Had a different trip planned for my BF's Bday, but flooding has forced me to alter plans. I was lucky enough to get three nights at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade for Sunday, Sept 29th through Tuesday night (sat was sold out for room we wanted). Never really spent any time in this area (just driven right by a lot). So trying to plan a last minute trip for 3/4 days in the area. Need some help with ideas and timing, etc.
Sunday - Drive to Palisade from West Denver foothills with Stop in Vail for brunch. Arrive Palisade around 12:30 PM. Check out downtown/any shops etc. 2:00 PM Peach Street Distillery tour. Question: I hear there is a food truck at the Distillery on Sundays? True? Cravings I think is the name. Have a drink and an afternoon snack here then Check in hotel. Maybe check out one of the wineries next door to hotel. Late light Dinner at hotel.
Monday - Head early to Colorado National Monument through Fruita entrance. How long would you say to spend here to drive through and do one or two short hikes to overlooks? 3 hours about? Planning lunch at Bin707 in GJ for some some small plates. Then stop at a couple wineries on way back to Palisade ... .Hermosa; Mesa Park, and Graystone (bf likes ports .. I hear Graystone the best for ports?). Also how long does a wine tasting take in this area in general? Probably going to want a nap when get back and then thought would do his "nice" B-day dinner than night at Wine Country Inn. Anyone eaten there with the new chef?
Tuesday - Rent bikes and do one of the shorter wine loops (7 miles). Will any fruit stands still be open this late in the season? Also trying to figure out how many stops to realistically plan for the day. Want to schedule in a stop a couple hours in at Maison La Belle because I hear they have artisan cheeses and meats to snack on for a light lunch. Not sure where to eat this night, because Inaraios (sp?) in Palisade is only open W-SA. Suggestion for Grand Junction after we sleep off any residual wine buzz we didn't bike off?
Wednesday - Head home but plan on detouring through Grand Mesa for some leaf viewing/pics. Think we will just drive to lands end/lake views and then head back out same way back to I-70 instead of doing the whole loop through Paonia? But not sure ....Don't want the drive back to Denver area to be too long. Do we have a good chance of leaves still being in Peak on October 2?
Thanks for answers to any of these questions or any other input/advice! Oh and what temps to expect say at the top of Grand Mesa as well as Colorado National Monument.