Talk Colorado Wine & Colorado's Wine Country: Wine Trail Traveler Review of Hotel

Monday, December 15, 2008

Wine Trail Traveler Review of Hotel

Kathy Sullivan of the Wine Trail Traveler added a profile of the Wine Country Inn to their website. Here's what Sullivan had to say:

The Wine Country Inn, a recently opened inn located in Palisade, Colorado is a delightful inn to stay at while visiting Colorado wine country. Wine Country Inn is conveniently located close to I-70. Even with its close proximity to an interstate road, the rooms at the inn are quiet and peaceful. Numerous wineries are a short distance from the inn, with three winery tasting rooms in walking distance. Several other wineries are a perfect distance for bikers.

While staying at Wine Country Inn, we took a detailed tour and saw the many amenities available to guests. After a day of visiting area wineries, it was wonderful to return to the inn for a quiet evening. Waking up the next morning, and having breakfast with a gourmet main dish and several accompaniments was great before leaving to visit more wine tasting rooms.

We enjoyed meeting Jean Tally, her husband, Richard and daughter, Anne. They are friendly and enthusiastic about the operation of the inn and its potential as a place to stay for people visiting this fertile grape and fruit growing area of Colorado. They have had experience owning hotels and for ten years had contemplated building an inn in Palisade, Colorado.

According to Jean, "Steve Smith, owner of Grande River Vineyards, had approached the Tallys a decade ago to see if they were interested in building a hotel near his winery. The Tallys believed the historic Victorian town of Palisade, with its significant agricultural role, deserved a first-class hotel whose architecture looked like it belonged there. In 2008, their dream came true with the August opening of the Wine Country Inn. The Tallys' attention to detail confirms that this project is indeed a labor of love."

The Wine Country Inn offers an atmosphere of old home welcoming. “This place feels like home.” With 80 rooms available, the inn can function efficiently and as a hands on operation, providing an atmosphere of congeniality. It is restful and has a laid back atmosphere. As Jean Tally says, it is a “doable getaway.” Whether you want to visit wineries or sit on the porch and rock, Wine Country Inn is inviting.

We experienced a delightful and detailed tour of Wine Country Inn with Michael who extolled the virtues of the inn. In a welcoming area, guests enjoy a fireplace open on two sides. The other side faces the dining area. Breakfast is available daily in the dining area. Jean Tally mentioned that the dining area is the most used area at the inn. In late afternoon, the inn holds wine tastings here. We discovered camaraderie here between guests. It wasn’t long before we were talking about wineries in South Dakota and Nebraska. Wine is the commonality that brings people together.

The Wine Country Inn includes very comfortable rooms with high beds and delightful views. Some rooms have an outside door, allowing guests access to a porch with a small table and chairs. Guests will discover a good-sized laundry room with two washers and dryers. Sports enthusiasts may want to stay fit working out in the fitness room. A business center is also available for guests.

You can see the article and photos of the property here.

1 comment:

Martyn said...

If you ever consider moving up to Wyoming, Nebraska or South Dakota for some wine trips/travels, there is a handy book called Along the Grapevine Trail: Vineyards and Wineries in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska that would serve as an excellent tour guide.

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