What are your favorite family holiday traditions? Are you looking for a new tradition or an addition to your list? How about looking at Christmas lights by way of horse-drawn carriage? JR’s Carriage Service offers Horse-Drawn Christmas Light Tours in Downtown Grand Junction. The hour-long tours take place every Friday and Saturday evenings through the end of the year. The tours can be used as a romantic date night, a family outing, or even a way for your office staff to celebrate the season. Each wagon can accommodate up to 14 adults comfortably. We provide the blankets and the Christmas music. You and your guests are welcome to bring warm beverages and sweet treats. The cost is $200 for the entire wagon. To reserve your wagon please visit our website and submit a Reservation Request with your preferred date. The JR’s Team is looking forward to becoming your new favorite holiday tradition!
Celebrate The Season
Are you like us and having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit? The warm weather and the lack of snow isn’t helping matters. The big day is getting closer and we still have a lot of holiday shopping to do. Well, we think we found the perfect solution! Cozy up in your favorite Christmas outfit and join us in Downtown Grand Junction on Friday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm. JR’s Carriage Service will be offering free carriage rides. The pick-up location will be in front of Café Sol between 4th and 5th Street (on Main Street). In addition to carriage rides there will be live music, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, warm beverages, sweet treats, and great shopping. The 22nd Annual Spirit of Christmas Walk is being coordinated in conjunction with the popular Chocolate Walk. This event is free to public and a great opportunity to enjoy our friendly beautiful downtown district.
Free Carriage Rides
Historic Downtown GJ Over Holidays
Join JR’s Carriage Service for FREE horse-drawn carriage rides in our beautiful historic Downtown Grand Junction. Carriage rides are being offered in an effort to promote and encourage downtown small business holiday shopping.
The carriage rides will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm. The pick-up location is located between 4th Street & 5th Street, on Main Street, in front of Cafe Sol. A carriage ride isn’t complete unless you get to meet and love on our gentle giants (a perfect photo opportunity).
While on the carriage you will tour the downtown area for around 10 minutes. Along the way you will learn about the historical landmarks, the various shops and dinning opportunities, the draft horse breed, and the art of driving teams of horses. Santa is never too far away – so make sure your kiddos bring their Christmas Wish List!
After your carriage ride experience, we recommend enjoying lunch at one of many delicious dinning options. The free carriage rides would not be possible without our partnership with the Small Businesses in Downtown Grand Junction. Please take a moment to follow “Downtown Grand Junction” on social media so that you are notified of future events (such as the free carriage rides).
The JR’s Team is looking forward to seeing you over the holidays in Downtown GJ! All photos provided by the beautifully talented Jami Davis Films. Merry Christmas from all of us at JR’s Carriage Service!
The JR’s Team got to help a very special friend of ours celebrate her birthday this past weekend. “Paint A Pony” is a unique experience for birthday parties, fundraisers and/or even a good therapy session. The horses love the extra pampering and attention that they get. The washable paint easily washes off of the kiddos, clothes and most importantly the horses. JR spent some time, prior to the art session, teaching the participants about draft horses and the Percheron breed. Contact JR’s Carriage Service for additional information on the Paint A Pony experience.
We are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Taylor van Zyl! Taylor was raised in Aspen, Colorado and brings with her years of equine experience. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and a minor in Agricultural Business. Taylor joined the JR’s Team, as our Lead Teamster, in early August. Her driving experience, spirited personality and connection/relationship with our horses made her a perfect fit for our long-term vision plan.
In addition to driving teams for JR’s Carriage Service, Taylor will be running her own business, VZ Performance Horses. She is quickly establishing herself in Fruita, Colorado by starting colts, training both English and Western horses and giving riding lessons to all age groups. Taylor will also continue competing in the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer and team roper. We are excited for all of you to meet Taylor!
HopeWest Kids is the only program of its kind in Western Colorado that provides grief and bereavement services to children, teens and their families who are coping with the serious illness or death of a loved one. Specially trained counselors offer grief education and counseling in Delta, Mesa, Montrose and Ouray counties. HopeWest Kids program also has an Equine Program called “Healing with Horses”. The program is led by EAGALA certified staff that pair kids with horses to process the thoughts and feelings associated with grief. The groups are seasonal (Fall, Spring and Summer) and meet once a week for seven consecutive weeks. The final two weeks involves a parent or guardian.
JR’s Carriage Service is actively involved in the local and statewide community. Owner, Joseph R. Burtard was recently appointed to the Next Generation Board for HopeWest (Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado). The Next Generation Board was given the task to raise money for the organization’s HopeWest Kids program.
“Spoons” is a quaint little bistro and bakery that can be found on the grounds of HopeWest. In the evening the bistro transforms into a popular and fashionable restaurant, “Spoons After Dark”. Spoons is not your ordinary restaurant or bistro. All of the tips go directly to the HopeWest Kids program. Last year, this vital program provided more than 700 kids across the Western Slope with much needed comfort and support.
