STAY: Telluride is nestled in a breath-taking box canyon in the San Juan Mountains. The picturesque historic downtown dates back to the late 1800′s when it had its beginning as a mining town. Now known for its fantastic skiing, Telluride still maintains the Victorian era architecture and is as ideal for boutique shopping and gourmet cuisine as it is for outdoor sports.
BRING: Your dog! They will easily make friends!
SKI: This mountain has something to offer all levels of skiers! With 2000 acres of skiable terrain, 125 trails and 18 lifts, you’ll find a wide variety of slopes including refined groomed runs, challenging moguls and fresh powder. It feels as if this is your own private mountain since the lifts and slopes are never crowded. With more than 300 inches of snow each year and 300 days of sunshine, the ski conditions are hard to beat!
TAKE A BREAK: In the Alps! Not really, but Alpino Vino certainly feels that way! Situated at 12,000 feet with spectacular views of the Wilson Mountain Range, this Italian restaurant has hand-hewn beams and furniture made from reclaimed wine barrels. You can ski to it on the appropriately named “See Forever Run” and enjoy a glass of wine. It’s the perfect spot to take a break!
TOUR: Downtown Telluride has preserved many of its historical landmarks. In 1972, Telluride was established as a Historical Preservation District protecting the town’s Victorian and mining character. Among the 512 buildings that make up the historic district, the San Miguel County Courthouse built in 1886 is still in use today. The Mahr building, formally the San Miguel Valley Bank, was the sight of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery in 1889. Visitors are also able to see great examples of Victorian architecture, as many of the residences have been restored to reflect their original style.
APRES SKI: At Allred’s the food is as delicious as the views. Located at 1800 feet above Telluride, it is a dramatic place to watch the sunset and enjoy the sparkling white lights of the charming town below. Definitely a must-go!
DINE: 221 South Oak Restaurant. Home to incredible cuisine, an artistic atmosphere and an extensive wine list, Eliza Gavin opened it in 1999 after she had gained notoriety as a chef-testant on Bravo’s Top Chef. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and expanding her experience in famous Napa and New Orleans restaurants, Gavin proves to offer an amazing menu at this local’s favorite.