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FORBES: Why you should visit Telluride right now

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By Jennifer Kester, Contributor

Telluride is a quiet hideaway, legendary for its old miner’s can-do spirit and for being the rare resort area with a down-home feel—as well as the majestic views of the jagged San Juan Mountains piercing the often-bright blue sky. Where the rich and famous—and hangers-on—crowd out Aspen and Vail, Telluride offers a refined alternative to the other bustling hot spots of Colorado with its tight-knit, small-town vibe from its independent shops, hotels and restaurants.

The hilly hamlet (it’s only eight blocks deep and 12 blocks long) is a favorite among celebrities—Tom Cruise and Laura Linney have homes here, and Ralph Lauren owns a sprawling 17,000-acre ranch right outside of Telluride—but the atmosphere is casual and unpretentious. Denim and snow boots are de rigueur in even the most upscale of restaurants, and locals cheerily greet you on the way to a local brewpub or coming home from a great day of skiing.

Two parts make up the area. The charming historic town of Telluride sits in a canyon surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks on three sides and is filled with clapboard-fronted shops and restaurants as well as Victorian homes. A National Historic Landmark District, the old mining town was where Butch Cassidy began his bank-robbing career in the 1890s. Then there’s the modern Mountain Village, which sits 9,500 feet above the valley and whose cobblestone streets are lined with ski stores and hotels. Mountain Village gives you prime access to Telluride Ski Resort. The free gondola—the only public transportation of its kind in North America—connects the two areas (the 13-minute ride gives you beautiful vistas).

Living room inside a three-bedroom residence at Lumière Telluride, photo courtesy of Lumière Telluride

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Where to Stay

Check into Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Lumière Telluride, a prized gem among the city’s offerings. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac away from the skiers in the upscale Mountain Village area, the European-style boutique hotel is still only minutes away from all of the action. You’ll easily feel at home in the ski-in, ski-out hotel’s spacious residences, which come with LED smart televisions with Bluetooth sound bars, gas fireplaces, separate dining rooms, one and a half bathrooms, washers and dryers, and kitchens decked out with Sub-Zero refrigerators and heavy-duty Wolf stoves. The warm, contemporary spaces exude mountain chic with exposed dark wood, hardwood hickory floors, sand-colored marble, stone touches and a palette of cream, dark browns and pops of orange. Tip: Book the five-bedroom penthouse for the best mountain views in Telluride, which you can admire from your own outdoor hot tub.

What to Do

In the winter, Telluride is an unbeatable outdoor playground teeming with options—snowmobiling, ice climbing, heli-skiing, ice skating and more. But skiing tops the list with more than 2,000 acres for all levels, 127 trails (the longest run is the 4.6-mile Galloping Goose), 18 lifts and, as far as we could tell, rarely a wait on lift lines. Plus, the rugged Rockies make for a breathtaking backdrop. If you need gear, head to BootDoctors. There was a snafu with our rentals, so we wandered there and the friendly staff outfitted us in no time. And if you want to hone your technique, consider booking a private lesson through the ski resort. Our instructor, Neville Leel, was patient, encouraging and gave solid advice.

Another must-do winter activity is snowshoeing with Eco Adventures. (Parents, be sure to check out the store’s happy hour, where you can drop off the kids for arts and crafts while you escape to Hotel Madeline’s new Black Iron Kitchen & Bar to sip on a Mile High Mule—Woody Creek vodka, Gosling’s ginger beer and fresh lime—at one of the outdoor fire tables.) Snowshoeing gives you a unique perspective on the mountains. With a group of about four to five people, take a two-hour walk in a forest among 40- to 70-foot-tall Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir and Aspen trees. During the trek, our knowledgeable naturalist guide Dalen Stevens easily fielded questions about the local flora and fauna (he even pointed out various animal claw marks on bark) and we were lucky enough to spot a snowshoe hare up close. Strolling in the hushed forest with snow softly falling is both serene and invigorating (when it doesn’t snow, you can get picturesque mountain views, too).

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COLORADO LEADS THE NATION IN ARTS ATTENDANCE

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TELLURIDE’S THRIVING SCENE DEFIES POPULATION LIMITATIONS

BY STEPHEN ELLIOTT
STAFF REPORTER, TELLURIDE DAILY PLANET
Published: Friday, January 30, 2015 6:05 AM CST

The National Endowment for the Arts released a study earlier this month that shows Colorado has the highest rate of all 50 states for attendance at plays, classical music performances and visual arts shows. Telluride’s art scene, fed by a high concentration of interested and passionate participants and consumers, dovetails with the statewide trend of an enthusiastic arts community.“People want to live in a community here that’s creative and fun and interested in telling stories and making magic,” Telluride Theatre Executive Director Colin Sullivan said. “The landscape we live in here reflects it. Nobody moves here to have an ordinary life.”

