by Sheri Heiney, President & CEO, Prescott Chamber of Commerce
What’s your favorite thing about Prescott? Is it a beautiful downtown with amazing shops and restaurants? Maybe it’s a favorite park where you enjoy playing with your kids, hiking or walking your dog? Or is it the people in your community — your neighbors, local leaders and business owners?
Your hometown will always be your home. This is the place you grew up, went to school and made all your friends and memories. Or maybe you recently relocated to Prescott, like I have, and love and claim Prescott as your new hometown.
I challenge readers explore Prescott with a renewed sense of excitement. May is Tourism Month, and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce along with the Tourism Office asks that you consider becoming a Tourist in Your Own Hometown — Prescott!
Here are some ideas to build your hometown itinerary on beyond our natural beauty, four museums and Heritage Park Zoo.
Take a historic tour
Sure you can reel off the names of the iconic buildings in your hometown, but do you know their history?
At the Chamber, we offer a free 90-minute walking tour most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (call to confirm) starting in May. Tours start at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Information Center at the Chamber, 117 W. Goodwin St.
Check out the new self-guided Heritage Trail Tour; maps available at the Center.
Get a room
Waking up in a hotel or bed-and-breakfast is a tried-and-true way to set the mood for exploring. You have many choices from downtown historic hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts nestled in the pines with views to take your breath away.
Make a date with Prescott
We all have a place we’ve driven by and say, “I want to stop there some day.” Set a date, create the list, go explore.
Enjoy a lunch or dinner somewhere you’ve never tried. Catch a show at the Elk’s, the Prescott Center for the Arts, or Yavapai College. Visit the Bob and Linda Lee Planetarium at Embry-Riddle, taking in a free show.
Be a tourist in your hometown
Take advantage of everything our town has to offer, support local businesses and just enjoy your hometown, Prescott!
More information about the Prescott Chamber of Commerce is available at www.prescott.org; 928-445-2000 or 1-800-266-7534; or stop by the Visitor Information Center.