PAONIA, COLORADO

ELEVATION 5,682′

Paonia is a unique town, which was originally settled by farmers, ranchers and miners. Today, the town is  now home to artists and outdoor lovers as well. It consistently ranks as one of the “coolest” Colorado mountain towns, and that’s saying something!

Paonia is naturally air conditioned by warm air flowing up the valley at night and cool air from the mountains during the day resulting in optimal conditions for growing cherries, apricots, grapes, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and apples. Paonia is a real hotbed of organic farming, sustainably raised meats, value added products, organic hops and a truly remarkable wine industry. You will eat some of the highest quality, cleanest food in the world when you visit this Valley.

Paonia is a focal point of back roads and trails leading into the forest. Few places offer such a wonderful combination of climate, scenery, lifestyle and recreation.

Paonia is an overnight tour stop on the Southern Colorado Motorcycle Tour and participants will spend the night at the The Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast. This hotel was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dinner for the tour stop in Lake City will be at The Living Farm Cafe. The Living Farm Cafe features farm-fresh and organic produce, meat, cheese and eggs from their farm and others in the area.

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