I’ve lost count on how many times we’ve driven down that road. The kids are usually asleep in the back seat, and I’m gazing out the window, silently taking in the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, hoping to spy an animal on the rocks. The Husband drives us along the winding, curvy road, glancing at the river every chance he can. It’s the avid fly fisherman in him that’s itching to throw on his waders. The urge seems to be as strong as any drug addiction.
These drives aren’t filled with deep and meaningful conversations between The Husband and I, but more of an experience of co-existing in sweet serenity. There’s something that soothes our souls when we make those mountain drives up the canyon – the hypnotic motion of meandering through the rock walls that seemingly touch the sky, the mesmerizing sound of the rushing river hugging the road, the fresh mountain air that fills our lungs and whips through our hair, a gentle reach to hold each others hand while sharing the peaceful moment – it’s heaven on Earth.
Each and every time we make that drive in Big Thompson Canyon, we pass by a quaint white and red building with red jugs hung about like gigantic Christmas lights. It stands out against the natural colors of the canyon, but still seems to fit in with the country-esque appearance. “What is that place? We should stop by and check it out sometime” one of us says as we continue to drive on by.
Oddly enough, I first became acquainted with the Colorado Cherry Company not during a refreshing drive through the canyon, but at The TASTE benefit in April. The Husband and I tried a sample of their cherry and peach cider, absolutely blown away by how good it was. “Where can we find this to buy?” we asked. And that’s when we discovered that we had driven by hundreds of times before, unaware of the amazing flavors waiting inside. We knew we would stop the next time we drove up the canyon.
The Colorado Cherry Company is family-owned business in Loveland on Highway 34 on your way to Estes Park. They have a second location in Lyons, and some of their products are available at Whole Foods in Fort Collins. For four generations, they’ve been making cider, jellies, preserves, condiments, and more farmer’s market-style goodies. They even sell pie (but, they are sold out almost every time we’ve stopped by).
On our way back down the canyon from a fabulous day in Estes Park, we made sure to stop for some cider. We walked in to find rows and rows of delicious goods to choose from, and tables filled with a variety of ciders and juices. They even have a refrigerator in the back so you can grab a cold bottle for the drive if you’d like.
The Husband is fond of the Black Bing Cherry cider and I adore the Peach cider. There is a bright clean flavor unlike any other drink I’ve ever had, like a bottle of mountain sunshine with a refreshing, intense natural fruity sweetness. There are no artificial preservatives or added sugars – these are the honest real deal. And they are delightful.
We drive that highway 34 through the gorgeous Big Thompson Canyon many times during the summer while on our way to an Estes Park hike or fly fishing adventure. From now on, we will always stop at the Colorado Cherry Company on our way up to enjoy a cold cider on road. And we’ll probably have better luck getting a pie to share in the mountain scenery. Our rejuvenating, soul soothing drive just got a whole lot tastier and even closer to nirvana.
Colorado Cherry Company
1024 West Highway 34
Kid- Friendly? Yes!
Parking? Small lot to the side
Healthy Options? Sure – smaller bottle sizes for better portion control.
Budget-Friendly? Boutique prices, $2.25 for 10 ounces of cider.
Recent Health Inspection? Average