High in the Black Hills near Sedona lies the town of Jerome, clinging to a hillside at 5,000 feet elevation. Once a booming mining town in the early 1900s, the focus now is tourism instead of copper.
After a winding drive on switchbacks, you arrive to streets lined with shops, restaurants and specialty stores of every description, including wineries. You can definitely make a day of seeing it all, and as a bonus, you get specatular views from every location.
Art is everywhere --
even on the street!
Once home to 10,000, Jerome's population today is less than 500.
A major draw is the
Jerome Grand Hotel,
which had been transformed into a spook-tacular haunt for
Halloween when we were there.
Lunch at the hotel -- the view is free!
We had a wine tasting at Caduceus Cellars. Our "Wine Slinger" (that's his title) was Alan Bur Johnson, also a nationally-known artist with a studio in Jerome. We learned one of Johnson's pieces was chosen for Celebrity's new cruise ship, Edge, and he would be traveling to the Bahamas to install it. Obviously a man of many talents!
We bought this metallic salamander and named him 'Jerome'
Lunch over, we head for the shops
Besides wine, Jerome also offers craft beers. We had to sample
those as well for the sake
of research, right?
Our day ends with a awesome sunset, and with it, our adventures with Richard and Leslie come to an end as well. We've had an amazing time -- thank you, Redheads! After goodbyes, we set our nav to our next destination ... California!