Thursday, September 8, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up # 8: 6th Anniversary Edition

Rick & I decided that we needed a mini-vacation, but we didn't have a ton of time to go away for our 6th anniversary. We tend to trade back & forth on planning our anniversary activities, so when it's my turn, I try to think of places that I remember liking as a kid & places I want to share with Rick. This process brought me to Grand Junction!

I have very fond memories of Grand Junction from when I was a child. At least once a year we would head to Grand Junction to go school/Christmas shopping & stay in a hotel for a little getaway. Sometimes we would visit family friends & we would swim & go to the mall (a HUGE event when you come from an area that only has K-Mart & Walmart). GJ was only three hours away & the weather was milder, so it was usually a welcome change. After doing a little research, I found a winery that offered breakfast & also happened to have a few rooms to rent!

Two Rivers Winery & Chateau is a lovely little winery/bed & breakfast on the outskirts of Grand Junction.

I didn't know a single thing about this place before finding it on the web & it was a little bit of a gamble because they didn't have a single picture of their rooms on their website. However, after calling and speaking to the office manager, I was so excited to for our visit!

After taking our time on our drive, we arrived in Grand Junction & headed immediately to the hotel. We arrived too late to go to the tasting room, but we checked in with the office manager, Brittany, who was lovely & gave us lots of helpful tips on how to get to the best out-doorsy spots, the best restaurants & the best produce stands!

Our room, the Champagne, was beautifully appointed & had one of the best soaking tubs I've ever had the pleasure of putting my body into. Seriously. It was huge (insert Donald Trump voice here).

Such a beautiful bed! 

With lows only in the 50's, we didn't get to use this gas fireplace.

A little visitor right after we checked in. 

I'm sure there is a story behind this weird painting in the hallway, but we had more fun guessing at our own.

The winery is surrounded is by grape vines, mesas & is just outside Colorado National Monument, so the location is perfect if your going to GJ to enjoy the great outdoors! On both the mornings we stayed we got up early, had a lovely breakfast at the chateau & headed into the national monument to hike around & drive the loop. When we left on Tuesday morning, we both wished we had more time to look around! While there we saw vultures, a desert hare, a ton of lizards, hawks, mountain goats & eagles! So cool!

After we had hiked our little hearts out, we headed out of the monument & I was dying to show Rick the downtown district!

After lunch, we headed to Top 5 Comics & Barnes & Noble for a little book perusal. When we got our fill of the written word, we headed back to Two Rivers to take advantage of the complimentary wine tasting & beautiful patio! We ended up meeting a lovely couple & their dog, Skye, on the patio. They had been married 28 years & told us their secrets to a long, happy marriage. No, I can't write it here! It's a secret! ;) 

We ended up talking to them for over two hours! What a treat! 

The tasting room 

We loved the Cab, Blend & Port, but they all were great! 

Later that evening, we wanted to go see a movie, but when we went to buy tickets, we realized they were almost $12 a piece! Ain't nobody got time (or money) for that! Yep, we're those cheapskates that walk out of a theater when the tickets are too expensive! Don't judge us too harshly! Needing an on-the-fly activity before dinner, I remembered seeing something about an arboretum when I was doing my research. After a short 5 minute drive, we were at the beautiful Lincoln Park which has over 60 varieties of trees which are all labeled with their names! The temperature was perfect & there was a baseball game going on right next to the park! Can you think of a better way to say goodbye to summer! I submit you can not! 

On the way home, we hit a produce stand at the recommendation of Brittany at the Chateau. We picked up some excellent heirloom tomatoes, peaches, jalapenos, pickling cucumbers & corn.  How cute is Blaine's Farmacy Farms? 

I know we will definately return to Grand Junction in the very near future! We just had so much fun! The perfect trip for our 6th anniversary 

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