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Arizona’s Christmas City

Posted by Dornhomes on Dec 5, 2019 2:44:14 PM

It’s that time of year again. As fall gives way to winter, most of Arizona embraces the cooler temperatures and respite from our sweltering summers. In Prescott though, where summers are more temperate, winter brings more than just relief. Here winter brings hopes for snow and snow days, and, more importantly, anticipation for the holiday season. For anyone with plans of traveling to experience winter at its finest, there's no better place to celebrate Christmas than Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Community, Wickenburg

Healthy Food for a Healthy Home

Posted by Dornhomes on Dec 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

With the end of the year rapidly approaching many of us will be entertaining friends and family around the holidays. Traditionally, that means large elaborate meals, days spent in the kitchen making cookies and baked goods, and sharing our favorite foods with our favorite people. Dorn Homes’ Organic HomeTM Plus is a commitment to build a healthy home with materials that help ensure our homeowners aren’t exposed to dangerous chemicals or volatile organic compounds and our Building Science helps reduce your carbon footprint while we do it. You’ve already gone organic with your home, perhaps it’s time to do the same thing with your food. Eating locally-sourced, organic foods is rapidly gaining popularity amongst innovative high-end restaurants, but you can achieve the same results in your own kitchen if you know where to shop.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Healthy Homes, Tips & Tricks

Thanksgiving Feasts in Prescott, AZ

Posted by Dornhomes on Nov 20, 2019 8:09:41 AM

The holiday season is typically lauded as an opportunity to celebrate friends and family and share a moment with the most important people in our lives. Thanksgiving, especially, is a time for communal celebration. Sometimes though, the hustle and bustle of life can interrupt that. Perhaps you’ve recently moved to a new community here in Prescott and those closest to you are also the furthest away. Or maybe you’d love to host a Thanksgiving dinner but don’t have the time or energy to entertain guests and spend hours in the kitchen basting turkey, mashing potatoes, and baking fresh pumpkin pies. Fortunately, if you’d like to enjoy classic holiday fare without the prep work or clean up, you have a number of options here in Prescott. Whether you’re looking for plated holiday dinners, a buffet with a twist on the classics, or a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner to serve in your new kitchen, we can help you find it.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Community

Exploring Haunted Prescott

Posted by Dornhomes on Oct 22, 2019 9:29:50 AM

Whether you believe in haunted places and are looking for a ghostly encounter or you just enjoy the occasional scare, Prescott is a great place to embrace the spooky fall season. With the evenings getting brisk and the days still warm, Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the area. There are several locations in downtown Prescott that are home to the ghosts of jilted lovers, unlucky gamblers, and even a feline companion. If ghost hunting isn’t your thing, there are also a variety of Halloween-themed activities to celebrate the season.

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Topics: Prescott, Community

Fall Festivities in Arizona

Posted by Dornhomes on Oct 2, 2019 9:51:09 AM

No matter where you are in Arizona, the arrival of fall brings something to celebrate. If you’re in the southern or central part of the state, it brings relief from the summer heat. Further north, you’ll experience cool evenings and breathtaking fall foliage. Wherever you are, fall is a great opportunity to enjoy the community around you, whether you’re looking for special events or just an opportunity to get out and about, there’s no better time of year. As part of our ongoing efforts to share some of our favorite activities with community members, new and old alike, here are 6 fun ways to celebrate fall here in Arizona.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Wickenburg

Dorn’s End of Summer Neighborhood Update

Posted by Dornhomes on Sep 24, 2019 7:43:14 AM

Arizona has long been known as a popular destination for homeowners further north to build homes to spend the winters in. Instead of worrying about sub-zero temperatures and getting snowed in, they head south to enjoy mild winters and the occasional white Christmas. Sometimes referred to as “snowbirds,” these visitors help boost the state’s economy and sometimes become permanent or semi-permanent residents. With summer coming to a close, it’s time to welcome back those friends and neighbors that spend summers elsewhere. For readers that may be considering buying or building a winter home, read on to learn a little more about some of the recent changes to Dorn Homes’ communities that could help you make that decision.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, New Homes, Neighborhoods, New Home Design, Community

