Saturday, October 15, 2016

telluride, co

Our second stop on our big road trip was Telluride, CO, the cutest little mountain town. Of course, it's known for its epic ski hill, and we were there in the fall when there was no snow, but we still had a wonderful time. We rented mountain bikes one afternoon, which is the thing to do when there is no snow. Turns out, it's not my cup of tea, and I may or may not have walked my bike down the entire mountain. All well. The leaves were changing on all the aspen trees turning everything yellow (funny enough, there are no reds or oranges in Telluride, only yellow). We stayed around the Mountain Village, and used the free gondolas as transportation. The gondolas would take you all around the park and down to the town of Telluride itself. I have to admit, it was a fun way to travel for the few days we were there. The downtown is small but has cute shopping and restaurants!
Our recommendations:
Brown Dog Pizza - Probably the best pizza we have eaten anywhere in the world. Do not miss this place.
Baked in Telluride - A delicious and impressive bakery with everything from donuts to stuffed croissants. Great for a quick bite before hitting the hill.
Diggity Doggs - Located in the Mountain Village, this is the place to grab an awesome dog for the road! It has some crazy sauces, and they are all delicious. Load that dog up!
New Sheridan Hotel - This hotel was built in 1895! We did not stay here, but they have a rooftop bar, which is a great place to grab a drink. The hallways of the hotel are framed with old pictures from Telluride back in the 1800s. We loved it.
Mountain Lodge - This is where we stayed, and it was great. To be honest, the rooms were a little lack luster, but the hotel itself was wonderful. They have a incredible restaurant, a steam room, heated outdoor pool and hot tub. It's also walking distance from the gondola, which will take you down to the village.
 Our hotel's pool and hot tub with a view of the mountains and the gondola
 Mountain biking
 So happy to 1. not be mountain biking and 2. eating a Diggity Dogg!
 View inside the gondola headed to town
 The cute town of Telluride!

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