Adventure in Wine Country Colorado

AWR Trip Report

Staff Members: Robin Paschall
Travel Dates: September 2014
Destinations Visited:  Palisade and Fruita, Colorado

We don’t always have to travel to the other side of the world — sometimes AWR staff finds adventure right near home.  This fall, we visited Palisade and Fruita — great for hikers, bikers, river rafters, and wine lovers alike!

DAY 1 — Lunch at local winery and live music downtown

Once we arrived in Palisade, we hopped on our bikes and had a beautiful ride through the vineyards to a winery that makes you feel like you have traveled to France: Maison la Belle Vie.  The evening’s entertainment was the Stray Grass Band at the Palisade Brewery.  The Brewery is a local’s favorite with a fun outside patio.

DAY 2 — Mountain biking in Fruita and wine tasting in Palisade

The second day started with a mountain bike ride in Horse Thief Canyon along the Kokopelli Trail.  Followed by a “peach pizza” at the Hot Tomato Restaurant in downtown Fruita!

The afternoon was spent visiting one of the many wonderful wineries in the area.  Wine tastings are free, there is a good variety of wine flavors, nice views, and interesting people!

DAY 3 — Colorado Mountain Wine Fest

For us, the Wine Fest started with the 25-mile Tour De Vineyards road bike ride through the wine country.  A great way to start the day!

Colorado Mountain Wine Fest is an all-day wine tasting event with live music, seminars, grape crushing, and much more!

We enjoyed our stay at the Wine Country Inn!

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