A little guide of the best things to do and to experience in Telluride besides the snow and the winter season!
Telluride is particularly known for being a premier skiing destination and this give us a specific vision in our mind: snow, cold, wonderful white scenarios and skiing activities all over the city. Actually today we are going to show you there is so much more than that and that Telluride is the perfect place, an outstanding travel destination for a vacation all year around as you can easily find some amazing things to do in other seasons that will give you glimpses of a different side of this city, made up of culture, history and surrounding breathtaking views with hundreds of interesting activities to do too! Let’s get started!
Beyond The Snow: Exploring the City Center
Telluride is so much more than a pretty face during winter; you can switch your travel to something more cultural oriented without missing the enchanting winter scenario framing this little city. As a result of its critical part in the historical backdrop of the American West, Telluride was assigned a National Memorable Point of interest Region in 1964 and this makes it the perfect travel destination for those who want to discover something more about this Colorado’s hidden gem , its past and history in one of the most authentic and suggestive parts of this state. The little town’s brilliant Victorian-period homes, clapboard customer facing facades and memorable structures now blend with boutiques, workmanship displays, gourmet eateries and much more in a complete synthesis between what’s old and new.
Did you know Telluride is also an art center and it is even a “Certified Colorado Creative District”? The Telluride Arts District is both a geographic area and an organization that gives a voice and resource for the local arts community, supporting artists, sponsoring events, and connecting the people to the artistic and cultural scenarios offering incredible activities to learn something more about it and have some quality time as a community. For example, the Ah Haa School for the Arts is an organization offering lessons basically in everything from pottery to dance to book clubs with many exhibitions each month to promote local artists and boost public interest in the arts.
Restaurants are another big attraction of the city with many acclaimed chefs and locally sourced ingredients for delicious dishes. For an incredible experience of the culinary side of the culture that should not to be missed during a trip! In Telluride you can taste the specialties of the best American chefs and the dishes of the most authentic Mexican or Southwestern US traditions. Among the typical specialties you cannot miss the bison and beef steaks! These are perfect if accompanied by a local craft beer!
In spring Telluride becomes so different from its winter version offering amazing green landscapes and many outdoor activities to reconnect with nature and explore the best of this area. You can switch the traditional idea of this city to another one, a more adventurous and various experience when days are longer and you can full immerse into several amazing activities such as trekking, biking, hiking and so much more. The incredible flora and fauna of Telluride is going to blow your mind and, if you are lucky enough, you can have the chance to bump into some foxes or some wild animals in their own natural environment. This season is incredible to really appreciate nature and everything it has to offer with some picnicking, or a fishing expedition. Bring your comfy clothes, a camera and get ready to explore the nature coming back to life!
Summer is the best season to enjoy the cultural side of Telluride! Telluride has for quite some time been celebrated for its summer celebrations, with famous music and film celebrations growing in popularity. From the fans that make their yearly journey to Twang or Telluride To film Celebration, to the guests who stumble over one of the lesser-known events, Telluride never lets its summer visitors down with this huge opportunity to have some fun and learn something more about the local culture and what’s hot in the movie industry at the moment. Plus, Telluride is where many Western American films have been set (last but not least The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino!). There is a schedule brimming with celebrations and occasions every week during the summer months. The Telluride Film Festival is one of the most famous festival taking places in this city at the end of summer, usually during the first week of September. Of course, besides these cultural events explorations go strong in this season providing incredible weather conditions and longer days to full immerse into nature.
When fall comes and the winter season is just around the corner for another exciting ski season, Telluride is even more beautiful than spring and summer! The colors of this area have amazing tones of reds and oranges, and the great expanse of trees creates some vistas you won’t easily forget! Another big plus? Sunsets in autumn are to die for! You would have plenty of chances to capture incredible colorful skies with your camera and you would enjoy some of the most romantic moments ever.
So, whatever you want to do and whenever you want to go to Telluride, this place has so much to offer! As you may have noticed at this point, in addition to its skiing resorts, when the ski season is over, Telluride is still an outstanding travel destination offering several activities to do and things to see related to its culture and its nature, all year around. In Telluride every season is different and you can have amazing experiences 365 days a year enjoying several different sides of the same city and area.
