Things To Do In Jerome, Arizona
If you’re looking for great hiking trails and amazing views, Sedona is the place for you. Sedona is well known for its beautiful red rock formations and picturesque desert vistas. The city is an ideal destination for travelers who love going on scenic hikes or enjoy mountain biking.
In addition to its gorgeous natural surroundings, Sedona also offers a vibrant downtown area with cute shops and wonderful restaurants. If you are looking to visit a professional theater while in town, check out the Arizona Theater Company – they put on some great plays!
Jerome Ghost Town
Jerome Ghost Town is a great place to learn about the history of Jerome, Arizona. With tours lasting up to an hour and a half, you can get a taste of what it was like in Jerome’s heyday or take a stroll through the town at night to see if you can find any ghosts. Either way, this is not only fun for the whole family but also educational!
> “Do you feel like someone just walked over your grave?”
You may have to ask yourself that question at the Spirit Room, a bar in Jerome with a reputation for being haunted. The building was built in 1898 and served as a saloon until the 1930s. It’s also rumored to have been a brothel and gambling den. The first story of its ghostly goings-on comes from the owner who found his dog barking at something that wasn’t there. That was followed by other reports of things moving on their own and strange noises coming from empty rooms.
It’s not all spooky, though! The Spirit Room is known for its live music, pizza, and fun atmosphere.
Vineyards + Wineries
Wine lovers, rejoice: Jerome’s wineries and vineyards are a can’t-miss. The area boasts some of the most beautiful views of Verde Valley, and wine tasting is a great excuse to get out there and see them.
Here’s how to do it right:
- Come with an open mind: Whether you have strong preferences in varietals or not, don’t expect that you will love every wine poured for you at a winery. In fact, you may only like about half of them — but that’s OK! Tasting notes exist for exactly this reason–you are allowed to dislike wines, even if they are critically acclaimed. More importantly than critiquing vintages, this is an opportunity for you to discover what style of wine speaks to you. If all else fails, just remember: white wines go well with fish and meat; red wines go well with meat; sweet wines go well with dessert; sparkling wines are pretty much always appropriate; if your server says “dry,” they mean the opposite of “sweet.”
- Drink responsibly: Many vineyards offer tours before or after tastings that provide context and information about the grapes grown there or their history as a family estate (or both). Be mindful of how much alcohol you’re consuming when these conversations take place–it’s very easy to mistake being tipsy for being interested in learning about new things! If drinking responsibly isn’t your thing…well then I recommend simply forgetting steps 1-2 altogether.
To begin with, it’s not actually haunted. It’s a cute little tourist attraction and gallery for local artists that pay for space in the house by creating art within it. If you’re looking to jump out of your skin and pee your pants, I don’t recommend going here. But if you would like an experience that is endearing and informative (and a little quirky), then this is the place to go. This particular evening, the house was filled with poetry readings by locals and music by a local guitarist/singer duo. The vibe was very chill but welcoming, as everyone present was clearly excited about their work, as well as Jerome itself (which seemed to be an especially tight-knit community).
Mingus Mountain Jeep Tour
Interested in an off-road adventure? Then the Mingus Mountain Jeep Tour is the Jerome attraction for you. This tour takes a group of six people through some of Jerome, Arizona’s most beautiful and rugged terrain. The trip includes stops at a scenic lake, a ghost town, and the top of Mingus Mountain, which offers stunning vistas of the surrounding area.
The tour lasts about three hours and costs $55 per person. You’ll be whisked away by a guide in an open-air jeep—in other words, dress for the weather! The guide will fill your ears with tons of knowledge about Jerome’s fascinating history and geology along with other fun facts about the Verde Valley region.
Train rides are a fun activity for both kids and adults! In Jerome, you can do train rides as part of a group or as part of a couple. Check out the Verde Canyon Railroad, which is a great place to go on a date, take your family, and/or hang with friends.
Sedona’s #1 Day Trip for 16 years!
Whether you’re looking for a place to eat, get a drink, or even spend the night, Jerome is not short of places to visit!
- The Spirit Room: This is a local favorite for music lovers. With live concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, it’s the perfect way to end your day!
- Asylum Restaurant: Serving everything from breakfast and lunch to dinner and drinks, this restaurant offers American cuisine with an Italian twist.
- Connor Hotel: Built-in 1898 for the local miners, this hotel has been completely restored. It features 16 rooms with private baths and balconies offering panoramic views of Sedona.
The Mining Camp Restaurant
Jerome’s charm is in its history, both as a mining town and a hideout for gangsters. The one building that best captures those stories is the Mining Camp Restaurant. Located in an old log cabin of a saloon on the main drag, this restaurant features not only some amazing food but fantastic service to boot.
There are two options for dining: inside or out. Outdoor seating is weather permitting (and snakes permitting; just kidding). There isn’t much of an indoor/outdoor divide though since patio seating wraps around the house and makes it feel like your seat is part of the outdoor scenery. In fact, patios aren’t just on three sides—they are also elevated so you can look down into the restaurant itself. It almost feels like you are sitting in a tree house with table service and steak!
The food here is excellent and diverse, whether you order from their traditional menu or go with their daily specials. I would recommend either option depending on what type of meat sounds good to you! They offer everything from steak to ribs to fish, chicken, salmon—even prime rib! One thing they don’t have on the menu however is apple pie—so BYOAP if that’s what you want for dessert!
Jerome is a great place to visit
Jerome is an excellent place to visit for both locals and tourists.
You will find great restaurants, museums, art galleries, shops, and more in this great town.
There are many things to do in the area.
It is a great place to visit to get away from it all and learn about history and heritage.