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Why It’s So Easy to Fall in Love with This Vibrant Mountain Town

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Jun 22, 2022

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From epic stargazing and unparalleled sunsets to charming communal plazas and stylish accommodations, Mountain Village is a family-friendly, European-style destination that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world—in more ways than one.

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From epic stargazing and unparalleled sunsets to charming communal plazas and stylish accommodations, Mountain Village is a family-friendly, European-style destination that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world—in more ways than one.

Perched above the historic town of Telluride, Mountain Village sits in the Colorado Rockies surrounded by the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. Beyond its awe-inspiring setting, this little hamlet has a vibe all its own thanks to its purpose-built design, modeled after the pedestrian villages of Europe and filled with charming plazas. It’s the kind of place that invites you to slow down, feel the sunshine on your skin, bond with loved ones, and be more present in the moment.

In other words, it’s a true getaway and one that offers chic hotels, boutiques, dining, and activities for all types of travelers. Soak in a spectacular, unparalleled sunset at dinner after a day of hiking or sip a glass of wine next to the plaza fire pit while letting the kids explore the plaza on their own. Here, the young and young at heart feel a sense of independence that comes with the wide-open vistas and serenity of mountain life.

Another gorgeous summer day near Mountain Village.

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Whether you’re looking to traverse wildflower-filled meadows, stargaze under glittering skies, or simply kick back in the comfort of your hotel, you’ll revel in the one-of-a-kind feeling that you get when you visit Mountain Village. Here are our favorite ways to let loose, take a deep breath, and immerse yourself in this mountain gem.

PLAY

With nature at your doorstep, you’ll enjoy the scenery wherever you go and it’s easy to access awe-inspiring settings for outdoor adventures. Hiking is a popular all-season activity, and Mountain Village has numerous beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. Take it easy with the one-mile Meadows Trail at the base of the mountains, or zig zag your way up the elevation with the 10-mile Prospect Trail.

Golfers can play 18 holes with stunning panoramas at the Telluride Golf Club, and tennis and pickleball fans can take advantage of the new Telluride Racquet Club. For explorers of all ages, summertime fun abounds at the Telluride Adventure Center, including kids’ camps, paddleboarding, Jeep tours, and horseback riding, and mountain bikers love Telluride Bike Park for its interconnected trails and clinics.

Get a bird’s-eye view of the San Juan Mountains at Telluride Canopy Adventure, which boasts five ziplines, two aerial bridges, and two rappels for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Anglers can head to Elk Lake, the only designated fishing pond in Mountain Village, for a day of catch-and-release fishing. Bring your rod, reel, tackle, and a picnic and spend the day at leisure.

Sunshine-filled green spaces bring people together for events, play, and sometimes, rainbows overhead.

Want something a bit less active but still outdoors? Mountain Village’s plazas are hubs of the laid-back lifestyle you’ll find here. A variety of events take place throughout the year, including farmers markets, movies under the stars, and concerts. Meander through narrow passages that open to plazas, and you’re bound to discover something lively taking place.

Heritage Plaza, just steps away from the 13-minute, eco-friendly, free gondola that connects Mountain Village to Telluride, is home to restaurants, shopping, kid-friendly activities, and nightlife. Reflection Plaza’s winter ice rink transforms into a children’s play area and hosts the weekly Music on the Green concert series in the summer. Grab a cocktail, sit next to the outdoor fire, and take in the sights and sounds of the Village.

Retail therapy is another fabulous way to meander through town. Design a custom pair of skis at Wagner Custom Skis, get fitted in a pair of handmade Lucchese cowboy boots (make an appointment to design your own), or grab some new outdoor outfits at the new Free People Movement outpost. For the best kind of souvenir—locally made art—head to Rinkevich Gallery.

DINE

 

Enjoying drinks in one of The Cabins, a public art installation

From fine dining to more casual eats, Mountain Village offers an outsize range of restaurants and cuisines. For a unique experience, check out The Cabins Public Art Installation, which consists of gondolas repurposed as dining cabins, placed throughout the plazas, and transformed by local and regional artists into public art pieces.

If you’re looking for something more traditional head to La Piazza del Villaggio where old family recipes meet modern techniques for upscale Italian cuisine and a lengthy wine list that keeps the crowds coming back again and again. A more casual option is Altezza at The Peaks, located at The Peaks Resort & Spa and serving casual fare made using regional ingredients, plus incredible views.

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Nestled high in the mountains, Allred’s pairs craft cocktails and fine wines with a prix fixe menu of modern American cuisine that changes seasonally and more postcard-worthy scenery outside its oversized windows. And inside the Madeline Hotel, Black Iron Kitchen & Bar brings the fire tableside for a warm, cozy environment where you can savor hearty meals including a Wagyu burger and a Colorado lamb shank with mascarpone polenta.

STAY

Experience modern mountain style at the Madeline Hotel’s Timber Room bar

 

Make the outdoors your backyard at Madeline Hotel & Residences, an ideally situated property as a basecamp for adventure. Hiking trails, including backcountry hiking, start just steps away. Plus, the Madeline offers guided experiences, including private fishing with a picnic, foraging for ingredients with executive chef Bill Greenwood, horseback riding, motorcycling, mountain tea ceremonies, and more.

At Lumiére with Inspirato, 18 boutique residences are available with guided tours for every type of outdoor pursuit. The Peaks Resort & Spa is the largest hotel in Mountain Village and features  a range of accommodation types. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge has two- and three-bedroom residences available, while Inn at Lost Creek has 32 suites in Mountain Village Center.

The Peaks Resort & Spa is nestled in the mountainous landscape.

ountain Lodge Telluride exudes rustic charm, and rooms, suites, and private log cabins all have personal balconies and Western flair. Bear Creek Lodge offers hotel rooms plus two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos that allow large parties to spread out and relax with plenty of space.

Wherever you rest your head, you’ll experience the vibrant feeling of Mountain Village, connect with friends and family, and bring home the sweetest memories of your time here.

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