Buy a real cowboy hat at Telluride's leather store
That's what I did, anyway. It's not just hats - this is a proper old trading company with lots of high quality leather goods and clothing. There were some fine boots which I hankered for, lots of belts, purses and bags, not to mention a selection of silver jewellery and a lot of manly attire that I didn't look twice at (I don't know anyone that manly). There's also a bar within the store, where you can eat an elk burger and drink a beer if you so choose. But for me it was about the hats - a great range of styles and sizes - and the moment I tried on my brown, broad-brimmed leather hat - not a Stetson, you understand, but something that looked like it would see you across the Australian outback - I was gone. Out came the credit card, and bang went my savings.
By Emma John, AFAR Local Expert
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129 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA