Jerome Arizona sits on the side of Cleopatra Hill located in the Mingus Mountains just 40 minutes to the west of Sedona. It is a historic town of 400 residents that has gone through many phases over the decades including a take over by the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s!
Fifth Largest Town In Arizona Territory
At one point in the 1800’s, this mile high mining town was the fifth largest in the Arizona Territory (1899) . It was known far and wide for it’s wild & rowdy saloons and debauchery! What a colorful history it has. Mae West was known to spend much of her time down the hill from Jerome in Cottonwood bars hopping with cowboys, ranchers, and miners. We all know what a colorful character she was!
Old Town Cottonwood is taking a page from Jerome’s book and transforming the historic district into eclectic and charming shops, winery tasting rooms and a variety of restaurants that will delight all palettes with unique flavors and cuisine. One of my favorites is Nic’s Italian Bistro right on Main Street.
Jerome Is Unique
The unique feature of Jerome is the way these 1800 and turn of the 20th century dwellings and businesses dot the hilly landscape. Many sit on stilts and are built on land that drops off dramatically from street level. Other dwellings require you to climb lots of stairs to get to the main level. Just about every house or business has a view that most of us would die for.
All in all, this makes for a great time visiting these unique shops and restuarants. One of my favorite restuarants to visit in Jerome is the Assylum in the Grand Hotel. Jerome is reknowed for being a ghost town and
relishes the Halloween season. The Grand Hotel and Assylum really spruces things up for Halloween.
52nd Annual Historic Home and Building Tour
On May 20th and 21 from 9am to 3pm, Jerome is holding it’s 52nd Historic Home & Building Tour. It is the longest running tour in the state. You will not be disappointed! Plenty of steps and winding paths makes this tour not handicap accessible. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Allow yourself at least 2 to 4 hours to get through all the homes. Guests will have the comfort of Spook Hall to enjoy entertainment and seating while waiting for their tour to begin. Vans will transport the guests to the various locations. It is less crowding in the early afternoon so plan accordingly.
Contact the Jerome Chamber of Commerce at 928-634-2900 for more information about the tour and other events in the area.
Above image is what is left of the jail. Sedona is in the background. Below is the view looking toward Sedona
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