Let the guys' epic trip begin! Start off with hand-crafted bagels and spreads from Main Street Bagels. On a low carb diet? No fear, this bagel shop has plenty of options. Try their famous baked granola - it's a local favorite!
Now that you are all fueled up, get ready for a thrilling adventure with Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company. Have one of their professional tour guides take you to Rabbit Valley. You will not be disappointed! From boulder climbs to corner drifts, your adrenaline will be pumping. They will rip through steep canyons and through lush forests, ending at the Colorado River. You likely won't find your way to the river without your guide, so take advantage of their navigating. Throw the football around along the shoreline, or compete for whoever has the best rock technique.
After the adrenaline subsides, plan for lunch and some beers at The Ale House. Their famous Colorado elk burger paired with Mad Theory white IPA from Ramblebine Brewing Company is as much of a dynamic duo as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
If you are looking for some pre-dinner cocktails, Highlands Distillery is a very hip place to check out. Their outdoor seating is perfect to relax and rehash the day’s adventures. Try the Man-Hattan or the Orgreat Old Fashioned, both perfectly highlight the science and art of the distillery masters.
Stop into Enzo’s Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant serving up authentic cuisine and made to order stone fired pizzas and massive calzones. If you are still craving crisp mountain air, ask to be seated on the patio, which overlooks a beautiful golf course.
Not just your plain ol’ coffee shop, Octopus Coffee has everything from a working man breakfast burrito to the I LOVE BACON breakfast sandwich. With names like those, you know they are going to keep you fueled for the rest of the day.
Get ready to experience birdies, beers, then bunkers in that order. Check out either Lincoln Park Golf Course or Tiara Rado Golf Course. Lincoln Park is a 9-hole course and Tiara Rado is perfectly positioned right at the base of Colorado National Monument, so the views are outstanding. So pull out your drivers and shoot low!
Now that you've played like a champion, celebrate at Rockslide Brewery and scarf down one of their famous brewhouse bacon cheeseburgers. Order it with a cold shivers pale ale for the perfect pairing.
You may be in a food coma after all that eating so walk it off in Downtown Grand Junction. There are a bunch of great shops to pop into - from bike and outdoor gear to fly fishing and music stores. A must-see is Triple Play Records, who are vinyl fanatics. Flip through their 50k inventory and they often have free LP's right outside their door!
For dinner, check out The Winery Restaurant. Don’t let the name fool you, they have some of the best steaks in town, along with other hearty cuisine. The Winery’s menu is inspired by local produce and meat from nearby cattle ranchers, so you’ll be treated to the area’s bounty here.
Start day three of the guy’s trip at Main Street Cafe in Downtown Grand Junction. This retro themed diner offers generous breakfast and lunch entrees.
Spend some time hiking and sightseeing in the Colorado National Monument. The red-rock spires and deep canyons are worth the 10 minute drive from Downtown Grand Junction. Walk along the Canyon Rim Trail and we promise your heart will be racing so fast, you'll be convinced you've become acrophobic. Be careful near the edges, as many areas in the Monment have a 2,000-foot and more drop. A quick stop along Rim Rock Drive is Upper Ute Canyon View - walk to the left of the "mummy" and scream cowabunga at the top of your lungs. We promise you'll be laughing hysterically when you hear the response.
Take the guys over to Carlson Vineyards Downtown Tasting Room and get outside your man cave comfort zone. Couples sipping vino are a dime a dozen, but when you and your dudes swagger up to the wine bar, it's going to make you feel bad-ass. And if you are trying to get the ladies attention, this is one sure-fire way to do it.
Ok, it's time to get back to man-cave activities. Release your inner lumberjack and bury the hatchet at Axeology! Have a blast throwing sharp objects into wooden targets and slice away all of your stress. Mix it up with the other games including giant Jenga, cornhole, and giant Connect Four.
For lunch, head over to Handlebar Tap House, where over 20 local and regional beers are on tap. The Lunch Loops Burger is a local favorite and speaking of locals, they all hang out here. So if you are looking for recommendations of epic mountain bike trails or hip breweries, ask away. Locals are uber-friendly in Grand Junction!
Finish off your last night in Grand Junction at The Goat and Clover Tavern. This Irish and British pub-style bar is the perfect place to end a guy's trip. Whether you’re sipping a glass of Guinness or digging your teeth into a corned beef sandwich, the atmosphere will transport you to the British Isles.
Before you hit the road the following morning, be sure to swing by Sugar & Ice on your way out of town to get a hearty breakfast sandwich and a good cup of joe.