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Here's some ideas for a "Prescott Sampler"


8am: Coop's

15075 Talking Rock Ranch Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305

Start your day by letting the sunshine and perfect weather in! Open all the sliders then grab the family Retriever for a brisk stroll through one of Talking Rock’s scenic community trails. On your way back, swing by COOP’s for the mail, morning yogurt and load up for a day in Prescott!


8:30am: Cupper's Coffeehouse

226 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303

How about a jolt of Java to get you going? Pass through the gates of Talking Rock and head for Cupper’s Coffee. A short stroll from The Square, this charming Victorian was built in 1872. Its name gives props to the discipline of “cuppers”— professional coffee tasters. And take the pooch! The quaint atmosphere offers a dog-friendly patio and arguably the best coffee in town after winning seven awards for Best Coffee and Coffee House in the Prescott area.


9am: Thumb Butte Trail 33

West through downtown Prescott on Gurley St. (turns into Thumb Butte Rd) for 3.4 miles

Located in Prescott National Forest, this popular trail is low-intensity, land the looped trail is less than 2 miles in length, making it ideal for a short family hike or trail runners looking for a quick workout. Panoramic views allow you to see picturesque angles of Prescott, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and the Bradshaw Mountains.


11am: Smoki Museum

147 N Arizona Ave.,
Prescott, AZ 86304

Just a few blocks from the Square is where you’ll find some of the west’s best American Indian arts and cultural exhibits. Throughout the year, the museum offers historical lectures, live performances featuring Native American dance rituals, and special exhibits. The Trading Post carries authentic native jewelry and art available for purchase, and each fall the Museum hosts a special holiday art sale.


1pm: Willow Lake

North from Courthouse Plaza on Montezuma, road curves west, becomes Whipple Street. Turn north on Willow Creek Road, 4 miles to Willow Park).

Swing by Park Plaza Liquor and Deli (402 N. Goodwin St.) for a bottle of Rombauer, gourmet cheeses and tapas for your custom picnic lunch. (While you’re there, pick up a few fine cigars for the gang tonight). Kick back at a scenic lakeside Ramada and take in the scenery. Those binoculars come in handy for spotting the many birds who call Willow Lake home and capturing spectacular views of the Granite Dells. Glad you also brought your camera!


3pm: Downtown Historic District, City Courthouse Square

Crossroads at Gurley Rd. and S. Montezuma

This historically rich site serves as the center point for all of Prescott’s downtown action, and any visit to the area would not be complete without a brief look. Along all edges of Courthouse Square is where you’ll find some of the best strolling, shopping and people-watching in town. Montezuma Street merchants carry western and modern jewelry, unique gifts as well as western art and collectibles. While the Square is typically abuzz year-round, major holiday weekends are when the block really comes alive with colorful festivals, and well-known events such as the Annual Lighting/Christmas Parade that put Prescott on the map as “Arizona’s Christmas City.”


5pm: Meander Home

Iron Springs Road Drive Prescott south on Iron Springs Road to Kirkland

Those with a true appreciation for the wide open spaces will enjoy this relatively short scenic drive with beautiful countryside scenery and epic mountain views. Plan on this brief road trip taking about 45 minutes each way as it stretches through Prescott National Forest and historic points of Skull Valley.


7pm: Back at The Ranch

Talking Rock

Just in time for dinner at the Ranch House and sunset on the patio with your most rowdy neighbors. After dessert, you move the party over to the fire pits as hubby breaks out those Montecristos and you both recall your deep sea charter in Puerto Vallarta last month. Your neighbors have an even better tale to tell about their mishaps at this summer’s Rocky Point Rally. It’s enough to make you smile and think to yourself, life is good, really, really good.