Our journey to becoming innkeepers all started after staying at a Bed and Breakfast Inn for the first time in St. Petersburg, Florida. During our stay, it became apparent that for us owning an Inn was a good fit. We began researching the industry and embarked on a year-long course in learning what it takes to become owners and proprietors of a Bed and Breakfast Inn. Many evening hours after work and full weekends were spent on this journey. After researching over one hundred potential inns across the country and visiting well over a dozen, we chose Prescott Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast. Prescott, Arizona, and the Inn fulfilled every requirement for our dream location. Newly established as Owners/Innkeepers, we have embraced the change in lifestyle, making Prescott, Arizona and the Prescott Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast our new home.
Rick was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Pittsburgh during the “70’s” (Steel Curtain era). In 1985, he moved to Clearwater, Florida where he began working in the Information Technology industry. He spent over 30 years in the corporate biotech business working for firms like Bristol Myers Squib, Baxter International, and Conmed Corporation, and finally at an architectural and interior design firm, Chancey Design. In purchasing the Prescott Pines Bed and Breakfast Inn, he left the “corporate” world behind to pursue his lifelong aspiration of owning and managing his own business. Raised in an Italian family where cooking is everything, Rick is applying and refining his own culinary skills as an Innkeeper Chef. Rick's extensive knowledge of technology and hobbies such as gardening and photography have all made operating the Inn a smooth transition from corporate life to the life of an Innkeeper. In addition to Innkeeping, Rick enjoys dirt biking, exploring the southwest, and socializing with the guests.
Karen is from Endicott, New York and also lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Texas before finally moving to Clearwater, Florida in 1985. She has a degree in Business Administration from Milligan College, Tennessee and a Master of Education degree from National Louis University, Chicago. She began working as a banker and decided to move on to teaching in her second career. After more than twenty years, she retired from teaching and literacy coaching to launch her third career, Innkeeping. By integrating her business experiences with her love for interior decorating, food art, baking, and flower arranging, she is well-equipped to thrive and embrace the Innkeeping life. Adventurous by nature, Karen truly enjoys the old west Prescott culture through her love of horseback riding, hiking, and exploring the mountainous outdoors.
While we left behind dear family and friends, and the sunny beaches of Florida, we know that the beauty and wonder of Arizona is unmatched in the world. Yes, moving from sea level to mile-high Prescott has been a big change, but living in Prescott and running the Inn has been a dream come true!
Come and see us! We purchased a beautiful property and have added our own touches to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Visit us in this little oasis of pine trees and see the historic sites of Prescott. You’ll love it as much as we do!Rick and Karen Matvey