Visiting Palisade is a great experience. Here you will find beautiful orchards and vineyards with stunning views of the mountains, lavender gardens, fine wineries and fresh farm fruit stands. The small downtown is fun to explore with its saloon, galleries, small stores and restaurants. Not to be missed are:
The Palisade Livery Saloon: At 215 S. Main St, this is a fun local bar.
Clark Family Orchards: At 3929 US Highway 6 and 24 in Palisades, this is a great farm stand where you can buy corn and tomatoes, jelly, honey, fruit butters and spreads, salsas, peaches, plums, apricots, pears, cherries and other local fruit. Talbott’s Mountain Gold, at 3782 F1/4 Rd., is another good market that is known for its apple cider.
High Country Orchards: At 3548 E ½ Rd., this is a family operated orchard featuring tree-ripened peaches. Their Country Store features fruit, fresh produce, preserves and peach salsas. This an attractive store and is next to their Colterris winery.
Slice O’ Life Bakery: Stop in for coffee and a cookie or pastry at this local bakery. 105 W. 3rd.
Palisade Cafe: A great spot for lunch in downtown. They have a large menu of sandwiches, burgers and salads. The highlight was the homemade peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream!!! 112 W. 3rd.
If you like festivals, the Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade each September, is the largest and oldest wine festival in the State with wine tastings, food and wine parings, music, demonstrations and seminars. The Palisade Peach Festival, in August, is a two day festival featuring food vendors and a peach recipe contest. There is live music, an ice cream social, farm-to-table dinners with local wine pairings and a parade.
Before or after a meal, make sure to stop in at The Blue Pig Gallery, a local gallery downtown in Palisade, at 101 W 3rd. They feature paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber and jewelry.