There’s a little spot on Colorado’s Western Slope that’s home to flocks of sheep, fields of vegetables and orchards of fruit. Things move a little slower here and that’s just the way the people of the North Fork Valley like it. There are no freeways and very few stop lights; it’s a bit like going back in time, but better.
Mountain Harvest Festival is a celebration of the bounty of Paonia and the North Fork Valley, and you’re invited to participate in this annual event that’s a little earthy, kinda quirky, a bit country and entirely authentic.
This is a four-day festival that kicks off with food, which makes sense. There are Harvest to Table Dinners at Remedy and the Living Farm Cafe on Thursday night. These dinners feature locally grown, chemical and additive free food.
This festival is hosting a lot of local talent including writers, artists and musicians, and Thursday night is no exception. Harvest of Voices showcases both rising stars and award-winning writers reading from their works.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Mountain Harvest Festival are chockablock with events; I won’t name them all here, but I do want to highlight Saturday Sundown Swing, a ticketed event that features five venues and nine bands. From acoustic to rock, there’s a little something for everyone on tap. Buy an all access ticket (or entry to just one venue) here.
In addition to loads of music, this festival has a farmers’ market, grape stomp, kids area, a Wine Makers Dinner, a chili cookoff, hula hoop contest, local brews, ciders and wines, farm tours and more.
I’d highly recommend renting a bike from Cirque Cyclery in downtown Paonia and participating in Saturday’s Farm & Wine Tours. We had a blast exploring the area’s farms by bike during our 2016 visit (read about it here).
I am delighted to be attending the festival this year, because, despite the fact that I try not to play favorites, the North Fork Valley is one of my favorite spots in Colorado. I hope to see you there!
Mountain Harvest Festival
September 21-24, 2017
Free & ticketed events
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I’ve stayed at four out of five of these inns, and I toured the other one, so you can be assured that there is an authentic voice behind this post. These Colorado inns are all quite varied in price and ambiance, but they are each one-of-a-kind.
The Distillery Inn at Marble Distilling Co. – Carbondale
The Distillery Inn is the most luxurious property on this list. I had the great pleasure of staying there last month. When I say it’s “unique,” I’m not exaggerating – it’s the only distillery inn in the world.
The five rooms, located above the distillery, are top-notch. The ambiance of the entire place is laid back, yet elegant. My favorite detail of my room, the Ginger, were the daffodils in the bathroom and tulips in the main room. Continue reading
Finding a place to stay in Delta County is really fun because there’s such a variety of accommodations in this area of Western Colorado. From farms to bed and breakfasts and everything in between, the only thing you’ll be hard pressed to find is a chain hotel.
Whether you’re heading over for a festival or just to explore, here are some of the interesting places that we’ve stayed during our trips to Delta County.
Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Paonia, Colorado
We stayed at Bross Hotel in downtown Paonia on our most recent trip to Delta County’s North Fork Valley. This hotel is unique because it was a purpose built hotel and has remained a hotel for 110 years.
The Victorian rooms are cozy and will leave you with the feeling that you’ve traveled back to 1916, except that I expect the plumbing is much better today.
Each room at Bross comes with a delicious homemade breakfast, and don’t miss out on sipping your coffee on the expansive front balcony overlooking Onarga Avenue. I felt a bit like the Colorado version of Scarlett O’Hara on that balcony. As a bonus, Revolution Brewing is just around the corner from Bross Hotel.
Gunnison River Farms, Orchard City, Colorado Continue reading
As most of my loyal readers know HeidiTown is not a calendar of events. It is impossible for me to preview every event going on in Northern Colorado (let alone state wide). If only I could clone myself!
I’ve decided to compile a list, every Friday morning, of all the upcoming weekend events I was unable to preview, but would have liked to preview.
Fall in Colorado is fabulous and this weekend is no exception with temps in the low eighties both Saturday and Sunday. So without further ado, here’s a list of some of the awesome activities going on this first weekend of fall, September 25-26, 2010.
Estes Park, CO – Autumn Gold, a festival of bands, brats and beer
Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park
What: Celebrate fall surrounded by golden aspens and bugling elk. The 18th Annual Autumn Gold festival is sponsored by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary. Come out and enjoy good food, good music and excellent beer. The event is free, but be sure to participate in the $5,000 reverse raffle, benefiting local youth scholarships.
Boulder, CO – Fall Fest
Friday from 5 p.m. to 10, Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder is the picturesque venue for this huge fall festival featuring music, vendors, food, beer, a children’s carnival and much more. This event is free. For the entire lineup, visit BoulderDowntown.com.
Paonia, CO – Mountain Harvest Festival
Thursday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 26
What: This small town festival on the Western Slope is already in full swing. There is music, workshops, a drum and bike parade and contests galore, including a pie contest. If you are looking for a true slice of Americana, Paonia, Colorado is the place to be this weekend. Visit MountainHarvestFestival.com for a full line up of this free event.
Morrison, CO – Ciderfest 2010
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What: From cider making to hay rides, this is a free festival for the family. Just a few minutes west of Denver, Morrison is an adorable little town (and the gateway to Red Rocks Amphitheater). If you go, be sure to bring apples and empty beverage containers. For more information, click here.
Lafayette, CO – Celebrate Lafayette
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: This community celebration has been occurring annually since 1956. This celebration features all things essential to a small town festival, including a pancake breakfast, parade, street fair, entertainment and kids’ activities. To learn more visit LafayetteColorado.com.
Denver, CO – World’s Largest Ukulele Lesson
Saturday from 1-1:45 p.m. at Ruby Hill Park.
What: Swallow Hill Music is hosting this lesson during Fourish!, Denver Urban Garden’s 25th Anniversary celebration. This random event caught my eye because not only is it unique, but I actually own a ukulele. Learn more about the lesson and Flourish! at SwallowHillMusic.org.
Oktoberfests – have you been practicing your chicken dance? Click on the links below for more info on each festival.
Note from the Mayor: Look, I know there’s a lot more stuff going on around Colorado this weekend, but I can’t preview everything. If you’d like to add your event to this post, please leave me a comment!