LOCALLY GROWN: Seven Ways to Explore Grand Junction’s Agritourism Offerings from the Ground Up

GJVCB 41Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction is the perfect base camp for an agritourism adventure. The area’s distinctive history, outstanding culinary experiences, and unique ranch and farm activities draw travelers from across the globe looking for an authentic Colorado vacation. Nestled in the state’s fertile Grand Valley, the summer and fall months include a bounty of fresh local produce to sample, harvest events, U-pick experiences, animal encounters, art and history attractions, and more. Here are seven ideas for travelers looking to have an agritoursim adventure on Colorado’s western slope.
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Colorado’s Western Slope Celebrates 47th Annual Palisade Peach Festival, Aug. 13-15

Blonde boy eating peachwebWorld-famous peaches stir up fresh fun at this long-adored agricultural festival.

Each year, August brings a juicy harvest of fuzzy fruit to the small town of Palisade, east of Grand Junction. This season’s festivities at Riverbend Park promise to be as peachy as always with great food, entertainment, tours, contests, kids’ activities and, of course, a plethora of peach products!

Each day of the festival offers a chance to savor the goodness of local, authentic culture. As is tradition, the ice cream social and street dance kick things off in small-town style on Thursday. Other can’t-miss festival favorites include live music by local musicians on the Peach Jammin stage and the “Feast in the Fields” orchard dinners on Friday and Saturday – reservations required.

For more information and a complete schedule for this year’s event, visit http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/palisade-peach-festival.

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The Next Month Brings Major Events to Winter Park, Colo.

Colorado mountain town welcomes fans of Jazz Fest, SolShine, Winter Park Music Festival & Winter Park Uncorked
           
Jazz Festival 2015 PosterWinter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber will host four major events over the course of the next month, many of which are free! For more information visit www.playwinterpark.com or check out the Winter Park Deals Page for lodging discounts.

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Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Invites Visitors to Cool Down in Flaming Gorge Country This Summer

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- Southwest Wyoming is a great place for travelers to spend summer days -
Sweetwater County, Wyo. – When the mercury soars this summer, Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming encourages visitors to head to Flaming Gorge Country to escape the summertime heat. This area is one of the West’s hidden gems, and offers the perfect balance of water activities, outdoor exploration and unique lodging to help travelers plan a sensational summer vacation.

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Grand Junction after Dark: When the Sun Sets, the Fun Has Just Begun

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. And, with no shortage of activities to enjoy, including rafting the Colorado River, hiking Colorado National Monument, mountain biking the Lunch Loops area, the fun doesn’t stop just because the sun sets. Below are five ideas for enjoying Grand Junction after dark. Continue reading

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Granby Ranch Announces Mountain Biking Program for Veterans

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-Mountain Bikes for 03’s and 11b’s a positive community supporting veterans’ mental health -

Granby, Colo. – Granby Ranch, the four-season mountain getaway located less than two hours from Denver and in the heart of Mountain Bike Capital USA™, announced today a new biking program for veterans. The program aims to reduce the suicide rate among veterans who have experienced combat by promoting a safe and positive community and utilizing mountain biking as a healthy and exciting activity. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Top 10 Summer Events

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber whittles down the jam-packed summer events line-up to the top “can’t miss” festivals

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park community hosts more than 200 events each summer. The fun festivals range from toe-tapping musical jams to athletic competitions, family-friendly fetes and much more. Here are the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber’s top 10 picks for events and festivals that travelers shouldn’t miss this summer.

 

For a complete events lineup visit the Winter Park Events Calendar or check out the Winter Park Deals page for lodging packages.

  • Fraser Tuesday Picnic in the Park (Tuesdays, June 23-August 6)
    Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic and enjoy free live music at Old Schoolhouse Park in Fraser each Tuesday starting in June from 6-8 p.m. for this family friendly event. Acts include Gary Key, ACME Band, Sasquatch Mountain Project, Peggy Mann, Matt Chimes, JV3 and Hannah Rose.

 

  • High-Note Thursday Concert Series (Thursdays, June 18-August 20)
    These performances take place in Winter Park’s Hideaway Park from 6-8 p.m. Acts range from American classic covers to blues, bluegrass, Latin jazz, country and reggae music. An offering from the Odell Brewing Company Summer Concert Series, this concert series is presented by Rocky Mountain Honda dealers and Real Estate of Winter Park.

