It’s Offseason In Telluride

The world famous gondola is closed until November 19th for maintenance and repair, which always signals the beginning of off-season here in Telluride. It’s a great time to get out and go for a brisk hike or bike ride before the snows really start falling in earnest.

We did receive a couple of snowfalls last week, resulting in spectacular views such as this:

The coming of off-season also results in many businesses shutting their doors for a few weeks to a month for deep clean, doing inventory and to just take a well earned break from the busy summer tourist season.

Below is a list of restaurants and their off-season schedule for your reference:

2021 Fall Offseason Restaurant schedules

RestaurantLocationOff-Season Schedule
CindybreadLawson HillClosing early Nov. (Date TBD)
Counter Culture Lawson HillClosed 10/24 – Week of 11/22 TBD 
Allred’sMountain Village   Closed 10/17 – 11/24
AltezzaMountain VillageClosed 10/24 – 11/23 
The Bean Cafe @ The Peaks Mountain VillageClosed 10/24-11/25
Black Iron KitchenMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/24
Crazy ElkMountain VillageClosed 10/30 – 11/14
La Piazza del VillagioMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/23
La PizzeriaMountain VillageClosed 10/17 – TBD
Mountain Village MarketMountain VillageOpen
Poacher’sMountain VillageOpen thru 10/17 then TBD.
Shake N Dog Grub ShackMountain VillageOpen
StarbucksMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/24
TalayMountain VillageClosed 10/18-11/25
Telluride Coffee Co.Mountain VillageOpen
Telluride DistilleryMountain VillageOpen
The PickMountain VillageOpen (weekdays after 10/18)
The View Bar & GrillMountain VillageClosed 10/18-11/21
Timber RoomMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/24
Tracks Café & BarMountain VillageClosed 10/17 – 11/19
Village TableMountain VillageClosed 10/7-12/7
221 South OakTellurideClosed 10/24 – 12/16
Alpinist & the GoatTellurideOpen
Baked in TellurideTellurideClosed 10/18-11/1
Brown DogTellurideOpen
Butcher & The BakerTellurideOpen
CaravanTellurideClosed 11/22-11/28
Cocina de LuzTellurideOpen
Coffee CowboyTellurideOpen
Cornerhouse GrilleTellurideOpen (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
CosmopolitanTellurideOpen (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until Dec. 8)
Esperanza’s TequilasTellurideOpen
Floradora SaloonTellurideClosed 11/16 – 11/25 
High Alpine CoffeeTellurideOpen
High PieTellurideClosed 11/20-12/3
La MarmotteTellurideClosed 10/3-12/13
Last Dollar SaloonTellurideClosed 11/1-11/22
Lunch MoneyTellurideOpen
Liberty BarTellurideClosed 10/17 – 11/19
Little HouseTellurideClosed 10/31-12/4
New Sheridan BarTellurideClosed 10/18 – 11/26
New Sheridan Chop HouseTellurideClosed 10/18 – 11/26
New Sheridan Roof TopTellurideClosed 10/18 
O’Bannon’s Irish PubTellurideOpen
OakTellurideClosed 10/30-TBD
Over the MoonTellurideClosed end of Oct. – early Dec. 
PescadoTellurideClosed 10/1 – Early December 
RusticoTellurideOpen
SiamTellurideClosed 10/24-12/9
SideworkTellurideClosed 10/10-12/13
SmugglersTellurideClosed 10/31-11/20
Steamies Burger BarTellurideOpen
Telluride TruffleTellurideOpen 
The NationalTellurideClosed 10/21-12/8
The Phoenix BeanTellurideClosed 10/18 – 11/26
The TunnelTellurideTBA
The West End BistroTellurideClosed 10/24 – Late Nov. 
ThereTellurideTBA
Tomboy TavernTellurideClosed 10/16 – 11/21
Wok of JoyTellurideClosed 11/1-12/1
Wood EarTellurideClosed 11/23-12/1
Stronghouse Brew PubTellurideClosed 11/15 – 11/25
Historical MuseumTellurideClosed 10/16 – 12/17 

There is still a smattering of events going on for the rest of this month. Check out the TELLURIDE ARTS website for what’s going on!

And if you are considering a trip out to Telluride this winter season, don’t forget to check our lodging inventory and book sooner than later!

See you when the snow fall!

Something Wicked This Way Comes……….

Telluride Horror Show is BACK!

Horror Show

Postponed last year because of Covid, the Telluride Horror Show is back this weekend, and bound to add chills and thrills to the dwindling autumn season here in Telluride!

