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Area Tips

Marla Meridith

Telluride, Colorado is a majestic box canyon that will wow you any time of year you choose to visit. Tucked away in a majestic box canyon it takes a bit longer to get to, but the journey is part of the fun. The natural beauty is enhanced by amazing people, outdoor adventures (skiing, snowshoeing, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking - to name few) and excellent dining options. Some of my favorite restaurants include:
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Area Tips

Maribeth Clemente

"Want to go to one of the most beautiful and charming vacation spots in the world? Plan your trip to Telluride, Colorado now. Whether it’s winter, summer, spring or fall, this renowned mountain destination dazzles by its spectacular scenery, historic Victorian buildings, world-class cultural scene, epic outdoor activities, top-rate restaurants, unique shops and the friendliness of the locals. Telluride is comprised of an old mining town, listed as a National Historic Landmar...

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Food

Karen Lawrence

"Love pizza? You have to try the Detroit pizza at Brown Dog's. It was judged as the World's Best Pizza in the traditional division with a 1st Place finish at the 2014 International Pizza Expo."
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Adventure

Karen Lawrence

"I just referred a guest to take a 4 WHEEL Drive trip and they said it was the "highlight" of their stay in Telluride. Telluride Outside's 4-WD Tours provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience Telluride's fabulous high country while learning the history of one of the world's most famous and notorious gold rush towns.

Also, take a Glider Ride with Glider Bob - The Ultimate Flying Experience over some of the most beautiful terrain in the country."

Arts & Music

Karen Lawrence

"Telluride Colorado is known as the Festival Capital of Colorado. The town is alive with festivals every weekend. It is well-known for it's Bluegrass, Film and Blues and Brews Festivals. My favorite are Wine and Balloon Festival weekends."

Food

Chas Shafer

"My favorite restaurants are Seasons Grill (like a NY restaurant in Durango!) Mahogany Grill (wonderful food at Durango's most celebrated and historic hotel, and Ken and Sue's (great food and ambience on south Main Street)"

View Chas' properties on FlipKey here and here.

Neighborhoods

Chas Shafer

"Durango's downtown Historic District is a must-see when you're in town. Visit also Mesa Verde ancient Indian ruins (about 45 min from town), and drive the scenic Alpine Loop (Durango to Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and return -- 250 mile, day trip)"

Nightlife

Chas Shafer

"If you're looking for something low key, try "The Office" at Durango's Strater Hotel. Steamworks on 2nd Ave is a must-visit for great brew pub atmosphere."

Family

Chas Shafer

"Skiing at Durango Mountain Resort, raft or fly fish the Animas River, and a mountain bike course all make for great family activities in Telluride. There is fabulous mountain scenery for hiking everywhere! Take the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train to Silverton -- go one way and take car or bus back to Durango in afternoon for a perfect day."

Food

Laine Jacoby

View Laine's property on FlipKey here.

"Must Try Restaurants in Telluride: Honga's has amazing sushi and asian fusion food. New Sheridan Chop House has the best steak house in town. Cosmo features an intimate atmosphere and great high quality dishes. Brown Dog Pizza: Best Pizza/Sports Bar in town - get the 3-1-3 detroit style pizza --- amazing!!"

Nightlife

Laine Jacoby

"Best place to grab a casual drink/hang with locals: The Last Dollar Saloon (the "Buck") or New Sheridan (play foosball or pool also) For a creative cocktail: There (great, creative cocktails & free popcorn; asian fusion bar menu)."

Arts & Music

Laine Jacoby

"Lots of festivals during the summer: Wine Fest, Bluegrass, Blues & Brews, Telluride Film Festival, Mountain Film."

About Telluride

Nestled in a box canyon in the southwest corner of Colorado and surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in the state, Telluride is the crown jewel of the Rockies.

Founded as a mining town in the late 1800s, Telluride's history is rich and its scenery is undeniably some of the most beautiful in Colorado. Telluride was designated as a National Historic District in 1964. The blend of historic architecture, mountain vacation rentals, spas and independent restaurants make any visit unforgettable. Linked by a free gondola, the historic Town of Telluride and European-styled Mountain Village effortlessly blend luxury and sophistication with authentic charm and mountain sprit.

A Summer Playground

Telluride, many locals will tell you, is a place where people come for the winter, then stay for the summer. Few places rival Telluride's scenery, outdoor activities and unique spirit, and its designation as "Festival Capital of the Southwest" means there is never a shortage of activity.

Nearly every summer weekend, visitors and locals have the chance to celebrate everything from music to independent films, craft beer, yoga and more. From the Memorial Day kick-off of Mountainfilm to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the lauded Telluride Film Festival, the diverse event offerings appeal to virtually all tastes and passions. Summer guests can also enjoy a variety of outdoor adventure including hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, golfing rafting, horseback riding, rafting, jeep tours, stand up paddle boarding and much more.

A Gourmet Dining Boom

After a hard day's play in the mountains, visitors can unwind at one of Telluride's exceptional restaurants. Recently voted one of the "Best American Cities for Foodies" by Condè Nast readers, Telluride offers a variety of culinary delights that satisfy the most discerning palates.

Getting To Telluride

Getting to Telluride has never been easier with two convenient airport options - Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) and Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). Direct flights are available from eight major hubs during winter, and three hubs during summer.

In pedestrian friendly Telluride and Mountain Village, no car is necessary once you arrive, and a variety of transportation companies offer airport shuttle service.

Winter: Hiking Boots To Ski Boots

When the snow starts to fall, Telluride transforms into a winter wonderland. Voted the #1 ski resort in North America by readers of Condè Nast Traveler for the second year in a row, Telluride offers more than 2,000 acres of incredible terrain for all ability levels. A wide variety of other winter activities in addition to skiing are also available, including snowshoe and snowbike tours, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides and more. The ski season runs from Thanksgiving to early April.

Information provided by: Telluride Tourism Board