Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau

As the holiday season approaches, media outlet will start reporting the importance of buying American-made products

While it can be difficult to select the perfect gift for friends, colleagues and loved ones, Grand Junction in Western Colorado encourages people to shop local, and has created a list of items that are either locally produced or sold in local stores

Grand Junction Visitor & Convention BureauWhile supporting the local community, visitors can find the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Wine
Grand Junction is known as Colorado’s Wine Country, so what better way to share the love than with a bottle of local wine? From chardonnay to cabernet, merlot to mead, the vineyards of the Grand Valley are bursting with bottles that are sure to please any palate. Personalize a gift by having a special message engraved on the bottle and ring in 2014 with one of the Grand Valley’s effervescent wines. Looking for a romantic getaway? Plan a weekend in wine country and give the gift of memories that will last well into the new year.

Beer and Craft Spirits
If your palate is more suited to bourbons and beers than wine, sample the liquid gold from one of the local breweries or craft distilleries like Kannah Creek Brewing Company or Peach Street Distillers—bottles of any size and flavor make excellent gifts.

Chocolate
Who doesn’t love chocolate? It only gets sweeter with Enstrom Candies, lauded for its Almond Toffee, where gift boxes include chocolate with truffle assortments, turtles and other fine culinary confections.

Lavender
Enjoy a sweeter smelling holiday with a purchase from the Lavender Christmas Craft Fair, on Dec. 7, in downtown Grand Junction. Prized for its perfume, medicinal properties, culinary attributes, and beautiful color, lavender has been one of the most popular valtrex substitute over the counter herbs for centuries and is one of the newest crops to be grown in western Colorado.

Fruit
Located in the heart of Colorado’s bountiful Western Slope, the Grand Junction area is known for its exceptional harvests. Though the growing season is short, you can enjoy the fruits of the orchards well through the winter with treats from Alida’s, located on Main Street in Grand Junction. Specializing in fruit, Alida’s offers home-canned jams, jellies, syrups, salsas, and treats like chocolate-dipped dried fruit.

Outdoor Gear
Based in Grand Junction, Loki was the first brand of outerwear clothing to incorporate face shields and mitts into its designs. These protective elements, which are invisible until needed, are part of the casual yet performance-based brand that has become a leader in the industry.

Gift Certificates
Sometimes the best gift is allowing the receiver to choose for themselves. Downtown Grand Junction has created a unique gift certificate program, where one certificate can work at one of many Grand Junction shops and boutiques.

About Grand Junction
Located near 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs, Grand Junction is the largest city in western Colorado. The area is known as Colorado’s Wine Country, with nearly 30 vineyards and 21 wineries. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and biking.

Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, the Colorado National Monument, Book Cliff Wild Horse Area, two national scenic byways and five golf courses. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond.

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