It is always the perfect time to visit Palisade as it is less than 13 miles from Grand Junction! With a population of 2,700 it provides a 'small town' feel for travelers. Palisade is perched on the edge of the Grand Mesa and sits next to the Colorado River. It offers breathtaking views every direction you turn!
Palisade has over 20 vineyards and wineries with tastings and tours. Some of the premium varieties grown here include shiraz, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and several German-inspired wines. Vintners in the region make many delicious fruit wines as well as several meads from the local fruit. The warm days and cool nights also create the ideal conditions for growing sweet fruit. Make sure you bring a container for buying some fresh fruits from one of the fruit stands. Festivals are held celebrating both wines and peaches each year. At the Colorado Mountain Winefest you can do everything from sampling the latest vintages to stomping grapes. The Palisade Peach Festival celebrates the harvest of its 500,000 peach trees by more than 300 local growers.
Colorado's only Lavender Festival is held in Palisade during the summer. You will be able to learn about lavender varieties grown in Palisade and have the opportunity to speak with growers. There are demonstrations, seminars and workshops held with free entertainment each day during the festival. http://www.coloradolavender.org/events/festival
Palisade also has excellent recreational opportunities; fishing, boating, hiking, biking, golfing or nearby skiing and snowboarding at Powderhorn.
A suggested scenic trip would include the area on the Palisade Fruit and Wine Byway! It is a favorite of automobile travelers and bicyclists from around the world. You can experience the beautiful orchards, lavender gardens, world class vineyards, wineries and fresh farm market fruit stands along the way.
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