According to the NEA study, Colorado attendance ranks in the top five nationwide in all visual and performing arts categories, and number one in classical music, nonmusical plays, dance, outdoor performing arts festivals and visual arts festivals.

“I think we’re a really strong art community in general,” Young People’s Theater Director Jennifer Julia said. “There’s a lot of excitement and support for theater here, which is great.”

Sullivan said Telluride is likely unique statewide in its combination of a small population and large and diverse arts scene.

“Since the ‘70s and ‘80s Telluride has always been a place that’s been interested in supporting arts and culture,” he said. “History is a part of it. In small places like this, the culture is built off what it is people in this place want, why they move here, why they live here.”

But, Sullivan added, statewide government policies have contributed to the state’s status as a national arts leader, and Telluride’s ability to compete with larger cities as an arts hub. Sullivan referenced Colorado Creative Industries, a nonprofit arts granting organization under the auspices of the Colorado Department of Economic Development and International Trade, as a key factor in recent growth.

“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the state and Colorado Creative Industries,” he said. “Almost nowhere else in the nation do you have granting organizations like this linked directly to the state government.”

“We’re really lucky because in Colorado the arts are part of the economy,” Sullivan added. “That has been made very clear by the folks in power at the state level.”

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is another local recipient of CCI grant funds. SAF PR and Marketing Director Kathrine Warren thinks Telluride’s arts scene is a response to the seasonal economy.

“The combination of being a ski resort town and trying to sustain the economy year-round leads to development of arts and culture to try and keep people here during down times,” she said.

The 2012 NEA study surveyed 37,000 adults nationwide in order to compile the data. According to the study, 52 percent of Colorado adults reported attending a live performing arts event, compared to the national average of 37 percent. An even higher 59 percent of Colorado adults said they’d been to a visual arts event, compared to a national average of 39 percent.

“Telluride is certainly not Denver or Boulder, but for our size the offerings we have in Telluride are amazing and can even be overwhelming at times,” Warren added.

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VIDEO: Made in Telluride: The Mountains Call To Us

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The San Juan Mountains are some of the most spectacular mountains in the state of Colorado, if not the world. The rugged beauty of the mountains surrounding Telluride is breathtaking. Many people find balance when they head out to enjoy this picturesque sanctuary.

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VIDEO: Telluride in a Word. [Time]

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It’s not uncommon for guests to be left speechless when they visit Telluride. The breathtaking beauty and authentic mountain community make this place one-of-a-kind, and can leave people with a loss of words.

In light of this, we posed a simple question to six people who live and love Telluride – “How would you describe Telluride with a single word?” Their answers were honest, insightful and real. Their stories were framed to create a six-part video series. These people describe the Telluride experience in a way never before. It’s called “Telluride in a Word”. Simply put – it’s the story of the Telluride experience… one word at a time.

Telluride is surrounded by time. It’s found in the 13,000 and 14,000 foot San Juan peaks that were formed over millions of years. It’s in the historic mining structures that the people of Telluride have fought to preserve. Yet, time seems to fly past us in an instant, especially when we lose ourselves in this place.

Our final episode of the #TellurideInaWord video series explores time in Telluride. Get off the clock, sit back and enjoy.

[Time] is the sixth and final video in the series.

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TripAdvisor: Telluride named a top travel destination for 2015

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Award-winners were determined using an algorithm that primarily measured the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler review ratings on accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, across destinations worldwide.

“The TripAdvisor community has helped surface some unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travelers worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “From the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore to the temples of Vietnam, these award-winners offer highly-rated options for accommodations, restaurants and activities to inspire those planning their vacations for the new year.”

Here is the complete list:

1. Wildwood, N.J.

This classic boardwalk beach town offers wide sandy beaches, retro “Doo-Wop” era motels, Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, and the popular Wildwood Boardwalk, which one TripAdvisor reviewer referred to as, “A great time, whether walking, shopping, or relaxing.” After fun in the sun, travelers can head to the Crab and Seafood Shack, where the portions are “huge, fresh and outstandingly delicious.”

2. Nags Head, N.C.

Offering 11 miles of shoreline, this summer hotspot is home to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern U.S., described by TripAdvisor travelers as a “must see.” Visitors can satisfy their appetites at the consistently top-rated Kill Devil Grill, summed up accordingly by a TripAdvisor reviewer, “Great food, friendly efficient service and a fun experience.”

3. Prescott, Ariz.

Prescott offers thrilling outdoor excursions including 450 miles of trails, rock climbing locations, and Watson Lake, the perfect spot for kayaking. In between al fresco adventures, travelers can indulge at Papa’s Italian Restaurant, described as “yummy, authentic and accommodating,” by a TripAdvisor reviewer.

4. Telluride, Colo.

This former gold rush town is now known for its picturesque snow covered peaks and year-round recreation. Travelers recommend the scenic Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola, which offers a “distractingly beautiful view” and Cosmopolitan Telluride, which has the “best happy hour in town,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer.