The Telluride Horror Show brings a mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride’s unique theaters, with many of the films showing for the first time in the US.

what better way to spend a chilly fall weekend than with some spine chilling horror movies in Telluride!

There are also special guests, alternate programs and events, including the popular Pig Roast!

CHECK OUT the event website for more detailed information on schedules and tickets, and don’t forget to CHECK OUT our lodging site for lodging availability!

Do You Remember…?

Only because today, it has to be done.

Do YOU remember the 21st day of September?

Happy 21st Day of September! The leaves are popping off here in the Telluride high country!

Fall colors in Telluride
Telluride River Trail

Time will start to run out fast to catch the amazing colors out here, so pick a weekend, hop in the car and drive on out! And don’t forget to CHECK OUT our lodging options for you stay here in Telluride!

And coming up this weekend is the TELLURIDE AUTUMN CLASSIC, formerly known as the Cars & Colors festival. If you like slick automobiles and beautiful scenery, this might be the festival for you!

Telluride Autumn Classic
Telluride Autumn Classic

Ski Season Is Almost Here!

respect the send
Respect the send!

The leaves are starting to changes, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are dropping! To us locals here in Telluride, this always signals the time of year to start thinking about gearing up for the upcoming ski season!

ski gear

Skis come out of the garages to get tuned and boots and clothes come out of storage. But the most important feature is making sure to secure your pass for the season!

Head over to the Telluride Ski & Golf Website to get the latest information on current pass pricing and sales events. But don’t delay, because pricing goes up after September 30th!

And don’t forget to check out our inventory of ski-in/ski-out lodging to start planning your next winter trip to Telluride!

ski-in/ski-out lodging in Telluride
Etta Place ski-in/ski out condos

Ski Season is almost here and we couldn’t be happier!

soft bumps
Soft bumps into town

Top Ways To Experience Telluride In The Fall

Last Dollar Road

Fall in Telluride is unparalleled. Sure, the other seasons are great, but there’s something about the crisp air and yellow aspens shaking in the breeze that makes you long to be in the great outdoors.

The Gondola

This is the fast and easy way to see everything Telluride has to offer in the fall, but without the stress (and with minimal effort). Board one of our famed gondolas and kick your feet up to enjoy a scenic trip from Telluride to Mountain Village. The gondola, which traverses eight miles in the San Juans, is completely free and is even pet-friendly! There’s no better way to experience Telluride in the fall.

Local’s Tip: Get off at the San Sophia station for stunning views of both the town of Telluride and Mt. Sneffels. Around the time the sun sets is the best – and if you’re lucky, you might catch an epic Alpenglow!

Telluride Gondola

Hiking

In Telluride, you don’t have to go far to be engulfed in fall foliage. Take a stroll down the San Miguel River Trail or pick one of the many trails that begin right in the town of Telluride. Either way, there’s no shortage of stellar views.

Local’s Tip: The Jud Wiebe is a great way to catch the colors on the south side of the canyon, or the See Forever-Wasatch Connect provide stunning views of the north side of the canyon and beyond. For even more adventurous types, check out the Via Ferrata – and don’t forget to look around!

Deep Creek Trail

Biking

Biking is a great way to get all of the scenic views of the canyon! One of the best rides for the average rider is the Prospect Trail, a single-track trail that takes you through the ski area and down to Mountain Village. For more experienced riders, the Mountain Village Downhill Park can be quite the thrill. 

Local’s Tip: If you don’t have a bike, rent one! There are plenty of shops around town with the best bikes equipped to handle everything Telluride’s trails can throw at you.

Biking in the Fall

Jeeping

Jeeping makes those hard-to-get-to leaf peeping spots much easier. Either rent your own Jeep from a local company or hire a guide to help you find the best spots. Choose from easy roads like Bridal Veil Falls or Ophir Pass, or challenge yourself with Imogene Pass or the infamous Black Bear Pass. 

Local’s Tip: Last Dollar Road is a relatively easy 4WD road that offers stellar views of Mount Wilson and the surrounding mountains. Weather-dependent, a regular 4WD vehicle can do it with little to no trouble.

Jeeping

Golf

Looking for a chill day but still hoping to enjoy the scenery? The Telluride Golf Club’s 18-hole par-70 course is nestled between majestic 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks. Golfers tee off from 9,417 feet. We promise: it’ll be the most beautiful place you’ve ever played.

