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Telluride Vacation Rentals, Skiing & Dining

Telluride Colorado is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in America. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine awarded it the best ski resort for the 2017-18 ski season. It's the perfect sized town, the perfect-sized ski area, it's crowd-free, and - unsurpassed in beauty. Telluride’s historic village boasts charming shops, restaurants and family-friendly Colorado vacation rentals.

Telluride’s storied, remote southwest Colorado location makes it unique in the state. While several famous resorts in Colorado are located near Interstate 70 and closer to Denver, Telluride attracts thousands of visitors each year because of its superlative beauty and charm. This valley seems like a secret pocket of golden light and snowy peaks in the Colorado Rockies.

The town of Mountain Village, just up the mountain from Telluride, offers a free gondola service down into the town, similar to Breckenridge’s Peak 8 Gondola service. Staying in this base village allows for vehicle-free transportation to the ski area and runs until midnight all winter. This little ski village has added highly-desirable accommodations for a ski weekend.

The Ski Area

The Telluride Ski Resort is located in a box canyon, which means one way in and out, and it’s one of the unique qualities that makes the town so scenic. The ski area itself offers one of the best mix of ski runs available at any Colorado ski resort. From beginner to advanced, there are plenty of runs for all levels of skier. Ski magazine rated it North America’s best for overall ski resort satisfaction in a 2016-2017 readers’ poll.

The same poll named Telluride best resort in America for scenery and character, which, for many, is part of the enjoyment of any ski vacation.

The San Juan Mountains, where Telluride is located, are home to many of Colorado’s tallest peaks. In fact, it has more peaks over 13,000 and 14,000 feet than any other group in the state.
Words fail to describe the beauty of the town and the surrounding mountains, especially as they light up in the sun.

Victorian architecture gives a visitor the feeling that they’ve stepped into another time. A large swath of town is preserved and registered as a National Historic Landmark.

The towering mountains that surround the village provide a stunning vista in any direction. Bridal Veil Falls overlooks the town and when it’s flowing is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado. It’s best enjoyed in the summer, but it will impress during all seasons.

The ski mountain is vast, offering over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. 17 lifts can transport over 22,000 skiers up the mountain per hour, which means lift lines are manageable, and you can spend more time shushing through the fresh powder; the resort sees over 300 inches of snow per season.

Ski Culture

This Telluride mountain village is a laid-back enclave that values good times and town pride. Unlike some ski resorts, here in Telluride skiers and snowboarders are both welcomed.

Private and class ski lessons are available for kids and grownups alike. Advanced skiers can backcountry ski by using Telluride Helitrax, the only helicopter skiing operation in Colorado.

There’s plenty of luxury, but this is not a pretentious little town. Telluride is a place for people to enjoy the mountains and the ski slopes and to avoid the typical ski-town crowds.

Telluride Vacation Rentals & Condos

Renting a Telluride ski home is a popular choice for families and groups seeking comfortable and spacious home-like accommodations.  Many of the vacation homes and condos are available for a weekly rental, and are posh and luxurious both in terms of layout and furnishings. Condos and homes located up on the mountain offer ski-in/ski-out access.

Gorgeous homes speckle the Telluride Mountain Village area. Cozy bedrooms, warm fires, spacious kitchens and outdoor living spaces can make your Telluride ski vacation a family affair. These vacation rentals offer an ideal gathering place for friends and family. Your Telluride home will provide a place of privacy and luxury.

If renting a Telluride mountain home isn’t for you, there is no shortage of Telluride luxury condos right near the base of the ski resort. The entire town offers easy access to the slopes, however, the proximity of the condos is unbeatable. Most of them are nestled right up next to the ski resort itself.

Telluride Condo Rentals

Exotic Estates Telluride vacation condos are located near lifts and gondola. These rentals go far beyond a simple hotel room. Nestled mountainside, the residences are available in 1-5 bedroom spaces. You can often catch the lift right on the property for truly convenient access to the slopes. At night, several condo complexes allow you to pamper yourself at the on-site spa. 

Some of the Telluride ski condos offer a private hot tub with space for your whole party and fireplaces in each bedroom.

