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Jerome AZ, Vortex, and Elder Hippies

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A February 2004 trip to Jerome by samepenny

Red Rooster Cafe Photo, Jerome, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Jerome is a fascinating old mining town that could serve as a set for the TV program Northern Exposure. Question: where did the hippies go to retire? Answer: Jerome, Arizona!

Jerome AZ, Vortex, and Elder Hippies

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Jerome has hopes of historic restoration Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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Jerome is a state of mind as well as a tiny town in the state of Arizona. In case you might wonder where the hippies of the '60s went to retire, many of them are in Jerome but keeping the old town going by operating stores, B&Bs, restaurants, and saloons. Yes, real saloons, many in the original locations of the wild and rough ones of over 100 years ago. The best thing to do is to take pictures and enjoy being there, but, of course, you have to eat and there are many really tasty restaurants. So there are two of your daily needs: food and entertainment. For a place to sleep, there are at least 10 B&B places, which are usually great value and include some meals. Gosh, I love dreaming about...Read More
The Inn at Jerome Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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I checked several B&Bs with the idea of where I want to stay for a return trip and this one is my pick of the litter. It is right on Main Street, has beautiful Victorian style rooms and has a saloon. What more could you want? The stairs are steep so it is not accessible for someone who uses a wheelchair. That is always a problem with really old buildings. Not to worry about the 'old' part, this building has been substantially reinforced with modern concrete and it not likely to go sliding down Cleopatra's hill any time soon. Book as far in advance as you can as this B&B is extremely popular during holidays such as Halloween (you can't even imagine what Jerome is like on that holid...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

The Inn at Jerome
311 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-4678

Red Rooster Cafe

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Restaurant

Red Rooster Cafe Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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Jerome sits most of the way up Mingus Mountain, the sunrise side of the slope, on Highway 89A. That's a curious drive if you are sensitive to heights and roads with out guardrails. I really needed to warm up with strong coffee and have some sugar to put my nerves back in order when I climbed up the stairs to the very fine (and rather cute) Red Rooster Cafe. Wait a minute! The ‘60s are long over, but what is going on here? Jerome may well be the place where a lot of hippies have decided to retire. It’s a historic district that happens to be sliding down the mountain to the Verde Valley below. So find your way to the Red Rooster and chow down. Rest a bit and settle in to enjoy scenic Jerome....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Red Rooster Cafe
363 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-7087

Hitching Post Restaurant

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Restaurant

Hitching Post Restaurant Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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Let me get the facts out. Sedona is a very expensive town. New restaurants in new buildings have big rent to pay. The Hitching Post has been in Sedona for a very long time and has a much lower cost basis for selling you food. So do you want a nice, tasty lunch for a reasonable price or do you want to pay two to three times as much in a new place? We spent $19 including tax for two plates of the daily special chalupas and iced tea. It was more food than we should have eaten, but it was so good we did! Although we chose to have food of the Southwestern style, the very full menu included all sorts of dishes to please everyone from vegetarians to Atkins folks. It’s always busy! That's becaus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2004

Hitching Post Restaurant
269 N Highway 89A
Jerome, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-7761

Vaughan's SouthWest Custom Tours Inc.

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Vaughan's SouthWest Custom Tours Inc. Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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Our cheerful driver met us on the dot of 7:30am in the lobby of our hotel. This was an indication of how our day would run. Well planned and timely! Chuck, the driver, not only knows his subject matter very well, but is very good at dealing with all sorts of people. We had a young child on our tour as well as a couple for whom English was a second language. Everyone had a very good time. We started out with a stop at the Arizona Biltmore to pick up one more couple, which gave us a total of 13 for the day. Everyone was comfortable in the van and Chuck switched our seating around at nearly every stop so we all got a change to have the best seats. Chuck is studying to be a teacher of history;...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Vaughan's SouthWest Custom Tours Inc.
P. O. Box 31250
Jerome, Arizona

Jerome Mine Museum

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Jerome Mine Museum Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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Tele: (928) 634-5477. Likely the easiest place to find in the tiny village of Jerome as there is both a large mine wheel/cog and a large bell in front of this building. Jerome is the site of one of the largest and richest copper mines in North America. Although the mine is now 'resting' the town itself and its people were for many decades dependent on the success of the mines. The entire town is a National Historic Landmark with very tight restrictions on what sort of new buildings can go up, what signs can be used and what can be changed along the way. The joke is that every house is required to look elderly even if brand new. Well, perhaps it isn't a joke, but true. The Mine Museum and sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Jerome Mine Museum
200 South Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-5477

Walking

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Attraction | "Walk yourself around Jerome Arizona"

Walking Photo, Jerome, Arizona
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I'm going to rate this 'intermediate' as the hills of Jerome are steep and some of the stairs are difficult. The Jerome guidebook at the Mine Museum has a map that covers a nice walking tour of the entire town. Well, it's not Rome. You can do it in a couple hours. One of my favorite spots is the Civic Building/Police Station/Town Hall next to the big stairs and the cement 'park' with its 'never going to wear out' bleacher seating. Just about the heart of town. This is a working police station just as the fire station down the way is new and very ready for action. Jerome can get very lively on weekend nights and the town has to be protected. A drunken drive down Highway 89A (few guardrails) mig...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Walking
Main Street
Jerome, Arizona

Montezuma Castle

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Attraction | "Montezuma's Castle"

Montezuma Castle Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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Stretch a moment back in time a thousand years. Forget that you arrived at this national park in a van or car. Cancel the thought that you are using a digital camera. Take a few quiet breaths and create in your mind what this place was like when the were people raising cotton, corn, pumpkins and squash and had wood fires burning. Can you hear children at play and hear dogs barking? The wise people who planned and built this settlement cut into the rocks, chose a site far above the average level that of the Verde River. These people known to us only as the Hohokam (Pima for 'those who have gone') created a multi-story apartment building that was sheltered from the burning sun or summer and the ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2004

Montezuma Castle
Off I-17, Exit 289
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Chapel of the Holy Cross Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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928/828-4069. Combine the view of the red mountains of Sedona with an architecturally significant building and you have the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building perches lightly on a very steep hilltop. The views are stunning both from within the chapel and the patios. Although the way up has been changed from steep stairs to a winding ramp, the going was difficult on the winter day of my visit. Icy spots and a strong wind made for a difficult journey to the top. Also I arrived at the Chapel in a Vaughan's Southwest tour van, which had permission to park in the highest parking lot. It is required that most visitors park much further down the hill and face a ste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Chapel of the Holy Cross
780 Chapel Road (east Of State Route 179)
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-4069