I am interrupting our fall special to talk about a new restaurant in Tucson that I have recently tried because it is amazingly good and the prices are super reasonable – something that is always a plus!
The establishment in question is called Baja Cafe. This little diner style place is tucked away inside of the Broadway Shopping Center, behind the Gaslight Theater. It occupies the space that used to be The Hummingbird Cafe, but this is not a remodel and a name change, the owners are entirely different, and the menu as well.
I found this place through my mom. Sometimes on Sundays we like to get together and grab breakfast or, if I’m being especially lazy that Sunday, lunch. Because after raising me all those years she still manages to enjoy my company she usually picks me up and we decide in the car on where we will be heading. Last week she asked me if I remembered ‘The Hummingbird’. I told her I did and I would be up for going there if she wanted. “Well,” she said, “there is a new restaurant there, actually, called ‘Baja Cafe’. I tried it once already and really liked it, so I want to take you.” I told her that sounded good and we headed over.
It sounded good, it tasted even better!
When we walked in there was a decent sized crowd and the place is a bit on the smaller side, but it was not overcrowded and it was only about two to three minutes before we were seated. The main dining area is directly ahead of the entrance and houses about eight booths and there is an additional dinning area to the right where you can find chair seating. One thing I noticed when we settled into our booth in the main area was the additional, shaded, patio seating in a rear courtyard. I am looking forward to sitting out there the next time I go, as the weather is absolutely perfect for outdoor dining right now!
As I looked around I really appreciated the decor. As I mentioned the place is a little smaller and the owners had made the right choice by keeping the walls a soft but cheerful hue of yellow that opened the place up and brightened it without making it too loud and overbearing. They had also chosen to keep the wall hangings to a minimum, with some tasteful photographs and a couple of kitschy and colorful signs that fit the Baja theme.
(Wall Art at Baja Cafe)
I had not been too lazy this particular Sunday and we were here for breakfast. The cafe has a very ample breakfast menu that is served all day.
The usual fair is there with offerings of eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. And you can also grab pancakes or french toast. They have a great selection of dishes that are all under $5.00 and they also have a specialties menu where you will find the Baja spin on your meal. Dishes like ‘Chilaquiles’ (Chil-a-key-as) and the ‘Baja Croissant’, which both feature distinctly southwestern flavors such as jalapenos, queso fresco, and green chilies.
I decided to have something off the under $5.00 menu because it sounded tasty and like it would be the perfect amount of food. I ordered the ‘Dust devil Scrambler’ which is a special in the sense that the veggies used are fresh and they change everyday. What it basically consists of is an egg scramble with the fresh veggies and meat and a side of hash browns and your choice of toast or an english muffin.
My mom and I visited while we waited for our food and our conversation blended in with the pleasant hum of our fellow Tucsonans having their own Sunday outing.
When the food arrived I was pretty surprised by the generous portions, I did not expect to get a huge breakfast for less than $5.00, but I did.
The plate was covered with an ample amount for sure!
The mix of the day for the ‘Dust devil’ included onions, bell peppers, diced ham, and sausage. The eggs were firm, yet fluffy and the veggies were sauteed perfectly, crispy, and not overcooked. The hash browns also had a nice golden crisp to them without being undercooked or too burnt.
Now, I happen to love green hot sauce on my hash browns, but I only saw red with the condiments on the table. When I asked the waitress about green hot sauce she let me know she would go check.
When she came back she apologized that they did not have any, but had brought me a side dish of a fresh made green hatch chili sauce that was a specialty of the chefs, who thought I may like this as well.
I did! This green chili sauce was amazing! You could tell it was definitely fresh and it had just the right amount of heat to it without being overly spicy.
I really appreciated the kitchen taking time to provide an alternative to my request rather than simply saying ‘we don’t have any’.
By the time I finished the meal I was certainly full and satisfied.
“So, what did you think?” my mom asked as we headed out.
I told her I really liked it a lot and she said that it was pretty much the only place she came for breakfast anymore. She also mentioned that she had tried it for lunch a few times and it had also been pretty good. At the time Baja Cafe was open daily from 6:00am to 2:00pm for breakfast and lunch and were just thinking about opening for dinner on the weekends. So, once they actually did open for dinner from 4:00pm to 8:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays it wasn’t long before my mom called to see if my husband and I wanted to join her for dinner there.
