November 21, 2018

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Telluride, Colorado

SnowRecognized for its heritage, recreational opportunities, and spectacular scenery, Telluride is named for the 90-mile-long San Miguel River.  Its rich heritage is tied to the surrounding mountain landscape. The Ute Indians, who made the area their home, would travel to the valley in the summer season, using the mountains as protection from the elements and as a source for food and other goods.  During the late 19th century mining boom, gold and silver were found in the mountains.  At the turn of the century, the mountains and the powerful waterfalls nestled within, were instrumental in the discovery of alternating current by L.L. Nunn.  Later, the breathtaking mountain terrain saved Telluride from becoming a ghost town after the mining boom ended, and helped to turn it into a world- class destination.  Today, Telluride is both a bustling ski town and western icon jewel. Clapboard storefronts open up to art galleries, old-time bars and eclectic eateries. Telluride and neighboring Mountain Village are connected by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America.  


Twelve blocks long and 8 blocks wide, Telluride is the perfect size for walking tours.  Stroll the historically preserved Main Street and discover Victorian homes, flower gardens, and numerous historic buildings.  Enjoy one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year, including the Mountainfilm in TellurideTelluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Jazz Celebration and Telluride Film Festival.  Go back in time with a tour of the Telluride Historical Museum or get your cultural fix with a show at the Sheriden Opera House.  


Telluride and Mountain Village offer more than 50 restaurants, old-style taverns and bars.  Whether you’re looking for BBQ or fine dining, you’ll find everything from quick bites to romantic settings.  Located at the top of the gondola, Allred’s offers impressive views of the town and world-class cuisine. You’ll also find great places for apres-ski and dancing.  Be sure to check out the nightlife at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon which offers live music and The Bubble Lounge, where you’ll find great champagne and wine by the bottle or glass.  


You won’t find any chain stores in Telluride and Mountain Village. However, you will find a unique selection of retail shops. Wander historic downtown Telluride or pedestrian-friendly plazas of Mountain Village and discover the latest styles, home décor, jewelry and more.