If you can only manage to get away for a long weekend, you’ll want to make the most of every second you have here in beautiful Telluride. Of course, you could spend every available second out on the slopes skiing your heart out, and that’s perfectly fine, but for guests to Telluride who’d like to experience a little of everything, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. Enjoy your Colorado winter vacation to Telluride!
Day 1 – Something Different
Take things easy the first day and enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Butcher and Baker in downtown, where you can try the enormous Day Maker Sandwich. This huge, popular breakfast sandwich will last you through the day!
Before you spend a day on the mountain, why not spend a day in the valley? Specifically, the Valley Floor. This open preserve is just on the edge of town and is a year-round, multi-use area popular with tourists, locals, and even elk. Spend the day cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat bike riding or just hiking along the groomed trails.
Feel the need for speed? Take a quick ride to the Alta Lakes in the beautiful Uncompahgre National Forest for some high-speed snowmobiling fun. The trails wind around the lakes, through the surrounding forests and meadows, and into the abandoned ghost town of Alta.
Remember how you loved that old red sled you had when you were a kid? An afternoon sledding down Firecracker Hill in Telluride Town Park will bring back plenty of fond childhood memories. Telluride Town Park also has two ice rinks where you can practice your Biellmann spins and try to impress the locals.
Staying in the valley on your first day is an especially good thing if you’re not used to the elevation. Start things out easy, then end the day with a horse-drawn sleigh ride (dinner included) through aspen forests, under the twinkling stars.
Day 2 – Telluride Ski Resort
Save time and have breakfast in your rental before you hit the slopes. If you didn’t have time to stock up on groceries yet, just grab a breakfast burrito or sandwich and a cup of locally brewed coffee at the Coffee Cowboy or Baked in Telluride, then grab your gear and a seat on the Gondola. It’s the quickest way up the mountain, and the panoramic views of the canyon, surrounding San Juan Mountains, and historic Telluride are simply amazing. Spend the day skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and getting your fill of being out in the snow and on the mountain. Take your lunch break at Bon Vivant, where you can dine on their popular Cassoulet with wild-boar sausage and duck confit, or keep it light with a hot bowl of French onion soup. You can also head to the resort’s main food court at Gorrono Ranch for beer, burgers, ramen and more.
Once you’ve hit your skiing limit, head to Allreds for a casually elegant meal or Tomboy Tavern for a burger and a local craft brew. Both have great food and amazing views. A quick ride back down in the Gondola, and you’re just in time for a drink at Telluride’s most historic bar, the Sheridan Historic Bar. Brave the cold, and ask for a table on the hotel’s rooftop deck where you can sip a cocktail or craft brew under the stars.
Day 3 – Historic Telluride
Start day three of your Telluride, Colorado winter vacation with a leisurely brunch at 221 South Oak. Located in a renovated historic cottage, this intimate, casual spot has colorful artwork displayed on the walls and an interesting menu. Here are a few items to get your taste buds watering: Buttermilk Fried Quail, Strawberry Beignets, Donut Crusted Montecristo, and Crispy Duck Confit and Spinach on a Ramen Waffle.
Now you’re going to need to walk off that brunch! One option is to take a walking tour through historic downtown and the Lone Tree Cemetery (the town’s first cemetery). It’s easy to spend the day wandering through this picturesque downtown with its Victorian architecture, old west feel, and towering canyon walls, browsing the quaint shops, galleries, brew pubs, and saloons. You can also walk through the town using the River Trail, a popular path for guests and locals alike. The trail winds along the San Miguel River and connects the east and west sides of town. Whichever path you pick should include a trip to the Telluride Historical Museum in the old miner’s hospital. It offers an intriguing look back into the early history of Telluride, and the Native Americans, miners and pioneers who lived here. If you get tired of walking, just hop on the Galloping Goose, the town’s free shuttle.
Stay in town for dinner and drinks. Enjoy your last evening at one of the town’s most iconic dining spots, The Chop House. It’s a “classic steakhouse,” with lots of traditional detailing, wood floors and high coffered ceilings with warm, rich colors. It’s a Telluride tradition, and will be the perfect way to end your trip.