One of my very earliest childhood memories is standing with my two brothers by the Big Thompson River and watching a mitten that one of us had dropped float away in the fast moving current. I must have been four years old at the time. We were staying in cabins that my grandfather’s brother had at his mink ranch in the Big Thompson Canyon at Sleepy Hollow. The point of that story is that I’ve been traveling to Colorado for as long as I can remember – even lived there for six months, once upon a time, for a contract job I had near Denver. And in six decades of visiting this beautiful state I had never been to Telluride. Karen and I made our first visit there last week and discovered what we’d been missing. FarmersMarketThe first thing we came upon was the farmers market so we found a place to park and headed over. We soon realized what a dog-friendly town this is. SmugglersGrilledRomaineCeasarIf Jake and Peggy had better social skills we could have brought them and taken them anywhere. After the purchase of a dozen farm-fresh, non-GMO, cage-free eggs and taking in the full length of the market we headed back to the car. SmugglersChickFiletA sign of our good fortune was that we had parked right across the street from Smugglers Brew Pub. Since it was lunchtime and we had time on the meter we crossed the street and went inside. After tasting a couple of samples we both decided on the Road Rash Red and for lunch Karen had the grilled romaine chicken Caesar salad and I chose the Chic-Filet sandwich. Both the beer and the food were quite good.

TelluridePanorama2Telluride has a free gondola that links it to the town of Mountain Village with a stop in between at Station San Sophia up at 10,500 feet elevation. We took the ride up to the top and wandered around for awhile enjoying the magnificent views. We especially like the view of the Telluride airport from up there.TellurideDavidKarenTellurideAirport After we returned to the car we drove around town for a bit, spotted a couple of VW buses and picked out one or two places we could live. Since there was one other brewery in town we made that our last stop. Due to their type of license Telluride Brewing is a stand-up-only affair but that was no problem since we couldn’t stay long. Karen had the Smoke Shack Porter and I had the Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale. While there we met semi-locals, Rob and Ann. We had the best time talking with them and that helped make our first visit to Telluride a great one.DavidKarenRobAnn

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6 Responses to Telluride

  1. Karen says:

    One of the first things I noticed in Telluride was how nicely restored the homes there were and that on every street we went there was another one or three that I’d be happy to live in! After looking at a real estate site I now know why they are so nice! $$$$
    Not a lick of shopping other than the farmers market was done so we’ll have to come back for sure.
    The mountains in this area are spectacular and the photos can’t and don’t begin to capture their beauty! The San Juan Mountains are a must see for those who’ve not been. I just wish they weren’t so high up … Well it’s not their height it’s their edges! The places I could fall off of are what cause me so much stress.
    Rob and Ann, when we come back to visit your paradise, we hope to enjoy your company again and hopefully we can sit and chat longer!
    Oh! BTW you Alabama fans! notice in the last picture above at the top left… There is an University of Alabama flag proudly displayed!! Ann knows the brewer and she even introduced to him to us, but it wasn’t until he had left that I noticed the flag and didn’t get to ask him about his Alabama roots. I knew there was something about him that I liked.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Telluride is one of our fave’s as well. We enjoyed lunch at the Smuggler’s Brew Pub during our last time through and the farmer’s market is indeed a nice one. Budget aside, I could live there 🙂

  3. Gail says:

    Wow! We sure do live in a beautiful country. Scenery is awesome and the food looks pretty darn good, too!!

    • There is so much beautiful scenery around this state and it’s very different in the winter. Our goal this year is to hang around until the aspens change. And then make it out before we have to deal with snow 😮

  4. Glad you made it to Telluride. Yes, the first thing that struck me about the town when seeing it from above coming down from the pass was that it looked like everyone had just painted their house, crisp pretty colors.
    In Telluride, the snow falling down
    I was waking up in that sleepy little town
    In her eyes my world came so alive
    I never will forget the moment she arrived
    In Telluride (Tim McGraw)
    Happy Travels

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