Picture this: sunny blue skies, 40-degree weather, and endless wines to sample. Yes, even in February, Palisade experiences much milder weather than most of the rest of the state, thanks to the surrounding Grand Mesa and Bookcliffs. If you need a break from the snow and cold, it might be the perfect time to visit Palisade. Read on for the ideal Palisade itinerary.


Hop Aboard the Amtrak to Palisade

Make it a truly magical adventure by taking the train into town! Leaving Union Station in Denver, the Amtrak will take you on a beautiful journey through the Rocky Mountains (free from the ski traffic and snow build-up on I-70) and drop you at the Grand Junction Train Station. While the train journey takes a little longer than your average trip by car, it sure beats sitting in traffic for the same amount of time if you run into an accident or construction!


Palisade Transportation

Once at the train station, call any number of our local tour companies to pick you up and drop you at your accommodations – or head straight out on a winery tasting tour! Absolute Prestige Limo service is perfect for those who like to ride in style, or the Palisade Trolley can drum up those small-town feelings of nostalgia. Pali-Tours are local experts that are happy to help you plan your wine tour or just hop in an Uber to your next destination.


Picking Your Palisade Winery Stops

Palisade, Colorado’s Wine Country, has over 30 wineries. So how do you start planning which ones to visit?

  • If you like sweet wines … stop by Talon Wines at the Meadery. They offer a great selection of honey wines, fruit-based wines (like pomegranate, apple, and blueberry!), and more.
  • If you like dry wines … visit the ‘wild west’ of Vines 79 Wine Barn! The saloon-style tasting room and western feel is the perfect place to sip classics like Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and other blends.
  • If you like bold reds … Carboy Winery at Mt. Garfield Estates has several made with grapes grown right in the Grand Valley (they have a few white and rose options too, plus food!)
  • If you like Old World wines … try Varaison Vineyards and sample wines in the Victorian home’s tasting room.


Of course, local tour companies can help you plan out the perfect route, too!


What to Eat in Palisade

If you need a good meal after a solid day of wine tasting, Palisade has got you covered!  Peche boasts an ever-changing menu that will blow you away – perfect for those looking for a more upscale meal paired with the relaxed Colorado atmosphere of Palisade. For taco lovers (and come on, who isn’t?), you’ll want to stop at Fidel’s Cocina and Bar. Enjoy a wide variety of mezcal and tequila, plus incredible tacos!


Hit the Hay

When you’ve had your fill of adventuring in Palisade, retreat to the reinvented motel of Spoke and Vine, book a room at the Wine Country Inn, or one of our many bed and breakfasts or short-term rentals available.