Tourism officials take in the valley's sites

By Hank Lohmeyer


Tourism officials take in the valley's sites | Cedaredge, tourism,

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer A group of local tourism officials took an orientation tour of Surface Creek Valley last week that included a stroll along Cedaredge Main Street and stops at some of the businesses.

Members of the Delta County Tourism Cabinet got an orientation of tourist sites in Surface Creek Valley last week.

The orientation got running behind schedule and wasn't able to visit three of the area's top tourist attractions that were on the original itinerary: Aspen Trails Campground, Pioneer Town and the AppleShed.

But beginning at Harts Basin where sandhill cranes are now visiting during their annual migration, the group of local tourism officials were able to visit some tourist spots both on and off of the local beaten path.

The tour included the golf course and a visit to Brett Neal's award-winning Stoney Mesa Winery located west of Cedaredge on Happy Hollow Road.

Following a lunch at 4Bs Brewery, the group strolled along West Main Street, making stops at local retailers including Starr's Guitars and Munson's Main Street Gallery and Coffee Emporium.

Kelli Hepler, tourism cabinet coordinator, told the DCI in an email, "The attendees were given a presentation on the street about Pioneer Town and some of the highlights there: the museum, stacked wooden silos, spear point collection, Chapel of the Cross, mosasaurs cast, Stolte Shed, Doris' Doll House and others.

"We did talk about Aspen Trails, great ice cream, delicious sandwiches and, of course, the 'Tony Scoop.' Not on the tour but also pointed out were a few of the lodges on Grand Mesa, the Byway and the Land 'O' Lakes Overlook.

Local promotional activities of the tourism cabinet are funded with the county's tourism tax.