Telski Golf

Festivals

Because honestly, there’s no better backdrop for a festival than Telluride. In the fall, Cars and Colors takes center stage. Other festivals, like the newly-minted Original Thinkers Festival and the Telluride Horror Show Film Festival also get plenty of love. The beloved Blues & Brews festival also takes place right before fall technically starts, but the air is crisp and the leaves are starting to change already.

Local’s Tip: Get a VIP pass if you come for Blues & Blues… you won’t regret it.

Blues & Brews Festival

THE SHOW!

THE SHOW!

Sundance, Cannes and Telluride. Telluride may be small, but it holds its own against some of the biggest and brightest film festivals in the entire world. The annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in Telluride’s scenic box canyon. More than 50 films will be screened in 10 different venues all over town – but the selected films are kept a secret until right before the festival gets underway. 

The weekend is also filled with guest speakers, symposiums, discussions and meet and greets with the stars. Free movie and film screenings are also held in Telluride. 

Telluride is known for previewing Oscar-winning films in recent years, including Brokeback Mountain, Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, Roma and more. There were 35 total Oscar nominations for films played at the Telluride Film Festival in 2018.

Stay And Play In Telluride – 5 Day Itinerary

Telluride may be a small town, but it has plenty of summer activities to partake in that are worth writing home about. Since it can be tough to choose exactly what you want to do on your vacation, we’ve gathered some of our favorite activities in Telluride and compiled them into a perfect five-day trip to our quaint town. Trust us, you won’t regret this trip (we’re already jealous over here).

Day 1 – Arrive in Telluride on a Tuesday

Yay! You’re here. Welcome to the best little box canyon town around.
First things first. Once you’ve settled into your vacation rental, it’s time to drink some water and take in the sights. Trust us, you may not feel thirsty, but it’ll help SO much when it comes to the altitude. 8,750 feet isn’t a joke.
The good news? You can drink water AND have fun at the same time. Stroll down Main Street and gander at Ajax Peak in all its glory. Window shop, stop for ice cream or a grilled cheese sandwich in Elks Park, and be sure to pet all of the local dogs walking around!
Did you know that Bridal Veil Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado? It’s definitely a sight to take in at the end of the box canyon while exploring. Be sure to grab a classic photo in front of the Telluride flower box in the middle of the street.

Start your second day in Telluride off by hiking Bear Creek. The popular trail begins right in town, and takes you on a scenic, moderate, short hike to Bear Creek Falls, which overlooks the town of Telluride. This trail is beautiful and not too strenuous (it’s under three hours round trip). This makes for a great hike to further adjust to the altitude while getting to admire Telluride from above.


If you start early enough, you’ll be back in time for a delicious lunch on the La Cocina De Luz patio. Soak in those mountain rays while chowing down on fresh and authentic Mexican food.


Continue your day by taking advantage of one of Telluride’s most beloved activities: the free gondola to Mountain Village. Did you know more than 2.8 million riders use the gondola annually?

Day 3 – Thursday Gets Spooky

No, really! Start off your Thursday by hitting up Ghost Town on Telluride’s Main Street for a sweet latte and some of their famous avocado toast for breakfast. You’ll want a good breakfast for what’s ahead!

Ghost Town Coffee Shop


Spend the rest of your morning embarking on a tour of one of Telluride’s famous ghost towns. Our friends at Telluride Outside offer half- and full-day tours to some of the coolest 4WD accessible spots. The Alta Ghost town trip generally ventures to the Alta townsite and Ophir pass, a classic shelf road with unreal views. The Tomboy Ghost Town half-day trip is one of Telluride Outside’s most popular tours, with views from over 13,000 feet en route along Imogene Pass. Full-day trips include the option to return via Ophir Pass or Black Bear Pass (for the more adventurous clientele), while half-day trips return to Telluride on Tomboy Road.
If you’d rather venture the roads by yourself, Mountain Adventure Equipment offers high-end off-roading rentals, including a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and a Jeep Trailhawk.

When you return to Telluride, grab a bite at the Butcher and the Baker before riding the gondola up to Mountain Village for a free Movie Under the Stars, which are held Thursday nights throughout the summer.

Day 4 – SUP Dude?! on a Friday

You’ve all seen those bright yellow boards glowing against the clear blue lakes and the mountains looming in the background. Experience it yourself by renting stand-up paddleboards from Mountain Adventure Equipment. Not only will they deliver a high-end SOL paddle board to your vacation rental, but they’ll also drive them up to Trout Lake for you for an extra $25! They even pick them up, saving you the stress of lugging them anywhere and returning them. They also offer full- and half-day rentals.


