Wandering the streets, soaking up the atmosphere, and shopping are the main pastimes in Jerome. But before you launch yourself on a shopping tour, you can learn about the town's past at the Jerome State Historic Park, off Ariz. 89A on Douglas Road in the lower section of town (tel. 928/634-5381; www.azstateparks.com). Located in a mansion built in 1916 as a home for mine owner "Rawhide Jimmy" Douglas and as a hotel for visiting mining executives, the Jerome State Historic Park contains exhibits on mining as well as a few of the mansion's original furnishings. From its perch on a hill above Douglas's Little Daisy Mine, the mansion overlooks Jerome and, dizzyingly far below, the Verde Valley. The mansion was constructed of adobe bricks made on the site and once contained a wine cellar, billiards room, marble shower, steam heat, and central vacuum system. The park is open Thursday through Monday from 8:30am to 5pm, and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 7 to 13.
To learn more about Jerome's history, stop in at the Jerome Historical Society's Mine Museum, 200 Main St. (tel. 928/634-5477; www.jeromehistoricalsociety.org), which has some small and old-fashioned displays on mining. It's open daily from 9am to 5pm; admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The second floor of the gift shop Liberty Theatre & Gifts, 110 Jerome Ave. (tel. 928/649-9016; www.jeromelibertytheater.com), was a theater back in the town's heyday. The theater is now being slowly restored and is open to the public. Although small, the theater museum here is fun to wander through, and a film about the history of Jerome is usually playing in the old theater. For that classic mining-town tourist-trap experience, follow the signs up the hill from downtown Jerome to the Gold King Mine (tel. 928/634-0053; www.goldkingmineghosttown.com), where you can see lots of old, rusting mining equipment and maybe even catch a demonstration. The mine is open 10am to 5pm daily, and admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12.
Most visitors come to Jerome for the shops, which offer an eclectic blend of contemporary art, chic jewelry, one-of-a-kind handmade fashions, and unusual imports. Of course, the inevitable ice-cream parlors and shops full of tacky souvenirs are present, too. To see what local artists are creating, stop in at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main St. (tel. 928/639-4276; www.jeromeartistscoop.com), on the west side of the street where Hull Avenue and Main Street fork as you come up the hill into town. For leather goods, stop in at Altai Leather Designs, 415 Main St. (tel. 928/639-2221; www.altaileather.com), which is across the street from the co-op gallery. Don't miss the eclectic offerings -- everything from surplus Russian army and navy uniforms to feather boas -- of the House of Joy, 416 N. Hull Ave. (tel. 928/634-5339; www.jeromesfinest.com), which is just up the street from the co-op gallery. A little farther up the road, the Raku Gallery, 250 Hull Ave. (tel. 928/639-0239; www.rakugallery.com), has gallery space on two floors and walls of glass across the back, with views of the red rocks of Sedona in the distance. Don't miss Nellie Bly, 136 Main St. (tel. 928/634-0255; www.nellieblyscopes.com), a shop full of handmade kaleidoscopes. Head down Main Street to find Aurum Jewelry, 369 Main St. (tel. 928/634-3330; www.aurumjewelry.com), which has a beautiful and eclectic collection of jewelry. A couple of doors away, you'll find Pura Vida Gallery, 501 School St. (tel. 928/634-0937; www.puravidagalleryjerome.com), which has a fascinating and eclectic selection of fine art, jewelry, and unusual Southwest-inspired furniture and fashions.
Jerome now has three winery tasting rooms, two of which are affiliated. My favorite of the town's wineries is Caduceus Cellars, 158 Main St. (tel. 928/639-9463; www.caduceus.org), which charges $5.50 to $13 to taste four wines. This tasting room is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm. The town's other two wineries are not as reliable as Caduceus Cellars, but some good wines can be found at both the Jerome Winery, 403 Clark St. (tel. 928/639-9067; www.jeromewinery.com), and Bitter Creek Winery, 240 Hull St. (tel. 928/634-7033; www.bittercreekwinery.com). Both of these tasting rooms charge $6 for four tastes. These two tasting rooms are open Sunday through Friday from 11am to 4 or 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
If you're in the market for local art, be sure to drop by the Old Jerome High School, which is on Ariz. 89A downhill from the main part of town and is full of artists' studios. On the first Saturday of each month, all of the studios here are open from 5 to 9pm for the Jerome Art Walk. Across the street from the old high school, you'll find Copper Mountain Antiques (tel. 928/634-3273), which is filled with fascinating antiques, many made of copper and many from France.
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