Elsewhere exists in the heart of the small town of Paonia, Colorado, located at the base of Lamborn Mountain in the West Elks on the western slope of the Rockies - west of Delta, and about 1.5 hours from Grand Junction. The town itself has a population of 1500, but the surrounding mesas hold another 5000. It is surrounded by orchards, farms, and vineyards.
Paonia has attracted artists, organic/biodynamic farmers and community minded folks for decades. This has resulted in a community of strong individuals, high interest in sustainable lifestyles, and a growing art scene where the mountains meet the desert. When you drive into town and first see the two blocks of main street, it can be hard to believe that this little town supports such a vibrant community. However, if you happen by the Paradise Theater for one of their many events, catch the night scene at Louie’s, sip on some locally brewed beer at the revolution brewery, or happen by the park on a Thursday evening for our local radio station’s “Pick’n in the Park”, it can be a lot easier to understand.
Things to do & Places to go
In the town of Paonia...
PARADISE THEATER - Check out a movie, go to the premier of an original musical, see up & coming bands, or attend one of our annual galas like Food, Farms & Films Festival, or the ...
KVNF COMMUNITY RADIO - KVNF might be described as the nucleus of Paonia. Local DJs get the whole valley grooving and the news department may drop by during your residency to see what you're up to.
BLUE SAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Home to many of Paonia's great shows, parties, classes, workshops, and kids camps! They've got everything from Tai Chi to African Dance to Set Design! Elsewhere's residents often show their work here.
THE CREAMERY - Just around the bend in Hotchkiss, this exquisite center for the arts has an incredible pottery studio and a massive gallery full of local artists and media.
PAONIA PUBLIC LIBRARY - A newly built awesome resource just down the road from Elsewhere.
Paonia Fashion Show - The biggest crowd all year comes out for this truly original event. There's honestly nothing like it.
PICKIN' IN THE PARK - A weekly music festival in our gorgeous and historic town park...the whole town looks forward to this every year! Rob Miller brings Paonia the best bands and local eateries supply the best food!
MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL - Have you seen Paonia in the fall?!! This festival celebrates local musicians, writers of poetry and prose, dancers, comedians, and various other dramatists; organizing a sales outlet for local growers, artists and crafts-persons; conducting agriculture-based workshops, all while supporting charitable causes.
CHERRY DAYS - Maybe the most traditional of all, Cherry Days is just that, our very own cherry festival. If you haven't seen a real small town parade, this is what it's all about.
WEST ELKS WINE TOUR - As you can see below, the North Fork Valley is home to a vast array of vineyards, and local booze of all kinds...the wine tour invites everyone celebrate this valley of abundance!
PAONIA FASHION SHOW - An epic an annual tradition not to be missed.
LOUIE'S - Grab a slice and a beer and take in the local scene!
TRADING POST - The best health food co-op this side of the rockies! Go to lunch on Sundays and enjoy some sweet fiddle playing and homemade yummies.
THE FLYING FORK CAFE & BAKERY - A Paonia staple, this awesome little joint is right behind our studios!
LIVING FARM CAFE - A new addition to Grand Street (the main street in Paonia), nearly of all made from the Living Farm!
NELLE'S - Incredible coffee, an outdoor patio, and probably the best breakfast we've ever had. Stop by at night for Korean BBQ, Jacquenise, or dumplings!
DELICIOUS ORCHARDS - Not only is Delicious home to the makers of Big B's Juices and Big B's hard apple cider, it's also a fabulous artisan grocery store and cafe. Come for a yummy salad and then take a stroll through the peach trees...
FRESH & WYLD - A beautiful bed and breakfast that serves AWESOME brunches.
THE DINER - Exactly what every small town needs, the quintessential Diner experience.
HIGHTOWER CAFE - Ruebens, Strudle, and homemade onion rings.
BACKCOUNTRY BISTRO - Join the regulars in the morning a pleasant chat and a morning update of all the town's happenings. Saunter in at night for happy hour with local gin and fabulous tapas.
NOFO FOOD - Another new addition to Grand Ave. Chef Megan wows us with her newly created retail line of food and weekend brunches. All local, beautiful treats.
SOL MARGARITA'S - The Mexican staple of P-town.
THE REVOLUTION BREWERY - Absolutely Paonia's local watering hole. Brewers Mike and Eric take fresh, unadulterated beer to a new level. Every Wednesday except some great music in the back patio!
The North Fork Valley is famous for it's produce, grass-fed meat, and out-of-this-world eggs. Foodies from all over come to experience the delights this valley produces. Spring and summer bring fruit (cherries, apples, apricots, peaches the size of your head!) and veggies that are borderline psychedelic. There are actually too many farms to list! Check out them here.
Vineyards, Distilleries & Breweries
Other Neat Things Going On
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Paonia is an hour and half from Aspen, two hours from Telluride and Four hours from Denver.