While Telluride is a National Historic District and that means some things can’t and won’t change much (one thing we love about this place!), some things do change, and we’re here with your guide to what might be new to you since your last trip to Telluride.


Wood Ear Whiskey + Noodle Bar

Wood Ear Whiskey: Cocktails with Bar Manager – Alvin Davis — with Michael Schaffer Photography

Love Whisky? Looking for a new late-night hang for your next visit to Telluride? Add Wood Ear to your list. In the historic Roma building, you’ll find Texas smokehouse classics and Japanese cuisine paired with a whole lotta whiskey. From unique ramen and rice bowls to tacos and smoked meat dishes, you can dine in or outdoors or take your food to go. Wood Ear has late-night offerings and a full schedule with live music, Sunday Funday specials, themed events, and more.


The Pick

The Pick, Breakfast and Lunch in Telluride, Colorado

The Pick, photo courtesy Telluride Ski Resort

Looking for a hearty, delicious and quick breakfast or lunch? This new Mountain Village offering from Telluride Ski Resort offers customized, hand-rolled, gourmet burritos and bowls. Custom build your own bowl or burrito between 7:30am and 3pm daily. Eggs cooked to order are available at breakfast time and gluten-free alternatives are available. It’s the custom homemade sauces and salsas like Local Honey Sambal Oelek, Orange Soy Crema, and Kimchi Salsa that take your breakfast or lunch up a notch.


Altezza’s Plant-Based Menu

New Plant-Based menu items available at Altezza restaurant at The Peaks Resort in Telluride, Colorado

Altezza, Photo courtesy Telluride Ski Resort

The Peaks Resort not only revamped Altezza’s menu this year, but has taken it up a notch by incorporating a new plant-based menu. The smoked hummus, Thai kale sprouts salad, or the forest mushroom ragout may entice even the most avid meat eater. If you’re thinking, “no thanks,” there’s always the ahi tuna gyro porcini rubbed steaks to satisfy your appetite. No matter which meal you choose to enjoy, plant-based or otherwise, you’re sure to enjoy the panoramic views of Telluride.


Shake ‘N’ Dog

Photo Courtesy Facebook.com/shakendog

Another recent addition to the Mountain Village Core, this quick service option offers some of Telluride’s more affordable grub. Enjoy high quality hot dogs, salads, baked potatoes, and snacks made to order. In addition to a wide variety of hot dog bun and topping options, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth by choosing from an array of delicious milkshake flavors.


The Tunnel

Photo Courtesy The Tunnel, Telluride

The website says, “Leave your knives, guns and cell phones at the door.” While The Tunnel has been around since last season, you may not know about this well-kept “secret.” With good reason though: The Tunnel, essentially a speakeasy experience, is a throwback to the prohibition era during Telluride’s mining days. You need a reservation and a password to enter. A small trap door will open on the front door where the password is to be given. With only two intimate dining spaces, guests are escorted to their seats and greeted with a cocktail or mocktail followed by a five-course Chef’s tasting menu paired with molecular mixed spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The “theme” and menu changes every few weeks, along with the password, of course. You can find the password on their Facebook page or in The Daily Planet classified ads under “The Tunnel.”

Last Dollar Saloon Remodel

Last Dollar Saloon Telluride Colorado

Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/LastDollarSaloon/

Long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike, “The Buck,” as it’s lovingly called ’round these parts has had a facelift. Not to worry though, owners were careful to honor the bar’s history and vibe, and took care not to get “too fancy” with things. However, this watering hole is now up to code and structurally sound with a bit better flow and use of space. Plans for a rooftop bar are now in the works and space in the back has been re-established for restaurant. The restaurant space will be completely separate however; stay tuned for details about “The National,” which we hear is coming to that space soon.


Telluride’s Chinese restaurant has closed. Shanghai Palace closed in October of 2018 and will now be a pit stop for travelers passing through Montrose on their way to Telluride. Hankerings for asian food can still be filled by Pescado, Tallay, or Siam’s Tallay (Mountain Village).



Nested Petal & Home

Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/nestedtelluride/

You’re staying in a vacation rental because you want to feel like you have a home away from home. What’s better than fresh flowers to brighten your day? Be sure to stop by Nested Petal and Home, purveyor of uniquely cultivated florals and decor, tucked in the back of Telluride’s Apotheca Pharmacy. Telluride’s newest floral shop offers delicately curated floral arrangements, gifts for the home and garden, and more.

Telluride Salt Cave

Telluride, Colorado Salt Cave

Photo courtesy Telluride Salt Cave

Maybe you already know about the amazing affects of time spent in a salt cave… but did you know Telluride has its own cave now? Tucked into the Pure Beauty & Wellness Spa (which has also changed locations) you can find the calming, soothing, healing salt cave which can help if you’re having trouble with our high altitude or with allergies. In between adventures, take some time to meditate and breathe deep while you absorb minerals through your breath and skin. If you want to take your relaxation to the next level, book a massage in the salt cave. You can also enjoy yoga surrounded by pink himalayan salt. The cave offers guided meditation sessions, unguided relaxation sessions, private sessions and couples sessions. Read more about the benefits of time in the salt cave here.

Pet Stores

Photo Courtesy Side by Side

Side by Side Telluride and PET Telluride offer options for souveniers for your four-legged friends back home. Side by Side’s website says: “We believe in the power of nutrition to add years to your pet’s life. Years of snuggling side by side, years of running side by side, years of loving side by side. That’s why we are so passionate about making food that is complete and balanced for your pet’s needs, jam-packed with the best and most appropriate nutrients.”


Photo Courtesy Google, Pet Telluride

PET Telluride says, “Our veterinarian approved pet food and supply store carries everything from dog + cat food, treats, toys, beds, accessories and much more!”

SMPA Lot Construction

The construction of the new multi-use lot including a parking facility, affordable housing and the future home of the Ah Haa Arts School at 160 Fir Street has commenced. All of the businesses surrounding the area, including The Market at Telluride and Baked in Telluride, are still open. There is however, a gaping hole in the ground which comes with occasional sidewalk and street closures.


Be sure to check out some of these new Telluride stops during your next trip to our beautiful mountain town. Looking for a place to stay? Be sure to search Lodging In Telluride rentals to find the best vacation rental for you. Questions? Give us a call 888-476-2056 or email info@lodgingintelluride.com.