Honeyville Honey Factory in Durango, Colorado is a locally owned specialty honey store. Plus try their Meadery and Honey House Distillery products!
Years ago, when my husband and I took our first road trip together, we stopped in Colorado.
He’d planned lots of stops along our multi-week route, such as a visit to the Badlands in South Dakota, a two-day visit to Yellowstone, hiking to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, hiking at the Grand Canyon and — a stop in Durango, Colorado, to rest after all the excitement.
At the top of his list for Durango was, you guessed it, a stop at Honeyville’s Honey Factory.
His family has been making little pilgrimages to Honeyville for years, and a visit is always an event (with quite the shopping list).
And so, when we headed out on a Colorado trip this past September, I was pretty confident we’d end up at Honeyville. Of course, we did!
Visiting the Honeyville Honey Factory
When you arrive at the Honeyville Honey Factory in Durango, Colorado, you’re in for a treat!
When you first walk in, you’ll find a large selection of honey or bee related local products, such as lotions, soaps, and chapstick made with beeswax or honey.
I especially liked the Marcha Labs wool wax cream.
While you can order (most of) their products online, visiting in person is pretty fun.
There’s a see-through beehive on site, so you can watch the bees.
You can also see their bottling factory on the back left of the building.
One of my favorite things about visiting Honeyville is that you’re able to try samples before deciding what to buy. And since their selection of products is a little overwhelmingly delicious looking, the samples are helpful.
You can taste samples of their honey, syrups, jams, and if you’re old enough, their wines (mead) and liquors.
Our favorites include the chokecherry jam and syrup, and I especially liked the peanut butter whipped honey and their whiskey barrel honey maple syrup.
Honeyville Meadery Tasting Room
The Honeyville Meadery offers a selection of meads (honey wines) and fruit wines.
I usually prefer dry (not sweet) wines, and have always been curious about mead. This was a nice way to taste a few different kinds of mead without committing to a whole bottle.
Honey House Distillery
You can see their beehive shaped copper still in the back right of the shop.
Isn’t it cute?!
Some of their whiskey is imported from Kentucky with either honey or cinnamon added. Kentucky is known for its bourbon (and Bourbon Trail!), so this makes sense.
Their Honey House Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made in house and is delicious. It’s slightly sweet and extremely smooth — with just a tiny bit of bite.
It reminded me a little of Makers Mark 46.
We especially loved their Colorado Botanical Gin. It was a delicious mix of cardamom, lavender and honey flavors.
I loved it so much that I got a bottle and used it in this Rosemary Bee’s Knees cocktail.
Next time you’re in the Durango, Colorado area, make sure to stop at Honeyville!