Celebrating Arizona’s Wild West in a Victorian“Manner”in Prescott

Article & Photos by Noreen Kompanik

Once named the capital of the Arizona Territory by Abraham Lincoln, Prescott today still embodies the colorful flavor of the Old West that once was. We could feel its quaint and endearing Americana small-town atmosphere the moment we arrived. There couldn’t have been a more perfect place to explore and experience Prescott’s rich heritage

than a stay at the warm and welcoming Pleasant Street Guest House.

The classic yellow Victorian with touches of red trim is colorfully accented with a wicker porch bench and chairs, accent pillows, and potted red geraniums lining the front steps. A charming white picket fence surrounds the property. Known as the Eli P. Clark house, the stately home was built in 1883. A bronze plaque on the wrap-around porch lists the abode on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.

As we walked up the wooden stairs and entered the foyer of this elegant, classy and comfortable Victorian-era home of yesteryear the first words out of our mouths were “You’ve got to be kidding.” A sparkling crystal chandelier and hardwood curved staircase only added to its ambience. Today, this delightfully inviting 135 year-old home

with its high ceilings, lace curtains, gingerbread  trim, period furnishings and vintage relics is owned by Claire and John Trinkle.

The couple purchased the home in October 2016 and spent six months refurbishing and redecorating. Claire wanted the home to have a casual elegance, one that visitors could walk in, feel right at home and immediately have those warm memories of being back in “Grandma’s house.”

She even relates a story that one day she spotted a woman standing on the front sidewalk. When Claire went out to greet her, the 75-year old told Claire that she had grown up in that very home and that was once owned by her grandmother.

She fondly recalled the numerous times she and her sister hid in an upstairs bedroom giggling away while listening to Grandma’s gossipy phone conversations. She described it as quite a happy home.

Today, this 5 ½ bedroom, 5 ½ bath guesthouse still exudes the same warm comforting glow. The house can accommodate up to 11 guests. Each well-appointed bedroom has its own private bath, flat-screen TV, and other amenities. Two baths contain classic cast-iron clawfoot bathtubs. The others have walk-in-showers, and all with bath products. We particularly loved the downstairs bath with its vintage antique (not-to-be-used) potty chair.

A downstairs bedroom has a small adjoining room  with a twin bed, perfect for a couple with a small child.

Two upstairs bedroom suites feature king-size beds and fireplaces. Another sports a queen and the last bedroom is tastefully furnished with two twins. Beds are extremely comfortable with topquality sheets and blankets.

The downstairs living room/parlor with a charming alcove is both roomy and comfortable. The room’s stellar attraction is an old-fashioned jukebox that plays oldies like Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Claire invites all guests to “feel free to kick back the carpet and dance a little if you’d like.” The full-size elegantly appointed formal dining room off the parlor can seat a large group. And a media room located behind the dining room contains everything from movies, books and old-fashioned games for kids of all ages.

There are even two game tables, one electronic that features over 200 80s throwback video games like Pacman, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong.

I could have spent forever in the green and white fully-equipped kitchen with its myriad of antique cooking utensils and old cookbooks. Whether guests want to prepare a full-course meal or just greet the day with a steaming a pot of coffee, it’s all here, and the room is bound to warmly evoke pleasant memories of the past.

A washer and dryer is conveniently situated behind the kitchen and a rear door leads to a spacious grassy backyard with a barbeque, outdoor tables, and a gazebo with colorful patio furniture. Party lights strung from the house to the gazebo set the perfect tone for an evening of relaxation or fun.

Another reason John and Claire purchased the home was for its ideal location, just a few short blocks from the heart of historic downtown Prescott, a place Claire said reminded her and John of a Norman Rockwell painting.

They’d been searching for a place to relocate from their home in California when they retired. John is a former crop dust pilot and successful business owner, and Claire, a realtor. Prescott just spoke to them.

They fell in love with its people, weather, mild four seasons, and its natural and historic sites. Prescott’s close proximity to Phoenix, the redrocks of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon sealed the deal.

There’s no doubt after a stay in this incredibly lovely home and a chance to explore the surrounding area why the Trinkles chose both the home and the location. A guestbook on a turn-of-the-century credenza in the foyer says it all.

Past guests have come for family get-togethers, holiday celebrations, wedding parties, girl’s getaways, milestone birthdays and more. Pleasant St. Guesthouse has been for them like it was for us, a chance to experience a true piece of yesteryear.

If only walls could talk, we thought, what stories this home could tell. And thanks to the Trinkles guests like us can enjoy its undeniable charm. An old wooden sign on the wall of the foyer says “Home. Where life begins and love never ends.”

How perfect.

Come and Enjoy your stay in this beautiful Victorian style home where you can enjoy all that Prescott and the surrounding areas have to offer. Click here to check on availability and details.


Noreen L. Kompanik is a Registered Nurse and published freelance travel writer and photographer based in San Diego, California. Traveling with her husband, children and grandchildren is her absolute favorite pastime. Her articles include inspirational writing, sustainable, healthy living, family travel, history, wine and food. She is a member of the International Travel Writers and Photographer’s Association and International Food and Wine Travel Writers Association. She maintains a Facebook page What’s In Your Suitcase? where
readers can find her published articles.


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