Escape Artist: Tempted by Telluride |

Escape Artist: Tempted by Telluride

I’ve been exploring Colorado lately and recent travels have taken me to one of my favorite towns: Telluride. Snow-covered streets, saloons full of local people and dinner on sheep farms high in the mountains, the allure of Telluride in winter reaches far and wide. That said, I couldn’t help but inquire about my favorite season in Telluride — festival season — the summer months when Town Park is green and full of life music. In anticipation of another Pearl Jam concert at the end of September (fingers crossed) or the possibility of Beck at Ride Festival, July 6-8, I’ve been scoping the best places to stay in Colorado’s coolest town for those who desiring alternatives to camping.

The Classic: The New Sheridan

The New Sheridan is Telluride’s landmark hotel. Located on Colorado Avenue — the main thoroughfare of this tiny town — it rings true of its Victorian, mining-era roots. After completing a head-to-toe renovation in 2008, the hotel has great dining in the Chop House, a satisfying steak house in a refined setting. In the historic bar you’ll find hundreds of locals drinking Telluride Brewing 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 $250 per night, to be located in the middle of all the action, opening the windows for cool night air is a small price to pay.

All the Extras: The Hotel Telluride

The Hotel Telluride is located at the western entry to this 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 of the extras including two hot tubs, breakfast in the lobby, fleet of summertime bike cruisers, or a private SUV that can shuttle guests to and from any destination in town. Pricing begins at $350 per night.

New Kid on the Block: 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 in the shared dining room, afternoon charcuterie and wine in the living room and located just a half block to the gondola, Dunton Town House is charming, low-key and completely immersive into the Telluride culture. Beginning at approximately $500 per night, it is both child- and pet-friendly. My pick: ask for the second floor Hirsch room, with incredible 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 kitchen surrounded by windows, terraces and views. Any of these residences can easy fit multiple families for a weekend or longer. A short walk to town, free shuttles and concierge to help with activities, this is a place you can settle into for all summer (or winter) long. Prices vary.

Amiee White Beazley writes about travel for the Aspen Times Weekly. Reach her at

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