"Gifford House: Pie and other paraphernalia" Top 5 Page for this destination Fruita Area Tip by goodfish

The Gifford House was built by one Calvin Pendleton in 1908 and subsequently occupied by two other families, the third being the Dewey Giffords (1928-1969): last of the residents to leave the Fruita settlement. Today, the house doubles as a museum and gift shop for the Capitol Reef Natural History Association, and you can wander period relics scattered around the main floor as well as a smokehouse and barn outside. The shop sells handcrafted, antique reproductions, recipe books, aprons, candy, jellies and preserves, syrups and, best of all, homemade pies.

If you have seen, as I have, more than your share of old washbasins and whatnot, these crusty little devils would be the #1 reason to stop. They are stuffed with fruits or berries from the Fruita orchards and are just the right size for four - or two ravenous hikers - to share. Get yours with a side of homemade ice cream and have a pie pig-out at one of the tables outside. Sadly, they are seasonal treats so if you visit in winter, no pie for you. Bonus? A park pass isn't needed to get your hands on a tin so drop by if you're driving through the area.

Address: Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah , Capitol Reef National Park
Directions: On the free section of the Scenic Drive just south of the Visitor Center
Website: http://www.capitolreefnha.org/giffordhouse.cfm

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2016
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  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    I bet that icecream is very welcome on a hot day ;-)

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Oct 5, 2016 at 4:19 AM

      It would?but the pies are really, really good.

    • jojes's Profile Photo
      Oct 5, 2016 at 4:26 AM

      Well, I guess we'll have to make it a stop then ;-)


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