When we got there it was not crowded at all. The Baja Cafe had only been open for dinner for a couple of weekends, so I believe most folks did not realize it had extended it’s hours yet, because if they had, it would surely have been busy, judging by the second round of deliciousness I experienced on this visit.
We started out with an appetizer. The name of which escapes me, unfortunately, but it was basically a savory mix of chicken and vegetables inside of a light puff pastry and smothered in a spicy, mole type, red sauce. It was fantastic! It was also ample. It could have been ordered as an entree, and there was more than enough to share between the three of us.
For our entrees I ordered the Baja Burger, my husband, who is a vegetarian, orders the black bean burger, and my mom ordered enchiladas – Baja style. While we ate our appetizer and waited for these items to be served the chef and one of the owners (Gerard) came to say hello and ask if everything was tasting good. he was very warm and friendly and my husband did have a question about one of the menu items he had sen that included fried leeks. He was curious about them and how they were prepared. Gerard answered his question and even brought a small side dish of friend leeks for him to try. I really appreciate this kind of service and care when I am dining out. It was obvious by speaking with Gerard that he loves to cook and has a lot of passion for what he is doing.
When the entrees came I was again surprised by the large amount of food. My Baja burger was gigantic and packed with spicy goodness.
It is a crushed and seared beef patty that is cooked in adobo sauce and topped with jalapeno bacon, a green hatch chili, chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese! Oh. my. goodness. It was again, just the right amount of heat, and very, very, southwestern in flavor.
My husband, who is notorious for being a very, shall we say, discerning diner, thought his black bean veggie burger was equally amazing, and even commented that it was probably the best veggie patty he had eaten at a restaurant, it was easy to see and taste that it had been made fresh and was not simply a cooked up frozen patty.
My mom’s enchiladas were drenched in a white cream sauce that was also spot on in its heat and spicy flavor.
Since we had already enjoyed the appetizer we all ended up taking a box home so we could enjoy the baja experience later.
We were glad we had skipped on desert, this time, but next time I will have to leave room because the kitchen makes all the deserts fresh and your server will inquire with you about it halfway through your meal because they need a little extra time to get everything in the oven for you…that’s right, whatever cookie, pie, or cake you may have a chance of trying it will be brought to you straight from the oven!!
The dinner menu was a little pricier than the breakfast menu, but not much, especially for the size of the meal, and the flavor, and the quality, and the service!
Baja Cafe is doing everything right! I hope Tucson welcomes them.
The owners have actually been in Tucson for a very long time and have done a lot of work with our community and community organizations. The Baja Cafe is a life-long dream of theirs and they seem to be doing well. They also share their success back with Tucson by continuing to support local artists, animal rescues, and family charities that are local with their business.
I know I will be going back regularly and I encourage you to give this great new restaurant a try as well, whether you have lived in Tucson for a while or if you are simply visiting, the Baja Cafe is an establishment that is really showcasing why Tucson is such a great place to be!
For more information about where to stay during your visit and the Baja Cafe click on the links below.
Tips For Avoiding The Dangers Of Hot Summer Weather In Arizona
Arizona is one of the most beautiful and inviting parts of the country, however during the hottest times of the summer it can be a risky area that can result in serious dehydration. The state is diverse and has many elevations, and as such has a wide variety of climates that can have varying effects on the human body. From high altitude sickness to extreme heat, Arizona has many unique challenges that must be considered.
Shady Or Cool Areas
During the summer, temperatures can easily reach into the triple digits. This means that visitor should take every precaution possible to avoid the dangers of becoming overheated or heat exhausted. One smart strategy for staying safe is to always wear sunscreen. A quality sunscreen product should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to venturing outdoors. Taking frequent rests in shady or cool areas allows the body temperature to cool and stabilize. This recovery stage is essential to enduring triple digit temperatures during the summer.
Lightweight Loose Fitting Clothing
Those that are not familiar with the hot desert climate should avoid exercising. Those that do exercise should do so gradually and slowly. Increasing the pace with regard to exercise over time is always the best strategy. In addition, wearing lightweight loose fitting clothing along with eye protection such as sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat is the best way to stay cool when exposed to intense temperatures outdoors. Keeping the head cool is one of the most essential parts of avoiding heat exhaustion.
