You know you’re ready to plan a trip to Telluride — whether it’s for the unparalleled ski conditions or summer’s plethora of festivals — it’s just a matter of where to stay. Those torn between a classic vacation rental or a hotel experience should look no further than Mountain Lodge Telluride, a condominium property with hotel-style amenities.
Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, the location, stunning surroundings and Western charm are some of Mountain Lodge’s many perks.
1. Its slope-side location puts you in the middle of Telluride Ski Resort’s action.
With more than 300 inches of snow in the region each year, terrain for all skill levels spanning 2,000 acres and Condé Nast readers naming it the top ski resort in North America in 2016, it’s no wonder Telluride is such a revered ski destination. As winter transforms the slopes into a powdery playground, you won’t miss a minute with ski-in/ski-out access from Mountain Lodge. Use the free gondola system to shuttle between Mountain Village and the town of Telluride, where you can visit the Nordic Center for access to cross-country ski trails. In the summer, mountain biking and hiking are right outside your door, and the concierge is more than happy to suggest favorite local trails.
2. Plush accommodations and amenities ensure a supremely comfortable stay.
You’ll have the best of both worlds when you book Mountain Lodge’s suites, luxurious residences and log cabins: space, well-equipped kitchens and private balconies, along with the amenities of a hotel, all wrapped up in rustic elegance. Take advantage of ski-rental services through Christy Sports, on-site ski lockers and storage, as well as a heated pool, two hot tubs, a fitness center and steam room. And after a long day on the mountain, what better way to unwind than by treating yourself to an in-room massage?
3. The View Bar & Grill means you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal.
Though Telluride and Mountain Village have plenty to offer diners, it’s hard to beat the convenience of a restaurant right on-site. The View Bar & Grill certainly lives up to its name through spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows that show off the views of the San Sophia ridge. Take in the jaw-dropping vistas while you sample upscale tavern cuisine at breakfast, lunch or dinner, or stop by for après-ski cocktails — on Fridays there’s even a piña colada happy hour. With four big-screen TVs, it also makes the perfect hangout to catch all the big games.
4. You can make Mountain Lodge your home base for festivals throughout the summer.
Winter may be for snowy pursuits, but in Telluride — known as the festival capital of the Rocky Mountains — summer belongs to the events calendar. More than 25 gatherings, celebrations and fetes between May and September provide the perfect excuse to plan a getaway. Among the most popular are the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June, Telluride Jazz Festival in August, and September’s Telluride Blues and Brews and the internationally acclaimed Telluride Film Festival, but eclectic offerings highlighting everything from yoga to mushrooms to art also bring together locals and visitors each year. Staying at Mountain Lodge gives you the chance to put that multi-day pass to good use, without needing to clamor for a campsite.
5. A wealth of activities is within easy reach of the lodge.
The best thing about Telluride is there are so many ways to explore in any season. Use Mountain Lodge as a jumping-off point for wintertime adventures like adrenaline-inducing heli-skiing, romantic sleigh rides and snowmobile excursions across frozen landscapes. In warmer months, spend your days golfing, horseback riding or on the water — whitewater rafting, fly-fishing and stand-up paddleboarding are all favorites for lovers of the great outdoors. Around Telluride, the town’s Victorian-era charms are on full display at historical landmarks and attractions like the Sheridan Opera House, Popcorn Alley and numerous houses throughout the downtown National Historic Landmark District. Peruse the unique shops, boutiques and galleries offering one-of-a-kind goods for the perfect souvenir that will remind you of Telluride until your next visit.