Thursday, August 25, 2011

Celebrate the Harvest

Paonia's Mountain Harvest Festival (Sept. 22 - 25) is a celebration of local harvests – agricultural producers, artists, writers, and crafts-persons.  While music is a constant accompaniment, festival goers are encouraged to visit farms and wineries, shop at the big Farmers Market, purchase local wine and beer at the beverage tent, enjoy the Rotary Club’s brunch made from local produce, visit local arts venues, listen to recitations of our local poetry and prose, and make purchases at the arts and crafts booths.  There are also numerous agriculture and music related workshops to engage the interest of visitors. 

This is the eleventh year of the Mountain Harvest Festival and each year new events/activities have been added.  But, the Saturday night music is still THE big event.  Check out the schedule at and make your commitment to attend this year.  Rooms at the Bross Hotel are fast running out so call quickly to make your reservation.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Grape Stomp

How much juice can you get out of a bucket of grapes?  Get a team of 4 together and at Mountain Harvest Festival you can compete against other teams at the great GRAPE STOMP.  This is a really fun event sponsored by Black Bridge Winery to benefit the Paonia Library.  Yes, there’s an entry fee.  That’s the money that goes to the library.  But, if your team represents the Bross Hotel, the Hotel will pay your entry fee.  Call me if your team wants the Hotel’s sponsorship - 970-527-6776.

Monday, August 15, 2011

"An American Provence"

That’s the description of the North Fork Valley given by Prof. Thomas Huber, who is a geographer and environmental scientist, and the title of his latest book scheduled for release in December.  In an article by Thomas Wills in The North Fork Merchant Herald Wills states: “ In Huber’s prologue and first chapter of the book he argues that the North Fork is geographically very similar to the Coulon River Valley of Provence and is rapidly becoming more and more like it agriculturally and culturally.  The main difference to Huber is the relatively short history of small organic farms and wineries in the North Fork compared to one centuries old in Provence.”

For ten years Evon at Leroux Creek Vineyards has been telling us this area is like Provence.  Isn’t it nice that Hubor coorborates Evon’s assessment?  So come try Evon’s wine and that of the other wineries in the North Fork area.  Then you can determine whether the wine is similar coming from the two Provences.

The wineries in the North Fork Valley have great locations, wonderful views, gracious hosts/hostesses, and, of course, wine to write home about.  And, wine you'll want to take home.  The tasting rooms are open until the end of October.  They're waiting to serve you.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fall on the Western Side of the Divide

t’s August and Fall is fast approaching. Parents are preparing for children to go back to school.  Children are excited about seeing all their friends each day.  And, I am eager to greet you as you check into the Bross Hotel for an autum getaway. 

The Western Slope is the really pretty part of the state.  That is especially true in the Fall when the golden aspens blanketing the hillsides are interspersed with dark green pine trees.  You’ll find the scenic byways are magnificent this time of year,  The Grand Mesa Byway celebrates Color Sunday/Week the last weekend of September.  The West Elk Scenic Loop is home to the largest aspen groves in the world (one grove is one tree since new trees come up from the spreading roots of the mother tree).  It’s magnificent.  So, if you haven’t ever driven over Kebler Pass between Paonia and Crested Butte, late September or early October is the time to do it.  And, the drive over McClure Pass is always fantastic.  Since we all look forward to seeing Colorado's golden aspens each fall and there's no better place to view them than on the Western Slope, the Bross Hotel has a deal for you.  During September and October, the Hotel is offering a 15% discount off two consecutive nights lodging, Sunday through Thursday.  So decide on your travel dates and call me for reservations.  You are always welcome on the western side of the continental divide.