By Amiee White Beazley/Newsbreak Denver
I’ve been exploring a lot of Colorado lately and recent travels have taken me to one of my favorite towns – Telluride. Summer is my favorite season in Telluride. It’s also festival season – the summer months when Town Park is green and full of live music with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Blues and Brews and the Ride Festival, among others. In anticipation of this summer’s concerts, I’ve been scoping the best places to stay in Colorado’s coolest town for those who desire alternatives to camping.
The classic: New Sheridan
The New Sheridan is Telluride’s landmark hotel. Located on Colorado Avenue – the main thoroughfare – it rings true of its Victorian, mining-era roots. Aside from the cozy ambiance, the hotel has great dining in the Chop House, a satisfying steak house in a refined setting. In the historic bar you’ll find locals drinking Telluride Brewing Tempter IPA on tap and playing pool in the back room. The hotel’s rooms are on the small side and not air-conditioned in summer, but beginning at approximately $350 per night, to be in the middle of all the action, opening the windows for the cool night breeze is a small price to pay.
All the extras: The Hotel Telluride
The Hotel Telluride is located at the western entry to Telluride’s box canyon, on the opposite end of Town Park, which is perfect for those who want a place to escape if the volume and the crowds of festival season becomes too much to handle. With large rooms, many of which are suites or adjoining, this hotel is perfect for families and their pets, too. What sets The Hotel Telluride apart is all the extras including two hot tubs, breakfast in the lobby, and a fleet of summertime bike cruisers. A private SUV can shuttle guests to and from any destination in town. Pricing begins at approximately $350 per night.
Home comfort: Dunton Town House
From the team that brought you one-of-a-kind Dunton Hot Springs and Dunton River Camp is Dunton Town House, the resort’s first in-town accommodation. A perfectly revitalized miner’s cabin, expanded to fit five large rooms with views, Dunton Town House is a home-away-from-home, with a beautiful breakfast served in a shared dining room, afternoon charcuterie and wine in the living room. Just a half block from the gondola, Dunton Town House is charming, low-key, and completely immersive into the Telluride culture. Beginning at approximately $570 per night, it is both child and pet friendly. My pick: ask for the second floor Hirsch room, with excellent views of Ajax Peak and Bridal Veil Falls.
Living large: Element 52 Auberge Residences
Planning to hit Telluride with a group? The two-to-five-bedroom residences at Element 52 are drop-dead gorgeous. I stayed in a three-bedroom residence which has a large living room and tricked-out professional kitchen with a Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf stove and double wall oven, surrounded by windows, terraces, and those amazing Telluride views. Any of these Element 52 residences can easy fit multiple families for a weekend or longer. It's a short walk to town or you can grab a free shuttle to different destinations. There’s a concierge to help you with activities and to get you the right information for best seeing the town. This is a place you could easily settle into for an entire summer or winter. Prices vary, but they start at approximately $1,200.