Plenty of things to do;
Takes awhile to get there
It's a new city in an old west town
February 2013 The Jumping Family was in Prescott, and I was looking at the map of Prescott and saw "bodies of water" on the map, but what stood out was Watson Lake. After googling it, it looks like a lot of people have enjoyed going there before...and so off we went!It is located just 4 miles from downtown Prescott and the greatest thing is that...more
The Armadilla Wax Works Candle Factory has big windows looking into the factory so everyone in the store can see the people pouring the candles. The workers pour liquid wax into molds, there is a large turning table so they pour a couple of candles, then turn the table and pour and few more and so on.Another person has a small torch and uses it on...more
When one talks of Prescott, the last thing to come to mind is water sports or water based activities. However, on a recent road trip to Northern Arizona with my family, we made a one night stop at Prescott. We toured the small historic city, spent a night at the Best Western, then decided to have a morning activity before heading back on the...more
Must see, must do! Wine is delicious, staff is friendly and the grounds are beautiful. I never go to prescott without spending an afternoon at the Winery. Granite Creek Vineyards is just about 15-20 minutes from downtown Prescott and totally worth the drive. My husband and I love it so much we even got married there last year!The website is...more
As a resident of Fremont 'center of the universe' I was of course excited to find a Fremont House way out here in Arizona. But it turns out there is no connection between the two. My Fremont is named after a town somwhere in Nebraska while the Fremont House in Prescott is named for the famous rascal and fool John C. Fremont who was Arizona's first...more
While visiting Sharlot Hall you may have the opportunity to see one of the 'living history' programs that focus on life in Arizona between 1864 and 1867 when Prescott was the terrirotiral capital. The ladies here were preparing a tasty meal of buiscuits and stew while entertaining us with stories of life and cooking in the Old West.more
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. Two of the better bars currently on Whiskey Row are The Birdcage and The Jersey Lilly. The...more
The Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture is another fine museum located in Prescott. It was built as a replica of a Hopi Pueblo and houses very nice displays of art, jewelry, pottery and other cultural items. Admission is $5. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays....more
Booked this hotel on Expedia.com, reserving a two-queen room with a sofa bed. I woke up early so...more
The Hotel Vendome is a fully restored circa-1910 "frontier hotel". From the old-west style hallways...more
Yes, I know, "historic" what do you expect. The lobby and restaurant are very nice and have the...more
JB's has a pretty varied menu and a pleasant family atmosphere. I sat in a confortable booth. Service was good too. I ordered the "All You Can Eat Catfish and Shrimp". It included a soup and salad bar. The food was well-prepared and tasty. It was only $9.99 too. All You Can Eat Catfish and Shrimpmore
The restaurant has an open, airy atmosphere that is well lit and friendly.Food is ordered and paid for at the counter and then delivered to the table when ready.A number of fresh soups are available each day including soup in a sourdough boule for $5.29.There are a number of fresh salads including Emeral Spinach, Mediterranean, Caribbean Cobb,...more
If you can manage to eat sushi and aren't bothered by the fact that this family owned restaurant has an extremely bad case of "only game in town arrogance", this might be the place for you.However if you don't like to get the "evil eye" when asking for more water, you might want to skip this one.If you don't mind their philosophy that "they are...more
The Dinner Bell is the place to be on a Saturday morning. You'll find good, hearty breakfast food with pancakes and waffles and just about everything you can make out of eggs and potatoes and hot sauce. Locals and college students fill up the inside and outside rooms of this funky establishment on the banks of Granite Creek.You may have to put your...more
Matt's Saloon is one of the most historic bars in Arizona. It's a honky tonk bar with live music almost every night. The place is pretty packed on the weekend. They sure know how to pour a stiff drink as well. Bring your bras to donate to the bull, and don't forget your cowboy hats. Oh and ask about the underground tunnel linking all the bars on...more
Due to the elevation of Prescott and the relatively low light pollution as compared to metropolitan areas, you can turn your gaze upward at night and see a variety of celestial bodies. Prescott has a local astronomy club that meets usually on specific Saturday evenings each month. Many club members bring their own personal telescopes, including a...more
The drive to Prescott on Arizona Highway 89 is spectacular. Lots of curves and scenic views. Take advantage of some of the pulloffs to enjoy the view and drive/ride with care.
This is perhaps Prescott's largest conglomeration of different shops in one plaza. They have everything from Target and Walmart (which has a McDonald's in it) to Coco's Bakery, Blockbuster, Zim's shoe store, Office Max, Subway, Taco Bell, Peter Piper Pizza, Applebee's, Coldstone Creamery, Factory-2-U, Ross, Red Lobster, Golden Corral, Petco, The Coffe Depot, Western Wear, The Home Depot, The Hobby Bench, Hallmark, Basha's Grocery Store, Sally's Beauty Supply, Wells Fargo Bank, a 10 Cine theater, and more. Talk about one-stop shopping!
What to buy: Just about anything!
What to pay: However much you are willing or able.
During monsoon season (generally July and August), Arizona high-desert is susceptible to sudden daily downpours, even if only for a few minutes. This is one reason we can afford the greenery that exists in the flora around here-- that frequent thirst-quenching rain that breaks up an otherwise hot, dry day.
At a mile high in elevation, Prescott is subject to snowfall each winter. Winter was delayed in 2006 until the weekend of March 11, when I went out in the snow to take photos. Some favorite places I enjoy going include Willow Lake, which is surrounded by outcroppings of the Earth known as the Granite Dells. These rocks create interesting formations...more
Willow Lake is a beautiful body of water surrounded by the granite dells, much like Watson Lake. Access to this lake is the same entrance you'd take to go to the Heritage Park Zoo. You can also turn off of Willow Creek Road into the Willow Creek Park entrance, which has a dog park, a ball park, and another access to the trail that leads all the way...more
Many of the hikes around here are foresty and shaded, at least off and on. If you want a hike with minimal tall tree cover and full sun exposure, try the Williamson Valley Trailhead off Williamson Valley Road, about 6 miles north of the intersection between that road and Iron Springs Road. It offers varying views of Granite Mountain, as it circles...more
Downtown Prescott boasts over 500 historic buildings, none very distant from the lovely county courthouse and grounds that define the center of town. Walking around the central part of Prescott is a tour past many lovely Victorian houses with glimpses of Arizona buttes and hills in the background. Prescott is flat enough to be easily walkable with...more
After breakfast at the Dinner Bell or a tour of Sharlot Hall museum you should descend to Granite Creek and wander north. Who knows what will you will find in this overgrown corridor? My son and his friend found numerous mysterious objects hanging from trees or submerged in the stream."Who left them here?""What does it mean?""Is it art?"You have to...more