What should I wear?
There is no dress code for this event. The wedding party will be dressed more formally for the ceremony but changing into jeans afterwards. You are welcome to wear your concert clothes to the ceremony or change outfits like us. Either way, bring layers - this is an outdoor concert on an October evening (check the weather forecast, but we expect a high around 70 degrees and dipping down to the 50s after sunset).
Ultimately, we want you to wear something you feel good and ready to dance in!
Your presense is a gift! We are not registered anywhere and do not expect wedding gifts.
What do I bring/not bring?
A blanket and/or folding chairs are recommended for the concert (there will be seating for the ceremony indoors, but limited seating outdoors).
Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome, thought there will also be food and drink for sale. No outside alcohol permitted.
Things to do in the Grand Valley
PALISADE: a small town that is known for the best wine and peaches in Colorado. Unfortunately the Fruit season will be over in October but its a great place to explore.
Peach Street Distillers: Great food and great bloody mary's and mixed drinks: https://peachstreetdistillers.com/
Palisade Brewery: Good bar food and beers and a great band playing Friday October 13: https://palisadebrewingcompany.com/
Fidel's Cocina & Bar: "classy" Mexican Food in Palisade: https://shorturl.at/dqyF6
Livery Saloon: The only thing open after 10pm in Palisade...you know what that means...https://www.liverysaloon.com/ (NO FOOD OPTIONS)
Wine Country Inn: Good all you can eat breakfast in the morning for guests: https://coloradowinecountryinn.com/culinary/
357 Bar and Grill: Really the only breakfast place in Palisade that's not in a hotel/B & B: https://357barandgrill.com/
Peche: the nicest restaurant in town but its only open from 5pm -9pm and closed Sunday and Monday: https://pecherestaurantcolorado.com/
VINYARD SELECTIONS: Palisade has dozens of awesome wineries that do tastings as well as on site sales of wine. Some of them have food trucks on location depending on the day. Many people rent bicycles and ride from place to place during the day. NOTE: almost all wineries close at 5pm, just in time for the show on Saturday. There are too many good wineries to list and so here are our favorites:
Red Fox Cellars: This is Clinton's favorite. They do unique barrel aging that sets them apart and they do mixed drinks instead of just straight wine pours: https://redfoxcellars.com/
Maison La Belle Vie Winery: This is Ruth's favorite. Classic French wine that is not too sweet like a lot of Palisade wine with a beautiful outside area to hang out: https://maisonlabellevie.com/
Colterris Winery: this is the classic Palisade winery that is close to Base Camp RV if your looking for a place close to camp to pre-game: https://www.colterris.com/colterris-winery/
Restoration Vineyards: this is located on East Orchard mesa that sits above the town on the plateau where most of the grapes are grown for all "Colorado Wine." Restoration has live music during the day and a good Thai food truck on October 14. https://restorationvineyards.com/
Here is an interactive Bicycle map to explore: https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/ride-colorado/mountains-and-mesas/fruit-wine/
Here is a place to rent bicycles if you want: https://palisadecycle.com/
Here is a place to line up a wine tour if you want: https://www.pali-tours.com/
THINGS TO DO:
The Palisade Rim Trail: good for a hike or a mountain bike ride, this trail leads you up the side of the canyon to a loop that overlooks the entire Grand Valley where there are ancient petroglyphs. If you have the time and energy this is highly recommended! https://www.gjhikes.com/2014/05/palisade-rim-lower-loop.html
River Bend Park: This is where they hold winefest and the bluegrass festival and is a great place to hang if you need a park next to the Colorado River: https://maps.app.goo.gl/HP5c54cxCqwjdKg79
Paddleboard/Raft: hopefully its not too cold and if you really want to get adventurous you can rent paddle boards or line up a guided river day trip down the Colorado River: https://palisaderivertrips.com/
GRAND JUNCTION: the trailer park of the Wester Slope...and the place we call home. If you want to explore outside of Palisade, here are some ideas for where to go and what to do.
Moody's: a speakeasy style mixed drink and light eats place that has a special place in Ruth and Clinton's hearts. https://www.moodyslounge.com/
Trail Life Brewing: Great food and great beer and its attached to an awesome locally owned outdoor gear store where we sell a lot of our used gear and buy boat supplies: https://shorturl.at/kqzD5
Bin 707 Foodbar: The best upscale casual dining places in the valley: https://shorturl.at/kqzD5
Good Judy's: formerly known as "Weavers," GJ's is a great late night place that is now a dance club and proud LGBTQ+ community staple. https://www.good-judys.com/
Pollo Asado: Clinton's favorite restaurant in GJ, its simple and good Mexican street tacos and chicken: https://maps.app.goo.gl/K2eQJppssP8aQoLS6
THINGS TO DO:
Enstrom's Toffee and Confectionery: One of the more nationally successful businesses in the Grand Valley. Awesome place if you find any of their candies get them: https://www.enstrom.com/
Colorado National Monument: It is a National Monument so there is an entrance fee on most days: https://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm
Mountain Biking: If you Mt. Bike then you know that the Grand Valley is the best Mt. Biking in Colorado, especially in October (the best month to mountain bike here). download MTB project and look up Clinton's Top picks: https://www.mtbproject.com/
Lunch Loops/Tabaguche area: Pet-e-kes > Pucker Up > Raven's Ridge > Coyote Ridge > Ali-Ali > Curt's Lane (known as the Leather Daddy Loop).
18 Road area: Prime cut > Front side > Zippidy-Do-Da > road > Mojoe
Kokopelli area: Hawkeye Trail (up and down) OR the classic Horsetheif Bench (it never gets old)
Rabbit Valley area: Western Rim (one of the best unknown rides in Colorado) (MTB project has you going backwards on this trial, ride it from McDonald Creek Trailhead to the single track, then back on the Kokopelli trail road)