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Huffington Post: Top 5 Reasons To Visit Telluride In The Fall

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Telluride, best known for its world class ski resort, has in recent years become more popular as an off-season destination. Large numbers of visitors flock to the box canyon during the spring and fall, when there are fewer people and the town is quieter from closed seasonal businesses. While there is never a bad time to take in the beautiful town of Telluride, here are five reasons fall is the best time to visit.

1. Prices drop considerably.
Telluride is not a budget destination, but visitors can snag deals during the off season. Fewer hotels are open, but those that are drop their nightly rates. Some of the restaurants offer discounts, which can be found in the Telluride Daily Planet newspaper.

2. It’s a great time to watch for wildlife. 
Bears begin hibernating in mid October, making it safer to watch for wildlife. Visitors are almost guaranteed to see elk. Other wildlife includes beavers, moose, porcupines, grouse, deer, hawks, marmots, pikas, mountain lions and more. Just this month a family of lynx were spotted in the region.

3. There’s less traffic, which makes for a more relaxing visit.
Hoards of tourists crowd the narrow streets during the summer and winter months, when up to 10,000 people flood into a town that typically has a population of 2,000. So it’s no surprise that parking can be impossible. The delights of the laid back town can be enjoyed to its fullest with less people and less cars. Find a bench on Main Street and take in the mountain views and old western facades.

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4. The fall colors are simply breathtaking. 
Yellow Aspen leaves contrasted by the snow-dusted mountain peaks make for amazing photographs. Hikes, bike rides and drives are particularly breathtaking in the fall. Telluride has increasingly become a popular wedding destination and The Knotcites October as the second most popular month to get married nationwide.

5. Unique festivals and events are must-do activities.
While Telluride’s best-attended festivals like the Telluride Film Festival have come and gone for the year, there are three festivals worth attending: Telluride Photo Festival, Oktoberfest and the Telluride Horror Festival. Other events like the Annual Ski Swap, where visitors can buy discounted gear for the coming ski season, are not to be missed. For Halloween fans, the Haunted House at the Telluride Historical Museum, which housed in the town’s first hospital, makes for screaming fun time.

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TELLURIDE’S LUMIÈRE HOTEL TAKES THE TOP HONORS IN THE 2015 CONDÉ NAST READERS AWARDS WITH #1 HOTEL IN THE WEST

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Telluride’s Lumière Hotel takes the top honors in the 2015 Condé Nast Readers Awards with #1 Hotel in the West. This ski in ski out boutique hotel was also voted #20 in the Top 25 Hotels in the USA, the only ski resort hotel to be included.

The Condé Nast Traveler annual Readers’ Choice Awards ranks the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 128,000 dedicated readers cast votes for over 5,000 hotels, hundreds of cities and islands, dozens of cruise ships, airlines and airports, and in an average survey time of twenty minutes. The result? More than 1,500 of the best travel experiences in the world.

Lumière Hotel is no stranger to Condé Nast Traveler accolades. The hotel made the Readers’ Choice Awards in 2014 as #2 in the Top 15 Hotels in the West and the Gold List for the past two years.

“We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s discerning readers” said Clare Afman, General Manager of Lumière Hotel. “Our team is thrilled to be acknowledged by those who truly count, the readers who are also our guests. We look forward to another winter of snow lovers drawn to our amazing town, Telluride.”

Skiers and snowboarders looking for intuitive service in a relaxed snow chic setting can expect personal in room ski valet service, private plane access and light filled one through five bedroom residential suites with mountain views, Sub Zero fridges and Wolf stoves. Lumière Hotel also provides daily complimentary après treats, LATHER amenities, and access to in-suite massages, personal yoga instruction, private chefs and more.

December Winter Package
To celebrate the upcoming ski season Lumière Telluride is offering an early season December package. Stay between December 1st and 18th and pay only $199 per standard queen hotel room per night or $349 per night for a stunning one bedroom residential suite. Both are subject to tax and resort fees.

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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY® BRAND TO EXPAND LUXURY BRAND PRESENCE ACROSS ITALY

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s existing affiliate brokerages Milan, Lake Como, Rome and Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty will now do business as Italy Sotheby’s International Realty under the current managing partners, Lodovico and Clemente Pignatti Morano. With this agreement, Italy Sotheby’s International Realty plans to provide residential real estate services throughout the country, focusing on Italy’s major cities and key markets such as: Argentario, Amalfi Coast, Forte dei Marmi, Lake Garda, Sardinia, and Portofino/Santa Margherita. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is also represented in Venice by Venice Sotheby’s International Realty, which is owned and managed by Ann-Marie Doyle. The two brokerage companies plan to work cooperatively together to service customers’ needs throughout the country.

“Increasing the Sotheby’s International Realty brand presence in Italy is yet another example of our commitment to providing our network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury property destinations around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Italy has an important position in the luxury market in Europe and this coordinated initiative provides a stronger and wider footprint in one of the most beautiful and historic countries in the world.”

