Christopher Creek Businesses Are Still Alive And Well


It seems every time I go somewhere people are asking me what is happening in Christopher Creek?

It seems like all the places are closing. The Village At Christopher Creek is closed and no longer will be a cabin rental business.

Also Grey Hackle's cabin rentals are closed.

Yes, a few have closed, but there are still a lot of other businesses here.

The businesses up and running and doing very well are:

Creekside Restaurant and Cabins, owned by Wolfgang Klein and Gene Bethencourt Creekside has six, two-bedroom cabins and is open all year long. For more information, call (928) 478-4389

Christopher Creek Lodge and Cabins are owned by Glenn and Rebecca Ashby. Christopher Creek Lodge has eight cabins along the creek, nine tandem cottages and a six-unit motel. Christopher Creek Lodge is open all year long. For more information, call (928) 478-4300.

Wooden Nickel Cabins are owned by Frank and Mikey Marazza. Wooden Nickel Cabins has five, two-bedroom cabins and a large five bedroom four bath cabin that sleeps 12. Wooden Nickel Cabins is open all year. For more info call (928) 478-4519

Up the road on Colcord Road you have Elk Haven Cabins owned by Michael and Susan Ronan. Elk Haven has five cabins, is open all year and offers quad rentals. For more information, call (928) 478-4582.

Last, but not least, is Mountain Meadows Cabins owned by Ron and Sandy Hegenderfer. Mountain Meadows has five cabins with Jacuzzis. It is open all year long. For more information, call (928) 478-4415.

Christopher Creek also has one of the best stocked country stores around, owned by Debbie Aschbrennar, for your shopping and Creekside Steakhouse for your dining pleasure.

Two beautiful lakes, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs have some of the most breathtaking scenery around. We are surrounded by a beautiful forest and have some of the most awesome wildlife in the area. So, what more could you want?

Easter is early this year: it is on March 23.

The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association is gearing up for the annual Easter egg hunt. The hunt is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the top of Friendly Elk Road in Christopher Creek. (By the way I have not seen an Elk in about six months. They are smarter then we are they headed down to warmer weather. Pretty soon they will be spotting Elk in Phoenix if the weather gets any colder.)

The Easter bunny will be hiding some 450 colored eggs for all the little kids to find. They will also have their best Easter bonnet contest for the young and old. Plan now to bring the kids because it is never too late to get that award-winning bonnet.

Larsen retires

As of March 1, Chief Ray Larsen of the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department has turned in his 60-day notice of resignation.

Ray said the demands of the job combined with the climate in the area are affecting his health. He is planning to retire, relocate and enjoy life.

This is one fire chief the district will sadly miss. Ray has been with us for a long time. He is well-liked, trusted and, respected.

We wish Ray and his family the best and can certainly understand that sometimes we just need to step back and take life easier and enjoy the rest of lives.

Ray will be moving to Texas which is a little too far for a visit. But, you never know Ray, it is also a beautiful drive... meaning many may be at your doorstep.

Thanks for all you have done for this district, for all your hard work, dedication and kindness. We are going to miss you and your wife Margie who has also dedicated a lot of time to Christopher/Kohl's fire department.

May you enjoy your retirement and take with you fond memories of Christopher Creek.

Candles on cakes

Chief Ray Larsen will be adding another candle to his birthday cake on March 11, and Marsha Ward will be celebrating on March 12. Barb and Jim Wheeler will be adding another candle on March 15.

Wishing all of you a Happy Birthday.

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