Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
Jerome- once the most talked about mining town in the United States now stands with all the original buildings, but a new prospect on life. It is home to so many great amenities, million dollar views, and makes for the best day trip from Phoenix. There is something for all ages in Jerome!
There are three main museums throughout Jerome- The Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum, the Gold King Mine Museum, and Douglas Mansion. Each boasts different aspects of the towns past. The Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum is located on Main Street Jerome and houses a wonderful collection of mining artifacts and things used in the mines back in the day. The Gold King Mine is an eclectic museum with countless old vehicles, buildings, and well, a little bit of everything. Douglas Mansion is located just north of Main Street Jerome, or just down the hill, and is a free museum that takes you on a trip through how Jerome came to be.
The restaurants in Jerome are some of the best in the world! They have everything from bar fare to fine dining. The Haunted Hamburger is my personal favorite. Located in the middle of town they have some of the best hamburgers, the best views of the Verde Valley, and even a ghost story! When remodeling the building into the restaurant, the owner would find his tools always had a way of traveling to elsewhere in the building- especially hammers. So if you make a trip, be sure to take your hammer! The Spirit Room on Main Street has an excellent atmosphere for adults with live music every weekend. If you’re looking for fine dining, be sure to make your way up the hill to The Asylum. This family friendly restaurant is located in the Jerome Grand Hotel and has select tables that offer that million dollar view.
What do you like to shop for? Toys? Souvenirs? Home goods? Clothing? Let me tell you, Jerome has a shop for just about everybody! About half of the town is art galleries, so window shoppers are in for a treat too. While not on Main Street, the old school (to the left as you enter Jerome) is an eclectic mash of Art Galleries. Art galleries can also be found down Main Street Jerome. Most artists sell their work. Another shop that has spectacular art is Nellie Bly- which is one of my necessary stops along the way. Nellie Bly is the largest dealer of kaleidoscopes in the world! And whats better? They encourage you to look around, try them out, and engage your childlike spirit. They have kaleidoscopes for every budget.
Jerome is just a stop along the Verde Valley Wine Trail, and boasts three wineries/tasting rooms- Caduceus Cellars Tasting Room, Bitter Creek Winery, and Jerome Winery. Caduceus Cellars Tasting Room is located on Main Street and open 365 days a year, making it the perfect place to stop in and sample some delicious locally made wines.
Jerome is literally built into the side of the hill and contains all of the original structures as they once were (with a few exceptions, of course). If you are one for 19th century architecture, this place is just a gold mine….figuratively speaking, of course. Though the mines are no longer functional, the buildings and homes will make you feel like you’ve stepped back into time. It is quite the sight to see!
Sold on Jerome? That’s perfectly fine, there are many hotels and Bed and Breakfasts to allow you to extend your day trip into a vacation. The crown jewel of Jerome is the Jerome Grand Hotel- But don’t ask for a mountain view in this case, you will literally see the side of the mountain it’s built upon. You’ll want a valley view- that gorgeous view where you can see the Verde Valley, Sedona, Twin Peaks, beauty for miles! If a bed and breakfast is more your pace, try the Ghost City Inn. The Ghost City Inn is located just off of Main Street, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Jerome but still boasts the old time construction. If you like being close to bars and the hustle and bustle of Main Street, the Connor Hotel is definitely the way to go. It is close to restaurants, shops, and steps away from all of the action.
Whatever you choose to do in Jerome, may you have a hauntingly good time!