January 30, 2018

A Designer’s Guide to Telluride

We had the pleasure of remodeling a vacation home in Telluride (can’t wait to share how it all turned out!) and made a rapid discovery. After spending quality time surrounded by crisp, clean air and the most incredible mountain views, we understand exactly why our clients fell so hard for this charming ski town! Telluride, like so many spots in the stunning state of Colorado, is pure magic, and we simply had to share our notes about the hot spots that made our time there so special (along with a few design sneak peeks that we hope you enjoy) – scroll on!

Telluride Designers Guide Flowers Mountains

All smiles playing with flowers on install day!

Where to Sleep

After a long day of work (or play), all you wanna’ do is hit the hay, and Telluride offers a wealth of cozy places for you to rest that weary head.

Hotel Columbia

Telluride Hotel Columbia Designer Guide Colorado

Hotel Columbia, Telluride

We loved our stay at this boutique beauty! Situated in the center of town with direct access to the gondola and lift, it’s a lovely spot that keeps you close to all the action. Plus, most rooms have fireplaces (love!) and balconies where you can take in all those magnificent views have to offer!

Designer Guide Telluride Hot Tub Room Hotel Columbia

Premium Hot Tub Room at Hotel Columbia

New Sheridan Hotel

Another one of our visits brought us to the New Sheridan and we fell in love with its historic vibes and classic Victorian style! While you’re there, be sure to grab a Chop House burger (delish!) and head on up to The Roof for a happening rooftop bar where you can sip with an awesome city view.

Madeline Hotel and Residences

Designer Telluride Guide Madeline Hotel Rustic Mountain Cabin

Madeline Hotel’s Sky Terrace

We didn’t have the opportunity to stay at Madeline Hotel and Residences in Mountain Village but it’s definitely on our list for next time! In addition to being a newly renovated property, Madeline Hotel boasts the acclaimed Sky Terrace which is a 4,000-square-foot deck with massive swimming pool, two hot tubs, three fire pits, and a full-service bar, that offers unforgettable mountain views. Ummm, yes, please!

Element 52

Situated along Telluride Mountain, the residences at Element 52 unite rustic, nature-inspired architecture with contemporary design elements, and it’s a union we can’t get enough of! Ski in, ski out, and enjoy every luxury you could possibly imagine in the process.

Telluride Element 52 Designer Guide Residences

via Element 52

Where to Eat

This probably goes without saying, but we can guarantee you won’t go hungry in Telluride! With a selection of 60 restaurants, wine bars, and diners to choose from, it was difficult to limit our list of faves, but here goes…

The Butcher and Baker Café

Seriously our favorite place to start and end the day! If we told you how many times we ate here, it would be embarrassing, so let’s just say we like this place…A LOT. Order the chilaquiles and pick up a dozen ginger molasses cookies while you’re at it…you’re welcome.

Alpino Vino

Designer Guide Telluride Alpino Vino Colorado Restaurant

Alpino Vino via Telluride.com

Only open during ski season, Alpino Vino is an enchanting place to rest up between runs. On the hunt for lunch? Hope you packed some skis! During the day, you can only access this on-mountain chalet restaurant by visiting the top of the See Forever ski run, which means you’ll have the opportunity to work up an appetite before you arrive! Skiing not your bag? Join them for dinner when an enclosed snow coach becomes available to whisk you up to feast!

Telluride Designer Guide Alpino Vino Restaurant

Alpino Vino – sample menu here

Ghost Town

With lattes, smoothies, specialty grocery goods, and an awesome patio, Ghost Town is pretty much your one-stop shop! We enjoyed the laid back vibe and found that an order of coffee with avocado and goat cheese toast is a surefire way to kick start any day.

