Palisade hotel opens fine dining venue

The Wine Country Inn has officially opened Caroline’s, a new fine dining venue at the Palisade hotel.

“We are happy to offer a new venue for classic food prepared in the French tradition in an elegant, intimate setting,” said Joseph Scanlon, general manager of the Wine Country Inn. “We will highlight fresh Colorado foods such as rainbow trout, Colorado lamb and beef and the excellent produce and fruits grown right here in Palisade.”

Caroline’s was opened in response to demand for on-site dining. The Tapestry Lounge will revert to its original concept of serving cocktails and wine along with tapas, sandwiches, soups and salads starting at 5 p.m.

“We are the victims of our own success in the Tapestry Lounge. The demand for service has exceeded our capacity to serve our guests. Hour-long waits for tables are unacceptable,” Scanlon said. “By shifting the fine dining to Caroline’s, we will gain more space to accommodate diners and an enhanced atmosphere to showcase our food.”

Caroline’s features formal Victorian decor and 10 tables. Entree prices range from $20 to $40.

Scanlon, a certified sommelier and experienced restaurant manager, will oversee food operations and an expanded wine cellar. Jim Siemens, executive chef, and Jesse Wilson, chef de cuisine, will run the kitchen that serves Caroline’s and the Tapestry Lounge.

“The new restaurant will give us the opportunity to offer better service to our guests, who are the most important part of our lodging equation, as well as our local patrons,” Scanlon said.

The Wine Country Inn is located at 777 Grande River Drive. For more information or reservations, call 464-5777 or visit the Web site located at