Originally published in the Summer + Fall 2020 issue.
After an extensive six-month renovation of what was once the Mesa View Motel in Palisade, Spoke and Vine Motel opened in the spring of 2019 and is offering guests and the local community much more than just a place to sleep.
And as if the timing couldn’t be more perfectly aligned, a fresh and impressive dining addition also opened last year in Palisade: Pêche. Restaurant.
For those looking to enjoy all the fruits of this quaint community in new and inspiring ways, now is the time to plan a visit.
SPOKE AND VINE MOTEL
As Spoke and Vine puts it on their website, it’s a “freshly reinvented motel with old-yet-sturdy bones, thoughtful design, sustainable features, and clean, comfortable rooms. This is NOT your grandpa’s motel.”
The motel’s location is ideal — walking distance to great wineries and restaurants, and right on the biking and driving route known as the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway.
Spoke and Vine has a Colorado modern aesthetic, is dog-friendly and presents a lot of inviting details, notably the great sips of local wine and craft coffee offered upon arrival, along with an impressive breakfast spread each morning with Palisade peaches (when in season) and pastries.
Owners Jeff Snook and Jody Corey recently moved to Palisade from Steamboat, Colorado, and their hospitality paired with all the thoughtful touches on the property make this a really special stay.
“This is exactly what we look for when we travel, so of course we modeled it after what we like in the hopes that there are like-minded people,” Snook shares. “And there are, obviously. We just designed this the way we like to travel, and we treat people the way we want to be treated.”
Snook and Corey provide a concierge-style experience for guests, and they were why we knew to go to Pêche.
We were impressed from our first round of oysters, and the awe didn’t stop until our last bite of peach sorbet. We actually enjoyed our meal there so much that we didn’t want it to wind down, so went for a second entree order before surrendering to a sweet finale.
Chef-owner Matthew Chasseur and his wife Ashley Fees Chasseur, owner and general manager, have truly created a Grand Valley gem. It will be a joy to see how the restaurant’s creative and innovative menu will constantly inspire palates of all those who visit.
As western Colorado continues to evolve, it’s exciting to experience communities like Palisade welcome businesses that emerge from the authentic purpose of passionate individuals.
Now, it’s our turn to support these small businesses so they can stay a while and thrive.
Photos by Kim Fuller.