The Next Generation Board recently hosted an exclusive fundraising event called “Spoons Under the Moon”. The idea behind the event was to showcase “Spoons After Dark” while raising additional funds for the HopeWest Kids program. The private event was a HUGE success which raised over $22,000!! Guest enjoyed the outdoor setting, yard games, live music from Liz Longly of Nashville, Tennessee, local wine and beer and of course the mouth watering food from Spoons.
JR’s Carriage Service teamed up with Wine Country Inn, Kahil Winery, and Palisade Produce to offer a “Palisade Experience Basket” for the silent auction. The highest bidder received a one night stay at gorgeous Wine Country Inn, a private horse-drawn wine tour for two, a case of Kahil Wine, and three boxes of Palisade Peaches from Palisade Produce.
We love that our community works together to embrace the mission of HopeWest!
It’s Wedding Planning Season! JR’s Carriage Service will be highlighting several wedding destination across the State of Colorado. Who knows….one of these locations could be your dream wedding destination!
The Holy Cross Abbey is located on 200 acres at the eastern edge of Cañon City, Colorado. The monastery building is a charming, four-story, English Gothic structure that has been enrolled in the National Registry of Historical Places. About fifty acres of the land constitute the Abbey campus. The remaining area is mostly under cultivation or used for various shops and farm buildings. Two Benedictine monks from St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA came to Breckenridge, CO, in 1886. Other monks followed in ensuing years, moving from Breckenridge to Boulder to Pueblo to Cañon City, where the foundation was named Holy Cross Abbey. Until 1985, the monks of Holy Cross Abbey conducted a boarding school for high school students, and at times, also for middle school and college students.
Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream…a dream of a fine winery located on the grounds of the historic Holy Cross Abbey. Today, that dream is a reality and the staff at the winery proudly invites you to share in the vision of those dynamic and innovative monks. Since July 2002, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been attracting visitors from all over the world. Located on the pastoral and serene grounds of The Holy Cross Abbey, nestled against the spectacular backdrop of the Wet Mountains, the winery and tasting room are shining examples of what draws visitors to Cañon City and Fremont County. This wedding destination offers the accommodations for both the ceremony and the reception. Their reception area is large and surrounded by window that overlook the grounds. Click Here to view more pictures of the venue and/or for more information on the Holy Cross Abbey.
Mark Your Calendar! You can quickly fill your calendar with unique social and memorable events that take place throughout the Grand Valley. Spring fever is filling the air as winter temperatures slowly fade away. This often means that you have to pick and choose between overlapping events. The abundance of events and excuses to get outdoors is one of the many reasons I love living in this community! For the past two years, I have discovered and participated in the Grand Valley’s annual barrel tasting event. A hidden gem amongst the many events that take place in Western Colorado’s Wine Country.
Over past 12 years, the Grand Valley Winery Association (GVWA) has offered this two-day barrel tasting event to a limited number of ticket holders. Tickets for this event, with no surprise, are sold out soon after they are released. The experience takes place twice a year (one weekend in April and another weekend in May). Event times for both weekends are Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.
Yes! It’s as good as it sounds! Your ticket (valued at $70/person) for the weekend gets you two solid days of exclusive wine and gourmet food parings, behind the scenes guided tours, a souvenir wine glass, and sampling directly from the barrels.
Canyon Wind Cellars, Carlson Vineyards, DeBeque Canyon Winery, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery, Grand River Vineyards, Graystone Winery, Plum Creek Cellars and Two Rivers Winery & Chateau are amongst the participating wineries. The majority of these wineries also happen to be stops on JR’s Carriage Service’s Horse-Drawn Wine Tours.
GVWA wineries (those listed above) offer event participants an additional 15% discount on their wines. With little self-control and a love for wine; we purchased three cases of wine after only our third stop. We finished each day with a signature drink at the Peach Street Distillers. Our experience at the distillery is worthy of it’s own blog. I encourage you to visit the Grand Valley Winery Association’s website for additional information on this event. Contact JR’s Carriage Service for all the tips and tricks on this event and other Grand Valley festivities.
JR’s signature wine glasses and pint glasses are making their way around the World!
JR’s Horse-Drawn Wine Tour and Horse-Drawn Pub Crawl clients now have an opportunity to share their photos (of our souvenir glasses) with everyone. Our friends, from around the world, are filling their glasses and snapping photos. You can find this pictures in a photo album on our Facebook page called “Cheers! From Around The World. We have seen some really creative pictures in some amazing locations! We encourage our friends to tag their pictures with the location and the name of beverage (maybe event add a fun caption of hastags) The JR’s Team is looking forward to seeing and sharing your creativity! Here is a sneak peek at some of our favorite photos: