Travel: A Hidden Gem in Arizona
Sitting comfortably atop the Black Hills of Yavapai County lies Jerome, Arizona, a hidden gem of sorts. After driving through winding roads up a mountain, you end up in the heart of it all with cozy shops waiting to be filled with visitors on the weekends. What started out as a booming copper mining town eventually dwindled in population and popularity due to labor unrest, depressions, and wars. Many artists stayed in the area, as can be seen in the many shops on the uneven streets. Browsing the stores for art, crystals, kaleidoscopes, souvenirs, boutique clothing, and jewelry is a great way to pass the time on your first visit!
There are plenty of rooms to stay overnight whether it be renting from a local or booking with the Jerome Grand Hotel, originally a hospital starting back in 1927. The hotel, as well as the rest of Jerome, is said to be haunted. The town definitely plays off of this with their ghost and historical tours they offer to the public. Their famous restaurant, The Haunted Hamburger, stands tall and is decked out Halloween-style all year long. After a bite to eat, you can head to one of the three wineries/breweries: Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room, Passion Cellars, and Wicked City Brew.
Whether you're there for one day or many, Jerome is a fantastic place to soak in the history, browse the shops, and roam the streets like the locals and recognize the uniqueness and wonder that is their home.