After SUPing in the morning, do some shopping around town. Sublime is a local favorite for clothing, while HOOK has some amazing home décor and gifts for everyone. If you loved SUPing or want to prepare for Saturday’s adventure, Jagged Edge Mountain Gear is the go-to shop in town for outdoor performance gear.


To top off your day, visit the Sheridan Hotel’s epic rooftop for a specialty watermelon margarita. The views are unreal, and if you’re there at the right time, you might just catch a rainbow, or at least a beautiful sunset on Ajax.

Sheridan Rooftop Bar

Day 5 – Get High on Saturday

This is the day you’ve been waiting for – the Via Ferrata day. Telluride’s Via Ferrata, which means “iron road” in Italian, allows brave souls to trek along a rock face 600 feet above the town of Telluride below. While it’s possible to do it on your own, Mountain Trip also offers guided tours, complete with a guide, equipment, and all the support and advice you need to make it across the rocky ledge. Grab some food or some cheese and charcuterie from Over the Moon before you go to snack on.

The “Main Event” on Telluride’s Via Ferrata


Upon your return from the legendary Via Ferrata, it’s time to get ready for your last meal in town. Watch the Alpenglow from a panoramic seat at Allred’s, located at the top of the gondola, or choose an exquisite meal in town at the top-rated Cosmopolitan in Hotel Columbia. No matter what you choose, your last meal in town will be a memorable one!

Day 6 – Depart Telluride on Sunday

How soon is too soon to plan a trip back to Telluride? Pretty sure the answer is that it’s never too soon! Many of our town’s best units book up a year in advance, so be sure to start planning your next trip to visit us ASAP!

All That Jazz!

Telluride Jazz Festival 2021 Commemorative Poster

August Telluride Jazz Festival Month!

Whenever August rolls around, and the monsoon rains are in full swing, we turn our attention to the Telluride Jazz Festival, which returns after a hiatus during COVID last summer. Telluride Jazz fest is back this August! The festival is taking place this coming weekend, August 13-15, and features amazing acts from all over the country.

CLICK HERE to check out this year’s lineup!

Acts To Check Out!

There is a little bit of something for everyone this year at the Telluride Jazz Festival. With so much variety, it’s hard to pinpoint just one act as a must-see, but here are some of the acts we are looking forward to.

Budos Band

Budos Band

I have been wanting to see the Budos Band perform live for the past couple of years. I was bummed when Jazz Fest postponed last summer due to COVID-19, but they are back for this year’s edition! Budos Band is a wonderfully hip 9 piece afro-beats band that blends elements of Jazz, Afro-Funk, 60’s Soul and Psychedelic music. Check them out at the Opera House on Friday night, and on the Telluride Main Stage on Saturday evening.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a staple of New Orleans style Jazz. They are always a treat to watch perform live. Named after the world famous venue from which this band was born, they seamlessly integrate traditional jazz elements into their otherwise modern approach to the music style. It’s danceable, listenable, and altogether fun. Check them out on the Telluride Main Stage on Saturday night, and at the Sheridan Opera House on Sunday night for the Final Waltz to close out the weekend.

Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper

Award winning Robert Glasper is a beast! World class pianist, record producer, arranger and songwriter, his ability to interweave traditional roots jazz with the ever shifting landscape of modern hip-hop, and R&B is nothing short of phenomenal. He won a Grammy with 2013’s release of “Black Radio”. It is well worth checking out his live performance on Friday night at the Telluride Main stage.

There are so many more acts to choose from, but the above three are the ones where you will most certainly see us.

And don’t forget, if you are in town for the festival, and need lodging, CHECK OUT our inventory! Even if it’s just one night to have a place to lay your weary jazzed out head, stay with us!

We’ll see you at the park this weekend!

It’s Mushroom Season!

The Rains Bring The Shrooms

We have been getting a steady amount of rain over the past 3 weeks. This is a good things. It not only helps stem the tide of the recent drought conditions, but also brings with it an abundance of wild fungi to forage. It’s mushroom season in Telluride!

The San Miguel Valley region has always had a very healthy mushroom growing season, but over the past few years, with dry weather and drought conditions persisting, they have often been harder to find than usual. This year, with the return of the late summer monsoons, the fungi are back!

A photo of two yellow Chantarelles.

My favorites are the Chantarelles, because they are delicious and easy to find and identify. But you can spot all types mushrooms in the area: Porcini, Boletes, Corts, Puffballs, Amanita and many many more.

