Thursday, April 30, 2009
Colorado Springs's Over the Hill Gang, International (OTHGI), in partnership with Beyond Boundaries Travel, offers active travel adventures, special discounts, and extra savings on trips to destinations around the world. This 4-day, 3-night affordable and action packed journey through Colorado’s Wine Country takes place on the “California Zephyr”, an Amtrak train car starting at Denver’s Union Station.
This scenic trip through the stunning Colorado Rockies takes visitors into the heart of the wine country and to Grand Junction, a charming town surrounded by red rock landscapes and fertile valleys---the perfect place to produce spectacular wines. The brand new Wine Country Inn, Colorado’s first wine-themed hotel, will welcome visitors with a wine reception and offers perfect accommodation for rest and relaxation after days of biking, rafting, hiking, and vineyard touring. Priced at less than $900, this offers 50+ travelers a great value.
Trip Highlights Include:
• A journey aboard the California Zephyr from Denver to Grand Junction with wine tasting and a Colorado Historian joining the trip
• 3 nights deluxe accommodations at the Wine Country Inn
• Daily Wine Country breakfast buffet
• Welcome Dinner and Farewell Winemakers Dinner
• Rafting trip with a river-side dinner
• Choice of a bicycling tour through the vineyard region OR a tour of the Grand Mesa
• Hiking in Colorado National Monument
• Guided vineyard tours and tastings
• Private coach transportation back to Denver
• Professionally-trained and experienced OTHGI Trip Host
Trip cost: $869 per person, Single supplement: $175, Deposit: $300, Balance: July 1, 2009. This trip is available to both members and non-members, so it’s a great introduction to OTHGI trips. Reservations should be made before June 15, 2009 to ensure a spot on the trip.
Beyond Boundaries Travel
CONTACT: Jeannie Barresi
Click Here for Media Kit
Over the Hill Gang International
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Under the title, "In the Still of the Night," Westword Food Writer Jason Sheehan writes:
"Everyone knows that Colorado boasts an impressive array of OCD microbrewers getting all freaky with their hops and barley. Everyone knows that if you're a serious beer snob, there's no better place than Denver to indulge your pretentiousness. But frankly, what really gets me going is the new mini-boom in Colorado micro-distilleries — artisan producers who've gone beyond the ubiquitousness of the neighborhood brewery and moved straight into the hard stuff."
"Stranahan's is one of the best known, and I do love me some Stranahan's whiskey. Irish or no, I put it up there among Jameson, Kilbeggan and Bushmills as one of my favorites. Small batch, locally made — it's some serious artisan spirit, and therefore makes me feel like I'm doing good just by getting hammered. And what with the facility being located right at 2405 Blake Street, I'm not just staying true to the localvore's hundred-mile rule, but occasionally to something like a hundred-yard rule."
"Out in Palisade, Peach Street Distillers does lots of different things, including fruit-infused brandies, grappas and vodka (called Goat and now available, appropriately enough, at the Fainting Goat, at 846 Broadway), but the two that interest me most are the Jackelope gin and the Colorado straight bourbon. The bourbon is remarkable simply because it's the first Colorado straight bourbon being made legally, but also because it's made with Olathe sweet corn. And the gin is worthy of note because, first, gin is awesome and doesn't get drunk nearly enough these days, and second, because it's made entirely with Colorado juniper (in several varieties) and a bunch of local herbs. The result is a liquor that tastes distinctly of Colorado. Nice trick."
"Leopold Bros., which moved from Ann Arbor to Denver last year, puts super-small-batch spirits (made in a single, forty-gallon copper pot) in hand-numbered bottles. Leopold does everything from American gin, single-barrel rum and vodka to several different cordials, liqueurs and (weirdly) flavored whiskey. There's also Pure Distilleries in Colorado Springs (vodka), Peak Spirits in Hotchkiss (more gin, more vodka, more grappa and eau de vie); Mystic Mountain Distillery in Larkspur (most notably, Colorado moonshine made from Fort Morgan sugar beets); Roundhouse Spirits in Longmont, and Colorado Gold Distillery, which sounds like it ought to be producing (or growing...) something else, but actually makes vodka, gin and bourbon in Cedaredge."
