With ghost stories galore, Western ephemera around every corner and former territorial capital status, Prescott pretty much checks all the boxes when it comes to historical hamlets. Though Old West whimsy is still its calling card, a constant crop of new pursuits keeps visitors coming back to enjoy big-city cultural diversions that blend harmoniously with its small-town spirit.
Photography courtesy Arizona Backcountry Llamas; Madison Rutherford; stock.adobe.com
3 Things To Do
A Hike with Llamas
Get up close and personal with these affectionate pack animals while learning about the natural wonders and wildlife of Northern Arizona on a full- or half-day hike with Arizona Backcountry Llamas. Lifelong outdoor enthusiasts and llama lovers Chris and Janice Dunn are the passionate and knowledgeable husband-and-wife team behind this one-of-a-kind experience, and Obie, Ellsworth and Cisco are some of the furry companions that might accompany you on your trek.
B Whiskey Row
So-named for the 40-plus saloons that once lined this fabled thoroughfare, world-famous Whiskey Row is an enduring emblem of the Wild West. Today, art galleries, candy shops, boutiques and family-friendly restaurants mingle with Whiskey Row’s namesake watering holes.
C Summer Concert Series
These groovy plein air performances bring the community together – families and four-legged friends included – every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening through August 26. Held at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza smack-dab in the center of town, these free concerts showcase a wide range of tunes from jazz ensembles, local rock bands and chamber orchestras.
120 S. Cortez St.,
3 Places To Eat
D The Barley Hound
Guests can happily while away hours on the pleasant front patio of Prescott’s preeminent gastropub, enjoying simple but significant touches from start (mint-infused water) to finish (daily dessert specials). Chef Tony Burris plays to adventurous palates with unique flavors, ingredients, textures and techniques, evident in house-ground burgers, ribs rubbed with tamarind and chile and an inventive burrata appetizer paired with sautéed grapes.
234 S. Cortez St., 928-237-4506, thebarleyhound.com
E The County Seat
With a name nodding to Prescott’s position as the Yavapai County seat and an atmosphere that wouldn’t be out of place in a modern metropolitan ’hood, The County Seat is a sleek synthesis of historical and hipster. A health-forward menu focusing on salads, soups and sandwiches, branding by Shepard Fairey’s design firm and a prime location on the top floor of Prescott’s prominent Burmister Building make it a must-visit.
120 W. Gurley St., 928-515-3359, countyseataz.com
F La Planchada
Boasting the largest selection of agave-based spirits in Northern Arizona, La Planchada lures in locals and visitors alike with quality cocktails featuring irreverent monikers. From the kitchen, you’ll find appetizers like tangy shrimp ceviche and nearly a dozen tantalizing taco iterations.
217 W. Gurley St., 928-756-2709, laplanchadataqueria.com
Find a new angle at this frequently photographed reservoir surrounded by stunning granite cliffs. Arrive at sunset to capture striking specular reflections of candy-colored skies. 3101 Watson Lake Rd., 928-777-1122, prescott-az.gov/recreation-area/watson-lake-park
Vintage charm charges into the 21st century at this historical hotel with contemporary flourishes. In the works: an artist residency program and a new coffee and wine bar next door.
230 S. Cortez St., 928-776-0900, vendomehotel.com