Last week TripAdvisor® awarded Palisade, Colorado, number nine on its list of top ten 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Wine Destinations. The first eight spots on the list went to wine destinations in California, Oregon, New York, and Washington. It is a nice bit of national recognition for a wonderful Colorado venue.
Colorado Wine Country has great wine, food, scenery, and opportunities for hiking, cycling, and river floating. In short, it is an ideal place for a destination wedding! Guests can reach Palisade and Grand Junction, Colorado, by car, air, or train. Once in the Grand Valley, there are a number of excellent wedding venues. This is the first in a five-part series describing some of the many choices for a wine-infused celebration.
Driving west on I-70, one of the first things that comes into view after entering the Grand Valley is the Wine Country Inn. Located just off the main Exit 42 for Palisade, and 10 miles from the Grand Junction Regional Airport, the modern yet Victorian-style hotel is visible from the highway. The inn is surrounded by a 20-acre vineyard with front-row seats to the spectacular Book Cliffs and Mount Garfield.
Named number four on a list of Top Five Vineyards Wedding Locations by Perfect Outdoor Weddings: A Guide to Outdoor Weddings, the Wine Country Inn counts weddings among its specialties. Couples can exchange vows outdoors in the Pavilion or near the pool, or indoors in the Vineyard Ballroom. The inn’s signature gift to couples is the White Dove Release at the ceremony.
One of the advantages of being located in Colorado Wine Country is the selection of Colorado wines on the menu. The staff can arrange to pour a customized selection of wines that are not on their standard menu, in case a couple’s favorite wines are not already in the cellar. Couples can request Colorado wines at rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, and welcome receptions, in addition to the wedding reception. The inn offers catering for wedding events of all sizes. The chef will customize menus for any event.
The inn has a special Rose Room, which serves as the bride’s and bridesmaids’ ready room. It is the perfect room to accommodate hair stylists, makeup artists, massage therapists, and dressing for the Big Event. Equipped with a commercial shampoo sink and styling chair, it offers a relaxing, beautifully appointed setting for primping and pampering.
The Wine Country Inn’s staff has a number of wedding packages that make planning easy. From the Dessert Blush Elopement Package for the bride and groom and 25 guests, and the Chablis Package ceremony and cocktail reception for up to 100 guests, to the Champagne Wishes Package, which includes the services of a professional wedding planner, the staff can help plan a couple’s ideal Colorado Wine Country Wedding.
One of the features of the Wine Country Inn is that wedding guests can stay onsite. The inn boasts 80 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including a separate Vintner’s Guest House with rooms linked to Club Rooms – a great facility for honored guests with space for hospitality rooms. The rooms are decorated with historical photos from Palisade and Grand Junction. The staff can help guests plan a number of activities, including wine tastings at several of the Grand Valley’s wineries. Grande River Vineyards and St Kathryn Cellars are walking distance from the inn.
To plan a Colorado Wine Country wedding at the Wine Country Inn, dial 888-855-8330 or 970-464-5777, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For couples planning weddings at one of the many wineries in the Grand Valley, the Wine Country Inn is an excellent choice for lodging, meet and greet events, luncheons, and the rehearsal dinner.
The Wine Country Inn is located at 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade, Colorado.