Commerce within the Rocky Mountains for the excessive desert, about three-and-a-half hours west of Denver. Solely 40 miles out from the Utah border, the terrain will start to alter as you zig-zag by Mesa County’s large canyons. Tucked in between Mt. Garfield and the sprawling Grand Mesa, Palisade, The Peach Capital of Colorado, is asking your title. Whereas this is probably not everybody’s favourite fruit, the contemporary peaches are price a pitstop, and the miles of vineyards, orchards, and trails are causes to remain a number of days.
Break up the journey by stopping in Glenwood Springs, the house of Doc Vacation, to benefit from the mineral sizzling springs and spectacular Hanging Lake Hike, or make it a full blown roadtrip in your means out to Moab. Both means, listed here are six the explanation why Palisade needs to be in your to-hit checklist:
Sip your means round Colorado’s ‘wine nation’
Dwelling to 33 vineyards (that’s over 1 / 4 of Colorado’s wineries) there isn’t any scarcity of top-tier wines on this city. Located within the Grand Valley Viticultural Space, a chosen wine grape-growing area, the winemakers in Palisade are churning out high quality blends and utilizing some distinctive grapes you received’t discover elsewhere. You’ll be shocked to see the unusual Cabernet Franc on a number of menus. “It’s Colorado’s grape,” defined Juliann Adams, proprietor of Vines 79, “as a result of it grows particularly properly on this space, taking over a vegative style, which is why so lots of the native spots use it to actually capitalize on that earthy, true, Coloradian style.” You should definitely pattern it, and some different classics, at Vines 79 Wine Barn. The 100-year-old peach-packing barn, situated within the Vinelands, performs up a Western aptitude with their rustic tasting room and out of doors patio.
In the event you actually wish to take your tastebuds on a visit, a cease at Vineyard of the Yr, Sauvage Spectrum, is a should. Winemaker Patric Matysiewski comes from a brewery background, which reveals within the model’s line of funky glowing wines. Matysiewski and grapegrower Kaibab Sauvage are juicing pure creativity, difficult the business on what Colorado wine really is whereas staying true to their excessive desert fruit roots. On their menu you’ll discover chilly hearty hybrid grapes like Verona and Petite Pearl, however we’d encourage you to strive one thing tremendous distinctive just like the Pure Glowing Tasting Flight, which options funky hazy pure wines with flavors like orange rind, honeydew, and tart berry and a skin-contact Rosé.
Subsequent, kick it into excessive gear above the Colorado River at Restoration Vineyards, a classy, car-themed vineyard with unbelievable views of the Grand Mesa and Bookcliff Mountains. When the proprietor was laid off from his job at Mercedes-Benz, he and his spouse turned their ardour for wine, Palisade, and restoration initiatives into this retirement mission. It’s a must to take dwelling a bottle (or field) of their non-traditional pink wine, Barbera—they’re one among solely two vineyards to develop it and the one one to bottle it.
Swap out the grapes for a chilly one
Not a wine lover? Not an issue. Head throughout the river and up the highway to the mecca, Talbott’s Farmstand the place you’re positive to seek out one thing to fall in love with. Since 1907, the farmstand has managed 350 acres of peaches, pressed contemporary apple juice and stocked domestically grown fruits, greens, preserves, and extra of their zero-waste facility. Now operated by sixth-generation Charles Talbott, the farmstand has expanded right into a Arduous Cider Faucet Room with an outside music venue and unbelievable lineup of arduous ciders that basically tip a glass to Colorado, just like the Alpine Begin, Rafter IPC (a tackle an India Pale Cider), ColoMosa, and the Summer time Sundown, canned to completely depict the Palisade solar setting over Mt. Garfield.
Downtown, Peach Road Distillers and Palisade Brewing Firm are additionally finest at school for these in search of a non-wine choice. Conveniently situated on The Happiest Block within the West, the 2 establishments are in good firm with a dispensary, vineyard, and tasting room all inside a minute stroll of one another.
Embrace the outside
There’s no higher technique to sweat out your hangover (or keep away from one altogether) than heading out on one among Palisade’s varied trails.