Recommended Telluride Hotels
Pampering amenities like heated floors, luxe linens and mountain views make the historic New Sheridan Hotel the perfect retreat in the heart of downtown. Housed in a lovingly restored 1895 building, the New Sheridan conjures the Victorian elegance of the gold rush era with the amenities of the modern age. Each of the 26 rooms in the three-story hotel includes a flat-panel TV, iPod dock, Egyptian cotton sheets, heated bathroom floor, plush robe, laptop safe and coffeemaker. Some rooms offer mountain views. Free Wi-Fi helps you keep in touch with family and friends, or you can make new friends at the hotel’s popular restaurant and rooftop bar. Get away from it all by booking an in-room spa treatment.
Featuring a hot tub, this hotel is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Telluride Gondola Station. All rooms are equipped with a cable TV. Free Wi-Fi access is provided.Each room includes a seating area, a refrigerator and coffee-making facilities at Victorian Inn Telluride. An en suite bathroom with a hairdryer is also offered.Guests can enjoy a sauna during the winter months at Telluride Victorian Inn. Concierge services are available. Laundry facilities are featured on site.Historic Main Street is less than 1 mile from the hotel. San Miguel River Trail is 5 minutes’ walk from The Victorian Inn.
A free breakfast buffet is offered to all guests at this Telluride area hotel. Rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Views of Telluride Ski Mountain and the San Miguel River are available.All rooms feature an iPod docking station at the Hotel Columbia. A mini bar and coffee-making facilities are also included. Some suites boast a fireplace and a kitchenette.Hotel Columbia Telluride offers a European Style Buffet Breakfast.
Set 200 metres from Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, this holiday home features a patio. The unit is 400 metres from Gondola Line.A dishwasher, an oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen. A TV is provided. Other facilities at Sunnyside Home include a barbecue.Oak Street Lift is 500 metres from Sunnyside Home, while Coonskin (7) is 900 metres away. The nearest airport is Durango-La Plata County Airport, 88 km from the property.
Situated in Telluride, this holiday home features a balcony. The unit is 400 metres from Sheridan Opera House.A dishwasher, an oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen. A TV and DVD player are provided. Other facilities at Ironwood A Townhouse include a barbecue.Gondola Line is 300 metres from Ironwood A Townhouse, while Oak Street Lift is 300 metres away. The nearest airport is Durango-La Plata County Airport, 88 km from Ironwood A Townhouse.
Recommended Telluride Restaurants
The Village Table
The Village Table opened in Spring 2013 features a vibrant menu of mediterranean food from Spain, Italy and France as well as American classics. Enjoy Johnny Gerona’s creative cuisine, a 25 + yr. local, former head chef at La Marmotte, owner operator of Pacific St. Market (a locals favorite) Creative specials offered daily for lunch, apres ski and dinner. Menu items include many healthy entrees, salads, and gluten free items available. The newest restaurant in the Mtn. Village is casually elegant and unique.100 bottle wine cellar with many well priced and delicious choices To go,Catering on and off premise special events available. Conveniently located in the Mtn. Village core next to the conference center and the climbing rock. Do not miss this restaurant during your next visit to Telluride.
Telluride’s most unique dining experience is Allred’s Restaurant! Allred’s IS culinary excellence & extraordinary service, with an extensive award winning Wine List. Exquisite views and a “mountain rustic” ambiance unite to create a unique dining experience at 10,551 feet above sea level! Allred’s Contemporary American cuisine is available daily for dinner throughout the summer & winter seasons. The Highlights: Fabulous views of the surrounding 14’ers overlooking the Town of Telluride 1800′ below, creative American dishes with International overtones, a Private Dining Room, an award winning Wine List, our Chef’s Table (book 2 weeks in advance) and our Bar serving delicious hand-crafted cocktails with great views and fireplace! NO dress code.
New Sheridan Chop House
A lively main street steak house offering a selection of the worlds finest steaks, eclectic fresh seafood and daily specials. Executive Chef Brian Batten focuses on the highest quality local ingredients prepared with French technique and American flair. Paired with an award winning wine list, the New Sheridan Chop House is sure to please the most discriminating palates.
One of the most popular restaurants in either town is Siam Telluride and the founder of Siam, Jeff Badger, brings his talents to the Inn at Lost Creek. Siam’s Talay Grille at the Inn is an Asian Seafood Restaurant that also features the most popular of Thai appetizers from Siam Telluride. Jeff and his team focus on using the freshest ingredients including fresh fish flown in daily plus a focus on providing exceptional service.
Mark Reggiannini is a former sous chef for Jean Georges Vonrichten, and has a philosophy regarding food – simplicity. His rustic bistro cooking focuses on the use of local fine ingredients, prepared using French techniques. Private dining room and buyout options available. La Marmotte menu changes nightly depending on what is in season and fresh.