Downtown Grand Junction is the cultural hub of Grand Junction. Main Street gently winds through Downtown with a series of free-flowing turns designed to slow down vehicle traffic, and wide sidewalks make the area very pedestrian-friendly. Main Street is lined with trendy shops and boutiques, art galleries and innovative restaurants, all framed by perfectly groomed trees, native bushes and colorful flowers.
Downtown Grand Junction is also a Colorado Certified Creative District. One of only 25 in the state, its status as a haven for artisans is evident not only in the chic shops and abundant art galleries but also in the sculptures that line the street. Founded by a local sculpture, Art on the Corner is a collection of over 100 sculptures, making it one of the largest outdoor art displays in the country, and has been recognized by national awards.
There is far too much to explore in Downtown to cover in one blog, so join us in this series as we break it down, block by block, highlighting art as we go.
Block of 1st – 3rd Street
Between 1st and 3rd street on Main is where the majority of lodging is located in Downtown Grand Junction. Four hotels, the Hampton Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn and the new Tru by Hilton, scheduled to open spring 2019, all reside here. The Tru by Hilton Hotel will be the first in Colorado and is designed with open spaces including what they call a “Wow” lobby which offers board games, a pool table, and alcoves. Modern rooms with bright bathroom lighting and well-thought-out amenities compliment your stay. Tru by Hilton is a revolutionary brand with a cross-generational appeal for travelers looking for a new, affordable hotel experience. If you're traveling with your favorite furry companion, all four hotels are pet-friendly.
All four hotels are conveniently located near stores with locally made products, trendy restaurants, and inspiring galleries. Epic mountain biking, excellent hiking, and Colorado National Monument are all within a ten-minute drive, so there is plenty of time to venture out to explore and still have plenty of time to experience downtown.
Art on the Block: In front of the Hampton Inn, look for the blue figure gliding through the garden. A romantic couple embraces at the corner of the Fairfield Inn while a statue of suspended busts honors some of Grand Junction's most influential figures – Joe Lacy, Leland Schmidt, and Dale Hollingsworth.
When big events come to town, they can often be found Downtown at Two Rivers Convention Center. With over 26,000 square feet, Two Rivers hosts tradeshows, conventions, banquets, galas, and community events. In the summer of 2019, Two Rivers started work on a major renovation which will include upgrades to the center’s water distribution system, kitchen, and bathroom, as well as come interior aesthetic changes.
Art on the Block: Across from Two Rivers Convention Center, you will find John Otto on horseback. John Otto is largely responsible for the creation of the Colorado National Monument. He wrote hundreds of letters lobbying for its designation as a Monument and spent years building many of the area’s trails by hand.
For our next blog, we’ll cross over to 3rd street, where we will discover a variety of unique restaurants, fashionable boutiques, and your one-stop shop for all your cycling needs.