PERFECT TELLURIDE

Telluride, Colorado, might just be the most perfect place on earth.

A National Historic Landmark District that boasts gourmet restaurants, funky, independent boutiques and fine-art galleries, Telluride is a ski town that proudly displays its mining-era heritage with a wealth of colorful Victorian houses and a charming, carefully preserved main street. Don’t let the town’s charms fool you, however. Telluride’s history is equal parts refinement and Wild West, complete with tales of bank robbers — Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank here — and hardscrabble miners.

Perched above Telluride, at 9,545 feet, Mountain Village has a more modern, lux feel in a European-style alpine setting and boasts luxury hotels, inns and condos, spas, stylish shops and sophisticated dining options.

Linking the two communities is the Gondola. The only public transportation system of its kind in North America, the “G” is free, pet friendly and handicap accessible, connecting Telluride and Mountain Village via a 13-minute ride. With breath-taking views and the uniqueness of the experience, the Gondola is sure to be a “commute” you will never forget.

And then there’s the Telluride Ski Resort. A repeat winner of Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Ski Resort in North America, Telluride has the best of both worlds. With 15 direct flights from 12 different hubs across the U.S. to the Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) and Telluride (TEX) airports, including daily options from Denver, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix, it’s easy to travel to but still a world away from the lift lines and hectic slopes of other ski areas. Whether you are looking for steep and deep or smooth corduroy, the Telluride Ski Resort has over 2,000 acres of varied terrain with not a queue or ski-slope traffic jam in sight.

Off the slopes, Telluride’s dining and nightlife scenes will keep you well fed and well entertained. First, there are a host of après spots where, at day’s end, happy but tired skiers and boarders roll in to sample a craft cocktail or locally made microbrew and swap stories about their on-mountain adventures. Later, the gourmands, or the simply hungry, can revel in a dining scene that is varied and world class with award-winning chefs dishing up exquisite cuisine in settings that range from casual to haute cuisine. Then hit the town, where live music, trendy DJs and a fun and funky bar scene await.

All of this promises that time spent in Telluride is sure to be memorable, but what makes Telluride truly special are its people. Telluride isn’t just a resort, it’s a community that wraps visitors and locals alike in a warm, friendly mountain town embrace. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, a regular or a local, once you’re here, you’ll know you are home.

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