 

  • 13th Annual Grand County Blues from the Top (June 26-28)
    This event is a staple in Colorado’s Favorite Playground, and the 13th annual Blues from the Top, presented by the Grand County Blues Society, promises to be one of the best ever! Headliners include Ronnie Baker Brooks, Joe Louis Walker, Chris Cain, Danielle Schneblen, Jarekus Singleton, Boogie Boys and more.

 

  • 541663_10150908600070172_1224366910_nLance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration / Rendezvous Run for Independence (July 4)
    New this year, the annual Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration will be held in downtown Winter Park at Hideaway Park. The event includes inflatables, face painting, live music and the RE/MAX Peak to Peak Fireworks Display. It is presented by Rocky Mountain Honda dealers. For athletic souls, the morning starts at 9 a.m. with the Rendezvous Run for Independence 5 mile run/walk. Register for the race.

 

  • Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend (July 11-12)
    Granby Ranch-14Winter Park is Mountain Bike Capital USA™, and this event puts that moniker on full display! Bike camps, the Epic Singletrack race, music and fun activities for all ages and abilities are on tap. There’s even live music, courtesy of the Odell Brewing Company Concert Series presented by Rocky Mountain Honda dealers, as well as happy hours specials throughout town.

 

  • 33rd Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival (July 18-19)
    This is one of Colorado’s Favorite Playground’s most notable events, which is held in downtown Winter Park’s Hideaway Park. The headliner on Saturday is 11-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Sunday’s headliner is Morris Day & The Time. This event is presented by Colorado Access, Odell Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Honda dealers, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa/Volario’s and Real Estate of Winter Park. Get tickets and see the entire Winter Park Jazz Festival lineup.

 

  • 5th Annual Winter Park SolShine Music Festival (August 1)
    This free event is presented by KBCO, Odell Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Honda dealers, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa/Volario’s, and Real Estate of Winter Park. Attendees will enjoy music from Colorado favorite, Leftover Salmon, and other national and regional acts.

 

  • Winter Park Beer Festival (August 8)
    This great annual event in Winter Park’s Hideaway Park offers brews, views and great live music. Enjoy unlimited beer tasting from 12-5 p.m. with 30+ micro brewers on hand to share their classic hoppy beverages and a few new ones. This event is a “don’t miss” for beer aficionados, music lovers and festival goers. Besides great beer, Beer Fest attendees will enjoy food from vendors, retail vendors, and live music from three acts throughout the day.

 

  • Winter Park Music Festival (August 15)
    Another free festival in Winter Park’s Hideaway Park, this event is sponsored by Odell Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Honda dealers, and Access Health Colorado. It features live music from national and regional acts, as well as food and beverage vendors.

 

  • Winter Park Uncorked (August 22)
    Wine lovers will converge in Winter Park for this new event, which includes wine tasting accompanied by live music. Winter Park Uncorked will be held in Winter Park’s Hideaway Park and is presented by Rocky Mountain Honda dealers.

 

 

WP logoAbout Winter Park & Fraser Chamber (www.PlayWinterPark.com)

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

 

Contacts
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park &Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com
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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Offers 3-Day Getaway Guide for Flaming Gorge Country

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- Southwest Wyoming a hidden gem in the West, outdoor lover’s paradise -

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming today announced a three-day Flaming Gorge Country itinerary, just in time for summer vacation planning. Flaming Gorge Country checks all the boxes for outdoor travelers with its unprecedented beauty, few crowds, big fish and lots of trails. Centered on the massive Flaming Gorge Reservoir (which stretches across 42,000 acres on the Wyoming-Utah border), this rugged landscape continues to be one of the West’s great hidden gems. Whether travelers are passing through on the way to one of the West’s famed national parks, or making Sweetwater County the final destination, this itinerary is just the ticket.

 

Day 1: Rock Springs to Fire Hole Canyon

Rock Springs makes a great springboard for adventure. Travelers may choose to start their journey the Rock Springs Historical Museum to gain a sense of context about the area’s past. Heading west out of Rock Springs on I-80, then swinging south on U.S. Highway 191 offers an opportunity to see herds of antelope and other wildlife.

