Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer in the North Fork Valley

Summer will officially arrive in a few days and the North Fork Valley is ready to welcome you.  The valley is green and flowers are blooming.  The wineries are open for your tasting pleasure.  Farmers' markets have products made from last year's harvest and will have fresh fruit from local orchards in a week or two. 

Like to cycle?  There's no better place than the roads in this area.  Folks come from Europe and Australia just to ride the curves and ups and downs of the Rockies.  Won't you and/or your bike club join them?  The Bross Hotel offers ten rooms with 16 individual beds that is just perfect for a tour group.  If you haven't already done so, now is the time to make your reservation. 

Cycling isn't limited to the road.  Great mountain biking is available.  Our local bike club will be happy to point you to their favorite trails.

And, speaking of trails, there are lots of hiking trails.  Try climbing Mt. Lamborn.  Or, climbing into and out of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  There are impressive trials on the Grand Mesa, too.

The great outdoors awaits you and the North Fork Valley is in the center of it all.  So make the Bross Hotel B&B your headquarters as you explore all the activities the region affords.  Come for a mini-vacation; STAY FIVE NIGHTS AND YOUR FIFTH NIGHT IS FREE.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wine is Being Poured


The West Elks Wineries have opened for the season.  You are invited to visit them every day from 11 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.  Make your wine tour a mini-vacation by spending one or more nights at the Bross Hotel B&B where you'll be treated royally.  Enjoy the gardens, relaxing on the balcony, deck, or patio, and the comraderie of your hostess and other guests.

If you enjoy the active life, you'll be right at home in Paonia.  Paonia and the Bross are centrally located for cycling (road and mountain), hiking, and fishing.  And, at the end of the day, enjoy a farm-fresh dinner at a local restaurant.

Paonia is a place to savor - beautiful valley with great food, wine, beer, and hard cider; a plethora of outdoor activities, and an historic lodging for a restful night.  Come visit!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Murder at the Bross Hotel

It's winter and time for some indoor fun.  The Bross Hotel and Stone Cottage Cellars offer you lots of fun for Valentines/Presidents’ Weekend - wine tasting, a winemaker’s dinner, and a murder.  You are invited to the estate of Max and Demi Liter for an evening of wine tasting (Feb. 14) which will allow you to place your order for a case of the latest bottlings.  The following day you have an opportunity to experience area activities as well as visit the cellars of the winery when you pick up your wine.  Saturday evening you’ll enjoy a winemaker’s dinner showcasing the pairing of wine and food.  Unfortunately for the guests this evening, the vintage has more body than expected as Max Liter has been discovered dead in a vat of wine.  It’s up to you to identify the murderer.  Cost: $650 per couple, including taxes.  Includes: wine tasting, a case of wine of your choosing, a role in the murder mystery, a winemaker’s dinner, two nights at the historic Bross Hotel Bed and Breakfast, two gourmet breakfasts.  Reservation Deadline: January 25.  Space is limited so call today to make your reservation:  970-527-6776.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Harvest Is In And Fall Colors Have Arrived

Fall colors have arrived in the North Fork valley.  While you can still admire the aspens at higher elevations, the cottonwoods along the North Fork of the Gunnison River rival them for gold.  Now is the time to visit Paonia, see the gold, and pick up local fruit and veggies at the farmer's markets before they close .  Don't forget to add wine to your list.  The wineries will be open until Nov. 3. 

If you are starting to plan for the holidays and considering wine to accompany your entertaining, we can help you.  Stone Cottage Cellars, the Bross Hotel and the Living Farm Cafe have designed a special wine and dine weekend  (Nov. 1 - 3) for your pleasure and the selection of wines for the holidays.  Arrive Friday evening to enjoy a wine reception and meet the other guests.  Then after a good night’s rest, participate in a Saturday morning wine seminar and select the wine you’d like to have for your holiday entertaining.  In the afternoon tour the vineyard and pick up your selected case of wine.  Chef Michael of the Living Farm Cafe will serve a five-course winemaker’s dinner with an emphasis on the pairing of food and wine.  Cost: $635 per couple, plus tax and tips.  Includes: reception, two nights lodging, two breakfasts, seminar, tour, case of wine, wine dinner.  Reservations are required: 970-527-3444.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Dance through the Lavender

Summer is Here!  It's time to take a vacation, or get away for a weekend.  The perfect combination of events awaits you July 13-14 in Paonia. 