Millions Of Visitors Each Year
Those venturing into the desert during the summer months should take additional precautions with regard to young children and infants. Children should be dressed cool and comfortably with loose fitting clothing. In addition children’s heads and faces should be well protected with an umbrella or a hat. Following these simple strategies can go a long way in keeping visitors safe when exploring the beautiful desert Southwest. With millions of visitors each year, Phoenix and the entire state of Arizona have much to offer as long as precautions are always taken with regard to temperature or elevation concerns. Follow these simple tips and tricks and always be safe in the desert. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today for the best and Phoenix furnished vacation rental condos, villas and residential homes.
The Unique Benefits Of Visiting Arizona
Arizona is a unique destination that has much to offer to those visiting from across the country and from around the world. For example, with greater than 300 days of sunshine each and every year, Phoenix offers much to do in terms of outdoor activities. From South Mountain Park and preserve to hiking, rock climbing and biking, Arizona has an unlimited number of options for those that enjoy the outdoors. It is no surprise that the area draws close to 15 million visitors on annual basis.
With dozens of golf courses and endless resorts and day spas, the area is ideal for those who enjoy the finer things in life. In addition, other unique and inviting areas are all within a day’s drive. Sedona Arizona is one example. Sedona is known for its beautiful and captivating red rock formations. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and a wide range of other outdoors type activities are also routinely available in this beautiful and secluded part of Arizona. Even water slides are available at Slide Rock State Park.
Flagstaff is another beautiful area of Arizona that has one of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forests. The area also allows for easy access to the Grand Canyon where hiking and rafting the Colorado River are common. Even airplane tours and helicopter rides can be enjoyed when visiting beautiful Flagstaff. Just 80 miles from the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff receives a generous amount of snowfall each year. As such the area is considered to be one of the top destinations in Arizona for skiing.
Tucson is yet another beautiful part of Arizona that simply cannot be missed. Located in the southern part of the state, Tucson is home to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum as well as a host of other unique points of interest. In addition, the Tucson Botanical Gardens offers a rare opportunity for visitors to see well over 500 species of butterflies. Yuma Arizona is another intriguing part of the desert Southwest that offers much to visitors. Those who enjoy gaming can experience the pleasure of two unique Indian casinos that have been built in the area. Arizona is one of the most inviting and delightful parts of the United States and is well worth taking the time to explore. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today for the best in Phoenix vacation rental properties.
Fun And Exciting Activities To Consider When Visiting Arizona
Perhaps one of the most delightful parts of the United States is Arizona. The state is well known for its ability to entertain even the most demanding travelers. With much to do indoors and outdoors, Arizona is a unique travel destination that is simply beyond compare. From a wide range of outdoor adventures including everything from hiking caves to horseback riding and hot air ballooning, Arizona has it all. Even fishing, hunting, camping, boating, water skiing and bicycling are all on tap for those that enjoy out door adventures.
Fine Dining That Is World-Renowned
Dining and nightlife are equally abundant in this beautiful part of the desert Southwest. From authentic Mexican cuisine to Native American food that is simply beyond compare, Arizona offers impressive dining options. Enjoy old-fashioned home style dining or exclusive fine dining that is world-renowned. The area hosts a large number of breweries and bars as well as establishments that offer dancing and nightlife. High-energy nightclubs and many types of music venues are available to those looking for an exciting evening on the town.
Bring A Level Of Relaxation To Travelers
The dining and nightlife experience expands to include everything from Arizona casinos to live music and comedy. Even Arizona vineyards, culinary events and breweries are all in the offering for those that wish to enjoy everything that this beautiful part of America provides. Another important aspect of the Arizona experience that cannot be overlooked is the benefits of enjoying some of the finest spas in the world. Available in many different price ranges and in many different levels of quality, spas offer unique treatments that can bring a level of relaxation to travelers that is beyond compare.
American Indian Culture
Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated can be as easy as visiting one of Arizona’s beautiful spa resorts. From scrubs and therapies to body wraps and acupuncture as well as tanning and a host of other unique spa related services, Arizona is beyond compare when it comes to the level of spa choices that visitors have. Another important aspect of the offerings found throughout Arizona is the opportunity to explore American Indian culture up close and personal. From museums to monuments and a host of other native culture points of interest, Arizona literally has it all in this regard. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals for Arizona furnished vacation properties today.
Exploring The Many Flavors Of Beautiful Arizona
Few other states in the union can compare to Arizona when it comes to diversity and beauty. Considering Arizona for your next vacation is a wise choice for those looking for a unique and invigorating vacation experience. For example, the area has some of the most unique art and culture found anywhere in the world. From inspiring architecture to art galleries and museums as well as concert venues and performing arts, Arizona has something for everyone that enjoys the arts and culture.
