One perfect day in Jerome, AZ

Get to know this reinvented historic mining town

Teresa Bitler

Make time for wine: The grapes come from Wilcox, in the southeast of the state, but if you want to sample Bitter Creek Winery's popular Crusader ( a blend of Barbera, Cab, Zin, and Petite Sirah), you'll need to visit its cozy Jerome tasting room. Six bucks gets you four splashes plus the chance to enjoy the artwork and photography for sale on the winery's burgundy-hued walls. 240 Hull Ave.; 928/634-7033.

Go gallery hopping: One night a month, the town's galleries and art studios open their doors and serve refreshments for the First Saturday Jerome Art Walk. But who says you have to walk? A free shuttle will cart you to the action. Stop by Gallery 527 for live music and bold acrylics, and Pura Vida Gallery, known for its copper jewelry and chocolate treats.

Make it a weekend: In the heart of Main Street, the historic Connor Hotel features a dozen well-appointed rooms, some with pressed-tin ceilings, and huge windows with mountain views. From $90;

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Mile High Grill is famous for its hand-pressed Angus burgers, the best in Jerome. Don't miss the Muma, a 3/4-pound beef patty topped with cream cheese-filled serrano peppers. $; 309 Main St.; 928/634-5094.

Some call the Spirit Room a biker bar, but you won't see Hells Angels slugging it out on the dance floor. This charming 1898 saloon feels downright cordial, with soft lighting, stiff drinks, and live blues, rock, and bluegrass on weekends. 116 Main; 928/634-8809.

The chocolate-dipped cheesecake and other sweets at Gisele's Cafe & Bakery are well worth forking into but the real treat is the montecao, a powdery, cinnamon-topped cookie based on a 130-year-old Algerian family recipe. $; 115 Jerome Ave.; 928/649-3847.


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