Telluride Journals

A Day in Telluride

An October 2000 trip to Telluride by willow

Quote: Telluride is accessed via The San Juan Skyway. The skyway stretches through 236 miles of the nations most stunningly scenic terrain. Two towns in one, telluride and Mountain Village combine the best of Colorado... quaint history, progressive culture, exciting recreation and breath taking scenery all within a free 12 minute gondola ride.

A Day in Telluride

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Overview

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This area offers exceptional scenery to explore either from the comfort of your car or on foot. The gondola which connects Telluride to Mountain Village is free and open to foot passengers as well as skiers and boarders. The European style Mountain Village at 9,450 ft. overlooks some of the most magnificent peaks in the San Juans. In addition to being a reknowned ski destination, Telluride is a world-class summer resort. The village boasts an 18 hole golf course and 3,000 acres of national forest for hiking and biking. Quick Tips: Be sure to dress in multiple layers. The high mountain air is cooler than the lower elevations. With the high elevation and brilliant sunshine, you'...Read More

Harmons at the Depot

Restaurant | "harmons"

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We decided to try something new to us and unique to the area. We ordered Blue Corn Toasted Crabcakes, Elk Strip Loin and Colorado Cobbler. A fresh geen salad accompanied our entree.

The crabcakes were good, the steak a bit dry and tough, the cobbler was apple: hot, sweet and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Harmons at the Depot
300 S Townsend Avenue
Telluride, Colorado 81435
(970) 728-3773

Steaming Bean Coffee House

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Restaurant | "Steaming Bean Coffee House"

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There's something about Colorado weather that makes one hunger for deep robust aromatic coffee. We found our's at the Steaming Bean. The atmoshere was comfortable and low key. The owners welcomed us to sit, rest and sip while our bodies adjusted to the altitude. We taste tested several brews then settled for a Columbian blend lightened with generous splashes of real cream. The coffee shop offered a good array of fresh pastries and breakfast burritos.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Steaming Bean Coffee House
Main Street
Telluride, Colorado

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Since our visit was limited to the one day trip we spent an hour or so strolling. The picturesque San Miguel River and river trail wind through town joining Town Park with the historic train depot. At an elevation of 9,000 ft. Telluride looks up from its boxed canyon to surrounding 13,000 ft. peaks. The scenery as well as the altitude made me giddy and I coerced my husband to ride the gondola to Mountain Village and return. The view was magnificent! On future visits we plan to do some mountain hiking and spend some time in Telluride Town Park. The park offers seasonal activities such as ice skating, hockey, snowshoeing and sledding in winter and tennis, swimming and cultural events in summer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Gondola Ride and Town Walk
Oak Street
Telluride, Colorado

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Through chatting with a few locals I was able to glean a bit of the history of Telluride.

The discovery of gold in 1858 put Colorado on the map. Tunnels honey combed the mountains in search of gold, silver, zinc, lead and copper. The town's name was originally Columbia, often confused with a mining town in California of the same name. Due to the lawless thriving business of saloons, gambling halls and a much heralded red-light district word of the town's inhospitable reputation went forth. Thus those who headed off to seek their fortunes at Columbia, Co. received the famous send-off 'To-Hell-U-Ride!'

About the Writer

willow

willow
Nicholls, Georgia