Set alongside Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the world, Palisade is home to some of the richest agricultural land in Colorado. From its famous peaches to picturesque vineyards, Palisade truly lives up to its moniker, “Life tastes good here all year long.” In winter, the snow brings more opportunity for adventure and fun at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The mountain’s diverse terrain, quality parks, outstanding tree runs, and scenic mountain views make this hidden gem ski resort one of Colorado’s best. We’ve put together this guide to help you plan an unforgettable winter getaway not far from your own backyard; ski, sip, and stay your way through Palisade, Colorado this winter season.
Ski Powderhorn Mountain Resort; its terrain offers something for everyone.
With 1,600 acres of powder, 42 trails, and two terrain parks, there’s truly something for every skier and rider at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The advanced skiers in your family will love the steeps, moguls, and tree runs of the West End of the mountain, while intermediate skiers can get a taste for the trees on runs like Lower Equalizer, known for its powder and beautiful setting.
The family-friendly resort is also known for its staff and inclusive atmosphere. As residents of the Grand Valley area, the instructors, customer service staff, and mountain operations are the perfect ambassadors for their home mountain. And if you’re looking for a more laid back activity after a few days of hitting the slopes, you’ve got to check out Powderhorn’s tubing hill, open Saturdays and Sundays.
Sip wines from over 25 local Palisade area wineries.
The town of Palisade, Colorado is home to more than 25 local wineries with a truly Colorado flare; the taste of local vintages is always accompanied by mountain views and fresh mountain air. If you’re traveling with a group and up for an adventure, explore the wineries on a group limo tour or a horse-pulled carriage ride through the countryside to the wineries and vineyards of your choice. Grande River Vineyards, the largest winery in the state of Colorado, makes traditional Bordeaux-style wines. You can also take a guided tour of the vineyard to learn about the barrels, bottling, and grape crushing processes.
For a taste that’s more unique, stop by the Meadery of the Rockies. This winery makes its wines from honey and fruit; you can sample each of its flavors, and learn about and watch the process of making wine from 100% pure, raw orange blossom honey.
If it’s views your after, start with a VIP wine tour of the beautiful vineyards of Colterris Winery, and then travel along the Fruit and Wine Byway to Carlson Vineyards. This winery’s specialty is called Cherry & Chocolate, a cherry wine that’s sold along with artisan chocolates.
Red Fox Cellars, a winery known for its bold, adventurous wines and modern style, produces flavors like Bourbon barrel merlot and a rye whiskey barrel aged cabernet franc. If you’re up for out-of-the-box tastes, this winery is a must-see.
Stay in Palisade; a weekend getaway calls for rest and relaxation.
Palisade’s Wine Country Inn sits amidst 21 acres of rolling vineyard land. This Victorian-style hotel has 80 guest rooms and is adjacent to two wineries and is within a short drive or bike ride to over a dozen more. This winter season, Wine Country Inn and Powderhorn Mountain Resort are teaming up to offer a great deal for guests looking to enjoy the slopes as well as the wine. The Ski, Sip, and Stay Package includes a one night stay, lift tickets, afternoon wine reception, breakfast, and discounted ski rentals and lessons for two. For more information about the Ski, Sip, and Stay Package, visit visitpalisade.com.
If you’re looking for a more traditional Colorado ranch atmosphere, check out the Palisade River Ranch. This property sits on 100 acres of beautiful western Colorado land. Guests can either stay in the Guest House that sleeps eight or the more private Loft studio apartment.
Vistas & Vineyards Bed and Breakfast has a truly local vibe. The owners have carefully and artfully decorated each of their four guest rooms with their own art from around the world. They serve a full, gourmet breakfast on weekends and offer a continental breakfast on week days.
The Wine Valley Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in a historic home in downtown Palisade. Their luxurious accommodations and beautiful gardens make for a relaxing weekend getaway destination.