About PalisadeA fruit-growing region for more than a century, the East Grand Valley area along the Colorado River at the base of the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa is known in particular for its peaches. Apples, apricots, cherries and plums also are plentiful, and roadside fruit stands are common sights in season. Vineyards also flourish here. Palisade is home to several wineries producing traditional grape wines as well as those made from other fruits. Bicycling, river floats and hiking are popular choices for outdoor recreation.
Palisade hosts several festivals each year, including the Palisade Peach Festival the third weekend in August, which offers an ice cream social, fruit stands, orchard tours, a pancake breakfast, a recipe contest, live music and a parade. The Colorado Mountain Winefest celebrates the grape with 4 days of tastings, seminars, jazz, grape stomping, winery tours and an amateur winemaker's competition in September. In early December the Olde-Fashioned Christmas entertains attendees with horse-drawn wagon rides, a soup challenge, music, caroling, arts and crafts and wine tastings.
Visitor Centers Palisade Chamber of Commerce 305 S. Main St., Suite 102 Palisade, CO 81526. Phone:(970)464-7458
WINERIES Carlson Vineyards
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