Your Exotic Estates Villa Specialist can advise you on which one is ideal for your family or group.

Telluride Dining

Staying in a Telluride home rental with the convenience of a full kitchen is fun and offers costs savings, but if you want to be waited on, don’t worry, you can find plenty of award-winning restaurants in town. The dining here is quite exceptional and can rival larger metro areas. Here are some of the most popular spots.


This Americana restaurant sits on top of the world, or so it seems. You won’t find a parking lot here, you arrive by taking a gondola from town to the top of the ski resort for a panoramic view of some of North America’s tallest peaks. Don’t worry, they don’t just rely on the view to attract their clientele, the food matches the scenery in quality.


Rev embodies the spirit of Telluride with its locally-sourced cuisine. Located in the Hotel Madeline in Mountain Village, this restaurant is moderately priced and offers creatively prepared but comparatively basic ingredients. 

The Brown Bag

You can’t miss the chance to dine right on Colorado Street (the main road through town). The Brown Bag is a place to grab a quick meal while you’re shopping or taking a break from the mountain. You can choose from breakfast sandwiches, pot pies and lunch sandwiches. You won’t find boring options here, everything has a fun twist. For your sweet tooth, grab a freshly-made cookie for dessert. 

Taco del Gnar

This locale offers tacos that draw on the Southwester flavors that are so prevalent in the region. Their tacos are assembled in creative and flavorful ways. They use meats like lamb sausage, tuna, and free-range chicken as the base of these quick bite meals.

History of Telluride

The San Juan Mountains were home to the Ute Indians for hundreds of years. When European adventurers came to the area, they found this high-elevation spot, located along the San Miguel River, and built a community on mining. The alpine location was rich in zinc, lead, copper, silver and ores.

First known as the town of Columbia, the community changed its name to Telluride in 1887 to save from confusion with another mining town in California. It’s said that Telluride gets its name from the mining of tellurium minerals. Nearly 350 miles of mining shafts tunnel beneath the mountain.

Ironically, Telluride was the location of the world’s first electric city street light, but today there isn’t a a single stoplight in town!

In the 1970s, the ski resort caused a boom in the town’s economy and building. The historic buildings and charm of this old west mining town have been vigorously preserved by the town council.
New construction primarily happens seven miles up the mountain in Mountain Village. 

Telluride Shopping

Shopping in Telluride is nothing like shopping in a big city like New York or Las Vegas. You won’t find designer brands, but you will find lots of quality products in one-of-a-kind, locally-owned shops. The main drag, Colorado Street, is home to most of the shopping in town. Here you’ll find gift shops, clothing stores, jewelry, personal care, home decor, art and specialty foods.
Telluride offers the foremost custom ski seller in the country. Wagner Custom Skis is located just down the mountain a bit in Placerville, where skis are designed for the individual skier.


It’s right in the name, CashmereRED sells cashmere items imported from Scotland. From sweaters, hats and scarves, to blankets and ponchos, this store embodies everything cashmere. If you find that you didn’t bring enough warm clothes or that you just can’t go home without one of these first-rate cashmere garments, then this store is for you.


This store was made for browsing. It offers so many unique items you just won’t find in other stores. The store offers personal care products, home decor and kitchen items. You’ll have a blast is this shop.

Telluride Trappings & Toggery

This boutique offers beautiful clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids. You'll only find quality brands only in this store. You won’t find a Macy’s in town, but if you need something new, this is your store.

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride is home to the Telluride Film Festival, which draws A-listers and new faces in the film industry. Very often, Telluride will be the first screening location for films in the U.S. The Festival happens every year in September and draws an international crowd to this amazing ski town.

Getting to Telluride

Telluride Regional Airport is the highest operating airport in the country. It’s primarily for small planes and private jets, although United Airlines offers a direct flight from Denver.

Montrose Airport, a little over an hour away, offers direct flights from 12 major cities including Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago O’hare, Houston, LaGuardia, Newark, Las Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Denver. 

Whichever airport you fly into, you do not need to rent a car, as both Telluride and Mountain Village are very pedestrian friendly. Shuttles, taxis and limos can take you into town and get you to your Telluride vacation home.