It’s about a two hour drive from the Active Adult Community of PebbleCreek to Jerome, AZ, making Jerome an ideal destination for a brief getaway. In addition to being close – it is also more than 5,000 feet above sea level so it can be an escape from the Phoenix summer heat.
The drive is at least half the fun… an easy drive north on I-17 and a couple of twists and turns thru small towns surrounding the Prescott National Forest and you are there. The area is known for red rocks and, even from the car, you can’t miss the beautiful scenery.
Jerome is a step back in time. There is something about both the homes- perched on ledges and seemingly vulnerable to the next stiff breeze – and the roads – narrow and built at angles that don’t immediately translate in my “map on a grid” mindset – that make the ghosts of copper miners with perhaps not quite enough to do after hours seem almost vivid and alive. In fact, the town has a thriving reputation as a ghost town, and from my recent visit, I can assure you that one need only visit the streets to get a sense of the rough and tumble life the town once supported.
My recent trip included visits to the Jerome State Historic Park, the Mile High Grill and Inn and the Largest Kaleidoscope store in the world. Parking on the old streets was a bit of a challenge, but the free shuttle service from a parking lot about two blocks out of town worked well. The lunch was memorable – I always enjoy sitting and talking with the local folks at the bar – and while I was not in the market for a kaleidoscope, the shop is a must see. The kaleidoscope store is just one of MANY shops in town, with something for everyone: ice cream, Christmas decorations, clothing, art. Time goes quickly just simply browsing.
For more insight in to a visit to the city, this article might be helpful.
Overall…. a memorable day trip from PebbleCreek at an affordable cost with some beautiful scenery, historic sites, unique shops and laid back restuarants. What is not to love?