From Southern California airports, restricted round-trip fares to Phoenix are $117-$142. From Phoenix, drive 90 miles north on Interstate 17 to Arizona 260, then take Arizona 89A toward Jerome.
WHERE TO STAY:
Surgeon's House Bed and Breakfast, 100 Hill St.; (928) 639-1452 or (800) 639-1452, www.surgeonshouse.com. Perhaps the most beautiful small hotel in town, at the top of the hill. Doubles from $120.
Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast, 541 Main St.; (928) 634-4678, vwww.ghostcityinn.com. Fresh cookies daily, hot tub and deck; friendly owners have resulted in many repeat guests. Doubles from $120.
Connor Hotel, 164 Main St.; (928) 634-5006 or (800) 523-3554, www.connorhotel.com. This 12-room hotel is right in the center of town, which is good for anyone who wants to avoid too many hills. Doubles from $90.
Jerome Grand Hotel, 200 Hill St.; (928) 634-8200 or (888) 817-6788, www.jeromegrandhotel.net. Sweeping views, hallways decorated with Arizona antiques, home to the gourmet Asylum restaurant. Beware: Locals insist it's haunted. Doubles from $110.
WHERE TO EAT:
English Kitchen, 119 Jerome Ave.; (928) 634-2132. (Restaurant is closed for vacation until Jan. 30.) Open for breakfast and lunch. Traditional breakfast fare; for lunch, homemade pies and soups, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Lunch main dishes from $6.79.
Haunted Hamburger, 410 N. Clark St.; (928) 634-0554. Have a huge burger on the outside deck and watch the sunset. Like all Jerome establishments, it's small but makes up for its size with huge portions. Perhaps the most popular eatery in town, lively atmosphere. Sandwiches from $5.
Spirit Room saloon, 166 Main St.; (928) 634-8809, www.spiritroom.com. Jerome's main spot for live music, dancing and drinks. Great for people watching. Locals spend their time here. A must-do for any visitor. Live music 2-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Asylum, 200 Hill St. (inside the Grand Hotel); (928) 639-3197, www.theasylum.biz. American cuisine, including seafood, meats and pasta. Extensive wine list includes selections from Arizona's new wine industry. Deserts are gigantic. Entrées start at $17.
Flatiron Cafe, 416 Main St.; (928) 634-2733. Open for breakfast, lunch. A good spot for espresso drinks in the morning. From the windows, you can see the motorcyclists driving into and out of town.
WHAT TO DO:
Walking tour with local historian Nancy Smith; (928) 300-8572 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 per person.
Jerome State Historic Park/Douglas Mansion, just off Arizona 89A on Douglas Road; (928) 634-5381. Jerome's mining history can be explored here (and at the Historical Society's Mine Museum) $3.
TO LEARN MORE:
Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum, 200 Main St.; (928) 634-5477. Across from the Spirit Room. Just one room, but this collection of photos and antiques is a thorough look at Jerome's history, especially the immigrants who flocked here during its mining heyday.
Jerome Chamber of Commerce, 310 Hull Ave.; (928) 634-2900, www.jeromechamber.com.
— Dennis Sigman and Eve Conant