How I’d Spend A Perfect Day in Palisade

Between Denver and Grand Junction lies a stunning farming town that you can’t miss from the highway. Palisade is world famous for its peaches and sits in a valley full of dozens of orchards, vineyards, and farms that are cultivated by some of the kindest people I’ve ever met.

So whether you’re visiting for a weekend getaway or just passing through, this itinerary will guide you to the best experiences for spending a perfect day in beautiful Palisade.

Start with a Fresh Breakfast

Start your day in Palisade with a delicious pastry or fresh bread from Slice O Life Bakery in downtown Palisade. The bread combines beautifully with jam from any nearby farm market, especially Clark Family Orchards just up the road.

Pro tip: if the Slice O Life Bakery is closed, you can still purchase their breads and rolls at the local grocery store, Family Food Town, across the street! Their display is just inside the store lobby across from the registers.

Take a Bike

Whether you’re a mountain biker braving The Palisade Plunge or a tourist looking to experience the surrounding farms and orchards, make sure to swing by Palisade Cycle & Shuttle. There you can rent or purchase bikes, equipment, paddle boards, or reserve a shuttle service to The Palisade Plunge trail on the weekends.

Pro tip: if you’re exploring Palisade during the hot summer months, be sure to rent an e-bike rather than a regular one! The motorized bicycle will save you a lot of effort as you adventure out in the hot sun.

One of my favorite activities in Palisade was exploring the Fruit and Wine Byway – a huge biking or driving route that guides you past dozens of orchards, vineyards, and farms in the area. In my opinion, this is the best way to experience the beauty and culture of the valley. Nearly every farm has a market store front where you can buy fresh produce harvested right from that property!

Pro tip: Bring an insulated bag to store produce along the way. This will keep fruits and veggies fresh until you can put them in a refrigerator.

Eat Lunch Along the Way

You could just make a meal of all the delicious fruits and veggies you gather along the Fruit and Wine Byway for lunch! But if you’re looking for a lunch break, head back into town for a meal at Fidel’s Cocina or Dango Burrito. For lunch on the go, Palisade Peach Shack offers quick eats like hamburgers, hot dogs, or hand pies.

Pick Your Own

In the afternoon, take a break from biking to harvest some of your very own peaches! Orchards like Palisade Peach Shack, Mt. Lincoln Peach Co., and Green Barn Fruit Co. provide the supplies you need to pick peaches, apricots, or cherries on their property.

I always love the relaxing, grounding experience of picking my own food right from the source. It gives me a chance to be present and feel more connected to the world around me. If you’ve never picked your own fruit before, Palisade is the perfect place to give it a try!

Learn Your History

I absolutely recommend taking some time to visit the new Palisade History Museum! The volunteers there are so knowledgeable about the history of the town. From peach packing and wine history to the former mining town of Cameo and the migrant worker community along the Colorado River, there’s so much beautiful history to discover at this museum.

And if you meet the lovely owner, Priscilla, while you’re there, tell her Maddie says hello!

Finish Fancy or Food Truck?

For dinner at the end of your Palisade adventure, you’ll have to decide if you want fine dining or a more casual setting. For my fine dining friends, make reservations in advance for Peche. Restaurant where you can enjoy delicious dishes made with fresh local ingredients. If you’re looking for a casual vibe, look for an orchard hosting food trucks and live music in the evening! I loved visiting Deroco Cellars for their Food Truck Friday event, complete with art show, live music, and several options for food truck dinner and dessert.

Visit  www.visitpalisade.com for more information about getting the most out of your trip to Palisade.

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