48 hours in Telluride

Where to stay

Steps from the public gondola, Dunton Town House is a luxe bed and breakfast with five elegant rooms. Austrian textiles and handmade ceramics, a nod to the region’s early history of Tyrolean inhabitants, accent the modern aesthetic.

In the thick of Mountain Village, 15 minutes from downtown Telluride, is the newly-renovated Lumière Hotel with Inspirato. The ski-in, ski-out boutique property includes amenities like an outdoor splash pool, hot tub, and sauna. If you’re traveling with a group, book one of their multi-room penthouses or residences.

Day 1

Grab coffee with homemade almond milk or a turmeric-coconut chai at Ghost Town, a charming cafe in a courtyard on Main Street. The avocado toast is served with hard-boiled egg, chèvre, and chili crunch on sourdough. Sample one of their colorful smoothies—the purple includes açai, blueberries, and cashew milk.

Choose your afternoon adventure

For an indulgent lunch, visit the Grilled Cheese Cart in Mountain Village—order the apricot and Brie version—or try the Avo Taco from Taco Del Gnar, less than two blocks from the gondola at Telluride Station. If you prefer a picnic-style lunch, get some crudité, cheese, and fixings from Over the Moonand sit on their patio with a glass of wine.

Book dinner at there, a buzzy boîte not far from the Coonskin lift. The spot is known for its jam jar cocktails (spirits are combined with a spoonful of red pepper, strawberry, or apricot preserves), and inventive tapas like crab ceviche lettuce wraps, mushroom-beet tostadas, and wild-caught prawn skewers.

Day 2

Begin another day in the mountains with a hearty breakfast at The Butcher & Baker Cafe. Get one of their amaranth, quinoa, and brown rice porridge bowls—the sweet version contains local plum compote, apples, and homemade granola, while the savory features roasted heirloom tomatoes, steamed organic greens, and an over-easy egg.

Choose your afternoon adventure

Dating back to 1895, the New Sheridan Hotel is a classic in the area. Its Chop House restaurant serves a casual daytime menu until 2 p.m., with items like elk chili, Rocky Mountain trout salad, and steel-cut oatmeal. After lunch, take in a performance at the nearby Sheridan Opera House, a vaudeville-era theater built in 1913. Or, just pop in, and then stroll along Telluride’s historic streets, which display Old West charm in the form of saloons and Victorians.

221 South Oak, a New American restaurant by former Top Chef contestant Eliza Galvin, revels in the homemade, with pasta, sausages, pickles, and even cheese crafted on-premises. For a lighter lineup, dive into their vegetarian menu featuring dishes like crispy cider-braised Brussels sprouts and pear kimchi, delicata squash with tatsoi and blistered turnips, and miso and herb–crusted tofu accompanied by parsnip and ginger purée.