Telluride Homecoming

Ever since Justin and I first met (over 4 years ago now), he has shared his fondness for Telluride, CO with me. He called Telluride home for several years post-college and would love for us to retire there someday. I had never been and we kept telling ourselves we would make the trip.
Main Street in Telluride, CO

Well, we finally did. We spent a week in beautiful Telluride, which truly is God's country in August. The sprawling landscape is inspiring, the mountains breathtaking and the people delightful. It's as picturesque, if not more so, than Vail or other more popular areas of Colorado but remains very casual and less touristy. You won't find a Starbucks or McDonalds there and never will. Instead, the town in filled with independent, unique store fronts and restaurants, where everybody knows your name. Literally. Although Justin moved away from Telluride several years ago, he was still greeted by name pretty much everywhere we went. It is truly a hidden gem.

Because this was a homecoming of sorts for Justin, I did not do much research prior to this trip. I trusted that Justin and his friends, who still reside in Telluride, wouldn't let me down; and well, they didn't. I'll let our photos tell the story.

We spent the majority of our trip hiking and enjoying views from way up top.
at 10,500 feet up on Chair 7

In the middle of one of our hikes, we saw a clearing.
Upon closer inspection, it was an area filled with rock formations. We decided to make our own from loose nearby rocks. When in Rome...

Please note that the elevation will get you, if you're not careful or used to it. At one point, I was stopping every 20 feet to catch my breath and take a sip of water. It wasn't the hiking that did me in, just the lack of oxygen.

Although the weather was beautiful while we were there, there were a few short bouts of rain. This happens nearly everyday in the summer for 20-30 minutes.  Pack lots of layers and a raincoat! I'd wear yoga pants and a hoodie, a rain jacket and then shorts and a t-shirt within a few hours, that's how fast the weather changes.

We also spent a good majority of our time doing what we love the most, eating.
entree from restaurant 221
221 is a great restaurant located in a renovated house. Quaint, delicious and homey. Perfection.

For such a small town, Telluride is full of amazing restaurants.
Siam, a Thai restaurant, was delish. If you are lucky enough to dine here, tell Kyle and Dave hello.

Our gracious friends, Hillary and Kyle and their children, opened up their home to us. It was so nice being able to spend quality time with them, and they even threw a BBQ for us.
The boys fighting over the KC BBQ sauce Justin brought:)
playing frisbee golf in Kyle & Hillary's backyard
We even caught a concert  while we were there. I wasn't that familiar with Ween, but Justin is a huge fan. When we saw Dean Ween was playing a show while we were going to be in town, Justin bought tickets immediately.
 Dean Ween

We couldn't pass up a visit to Telluride Brewing Co, that one of Justin's good friends, Chris Fish, founded.

One of my favorite parts was riding the free gondola up and down the mountainside. The views are spectacular. *Tip- avoid the doggie gondolas if possible. They are typically a little more muddy and smelly than the humans only ones :)

Speaking of dogs, Telluride is the most dog-friendly town I have ever visited, which as a dog-lover, I appreciate. All along Main Street, you'll see doggie-parking with plenty of dogs taking a break, while their owners are inside the shop.
Speaking of doggies, we got to play with our buddy's St. Bernard 10-week old puppy, Barley.
I mean, seriously. I've never wanted to dognap a puppy more than this guy...

The sense of community is also pretty amazing, especially considering most residents are transplants and not actually from here. The free community bins should be in every city. A great way to free-cycle goods you don't use anymore to someone in need.

I loved the unique homes that line Main Street. Real estate is at an all time premium.

Part of what has kept Telluride still so special is that it's not the easiest place to travel to. The tiny airport there now just accepts private planes, no commercial flights land there anymore. You can certainly drive, but it's a place that you have to mean to go to. It's not a crossover town. It is literally in a valley, with one way in and one way out. But, if you ever get the chance, you should go.

Overall, it is a beautiful and peaceful quaint town filled with great people. Oh and the skiing is fantastic from what I hear. I'm more of a summer girl myself, which is why we went in August:)

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