"My goal? To try a little of everything from our local producers and blog about it over the coming months. So if I've missed any of you bathtub distillers out there, drop me a line."
Click here to read the rest of Jason Sheehan's food column.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Under the headline, "Palisade Works to Balance Change with Charm of the Past," KJCT8 Reporter Sara Goldenberg wrote:"
"One Western Slope town is using innovation to stay alive in these challenging economic times--expanding on what they do best to keep dollars flowing into their community."
"The challenge they are facing is how to evolve without changing what it means to visit Palisade. They're working hard to keep the town's character--represented in the grand opening of a new building. This building is a fusion of the vision of the future, with the charm of the past."
"Palisade is a wonderful little community that really is built on agriculture. It has a potential of growth that is unbelievable. I see a potential Napa Valley or Sonoma," said Sarah Catlin, the director of the Colorado Wine Fest."
"A new building in Palisade stands strong for future opportunities. Dozens stopped by to check it out Wednesday evening."
"People want to come to socialize, its also great for business networking. That's what the chamber's about, business networking," Catlin said."
"She just moved its office into the new building. They set up a retail room to promote the tastes and sights of western Colorado's vineyards."
"For the wine industry in general, we represent 80 wineries in Colorado, not just here in Palisade," she said. Catlin says the Wine Fest is a fundraiser that supports Colorado vintners. Her organization is trying to bring the Colorado wine industry more recognition."
"If you're looking to network, you can find more than vintners in Palisade. "We have financial planners and bankers, real estate agents, a lot of the wineries are here, some of the big peach growers are here," Catlin said."
"Robert Melot of Castle Rock Construction designed the new building with a vision in mind."
Click here to read more about Palisade's construction investment towards its future.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Luppes brings to her new job 17 years experience in the resort industry, having served in various positions in the Steamboat Springs community.
“We are very fortunate to have Connie head up our team,” emphasizes Richard Tally, owner. “She can pretty much do it all--from accounting to reservations to guest services to sales and marketing to training and supervising employees to front office operations.
“She comes with rave recommendations from the executives for whom she worked over the years. The common thread that ran through our conversations is that Connie is totally professional and competent, that she would be the first person they would call if they were starting up a new venture.
“I expect that her experience will make her transition here an easy one. We have high expectations that she will lead us forward in successfully building our business in the future.”
A native of Iowa, Luppes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Agriculture Journalism from Iowa State University in Ames, and her Associate in Applied Science in Resort Management from Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. She spent five years working for the Department of Defense in Germany for the Armed Forces Recreation Services.
She and her husband Mike live in Hayden, CO, and have a home in Fruita
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the owners and staff at the Wine Country Inn. The property was built for the guest and business traveler to come and relax among the vineyards and orchards of the Grand Valley,” says Luppes.
“The staff and I will work hard to provide the best service and amenities to create a truly memorable experience for our guests at the Wine Country Inn. I love the orchards and vineyards and I am looking forward to living and working in another nice area of Colorado."
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Under the headline, "Big Doings in Small Wine Country Town: Renewed Town Plaza To Premiere in Pocket-size Palisade, The Unofficial Capital of Grand River Wine Country," Travel Reporter Claire Walter writes:
"In Europe and in the longer established wine regions of North America, vineyards surround charming towns boasting a few lovely little inns and a handful of terrific local restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Rather than centuries or even decades old, Colorado's wine industry has mushroomed from virtually nothing to significance in just over 20 years. Of the state's two American Viticultural Areas, the Grand River AVA centers around the Town of Palisade."
"Palisade is stunningly set between the signature Book Cliffs and the soaring Grand Mesa and with the Colorado River (originally called the Grand River) flowing by its doorstep. Surrounded on three sides by orchards and vineyards, it is working hard to retain its agricultural ambiance and also boosting the appeal of the town itself with much-needed visitor-pleasing amenities. The centerpiece is the renewed Town Plaza at Third and Main Streets. The dedication, which is open to the public, will be on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and will include live music, food and refreshments."
