Do Colorado’s Most Scenic—and “Fruitful”—Road Trip
As an Area Director of Sales and Marketing, I cover two amazing mountain resorts: Hotel Jerome in Aspen and Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride. That means I’m often on the road shuttling between the two, surrounded by some of the most scenic vistas in Colorado.
Starting from Madeline, and heading north on Highway 62, there’s the extraordinary Sneffels Range, part of the San Juan Mountains that surrounds Telluride. Then up Highway 50, the Colorado National Monument, with its deep canyons and steep sheer rock walls, is impossible to miss. Heading west on Highway 70, Glenwood Canyon is stunningly beautiful, with its twists and turns following the Colorado River.
As much as I adore the vistas, there’s something I love even more: stopping at Palisades, at the halfway point between Telluride and Aspen, to pick up fresh fruit and produce. Depending on the season, I pack buckets of fragrant peaches, juicy nectarines, sweet white corn, plump red cherries, and ripe pears and apples. There are numerous little roadside stands and amazing produce shops like Herman Produce (you can’t miss the pink coat of paint!), Ball Fruit (in business since 1932), and Bikki’s Ranch of Liberty (which claims to sell their fruit “by the pound, bushel or truckload.”) Some will even let you harvest your own fruit straight from the nearby orchard.
If I time it just right, I might even get to hit a few of the farmers’ markets, including Palisade Sunday Harvest Market, Fruita Farmers’ Market, and Grand Junction’s Farmers’ Market. Wherever I end up, I always end up with a huge haul to share among my family members across the two resorts.