Located 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott was Arizona's original Territorial Capital, and has over 700 buildings in its downtown district on the National Register of Historic Places. Prescott event venues feature independent restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques, as well as Courthouse Plaza, home to many events and concerts throughout the year.
The closest international airport to Prescott is Phoenix Sky Harbor, which is 90 miles south and is served by most major airlines. Prescott has a municipal airport served by a regional carrier, Great Lakes, with nonstop service to Los Angeles. Arizona Shuttle offers van service to and from Sky Harbor and other points in Phoenix Sky Harbor and other points in times per day with fares of about $32.
Most meeting venues in Prescott are hotels. The largest option is 160-room Prescott Resort & Conference Center, which features 16,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting space. Other hotel venues in Prescott are the 67-room Hassayampa Inn, which offers a 2,100-square-foot ballroom and several smaller rooms; the 72-room Hotel St. Michael, and a number of limited-service properties with small meeting rooms that can handle up to 50.
One venue often used for both meetings and special events is Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, a carefully restored circa 1905 building that can accommodate about 350 theater-style with a stage and has state-of-the-art, audio-visual equipment. Other options for off-site functions include an art gallery; an events center at the airport; and Tim's Toyota Center, a multi-use events center in neighboring Prescott Valley that hosts professional athletic events and concerts.
A range of culinary styles are represented in the restaurants of Prescott. Murphy's is an upscale seafood and steak restaurant, Prescott Station serves a blend of Southwestern and Mexican cuisines, and the Taj Mahal is one of the highest rated Indian restaurants in the U.S. For American classic cuisine, meeting delegates will want to try Gurley Street Grill. And for ambiance, nothing beats the historic Palace Restaurant & Saloon or the Lynx Lake Cafe, which serves German food with an expansive view of Lynx Lake and the Prescott National Forest.
Prescott, which enjoys a mild, four-season climate, is surrounded by the Prescott National Forest. In an area known for its outdoor recreation, many Prescott-based meetings include activities such as off-road vehicle tours, hiking, biking, and kayaking on five lakes.