La Marmotte

So, our taste buds still tingle at the sight of La Marmotte! We shared one of our most memorable meals here and can’t wait to go back! Situated in one of the oldest buildings in Telluride, La Marmotte has been serving up delicious French cuisine for over 20 years and their team has garnered national attention for doing that oh-so-well. The menu changes nightly but here’s a look at what they’ve got cookin’ tonight! Mouth = watering…


Allred's Restaurant Telluride Mountain Designer Guide

Allred’s Restaurant

Here’s a fact: if we could lounge around eating atop a mountain all day, we absolutely, positively would. Sadly, that wasn’t in the stars for our latest Telluride excursion, but Allred’s is a treat that everyone should experience at least once!

Telluride Guide Allreds Restaurant Mountain

Loving this Allred’s wedding look via Magnolia Rouge

Brown Dog Pizza

Designer Telluride Guide Brown Dog Pizza Bar

Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride, Colorado

They’ve got Detroit style, thin crust, American style, and Sicilian, and that means we’ve got everything we need! Sometimes a long day just calls for a slice [or three]…

What to Do

Telluride may be a small town but it’s bustling! With activities available year-round, there’s something for everyone and we pulled a few from Telluride.com that we’re looking forward to trying on our next visit!

Dog Sledding

Trying to imagine a snow activity that could possibly be more doggone fun (sorry, had to…) than traversing through snow covered national forests with a pack of Huskies!

Telluride Sleighs and Wagons

This comes highly suggested by our clients! The Aldasoro Ranch was established in the 1920s and they offer sleigh rides from central Telluride up to a heated tent on the ranch where guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable dining experience (making this a bit of a “what to eat-what to do” hybrid on today’s list). There are two evening meal times which means you can choose between taking your meal with stellar sunset views or dining under the stars – either way, you’re sure to sleigh…yeah, we went there!

Sleighs and Wagons Telluride Designer Guide

Telluride Sleighs and Wagons



Looking to carry your own body weight around? You’re in luck! Telluride has tons of trails ranging in difficulty and all with stunning scenic views. We were actually able to get a hike in post-install and it was magnificent!

Bear Creek Falls Telluride Designer Guide

Bear Creek Falls via Telluride.com

Designer Guide Telluride Ice Lake

Ice Lake via Telluride.com

Cornet Creek Falls Telluride Guide

Cornet Creek Falls via Telluride.com


Designer Guide Telluride Bear Creek Falls

Stumbled upon this while hiking Bear Creek Falls – AMEN!

Via Ferrata

An excursion fit for the brave, Via Ferrata is a challenging climb that, at one point, suspends you by a harness on a small iron foothold at 500 feet…maybe we’ll stick with the Huskies?

Where to Shop

When it comes to installs, we generally ship up everything we need, but there are always a few odds and ends that need to be purchased on location. Luckily, we found two amazing stores who were more than happy to help!


HOOK Telluride Shopping Designer Guide

Hook in Telluride, Colorado

We love Hook‘s selection of dishware, hand towels, and, well, hooks! Make sure to drop by and check out their assortment of throw pillows and coffee table books – you won’t be disappointed!

Telluride Designer Guide HOOK Shopping Colorado

Plus, they love puppies…

Sage House Designs 

Telluride Sage House Designs Shopping Guide

Sage House Designs

Owned by the lovely Christy Brown, Sage House Designs is an interior design firm that also boasts a gorgeous storefront! Christy served as a super kind and helpful resource for us at various times throughout our install, and we can’t thank her enough for the generosity!

Sage House Design Telluride Colorado Shopping Guide

A look at Sage House style…

Speaking of style, here are a few sneak peeks of our client family’s new happy place (AKA our Telluride project):

Telluride Designer Guide New Home

stairway and mudroom

Telluride Designer Guide New Home Colorado

living room and powder bath

New Home Telluride Colorado Designer Guide

master bath deets

More pics to come soon! For now, did we miss any of your Telluride faves? Drop us a note below!


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  1. Loved seeing the install pics and spied a few fabulous pieces from FOUND! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alan says:

    You missed probably the best Home Store in Telluride..Dakota Home. Wonderful upscale assortment with furniture designed in house.

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