Grand Junction is considered the hub of the Western Slope; stores include Furniture Row, American Furniture Warehouse, Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Pennys, Ross for Less, Sams Club, Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Office Max, Best Buy, Gap, Old Navy, Vitamin Cottage, AND Mesa Mall is full of retail outlets and a great Downtown with unique boutique, antique stores and local retailers.
Grand Junction has every type of food you could imagine, from great sushi to quick and consistent franchise restaurants such as Olive Garden, Chili’s, Red Lobster etc…
Some of our favorite local places are:
Breakfast: Dream Cafe – downtown on Main Street between 3rd and 4th.
Sushi – Suherio’s is located downtown, on main between 5th and 6th. Also really good is No Coast, located on the corner of 1st and North Avenue.
Fine Dining – Bin707 – Our first choice for a night out and continually award-wining.
Another one of Grand Junction’s best dining places is 626 Rood, located downtown on Rood as the name states. It has an amazing wine bar, you order wine in flights…and great food. Call ahead for reservations.
Taco Party – 126 S 5th – A creative twist on gourmet mexican.
LeRouge – Located on Main, between 3rd and 4th and features fine french cuisine
Nightlife – The Warehouse had good pub food and live entertainment most weekends.
Goat and Clover- Irish pub, good food and budget friendly.
Blue Moon, located on 7th just north of Main street.
Brewery- There are 3 breweries in GJ, The Rockslide, Kanah Creek and Breckenridge Brewery…we love the beer at Kanah Creek and they have great brick oven pizzas too. They are located on 12th and Orchard near the College.
There are over 20 Wineries in Grand Junction, many have tasting rooms and you can tour them on your own or hire a limo for a tour. Visit Grand Junction Visitors Bureau for more info.
For more info on limo tour call: Absolute Prestige Limousine Service Ltd. 970-858-8500 or 888-858-3904
Grand Junction is equally known for it’s orchards as it is the wineries and during the summer you can visit many of them, buying freshly picked Palisade Peaches, Cherries, Apples and so much more…Visit Grand Junction Visitors Bureau for more info on visiting the orchards.
Redlands Mesa Golf Course is less than 5 miles away, this award-winning course is nestled among the red rock formations and is truly a unique and challenging experience.
Tiarado Golf Course is a pubic course located about 8 miles from the house and might be better suited for beginner golfers. Weekend play can be slow but the views are incredible and the course is kept in good shape.
Hiking, Biking, Mountain Biking, and Paddle on the River:
Grand Junction is quickly becoming a destination resort for outdoor recreation, with year-round mild temperatures and over 300 days of sunshine this is a mecca for outdoor playtime. The RedBike Retreat is located in the Tabeghuace/Lunch loop trail system, but nearby is the Colorado National Monument as well as the trails located in Palisade, Fruita, the Mesa, Gladepark, and Gateway. Grand Junction literally has hundreds of trails to enjoy all year round and we look forward to helping you find them. We are avid hikers, runners, bikers and are happy to assist you in making the most of your Grand Junction Vacation. We have trail maps for your convenience in the house and connections with the bike shops if you need rentals. Please don’t hesitate to inquire for more information.
The Colorado River is a beautiful location for paddleboarding and rafting during the hot summer months.
The Grand Mesa is a mecca for outdoor recreation not only in the summer, but also in the winter, with tons of snow you will enjoy amazing snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or downhill skiing at Powderhorn Ski Resort all within an hour drive.
Palisade and Fruita:
Just 15 minutes from Grand Junction on both ends of the Grand Valley are two cute towns with tons of charm and character. Make a day of it. Go to Fruita to bike or for a river trip and stop at Hot Tomato after for a beer and the best pizza you will eat. Or go to Palisade for the day, tour the vineyards, go to the Palisade Brewery for great food and local brews or the distillery for a bloody mary that you would right home about.
Area Quick Links:
Bike Rentals – Bicycle Outfitters
Trail Information & Maps – COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc.)
Trail Locations – Trails.com
Colorado National Monument Information – National Park Service
Grand Junction Visitor’s Information – Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau
Paddletrips and rentals – Rim Rock Adventures