Across the valley from Sedona, nestled mile high in the Cleopatra mountains of the Black Hills of Arizona is the artist’s haven, Jerome Arizona. Once the site of the largest copper mining operation in the World, Jerome is re-surging as an artist colony and ‘The most haunted ghost town’ in America. With less than 500 permanent residents there is plenty of room for both.
As you would expect in a mountain town, the roads twist and turn, switch back and then back again. Slow down and enjoy the view. The Verde Valley spreads out below, with a verdant river running through it. And keep a look out for unique houses perched precariously on the hillside. Some of the oldest homes and buildings are more than 100 years old. Most of the older houses have an incredible history complete with ghost stories.
Park in any of the many public parking areas and walk up and down the streets. There are at least 3 wineries to check out, and a good handfull of restaurants to choose from. Be sure to check out The Haunted Hamburger for a huge burger and ghost photos taken during the recent renovation. Ask about the hammers.
Make time to meander through the various shops and art galleries. Some artists live and work in Jerome, others live in the Verde Valley and have galleries in Jerome and Sedona. One artist we met was V. Norton, she works in multiple mediums and is very passionate. Ask her about her “Spirit Seekers” masks.
Be sure to take a ghost tour one evening. Richard at Ghost City Tours was very knowledgeable about the town’s history and a great guide. And since all the bed and breakfast inns, including Ghost City Inn, and the Connor Hotel are said to be haunted, you just might have an ethereal experience of your own!