Telluride: Top Attractions
"Himalayan yak rib eye with lobster corn dogs to start"only at the Cosmopolitan where the menu changes weekly. At this renowned restaurant, there's always some eclectic gastronomic delight lying in wait. And not surprisingly, Chef Chad Scothorn's culinary concoctions have garnered numerous awardsthere is little question his food fusions are the town's most adventurous dining fare. For a truly memorable night, dine on a six-course meal paired with five different wines in an intimate tasting cellar whose walls are lined with 2,000 bottles of wine.
The Cosmopolitan: 970.728.1292, www.cosmotelluride.com
Golden Door Spa at the Peaks
The Golden Door, one of the top U.S. spas, offers a vast array of treatments that focus on natural local ingredients. The experience begins with the Peaks Purification Ritualthe inhalation of Colorado aromic herbs in the eucalyptus steam room, followed by a sweat in the cedar sauna and a soak in the mineral-infused whirlpool. KidSpa, open to children from six months to 11 years, entertains with age-appropriate outdoor activities and programs.
Inn at Lost Creek
A luxury boutique locale, this inn boasts a rustic, elegant lobby, a fabulous restaurant, rooftop spas, and 32 fabulous suites. The overall décor is distinctly Colorado: Hand-textured walls bedecked with framed landscape photographs and lots of polished wood and colorful Native American crafts. As expected, the concierge is ready to personalize your vacation plans by arranging restaurant reservations, jeep tours, and ski lessons.
Wyndham Peaks Resort
Easily one of the Rockies' best ski resorts, the Wyndham offers a slew of activities, from the adventurous to the downright soothing. Featuring the highest-altitude 18-hole championship golf course in the country (right outside the hotel's front door), the resort also offers horseback riding, jeep tours, dog sledding, and fly-fishing. Guestrooms feature luxe amenities and sweeping panoramic views of the 14,000-foot mountains surrounding the town.
Soak in the rooftop Jacuzzi, relax in the library, or pump iron in the fitness room. Whatever your whim, this gem of a hotel aims to pleaseand delivers, too. Each guestroom comes with mountain views, a fireplace, and a balcony, and the baths are much larger than average. Hotel Columbia is conveniently located just a few steps away from the gondola that'll carry you to the top of Telluride Ski Resort.
Local artwork adorns the grand lobby here, while spacious rooms boast custom-crafted furniture. Italian marble bathrooms with their oversized tubs (perfect for romantic après-ski soaks) are a particular highlight. This luxurious resort also features a range of spa treatments, a huge 25-foot outdoor hot tub, and a multitude of restaurants and bars.
Telluride Film Festival
Head here over Labor Day weekend and you can hobnob with filmmakers and actors at this highly esteemed festival. Unknown films that became blockbusters after premiering here include The Crying Game, Sling Blade, and The Piano. The best plan of attack: purchase a festival pass, which allows priority entrance to all films, gala events, and receptions.
Telluride Film Festival: 603.433.9202, www.telluridefilmfestival.com
Glamorous yet full of Colorado's laid-back hospitality, Hotel Telluride boasts a discerning "cater to your every whim" kind of service. To whit, after a long day on the slopes, soft featherbeds and down comforters help you sink into pure bliss. Antler chandeliers hang from the lobby's cathedral ceiling, setting a decidedly Western mood at this luxurious hotel.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
One of the country's most acclaimed bluegrass festivals, this four-day summer event sells out months in advance and attracts the hottest acts. The rollicking festival, which also incorporates jam bands, country, and folk, draws the likes of Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, and Alison Krauss. Held outdoors amid Telluride's famed natural beauty, the festival is one fabulous party.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 303.823.0848, www.planetbluegrass.com
For the ultimate in adrenalin pumping, take a heli-skiing adventure down the backside of a Rocky Mountains. Telluride Helitrax shuttles intermediate and advanced skiers (and snowboarders) to untracked powder in small skill-tailored groups. The company offers skiing on the highest helicopter-accessed terrain in Colorado (10,000 to 13,500 feet) and boasts a low guide-to-client ratio.
Telluride Helitrax: 970.728.8377, www.helitrax.net
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication