I recently saw that Condé Nast Traveler had selected beautiful Telluride, Colorado, as one of the ten friendliest cities in the U.S. Can’t say that I disagree with that assessment, as both Ursula and I found the residents of Telluride to be most helpful in recommending everything from activities to dining establishments during our visit there in October of 2006. One such local favorite was so good that we went twice — the New Sheridan Bar located in the New Sheridan Hotel right next to the Sheridan Chop House restaurant. While the Chop House looked great (and expensive), we were advised by the locals to instead dine in the bar. If they still serve food there, then do it. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll save a small bundle.
I will say that it’s a bit of a quirky little town, as are the residents. They have for the most part that laid-back demeanor one usually associates with certain Southern California elements. That quirky charm extends to even some of the homes in the area.
But the resorts are first rate. Since it was off-season we got a great rate at the Camel Garden. We so fell in love with the room that we asked for and received an additional unplanned night’s stay at the same rate. The picture below is of the Westermere, which also looked to be an intriguing place to stay (picturesque if nothing else).
By the way, even though it was only October there was snow on the ground.
We also got caught in a snow storm as we made our escape out of the mountains. Anyway, Telluride is well off the beaten path, so you have to go considerably out of your way to get there. Make the effort. It’s well worth the side trip.