photo courtesy of Palisade Chamber of Commerce & Jim Cox JC/Photography
In Colorado’s Western Slope, located just off of Interstate-70 and only a 4 hour drive from Denver, is the small town of Palisade, affectionately dubbed “The Wine Capital of Colorado” thanks to acres and acres of vineyards and an abundance of wineries that make up the town’s landscape. With the Book Cliff Mountains looming near and the Colorado River rolling through town from the mouth of DeBeque Canyon, Palisade is not only a destination for a relaxing getaway, but also for adventure-seekers and outdoor-lovers looking to paddle, bike, and hike their way through the area’s breathtaking scenery. The year-round climate in Palisade is mostly warm and sunny, but the months of May, June and September offer especially mild temps, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine outdoors after a day of exploring. Charming inns and bed and breakfasts provide lodging options, and meals can be sourced from the locally-grown produce stands in town, or at one of the rustic restaurants in downtown Palisade, which is also home to the Palisade Brewing Company andPeach Street Distillers. Visit Palisade September 17-20 for the Colorado Mountain Winefest which features tastings, grape stomps, live music, and a 25-mile bike ride through Palisade’s picturesque wine country.