Biking is by far one of the best ways to get round city whether or not you might be cruising between wineries, alongside the Colorado river, or exploring the outskirts of city within the East Orchard Mesa Loop. The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway is a superb place to get a style of all of it. Separated into three totally different routes you’ll move varied orchards, vineyards, contemporary fruit stands, and get a tour of the historic downtown. Head to Fast Creek Cycles to hire E-bikes, seaside cruisers, highway bikes, mountain bikes, and for individuals who are actually on the lookout for a thrill, join the store’s Palisade Plunge shuttle which takes you to an elevation of 10,700 ft on high of the Grand Mesa. The well-known 32-mile mountain bike path weaves you 6,000 ft down into city providing beautiful views of Palisade and Mt. Lincoln.
For dawn hikers (in the event you’re not a morning particular person you might wish to change into one on this journey as a result of the temperatures warmth up quick), Mt. Garfield or the 8.8 mile Palisade Rim path are best methods to start out your day. And if it’s so sizzling that gazing on the Colorado River isn’t reprieve sufficient, then hop in and raft it or hire a SUP.
Bask in peach pie, peach cobbler, peach every part, plus an esteemed culinary establishment
Peach shacks line the streets of Palisade promoting fruit contemporary off the tree in baskets, in addition to pies, breads, jams, salsas, ice cream, and nearly each variation you possibly can think about.
When you’ve had your fill of fruit, head downtown to the brand new hautespot Fidel’s Cocina & Bar. Their spicy cucumber margarita, intensive tequila assortment, and a la carte tacos make this the right spot to get a gaggle collectively for completely satisfied hour or a laid again dinner.
In the event you actually wish to make your journey to Palisade one to recollect, a coveted reservation at Pêche. Restaurant will do exactly that. The house owners put on their Michelin-starred background frivolously. With a bustling, uncovered kitchen and humble menu that turns easy substances into beautiful dishes, Pêche. Restaurant is a must-hit for a thick loaf of sourdough bread topped with contemporary Palisade heirloom tomatoes… to start out.
Keep in a quaint native spot or camp out
After pulling off I-70 you’ll be immediately greeted by The Wine Nation Inn, and we recommend pulling over if you wish to keep in Palisade’s most accommodating institution. Surrounded by vineyards, the Victorian-style resort makes friends really feel as if time has slowed down, with their rocking chair-lined patios, top-of-line-breakfast buffet, and day by day complimentary wine tastings.
For a extra trendy keep, regardless of the title, is the Spoke & Vine Motel. Renovated in 2019, the motel wins friends over with its minimalist method and a focus to element—assume domestically roasted espresso, a light-weight breakfast delivered to your door, native artists on show, and naturally, a beer backyard.
However in the event you got here to Palisade on a mountain biking, river rafting mission then Palisade Basecamp RV Resort or the North Fruita Desert Campground are the highest spots for tenting, pulling up an RV and kicking again with fellow adrenaline junkies.
Plan a visit round one of many city’s acclaimed meals, drink and music festivals
If these 5 causes weren’t sufficient to get you on the highway, then plan a visit round one among their well-known fests:
Colorado Mountain Winefest, voted top-of-the-line wine festivals within the nation, occurs in mid-September. Other than the pageant’s wine tastings, chef demos, and dwell music, this can be a nice time to pop into Palisade since the entire surrounding wineries have their very own units of programming, specials, music lineups, and extra to have fun this yearly occasion.
The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Pageant, happening in the beginning of June proper alongside the river, is an effective way to kick off summer time jamming out to among the nation’s most gifted bluegrass artists with none obligation to imbibe in a single fashion of beverage.
And simply while you didn’t assume Palisade might get any peachier, the annual Palisade Peach Pageant will show you improper. As you possibly can think about, the weekend-long occasion celebrates farmers and enterprise house owners that give Palisade its status as The Peach Capital of Colorado. Eat, drink, dance, and don’t miss the annual crowning of the Peach Queen & Peach Courtroom.