Jerome is a historic Copper mining town that clings to Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley.
Dubbed the Wickedest Town in the West by a New York newspaper in 1903, Jerome today is an eclectic artist colony with galleries that offer an absolutely amazing array of art and handmade treasures. Local art extends to the art of wine making including the musical group Tool front man Maynard James Keenan’s tasting room right across the street from Chef Michelle Jurisin’s Grapes Restaurant & Bar.
Back in the day Jerome was the fifth biggest town in Arizona with over 15,000 population when copper was king. The United Verde Copper Company was founded in 1882 but the depression years marked end of progress in Jerome, and the mines closed in 1950 when Jerome became a virtual ghost town. Today, ghost hunters come to experience the supernatural with sightings and spine tingling experiences reported up and down the streets of Jerome.Tap Here to read about the spooky events that came with the opening of the Haunted Hamburger.
Shopping, dining and wine tasting are the main attractions in Jerome today. Jerome has been called the most eclectic artist community in America. Looking for unique? Jerome is the epicenter of unique. A day of shopping in Jerome is like no other. Many of the stores have back walls that are floor to ceiling windows looking out across the Verde Valley. There’s a store dedicated to kaleidoscopes of every variety and material. Also available at every turn are gems, collectibles, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry by local artists, glass blowing demonstrations and street artists. Plan ahead & be sure not to miss the First Saturday Art Walk every month. Stop in the Firefly, a shop inspired by nature with ever changing offerings by local and national artists.
Shop in comfortable shoes. The shopping district meanders up and down hills and the best place to take a break is the Haunted Hamburger or the patio at Grapes Restaurant & Bar with views that look across the Verde Valley all the way to the San Francisco Peaks.
The dynamic landscape offers everything from beautiful red rock formations to the sweeping green valley where the Verde River flows.Arizona’s Wine Country.
You’ll find the historic town of Jerome perched on the Black Hills and just north are the towering San Francisco Peaks some 50 miles distant. These are some of the most scenic landscape in the American west. There’s truly something for everyone ranging between Native American heritage, hiking, biking, climbing and photo ops everywhere – that’s the Verde Valley!Every year the editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for travel. In 2013 they named the Verde Valley as Arizona’s go-to destination out of 10 in the entire country. “The Verde Valley region is beautiful, with green canyons rimmed by red rocks, and towns like Cottonwood, Jerome, and Sedona that have long drawn visitors for good food, art and mining lore, but the Verde boost is all about the wine. The Verde Valley Wine Trail links the vineyards and tasting rooms that serve a growing list of varietals.”
While you explore the area, make The Tavern Hotel your homebase!
Things to do near Jerome:
Slide Rock: Slide Rock located just 7 miles from Sedona has a little something for everyone. The shallow pools and small natural slides are perfect for a family outing. You’ll find kids of all ages splashing and enjoying the desert oasis. It’s also a fun retreat for the outdoorsy couple our group of friends looking to explore Arizona’s beautiful landscapes. As your adventure level climbs, so do the heights of the cliffs. Bask in the sunshine & cool off in the creek.
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail: There are two entrances to this moderate hiking trail which spans approximately 4.2miles. Beginner and leisurely hikers or those looking for a little climb may want to take the Bell Rock Trail and join the crowd at the base of Bell Rock. You’ll typically find a group of people who gather to play and test their climbing skills. If you’re up for it, continue on the loop and be rewarded by the gorgeous scenery. The trail offers spectacular views of the red rocks & of course the Bell Rock structure towering high over the desert landscape.