While visiting Rim Country, I yelped best coffee in Payson and this little gem popped up. I pass through many times a year and didn’t recognize the name Common Grounds. I figured I give a local place a shot instead of going to the nearby Starbucks in town. It is a fairly new coffeehouse that neighbors nearby Expedition church (who actually started it). Common Grounds seeks to establish meaningful community in the Payson area. The coffeehouse is cozy and very welcoming. The bar is made of a beautiful dark wood and the décor consists of historical photos and a wall with a large painting of the Arizona flag. Outside is a nice shaded patio area with plenty of seating. On the menu, they have a nice selection of coffee, espresso drinks and tea. They also have pastries on hand and free wi-fi. We stopped in for a bit and really enjoyed our time here. The staff was friendly and our drinks were made just right. One of things I like about this place is that they donate their profits to local charities and organizations within the Payson area. They are all about giving back to the local neighborhood and I’m always a huge fan of businesses that invest in their surrounding community. I love that their cups say “neighborhood coffee house” on them. My only gripe was that we came on a Sunday afternoon and parking was very limited because of church going on. But overall this is a really nice addition to the Payson area.
The Double D Bar Store & Cafe is a little cafe that is off the 260 highway in Payson, AZ. I always pass it on my way up to the Mogollon Rill. We needed to grab some food while we were staying at Kohl’s Ranch and ended up here. It was a quiet night and we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. I love little dives like this and got a kick out of all the ball caps pinned to the ceiling. They fired us up a killer burger and some wings.
The boys and I took a drive up north to Payson, AZ for winter break and stayed at Kohl’s Ranch. The Mogollon Rim area is one of my favorite spots and I love driving up here to look at the trees. We played horseshoe, made s’mores and relaxed for the evening. I loved chilling in the lobby with a book around the fire with a cup of coffee. Good memories.
There’s nothing like driving up to the Mogollon Rim and doing some camping. I love making a fire and cooking some burgers on the grill. Then afterward comes the kid’s favorite part – S’mores! My fiance made a great salad and we enjoyed some wine while looking at the stars. A little fine dining in the woods.