DISCOVERING GRAND JUNCTION – MAJESTIC BEAUTY, DELICIOUS FOODS, LOTS TO DO!
Story by Kristen Lummis It’s a hot summer day in Colorado’s Grand Valley and great(er) Grand Junction. With the mercury pushing 90, I’ve found a cool respite on a shady, breezy patio. Hummingbirds flit amongst flowers and bountiful clouds fill the sky. I’m biting into an organic peach the size of a grapefruit, trying not to spill a single drop of heavenly nectar, despite the fact it’s running down my fingers to my wrists. As I savor this peach, just one of the many local delights we’ll eat this summer, I’m pretty sure I live in the center of the universe. My brother and I were raised just minutes from Colorado National Monument, a national park showcasing a wonderland of red canyons, towering spires and otherworldly sandstone formations. To the east is Grand Mesa, an enormous alpine plateau rising to 11,332 feet where we hiked, fished and camped during summer and skied during winter. The Book Cliffs, on the north side of the…
I feel like I am telling a secret. There is sincerely a part of me that does not want to even write this article! I just had a wonderful get-away with some friends to Palisade and Grand Junction. It was 28 hours of pure indulgence. First stop, Peach Street Distillers. I first encountered this boutique distillery while sampling Vodka and Gin at the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. This little distillery just won four medals and the “Distillery of The Year” Title at the 2012 American Distilling Institute Awards. A great tasting room with plenty of room for many a friend is what we encountered when we entered the establishment. We ordered ourselves a few unique libations concoqted from Goat Artisan Vodka and Jackalope and Jenny Gin. The warm autumn air brought us out onto their spacious patio, complete with fire pit, and relaxed. This set the tone for the rest of our time on the Western Slope – a time to relax with no set itinerary. After sipping our drinks…