Golden Sunset on Goldwater Lake
It wasn't until I'd experienced a sunset at Goldwater Lake that I realized the truth of its name. During the day, the waters shine as blue as the skies above. When the sun begins its descent below the horizon, however, it tinges the pines and the water reflecting them with a vibrant gold. As if to say to panhandlers who searched all day with no find of gold, that they need only look out at the water's edge at the end of the day, and it would seem to just brim with it.
Basaic Prescott Page
"Yavapai County Court House"
The Yavapai Court House has been built, rebuilt, moved, rebuilt again, etc. The 4.1 acre plaza around the courthouse first came into being in 1864. This is one of the most impressive, prettiest court houses and plazas I have seen. The plaza has been a center of life in Prescott since it was first built. It has several nice sculptures and lots of tress. It is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and just relax.
"Sharlot Hall Museum"
Prescott also boasts some fine museums. The Smoki Museum is built in the style of a Hopi Pueblo, and houses a nice collection of Native American pottery, art and other artifacts. Just north of town is the famous Phippen Museum with its collection of fine art. The Fort Whipple Museum is located on the grounds of the VA Medical Center, and portrays the history of the old fort. Probably the best museum in town though is the Sharlot Hall Museum which has several historic buildings with original artifacts and nice displays showing the history of the town and the area. The museum is very well done and well worth a visit.
Across the street from the Yavapai County Court House is the area known as Whiskey Row. There used to be 50 bars and saloons along this road. Today there are still some fine bars here; but they are mingled with trendy shops, bistros, and other businesses.
On my way back from Sedona to Phoenix I decided to take the scenic route rather than the interstate and passed through Prescott on my way. Prescott turned out to be a surprisingly nice little town, with a beautiful old courthouse surrounded by huge trees in the middle of a very nice downtown area full of shops and restaurants. I wouldn't go all the way to Arizona just to see Prescott, but if you're out that way and you have the time, it's worth a visit.
Note: Prescott and Prescott Valley are two completely separate towns, though they are very close together. Prescott Valley appeared to be the newer development, with lots of big box stores and strip malls. Prescott, however, was nothing like that and instead had a charm all its own.