"Town-center improvements include more parking, landscaping, railroad buffering and most importantly, an inviting public gathering place for festivals, events, markets, or just meeting friends. The one-acre Plaza features new trees, shrubs, 15 planting beds, a two-tiered seating wall with a sandstone veneer and improved lighting and electrical service. The Plaza also is the venue for local artist Lyle Nichols's sculpture “Harley,” to be unveiled May 10, 2009. Eventually, a town clock will be located nearby, thanks to the generosity of the Palisade Lions Club."
"Palisade has several appealing bed-and-breakfast inns (A DiVine Thyme, Dreamcatcher, Palisade Wine Valley Inn, The Orchard House and Vistas & Vineyards), an unremarkable motel (the Mesa View) and since last summer, a sizable inn set in the middle of vineyards. The 80-room Colorado Wine Country Inn has more rooms than all the B&B's combined and provides in-town lodging for visitors attending the town's myriad special events (see below) or creating their own special events (weddings being a specialty)."
"Among the upcoming events on the Palisade calendar are the Peach Blossom Art Show (next weekend, April 17-19), the Grand Valley Winery Association's Spring Barrel Tastings (April 25-26 and Mary 16-17), the Palisade Bike Festival (bicycles, not motorcycles, May 8-10), Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival (June 23-13), Parade of Roses (May 30-31), the 41st annual Palisade Peach Festival (August 13-16), Ravenshire Renissance & Pirate Faire (August 21-23) and the Colorado Mountain Winefest (September 17-20). For Coloradans and visitors alike, Palisade is easy to reach. It's right off I-70 and railroad tracks run right through town. Amtrak trains, of course, do not stop in Palisade (the old depot now houses the Peach Street Distillers, which makes vodka and Colorado's first bourbon in the middle of wine country), but the California Zephyr does serve Grand Junction, just a dozen miles away."
"Palisade has scenery that won't quit, vineyards and wineries, orchards and fruit stands, a handful of neat shops, galleries and eateries, places to stay, easy access and terrific festivials other special events. All it needs now, IMO, is a few more really good restaurants -- and locals and visitors to patronize them."
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Palisade Art Lovers’ Peach Blossom Art Show - Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, at the Palisade Community Center. More than 100 artists will exhibit 300 paintings and photographs at the Palisade Community Center. One of the Grand Valley’s largest, judged art shows.
“Pig Tails & Wine Trails” – art & wine tours Sunday, April 19, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The second in a series of self-guided tours, this free event includes stops at area art studios and wineries and starts at the Blue Pig Art Gallery.
Palisade Antiques Show - Sunday, April 19, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in downtown Palisade. A free event that includes an antiques show, antique car show, vendors, entertainment, cruiser bike rally, interpretive hike, and a “Homes For Sale Bike Trail” – a tour of area homes for sale.
Outdoor Heritage Day - Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at Riverbend Park. Sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, this free event focuses on kids and their families. Program includes fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, boating, wildlife watching, and archery. Lunch is provided.
April Jazz 777 Club - Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 to 11:00 PM at the Wine Country Inn. Enjoy instrumental jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure. Cover charge is 7.70 per person. Everyone 21 and over is welcome.
“Barrel Into Spring” - Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tickets are $65 per person and are available up to two days prior to the event. Contact Two Rivers Winery. A 15% discount on wine sales will be available to participants. You must be 21 to participate.
For more information about Palisade’s Spring events, contact the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 464-7458 or visit their website, www.palisadecoc.com.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
WHO: The Blue Pig Gallery - the area's largest fine art gallery, Gina Grundemann, artist from Montrose, Colorado, Palisade's wineries and artists.
WHAT: Pig Tails and Wine Trails - The second installment of Palisade's art and winery tour. Opening reception for exhibit of Montrose artist, Gina Grundemann.
WHERE: 119 West 3rd Street, Palisade, CO and around town.
WHEN: Sunday, April 19, 2009 from 10:00 - 5:00
DETAILS: Pick up your tour map at the gallery. The first 10 visitors receive a free Blue Pig Gallery wine glass to take to the tasting rooms! Meet Gina Grundemann from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. And check out the Peach Blossom Art Show at the Palisade Memorial Building until 3 pm. Learn more on our new website: www.thebluepiggallery.com.