Prescott Events to Send Summer out with a Bang

Posted by Dornhomes on Aug 13, 2019 7:54:22 AM

With the end of summer rapidly approaching it’s important to take advantage of the bright sunshine and warm summer evenings while they’re still here. Some classic activities never go out of style, like picnicking in area parks, fishing the local lakes, or just taking the dog for a walk on the miles of hiking trails that Prescott offers. If you prefer to stay in the shade, it’s tough to beat an evening spent on the Historic Courthouse Square, exploring shops, and enjoying the unbeatable local restaurants. These are tried and true favorites of many Prescott residents and are likely something you’ve enjoyed before. So as part of our ongoing efforts to share other community favorites with our homeowners, we’d like to offer some summer events that will help you end the season in a new and unique way.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Community

A Look Back at Prescott’s Past

Posted by Dornhomes on Jul 10, 2019 7:44:13 AM

When pressed for information about the rich history of Prescott, Arizona, most residents could probably tell you that the town served as the Capital of the Arizona Territory. They’d also tell you that Prescott hosts the World’s Oldest Rodeo, which has been an annual event every 4th of July weekend since 1888. What they may not know, however, is that the name “Prescott” wasn’t even one of the original proposals when naming the city. Let’s take a few minutes to explore some of the storied history of Prescott.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Community

Celebrating America’s Independence with the World’s Oldest Rodeo

Posted by Dornhomes on Jun 27, 2019 10:17:30 AM

Independence Day, and the weekend that follows it, is a great time to celebrate the arrival of summer in Northern Arizona. The cooler weather typically brings visitors from all over the state, especially from our sweltering neighbors down south. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family with a cold drink and an afternoon grilling burgers and dogs (or firing up the smoker for ribs and chicken if you’re so inclined). But the celebration doesn’t have to end in your own backyard; Northern Arizona offers a bevy of activities to enjoy and entertainment options for visitors. So whether you’re a long-time resident looking for something new, or are hoping to find a way to entertain out-of-towners, join us in exploring some of the great events happening up north.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Community

Prescott Does Mother’s Day

Posted by Dornhomes on May 6, 2019 11:26:25 AM

At Dorn Homes we like to think of ourselves as a family, a big and growing family, but family nonetheless. Families support one another, trust one another, and are there in times of need. That’s something to be celebrated. And what better way to celebrate family than by spending time with the people we love doing the things we love? So we’ve put together an itinerary of things to do on this upcoming Mother’s Day to show the moms out there just how much you care.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Community

Dorn Homes’ Neighborhood Update

Posted by Dornhomes on May 1, 2019 7:41:32 AM

As Dorn Homes’ communities in Northern Arizona continue to grow, we regularly open new lots or complete construction on planned amenities. This presents a great opportunity for homebuyers to become part of a community they were worried they missed and to see communities they’re interested in take shape. To make sure that interested homebuyers hear about the new openings in their favorite communities, we’ll be posting periodically in a new recurring article, Neighborhood Update. Unlike many of our articles that discuss design, entertainment, and lifestyle, this will be a place for us to share news about community improvements and to celebrate community milestones.

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Topics: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Neighborhoods, Community

Prescott’s Best Day-Trips

Posted by Dornhomes on Apr 24, 2019 9:24:56 AM

One of the best parts about living in Prescott or the Verde Valley is being able to enjoy the charm of life in a small town without sacrificing the convenience of being close to a big city. But when you’re living in northern Arizona it’s not just the shopping and entertainment options of Phoenix that are nearby, there are plenty of day-trips to make throughout the region. Whether you’re looking for a quick jaunt for a local vineyard tour or a weekend near one of the Wonders of the Natural World, there’s a lot of fun to be had up here.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Tips & Tricks

Imagining Life at The Vistas

Posted by Dornhomes on Apr 3, 2019 9:35:46 AM

Welcome to The Vistas, Dorn Homes’ newest community in Prescott, Arizona. Part of The Dells master-planned community, The Vistas is an upscale neighborhood that features spacious lots, elegantly designed homes, and exceptional amenities. Nestled among Prescott’s famed Granite Dells, living at The Vistas offers some of the finest panoramic views that northern Arizona has to offer. Residents of The Vistas will find a lifestyle immersed in the natural wonder of the area and features to benefit the mind, body, and spirit. As you continue reading, take a moment and imagine what your life would look like in The Vistas.

