Couches in the Lobby of Hotel Melrose




Those heading west this summer to explore the natural wonders of Colorado might want to detour to Grand Junction, a city in the western slope region that is an intersection of mountains., rivers, canyons, lakes, and forests. Nearby outdoor recreation areas, referred to as “Nature’s Trifecta,” include Colorado National Monument, known as a mini-Grand Canyon; Rattlesnake Arches, said to have the second-highest concentration of natural arches in the world; and Grand Mesa, a flat-top mountain with more than 300 lakes. In addition to hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, and other activities, Grand Junction also has art galleries, boutique shops, craft breweries, distilleries and wineries, and farm-to-table fare in numerous local eateries.


Need a place to stay? The Hotel Melrose, Grand Junction’s first downtown boutique hotel, opened in late 2023 with 16 elegant suites. Located in a restored 1908 building by William and Charlotte Ponsford, it is the sole survivor among 12 original buildings that once defined the town. Today, the hotel evokes the spirit of a bygone era while offering modern comforts. The sleekly designed suites include kitchenettes, coffee stations, lofty ceilings, and separate private bathrooms. The technology-driven hotel offers keyless check-in and a digital concierge. There’s also an in-house cocktail bar, Melrose Spirit Co. Rates in May from $195. 970-317-2176.


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