Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Prescott offers the full range of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain-biking the area’s 450 miles of trails, to horseback riding, boating, fishing, and skiing. Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, Granite Dells, and Mingus Mountain are favorite destinations for hikers, cyclists, and rock climbers; local outfitters can provide guides or equipment rental.
Fishing and boating are popular at Watson and Willow lakes close to downtown, and at Goldwater Lake, also within city limits; canoes and kayaks can be rented on weekends. Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake in the Prescott National Forest offer hiking, camping, boating, and fishing.
Golfers have five public 18-hole courses to choose from: StoneRidge, Prescott Golf & Country Club, Quailwood Greens, and two courses at Antelope Hills.
For shopping and strolling, check out Prescott’s dozen or more antique shops, carrying Victorian-era finds and 1950s cowboy revival merchandise. The picturesque old mining town of Jerome, 30 miles to the northeast, offers several streets’ worth of art galleries, artisan studios, and unique boutiques. Restaurants throughout the area are known for their hearty portions and affordable prices.
The Fourth Friday Artwalk in Prescott opens the doors to 20 art galleries and venues within walking distance of the Inn, showing the work of hundreds of artists in a variety of media on the fourth Friday evening of each month. The town also has a surprising range of performing arts, including an orchestra and symphony.
The Verde Valley Wine Trail, about 45 miles northeast of Prescott, connects four Arizona wineries and seven tasting rooms in the scenic mountain country of the Verde Valley, traversed by the Verde Canyon Railroad.