Okay folks! It’s time to start a new series of posts devoted to our latest big vacation! As you may recall, we took in late September a Tauck World Discovery tour of National Park areas in eastern Utah and western Colorado. Because the tour did not include the Colorado National Monument, we decided to start the trip early with a few days on our own.
Our journey began in the town of Grand Junction, Colorado. We stayed at a downtown hotel and were very impressed with the quaint character and ambiance of the town’s historical area. We had fun exploring and walking down Main Street, particularly the first evening. It was the very last farmers’ market of the year and the place was buzzing with people and many of their furry friends. Adding to the charm of this downtown is a huge outdoor sculpture exhibit. (Please put your mouse pointer over the pictures for captions.)
Grand Junction has several microbreweries and a multitude of wineries. Just a short walk from our hotel, we dined and satisfied our thirst at the Rockslide Brew Pub & Restaurant. The sign over the door said to come on in and so we did! In addition to delicious food, hubby had the “raspberry wheat” beer and I had the “rabbit ears amber ale”. YUM!
On the day that we traveled to the Grand Mesa, we had a lovely visit at the St. Kathryn Winery and bought some bottles to enjoy and share during our week-long trip. We were also entranced by the dramatic scenery in the Palisades area, about a dozen miles east of Grand Junction.
I hope you enjoyed this first chapter! What will be the next feature of this series? Grand Mesa National Forest!