Your Guide to the Perfect Palisade Day Trip

If you’ve been thinking about visiting Colorado’s wine country, this is your sign to do it! Palisade is known for its wine and peaches, but it has so much more to offer! And while it would take more than a day to experience all Palisade has to offer, we’ve put together the perfect day trip to Palisade for you. 

Jump-Start Your Day

pressed coffee

With so much to do in Palisade, you’ll want to get an early start. Caffeinate and fuel up for your day at Pressed. This unique café is a coffee shop by day and cocktail bar by night with options to infuse your drink with CBD. Enjoy your breakfast on their backyard-style patio or take your coffee to-go and enjoy it on a stroll along the Colorado River through Riverbend Park.

Have Some Farm Fresh Fun

Palisade has a ton of great authentic agricultural experiences! You can get a one-of-a-kind field-to-table experience in Palisade: from picking fresh peaches, making friends with alpacas, and wandering through beautiful lavender fields. You can plan your farm adventure yourself by calling local businesses ahead of time or booking a tour through a local tour company.

  1. Stop and taste the peaches at one of Palisade’s U-Pick farms. Palisade is famous for its peaches, and they are at their best when picked fresh. Not a peach fan? Many of our orchards grow other produce like apricots, cherries, pears, and apples. U-Pick Tours are seasonal, June through September, hours vary, and typically require an appointment. Palisade U-Pick Farms: Green Barn Fruit Co., Lincoln Peach Company, or Palisade Peach Shack.
  2. Stroll through orchards with alpacas at Suncrest Orchard Alpacas & Fiberworks. They offer visitors the best of both worlds! As one of the biggest peach farms in Palisade, you can get a true orchard experience that’s unique to Palisade while also palling around with alpacas. They even sprinkle in some education as you learn how yarn is made from alpaca fibers. Tours last one to two hours and are available Tuesday–Saturday from 9 am–4 pm.
  3. Get lost in a relaxing sea of purple at Sage Creations & Organic Farms, located along the Fruit & Wine Byway. Sage Creations & Organic Farms allows visitors to pick their own lavender from beautiful fields of purple. They sell artisanal handcrafted lavender products and even have a seasonal greenhouse. Guided tours are half an hour and only $5 per person, and free for kids under the age of 12.

Enjoy a Pint on the Patio at the Brewery

Even in Colorado’s wine country, you can kick back on a brewery patio and enjoy a great meal! Palisade Brewing Company is one of our favorite places to have lunch. They not only have great beer but great food with daily specials and an expanded BBQ menu on the weekends. Fill up here before hitting the wineries. The brewery is right by downtown, so when you’re done you can take a stroll through quaint downtown.

Explore Quaint Downtown Palisade

Downtown Palisade

Palisade’s historic downtown will give you small-town America feels. Pop into the Slice of Life Bakery to grab a tasty baked treat for later, shop for locally sourced products at The Purple Bee, check out Palisade’s artistic side in one of the multiple art galleries downtown and so much more!

Go Wine Tasting on the Fruit & Wine Byway

biking on the Fruit and Wine Byway

Your day in Palisade wouldn’t be complete without going wine tasting! While you’re in downtown, you can head into Rapid Creek Cycles and pick up rental bikes for an afternoon exploring Colorado’s wineries on the Fruit & Wine Byway. Just make sure to book your reservation in advance. Biking not your style? There are a ton of other great tour options to get to the more than 25 wineries in Palisade. From limos, shuttles, and safari adventures, to pedicabs, Segways, and horse-drawn carriage rides, you can ride in style along Palisade’s Fruit & Wine Byway.

While it might be a little too ambitious to try to visit all of Palisade’s wineries during your day trip, most of the wineries are conveniently located on our Fruit & Wine Byway, and you can truly build your own Colorado wine country adventure or follow one of the tried-and-true routes we’ve curated for you. You can download our Fruit & Wine Byway map here.

Treat Yourself to a Locally Sourced Culinary Experience

Don’t let the fact that you’re in a small mountain town fool you, Palisade packs a culinary punch. If you’re looking to treat yourself to some locally sourced cuisine that you’ll be raving about for days, make a reservation at Peche. Restaurant. Their culinary focus is to allow creativity to flourish. They take aspects of what they love most about Palisade and transform it into an unforgettable dining experience that brings the Grand Valley to life on your plate.

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Palisade Brewing Company

Awesome stop

On a recent bike ride we happened across the Palisade Brewery. Great stop for excellent beers, really good pineapple Margarita, visiting taps and incredibly good food. The artichoke/humus dip was incredible and the Reuben near life changing. The Cuban was outrageously good with locally smoked meat. I will definitely be back multiple times.

Suncrest Orchard Alpacas

Western Colorado’s hidden treasure!

We were visiting my family in Grand Junction and discovered this hidden treasure in nearby Palisades, Suncrest Orchard and Alpaca farm. We got to meet and feed that gentle alpacas. Farmer Mike was very informative about alpacas and we took a tour of the fiber factory where they turn the sheared alpaca fur into threads and products. It was so interesting and informative. Farmer Mike was a great guide.

Then after the tour we went into the little store to see products that were made using the fur after processing. This is a must see place! Farmer Mike also gives tours where you team up with your own alpaca and walk the trails around there. If your ever in western Colorado, you must go here!

Pêche. Restaurant

What a tremendous and unexpected find!

The best meal of our entire vacation, found almost by accident. Every dish was creative, delicious and beautiful. The pea appetizer (puréed peas, ham and herbs) on sourdough bread was fabulous and it got better from there. At the motel the next morning I was telling the host that the meal rivaled the best in Chicago, whereupon she told me that the chef was from Chicago, a place called Alinea (the only Michelin three star restaurant in the city). Mystery solved. It’s off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.

Rapid Creek Cycles

Friendly People! 

We rented a bike from here to go on a wine tour. The people were very friendly and gave us information on the best way to go around. I highly recommend renting from here!