Down to The Little Bitely Tavern

Our first night out of the park, we decided to run down the road a few miles to The Bitely Tavern where, on Thursdays, they offer their $2.00 hamburger.

THIS is where you’ll find Bitely

Bitely is a small village that currently boasts a gas station/convenience store, township hall, the “Bitely Boys” Motorcycle Club, a post office, and it’s most popular inhabitant …. The Bitely Tavern.  It used to be a station on the Chicago and Michigan Lake Shore Railroad in 1889.

The place was PACKED with folks that obviously knew each other … those that live nearby and those that come “up north” on the weekends.

Even though it was packed, we were served quickly and enjoyed our burgers AND liquid refreshment as well.  One of the fellas at the bar put money in the juke box and it blared country tunes of Johnny Cash and Jim Reeves.  The little 94 year old lady at the table next to us (right under the juke box) was there with her daughter and son-in-law.  Although she was sitting right UNDER the speakers, the bar maid had to keep turning UP THE VOLUME so she could hear!

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The service was great, the food was good enough to come back again and try something else on the menu (what the hell does that mean?) and everyone there was having a good time.  We’ll go back and try the pizza next time.

In our next post, we’ll share with you the “suburb” of Baldwin that was famous for top black entertainers from back in the 20’s to the mid-60’s.  Stay tuned …

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Can You See It?

Kathy and I took a ride to Cottonwood today to do a little shopping for groceries and a couple things we needed for the RV.  On the way there we saw a sign for the “Alcantara Vineyard & Winery“, so we decided to take a closer look on our way home.

The “rock road” was long and winding down from the main road toward the river, which makes sense because the vineyard can pump the irrigation water up from the river.  When we finally got all the way down (about a mile), we walked in to what appears to be a private home that’s been made into a tasting room along with a covered patio out back with cafe tables and stools where we could enjoy their best vino along with a platter of “light” snacks (cheese, vegetables, crackers, etc.).  I think some might call it “eclectic”, but without any “whimsy”.

Kathy says we’ll have to go back some time when we don’t have fresh produce in the back of the car (in 90 degree heat) so that she can enjoy the drink and the atmosphere.  I guess we’ll do that, (happy wife = happy life).  It took this picture below to illustrate the “Verde Valley” that we live in here in Arizona.  At first glance, this picture just does not show the depth of the valley.  But you need to zoom in to see the points of interest listed and only then can you really appreciate how wide and deep this valley is.

I want you to take a look at this picture and see if you can find:

  • the river
  • the vineyard
  • the winery
  • the chapel

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You’ll need to really zoom in on the picture and try to follow the road (where I’m standing with the camera at the top of the hill).  Remember, it was a LONG WAY down.

In a few days I’ll post an updated picture with labels pointing out the river, vineyard,winery, and chapel so you can check yourself and see how good your guess was.

Let me know in the comment section below if you think you found anything in the list.

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