You can find a lot to do in Paonia and its neighboring towns and farmlands. Or, the beauty of our little berg: you can also find nothing to do! Whatever suits your vacation needs, a seque into the great outdoors to fish, bike or hike. Perhaps a day trip over Kebbler Pass to have lunch and shop in Crested Butte. Take a 20 min. drive beyond Crawford and find yourself looking down into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. Bicycle some of the best blacktop in Colorado, peddling mountains or flats, farmlands or Mesa tops. Drive to Cedaredge and do some Antiquing, then take a picnic lunch up to the Grand Mesa and lose yourself in a day of lake-to-lake Hikes.
There are plenty of Food and Wine related activities too. With a Farm Dinner popping up on one of our Small Family Farms a couple times a month, and local Vineyards putting on a special Dinner here and there, you can sample some of the best cuisine in our State.
The North Fork also host many actual Festivals from May to Oct. There are so many to choose from, Sheep Dog Trial and Earth Day in the Spring, Pioneer Days and Cherry Days in the Summer. The Big Delta County Fair and The Food, Farm, Film & Wine Festival in August and my all-time favorite, the end of the Season Mountain Harvest Festival.
Music, Theatre and Art put in a first-rate appearance in Paonia as well. There are plays and music at The Paradise Theatre, and Paonia being what it is, a town run by bluegrass fans, a lot of the visiting bands will be Bluegrass. Come in August and take in a free concert at the Paonia town Park every Thursday night put on by Pickin’ productions. Click here to see this year’s Schedule.
Last but not least, come Learn something. Our valley hosts many farm, music, sustainable building, growing and homesteading classes. Many of them can be found at the S.O.I.L. Academy.