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Topics: Prescott, Healthy Homes, New Homes, Neighborhoods, Community

Pickelball, Dog Parks, Community Gardens, and More!

Posted by Dornhomes on Mar 20, 2019 9:52:41 AM

One of the most important parts of finding a new community is making sure it matches your lifestyle. That means a neighborhood full of things you enjoy and friends and neighbors that share those interests. What better way to meet your new neighbors than by doing something you love together? With that in mind we’ve reached out to members of the Dorn Homes family in each community to find out which amenities are most popular with our homeowners.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Healthy Homes, New Homes, Neighborhoods, New Home Design, Community, Tips & Tricks, Cottonwood, Verde Valley, Sedona, Wickenburg

Make this Valentine’s Day Memorable in Northern Arizona

Posted by Dornhomes on Feb 5, 2019 7:55:21 AM

Whether this Valentine’s Day is your first with a new special someone or your 50th with your spouse or partner, there’s no shortage of fun experiences and delectable restaurants to explore together. With restaurant specials and special events across Northern Arizona you have practically endless options to enjoy. To help the couples in our communities plan their perfect Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorites here.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Community, Tips & Tricks, Cottonwood, Verde Valley, Sedona

Looking Back at 2018 with Dorn Homes

Posted by Dornhomes on Jan 3, 2019 12:39:21 PM

As we begin 2019 it’s important to take a moment to look back and reflect on 2018. Whether it’s seeking ways to better serve others or better take care of one another, or it’s looking back in gratitude for the wonderful friends and family in our lives, what we see in 2018 can be a source of inspiration for 2019. Here at Dorn Homes our retrospective is a little of both: gratitude for members of the Dorn Family and the people that choose us to build their dream homes and aspirations for the years to come.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Healthy Homes, New Homes, Neighborhoods, New Home Design, Community, Cottonwood, Verde Valley, Sedona

Ring in the New Year in Northern Arizona

Posted by Dornhomes on Dec 20, 2018 8:10:54 AM

Northern Arizona is the destination of choice for Arizona’s visitors and residents alike when winter arrives. Those living further south and dreaming of a white Christmas flock to Flagstaff, Sedona, and Prescott. Prescott is known as “Arizona’s Christmas City,” after all. Just because Northern Arizona is a great place to be for Christmas doesn’t mean that the holiday celebrations stop there. Across Arizona you’ll find a wide array of events to start the New Year off                                                                    with fun and festivities.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Community, Tips & Tricks, Verde Valley, Sedona

A Peek Inside Our Commitment to Quality

Posted by Dornhomes on Dec 10, 2018 2:17:17 PM

Building a brand new home is a major step for most people, no matter where you are in life. You may be selling an existing home, securing financing, and changing cities, and those are all steps you’ll take before you even start designing your new home. After you’ve chosen your model and met with our professional interior designers in our state-of-the-art Design Center, we get to work building your dream home. All of that work planning, and building culminates in one moment: the moment you step through the front door. We understand just how important that moment is. Because that moment is about more than just what you see as the door opens, it’s about what you’ve dreamt of seeing for the past few weeks or months.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Healthy Homes, New Homes, New Home Design, Community, Tips & Tricks

Arizona’s Christmas City

Posted by Dornhomes on Nov 20, 2018 11:26:06 AM

It’s that time of year again. As fall gives way to winter, most of Arizona embraces the cooler temperatures and respite from our sweltering summers. In Prescott though, where summers are more temperate, winter brings more than just relief. Here winter brings hopes for snow and snow days, and, more importantly, anticipation for the holiday season. For anyone with plans of traveling to experience winter at its finest, there's no better place to celebrate Christmas than Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Neighborhoods, Community, Tips & Tricks

The 5 Best Fall Adventures in Northern Arizona

Posted by Dornhomes on Oct 5, 2018 10:31:42 AM

Northern Arizona is a wonderful place to spend time year-round, but there’s really no better time to experience it than fall. Fall brings cooler temperatures and vibrant colors that you simply can’t enjoy further south. Fall also presents the perfect opportunity to experience everything Northern Arizona has to offer, from sightseeing hikes to art festivals and train rides. Whether you’re already a resident or just a visitor, here are five ways to enjoy fall in Northern Arizona.

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Topics: Insider, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Neighborhoods, Community, Cottonwood