A Getaway Guide to Colorado's Unique Mountain Wine Country

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Boulder, Colorado, is a weekend getaway destination with a choice of bed and breakfast accommodations, award-winning wineries, fine restaurants and mountain views.

Bookcliff Vinyards wines are made and aged in a hand-dug cellar under John Garlich’s home in Boulder. His grapes come from vineyards near the Colorado River under the Bookcliff escarpment near Palisade. Most of Garlich’s wines are barrel-aged, the best-known being a red varietal blend and his white Viognier. The winery also produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Orange Muscat and Black Muscat Port.

For tasting and purchases, you will find Bookclif Vineyards wines at the Belvedere Belgian Chocolate Shop and at Parkers Farmers Market in Boulder, and at the Chocolate Moose in Glenwood.

Boulder Creek Winery produces “classic style” varietal wines including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc plus a bend of premium red grape varieties. The hospitable tasting room is open daily from April to December.

One woman and a meadery

Augustina's Winery is one block north of the Yarmouth/North Broadway junction. It’s on the south side of the building behind the greenhouse. Gussie Walter is the winemaker, hostess and salesperson. She makes award-winning wines with names like Wine Chick Red, Wine Chick White and Joi De Vino Chardonnay. Winery tours and tasting are seasonal and by appointment.

Redstone Meadery is a producer of honey wine called mead. The meadery offers a range of wold class mead, from 8 percent alcohol nectars, available in draft and bottles, to Mountain Honey Wines of 12 percent alcohol content that run from sweet to dry. There is also a Reserve series of mead which is sweet, dense, heavy and port-like. All Redstone meads are fermented naturally with out adding sulfites. Winery tours are Monday thru Friday at 1 and 3 pm; Saturdays at 12.30 pm. The tasting room is open from noon to 6:30 pm Monday thru Friday and Saturdays noon to 5 pm.

A choice of accommodations

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfastis a popular weekend getaway destination – a quaint sanctuary in the heart of town with all the modern amenities. The innkeepers speak German as well as English.

The Inn on Mapleton Hill (bed and breakfast) is more than 100 years old. It has seven individually-decorated guest rooms and a magnificent great room for drinks and socializing. The inn is close to shopping and fine restaurants.

Alps Boulder Canyon Inn An historic luxury bed and breakfast inn located in scenic Boulder Canyon. You can expect gourmet breakfasts, evening desserts, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and beautiful antique furnishings.

Bradley Inn has twelve guest rooms with private baths, plus amenities such as fireplaces, spas, luxury linens and balconies with mountain views.

How to choose a bed and breakfast

Selecting the right bed and breakfast inn for every weekend getaway situation – romantic getaway, family fun, business, traveling with pets, tight budget, and more. Whether you’re hunting boutique wineries, antique shopping, fly fishing or just hangin’ out around your favorite destination, a great bed an breakfast makes all the difference. This website will help you make the right choice every time.

If you need a lift

I almost forgot -- your Sunday morning balloon flight! You have to see the world from a balloon at least once in your life! It’s a great way to celebrate anything. For information on Boulder flights, Mountain flights and Champagne flights, see Life Cycle Balloon Adventures