Early morning is the best time to go out foraging. Don’t ask for our secret spots, those tend to be kept closely guarded, but let’s be real, part of the adventure is just picking an area and setting off into the great unknown.

Mushroom Festival

And don’t forget the mushroom festival coming August 18th-22nd. This Festival is a quirky one, and brings out mycological enthusiasts from all over the country to partake in some mushroom hunting, informational seminars, and of course the famous mushroom parade!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Festival and come enjoy mushroom season in Telluride!

The Mushroom Parade

And if you need a place to stay while you hunt, CHECK OUT our website for lodging availability.

TELLURIDE GHOST TOWNS AND MINING REMNANTS

Telluride may be known for being a ski town now, but it used to be known for something much different – mining ghost towns. In the mid-to-late 19th century, the San Juans were chock full of all kinds of metals, but silver reigned king. Like the metal, the miners came and went, and their remnants remain in the form of outbuildings and old mining equipment

Rather than deteriorating all alone up in the mountains, many former mining towns, now full-on ghost towns, are waiting to be explored. Whether accessed by 4WD or a hiking trail, these Telluride ghost towns are not to be missed while here. 

Our friends at Telluride Outside offer some of the best tours in the area with off-roading vehicles and local guides who know the routes (trust us, that’s important) and the history of the area. If you’d rather do it yourself, Mountain Adventure Equipment offers vehicle rentals for your own adventure. These aren’t just your average Jeep either – they offer specialty vehicles, such as the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. 

Whichever way you decide to do it, these Telluride mining ghost towns are not to be missed while staying in the box canyon.

Alta Ghost Town

A Fixer Upper

Alta Lakes and the Alta Ghost Town make for an easy day trip from Telluride. The ghost town itself is located at 11,800 feet and has several original buildings still standing. In its prime, a few hundred people lived there. While the buildings may be in disarray, be sure to snap an unreal shot of Mount Wilson through the window of one of the cabins. It will look like a painting. 

Abandoned Cabin

Getting to Alta is easy. Either drive the 4WD road straight to the town or hike up the backside of the Telluride Ski Resort. Telluride Outside offers both half day and full day trips to Alta Ghost Town. Trips also features an adventure through Ophir Pass. Telluride Outside’s customized Chevy trucks include heavy padding and removable canopies, and are a great way to get all the best views. Either way you choose, the scenery is unreal and you’re sure to see a marmot or two hiding out.

Tomboy Ghost Town

Tomboy Ghost Town is a more adventurous trip from Telluride. Most people get there via a 4WD road that is not for the faint of heart. After a drive through Imogene Pass, you’ll hit Tomboy Ghost Town, which used to be home to almost 1,000 residents. It was known for its ore and was a fully-functioning town until the 1920s when it ran out. There’s a lot to see here considering the extreme weather conditions in the San Juans. 

Tomboy Mining Ruins

Getting there may be a different story. Many of the roads en route to Tomboy Ghost Town are slick, narrow and have steep drop-offs. This makes them ideal for experienced four-wheel drivers. Imogene Pass is rated moderately difficult at elevation of 13,000 feet, but Telluride Outside’s experienced drivers make the drive easy. They offer half – and full-day trips from Telluride that venture through Imogene Pass before heading to Tomboy Ghost Town. Full-day trips cover even more ground, crossing Imogene Pass into Ouray before returning via Ophir Pass or Black Bear Pass.

An Old Tomboy Building

Tomboy Ghost Town is also accessible from the town of Telluride, but it is more strenuous of a hike. The trail begins at Oak Street and continues to the Liberty Bell Basin. It features the Liberty Bell Mine, before continuing to Tomboy Ghost Town. It loops back to town and takes approximate 7-8 hours for a round-trip adventure. It’s also possible to hike up Tomboy Road, but that also tends to be riddled with cars traveling the same route.

Animas Forks

Animas Forks, formerly known as the Three Forks of the Animas, is a historic mining town located at 11,200 feet near Silverton. The first buildings were erected in 1873. The town added a hotel, saloon, general store, a post office and 30 cabins by 1876. They even had a newspaper! But by 1920, it was a ghost town. 

Located on the Alpine Loop, a 65-mile unpaved road that connects Lake City, Ouray and Silverton, that is accessible from Silverton with two-wheel drive in the summer. The roads past that, which go over Engineer Pass, all require four-wheel drive. It makes for a great spot to stop for lunch while Jeeping the Alpine Loop.