Good morning and happy Sunday everyone! Life has finally slowed down, and I’m loving the extra free time that we have to relax, settle into our home, and truly enjoy time together (referring to Jeff, Eddie, and I!).
Yesterday, Jeff and I took a little drive to Prescott, Arizona to do some site seeing and enjoy the quaint and charming activities and attractions the city has to offer. We wanted the day to be simple and relaxing and it definitely checked both of those boxes!
Prescott is about an hour and 15 minutes away from our home as you head north on the I-17. Moving a little farther north has definitely been a change for us, but with beautiful mountains surrounding our home and family 15 minutes away, it was definitely worth the choice of leaving some of our favorite restaurants and attractions behind! While we thought it was a little chilly already, Prescott was about 50 degrees (20 degrees cooler than Phoenix!) with a light breeze and bright blue skies. What made this city different from where we already are? TREES! Trees, grass, water… it was like a little taste of Ohio, which I was happy to see!
The first place that we stopped was recommend to us by a few different friends and alone made the trip worthwhile. Watson Lake was breathtakingly beautiful with trails surrounding the entire lake and gorgeous blue water for miles. The lake was surrounded by rock and boulders, which had pathways to follow and get closer to water if desired. Jeff and I hiked and of course took pictures along the way. We were in awe of the beautiful scenery that is tucked away so timidly, you wouldn’t know its there unless you were looking. While we didn’t bring Eddie this time, we will definitely have him join our next trip! We were happy to find two golden retrievers moseying along with their owners, excited to be outdoors in the cool weather!
This hike can be as simple or as difficult as you make it, so if you are an avid hiker or someone just looking for a leisurely walk, this beautiful spot is appropriate for you! Just to the right of this gorgeous lake and where we parked was a second lake surrounded by more greenery and trees, but still beautiful and peaceful as ever.
After time spent relaxing in this serene location, we headed to downtown Prescott or “the square” to grab a bite to eat and walk around the charming streets of this small, yet popular city. We were pleasantly surprised by the quantity of people out doing the same, enjoying the weather, and visiting the shops and attractions which downtown had to offer. If I’m being completely honest, the surplus of dogs out with their owners definitely added to my attraction of this quaint and eclectic square (I’ve never seen more Goldens in one city!).
Our first stop was at Prescott Brewing Company, where we grabbed a bite to eat and some locally brewed beer. It definitely hit the spot and refueled us for the afternoon! To eat, I got a hot bowl of tomato and mushroom bisque with a side of beer bread which I’m happy to say was one of the best bowls of soup I’ve ever had at a restaurant! Jeff got a big bowl of chili and we shared pretzels with beer cheese and a side of tangy mustard (this is our go to app at breweries!). We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and our beers. I would definitely recommend this spot if visiting the area!
After lunch we enjoyed walking around the square and stopping in a few antique shops along the way. Don’t worry, I most definitely was not leaving without an item for home! We stopped at a few more places and another local restaurant before getting back into the car to head home.
On our way back to Phoenix, we had one more very important stop to make! Rock Springs, famous for daily homemade pies at Rock Springs Cafe, is about 25 minutes from our home and houses the most decadent and delicious pies for miles. We stopped to have a quick slice (Jeff got chocolate and I had blueberry) which was the perfect topper to a perfect afternoon on the road. I highly suggest picked up a pie to bring home the next time you are in the area!