Today I would like to introduce to you a new Guest Blogger, Michelle Kodis.
Based in Telluride but with a husband who does business in Aspen, Michelle feels very connected to both areas. For many of us, Telluride is a favorite mountain town to visit but it is not always easy to keep up with the incredible restaurants. Michelle is here to shed some light for us, in addition to reporting to us her favorite hiking trails and ways to stay beautiful in this dry climate:
An acquaintance recently lamented the lack of things to do in this slice of regional perfection we call home. I was perplexed, most people I know haven’t yet figured out how to accommodate their ever-expanding must-do lists because mountain living is so…expansive with choice.
Like many, I traded city dwelling for the tranquility of the mountains. It was an initial shock to the system, but only for a short while. Over the past 18 years Ive learned that any place is packed with opportunity if you take the time to find it and keep your outlook fresh and open-minded. Thus I offer a glimpse into what I consider the perfect Telluride weekend.
Restaurants in Telluride:
Back in Tellurides mining days, the town had a reputation for its sophisticated cuisine. Restaurateurs of the time shipped in exotic ingredients and crafted menus to appeal to the discerning palates of an appreciative clientele. That legacy continues today, with high-end sit-down dining coexisting happily with establishments that offer serious bang for the buck if what youre after is a quick bite to eat. My favorites: Rustico, La Cocina de Luz, the Cosmopolitan, La Marmotte and 221. The most extraordinary view of Telluride, especially at night when the streets below are lit up like a circuit board, could very well be from the dining room at Allreds, and the trip there, via the free gondola that links Telluride to Mountain Village, makes the experience all the more memorable. The Coffee Cowboy and the Steaming Bean, both on Main Street, brew excellent coffee, and the bagels at Baked in Telluride are chewy-authentic. A quick drive over Dallas Divide into nearby Ridgway and you can have breakfast or lunch at Kates, a cheerful bistro that offers patio dining in good weather. Telluride still has an off-season during which many restaurants close for a few weeks, so consult one of the local news sources (the Telluride Watch, the Telluride Daily Planet) to confirm whats open.
Hiking in Telluride:
The other day, beneath a sky so blue my retinas are still flashing cobalt, I hiked with my dog on the Eider Creek trail. This trail calls to me because it is quiet, ethereal, typically lightly traveled and, during the fall, the resident aspen cathedral beams a generous, golden light. Another easy-to-access favorite and a quick lung-buster: the Jud Wiebe. This is the classic lunch break for active locals and theres a good chance youll see as many dogs as humans (always a bonus). At its crest, a kind soul placed a rustic bench where hikers, runners and walkers can rest for a moment and feel their breath catch on the view, a panorama that stretches the length of the town and captures the drama of the box canyon and the lingering valley in high relief.
So far my perfect weekend includes great food, blissful hiking and a Pilates class to bring it all into perspective. Though I dont spend much time in spas, I have to mention the Laser Center at the Peaks. A few months ago I treated my face to a laser session and watched?no, marveled?as years of visible sun exposure literally evaporated from my skin. Fresh-faced, I then bought a sunscreen with a higher SPF and a hat with a wider brim, because living here means getting out and finding your own version of fun.
Author and editor Michelle Kodis has an MS in journalism from Columbia University and has studied Pilates and canine acupressure/therapeutic massage. She has written books and articles about a wide range of topics, including human relationships, health/wellness, complementary medicine, architecture/design, alternative energy, business, real estate and cuisine. She and her husband divide their time between the Telluride area and the Roaring Fork Valley.