Things to See & Do
Beautiful Watson Lake is located at the Granite Dells, in Prescott, Arizona, a great place to visit for hiking, rock climbing, fishing (license is required) canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. It is also a photographer’s paradise and a great location for a family picnic. Watson Lake is only a short, 10-minute drive from The Shady Victorian. Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day, 6 am to 10 pm. Winter hours are from 7 am to sunset.
The Heart of Prescott: Courthouse Square-
Prescott’s Historic Courthouse Square is the heartbeat of downtown Prescott. Surrounded by historic Whiskey Row and scores of restaurants and shops, the Courthouse Square hosts dozens of events throughout the year such as the Bluegrass Festival, Summer Concert Series, Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Prescott Holiday Light Parade, Courthouse Lighting at Christmas and so much more. During the summer months, you will find families picnicking on the lush grass under the canopy of the huge shade trees—a welcome respite during our hot summer days. People watching is a great pastime here.
For those that love antique and collectible shopping, Prescott doesn’t disappoint. There are a number of antique and specialty stores within walking distance. Four short blocks west of The Shady Victorian you’ll be at the Courthouse Square, where you will find shopping on Gurley, Cortez, and Montezuma streets. Be sure to stop by Frozen Frannie’s for a refreshing ice-cream treat as you stroll along.
Visit one of Prescott’s many art galleries, all within four short blocks of The Shady Victorian.
The famous “Whiskey Row Off Road” Mountain Biking race is held every year in Prescott. The “Prescott Circle Trail” is a newest Mountain Bike trail addition and has become a popular one or two-day ride. There are literally hundreds of miles of trails in Prescott for the Mountain bike rider and the casual bike rider, too. A great family activity and all trails are within minutes of The Shady Victorian.