Telluride CO is one of mine and Will's favorite places to visit and we have been coming here for the past 5 years. Either during the summer or winter, you can't go wrong. As the town always says, you come for the winter and stay for the summer. Both seasons are magical for their own reasons. If you are wondering about summer in Telluride, make sure to check out this post. But for today, I'm sharing what to do in Telluride for the winter.
Below I'm recapping everything we did, where we ate, where to stay, what to wear, etc. There are so many winter activities in Telluride, I included some that we didn't do this trip, but have in the past and are worth mentioning! If you're planning a Telluride vacation soon, definitely save this post for ideas. I also have a full post on what to pack for a ski vacation if you plan to visit Telluride in the winter and a Telluride Travel Guide.
Where to Stay
Where to Eat
There is a must if you like good food, drinks, ambiance, and a relaxed/casual vibe. This tiny restaurant seats just 30 people at a time and reservations are required. Here, dinner is not a moment in time each day; it is a creative, dynamic experience. From their menu to the handcrafted cocktails, fun and adventure are at their core. The brussels, shiitake buns, patatas bravas, tuna tostadas, waygu and greens are a few of my favorites. Make sure to try a jam drink, but the diablo is my favorite.
We came to Siam (in town, not Mountain Village), our first night in Telluride. Sadly, they only offer to-go food and a fraction of the menu they had before, which was incredible. It's still SO good, but we missed out on a lot of our favorites. We ordered to-go and just sat on the patio and ate about 30 min later. The spring rolls and tofu Pad Thai are my personal favorite.
I ate here my first visit to Telluride years ago and not again until our last summer trip. Rustico is an Italian restaurant which is normally pretty busy. Since we eat a lot of pasta at home, it's not normally top of our list, especially since there are so many other amazing restaurants in town. However, we revisited for dinner and it was SO good. We split two pastas and a pizza and had to crawl home (kidding), but it was worth it and I'm so glad we gave it another shot! Will had the ravioli and I had the mushroom fettuccini special. We also got the white pizza and added mushrooms and peppers. Very good!
If you're visiting Telluride for the first time, Allred's should be on your list of places to stop by whether for a drink, dinner, dessert, or just to enjoy the sunset. Take the gondola to the top of the mountain and enjoy the elegant rustic ambiance. We have been a handful of times so we usually don't go anymore because there are so many places we want to visit, but it's still a great experience with great food!
The Butcher & The Baker
Another local & popular favorite for breakfast/brunch. The Butcher & The Baker specializes in handcrafted, fresh and local cuisine offering a farm-to-table approach. You really can't go wrong with anything you order here. The pastries are incredible and breakfast sandwiches are savory. Try to get there early to miss the weekend rush or you'll wait about 30-45 min before ordering. We always grab a few dishes to get to-go and snack on during the longer visits. The Udon noodles and chicken tortellini...YUM
What to Do
What to Wear
Telluride is definitely a casual mountain town, and everyone is VERY relaxed in what they wear. I still like to dress true to my style, but I definitely take it down a notch. I never bring nice shoes (especially because of the snow/slush) so I pretty much wear the same winter boots from day to night. My Moncler jacket was PERFECT for walking around town and chilly nights keeping me so warm. Plus it has a hood so if its SUPER cold or starts snowing, I have the extra layer of warmth. 99% of the time I'm wearing a beanie, sweater, jeans, boots, and Moncler jacket. Every now and then it's fun to bring a more statement coat, but just remember, its a super casual town.
Check out What to Pack for a Ski Trip post!