The Best of Telluride, CO in Summer: Hotels, Activities, Restaurants & Events

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Welcome to Telluride, Colorado — a stunning mountain town nestled in the San Juan Mountains. With picturesque views, endless outdoor activities and a charming downtown area, it's no wonder why Telluride is a popular destination for travelers in the summer. In this guide, we'll cover where to stay, activities, best restaurants and summer event highlights to make the most of your trip.

P.S. You'll get tons of insider knowledge because I am lucky enough to call this box canyon my hometown!

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Where to stay in Telluride, Colorado

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Things to do in Telluride, Colorado

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Telluride offers endless outdoor activities in the summer, from hiking and biking to fishing and rafting. The town is surrounded by miles of hiking trails, including the iconic Bridal Veil Falls trail, which leads to a breathtaking waterfall.

For a more relaxing experience, visit Dunton Hot Springs or take a scenic gondola ride to Mountain Village, where you can enjoy shopping and dining with stunning mountain views.

Telluride is home to various summer events, including festivals and concerts. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is a popular event that draws visitors from all over the country, with four days of music and festivities. The Telluride Wine Festival is another favorite, featuring tastings, seminars and wine dinners.

Other events to check out include the Telluride Yoga Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival and the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

Places to eat & drink in Telluride, Colorado

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Telluride is home to some of the best restaurants in Colorado, focusing on locally sourced ingredients and creative cuisine.

For a romantic dinner, try the New Sheridan Chop House on main street or Allred's Restaurant at the top of the gondola, which offers panoramic views of the town and mountains.

Rustico Ristorante serves up delicious Italian food, and the Butcher & Baker Cafe is a must-visit for breakfast or lunch.

Just a quick gondola ride over the mountain brings you to Mountain Village where Tomboy Tavern has great craft cocktails and an extensive and satiating menu of crowd favorites.

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