Colorado Town Blooms with Events in May
(Montrose, Colorado) - Whether you are a wine lover, a cyclist, a runner or a patriot, Montrose, Colo., is the place to be May 14 to 16. Four different special events during this three-day period combine with Montrose’s many lodging options, dining hot spots, and natural attractions such as the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to provide the perfect reason to plan a Montrose getaway this May.
Montrose Wine Festival, May 14-15 (www.montrosewinefestival.com)
Uncork some fun at the Montrose Wine Festival, May 14-15, 2010. The seventh annual event kicks off on May 14 with a special reserve tasting at Remington’s Restaurant at The Bridges Golf Course hosted between 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $110 and include the Grand Tasting on Saturday night. At 7 p.m. there is a Private Reserve Dinner followed by Disco Night. There is a $10 cover charge for the disco party, which features a cash bar.
On May 15 perfect your palate by attending one of the Montrose Wine Festival Seminars hosted at the Holiday Inn Express. At 10 a.m. partake in “Tasting the Master’s Way,” hosted by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher. Fletcher, “The Unlikely Sommelier,” grew up in the bars and pool halls of the upper Midwest and currently serves as the Executive Director of Fine Wine and Master Sommelier for Southern Wine and Spirits of Colorado. Fletcher will teach guests how to use their eyes, noses and palates to determine varietal, region and vintage of red and white wine. Six wines will be presented in the Court of Master Sommeliers' blind tasting format. Guests will use their new skills to deduce the wines’ origins. This seminar is $30.
At 1 p.m. guests are invited to learn and understand the nuances and subtleties the right glassware has on fine wine at “Taste the Difference, Why Riedel Really Does Matter.” Taught by Shelley Sale, Master Sommelier, this course will be a journey into why stemware is important to the tasting of wine. The $90 fee includes a first-hand Ridel Vinum Series (an Austrian glassmaker) experience and a beautiful selection of glasses used at the tasting.
From 4-6 p.m. visitors may taste wines from around the world at the Grand Tasting, held at the Montrose Pavilion. For just $35, wine lovers may visit with winemakers and suppliers to learn more about the wines being poured.
May 15, Black Canyon Ascent (www.blackcanyonraces.com)
Montrose’s signature attraction is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Black Canyon Ascent gives athletes the chance to see the park from a whole new perspective. Dubbed Colorado’s toughest six-mile road race, the Black Canyon Ascent goes from the valley floor to the canyon rim. Walkers start at 7:30 a.m. and runners take off at 8 a.m. The race starts at the junction of Highway 50 and Highway 347. Raffle prizes include shoes from Newton Running and tickets to the Montrose Wine Festival. Entry fees are $35 until April 30 and $45 after that. On-line registration is available at www.blackcanyonraces.com.
Armed Forces Day Celebration, May 15 (www.visitmontrose.com)
An all-American family celebration, Armed Forces Day is held at Montrose’s Cerise Park and is free fun for all. Throughout the celebration visitors may enjoy craft and food vendors and a beer garden. From 2:30-5:30 p.m. see transportation the old fashioned way at the Antique and Military Vehicle Show. From 3-6 p.m. cheer on contestants as they channel their inner pop star at “Montrose Idol,” a spin-off of the popular television show, American Idol. At 6 p.m. show your support of our troops by witnessing the Oath Ceremony for local military recruits. From 6:15-8:30 p.m. the celebration kicks into high gear when the legendary rock band, The Rockadiles, takes the stage. The group, which has been performing since 1987, is sure to have the crowd dancing in no time, as they play music from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Billy Preston, Merle Haggard and The Ramones. It is favorites like these that have earned The Rockadiles the motto, “Dance Your Pants Off.” It’s a free event all day long, so don’t miss out.
May 16, Mission to Ride (www.missiontoride.com)
Bask in the glory of spring in the Rockies at the Mission to Ride cycling event. This non-competitive bicycling tour is intended for riders of all ages and includes road and mountain routes. The century ride and 40-mile road routes pass through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Montrose Medical Mission, a free medical clinic. The ride starts at Montrose’s Rotary Park. Stick around after the event for an after ride party in the park with live music and BBQ following the morning rides. Entry fees vary, so entrants should consult the website for details. Registration is available up to the morning of the event.
More about Montrose is at www.visitmontrose.com.