Seeing as I am now living in Scottsdale for three months, one of my favorite things to do is explore towns outside of my neighborhood! So immediately when I heard of the ghost town of Jerome, I knew I had to make a day trip of it! Jerome is situated two hours North of Scottsdale, and approximately 30 miles Southwest of Sedona.
Pulling into Jerome I was stunned. It was exactly what I was NOT expecting. It is situated on top of Cleopatra Hill, and stretched in front of Jerome is views for days. Driving up the winding hill I passed tons of worn down houses that looked like they were ready to topple over. But that is the charm of this little ghost town! Now days it is a thriving tourist destination with about 450 inhabitants of its own.
Below are my suggestions for spending a quick, short day in this town. And if you’re up to it, you can always book a room at the spooky Jerome Grand Hotel. Apparently ghosts still haunt the place – it was once a hospital after all.
Spending a quick stopover in Jerome
Start your morning with coffee at MoJo’s. From there wander the streets. There are tons of quaint shops to pop in and out of. You can also sign up for a ghost tour of the town. Once you’re ready for wine (this will mostly like happen early if you are anything like me)… head to Cellar 433. There is tons of wine tasting rooms around, but I like this one for their spectacular views. And the friendliness of the staff. Lunch time? My favorite lunch spot was the quaint Mexican restaurant, Vaqueros. Fajitas, nachos, and margaritas? YES PLEASE. Lastly, if you’re feeling up to it, head to the Spirit Room. A bar right in the center of all the action. And don’t forget… if you want to brave the ghosts you can always book a room at the Jerome Grand Hotel.