The town of Palisade has already started the 2019 festival season, which continues throughout the summer and into the fall. The next festival, Palisade Brews & Cruise, is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and will take place May 3 - 4, with a festival in the park on Saturday, May 4.
On Friday, May 3, the town is hosting a street dance and inviting the community to come and enjoy, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Lincoln Pants Band. Three Palisade restaurants, 357 Grill, Palisade 11.0 Cafe and 13 Brix Cider Bistro, will be offering special beer and appetizer pairings that night. On Saturday, there will be 37 brewers at the festival, which takes place at Veteran's Memorial Park, along with live music, vendors and an antique truck show.
Out-of-town visitors will have a few more options for overnight stays this year in Palisade. Dancing Moon Bed & Breakfast, 568 34 Road, recently opened for business and is ready to welcome guests to one of its four guest suites. The B & B sits on nine acres in the middle of farm area, right on the Fruit and Wine Byway. Owners Trey and Annette Lewis had been planning and looking for the right opportunity somewhere in Colorado since 2011.
"We had been to Palisade several times before, and we fell in love with the area," said Annette. The couple, who moved to the area from Castle Rock, had been unable to find a property that was a good fit in Palisade proper, but when they expanded their search to include the farm area in Clifton outside the Palisade city limits, they found the perfect place for their B & B. Each of the guest rooms is done in a different period; one room has decor from 1900, one from 1910, another from 1920 and one from 1930.
Those who haven't driven out to Palisade for a while might be surprised when they see the Spoke and Vine Motel on Eighth Street, across from the old high school. New owners Jeff Snook and Jody Corey closed on the old motel in October, 2018, and have been steadily working to renovate and update the entire building. The motel has 17 rooms, ranging in size from a single queen-size bed, to a one-bedroom suite. The couple have already started accepting reservations for the motel, which is scheduled to open on May 1, just in time for the busy season.
There's a new store, Gubbini Wine Shop, in downtown Palisade on Third Street. In addition to wine made by Gubbini Winery, the store also carries local products, including food and hand-crafted items.
"I wanted it to be very local," said Linda Gubbini, owner of both the winery and the shop. "All local products are labeled with the artisan who made them. I'll take their product and show it off."
Gubbini Winery produces Italian-style wine, as well as fruit wine.
Although it's not open yet, workers are busy at the Purple Cow, which will be an ice cream shop at the back of the Blue Pig Gallery.
Centennial Canoe, an outfitter that's been in business for 30 years, changed ownership in 2017. The new owner, Brooke Ranney, purchased a large warehouse building in partnership with Rondo Buechelor, owner of Rapid Creek Cycles and Sports. The building, at 255 E. Second St., in Palisade, is across the street from the Colorado River. Rapid Creek is using a portion of the building for storage, while Centennial Canoe has remodeled the building and is using it for storage of all its gear and boats, as well as office and a food prep area.
"I was driving up and down the river, from Debeque to Loma," said Ranney. "This building screamed out, 'Hey, I'm an outfitter building!'"
In addition to finding the perfect building, her Realtor Mike Foster paired her with the perfect partner in Buechelor to buy it. Ranney appreciates the small-town feel of Palisade, and is excited to be part of the outdoor recreation community in the area.
Those who would prefer to live in Palisade rather than simply visit it will have a great opportunity at Cresthaven Acres, a new development of 70 homes that's currently under construction. The first home should be finished in June, and Chronos Builders, the builder and developer of the neighborhood, hopes to break ground on three more homes at that time, as well.
Home sizes will range from 1,500 to 2,700 square feet, with ranch and two-story floor plans available. Dave Kimbrough with RE/MAX 4000 will be the listing agent for the homes, and prices have not been established yet.
Construction hasn't started yet on the Palisade Plunge, the new trail that will take cyclists from the top of Grand Mesa down to the town of Palisade, but it could start in June. Construction will focus on the lower half of the trail initially, which takes users to the forest service/BLM boundary. Although hikers and cyclists on the nearby Palisade Rim trail may be able to see a bit of fencing and activity, there won't be heavy equipment or any major disruptions along U.S. Highway 6 or River Road.