Staycation has become a popular buzzword in the past several years & the concept has never been more important to Arizona. A staycation is a chance for you to become more familiar with your town, your county, your state. It gives you a chance to play tourist without getting on a plane, hiring a dog sitter and arranging to have your mail delivery stopped. Most importantly, it is a chance to keep your dollars where your home is.
Arizona’s unique terrain, outstanding amenities and world class lodging have rocketed the state to the top of people’s travel destination list for decades. If you are a resident, you have an amazing playground to explore – historic hotels, unique cultural monuments, awe inspiring geography. Arizona is home to renowned locally owned restaurants, shops and hotels that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Whether it’s a day trip to Arizona’s wine country or a weeklong adventure in the Grand Canyon, by exploring our state you are supporting our state and making sure that amenities such as the parks, libraries and senior centers are funded and that businesses in rural and urban communities are stable. Local First Arizona will be highlighting some of our favorite Arizona travel spots in the coming months, focusing on showcasing locally owned hotels, restaurants, shops & attractions.
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First stop, Prescott.
Founded in 1864, Prescott was the Territorial capital of Arizona. Mining & cattle ranching were the main industries in the town’s early days. Mercantile industry increased with the introduction of the railroad, which also brought technology like electricity & telephones to Prescott by the late 1880’s. While the Great Fire of 1900 destroyed almost five blocks of downtown Prescott, residents showed their loyalty to Whiskey Row by moving as much liquor as they could to the Plaza where impromptu saloons were established. Prescott boasts unique architecture & works to preserve historically important structures like the Santa Fe Depot, Sam Hill Warehouse & the newly remodeled Elks Theater.
For more information on Prescott’s rich history, visit The Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., 928.445.3122, www.sharlot.org
In addition to serving the Old West’s toughest customers, Whiskey Row’s famous bars serve up some of the finest live music, from rock to country and everything in between. Favorite watering holes include The Bird Cage Saloon , Moctezumas Bar, Matt’s Longhorn Saloon, Hooligan’s Irish Pub, The Palace Restaurant and the Jersey Lilly Saloon. Whiskey Row runs along Montezuma Street.
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary houses different species of wildlife that have been displaced from zoos, were injured in the wild or were kept illegally as pets. It also acts as a sanctuary for Mexican Gray wolves waiting to be released back to the wild. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children age 3 – 12, free for children under 3. Located at 1403 Heritage Park Road, 928.778.4242
The Sharlot Hall Museum focuses on the history of Prescott. Admission is $5 for adults, free for anyone 18 & under. Located at 415 W. Gurley St, 928.445.3122
The Phippen Museum of Western Art displays artwork depicting the West. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. Located at 4701 Highway 89 North, 928.778.1385
Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture focuses on educating & preserving the indigenous cultures of the Southwest. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. Located at 147 N. Arizona Ave, 928.445.1230
Fort Whipple Museum’s exhibits show the history of Fort Whipple including photographs & memoirs. Free admission. Located at 500 N. Hwy. 89, 928.445.3122
Famous residentsJohn Henry "Doc" Holliday – legendary gambler/gunfighter Virgil Earp –US Marshall & Wild West hero Mary Katherine "Big Nose Kate" Horony – common law wife of Doc Holliday Fiorello LaGuardia - former New York Mayor whom LaGuardia Airport is named after Alan Dean Foster – science fiction author Ken Bennett - Arizona Secretary of State
Best kept secret
There are over 450 miles of hiking trails in and around Prescott. With over twenty parks, four lakes and six open space nature preserves, there is no shortage of outdoor fun. Park & hiking trails can be found here.
Prescott is home to several annual marathons, including Whiskey Row Marathon in April. Biking enthusiasts can enjoy the Whiskey Off-Road Marathon, a challenging annual event.
World’s Oldest Rodeo: This year Prescott celebrates its 123rd year as Home of the "World's Oldest Rodeo". Events scheduled include Professional Bull Riding, Rodeo Parade and Rodeo Dance, 5th Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row, Kiwanis Kiddie Parade, a Fine Arts & Crafts Show and appearances from Rodeo Royalty around town. Festivities culminate with a Fourth of July celebration, including a fireworks extravaganza, at Pioneer Park. Held at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds from June 28-July 4. Tickets range from $12 - $25.
2nd Annual Prescott BBQ Days: Join the finger lickin’ fun as over 30 teams of BBQ fanatics from all over the West compete for cash, trophies and bragging rights. A dinner, dance and silent auction kick off the weekend event on Friday, with the tasting and competition on the following day. Held at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, July 10-11. Saturday adult admission is $5, which includes 2 taster tickets. Additional taster tickets are $2. Children 12 and under are free.
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering: Enjoy songs and stories from real working cowboys/cowgirls, carrying on the traditions of Wild West. Held at Yavapai College Performance Hall, August 13-14. Tickets are $16.
Prescott Jazz Summit: Spanning three days, the 10th Annual Prescott Jazz Summit will be a jazz party of the first order with participation from musicians around the country, including Arizona’s own Dennis Rowland. Most performances held at Hassayampa Inn, August 27-29. A variety of tickets & passes are available, starting at $10.
Places to stay
Hassayampa Inn – Opened in 1927, rooms at this historic hotel start at around $89/night. Located at 122 E. Gurley St, 928.778.9434 or 800.322.1927
The Motor Lodge – Summer cabins renovated into a boutique motel, rates start at around $89/night. Located at 503 S. Montezuma St, 928.717.0157
Hotel Vendome - Built in 1917, rates start at around $79/night Located at 230 S. Cortez St, 928.776.0900 or 888.468.3583
Places to eat
Prescott Brewing Company – Award winning micro brews & a wide variety of pub fare. Open for lunch & dinner. Located at 130 W. Gurley St, 928.771.2795
Pearl’s Place Café – Home cooking, featuring BBQ. Open for lunch & dinner. Located at 150 S. Montezuma St, 928.541.0006
Peacock Dining Room – Fine dining in a historic setting. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Located in the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St, 928.778.9434 or 800.322.1927
To find more locally owned dining options, visit the Prescott Area Independents’ website.
Places to shop
Van Gogh’s Ear – Featuring traditional art, jewelry, sculpture & ceramics. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Located at 156B S. Montezuma St, 928.776.1080
Edelweiss – Clothing, accessories & gifts with a European touch. Located at 113 W. Goodwin St, 928.771.7574
Armadilla Wax Works – Candles galore, designed and hand-poured in Prescott. Located at 103 N. Cortez St, 928.772.1898
Hop Sing Trading Company – Unique items abound in this vintage/consignment shop. Located at 130 W. Gurley St, 928.899.3620
Places to enjoy
Elks Theatre – Film festivals, concerts, plays & performances are among the events being held at this historic Opera house. Located at 117 E. Gurley St, 888.858.ELKS
Sundance’s – Northern Arizona’s self proclaimed Rock n’ Roll Dive, featuring local & nationally touring bands on the weekends. Located at 114 N. Montezuma St, 928.778.5584
Prescott Mayor Marlin D. Kuykendall’s 10 favorite places
- Yavapai County Courthouse square
- Antelope Hills Golf Course
- Watson Lake Park
- Granite Dells trails and pathways
- Thumb Butte Recreational Area
- World’s Oldest Rodeo – Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo
- Ernest A. Love Field/Airport
- Goldwater Lake Park
- Whiskey Row
- Sharlot Hall Museum
Avg high & low temperatures
June- High 86, Low 49
July- High 89, Low 57
August – High 86, Low 56
Thanks to Jane Bristol & Wendy Bridges with the City of Prescott.