Today, we decided to drive the 13 miles to Jerome. This is an old mining town located pretty much on the side of the hill.
However, we sure did enjoy our view.
After lunch, we headed up one more flight of stairs to go visit the Jerome Hotel. Before we got there, this sign beckoned to us and we had to check out Olive Oil Traders. We spent quite awhile there sampling the infused flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars. I never thought combining different flavors of olive oils and vinegars could be so fun and tasty. There was absolutely no oily taste, just good flavors.
We were on our way to the Jerome Hotel. Here's a sign that pretty well explains the roads here. The town is literally on the mountain. You can loop around each street while you are walking or just climb flights of stairs.
After some steady uphill climbing we made it to the Jerome Grand Hotel
with some pretty impressive views. At one time, Jerome had as many as 15,000 people, but today there are only about 500 residents.
We began our walk back down the mountain to the parking lot where our car was parked. There were some interesting shops to stop at along the way.
At the parking lot, we stopped to see the Sliding Jail. Apparently, the whole town is shifting and the jail has actually slid down from where it once was.
We headed out making a wrong turn but what a view we were rewarded with!
We were able to turn around at this viewpoint and head back down the mountain. What a great way to spend a day!