PUBLIC CONTACT: The Blue Pig Gallery
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
“This is a great opportunity to show Palisade to our colleagues,” said Chamber Director, Leif Johnson. “Many of these chambers of commerce have visitor or welcome centers. Many others will look at Palisade for board and team-building retreats. The potential for word-of-mouth advertising alone from this group is huge.”
Each year, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives hosts a spring and fall conference. Conferences provide chamber executives with educational seminars and perspectives and the chance to network with industry colleagues.
“This is an important step forward with our marketing efforts,” said Johnson. “Palisade is known throughout Colorado for its wine and fruit. This gives us the opportunity to showcase the many products and opportunities Palisade has to offer.”
For more information, contact the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 464-7458 or visit their website, palisadecoc.com.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This dedication will celebrate the completion of a multi-year effort to achieve the community vision of a beautified Town Center with increased parking, landscaping, railroad buffering while providing a public gathering place for festivals, events, markets, or just meeting friends.
Construction on the project began on September 29, 2008 and was completed on April 8, 2009. The plaza project includes:
· Improvement to over 41,000 square feet of Town-owned property; just slightly less than 1 acre.
· More than 21,000 square-feet of asphalt with 51 designated parking spaces.
· 3,800 square-feet of colored concrete, 1,400 square-feet of that stamped with 2 different designs.
· Amenities to support Family Food Town—grocery store including a cart corral, forklift enclosure and dumpster enclosure.
· A screen wall of native sandstone, 7’ tall at the peak and 35 feet long.
· A two-tiered seating wall with a sandstone veneer.
· 32 new trees, 300 plants and shrubs and 15 separate planting beds in the plaza and parking lot.
· New lighting and electrical service are added features throughout the entire project.
Palisade Mayor Dave Walker said, “The Plaza is a tremendous addition to our downtown. We are confident that it will not only enhance economic development in our community but will enhance our quality of life by becoming a gathering place for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.”
The Plaza will be the showcase for local artist, Lyle Nichols, sculpture “Harley” to be placed and unveiled May 10, 2009. The Plaza will eventually be the site for a Clock donated by the Palisade Lions Club.
The ceremony will be held on the Plaza at the corner of Third and Main Streets in Downtown Palisade. The public is welcome to attend.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Back for a return engagement, Influx Jazz Quartet, a popular local band, will provide instrumental jazz for listening and dancing, Influx features Chris Krabacher and Tim Currey on guitars, Jason McGlynn on saxophone, and Duane Moore on the drums.
"Influx was a big hit when they played for us a couple of months ago," says Event Coordinator Juliann Adams. "They can handle everything from Miles Davis to light jazz and danceable tunes. It should be a fun evening for everyone. Guests can hear great jazz, grab a drink and bite to eat and dance the night away.“
Adams says response to the monthly jazz nights has been great. “I think locals in the valley really get a kick out of having a nice place to hear good live music and have drinks with their friends — and our hotel guests definitely love the Club atmosphere as an added attraction, “ she says.
All the inn’s special prices feature lucky sevens. April’s Jazz 777 Club will offer a cash bar, bar menu, as well as beers from Palisade Brewery and premium top shelf liquors from Palisade’s Peach Street Distillers. There is a $7.70 cover charge. Everyone 21 and over is welcome.
To encourage responsible drinking and safety, the hotel is offering an optional special room rate of $77.70 for a standard room for two, including a complimentary pass to the Jazz 777 Club for those who prefer to stay over instead of driving home. The room night is not required for enjoying Jazz 777.
Adams points out that guests can turn the Jazz 777 room special into a two-night weekend getaway by coming in on Friday and visiting wineries, art galleries and studios, shops, restaurants and other attractions on Saturday before the big party.
No reservations are required to attend March Jazz 777, but guests who prefer to stay over should give the hotel a call to book accommodations at the special rate. Parking is free.
The Inn is located at 777 Grande River Dr. Palisade (Exit 42 Off I-70). Phone numbers are 970-464-577 and 888-850-8330.