Entertainment and Events
For entertainment, locals hang out in the Spirit Room of the Connor Hotel and at Paul & Jerry's Saloon, both on upper Main Street. The Jerome Home Tour, on the third weekend of May, visits historic houses and buildings not normally open to the public. A Garden and Patio Tour runs in June. The Gold King Mine & Ghost Town hosts its Antique Truck and Equipment Show on the weekend before Mother's Day in May and a VW Bus Show in mid-September. Jerome celebrates Miners' Days/Spook Weekend with miner's competitions, mariachi bands, and street vendors on the third weekend of October.
Shops up and down Main Street and Hull Avenue display a wide variety of artwork, crafts, antiques, jewelry, and clothing. The one most likely to put a smile on your face is the 1890 House of Joy at 416 Hull Avenue. A bordello from 1912 to 1946, it later became a very popular restaurant. People had to make reservations far in advance to sample the culinary excellence, and chef/owner John Dempsey had the satisfaction of turning down President Nixon when all the tables had been booked. After three decades of serving food, John and his wife Mary semi-retired and turned the building into a one-of-a-kind gift shop. Step inside to admire the brothel decor and the original ceiling. Prints of bygone "ladies" and other collectibles fill the cozy rooms.
A few doors downhill, Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery (502 Main St., 928/639-4276, www.jeromeartistscoop.com) exhibits works by about 40 artists in the 1917 Hotel Jerome at the lower end of the one-way section. The Old Mingus Art Center houses galleries in former school buildings at the lower end of town. Of these, Anderson/Mandette Studio (928/634-3438, www.anderson-mandette.com, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily) has by far the largest collection on display.
Jerome's hotels and bed and breakfasts offer character and great views; make reservations for weekends. Jerome Grand Hotel (928/634-8200 or 888/817-6788, www.jeromegrandhotel.net) features a commanding panorama, comfortable lodging, and fine dining in the upper part of town. After opening in 1927 as the United Verde Hospital, then closing in 1950, the building lay dormant until an extensive renovation converted it to the hotel in 1996. All rooms have private bath and run $110-135 d for a standard, $150-175 d for a balcony, $195 d for connecting rooms, and $260 d for a suite. It's at the top of narrow Hill Street, which turns up opposite Jerome Palace's Haunted Hamburger.
The Surgeon's House (at the base of Hill St., 928/639-1452 or 800/639-1452, www.surgeonshouse.com, $120-195 d) has bed and breakfast rooms, all with private bath and three with views; the mining company built it in 1916 for the chief surgeon. The 1898 Connor Hotel (164 Main St., 928/634-5006 or 800/523-3554, www.connorhotel.com, $90-165 d) is the only original Jerome hotel still in business; all rooms have private bath. The circa 1899 Mile High Inn & Grill (309 Main St., 928/634-5094 or 800/634-5094, www.innatjerome.com, $85-120 d) features Victorian-style rooms—two with private bath—and a full breakfast.
Ghost City Inn (541 Main St., 928/634-4678 or 888/634-4678, www.ghostcityinn.com, $95-145 d) occupies an 1898 Victorian boardinghouse filled with antiques; all rooms have private bath and there's a hot tub. Cottage Inn (747 East Ave., 928/634-0701, www.cottageinnjerome.com, $75-95 d with breakfast) dates from 1904 and has 1940s decor.
Besides Dead Horse Ranch State Park and the RV parks in Cottonwood (see above), you can head seven miles up AZ 89A to the cool forests of Mingus Mountain.
The Asylum (Jerome Grand Hotel, up Hill St. opposite the Haunted Hamburger, 928/639-3197, www.theasylum.biz, daily for lunch and dinner, $17-28) prepares American cuisine and offers a long list of wines, some available by the glass.
Jerome Palace's Haunted Hamburger (410 N. Clark St./AZ 89A, 928/634-0554, daily for lunch and dinner, $12-16) features steak, prime rib, pasta, and sandwiches on the upper side of town. You can dine indoors or on the patio, which has great views.
Jerome Brewery (111 Main St., 928/639-8477, daily for lunch and dinner, $7-10) offers several of their brews plus a long list of tasty appetizers, pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and salads. English Kitchen (119 Jerome Ave., 928/634-2132, breakfast and lunch daily except Mon., $3.50-8.50) is the oldest restaurant in Arizona; you can read about Chinese immigrant Charley Hong who established it in 1899. The patio has views.
Mile High Grill (309 Main St., 928/634-5094, daily for breakfast and lunch, $8-12) serves American and Southwestern food. Red Rooster Cafe (363 Main St., 928/634-7087, daily for lunch, $6-8) serves tasty quiches, sandwiches, soups, salads, and deserts in the building that housed Arizona's first Safeway. Flatiron Cafe (at the fork in the lower part of town where AZ 89A divides, 928/634-2733, may close Thurs., $6.50-8.50) serves breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods, fancy coffees, salads, and other refreshments in the morning and afternoon; there's a patio across Main Street.
Information and Services
Jerome Chamber of Commerce (310 Hull Ave., Box K, Jerome, AZ 86331, 928/634-2900, www.jeromechamber.com) has information on sights and services in town; hours depend on staffing. It's near the sliding jail just past the large parking lots on the uphill section of AZ 89A. Jerome Community Park across the street has some tree-shaded picnic tables. Jerome Public Library (601 Clark St./AZ 89A, 928/639-0574) is in the upper part of town in the 1924 Clark Street Elementary School building. The post office is at 120 Main Street.
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