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, or see up & coming bands.
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. Check out any books with the shared Elsewhere card, reserve time in the Mac Lab, or just choose a cozy spot to work when you need a break from the studio
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!
ART + AG TOUR- Tour what makes Paonia so special during Labor Day Weekend. Farm to table dinners and open studios galore!
Food + Drink
LOUIE'S - Grab a slice and a beer and take in the local scene! Karaoke on Saturdays is a must.
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 by donation.
Taco Bliss: The most amazing taco food truck you’ll ever have (seriously) Parked at the end of Grand Ave Mondays + Tuesdays. Amazing homemade hot sauces. Ca$h or check only.
Paonia Paella: Food truck on Fridays. Authentic Valencian Paella made from scratch! Vicente grew up in Valencia learning these recipes from his grandfather.
1-2 THAI - Tasty thai food made by a couple who met on a blind date in Thailand. Recommend getting a Thai tea with a spicy Pad Thai. Wednesdays + Thursdays at end of Grand.
SALT, POLLEN- A new elegant spot right next door to Elsewhere. Highlighting local food + wine, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to dine! Great cocktails.
NIDO - New dinner spot featuring Mexican dishes with an Asian flair! Delicious food brought to you by the genius minds behind Taco Bliss food truck.
LIVING FARM CAFE - All local fare from nearby farm. Cozy restaurant under an Inn. Great place for dates or taking your parents on a nice dinner.
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...Also, SUNDAY BRUNCH! And Saturday Summer BBQ + live music in the afternoons.
THE DINER - Exactly what every small town needs, the quintessential Diner experience. Recommend a hot coffee paired with 2 for $6 breakfast burritos w/ chorizo.
BACKCOUNTRY BISTRO - Join the regulars in the morning a pleasant chat and a morning update of all the town's happenings. Good coffee, breakfast burrito and great place to work in a cozy atmosphere.
LINDA’S BISTRO - a quintessential Paonia experience. Only open on Friday nights from 6-10, this place is a magical speakeasy that I’d like to describe as ‘cowboy rococo chique’
RIO BRAVO - The Mexican food restaurant of Paonia. Happy Hour beers + margaritas, free chips + salsa.
The PUB - Paonia's local watering hole. Brewed right across the street from Elsewhere, they have small-batch + hand-crafted brews. Every Wednesday except some great music in the back patio!
THIRD STREET GRILL - A new diner spot just up the street from the residency. Cozy lunch spot with specials, hot diner coffee and really nice owners!
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
FOXY MORON APPAREL
Paonia is an hour and half from Aspen, two hours from Telluride and Four hours from Denver.