The entrance to the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is about 13 miles south of the interstate. Here, visitors can see the reservoir, complete with a boat ramp, Firehole Canyon Campground, and spectacular views of North and South Chimney Rocks. The sun casts golden light upon the buttes, and stargazing is simply spectacular!

 

Day 2: Fire Hole Canyon to Dutch John

The area is so beautiful it may be difficult for journeymen and women to tear themselves away. The Firehole Canyon section of Lake Flaming Gorge is scenic, and the boating and fishing opportunities can sustain many outdoorsy types for days on end. Dutch John is near the reservoir’s dam, where options for recreation are numerous, particularly for avid anglers. Within the deep waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, record-size lake and brown trout can be caught, and the stretch of water along the Green River downstream of the dam is legendary — both for its goliath-sized trout and its scenic beauty. Within the immediate vicinity of Dutch John, the recreation area offers 12 distinct campgrounds and an assortment of private lodges.

 

Day 3: Dutch John to Green River

For a final day in Lake Flaming Gorge Country, swing along the south end of the reservoir on State Highway 40. Be sure to stop at the Red Canyon Visitors Center to take in one of the area’s most breathtaking vantage points of the canyon and the shimmering lake below. Just beyond the town of Manilla and back into Wyoming, there’s the Sheepcreek Geological Loop, which features the Uinta Fault. The fault runs more than 100 miles along the north slope of the Uinta Mountains and is clearly visible in the extremely twisted rock layers along the upper part of the loop. Complete the trek in Green River, a lovely town on the banks of its namesake river, where there’s kayaking in the town’s whitewater park, or biking along the city’s greenbelt pathway.
To help guide you on your trip, download a map of the Flaming Gorge and surrounding areas. Sweetwater County also has a Discover Sweetwater County Mobile App to help travelers navigate and plan on-the-go. To learn more or book a trip visit www.tourwyoming.com.

SWC app photoAbout Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

 

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com
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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces 10 Things Under $20 to Do This Summer

Biking is just one way to channel a childlike spirit in Winter Park.

Biking is just one way to channel a childlike spirit in Winter Park.

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber helps families save, without skimping on the fun

 Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber knows it is important for families to stick to a budget when traveling. That’s why the chamber has collected this list of 10 things to do for under $20 this summer in Winter Park. In fact many of these activities are free!

For more on planning a trip to Winter Park or to learn about lodging deals visit www.playwinterpark.com.

  1. Ride or hike the 600 miles of trails around Winter Park that make the area Mountain Bike Capital USA™. It’s free, as long as you have your own bike. Affordable rentals are available at numerous bike shops around town. At Granby Ranch you can even ride the chair lift for free Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from May 22 (weather permitting) through September 27.
  2. SolShine Music Festival

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    Winter Park hosts affordable festivals and events nearly every weekend in the summer, including Fraser Tuesdays Picnic in the Park (June-August/free), High-Note Thursdays (June-August/free), Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend concerts (July 11-12/free), Blues from the Top (June 27-28/$20 for one day admission), SolShine (Aug. 1/free), and Winter Park Music Festival (Aug. 15/free).

  3. Ride Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide at Winter Park Resort. Cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids 5 and under.
  4. Play, even if you don’t stay, at YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch. Day passes for visitors are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12 (kids under 6 get in free). Activities include disc golf, pool, basketball/volleyball courts, craft shop, playgrounds and hiking, among others.
  5. Fishing in the Lion’s Club ponds is free for kids under 18. Inexpensive rod rentals are available across the street at the fly shop, or you can bring your own gear for free.
  6. Cooper Creek Square in the center of Winter Park has free family fun throughout the summer with ice cream socials, juggling, comedy and magic stage shows, street performers, face painting and crafts and more!
  7. At the hip new Foundry Cinema & Bowl in Winter Park, movies are $10, bowling is $12/person/hour (or only $9/person/hour from 4-6 p.m.!), and food starts at only $6.50.
  8. Mountain Moon Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes for all skill levels throughout the week for just $15 per class, while Elevate Pilates & Physical Therapy has group Pilates classes for $20 each. Free Fitness in the Park classes are offered every Sunday, June 14-Aug. 30, in downtown Winter Park.
  9. Take a brewery tour or do a wine tasting at the Hideaway Park Brewery, Moffat Station Brewery, The Library and Winter Park Winery. There are also happy hours at various locations around town. Check with the staff at the Winter Park Information Center (78841 US Highway 40) for tour and tasting details, and a weekly list of happy hour specials.
  10. Brush up on the history of the area by visiting one of the fascinating museums in the area. Cozens Ranch Museum is the site of the first ranch and stage stop in the Fraser Valley. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors (62 and older), $3/students and free for children under six. The Kauffman House Museum, which costs just $5 for adults and is free for kids 12 and under, is the last of the early Grand Lake log hotels in existence. At Pioneer Village Museum in nearby Hot Sulphur Springs tools, clothing and artifacts from the old West live on. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors (60 and older), $3/students and free for children under five.

