Escape to western Colorado to experience Grand Junction’s wealth of fantastic scenery, exciting recreational activities , delicious dining and, of course, plenty of wine. Here are some ways to spend two days indulging in all the Grand Valley has to offer.
Touch down at Grand Junction Regional Airport, a convenient option with several airlines offering direct flights from major airports, including Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. For private jets, look into WestStar Aviation located conveniently at the GJ Regional Airport. Upon arrival, make your way to accommodations at Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, where you’ll find the architecture and ambiance of a French country estate situation in the center of their private, family-owned vineyard. In addition to plush accommodations, you can also enjoy wine tasting here when your day begins to wind down.
Then, head for Gateway Canyons Resort to embark on a driving tour of the surrounding red-rock canyons. Driven Experiences is based there and rents out exotic performance vehicles perfect for navigating the area’s winding scenic routes. As a member of this club you will have access to a suite of some of the most exclusive and exotic luxury vehicles on the market today — think Bentley Continental GT or SRT Viper. Or, opt for an air tour by helicopter to get a bird’s-eye view of the sweeping Western Slope scenery and canyonlands.
Save the rest of the day to explore Colorado’s wine country, where more than 20 wineries and vineyards provide options for every palate. For the ultimate experience, companies such as A Touch With Class Limousine or Absolute Prestige can shuttle your party to various wineries and vineyards in a limo, allowing you sole focus on the wine tasting. Whether you’d like to choose your own itinerary or have one built for you, the day will be spent enjoying sips at the top spots ranging from Plum Creek Winery to Colorado Cellars. Tip: Canyon Wind Cellars has a true, dedicated wine cellar. Find more wine country transportation options here.
Stroll through downtown Grand Junction and peruse boutiques and art galleries for a new treasure to bring home. Drop by Le Rouge for a pre-dinner martini or selection from the wine cellar while listening to live jazz. When you get hungry, check out 626 On Rood for its modern American cuisine and wine bar. Those up for a real treat can order a $400 bottle of Opus One from Napa Valley to pair with Colorado lamb or Wagyu beef.
Rise and shine for an early-morning tee time at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. This award-winning course is nestled among stunning rock formations and boasts 18 holes of championship-grade golf. If you’re not up for a full round, take advantage of the practice facilities or even call on the pros for a private lesson.
It’s time to jump in the saddle. Rimrock Adventures is an outfitter that can take you on a guided horseback ride into the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area. You’ll have a chance to view bands of free-roaming wild horses and other desert wildlife in the federally protected preserve. Just keep in mind they only offer the tour in afternoons and you need a minimum of four people to book the excursion, so bring some friends to enjoy the trip.
Continue the vino theme and cap off a lavish two days with a satisfying dinner at The Winery Restaurant located on Main street in Downtown Grand Junction. Housed in a former redbrick fire station, this fine-dining establishment serves elegant New American fare. Counted in the extensive wine list are more than two dozen local picks, so you’re likely to find something you tried earlier in the day. After savoring aged steaks for your meal, a glass of Macallan 30-year Scotch whiskey makes for a refined nightcap.
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