In mid-March I joined a group of 6 other girls for a bachelorette weekend in the stunning mountains of Telluride. Located in the western corner of Colorado, Telluride boasts breathtaking views and is the perfect place for a cozy, magical getaway.
We had rented a home in the town of Mountain Village, which is adjacent to Telluride. It has an appropriate name because it looks exactly like those decorative, light up Christmas villages I see so often set up at friend’s houses during the holidays. Picture giant, wooden mountain cabins covered in sheets of bright, white snow, nestled into the side of the San Juan Mountains.
Our mountain house was amazing. It spanned four stories and had a large kitchen, lots of bedrooms, a hot tub, sauna, and one of the most ridiculous movie rooms I’ve ever seen.
Getting around town
One of my favorite aspects of the city was the ease of getting around. Renting a car is definitely not necessary.
- Dial-A-Ride is the town’s free shuttle service, and they will pick up and drop off just about anywhere. All it took was a quick call to (970)728-8888 and they would be at our front door within 10 minutes.
- The Gondola, another form of free transportation, is located at different points around town. Not only was it super convenient in getting us where we wanted to go quickly, but it also had the added bonus of being a spectacular way to see the entire city and San Juan Mountains from above. It’s also the only transportation of its kind in the United States.
- From Mountain Village, the Gondola starts at the Mountain Market grocery store, Mountain Village Post Office, and Mountain Village Town Hall, and stops at the Gondola Plaza in the heart of Mountain Village.
- From the Gondola Plaza, ride the Gondola from Mountain Village into the town of Telluride. The first stop on this 13-minute ride is the San Sophia Station, where you can exit for drinks and fine dining at the lavish Allred’s Restaurant, or head out to the ski slopes/hiking trails. After the San Sophia Station stop, the Gondola continues into Telluride, ending at Oak Street.
- Ride the route in reverse to head back to where you started from!
Things to do
- Go sledding. Firecracker Hill is located on the southern side of Town Park, Telluride for this very purpose.
- Go shopping. Telluride is an adorable town with so many shops and cafés. I spent an afternoon wandering through the shops and bought some awesome local gifts to bring home.
- Have a Spa Day. This was my favorite part of the trip! I went to the Madeline Hotel in Mountain Village for a warm and relaxing day out of the snow. Highly recommended!
what’s still on my list
I came to Telluride during the late Spring ski season. This is highly recommended as it wasn’t terribly cold outside during the day, but there was still snow on the ground. I definitely plan to return either in warmer months or next year to do the following activities that I wasn’t able to do the first time around:
- Horseback riding
- Fat Tire Biking through the snow
- Snowshoeing tour
restaurants i recommend
- Brown Dog Pizza – delicious pizza!
- Rustico Ristorante – Italian
- Tomboy Tavern – Bar and grill with a view
- Allred’s Restaurant – Fine dining, bar, beautiful mountain vista
- Ghost Town Coffee – Coffee and fresh juice in Telluride. See second bear pic above.
- The Phoenix Bean – I had a piece of Nutella Banana Bread here that was awesome