Room for growth in local lodging?

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Julie Commons, co-owner of Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast, 3694 F Road, passes the time with some of her chickens in the front yard of her home business. Palisade town officials voted to allow single-family homes to be rented on a regular or seasonal basis for up to a month, an idea that makes Commons nervous. “This just makes me want to take down my sign and my website (to avoid higher rates). If all of the places are going to open to visitors, I’m going to lose a huge amount of people,” Commons said.


Travelers coming to the Grand Valley might find lodging options besides the standard hotel, motel or bed and breakfast. Short-term vacation rentals could soon be available in both Palisade and Grand Junction.
Palisade’s board of trustees unanimously approved an ordinance earlier this month to allow short-term vacation rentals within town limits in an effort to boost the town’s tourism economy.

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