Well satisfied, we set out to explore the town. First stop was the Jerome Grand Hotel - a 'mile high' resort. The building is the site of the old hospital that lay in ruins for years and was restored in the 1990's
. The restaurant is called 'the Asylum' and the halls are decorated with historical photos and pictures of ladies of the night. As the highest point in town the view on the valley side is spectacular. The back wall of the multi-story building is against the cliff of the mountain. Then down to the mainstreet, past the Doctor's house bed and breakfast, a beautiful place on the highest street in the town. Chris and Sandy recommend it highly as they stayed here on a previous visit. The shops are interesting and have a wide assortment of merchandise. One of my favourites is the largest kelidoscope store in the ? - a wonderful assortment of items. We left Jerome when the sun moved behind the mountain - the temperature dropped dramatically and suddenly. Earlier in the day I was comfortable in just a sweater although there was snow on the ground and the trickles of water from the hillside were frozen. Once the sun was gone, it was a different story.
Down in the valley once again, Chris suggested that we check to see if the excursion train run by the Verde Valley Railway was in the station or not. It wasn't, but it was close enough to the time for the return of the afternoon excursion train that we waited and were soon rewarded with the opportunity to see it appear and disappear as it wound its way up out of the canyon. This excursion train comes highly recommended, and like the unvisited shops on the lower streets of Jerome, requires consideration again at a later date.
Too late to tour the site, we did a drive-by of the Tuzigoot Ruins. As a fan of the series of books 'People of the .....' by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, I am facinated with these ancient ruin sites. Then back to Phoenix for the weekend.
We spent the morning seeing the sights in the proximity of the resort and then we were on the road to Jerome for lunch. Jerome is officially a ghost town, a relic of the gold and copper mining era. The houses and stores literally hang from the side of the mountain and as you walk along one of the upper streets you look down on the top of the buildings along the next lower street. Today it has become a popular artisan community and tourist stop about half an hour out of Sedona. Our first stop was at the Haunted Hamburger - another not to be missed stop recommended by Sandy and Chris. Chris thinks that the hamburgers are the best-in-the-west and I, who am not a big hamburger fan, have to reluctantly agree that they are really good.