by Sheri Heiney, President & CEO of the 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?
I challenge readers to seek out opportunities to spend more time in your hometown (whether you’ve always lived here or are a more recent resident) and explore it with a renewed sense of excitement!
May is Tourism Month, and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce along with the Tourism Office would like to ask that you consider becoming a Tourist In Your Own Hometown — Prescott!
Time and again, I’ve watched visitors’ faces light up at the wealth of attractions here whether it’s our area’s natural beauty, our four museums, the Heritage Park Zoo, or our local theaters!
Here are other ideas for your hometown itinerary
Take an 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 and Sundays (call to confirm) starting in May. Tours start at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Information Center at the Chamber of Commerce, 117 W. Goodwin St.
Check out the New Heritage Trail Tour, which is self-guided. Maps are available at the visitor 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. Choose from downtown historic hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts nestled in the pines.
Make a date with Prescott
Enjoy a meal at a place you have never tried. Catch a show at the Elk’s, the Prescott Center for the Arts, or Yavapai College. Check out the brand new Bob and Linda Lee Planetarium at Embry-Riddle, taking in a free show.
Be a tourist in your hometown
Check something out that you haven’t tried before like a new trail, a store or a restaurant you have been wanting to try. Support the local businesses and enjoy your hometown.
For more information about the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.prescott.org
or call us at 929.445.2000 or 1.800.266.7534 or stop by the Visitor
Information Center at 117 W. Goodwin St.