After hitting up Sedona, the first stop on my solo Northern Arizona road trip, I drove the winding 28 miles to the tippy top of Cleopatra Hill to the quaint town of Jerome, Arizona. Truth be told, even though its charm attracts thousands of tourists, I was there for only one reason, to track down a rock star.

The streets of Jerome, Arizona are narrow and lined with unique shops worthy of more than just a peek. I easily found parking, with a view, and started peeking.
downtown jerome arizona

Many stores were housed in these buildings reminiscent of an old Bordello. I was charmed by the clothes hanging on the porch.
building in Jerome, Arizonabuilding in Jerome, Arizona

I had to refrain from purchasing this ceramic pig made by a local Jerome, Arizona street artist. Though tempting, I was on a mission that didn’t involve a swine. Besides, I couldn’t imagine it fitting in the planes overhead bin.
Ceramic Street Art in Jerome, ArizonaCeramic Street Art in Jerome, Arizona

I passed the House of Joy and backtracked because I wanted some. The store is housed in a building that once did business as a brothel. Was this pig a representation of this? Hmmm. And the inside of the shop was loaded with whimsical knick knacks; capes, vintage jazz posters, World War artifacts, burlesque-style attire, etc.
House of Joy in Jerome, ArizonaHouse of Joy in Jerome, Arizona

Even the exterior of The House of Joy was decked out. Its “No Trespassing” yard was decorated in a hodge podge of…stuff. Fire hydrants, stoplights, antique glassware, pottery, etc.
Exterior of House of Joyexterior of Houseof Joy in Jerome, Arizona

Finally, I ended up at Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vinyards tasting roomin the downtown of Jerome, Arizona, where I hoped to stalk Maynard James Keenan from the band Tool. Not only is he a rock star, he makes wine too.

I had visions of him working the tasting counter, pouring me a little sip of red and explaining the importance of wine breathing. Heck, maybe he would even be belting out a song from the Lateralus CD.

Turns out, the closest I got to Maynard was this very cool poster.
Merkin Vinyards in Jerome, Arizona

At least there was wine.

After a fruitless rock star hunt, it was time to leave the cute town of Jerome, Arizona. Even though my search came up empty, spending a few hours here was worth the trek.
downtown Jerome, Arizona

Have you ever tried to hunt down someone famous? Have you been to Jerome, Arizona?