Native American Tribe Inspired Art
Virtually every corner of the state is rich in art and culture. From contemporary fine arts to exclusive art galleries and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone in Arizona. Native American tribe inspired art as well as eclectic art and modern art is widely available in many of the art galleries and art shops located across the state. Those visiting Scottsdale will be particularly pleased with the many unique and intriguing art galleries found in this wonderful and delightful area.
Arizona Is A Top Pick
From those looking to add to their art collection to those simply wishing to enjoy inspiring art, Arizona makes available a unique art experience that is second to none. The area is also known for an amazing diversity in sports. From spectator sports to sports that require participation, Arizona is a top pick for even the most discerning sports fans. Much of the rich sporting environment of Arizona is due to its year-round sunny skies. Phoenix hosts a wide variety of major league baseball, and NBA sporting events and activities. Even NASCAR and world golf championships are part of the landscape in Arizona.
The Topography Changes Substantially From The Lower Elevations
Finally, those that enjoy the beauty of nature will find much to offer in Arizona. From fauna to Flora and some of the most beautiful forests found anywhere in the world, Arizona has it all. The topography changes substantially from the lower elevations to the higher elevations making diversity a top benefit of choosing Arizona for a vacation. From gardens to arboretums and wildlife watching as well as bird watching, the possibilities are endless. There is little doubt that Arizona is a beautiful state with much to offer nature lovers. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today to explore the options when it comes to Phoenix furnished vacation rental properties.
Why Choose Arizona For Your Next Vacation
There are many reasons to choose beautiful Arizona for your next vacation experience. The area offers a wide range of unique experiences that can only be enjoyed in this beautiful part of the world. From a range of outdoor adventures to exclusive dining and nightlife, Arizona has something for everyone. In addition, the area has some of the most exclusive and elegant spas found anywhere in the world.
Family Focused Activities
From unique American Indian culture to a host of history and heritage, Arizona is a place that is second to none. In addition, those who enjoy golfing will find that the area has some of the most beautiful and manicured golf courses in the entire world. With more than 300 golf courses those that enjoy the game will find Arizona to be an ideal destination. Families will particularly enjoy all that Arizona has to offer in terms of vacation options. From museums to zoos and a host of other family focused activities, Arizona has something for everyone.
A Wide Variety Of Arts And Cultural Events
Equally impressive is the amount of exclusive shopping offered throughout the area. The Phoenix metropolitan area has a wide variety of unique and special shopping that is only found in this wonderful area of the country. Other great activities that can be enjoyed in Arizona include driving tours and scenic road trips. Those wishing to see Arizona by car will discover unique and breathtaking views that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The area also hosts arts and cultural events that keep visitors coming back year after year.
Incredible Natural Beauty
Finally, sports enthusiasts will enjoy all that Arizona offers. With a number of professional sports teams those that enjoy spectator sports will be impressed with what Arizona delivers in terms of a sporting experience. In addition those that simply enjoy the great outdoors can partake in a wide variety of sports as well. All this combined with incredible natural beauty, amazing desert landscapes and beautiful mountain terrain makes Arizona one of the most versatile and diverse places in the world. Consider Arizona for your next vacation and experience all that this special place makes available to those that venture to the desert Southwest. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts today for furnished vacation rentals in Arizona that are affordable and impressive.
Exploring The Amazing Geography Of Arizona
Few other destinations in the world compare to Arizona with its beautiful geography, topography and landscape. The area is incredibly inviting and diverse. With rivers, valleys, lakes and mountains, Arizona has everything an outdoorsmen could imagine. Northern Arizona is particularly intriguing with its many natural wonders. From the Grand Canyon to the red rocks of beautiful Sedona to other unique areas such as the Petrified Forest, Northern Arizona is special in many ways.
Considered The Four-Season Playground
Other unique features of Northern Arizona include Monument Valley and meteor crater. Even prehistoric Indian dwellings can be seen in this beautiful and historical part of Arizona. Few other areas of Arizona are more fascinating than north-central Arizona. The area is considered the four-season playground because it enjoys all the seasons. North-central Arizona has several cool pine forests as well as trails for hiking, biking and camping. There is even much to see in terms of archaeology in the area. North-central Arizona is known for revealing much evidence in terms of prior civilizations that once occupied the area.