5. Pompano Beach, Fla.

Also known as the “Heart of the Gold Coast,” Pompano Beach offers fantastic boating, fishing, snorkeling, and shopping. Travelers can marvel at the “beautiful views” from the Municipal Pier and later enjoy a meal at Cypress Nook Bavaria Haus Restaurant, which one TripAdvisor reviewer said has “the best German food in Broward County.”

6. Traverse City, Mich.

Situated along Lake Michigan, this outdoor adventure hub is known for its cuisine and culture. Described as “a fun and pretty spot for families,” Clinch Park has impressed TripAdvisor travelers with its beach and stunning views. Visitors also rave about the Asian-inspired fare at Red Ginger, “one of the leaders in fine cuisine for Traverse City,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer.

7. Avalon (Catalina Island), Calif.

This quaint island community offers endless fun and adventure. TripAdvisor travelers enjoy hiking in the Catalina hills and taking in the sights at Descanso Beach, “a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the seaside.” Guests can also peruse the shops and restaurants including Steve’s Steakhouse, where the “service, food and drinks are amazing,” noted one TripAdvisor reviewer.

8. Waikoloa, Hawaii

Located on the Big Island, this Hawaiian village is rich in history and culture. Travelers can experience an authentic luau or explore the cerulean shoreline and its abundant wildlife with AdventureXRafting. TripAdvisor reviewers recommend “a quick lunch on the beach” at Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club, which serves fresh seafood and coconut cake that is “to-die-for.”

9. Knoxville, Tenn.

This historic city, located at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounds its guests with Southern hospitality. Travelers can discover the charming shops and eateries in Market Square and later indulge in mouthwatering comfort fare at Connors Steak & Seafood. One TripAdvisor reviewer noted the lobster crab bisque at Connors is “the best they ever had.”

10. Gulf Shores, Ala.

Offering a host of attractions including miles of soft sand and crystal clear water, Gulf Shores is the perfect place to unwind. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented on Gulf State Park noting, “The sand was so sugary white, it was absolutely beautiful.” Travelers suggest having dinner at the Sassy Bass Amazin’ Grill, “a fun place with a band and lively atmosphere.”

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VIDEO: Telluride in a Word. [Freedom]

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It’s not uncommon for guests to be left speechless when they visit Telluride. The breathtaking beauty and authentic mountain community make this place one-of-a-kind, and can leave people with a loss of words.

In light of this, we posed a simple question to six people who live and love Telluride – “How would you describe Telluride with a single word?” Their answers were honest, insightful and real. Their stories were framed to create a six-part video series. These people describe the Telluride experience in a way never before. It’s called “Telluride in a Word”. Simply put – it’s the story of the Telluride experience… one word at a time.

[Freedom] is the fifth video in the series.

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VIDEO: Telluride in a Word. [Encounter]

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It’s not uncommon for guests to be left speechless when they visit Telluride. The breathtaking beauty and authentic mountain community make this place one-of-a-kind, and can leave people with a loss of words.

In light of this, we posed a simple question to six people who live and love Telluride – “How would you describe Telluride with a single word?” Their answers were honest, insightful and real. Their stories were framed to create a six-part video series.

Beginning October 15th, we’ll release one video every Wednesday, for six weeks. These people describe the Telluride experience in a way never before. It’s called “Telluride in a Word”. Simply put – it’s the story of the Telluride experience… one word at a time.

[Encounter] is the second video in the series. This video provides a local’s take on the beauty, art and nightlife that surrounds us in winter. It presents what you may “encounter” in Telluride.

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VIDEO: Telluride in a Word. [AIR]

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It’s not uncommon for guests to be left speechless when they visit Telluride. The breathtaking beauty and authentic mountain community make this place one-of-a-kind, and can leave people with a loss of words.

In light of this, we posed a simple question to six people who live and love Telluride – “How would you describe Telluride with a single word?” Their answers were honest, insightful and real. Their stories were framed to create a six-part video series.

Beginning October 15th, we’ll release one video every Wednesday, for six weeks. These people describe the Telluride experience in a way never before. It’s called “Telluride in a Word”. Simply put – it’s the story of the Telluride experience… one word at a time.

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VIDEO: Telluride in a Word

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It’s not uncommon for guests to be left speechless when they visit Telluride. The breathtaking beauty and authentic mountain community make this place one-of-a-kind, and can leave people with a loss of words.

In light of this, we posed a simple question to six people who live and love Telluride – “How would you describe Telluride with a single word?” Their answers were honest, insightful and real. Their stories were framed to create a six-part video series.

Beginning October 15th, Telluride Ski Resort will release one video every Wednesday, for six weeks. These people describe the Telluride experience in a way never before. It’s called “Telluride in a Word”. Simply put – it’s the story of the Telluride experience… one word at a time.

 

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