I must be “politically correct” here and say that I do not endorse any hotel or hotel chain, as there are numerous places to stay in Colorado offering a variety of accommodations and price ranges. However, if you are looking for a special place to stay while in Palisade, the Wine Country Inn is superb! Located off I-70 at exit #42, it is convenient to all of Palisade’s wineries. One of the reasons I included this hotel, is they actually are a functioning vineyard and are surrounded by 20 acres of grapes.
The hotel features 80 rooms….72 in the main guest house and 8 suites in the Vinters House. They offer a full, chief-prepared, complimentary breakfast and in the afternoons provide wine tasting and information. There is also the Tapestry Lounge that offers tapas and a wine bar.
The Inn just opened a new restaurant onsite called Caroline’s, named after owners, Richard and Jean Tally’s granddaughter. It is upscale dining featuring French and American cuisine. The price range is $18-$34 for entrees and includes local and fresh seasonal items whenever possible. The restaurant’s wine list includes both a variety of Colorado wines (by the glass or bottle) and wines from around the world.
Whether you are a Wine Country Inn guest or staying at another hotel, stop by their “Live in the Vines” Friday evening music event during the summer months. Its held on their outside patio and complimentary for hotel guests.
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I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days in the Grand Valley a few weeks ago. Living in metro Denver, I enjoyed the quietness of the valley and no road rage!! I visited most of the 23 wineries that make up the Grand Valley Region. For my next several blogs, I will be highlighting the wineries that I visited and providing my thoughts about them. I hope you enjoy the information, and if you don’t reside in Palisade, that you will take a few days and spend some time in the area. Besides the winery stops there numerous sites to visit…two of my favorites are the Colorado National Monument and SunCrest Orchard Alpacas (more about my exciting visit with them on another blog).
Its summer in the valley, and currently the region is filled with fruit. Of course, our favorite being the grapes growing for winemaking!! But other fruit abounds and cherries, peaches, plums, pears and others are ripe for eating.
If you need a place to stay, the Wine Country Inn (I’ll blog about them later) is located in the center of its own vineyard and at I-70 and Exit #42 in the center of Palisade. There are other hotels, motels (many found on Horizon Drive at Exit #31) and B&Bs that are available as well. The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau off Horizon Drive exit can help with your “tourist” needs.
I must admit, while I am familiar with the area, my book – Exploring Colorado Wineries – sure came in handy to organize my visit…knowing when the winery’s tasting room was open and using the printed directions to get there. If you don’t have a copy, you can purchase one through my website…www.ExploringColoradoWineries. Okay, enough of a plug about my book!!
Hope you enjoy your tour of the Grand Valley Region!
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