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9:00 a.m. Hearty Breakfast at The Lone Spur Café
You’ll get your fill about 10 times over at The Lone Spur. Located across from Prescott’s Courthouse Square on Gurley, this quirky café welcomes you with old-fashioned Western hospitality and a gigantic buffalo head near the hostess stand. Oh yeah, bring your appetite because they also serve up huge portions. Try the Jumbo Breakfast Burrito or the Cowboy Benedict … both are supersized and scrumptious.
10:30 a.m. Stroll Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row
The heart of downtown Prescott is its tree-lined Courthouse Square, a popular place to stroll, gather with friends and attend cultural events. Just off the square is infamous Whiskey Row, once a hotbed of boozing and brawling for dusty cowboys with more than 40 saloons. Today, it’s still a vibrant center of activity (albeit a more sophisticated one) with great places to eat, shop or simply people-watch.
1:00 p.m. Mexican Mocha at Cuppers Coffeehouse
A short walk from Prescott’s Courthouse Square you’ll find this little gem of a coffeehouse in a former Victorian home. You might have a hard time choosing what kind of coffee to order though, since Cuppers offers the largest selection of Mochas in the area.
2:00 p.m. Tour Sharlot Hall Museum
Prescott was Arizona’s first Territorial Capital and its early history is beautifully preserved at Sharlot Hall Museum, home to seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and lush gardens. Stop by and tour the property, which includes the 1864 Territorial Governor’s residence and the Bashford House, an 1875 Victorian home that now houses the Museum Store.
5:00 p.m. Dinner at Papa’s Italian Restaurant
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that means it’s time to eat at Papa’s Uptown, a family owned Italian restaurant just a half block off Courthouse Square. Enjoy Old World Tuscan décor, the delicious smells of Grandma Benedetto’s minestrone soup and melt-in-your-mouth pizza, pasta and more. That’s amore!
7:00 p.m. Stay Overnight at the Hassayampa Inn
History buffs will love this first-class hotel near Courthouse Square. The pride of Yavapai County when it opened in 1927, its 67 guestrooms are charming, nostalgic and plush. The hotel looks like it’s from a bygone era, but it’s equipped with modern amenities like free high-speed wireless Internet, a small business center, fitness room, full-service restaurant and complimentary parking.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Bistro St. Michael
Take a short walk to the quaint Bistro St. Michael, located in the historic Hotel St. Michael on West Gurly Street, and enjoy a delicious, signature breakfast overlooking Whiskey Row and Courthouse Square.
9:30 a.m. Victorian Home Viewing Along Mount Vernon Avenue
Victorian home buff? You’ll be in history heaven with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, one of the most popular streets in Prescott. Here, meticulously landscaped, turn-of-the-century gingerbread-style homes feature large front porches and decorative moldings. Occasionally, townsfolk dress in historical costumes and have socials on the front lawns.
11:00 a.m. Hike Thumb Butte or Highlands Center for Natural History Trails
Prescott’s year-round temperate climate makes it a hiking haven. Located close to downtown, Thumb Butte Trail #33 is one of the most popular trails on the Prescott National Forest. The trail climbs steeply to a ridge just below the rocky crest of the butte, affording spectacular scenic views. For something a bit less strenuous, try the three-mile nature trail at the Highlands Center for Natural History (off Highway 69 just east of Prescott Gateway Mall). These connect to other Prescott National Forest trails for visitor access.
2:30 p.m. Kayaking at Watson Lake Park
Some people just can’t get enough of the great outdoors. If that’s you, you’re in luck because just four miles north of downtown is Watson Lake Park, perfect for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking. The park also provides access to the otherworldly boulders of the Granite Dells. Boat rentals are available.
5:00 p.m. Pick Up Something To-Go at Shannon’s Gourmet Cheesecake
The perfect way to end a sweet trip is with a stop at Shannon’s. Get a wrap sandwich for the road, and be sure to add a slice or two of her to-die-for cheesecake.