Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Perfect Day in Prescott, V.1



I thought it would be fun to plan a couple day trips to our little town, for out-of-towners who may be curious about what to do or where to go when visiting Prescott, Arizona. Although it's small town, there is a LOT to see and do, so I plan to do a few versions of these, as well as other towns in Northern Arizona. I'm so excited to share our favorite spots!

For this first go-round, I'm going to imagine that you're arriving in Prescott bright and early, around 9am. This will be an active day, with good food and good hiking. First up...breakfast!

1. Stop by Olde World Bagels and order a Lox Bagel (or really anything on the menu!). Their bagels are made right there in house, along with the most delicious homemade cream cheeses. The lox bagels are to die for- I get mine with an everything bagel just the way it comes, toasted and then topped with some of that amazing cream cheese, lox, onions, tomatoes and capers. Insanely good. They also have great drinks and fantastic selection of teas. Tell Gina I sent you! ;)


2. Hiking time! For this first hike I figured I would share a Prescott classic- Thumb Butte! It's a great trail that's accessible to anyone, kid-friendly, and if you haven't done much Prescott hiking, this is a great place to start. It's short, and more of a nature walk than a challenging hike, but with lots of up hill trekking you'll feel the burn, however short. To get there, simply head west on Gurley St. (turn into Thumb Butte Rd.), then take it 3.4 miles to the picnic area on the right. You can go up the main trail two ways- if you take the left pathway you'll go up the steep switch backs, take the other side you'll loop around and go down them. Either way I would estimate this hike taking about 1 hour total. Be sure to stop and take some photos at the top- it's BEAUTIFUL view! Trail usage is heavy, especially on the weekends, but it's still worth the hike and a truly "Prescott" thing to experience. Next time I'll share one of my favorite, less popular and more challenging hikes.


3. After the hike head back downtown and make a beeline for Bill's Pizza, right on the square. This is one of our two favorite pizzas in town (I'll share the second on the next post), but if you're going to go, I'm going to insist you order whatever pizza you get with Bill's sauce. This special sauce is half-tomato half-pesto sauce and it's out of this world! Although Bill's has a ton of amazing specialty pizzas their tried and true cheese (or add pepperoni) with Bill's sauce is my favorite. Add on one of their Cranberry/Almond/Feta salads and you've got yourself a perfect Prescott lunch. I also suggest getting it all to go, and going outside and enjoying it on the square or at least at one of the outdoor tables. Heavenly!


4. After eating lunch pop over to Peregrine Book Company. This independent bookstore is a gem, and worth a visit for sure. Peruse the books, check out local authors, and enjoy a bit of time taking it all in. Other shops to check out while downtown: Livy Lou's boutique, (on the opposite side of the square, but a short walk away), Nectar- a modern herbal apothecary full of delicious smells and sights, Hop Sing Trading for all of the cutest clothing (Free People!), Lefebvre's Boutique to pick up a cute gift for someone you love (owned by one of my former student's families), and then be sure to pop into any of the antique shops along your way.


5. Before heading home I recommend popping into Wild Iris for some hot tea. Their Coconut Tea is one of my very favorites- hot or iced! I also have a KILLER pie spot that would be a great end to this day...but I think I'll wait and save it for my next post. ;) But get that coconut tea, you'll love it!


I'll be back soon with a second "perfect day," and include more of our favorite spots. I'll also be covering Flagstaff and Sedona, so stay tuned throughout the next month for some fun fall day trip ideas! Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. Love it! Can't wait to go back and explore some more. Watson Lake is on my must-see list for Arizona!

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  2. Aaaaaand now I want to hop on a plane and jet off to Prescott immediately! Thanks for sharing your favorite spots!http://sometimessweet.blogspot.com/logout?d=https://www.blogger.com/logout-redirect.g?blogID%3D6697401170329537802%26postID%3D4219974177178012544

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  3. Love seeing details of little towns! We have lived in a few after leaving little old Los Angeles and sometimes find it difficult to find good things about them! lol We now live in Savannah and it's been a while since I posted about Savannah. Great post! Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Perfect timing for this! My fiance' grew up going to Prescott to visit his grandfather. I've always wanted to visit and, we are planning a trip for Thanksgiving. Thank you!!

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  5. oh that world Iris looks amazing, we always end up at Raven but I'm excited to try something new next time we're up there!

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  6. nature looks a-ma-zing!

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  7. I've lurked on your blog forever but had to comment on this- I loveeee Prescott! My in-laws live up in the mountains (past basin rd- wayyyyy up in the mountains) but I adore going into town. Bill's Pizza is THE BEST, we always go there for our first lunch when we visit and those hiking trails are the best... the view at the top is amazing!

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  8. Love this series idea! We had a blast when we visited Prescott over New Years. We were getting a feel for the area since we're planning to relocate from Burbank, Ca. Flagstaff is the winner though :) I should do a post like this for my town. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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  9. Ugh! I just need to move there already! <3

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  10. I absolutely love this post, and now I NEED to visit Prescott! I find myself walking around my city and making up lists in my head of all the places I would tell someone to visit if they were to come here. I also live in a pretty big tourist city, so I always find it interest to try and see it through the eyes of someone who doesn't live here. I think sometimes you get used to where you live,and you take its charms and beauty for granted. It's a nice reminder to stop and remember how wonderful the place you live is.

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  11. Stop into our shop anytime if you want to find another awesome shop-- The Copper Whale, a one of a kind store with a handmade vibe--inside the St. Michael's Alley-- would love to meet you!

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