Telluride: Where Adventure Awaits

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Telluride is an unparalleled travel destination with its stunning mountain scenery, abundant outdoor activities, and unique blend of culture and history. Whether you seek thrilling adventures like skiing, hiking, or mountain biking, or prefer to explore the charming streets and vibrant festivals, Telluride offers something truly special for every traveler to enjoy no matter what season. The little town tucked away in the San Juan Mountains is an ideal place to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

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Where to stay in Telluride

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Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection

Posh mountain-chic hotel with two restaurants, a spa, an outdoor pool and ski-in/ski-out access.

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Lumière With Inspirato

Where refined elegance meets exceptional service, indulge in unparalleled luxury and create unforgettable memories at this remarkable retreat.

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  • Welcome treat in room on arrival.

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Element 52

Located in the heart of Telluride, Colorado, this exclusive resort offers exquisite accommodations, stunning alpine views and access to world-class outdoor activities. With its contemporary design, exceptional amenities and a tranquil ambiance, Element 52 provides an exceptional retreat for those seeking a sophisticated and memorable mountain getaway.

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Things to do in Telluride

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Summer/Fall Activities

Bear Creek Trail - Very moderate to easy hiking trail with beautiful waterfall views. It's great for kids and dog friendly! About 5 miles roundtrip.

Jud Wiebe Trail - Great hiking trail that you can find right in downtown Telluride. At the top you have great views of the town. 3-mile loop with lots of uphill. Dog friendly, but be aware of mountain bikers!

Take the free Gondola to Mountain Village for some shopping.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - This festival is every September and something to not miss. What's better than celebrating music and craft beers?

Farmer's Market - Every Friday from June to October you can check out the Farmer's Market in downtown Telluride. You can find all the local goods of San Miguel County from meats, raw honey and local artisans.

Winter Activities

Skiing & Snowboarding - Telluride is an amazing place to hit the slopes whether you are an expert or beginner. If you're a bit daring check out the Revelation Bowl or See Forever for a more moderate run.

Walk around downtown Telluride - The town itself is a gem and downtown has amazing shops and restaurants.

Snowmobiling - Book a guided snowmobiling tour around Telluride. Take in the beautiful scenery - Telluride Outside has great options!

Places to eat & drink in Telluride

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  • Alpino Vino - This Italian spot is a must do for lunch or dinner on top of the mountain (literally). Be sure to make a reservation beforehand!

  • Stronghouse Brew Pub - A great spot for a drink, but it can get crowded. Try the Ranch Water!

  • Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery - Very laid back place with awesome local beer options and bar food

  • The Butcher & The Baker - Popular breakfast spot that has a great latte and breakfast burrito. Their pastries are amazing as well - get the homemade poptarts!

  • The Coffee Cowboy is a Telluride staple with great coffee and a solid breakfast burrito.

  • Brown Dog Pizza - Casual spot where they offer.

  • Detroit Style Pizza and classic. Not truly NY/NJ pizza, but their Brooklyn Bridge Pizza is pretty good!

  • Poachers Pub - Located in Mountain Village but another great bar spot for food and drinks.

  • Timber Room - Located in the Madeline Hotel and one of the best outdoor bar in winter or summer! Be sure to book a reservation here and try one of their signature cocktail.

  • The Saloon at Gorrono Ranch Restaurant - This is a must for Après Ski and drinks.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Luxury Foodie's Guide to San Sebastian.

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