Winery Tour with Cooking Package

Three-Night Wine-Country Retreat with Cooking Classes, Gourmet Meals, and Winery Tour in Hotchkiss, CO from Epitourean

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Cooking Classes at Boutique Inn Set on Western Colorado Vineyard

In a thick French accent, chef Yvon Gros sums up the allure of Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards and its pastoral setting. "This valley is very special. The farmers here are growing some incredible produce. It's just fresh, organically grown. I love to teach how to cook with it." Yvon and his wife, Joanna, own and operate Leroux Creek Inn, an adobe-style B&B in Hotchkiss, Colorado, a few hours southwest of Denver. Joanna runs the spa, whereas Yvon heads the winemaking operations and cooking classes, where you'll have a chance to prepare French-influenced, farm-to-table cuisine.

The three-day package begins with a welcome dinner, for which Chef Yvon pairs four gourmet courses with wine from the onsite Leroux Creek Vineyards. Each morning, you'll start the day with a wine-country-inspired breakfast, with dishes based on the season's produce. During the interactive classes, you'll prepare your own meals using ingredients from local farms, with the chef on hand to help you through each step. In the savory-themed class, Yvon will share his culinary philosophies, and show how to use each ingredient to its full potential. The pastry class will touch on fundamental French pastry techniques as students begin to master skills like piping a macaroon or forming the delicate crust of a crème brûlée.

While on Leroux Creek property, take a guided tour of the vineyard to see the journey from grape to wine to bottle and to learn how vines, soil, and pruning techniques influence a wine's flavor and scent. A visit to the winemaker's cellar provides an up-close look at the aging and blending process. A wine tasting finishes the tour, as you’ll be able to taste varietals such as muscat, chardonnay, and the port-style après vous.

Apart from the vineyard, Leroux Creek's property encompasses native-grass pastures, wooded areas, and hiking trails. The mountains of nearby Grand Mesa National Forest can be seen from several guest rooms, and the shared living room's log beams, tile floor, and kiva fireplace create an atmosphere reminiscent of the southwest.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

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Three-Day Colorado Wine Escape

  • $1,590 for a package for two
  • $795 for a travel with a friend package (two Groupons required)

Included in both options:

  • Three-night stay in a deluxe room at Leroux Creek Inn
  • Four-course welcome dinner with wine
  • Savory cooking class (dinner included)
  • French pastry class (lunch included)
  • Winery tour and tastings
  • Daily wine-country breakfast

Book by: 7/31/12
Travel by: 12/13/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Onsite vineyards
  • Tasting room
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Library/TV room

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 8/4 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 8/25 or 10/31, depending on optn purch'd
  • Limit 2/person, buy 1 as gift
  • Limit 2/visit
  • Valid only for optn purch'd
  • Sub to avai
  • 14-day cancel notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to checkin
  • CC req'd at checkin
  • Valid only for 2-bdrm villa
  • Not valid w/ reward points
  • Must use promo value in 1 visit
  • $8.99 daily resort fee & 12% tax not included
  • Must be 18 w/ drivers license to drive
  • Must be at least 5' & 100lbs to ride along
  • Ride alongs under 18 require written parental consent

Other Details

Room Details

Master Vineyard Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Private entrance
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Patio

Canyon Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Overlooks vineyard and canyon

Vista Room

  • Two single beds or one double bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Panoramic views of the vineyard and Mesa Ranch

Mesa Room

  • One queen bed and one single bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed per package occupancy max
  • Western decor
  • Overlooks pond and Redlands Mesa
  • Private attached full bath

Mission Room

  • One king bed (can be converted to two twin beds)
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Private bath with large walk-in shower
  • Overlooks pond and vineyard

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Three-Day Colorado Wine Escape

  • $1,590 for a package for two (a $2,698 value)
  • $795 for a travel with a friend package (a $1,349 value)

Included in both options:

  • Three-night stay in a deluxe room at Leroux Creek Inn
  • Four-course welcome dinner with wine
  • Savory cooking class (dinner included)
  • French pastry cooking class (lunch included)
  • Winery tour and tastings
  • Daily wine-country breakfast

Getting There

  • By plane: 40 miles from Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ); 85 miles from Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC)
  • By car: about 60 miles southeast of Grand Junction; about 240 miles southwest of Denver

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