To learn more about planning a vacation to Winter Park visit www.playwinterpark.com. Or, check out the Winter Park Deals page for lodging packages.

About Winter Park & Fraser Chamber (www.PlayWinterPark.com)

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contacts
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park &Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com
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Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Offers 5 Road Trip Survival Tips

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Make a pit stop in Sweetwater County during a summer road trip to the national parks of the west.

-Sweetwater County is a convenient, undiscovered pit stop for road trips to West’s most notable national parks-

 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – With the open highway, endless blue skies and abundant wildlife, a family road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is among the most quintessential of American summer vacations. For many road trippers, a drive to these parks goes right through a beautiful – yet often undiscovered – corner of Wyoming, Sweetwater County. Located in the southwest part of the state, Sweetwater County is conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 191.
Here are some jaw-dropping, must-see natural and historic attractions of Sweetwater County, as well as 5 road trip survival tips from Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism.

 
What to See on the Way to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

  • Lake Flaming Gorge
    The canyons of the Green River have long enthralled explorers ranging from John Wesley Powell to modern-day outdoor adventurers. One of the most accessible and majestic stretches of this river can be found entering Lake Flaming Gorge, a massive reservoir that straddles the Utah-Wyoming border. Here, red-colored buttes and sage-dotted hills line a crystalline lake that delights boaters, anglers and campers year-round. With zero light pollution the area is also a haven for stargazers.

 

  • Historic Pioneer Trails
    No other place in the United States has more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than Sweetwater County. While a pilgrimage West may be of a very different nature these days, one glance at the Oregon, Overland or Pony Express Trails will leave an indelible mark on the journey.

 

  • Wildlife Viewing
    The wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park is pretty spectacular, but Sweetwater County has some pretty cool critters of its own. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge houses trumpeter swan, prairie falcon, greater sage grouse and antelope. Between Rock Springs and Green River there are thundering herds of wild horses on the range, which are reminiscent of the romance of the Wild West.

 

5 Road Trip Survival Tips

  1. Prep the Car
    Take the vehicle in for a maintenance check-up before hitting the road to make sure the oil has been changed, tires rotated, wiper blades switched out, and that all fluids are at the appropriate levels. Also, make sure the spare tire is in good working order.
  2. Entertain the Kids
    Ensure the DVD player and/or tablet devices are fully charged and loaded with games, books and apps to help keep family members occupied during the drive. Also, don’t forget the old-fashioned classics that are still good time-passers, like a game of “I Spy,” the license plate game or name that tune.
  3. Pack Smart
    When it comes to packing, less is more. (Remember, many hotels have a washer/dryer and/or laundry service to clean dirty clothes!) Stick to one bag per person and opt for soft-sided bags over hard ones, which don’t pack as well in the trunk. Bring layers to stay comfy during the sometimes shifting summer weather (it can be very warm during the day, but chilly at night). A rain jacket is a good idea, as well. Sunscreen, bug spray, a hat and sunglasses are a few other “must-haves.”
  4. Bring Snacks
    Convenience store food can get expensive quickly (not to mention it’s not the best choice, health-wise), so offset the costs by packing a cooler with fun treats for the whole family. Bottled water, juice boxes, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, veggies, fruit and trail mix are just a few ideas. Keep the food cooler close to make satisfying a snack attack easier!
  5. Charge On
    Mobile phones, tablets, headsets and portable DVD players are only as good as their battery life. Be sure to pack the automobile chargers for all of the electronic devices. Don’t have one you need? Purchase it before you go.
     

For more information about planning a trip to Sweetwater County visit www.tourwyoming.com.

 

Logo(1)About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

 

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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