So you’ve decided to come to Prescott for the weekend- great! Now that you’re here, what’s next?
If you’re not staying with family, there are a couple of historic hotels to check out. The Hassayampa Inn is located just a few blocks from the courthouse square, and offers beautiful views of the downtown area. The Hotel St. Michael has the perfect location, right in the middle of downtown. The Grand Highland Hotel sits just a little ways down the block from the St. Michael, and offers the same great views. Guests can enjoy their stay as they overlook the happenings at the square.
When it comes to finding somewhere to eat, Prescott has a wide variety to suit everyone’s palate. For breakfast there is Prescott Junction, offering a broad menu as well as a well-stocked buffet. The Waffle Iron, Sue-Ann’s Apple Pan, and the Lone Spur Café are also great places to start your day.
For lunch, the options are even more expansive. The Office is a great stop for a quick lunch (and the best cilantro garlic fries around). The Palace offers a wonderful history lesson as you dine and take in the massive bar behind the saloon doors. Nick’s Feed Your Face is an amazing hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop, and Bill’s Grill is a small restaurant dishing out large, flavorful burgers.
Dinner is the prime time for great cuisine. Papa’s has the best Italian in town. Best to call ahead though, as seating is limited! The Taj Mahal is a great place to take family for large portions and family platters of Indian cuisine. El Gato Azul and El Charro are upbeat restaurants guaranteed to satisfy your craving for Mexican.
The food in Prescott is great, but that’s not all there is to do! There is plenty of shopping abound. Right on the square there are dozens of general and specialty stores, including candy shops, pet shops, spice shops, and even hat shops. There are also a handful of great bookstores tucked in between larger buildings asking to be checked out.
Aside from shopping, there are the museums. The Sharlot Hall Museum and Phippens Museum are very informational and paint a great picture on the history of Arizona and the Prescott area.
Hiking is also a great pastime in Prescott. There are more than 100 miles of trails in the area, ranging from lakeside strolls to forest terrain to the giant boulders of the granite dells. The lakes offer million dollar views and provide for great hiking or walking any time of day. The forest trails show glimpses of wildlife and lush vegetation, and the boulders remind you of how truly powerful nature is.
Along with these activities, make sure to check out the Prescott farmer’s market, going on year-round. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and more are brought from the quad cities to the market on Saturday mornings. There are also gardening seminars put on by local nurseries and the Yavapai County Master Gardeners Association if you would rather grow your food yourself. If dancing is more your fancy, there are always lessons going on in town. Line, square, folk, and more classical dances are always popular.
Don’t forget about the concerts either. More often than not, local bands and groups are out performing. The summer concert series and Acker Night in December are great times to come hear the local talent. The Elks Performing Theatre is always hosting plays and concerts that are sure to delight those of all ages.
Now that you’ve seen, done, and eaten all you could do in a weekend, it’s time to head home. We hope you take wonderful memories home with you, and come back for more another time!