Taking advantage of the late start to winter, Moshe and Adrienne decided to pay us a visit in the last week of October to see what all the fuss over Western Colorado is about. The fuss is not only the beauty of Palisade, but the proximity to such diverse landscapes; the mission was to show the parents as much as possible.
Utah – Moab & Arches National Park
On our first full day we rode west to Utah for a day trip to Arches and, thanks to the advice my awesome barber Earl, we took the incredible Scenic Byway 128 route which hugs the Colorado River all the way to Moab.
The scenery was Amazing and we stopped multiple times to take it in, and of course, snap a whole lot of pictures.
We arrived in Moab in time for lunch and enjoyed a fantastic meal at Eklecticafe before heading into Arches for the main event of the day – although one could argue the drive was equally incredible.
Arches is great for a day trip since it’s a relatively small park and a lot of ground can be covered.
We hit a number of iconic looks outs
and Mom couldn’t take enough pictures! (who can blame her?)
Local Fun in Palisade
It’s easy to get caught up in day trips and forget that Palisade/Grand Junction has so much to offer. With that in mind, we made sure to give the parents a taste of our heaven and our first order of business was a tasting at Sprigs & Sprouts.
This place is awesome! There are so many spreads and jams along with the huge selection of flavored oils and vinegars.
From there we had a quick stop to line our bellies before proceeding to sample the wine at Colterris.
Of course we had a look around the vineyard’s beautiful property and enjoyed the views of Mount Garfield.
The day finished with a bomb dinner at il Bistro Italiano which rivals South Philly Italian cuisine (almost…) and a trip the Brewery for the Halloween party.
With solid desert days under our belts, our last foray drove home the diverse topography our location has to offer. Just a two hour drive west brings us to the red desert of Moab Utah while driving two hours east brings us to the towering 14,000 ft mountains (14ers) in the White River National Forest.
We drove to Maroon Bells just east of Aspen which is touted as the most photographed place in Colorado.
Guess we can see why!
We walked around the short loop that provides incredible perspectives the of area.
After finishing our stroll, we headed into Aspen.
And sat down at the White House Tavern to an incredible experience. Everything was amazing. Kinda wanting to find a reason to get back to Aspen just to eat there again!
Colorado National Monument
On the last full day of their trip, Amy took Mom to the Monument to show her the amazingness that is just a 30 minute drive from our house.
Pretty successful trip!