Starry Nights offers shuttle service in Palisade
Starr Martinez, of Palisade, worked at Wine Country Inn in Palisade and saw many visitors in need of a ride to or from the many surrounding wineries. She decided to fill the void and start her own shuttle service with a golf cart.
The founder and operator of Starry Nights feels it’s the perfect way for visitors to get from place to place and for locals needing a lift to the grocery store. She doesn’t charge per lift and only asks for donations or tips.
Starry Nights operates mostly on weekends from 9 a.m. to midnight.
“People are finding me from all over the country,” Martinez said. “It’s exciting to get phone calls from people out of state and to plan a day for them. It’s exciting because of all the activities here in Palisade that help my business like Food Truck Fridays, local concerts, and festivals.”
Reservations are accepted, and Martinez asks for $5 for one way, or $10 for round-trip.
She also started offering club car cruising for $55 an hour — where four to six people can rent the driver, and cart, and travel to many desired destination in Palisade. Since opening she has sold about 15 club car cruising deals, and is booked every weekend in August.
“It’s a great way to get fresh air,” Martinez said. “That’s the best thing about it, and seeing the scenery.”
The driving radius is currently only one and a half miles around Palisade, which spans from 35 Road to the interstate boundaries near Palisade. Martinez hopes to extend her permit to travel on East Orchard Mesa along the Fruit and Wine Byway.
She also plans to expand her carts from one to four next year. Martinez is the sole driver, with her wife, Christine Dahl-Martinez, helping when needed.
Martinez added that the reception from locals has been very accepting.
“Starr’s service is unique, aside from the fact that she does the volunteer-taxi service, they stay local.” said Evan Linko, marketing manager for Palisade Brewing Company. “That hits a specific group of people, like those who tour Palisade for food, wine, beer, spirits and festivals. They are generally staying in Palisade, which is just big enough that walking is inconvenient, and due to alcohol consumption, driving is as well. It’s exactly the kind of transportation for the type of leisure that happens in Palisade.”
To learn more about Starry Nights, find them on Facebook.
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