Greater Diversity Than Other Areas
In addition, Phoenix and central Arizona has many unique geographical and archaeological advantages that visitors should not miss. Phoenix is the state capital and is one of the largest cities in the nation. Considered a major tourist destination, Phoenix has some of the best golf courses in the world and is an impressive business center for major corporations that do business in the Valley. Phoenix is comprised of both mountain peaks and low-lying desert giving it greater diversity than other areas of the country. Also impressive is the large amount of Native American artifacts, museums and ruins.
Other Areas To Explore
Finally, Tucson and Southern Arizona is a region that is well known for its Spanish influence, history and natural wonder. The area features beautiful snowcapped mountains as well as the breathtaking Sonoran Desert State Park. With caves, and other areas to explore, Tucson and the surrounding region have much to offer those wishing to visit a unique and special part of the country. As an added note, Arizona’s West Coast that stretches along the Colorado River has a variety of beaches and lakes to explore. This is an ideal playground for those that enjoy wildlife viewing, fishing, water skiing and other water sports. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts today for impressive Arizona furnished vacation rentals.
Useful And Informative Facts About Arizona
With millions of visitors coming to beautiful Arizona each and every year to enjoy a vacation it is worth knowing a few valuable bits of information about the state. For example, the state of Arizona actually achieved statehood in 1912 and became the 48th state to join the United States. In addition, the area is host to nearly 7,000,000 full-time and part-time residents.
The state capital of Arizona is Phoenix. Phoenix is also one of the largest cities in the state along with Mesa, Tucson, Scottsdale and Glendale. Arizona borders a number of other states including Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Colorado. With well over 100,000 mi.² of beautiful desert landscape, the area is second to none when it comes to genuine beauty. The state is known as the Grand Canyon State and has some of the most unique topography and naturally occurring plants found anywhere in the world. From the Saguaro cactus to other types of unique cactuses, trees and bushes, Arizona is special in many ways.
Silver And Gold
Other important facts regarding Arizona is that it is a manufacturing hub for many important industries in today’s modern world. This includes everything from the production of microchips to several other major manufacturing facilities located in Tucson and Phoenix. The area is also known for mining a considerable amount of silver and gold and other types of important resources. Mining has gone on for centuries throughout the state of Arizona. Even more impressive is the fact that more than half of the copper mined in the US comes exclusively from Arizona.
Diversity And Uniqueness
With millions of tourists visiting the state each and every year, the area hosts a tourism industry that affords locals tens of thousands of jobs. From the travel industry to the lodging industry and a host of other related products and services, Arizona tourism is a major factor in the economic growth of the area. Arizona’s state flower is the Saguaro cactus blossom. These useful and informative facts about Arizona can help anyone interested in learning more about the area understand the diversity and uniqueness of this important part of the country. Taking the time to visit beautiful Arizona is worth considering for even those on a limited budget. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts to learn more about choosing a beautiful Phoenix furnished vacation rental as opposed to a hotel or motel accommodation.
Tips And Tricks For Driving In Arizona
The state of Arizona has become one of the most popular destinations in the country in recent years. However, it is always good to know in advance what to expect when it comes to driving in Arizona. For example, wildfires, monsoons another natural weather phenomenon can have a big impact on how safe drivers are when operating a vehicle in the desert Southwest. Fortunately, Arizona offers something known as 511-traveler information. Dialing this number, travelers can quickly find out if there is any weather concerns on their route of travel.
Lane Restrictions To Road Closures
Other important information that can be gleaned from this useful traveler information hotline includes everything from lane restrictions to road closures and other hazards that drivers may otherwise not know exist. Even information with regard to emergency vehicles working in work zones and other similar types of information are readily available. It is also important to know in advance what to do if a driver becomes caught in a dust storm. For example, turning off the headlights and slowing down is one of the first and most important steps in dealing with a dust storm in Arizona.
Engulfed In A Dust Storm
In addition, one of the easiest ways to say safe with regard to a dust storm is to simply avoid the storm altogether. This includes turning around and going in the other direction if a dust storm is encountered. As a final solution, if an automobile becomes engulfed in a dust storm it is important to slow down and pull off the side of the road to the far right. Turning off the vehicle’s headlights, drivers should then set the parking brake and wait out the storm.
