We’re kicking off a new project in Telluride, Colorado, and had the pleasure of visiting earlier this summer. Today, we’re thrilled to share a travel guide in this historic and stunningly beautiful mining town. Telluride is a quaint small town, surrounded by everything you’d imagine a mountain town to have. It’s preserved so perfectly and I love the casual feel, walkable streets and historically preserved Victorian architecture all over town. We’re sure our list will grow, but here’s a few of our favorite finds in Telluride and other helpful details!
Where to Fly in
The Telluride Airport is a short 15 min drive into town, and the Montrose Airport is a 1.5 hour drive into Telluride. Both are great options. Nothing like a scenic drive to familiarize yourself with a new place!
Where to Stay in Telluride
Hotel accommodations seem to be minimal here, so you’ll want to take a look at photos of everything while booking online. There are perks to staying in some of the quirky hotels right in town, with convenient walking distance to restaurants. Mountain Village, just a short gondola ride up from town, has the nicest hotel in town. If you prefer to stay in a local home, there are some rentals to look into as well.
Element 52 is an Auberge affiliated property with residential style accommodations right in the heart of Telluride. The best location walking distance to everything and breathtaking views, including the San Miguel River trail adjacent to the property. One of my favorite little spots here!
The New Sheridan Hotel
The New Sheridan is a historic property located downtown on Colorado Ave, in the heart of Telluride and walking distance to everything. Don’t miss the rooftop for happy hour.
I stayed at Madeline, and loved it. It’s located in Mountain Village, so it’s just a short gondola ride from town. It’s part of the Auberge family of hotels and recently redesigned by Rose Ink Workshop.
Also located in Mountain Village, the Mountain Lodge is a great option for more tradition lodge-style interiors. They offer amenities like pool & hot tubs, ski-in ski-out, a complimentary hotel shuttle, and equipment rentals!
Where To Eat in Telluride
The Butcher and the Baker / Link
Head here for coffee, breakfast, lunch and some seriously yummy treats. This spot gets crowded so try to get there early!
Lunch Money Take Away / Link
Tucked away off Colorado Ave, I love this spot for a quick lunch pick up spot – think salads, wraps and a healthy mix of goodies.
Petite Maison / Link
Great for dinner, Petite Maison serves Contemporary French cuisine in the most darling little spot. Definitely top of the list!
The Coffee Cowboy / Link
A cute little trailer right off the gondola, great for grabbing coffee or a smoothie and walking around town.
Stronghouse / Link
One of the spots we stopped in for happy hour, stocked with an on-site brewery, full bar, and restaurant. We’d definitely recommend it!
Brown Dog Pizza / Link
A casual spot for, you guessed it, pizza! They don’t take reservations, so be sure to get there with time to spare if you’re going during peak dining time.
La Marmotte / Link
Modern French cuisine inside a beautiful 19th-century cabin. Come here for wine night!
SideWork / Link
SideWork is a cozy 1950’s styled American lounge. They have shareable plates, craft cocktails, fresh home brew and a vast wine list. It’s a perfect dinner spot!
Wood Ear / Link
A delicious ramen, smoke house and bar. Head next door to The Ride Lounge & Tavern if you’re extra thirsty!
The Wok of Joy / Link
Fresh, authentic, and flavorful Thai food. Their menu changes weekly, so you’re sure to have some unique options!
Baked in Telluride / Link
A casual spot, great if you’re there with kids and want an easy spot for bagels, donuts, and any other grab and go lunch items.
New Sheridan Saloon, Chop House and Wine Bar / Link
A great steakhouse located inside the New Sheridan Hotel. Don’t miss the rooftop bar in the summer!
Where To Shop In Telluride
Over the Moon Pantry and Home
Over the Moon Pantry and Home is a mother-daughter owned home goods store and pantry provisions by Maura & Hallie. If you’re staying in town for several days or longer, it’s definitely worth the trip to stock up on some of their yummy food items. I wish I was able to bring them home in my suitcase!
Things To Do In Telluride
San Miguel River Trail / Link
While we were visiting, we took an easy stroll on the San Miguel River Trail. This beautiful trail can be accessed from many side streets and is dog friendly!
Hiking & Biking / Link
There are endless hiking and biking trails to choose from in Telluride, varying in difficulty. All of them guarantee amazing scenery!
Gondola Ride / Link
Take the gondola up to Mountain Village for the most incredible views! The gondola is complimentary and so fun. Stop midway at San Sofia Station for great hiking and views. Grab a drink at Allred’s, before heading up to the Village.
Who else is ready to squeeze in a trip to Telluride? We hope this travel guide helps you plan your next trip to Colorado. For more travel content, head to the travel section of our blog where we have guides for everywhere from our hometown of Orange County, California to London. Let us know in the comments where we should head next!