Palisade Colorado

Opportunities for more lodging and dining are prime-picking in Palisade


There is new activity in Palisade, with several businesses hoping to open in time to provide services to residents and the many guests who come to Palisade in the summertime.

Varaison Vineyards will hold a ribbon cutting for its new cider tasting room and bistro, 13 Brix, on May 13 at 1 p.m., or 1300 hours, if you speak military-style. Andrew West, the cider maker and son of Varaison’s founders, Andrew and Kristin West, has been working on the the bistro for more than a year.

“We’ve been working on the remodel for 18 months; we’ve been trying to do it without digging a sucking hole of debt,” West said. The building, which started out as a convenience store, has also been a video store and stood vacant for almost three years before the Wests purchased it with the intent to turn it into a tasting room for their hard cider, Forbidden Fruit.

When 13 Brix opens, it will have a limited menu, along with five different ciders. In addition to apple with Saigon Cinnamon, the bistro will have pear vanilla, blueberry lavender, cherry and peach ciders, all available for drinking on site or bottled so customers can take their favorite flavor home.

Palisade will soon be able to offer more options for visitors who want to stay in town. There is construction activity underway at Palisade Basecamp RV Resort, where the owners plan to offer two country home units, 12 cabins, 71 RV and trailer sites, six standard tent sites and 13 primitive sites.

“The goal is to have it all open, all at once, but in reality, we may have portions done and ready for opening, while still doing finishing touches throughout the month of July,” said Keith Ehlers, one of the partners in the project. The business has received lots of calls and requests from visitors who are eager to make reservations to stay at the resort, and are willing to stay even if the swimming pool isn’t quite operational or the landscaping isn’t fully installed.

There aren’t a lot of homes available for sale right now in Palisade, and this particular home includes a three-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home sitting on almost three acres. Although there are no trees right now, there has been on a peach orchard on the property, which has good irrigation water.

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