Bed Cactus Brass Band is performing at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts on Saturday night, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.  A street band, Bad Cactus Brass Band has a distinctive take on New Orleans jazz and funk. Their original dance music unites young and old together in a Mardi Gras party, and their faithful renditions of second lines, spirituals and traditional jazz transport audiences to the parades and jazz funerals of New Orleans.  So pack up your dance shoes and join the dance.  (Ticket cost is only $12 per person.)

And, after you've danced the night away and gotten some rest at the Bross Hotel B&B, you're invited to Lamborn Mountain Farmstead.  There you can tour the lavender fields, see how lavender is grown, pick a bouquet and sample everything lavender. 

Other things to do include:  wine tasting at local wineries, beer tasting at Revolution Brewery, hiking, biking, viewing/visiting the awesome Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, viewing the moose on the Grand Mesa while doing a little fishing, viewing the wildflowers on the West Elk Scenic Byway, purchasing local fruits and vegetables at farm markets.  Get out! Get away!  Come to Paonia and enjoy small town life.  Paonia's historic Bross Hotel B&B is the perfect place to stay while enjoying all the area has to offer.  Call 970-527-6776 today for a reservation.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Don’t Whine - Getaway to Wine!

Have a feel-good weekend in the heart of Wine Country!   Follow the West Elks Wine Trail August 1 - 4.  It’s the premier wine event of the season.  Enjoy free tastings.  Sample wine/food pairings.  Collect winemakers’ recipes and complimentary gifts.  Partake in a winemaker’s dinner.

The Bross Hotel is offering two special packages for the weekend.

#1  Mini-Vacation - Arrive Thursday to enjoy a free concert in the park featuring singer/songwriter Amy Helm, fronted by Front Country.  After a day (Friday) visiting wineries, partake of a Winemaker’s Dinner by the river at Black Bridge Winery.    Saturday is another opportunity to taste the area’s wine and the Bross will treat you to a BBQ at Delicious Orchards.  Then, before you head for home on Sunday, you can participate in Azura Cellars Sailing Regatta.  Total cost:  $620 per couple, including tax, for 3 nights lodging at the Bross Hotel B&B, 3 breakfasts, Friday dinner at Black Bridge Winery, Saturday BBQ at Delicious Orchards, and Sunday’s regatta.

#2  Wine Weekend -Make the most of a two-day weekend.  Arrive Friday to begin your tasting tour, which can extend through Sunday.  Enjoy a Saturday evening Winemaker’s Dinner at  Alfred Eames Cellars.  On Sunday participate in Azura Cellars Sailing Regatta.  Total Cost: $465 per couple, including tax, for 2 nights lodging at the Bross Hotel B&B, 2 breakfasts, Winemaker’s Dinner and the sailing regatta.

Space is limited so make your reservation today!  Telephone 970-527-6776 or use our new online reservation system.
Recognition of the Creative Work in the North Fork Valley

The North Fork Valley, which includes Paonia, has been recognized by the state as one of only seven creative districts in Colorado.  That's due to the work of many individuals who call the Valley their home.  Their work is not just painting beautiful pictures or making great music.  They create wonderful food on local farms, orchards, and ranches.  Then master chefs use those products to nourish the body much as the artisans and musicians nourish the soul.

The Bross Hotel invites you to visit Paonia and enjoy all that the valley has to offer - beautiful surroundings, fine food and wine, good music, and art in a variety of media.  Reservations can be made online or by calling 970-527-6776.