While Telluride is best known as a winter destination with world class skiing, autumn in Telluride is equally as beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Powder hounds are replaced by leaf peepers. There’s no mention of après ski, but al fresco happy hour is in full effect. Not only are prices cheaper for lodging, but the days are filled with sunshine and endless outdoor activities. Below are a few of my ‘must do’s’ when visiting Telluride:
Telluride is nestled in a box canyon surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. In other words, you are completely immersed in the mountains with picturesque views everywhere in sight. It would be a shame not to take advantage of the surrounding beauty especially during prime golden season! Hiking trails in Telluride range from quick jaunts to all-day epic hikes. Bridal Veil Falls, located only four miles from town, is the tallest free falling waterfall in Colorado and an absolute must see when in town. Other favorite hikes include: Jud Wiebe and Bear Creek Falls.
La Cocina De Luz: I tend to steer clear of Mexican restaurants in Colorado as they fully never satisfy my home state cravings. Just when I thought I had lost all hope of fulfilling my enchilada dreams in Colorado, I discovered La Cocina De Luz. The Mexican restaurant serves up traditional recipes with mostly organic ingredients. Organic + Mexican food = MY DREAM. And, YUM, did this place deliver! I highly recommend my go-to Mexican order of cheese enchiladas and a house marg. Enjoy unlimited free chips and salsa (just like home!).
The Butcher & The Baker Café: This cute restaurant is the perfect place to start your day. Most of their ingredients are organic and fresh. I’ve only been for breakfast, but I hear lunch is great, too. Snag a diner style counter seat or dine al fresco on a nice sunny day. This place is great, so expect a wait!
If you prefer to stay in downtown, check out the New Sheridan Hotel. The historic hotel dates back to the mining era and is only two blocks from the gondola. Added bonus: it has an amazing rooftop. Located in Mountain Village, the Franz Klammer is a gorgeous European-style ski lodge with luxury two or three bedroom options.