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A few weeks ago, my friend and I jetted off to Colorado for a few days. We originally wanted to go Beaver Creek but unavailability led us to the beautiful town of Telluride. Both of us had never been. The only way to get to Telluride is to drive from a nearby airport or to fly in to their regional airport on a private plane. The flight was a short two and a half hours. As soon as we left LA, I felt the sense of relaxation come over me. The closer we got to the mountains, the happier I began to feel. When we touchdown in Telluride, there was this instant sense of gratification, sense of happiness. Let’s be clear, we were still at the airport, I hadn’t even seen the cute town, or the scenery, but the idea of being in the mountains had me feeling refreshed. Do you ever get this feeling?

LODGING: We stayed at Element 52 Auberge, right off main street. I recommend staying in town if you prefer being able to walk around at night, or grabbing a nightcap. If you are seeking a more low-key atmosphere, or you’re going to spend quality time with someone, there are some cute lodges up in the mountains. We looked in Lumiere and The Madeline Hotel.

RESTAURANTS: Right after landing and before we began our 5-mile hike, we stopped by The Butcher and The Baker. If you’re in a hurry, I recommend giving yourself extra time to stop by here for breakfast/lunch. For dinner, we dined at Rustico outside on the cutest patio overlooking main street. It was the perfect set-up.

HIKES: I highly recommend getting started early in the day, before it gets too warm and bringing A LOT of water. If you’re not used to the altitude, it gets hard the higher you climb (Ally experienced this). Luckily for me, I have lived in Colorado so I adjust well to altitude. Our intention was to do Blue Lake Trail but we lost track of time and ran out of water by the time we got 3/4 of the way. We also hiked the switchbacks, which is not something people “usually” do but we missed that memo. Rent a Jeep and drive to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls and start the hike there (trust me on this one). Other hikes I recommend are, Bear Creek Falls, Trout Lake, and Dollar Lake Trail.

ACTIVITIES: Head over to Telluride.com to get a list of activities that are worth making the time for (i.e. SUP in the river, fly fishing, white water rafting, hot springs) 

If you have any questions regarding my trips or looking for recommendations, please email me!