Trip Report: Jerome and Sedona
We arrived in Jerome on a blustery Monday and checked into the Connor Hotel (see review) which was great. We had heard of all the ghosts in Jerome and were hoping for a little action, but all we really got (except for some “orbs” in our pictures) was a little ghost cat sitting on the bed with me at night. We ate dinner that night at The Asylum and this was the best meal of our whole trip. I had sea bass and my husband had pork tenderloin , both of which were delicious. We also had the chocolate toffee mousse cake which nearly made my eyes role back in my head with joy. The restaurant was decorated for Halloween (as were the staff) so that was fun. The most amazing thing we saw though was a beautiful moonrise. We were there after dark so didn’t get full benefit of the view, but it has to be stunning during the day.
The next day we wandered around town browsing through galleries and shops as well as checking out the mine shaft which you can walk over and look waaaaay down into with a fancy light. That night we had some yummy pizza at “Grapes” then went on a ghost tour which was great fun. The guide took us to “one of the most haunted rooms in Jerome” and it turned out to be the room we had stayed in the night before at the Connor Hotel!
The second night in Jerome we spent at the Ghost City Inn which was not nearly as good an experience as we had at the Connor (see review). We did a little more wandering around the next morning, at a hamburger at The Haunted Hamburger (average) then headed to Clarkdale for a first class ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. This is a relaxing way to spend your afternoon, so don’t expect a thrill-a-minute experience. The scenery is beautiful, of course and the staff on the train very helpful and friendly. The food provided in first class was a little buffet of chicken wings, sub sandwiches, crudités, salad, cheese and crackers, and brownie bites. They also came around with ice cream bars ($1) on the trip back. Bottled water and potato chips were also provided. The bar had a pretty yummy prickly pear margarita (and other flavors) for $6 as well as a selection of beers and wines. Someone wrote in a review that this ride was “so boring that people were sleeping on the way back”, but I personally thought that was a GOOD thing! We weren’t bored – just relaxed and happy.
One interesting note – while my husband and I thought Jerome was very cool and interesting and we loved the people and the funky, hippy vibe we both had headaches and felt unexplainably tense the whole time we were there. The minute we left the mountain we felt totally fine. I read somewhere that some people are very sensitive to the “energy” there perhaps due to all the metal in the mountain. I’m not sure what it was but while we absolutely loved Jerome, we couldn’t wait to leave!
After the train we headed to Sedona to stay at the Sky Ranch Lodge which was a great choice (see review). We found Sedona itself to be much more hectic and crowded than we expected it to be. Also many people were very rude including drivers who honked, screamed obscenities and gave us the finger when we went too slow through one of the round-a-bouts. We did both of the Trolley tours to get an overview of the town which was a pretty good idea, but I think we would have been just as well off to get a good map and talk to someone at the chamber of commerce. One excellent tip that the guide gave us was to go to “Red Rock Crossing” on the “upper red rock canyon loop” and hike the easy hike along a beautiful stream to the base of Cathedral Rock. I have rheumatoid arthritis and so can’t do a whole lot of walking, and while my feet were a little sore at the end of the day I was definitely able to do this beautiful hike with no trouble and it was SO worth the effort. Once we got into the wilderness and away from the traffic and noise we were much happier to be visiting Sedona.
We ate at The Coffee Pot (see review), Shugrutes, El Rincon and found them all to be fine but pretty costly and nothing really special. Overall, this was a great trip but we found Sedona to be much less peaceful and calm than we had envisioned. It’s certainly in a beautiful spot though and worth the trip just to see the landscape. Probably if we had it to do over, we would get a cabin in Oak Creek Canyon and make day trips to both Jerome and Sedona.