On the spur of the moment, my husband and I drove from Pagosa Springs to Del Norte for lunch and a walk around. We have been through Del Norte many times. It is a quiet place with quite a bit of historic architecture, the Windsor Hotel being one of them. We decided to forgo the brew pub around the corner as there are plenty of those in Colorado and try the dining room of this renovated hotel. It is beautiful, light-filled, with a lovely courtyard and welcoming bar. This is a place that has set a standard for itself and met it. Cloth tablecloths, cloth napkins, a beautifully set table in a high-ceilinged room. The wait staff were attentive and friendly. Now the food: my husband had a creamy parsnip soup laced with olive oil and a shrimp BLT with Bay Seasoning aioli. By all appearances, he enjoyed it and ate every crumb and drop. I tried the Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad - very fresh, generous with the greens, the chicken just right and the parmesan crisp served with it was delicious. I wish we could have tried everything on the menu since it all looked wonderful. Did I mention the prices were very reasonable for such a professional effort? Although I must confess lunch cost us a bit more than we planned because there was an art exhibit at the Gallery Windsor in the conference room and we ended up buying a beautiful little painting. I will always remember where we bought it. The Windsor Hotel is an asset to this town and to Colorado.
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