Where to Stay in Telluride
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The mines might have been what first drew people to the area, but the white gold (snow, that is) is what has made Telluride a major pull and a popular resort. Still, the gold played an important role: originally known as Columbia, the town changed its name to its current compound of gold to avoid confusion with its eponymous city in California.
Now, the stunning countryside around the town is the region’s gold. You can’t turn it into jewellery or whatever else people typically do with gold, but you can build up some golden (see what we did there?) and unforgettable memories hiking, mountain biking and skiing down the trails of the forested mountains that surround the town. Whether you’re lodging amid the museums and galleries of the town centre or staying out in the serene wilderness setting of the Mountain Village, you’ll be spoilt for activity. So, here’s the Plum Guide look at where to stay in Telluride.
The Town Centre
Many of our lodgings prop up the town centre, which is split into a small section of criss-crossing blocks. Overlooked by dramatic mountains, this slow-paced hub makes for a tranquil and picturesque destination for those looking at where to stay in Telluride. Enjoy a hot drink at the Butcher & The Baker or the Ghost Town Coffee establishment among other cafés, while admiring the views. The district also has a flurry of fine-dining restaurants, including the Cosmopolitan, the Chop House Restaurant and the 321 South Oak.
If you want to really learn about the history, better check out the Telluride Historical Museum. And yes, some people like museums – you can’t be skiing or hiking all the time, even if it is one of the best things to do in the Rocky Mountains. Besides, museums often have chairs where you can sit down and rest your weary legs. We love chairs. Anyway, take up one of the historical walking tours of the town and learn about the enigmatic Telluride Blanket that was apparently made around 1,000 years ago. Find out in the museum about how the place developed from a gold hub to a ghost town and later, the popular resort it is today. The culture and history of the Nuchu/Ute indigenous peoples is an important part of the museum and the city, while the Michael D. Palm Theatre and the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art ensure you’ve always got something to do during your stay in the town centre.
When it comes to where to stay in Telluride, Mountain Village is a great option. Again, we’ve got countless (well, we probably could count them to be fair) beautiful lodgings in this stunning area. As the name suggests, it’s pretty much a village… and it’s in the mountains. Dine at the Village Table or the Tomboy Tavern. In winter, the area is draped with snow, and you’ve got a choice of 148 slopes for your skiing pleasure. Take on the Galloping Goose, the longest run in the resort, stretching to 4.6 miles (7.4 kilometres). Take up lessons in the ski school, so your whole family can get on skis.
In summer, the forests tinge the rocks green and you can rent mountain bikes to explore the old mining roads. The Telluride Bike Park has some great trails and you can even hook your bike onto the rails of the gondola to take it with you into the heights. Another of Telluride's top things to do is to go hiking. Head up into the highest parts and look back down at the Mountain Village and the town centre. Telluride lies within a so-called box canyon, making for spectacular vistas from the clifftops. Find green meadows and wander between the Aspen groves and along the sides of the disused railroad tracks. Among the top trails are the Black Bear Pass and the Bridal Veil trail. You’ll find your own quiet spot for a picnic with your family, where the only sound is the chirping of birds, the swaying of the trees in the breeze and the screaming arguments you’re having with your kids. Ah, heaven.
If you’re getting tired of all that land stuff, then dive into the river. Well, with a boat, that is. Book with Telluride Rafting or Telluride Outside for a frightening trip down the San Miguel River or the Dolores River at top speeds. Paddle, paddle, paddle.