Telluride, CO

May 4, 2017

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.

Upon landing at Montrose Regional Airport, we piled into the Telluride Express shuttle, our 1 hour and 20 minute ride up into the town of Mountain Village/Telluride.

Views like this one is my favorite part of the shuttle ride.

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.

Arriving into the town of Mountain Village

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.

What dreams are made of
Seriously, I would live in here.

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!
Drinks at Allred’s Restaurant, the mid-point Gondola stop.
Riding the Gondola into the town of Telluride.

Things to do

  • Ski/Snowboard

  • Go sledding. Firecracker Hill is located on the southern side of Town Park, Telluride for this very purpose.
Armed with sleds and plastic container lids, we make our way to the sledding hill

Super fun and scarier than it looks!
  • 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.
In the heart of Telluride
With a bear outside of Dylan’s Candy Bar in Mountain Village
Anytime there’s a bear, I must pose with it. With my fresh apple lemon ginger juice from Ghost Town Coffee in Telluride.
  • 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!
Exterior of the gorgeous Madeline Hotel and Residences. Photo courtesy of madelinetelluride.com
The Spa at the Madeline. My massage room had a cozy fireplace just like this one along with fragrant lemongrass aromatherapy oil. Photo courtesy of madelinetelluride.com

 

The living room at the Madeline. The perfect place to warm up with a book/magazine (or hey, this blog :)) in front of the fireplace after a long day outside in the frigid winds. Photo courtesy of madelinetelluride.com

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
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling
  • 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

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