“The Italian luxury real estate market provides strong opportunities in major cities and second-home destinations throughout the country in terms of both sales and rentals. We are thrilled to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty brand under the name Italy Sotheby’s International Realty. It means being able to service and advise our global clients willing to own their personal Italian dream whilst, in the process, confirming our market leadership,” says Lodovico Pignatti Morano‎, managing partner for Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Italy is now officially out of its longest recession in history, having passed a number of key economic reforms and with more in the pipeline. Institutional reforms have paved the way for the long-awaited political stability, and World Expo 2015, held in Milan, perfectly symbolizes this new beginning for Italy,” said Clemente Pignatti Morano, managing partner for Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Italy Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

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CNN: The $725m ranch that is bigger than New York and Los Angeles combined

The entrance to Waggoner Ranch, which remains on the market for just a few more days priced at $725 million.

JetCharters.com Names Telluride Top US Ski Destination for 2015

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JetCharters.com today announced Telluride as the top ski destination in the United States for 2015.

“What was once a remote mining camp for silver and gold prospectors has become the top ski destination in the country,” said Robert Hart, president at JetCharters.com. “And JetCharters.com makes it easier than ever to get there, with non-stop direct routes to Telluride which cut out the time stuck trying to make connecting flights, layovers, cancelled flights, and long drives from airports with commercial service”

Jet Charters nominated Telluride based on the following factors:

– scenery
– population
– lodging
– dining
– activities
– location

Walking down Colorado Avenue, Telluride sells itself, offering one of the most spectacular box canyon views. Flying charter will help visitors arrive quickly and easily, as opposed to relying on the nearest airport with commercial service, which requires a drive of at least an hour and a half.

Once visitors have arrived, a stay in Telluride is seemingly flawless, without the need for a car. The Town of Telluride connects to Mountain Village via Gondola free of charge.

Mountain Aviation provides our clients the benefit of flying directly into the Telluride Regional Airport,” said said Brigitte dePagter Kusuno, business development at Mountain Aviation. “Our guests appreciate how amazing and unique Telluride is and therefore cherish every additional moment we can offer them.”

dePagter Kusuno went on to say, “As the only charter company with a base of operations in Telluride, Mountain Aviation has become the leader of charter services to the Telluride region.”
With a population of only 2,700 year round residents,Telluride’s pristine skiing and no lift lines are sure to make travelers want to come back year after year.

“I visit Telluride year after year because it has it all in one package,” said Blake M., a Telluride condo-owner and frequent visitor. “It provides the perfect blend of great skiing, with the picturesque mountain base right at the town, friendly locals as well as nice shops and restaurants. There is really nothing else like it.”

Lodging in Telluride includes numerous mountain view homes, high-end condos and upper-end hotels.

There is no shortage of dining and activities in Telluride. From juicy gourmet burgers, to the rich and famous who visit for the annual Telluride Film Festival, Telluride is the top destination for every adventure seeker, avid skier and luxury traveler.

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Fox News: Telluride is easier to reach than ever before

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The bike rack at the Telluride gondola is full with snow-dusted bikes, as well as a stroller or two.

No wonder. Tiny Telluride is a popular place. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the mountain range has the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. That means much of the historic town — at 8,750 feet above sea level — has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. And the snow resort seems to offer something for everyone whether you’re on the slopes or off, starting with spectacular views everywhere you look.

Did I mention that the town is connected to the snow resort via the free gondola? It’s the only one of its kind in North America. At an elevation of 9,500 feet, Mountain Village, Colorado, is a pedestrian-friendly community and home to the Telluride Ski Resort. No need for a car once you are here. Let’s not forget either that Telluride averages more than 300 inches of snow annually and 300 days of yearly sunshine.

This year, Telluride is also far easier to reach with unprecedented air service — 14 direct flights from 11 major hubs, including new flights to the Telluride Montrose Airport from New York’s LaGuardia, LA, Chicago, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Incredibly, this out-of-the-way box canyon, about an hour from the airport, now has some of the most direct air access in ski country.

Assuming you don’t have a private jet, of course. Yes, Telluride has its share of celebs, though Tom Cruise’s $59-million ranch and Jerry Seinfeld’s $18-million house reportedly are on the market. But in ski helmet and goggles, you can’t recognize anyone anyway. Noah Sheedy, the director of the ski school, and eight-year resident, opines that celebs are treated like everyone else. It’s not the see-and-be-seen crowd you might find elsewhere.

For the rest of us, what this place offers, my gang discovered last winter, is a winter playground, whether you are a skier like my daughter Mel, who likes nothing better than to hike to expert terrain like Bald Mountain and Black Iron Bowl, my nephew Chris, who had his pick of places to ride with terrain parks offering more than 100 features or my husband and me, who can’t keep up with the kids anymore.

I loved that while there is plenty to challenge the younger members in my family, nearly 60 percent of the mountain is devoted to beginner and intermediate trails, including the mountain’s longest run, which is some 4.6 miles long. It was fun watching the littlest riders at the Ute Park Terrain Park with nearly 50 features to keep them amused for hours. For those wanting a serious adventure in the snow, there’s heli-skiing and even the chance to back-country ski hut to hut in the San Juan Hut System where you get water by melting snow.)

