Grand Junction, Colorado is becoming more popular with tourists each year. With a thriving wine industry, river rafting, mountain biking, and more, this is an outdoor hot spot. Due to its location, most visitors will need overnight accommodations and the Courtyard Grand Junction is a great choice. This modern hotel has 136 rooms that were remodeled in the last 3–4 years and looks brand new.
Well equipped for comfort
The inviting lobby was also recently remodeled and opens up into the restaurant area. What stands out right from the beginning is the friendly and knowledgeable staff. They all live in the area and are able to help with local information and directions. The rooms range from a king room, queen double, king suite, or handicap accessible room. All are spacious. The king room offers 312 sqft/28 sqm, the queen room has 364 sqft/33 sqm, and the king suite 624 sqft/56 sqm of living space. Room rates are reasonable at around 100 USD and breakfast packages are available.
Both king and double queen rooms offer a tub/shower combo, hair dryer, marble bathroom, writing desk, mini-fridge, coffee and tea service. Electrical outlets are numerous and conveniently located for charging your devices. Most rooms offer good views of either the Book Cliffs or the downtown and Colorado National Monument.
Better than average onsite restaurant
The Bistro is their restaurant on the main floor and is a cut above. Comfortable semi-circular booths offer a TV in each one and can make for a good place for a small business meeting. Healthy breakfast options are available like oatmeal, egg white frittata, or a granola yogurt parfait. The Bistro is also open for dinner and cocktails nightly with hot wings, BBQ, salads, and burgers. The outdoor area is available for lounging under the warm Colorado sun and guests are welcome to bring their food and drink here to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Plenty of other restaurant options are available near the hotel from Italian to Japanese.
So much to do nearby
For entertainment options, the Colorado National Monument is the biggest attraction in the area. For those wanting a relaxing visit to this red-rock wonderland, take the 23 mile/37 km drive and see spectacular rock formations, bird’s-eye views of the surrounding area, and an occasional Golden Eagle majestically soaring overhead. Hiking and bicycling are popular in the park where dinosaurs once roamed.
Wine is a draw for many visitors to the Grand Junction/Grand Valley area. This is the main fruit growing region of the state and 80% of grapes grown in Colorado come from here. There are around 25 wineries to visit and bicycling the wine route is a fun way to see the wineries. The Colorado Winefest is held each year and will be September 14–17th in 2017. The main event is on Saturday and tickets cost 50 USD for full admission and wine tasting. For a complete list of prices and activities, visit the link below for more information. The local visitor center is located on the southwest corner of where Horizon Drive crosses under Interstate 70. It’s so close to the Courtyard Marriott Grand Junction, guests can walk to it and it’s open 362 days per year.
The Colorado River is nearby and offers scenic rafting and canoe trips in warm weather months. In May and June, the waters can be high and fast making for some exciting river running. In summer or winter the Grand Mesa is an outdoor paradise. Come up for the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobile riding in winter. In summer, the hiking, fishing, and canoeing are some of Colorado’s best.
A grand place to visit
Whether arriving by air or by car, the Courtyard by Marriott is perfectly located to take in all the Grand Junction area has to offer. Come and see for yourself why so many love this grand region on Colorado’s Western Slope.
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