Being Caught In A Flash Flood
Finally, monsoons present a real tangible threat to those driving in the desert Southwest. Drivers should know to never cross a flooded wash. This is one of the easiest ways to get caught in a flash flood and to be swept away. Many people have lost their lives over the years or become seriously injured by the being caught in a flash flood. As an added note, those caught in a flooded area in a vehicle should evacuate the vehicle and climb onto the top of the car and call for help. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts today for quality Phoenix furnished vacation rentals.
Greetings Readers! We are full swing into our October special and this week we will be talking about celebrating the harvest time at a good old fashioned Farm Festival. Yes, we do have farms here! Specifically, we will be talking about Buckelew Farms. Buckelew Farms is a real, working farm in Three Points, AZ. It is located a quick 22 miles west of the I-10 and I-19 interchange off of Ajo Road and is about 40 minutes from downtown.
(An Aerial photo of Buckelew Farms)
The farm grows cotton as well as other crops, but their claim to fame is the Annual Buckelew Farms Pumpkin Festival. This festival is in its 26th year and it keeps on growing! (pun intended). I have made a trip to the Buckelew Pumpkin Festival a tradition. I go pretty much every year and it has been amazing to see the event get bigger and bigger each season. What started out as a simple drive to the patch to buy some farm fresh pumpkins has turned into an all-out miniature fair.
The festival now features so much stuff to do you may need more than one day to do it! There is still the backbone of all the hustle and bustle, which is the pumpkin patch itself. You can take a tractor pulled wagon out to the fields and search for that pumpkin you have been waiting for all your life, you know the long, tall one that will make the perfect Frankenstein head, or the short, fat, round one that will easily double as great fall candy bowl.
When you find pumpkin perfection you will ride back to the cashier’s tent where your haul will be weighed and the festival staff can help you carry it to your car. This season pumpkins are $0.50 per lb.
(Folks out finding the Perfect Pumpkin at Buckelew, and the weigh station)
Once the pumpkins are safely stashed away you will want to head over to enjoy some of the many other activities the festival has to offer, including –
The Arts and Crafts Tent
The brand new country store gift shop (new this year)
The Beer Garden
The food vendors (including roasted corn!)
The 4-H club’s petting Zoo
and the Corn Maze, and Haunted Corn Field.
The Corn Maze and Haunted Corn field are not brand new additions to the festival, but they get better every year! This year’s design for both is new!
Fun fact: The corn maze is designed to create a picture that can be seen from the air
(The first ever corn maze design for Buckelew Farms)
The Corn Maze is pretty intricate and you need at least two hours to complete it, well at least if you are as directionally impaired as I am. You may be able to complete it in one, but it is definitely NOT a quick in and out! There are staff members in the maze at 12 different checkpoints to help keep you on track and no one has gotten permanently lost so far. If they have, then you would surely find their ghost in the Haunted Cornfield.
The Haunted Cornfield is truly scary (the farm will NOT admit anyone under 12 without adult supervision, and strongly recommends parental discretion) and the farm offers this attraction up at night to boot! There is very little in the way of frightening and spooky Halloween fun that can compare with the terror of walking around a cornfield late at night with various boogie men, monsters, and ghosts hiding in the stalks to well ‘stalk’ you (Pun intended again).
(The Haunted Cornfield at Buckelew Farms)
One of the attractions that is new this year and kind of an extension of the Haunted Cornfield is the Zombie Shootout. It is what it sounds like. Their are twelve paintball guns stationed at the field and your goal is to shoot as many zombies as you can while they try to capture your flags that are located in an obstacle course. The zombies are played by live actors and you can partake in this ghoulish gunning during the day or at night. This addition to the farm’s festivities is quite timely to capitalize on the ‘zombie mania’ that seems to have been on the rise with pop culture fair such as ‘World War Z’, ‘Zombie Nation’, and of course, AMC’s Mega-Hit ‘The Walking Dead’. In fact, I am not ashamed to admit that one of the main reasons I tried this attraction was because of my fandom for ‘The Walking Dead'; and it was not disappointing, it was pretty fun to practice one’s skills for a Zombie Apocalypse – you know, just in case.
I was a little disappointed however that you can no longer bring your dogs. At one point you could, but the farm has not allowed pets since 2012.
I did manage to bring back some of the delicious home-made pumpkin pie that you can purchase at the farm and because my dogs are spoiled, they each got a small slice, so they didn’t miss their favorite part of the festival. To find out what your favorite part of the festival is you will have to visit!
To learn more about where to stay while you enjoy an old fashioned fall farm festival at Buckelew Farms, and to learn more about the event itself click on the links below.
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