The mile-high city of Prescott, Arizona ranks high on my list of road trip destinations. The winter sunshine and clear blue sky helped to feature the city and the scenery at their best. The high desert, towering pine trees, fresh mountain air and scattering of snow on the ground were a welcome contrast to the valley's desert dust - not that we don't love the lower desert too!
We based at a B&B, the Prescott Pines Inn, and enjoyed its hospitality and comfortable accommodations. It was a welcome treat to curl up under a thick comforter, grab a book and read in bed with a view of the fireplace. We lingered over the multi-course breakfasts, visiting with other guests and planning our day. We decided to focus on the countryside, since we had already explored the city on a previous trip. One quick walk around Courthouse Square, a warming Irish coffee at the Palace Saloon, and off we went.
The swinging door entrance to the Palace Saloon on Prescott's Whiskey Row. Opened in 1877, the Palace claims to be the oldest frontier bar operating in Arizona.
The Palace burned down during the 1900 Whiskey Row fire, but the Brunswick Bar was saved. This beautiful bar, carved in the 1880's, was carried out by customers and hauled across the street to the courthouse lawn. By 1901 the Palace was back in business and the bar was back in place.
Granite Lake, Granite Dells, granite rocks - we toured and hiked and took tons of photos. I could spend weeks in the area, exploring and marveling at the scenery.
I wonder how long that huge boulder, larger than an RV, has been defying gravity?
Interesting formations were seen everywhere we looked!
This was it, the lot I wanted to purchase for a new home. You think I'm kidding? Just check out the real estate website for The Canyons at Granite Park and you might be tempted too. At least for a moment or two. Think Sedona landscape without the crowds. But I was too late, this lot was no longer available.