Saturday, June 28, 2008
Jerome, a great place to visit in Arizona!
I want to introduce you all to one of my favorite places in Arizona. It is the small mining town of Jerome. It is located just 20 SW of Sedona and the first time I saw it, I was reminded of what Park City UT was like when I was a child and was forced by my parents to go skiing every weekend, and I hated the cold… back to Jerome… The first time I ever saw Jerome, we had taken the kids over to see the GREAT Indian ruins of Tuzigot (you’ve got to see those also) while we were visiting Sedona. It was late in the afternoon when I looked across the valley from the ruins toward the mountains and I saw a “glimmer” half way up the side of the mountain. I asked one of the Rangers what it was and she informed me that it was Jerome. I was so intrigued that we drove over just to see it quickly. It was so amazing and quaint that we went back over the next day to spend more time. There are many galleries which aren’t really my thing, but there are also great shops and museums that tell the history of Jerome. It use to be the 3rd largest city in AZ during its’ hey-day. If you are looking for great buys on interesting things, skip Sedona and go straight to Jerome where you will find great stuff at 1/3 the price. There are some great restaurants also, one of which is “The Haunted Hamburger”. Bruce and I stayed in the "Ghost City Inn" B&B (pictured above) when we stayed for a weekend and it was great. There is also a connection to England in Jerome. One of the founders of the town was a cousin to Jennie Jerome, who is Winston Churchill’s mother, however as far as we know, she never visited the town. Another great mining town is Bisbee but we will discuss it later. Check out Jerome and let me know what you think.