Spring is the perfect time to visit. It’s when the trees bud and flowers bloom in the Grand Valley, before summer’s heat sets in. It’s perfect weather for hiking the Colorado National Monument, playing golf, biking or visiting the state’s best and oldest wineries.
Numerous B&Bs are tucked into the Grand Valley landscape. Try one of these getaways to rekindle your romance.
Spacious describes the five suites at Castle Creek B&B, with 500-square-foot rooms, king beds, private baths with jet tubs, and private outside entrances.
“We put in everything we like when we travel,” says LeeAnn Unfred, who opened the inn in 2004 with husband Ron.
Try the spa package (with in-room massage) or the anniversary package (with dinner). Enjoy the breakfast buffet with others, take a plate to your room or sit on the deck and listen to the creek.
Ever want to stay in a vineyard? The elegant Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, built in 2002, has 10 beautifully appointed rooms and a broad verandah overlooking the vines, where you can enjoy your morning coffee and sample the buffet.
In the wine-tasting room, sample the vineyard’s award-winning vintages before buying a souvenir bottle.
Co-owner Billie Witham says spring is a great time to visit Grand Junction, because it is less busy than the summer and fall months, and the weather is perfect.
Los Altos Bed & Breakfast sits on a hill overlooking the Grand Valley, thus its name and appeal.
“It feels very removed from the city,” says Young-Ja Garrett, who runs it with her husband, Lee.
Two of its seven rooms are suites suitable for first or second honeymoons. Both the traditionally decorated Bridal Suite and contemporary Executive Suite have two-person tubs and fireplaces; the bridal suite has a captain’s walk.
Los Altos will even help you arrange everything from your bridal bouquet to an officiator with its Elopement Package. Although its spa package (couples get simultaneous massages) is very popular, the golf package may be the top seller.
“We sit right on the 10th hole of the Redlands Mesa Golf Course,” Garrett says.
A simple 1916 farmhouse is the setting for Willow Pond Bed and Breakfast. Dubbing itself a “country setting in town,” on an acre of land, it feels secluded. With only three rooms, you won’t be inundated with other guests, either.
David and Laurie Lester bought the place two years ago. Breakfasts often feature Laurie’s award-winning jams and fruit toppings – a perfect way to start a busy day.
Uncluttered country-style rooms include private baths with jet tubs and showers. Before breakfast, stroll to the old willow tree and pond. If you feel like it, sign up for a cooking class or a wine-tasting.
If You Go
Castle Creek B&B, 638 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, Colo. 81506; 970-241-9105; castlecreekbandb.com
Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, Colo. 81503; 970-255-1471, 866-312-9463; tworiverswinery.com
Los Altos Bed & Breakfast, 375 Hill View Dr., Grand Junction, Colo. 81507; 970-256-0964, 888-774-0982; losaltosgrandjunction.com
Willow Pond Bed and Breakfast, 662 26 Road, Grand Junction, Colo. 81506; 970-243-4958, 877-243-4958; or grandjunctioncoloradobedandbreakfast.com
Linda DuVal is a freelance writer who lives in Colorado Springs.