The first time I went to Telluride I knew I would be back….again and again. There are some places you go where you just feel ‘home’. Telluride is one of those places for me. I love it in the fall when the leaves burst in color, bright yellow, orange and red against the majestic dark mountains. The Winter for the dreamy snow covered town decked out in twinkle lights and fresh powder, the Spring for it’s intense shades of green baby leaves, rushing rivers and snow capped mountains, the Summer for a kaleidoscope of wild flowers, green meadows and afternoon rains.
Besides the exquisite natural beauty of this box canyon, there is the food – the fabulous small restaurants, bars, Farmers Markets and neighborhood grocery store and food & wine festivals….
But the best part of Telluride is the people. Telluride isn’t a showy town – no dress to impress required here. It’s not saturated with tourists, transients or buses – although the town does go off during the festivals. No, what makes Telluride residents and visitors special is their shared acute awareness and awe that the spectacular surroundings take center stage. Folks from all walks of life come together to bath themselves in the mountains, the air, the sun, the waterfalls, the beauty…the life. Mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, parasailing, fly fishing, tubing, horseback riding…you name it.
Telluride is an elite athletes dream or a simple day dreamers trip.
Here are my favorite places to go and things to do in Telluride:
*I prefer to rent homes / condos for the ease and convenience of cooking and eating when I want, living like a local, as well as privacy. These are some of the resources I recommend.
Rentals: Telluride Rentals – condos and private homes available for rent per night and week. Be sure to ask about their season packages and deals. They make renting as easy as it can get.
Luxury Rentals: Inspirato – Andy Dutton. If you want to stay in a place that you feel totally and completely taken care of and tended to, with all the modern day comforts and luxury amenities there are to offer, go to Inspirato Telluride and check out their stunning accommodations around Telluride. Be sure to ask for Andy Dutton, he’s the man.
Breakfast & lunch: The Butcher and the Baker 217 E. Colorado Ave. 970-728-2899 butcherandbakercafe.com – okay seriously, I ate here every day. I couldn’t help it. They do it right – I mean really right. From sourcing consciously from local growers to the fabulous and fresh daily menu items, to the delicious no fuss food. But what I also couldn’t refuse was their home made chocolate chip cookies, flax seed oatmeal, molasses and ginger cookies – oh and the decadent chocolate cake, carrot cake and chocolate mousse…….you will be hooked! ps. great source for picnic food too.
Dinner: Honga’s Lotus Petal, 135 E. Colorado 970-728-5134 hongaslotuspetal.com – This place has been around for years and there’s a good reason, they pride their food as an art form. The food is tasty, consistent and great quality. The staff is super accommodating and chill. This is local’s favorite right in the center of town. From spicy to tangy these Pan-Asian dishes will satiate your tastebuds as well as keep you a lean machine.
New Sheridan Chop House: 231 W Colorado 970-728-4351 newsheridan.com – Sometimes you just need to let the inner carnivore have it’s way. Sheridan is the place. A little more upscale, the Sheridan Chop House, is a groovy version of a chop house with it’s deep booths, white table cloths and excellent service.
Fine Dining: Allred’s – 565 Mountain Village Blvd, 970-728-7474 allredsrestaurant.com – set on top of the mountain with gorgeous views of the town and a menu to match – this place is a must for a romantic dinner, special occasion or just a little gourmet pampering and terrific wine list. Book your reservation for sunset and watch the magic show as the lights turn on in town of Telluride below.
Bar / Drinks:
There Bar – 627 West Pacific Ave. 970-728-1213 therebars.com – rustic cool, this bar offers some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had – classic and new. The guys work hard to make sure everyone is taken care of when the place is packed and the small bites plates guarantee a flavor packed pairing!
Honga’s Sushi Bar – 135 E. Colorado 970-728-5134 hongaslotuspetal.com – sushi anyone? Sake? The downstairs sushi bar at Honga’s serves up some of the best in town.
Sheridan Bar – 231 W Colorado 970-728-4351 newsheridan.com – best steak and frites and people watching at the bar.
Yoga – Studio E, 220 E Colorado Ave. 970-708-4995 e-telluride.com – Stretch, strengthen, condition and breathe…from Vinyasa, hot yoga, Zumba and spinning this small studio offers classes daily, morning and night.
Massage – Regina, firstname.lastname@example.org – this woman has worked out my knots, kinks, aches and stresses with the expertise and touch of a healer. She will come to you or you can book an appointment with her at The Peaks Spa, Mountain Village. This is not a luxury, but a necessity.
Homeopathic Integrative Pharmacy – 129 W Colorado Ave, 970.728.0488 apothecapharmacytelluride.com – For all your Eastern / Western medicinal and homeopathic needs this place is setting the alternative health care pace in Telluride. Ask for Michelle or Bill Common’s, the owners, they’re friends of mine and will take goooood care of you.
Rentals, Tours & Guides – Telluride Sports, Main St. 970-728-4477 www.telluridesports.com – rent your ‘townies’ (bike to get you around town), mountain bikes, gear,equipment, tents, rafts….anything you might need or forgot to get into the athletic spirit and fun of Telluride. You can also book your river tours here – river rafting, mountain biking, hiking you name it, they’ll get you out there – ask for Billy.
Hikes – My two favorite hikes from town are the Jud Wiebe Trail for a moderate workout with a variety of terrain and incredible views and Bear Creek Trail for the robust and beautiful waterfall.
Aha School For The Arts – 300 South Townsend St. 970-728.3886 www.ahhaa.org – truly wonderful art classes, camps and workshops for all ages – you have to check it out.
Telluride Festival, Events and Activity Schedule – visittelluride.com – this town has a love affair with music, film, food, science and culture. Check out their vast array of festivals and blow your world open in the mountains!
Telluride Academy – TellurideAcademy.org – from children to teenagers this year round camp is heralded as Colorado’s top picks for getting your kids off their ipads and into the extreme outdoors – willingly.
Telluride Sitters – 970-708-0170 reservations@TellurideSitters.com for all your baby sitting needs plus toy and baby gear rentals. They are a great service with super fun sitters!