Telluride, Colorado Destination Guide – Hotels Above Par
The former Victorian mining town has become one of the most desirable ski resorts in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Check out the official HAP Telluride guide from journalist and avid skier Stacey Lastoe below.
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection
Located on Mountain Village Boulevard, this five-star hotel offers ski-in ski-out access supervised by helpful ski valets. The 150-room property exudes modern elegance in its common areas, on-site restaurant, and Timber Room après-ski paradise. A heated rooftop pool surrounded by two whirlpools, CBD-enhanced spa services, and a special altitude acclimatization minibar add to the resort-chic appeal.
Charming and intimate, Dunton Town House is located in the heart of Telluride and is about as comfortable as a hostel with just five rooms. A buffet breakfast, included with the stay, includes homemade granola, yogurt, freshly baked pastries, and other continental delights, all served in a sweet corner. Take the free gondola to access the slopes and all the village has to offer, or take advantage of the hostel’s welcoming library with a book and a cup of coffee.
221 Southern Oak
Eliza Gavin from the famous season 10 of Top Chef runs the kitchen of this new American place. Winter-warming dishes include a house sausage platter and a local elk T-bone. An ambitious vegetarian menu doesn’t overlook the non-carnivorous eaters in the group and may even persuade steak lovers to change course, at least for one night.
Brown Dog Pizza
When the inevitable pizza craving hits, head to Brown Dog Pizza and order The Smoke Dog (fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, banana peppers, a side of marinara), a Caesar salad and a bottle of Montepulciano.
The bar’s extensive cocktail list — shaken, blacklist, and classic candles round out the distinct categories — belies its otherwise quaint appeal. A Manhattan parfait features Whistle Pig Rye and carpano antica and is a great precursor to spiced duck buns or crispy cauliflower.
The Last Dollar Show
The family-friendly nature of ski resorts makes a watering hole like Last Dollar Saloon, which caters to the 21-plus crowd (no kids, babies in strollers, or teenagers), a rather welcome respite. and unique. Sit down at the bar after the last run of the day and choose a local beer on tap or opt for something stronger from the ‘Fancy Cocktails’ menu; the Telluride Mule, made with local vodka or whiskey, descends as easily as the mountain view from the roof.
Mosey around Colorado Avenue or Main Street
Colorado Avenue or Main Street (the names are often used interchangeably) is the place to stop for a cup of coffee and a pastry at The Butcher & The Baker, pick up a new book at between the coversand earn a designer tag at The Pepporium, a well-curated vintage and consignment shop. Food-focused strollers who need a break to buy new sweaters at Main ornaments of Telluridecan take advantage of the ski rate par excellence, fondue, Mountaineer and the goator classic Italian bites at Rustic Restaurant.
Telluride Historical Museum
The building itself – a restored miners’ hospital from 1896 – is a sight to behold. Fortunately, the museum’s interior offerings add to the appeal of the space. For a better understanding of the area’s skiing history, this season’s annual exhibit “The Long Run” features 50 years of the Telluride ski area, but permanent exhibits, including one titled “From Mining Camp to Community “, paint a rich history of the ancient origins and evolution of the mining town.
Telluride Ski Resort
Hit the slopes of the city’s iconic ski wonderland, Telluride Ski Resort. In the area, there is a plethora of ski slopes for all levels.
Housed in another of Telluride’s historic buildings, this venue offers an impressive slate of events year-round. From Grammy-nominated singer Jewel to Tom Petty’s cover band to popular musicals like “Chicago” and “The Sound of Music”, visitors to Telluride can expect a memorable evening at the opera.
Falls of the bridal veil
At first you may not think of waterfalls and winter, and although the 365-foot free-falling waterfall of Bridal Veil Falls (the longest in Colorado) freezes at this time of the year, it’s an incredible show. Up-close access is impossible as the road closes in winter, but driving to the end of the canyon overlooking Telluride offers spectacular views and natural wonders.