Opening a new 80-room Wine Country Inn in the vineyards of Palisade, Colorado, began with an invitation from Steve Smith, owner of Grande River Vineyards, to build a hotel somewhere near his winery.
After extensive touring in California’s wine country, Richard and Jean Tally came home with a wealth of photos, ideas and hope. But the timing was not right, so the plan was put on the back burner for a decade. Over the years, the Tallys continued to travel and dream.
“There were so many good ideas everywhere we went, we took notes, talked to people and made lots of pictures,” explains Richard. “We were especially impressed with the Summer Wood Inn (formerly the Arbor Inn) and Justin Winery in Paso Robles, the new Santa Ynez Inn and Gainey Winery in Santa Ynez, Fess Parker’s Inn and winery in Los Olivos and the Cheshire Cat Bed and Breakfast in Santa Barbara.”