture of shopping. Well-known saloons, live entertainment, authentic southwestern food, have established Cave Creek’s reputation as one of the most recognized and charming Western towns in the U.S.
Carefree, by comparison, could be considered the “new west.” Among a growing array of diverse boutiques, stores and restaurants, the downtown Carefree area boasts several topnotch galleries and jewelry shops, displaying some of the Southwest’s finest examples of native and contemporary art and design. Fine art, wine, gourmet food along with outdoor cafes and flowering courtyards all set in pedestrian friendly Easy Street provide a selection of dining and shopping experiences. The whimsical street names and gorgeous setting add to the ambiance.