I was especially pleased that there were no lift lines, that ski school classes were small, locals were friendly and there was a commitment to keeping women on the slopes (the women’s program is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year). I was also glad that there was plenty for my non-skiing sister-in-law to do — free yoga at the library, snowshoeing, art classes, shopping, horseback riding, the chance to try fat bikes in the snow and, of course, a spa (The Peaks Resort has the largest spa in Colorado, complete with an Oxygen Lounge in case you are struggling with being more than 10,000 feet above sea level.)

My daughters and I indulged at the spa where kids love the indoor-outdoor heated pool, complete with water slide, and pampered pooches can enjoy the doggy spa. There’s nothing wrong with a little pampering, especially after days of being outdoors pushing ourselves. It’s also exceedingly nice to spend time with my daughters who live across the country from each other — and me.

There were also plenty of options to linger over lunch or dinner whether you want an elk steak and hand-cut truffle fries (Allred’s is Telluride Ski Resort’s flagship restaurant at the top of the gondola), a burrito or wood-fired pizza, a burger or Colorado lamb, Asian noodles or Middle Eastern grape leaves. USA Today has ranked Telluride one of the top five Ski Resorts for Nightlife, while Fodor’s includes this town of less than 3,000 people in their list of the Top 10 American Cities for Foodies.

There’s plenty for junior foodies too, including at ski school where the menu has been revamped this year to include healthier and locally sourced options.

Truth be told, my sister-in-law was content to mostly putter around in our condo. We stayed in the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in town — the Auberge Residences Element52. It was one of the nicest mountain condos I’ve seen and I’ve seen plenty. Two hot tubs, steam showers and a gourmet kitchen ideal for a family like mine to cook up a storm like they like to do in Colorado. We rode a funicular up to the ski resort and could walk anywhere we wanted in town.

Certainly you have your pick of snow resorts — Colorado alone has more than 20, from small ones like Eldora Mountain Resort to some of the country’s most famous, like Vail and Aspen. Certainly taking your family to the slopes can be expensive and labor intensive, especially when the kids are little. (Look for lift ticket discounts online at sites like liftopia; If you have fifth- and sixth-graders, register for the Colorado Ski Country Passport Program that allows either three free days for fifth-graders and a four-day pass for just $99 for sixth-graders, including at Telluride — a bargain when a single day’s lift ticket can cost that much.) Another tip: Look for deals for rental equipment, like from Ski Butlers, which not only delivers your gear to your condo and will swap it based on snow conditions, but also outfits kids 12 and under free, as long as an adult is renting too.

The benefit of all that schlepping and money, I have now learned, is that my kids and extended family still look forward to our annual fun-in-the-snow trip, though they could easily hit the slopes with their friends, and do.

Too bad they don’t want to ski more than one run with me once we get there.

Eileen Ogintz is a nationally syndicated columnist and creator ofTakingtheKids.com. Her new  Kids Guide to Boston is available online and from major booksellers, along with the Kids Guides to NYC, Washington, DC, Orlando,  LA and Chicago. Coming  later this year: San Diego, San Francisco and Denver.

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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY BRAND WELCOMES CAPE COD FIRM

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that New Seabury Real Estate on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as New Seabury Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Christopher Burden Jr. and Amanda Prince, has three offices around the Cape and will service New Seabury, Popponesset and the greater Cape Cod area.  With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has four member companies on Cape Cod including: Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty, oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s International Realty Inc.

“Christopher Burden and his team are seasoned real estate professionals who have extensive market knowledge about the community in which they serve,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We are proud to welcome New Seabury Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

The firm has served the greater Cape Cod area since 1970.  “Affiliating with Sotheby’s International Realty allows our company to have access to high caliber marketing opportunities and technology, as well as worldwide exposure,” said Burden.  “We are thrilled to be a part of a globally recognized brand.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  New Seabury Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that New Seabury Real Estate on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as New Seabury Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Christopher Burden Jr. and Amanda Prince, has three offices around the Cape and will service New Seabury, Popponesset and the greater Cape Cod area.  With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has four member companies on Cape Cod including: Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty, oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s International Realty Inc.

“Christopher Burden and his team are seasoned real estate professionals who have extensive market knowledge about the community in which they serve,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We are proud to welcome New Seabury Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

The firm has served the greater Cape Cod area since 1970.  “Affiliating with Sotheby’s International Realty allows our company to have access to high caliber marketing opportunities and technology, as well as worldwide exposure,” said Burden.  “We are thrilled to be a part of a globally recognized brand.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  New Seabury Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

To visit Telluride Luxury Properties.com click here

Extraordinary Property of the Week: The Bell Building

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Presenting the iconic Bell Building located in the absolute heart of downtown Telluride’s ”Platinum Block”…..known for the colorful painted Elephant on its front façade, the 5,000+ sq ft existing structure is zoned Non-Contributing Without Qualifications. This rating is considered the most favorable rating in the Land Use Code as to flexibility for upgrading, changing or re-developing the site. Incredible opportunity to own & create an one-of-a-kind penthouse residence, with super prime commercial space below. There is nothing else left on Telluride’s finest block that would again afford such a unique ownership opportunity. For more pictures and information click here

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