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Skiers crave those amazing bluebird days – when the powder is fluffy and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Thankfully, for those living in or fortunate enough to be visiting Telluride, Colorado, bluebird days are a common occurrence. That doesn’t mean the appeal wears off? Oh, no. Instead, it means more inspiration and excitement for playing outside in the Rocky Mountain backyard that Telluride offers. For those seeking an escape from the every day, to a place where birdsong is louder than traffic din, Telluride vacation rentals offer a luxurious home-away-from-home in a glorious natural setting. With homes for every group size, style and interest, upscale residences, friends and family can spread out, come together and explore however and whenever they want.
As one of America’s top ski resorts, Telluride famously attracts skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Uncrowded slopes and exceptional terrain for beginners through advanced snow lovers mean fantastic days for everyone. Ready for a challenge? There are plenty of backcountry options, as well.
Don’t ski? No worries. Bundle up and get outside for frosty fat biking, peaceful cross-country skiing or playful sledding with the kids. Take a quiet snowshoe hike through the forest or, if you love to fly fish, discover the allure of quiet winter fishing. At day’s end, gather with everyone for hot chocolate in front of your roaring fireplace, skate on the outdoor rink at the resort or take a cozy sleigh ride.
Telluride entices in the summer, too, thanks to its 14,000-foot peaks, winding roads through the alpine forest, wildflower-strewn meadows and a thriving arts and culinary scene in the historic mining town. Take a 4×4 adventure ride along high mountain passes to ghost towns and hidden waterfalls. Practice your painting in a class by one of the many talented creators and artists who make up Telluride’s vibrant art community. Pedal along the winding bike path that makes a loop of the valley floor. Throw your bike on the scenic gondola and explore the trails of the Telluride Ski Resort. Or, take a day trip into magnificent Arches National Park or learn about the local Native American history at the Anasazi Heritage Center.
The Telluride dining scene is designed for apres-ski (or hike) appetites – and for anyone who appreciates good food. Celebrated chefs are finding their way to this engaging mountain town to share their inspired menus. Sit down to fresh pizza, foie gras or free-range steak. In the winter, sip a glass of wine at Alpino Vino, the highest-elevation restaurant in North America at 11,966 feet, or put your feet up and sip a craft beer at Gorrono’s famous “Snow Beach,” in full view of the Wilson Range.
Like many beautiful mountain destinations in the United States, Telluride has been attracting great festivals for decades. Whether musical, cultural, culinary or even a bit unusual, it’s probably celebrated by a long-running festival here in the canyon. Mountainfilm showcases documentaries about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. The popular Telluride Wine Festival brings together foodies and wine-lovers in events that support the region as a culinary destination. There are jazz festivals, art and architecture celebrations, yoga gatherings and the famous RIDE Festival, with its rock-n-roll, kid-friendly programming and varied late-night music. There’s never a dull moment during a Telluride summer.
Take full advantage of Telluride’s ample outdoor recreation – summer or winter – with Telluride vacation rentals. With the creature comforts of home, but the added luxury amenities that are so well-deserved and appreciated during vacation, these special residences boast a variety of styles from mountain modern to chic contemporary. Choose a home right on the slopes or one in downtown Telluride, where the walls of the box canyon rise dramatically around you. With oversized fireplaces, spacious great rooms, chef’s kitchens, private outdoor terraces, exquisite master suites and more, these are the type of welcoming, perfectly pampering place you can see your family returning to year after year.