The Hotel Telluride: Recommended by Jennifer Broome, Fox31 News - Denver
Telluride’s Flurry of Festivals
During the winter, Telluride is a skier’s escape to world-class skiing in one of the most picturesque ski resorts in the world. Some say it even rivals Switzerland and Austria.
But during the summer, this Alps of the Rockies turns into a land of waterfalls and unique festivals. Tucked in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, Telluride is a golfer’s paradise, adventurer’s haven, outdoor enthusiatist’s heaven, and relaxation seeker’s outdoor spa.
Some of the area’s earliest settlers, the Ute Indians, called Telluride and surrounding area “The Land of Waterfalls.”
There’s a reason stars flock to Telluride. You can truly escape to a special place on Earth that is in a box canyon, surrounded by mountains, and filled with an eclectic group of people from the tent sleeping hippies to the uber rich vacationing in ultimate luxury melding together in the town known as Telluride. The summer festival line-up is as eclectic as the people.
The summer festival season in Telluride kicks off this weekend with Mountainfilm. It is a gathering of scientists, artists, adventurers, film makers, and film lovers during the festival centered on outdoor adventure films and issue based documentaries. There are more than 10 premieres this year during the May 25-28 festival. The goal of Mountainfilm is to inspire you with films that focus on issues that matter and will get you talking.
June kicks off with balloons filling the sky over Tellluride. The 29th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival is June 1-3. It is a chance to see hot air balloon wrangling over the box canyon.
Some superpickers and some of the biggest names in bluegrass like Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers are headlining Telluride’s best known summer festival. So popular, it is already sold out this year. The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival is June 21-24, coinciding with the summer solstice.
The KOTO Doo-Dah is July 8th. The one day musical festival features Ziggy Marley this year. It is a fundraiser for KOTO, Telluride’s public radio station.
If you are searching for balance, relaxation, and enlightenment, then head to the Telluride Yoga Festival July 12-15. World-class instructors will lead you through a weekend centered on you and your yoga practice. Namaste.
If you want to rock it out in the box canyon, brand new this year is The Ride – Telluride’s Rock Festival August 25-26. Headliners include Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Los Lobos, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
The 38th Annual Telluride Film Festival is a celebration of the best in film over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5. For films to be considered for festival, they must make their North American premiere at the festival. This has allowed attendees to be some of the first to see such films as “The Descendants,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Juno,” and “Brokeback Mountain.” This festival is unique from other film festivals because the movies premiering are kept secret until opening day.
It’s all about music and beer during the 19th Telluride Blues and Brews September 14-16. The B-52s, Gov’t Mule, and Phil Lesh are some of the headliners this year. Beer takes the center stage during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. It features with over 50 microbreweries, over 50% from Colorado, and 150 different beers.
There’s also the Telluride Heritage Festival June 8-10, Telluride Wine Festival June 27-July 1, Telluride Jazz Festival August 3-5, Telluride Mushroom Festival August 16-19, and Telluride Festival of the Arts August 17-19. On August 20th, Telluride is the stage one finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Olympians, World Champions, and Tour de France podium winners will race 683 miles in 7 days, including going over 12,000 feet in elevation three times.
Here’s my “Explore Colorado” segment previewing Telluride’s summer festivals that aired on Good Day Colorado on Fox 31 Denver.
The perfect place to stay for any and all of the summer festivals is The Hotel Telluride. With the hotel in the heart of Telluride, you literally are just steps away from the festivities.
The Hotel Telluride is a boutique hotel with oversized accommodations. It is luxurious yet cozy. With the oversized rooms, it’s a great hotel for your ski vacation too. The Hotel Telluride Select is the standard room featuring a king bed or two double beds, overstuffed chairs & ottomans, antique writing desk, and private balcony.
The Hotel Telluride Deluxe gives you a little more space than the Select with a double pull out sleeper sofa and sitting area. The Hotel Telluride Junior Suite has a separate area from entertaining with a full living area with comfortable double pull out sofa, two overstuffed chairs and ottomans, an armoire, and carved wooden coffee table. The Junior Suite also has a dining alcove with seating for four and an oversized private balcony with two wooden lounge chairs and side table. The most exclusive hotel accommodation is The Hotel Telluride Suite. A large, well lit foyer welcomes you into the on-bedroom hotel suite. The master bedroom includes a king bed, full-sized sleeper sofa, sitting area, private full bath jacuzzi tub, and private balcony. On the balcony you get spectacular views down the box canyon towards Bridal Veil Falls.
The rustic elegance of the Suite extends into the oversized living area decorated with Telluride-inspired furnishings combining western with class in a cowboy chic motif. There is a second oversized balcony so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the box canyon with friends and family.
You’ll get a fantastic night’s sleep in the “Incredible Bed” with down bedding and 250 thread count sheets.
The rooms feature ammenities like a 37″ flat screen tv with full cable, refrigerator, microwave-toaster oven, coffee maker with Starbucks coffee, plush terry robe and slippers, and a spacious bathrooms with marble bathtubs and AVEDA bath products.
The Nook is The Hotel Telluride’s in-house dining. Get your day started with their wonderful breakfast buffet served daily 7-10am. You’ll enjoy such breakfast delights as omelets made to order, pancakes, and assorted pastries for a hearty breakfast to start off your day of outdoor adventure or festival activities. Dinner is served 4:30-9pm daily. It’s perfect for a cozy casual dinner or enjoy a drink and appetizers for happy hour then head out on the town. The Nook is also a perfect spot for that nightcap and dessert before retiring to your room for the night.
If you just need to relax, soak up the sun and scenery while soaking in the outdoor hot tubs, drift off into an afternoon snooze in the sun on your private deck, or treat yourself to a spa experience like the Gemstone Balancing Massage. In this aroma-therapeutic massage, herbal infused healing gemstone serums and oils are used with heated basalt & gemstones to help re-center and rejuvenate the body.
You can take your pooch along too! The Hotel Telluride is pet-friendly, which is nice since Telluride is an ultra pet-friendly town.
Here’s a tour of my room and more at The Hotel Telluride.
While visiting Telluride for one or more of the summer festivals, you definitely want to fuel up for summer outdoor adventures like hiking to waterfalls, ATVing, golfing, and horseback riding. Telluride is quite the foodie town with some incredible restaurants. For breakfast or lunch, try The Butcher & The Baker Cafe. Flora Dora Saloon is perfect for a low key dinner. If you want something a little more upscale (jeans are acceptable attire everywhere in Telluride) then try the Chop House at the New Sheridan Hotel or Allred’s on the mountain.
So escape to Telluride and make it a festivals of fun this summer!
Jennifer Broome, Fox31 News - Denver