We're back and we have so much to share with you! Earlier this week, we took a spontaneous road trip to southern California (which is so, so beautiful), but last weekend we also took another mini trip...
Last Sunday, we hit the wide open desert roads for Jerome, Arizona! Have you ever heard of the little town? Jerome was once a booming mining town, but today, its population is just under 500 people and its vibe is welcoming and artsy with a spooky twist.
Since my parents had previously visited Jerome, they already knew of the best spots. So, we started at the Jerome State Historic Park and while Mike and I ran through the Douglas Mansion, my dad wandered the mansion grounds with Pierogi and Gilly.
One of my favorite features of Jerome is the "J" (for Jerome) on Cleopatra Hill. At first, I thought that the marker was a result of modern marketing, but it's been there since the beginning. Jerome sits at an elevation of around 5,000 feet and the "J" is visible from towns away.
When we had made our way through the historic park, we headed downtown to see the sights of what we had just learned of (through the museum in the mansion) come alive. *Cue the scary music*
So, we mentioned that the town has a spooky twist... Jerome labels itself as the "Largest Ghost Town in America" ever since its population took a rapid nosedive from a combination of its mining industry evaporating and multiple catastrophes striking.
Like many downtown areas, the streets of downtown Jerome were lined with shops offering art, gifts and sweets and, of course, plenty of restaurants. The town benefits largely from tourism, but it never felt overly touristy. Plus, the town came off pretty dog-friendly! We passed packs of cute dogs as we maneuvered through the streets and were stopped by so many dog lovers that Pierogi and Gilly could barely keep up with all the petting :)
After spending some time in the center of town, my dad asked if we were brave enough to visit the Jerome Grand Hotel - an old hospital turned haunted hotel. Of course, we were all game, so we headed up!
There it is! The structure looked fairly innocent under the bright sun, but it does stand alone - towards the top of Cleopatra Hill. Several ghost shows have featured this hotel, which Mike and I immediately looked up as soon as we returned home. Do you get into that sort of thing?
All that ghost hunting had enticed our appetites (coincidence?!), so afterwards, we stopped off at this delicious deli before heading home. We plopped down on a few steps, while Gilly patiently patrolled the ground for loose crumbs.
Would you ever visit Jerome? It was definitely an easy and fun area to maneuver with dogs, just be sure to keep plenty of water on hand. We carry this, plus extra water, everywhere. Know of any other hidden gems in Arizona? Let us know below!
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...