Best Happy Hours in Telluride, Colorado

Telluride’s best happy hours – bought to you by Lodging In Telluride!

If you love to ski, there’s a good chance that you also love happy hour. After a day of intense thigh burn, frozen fingers and achy feet (geez I’m not making skiing sound too fun am I?), it’s easy to work up a thirst/appetite. Whether your perfect apres comes in the form of beer & wings or sushi & cocktails, there is certainly something for every set of tastebuds here in our beautiful box canyon. Here at Lodging In Telluride, we have some firm favorite’s in our little mountain town. But we understand that different people want different things at the end of an epic ski day. So, with that in mind, we have put together the following list of the best happy hours in town. Please feel free to comment on your personal favorite’s, or anything you think we have missed!

1. The Cosmopolitan

Certainly an easy choice as far as effort is concerned, this long time Telluride establishment is just steps from the gondola and the base of Chair 8. Located in the base of Telluride’s Hotel Columbia, the ‘Cosmo’ happy hour is a popular one, with half price sushi rolls and $5 cosmopolitan cocktails. Hang out in the hotel lobby by the fire and enjoy one of Tellude’s best dining experiences, for a fraction of the price.

2. La Marmotte

My personal favorite here in Telluride, La Marmotte offers an old world European feel, with friendly, attentive staff. What I love about La Marmotte is that it perfectly blends fine dining folk with seasoned locals. On any given night, you will find some of Telluride’s most colorful characters sitting at the bar. La Marmotte offers fabulous wine and dinner happy hours during non peak periods. Get there early and prop up the bar!!

3. there

there bar is located on West Pacific Avenue, right across the road from the Viking Lodge, there Bar is arguably Telluride’s best cocktail bar. Again, a cocktail potency warning is required here. Two’s the limit for me, but hey, it’s all relative. The fried Brussell sprouts are also a winner!

4. OAK

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Located at the base of the gondola (you can literally ski to the door), Oak is a firm local favorite. Formerly Fat Alley on Oak Street, Robbie and the gang moved to their new location about 2 years ago. Serving beer, cocktails and wine, as well as a tasty southern menu including fried okra, pulled pork sandwiches and delicious gumbo, Oak is the perfect spot to pull of your ski boots and replenish your energy levels after shredding the pow.

5. The New Sheridan

With its century old, hand-carved Austrian made bar, dim lights and saloon vibe, the Sheridan Bar makes you feel like you just stepped onto the set of an old western movie. Serving $5 Jack Daniels all day, as well as wine, beer and other spirits, anyone who visits Telluride should make a stop here.

6. The Last Dollar Saloon

Affectionately known as “The Buck,” Telluride’s Last Dollar Saloon is a must for anyone looking for a good time in Telluride. I think it’s safe to say that many who live here in Telluride have lost their mind at least once in this rough and ready bar. Not really somewhere you would go to make polite conversation, or go on a date, but if you are looking to let your hair down, head on up to Main Street and perch yourself at the bar.

7. Tomboy Tavern

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The stylish, cozy Tomboy Tavern is cranking out drinks, burgers and more 7 days a week. With a prime location at the base of Chair 4 right in the heart of Mountain Village, this spot is hard not to fall into at some point during your Telluride visit.

8. Lumiere Hotel

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A great little spot located in the lovely Lumiere Hotel (right behind the Inn At Lost Creek at the base of Chair 4).

Lodging in Telluride Adds Fall Line 308 to Portfolio

We’re thrilled to announce another beautiful, perfectly located condo has joined our growing inventory of vacation rentals in beautiful Telluride, Colorado! Fall Line 308, a recently remodeled two-bedroom condo with a prime, central location is now available as another stylish yet affordable vacation rental.

Lodging in Telluride Fall Line 308 offers comfortable mountain chic accommodations for your vacation.
The living room features an L-shaped couch and flat screen TV and overlooks the private balcony.



Fall Line 308 sleeps up to four guests and features modern, mountain-chic styling. Enjoy a home cooked meal at the oversized kitchen island before hitting the slopes or enjoy a board game with the kids in the open floor plan after a fulfilling day of hiking (the Bear Creek trailhead is just steps away!). The comfortable bedrooms feature a queen bed and two twin beds which can be converted to a king bed upon request.

Lodging in Telluride Fall Line 308 vacation rental kitchen with large island and updated appliances.
A large kitchen island provides plenty of room for gathering and cooking.

The Fall Line complex is right in the heart of Telluride and is an easy walk to main street, the gondola and chair lift, Town Park and trail heads. This is the perfect location for summer festivals in Town Park! It’s less than a block away from Telluride’s amazing Wilkinson Public Library which offers usual and unusual rentals for visitors (think Karaoke machines!)

This unit features sky lights for additional natural light, a fully stocked kitchen, a washer and dryer, and free wifi. The Fall Line complex is a short walk from the River Trail, and offers guests covered parking and a hot tub to soak in after a full day of adventure.

Lodging in Telluride Fall Line 308 vacation rental condo offers a queen bedroom.
Queen bedroom.
Lodging in Telluride Fall Line 308 second bedroom offers two twin beds or a king bed.
Twin / King Bedroom.


To reserve this lovely property, call the team at Lodging In Telluride, 888-998-6471, or check availability here. We are a boutique vacation rental management company located in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Whether you are a guest visiting our town for your vacation, or a Telluride homeowner, we will make sure that you are at home in Telluride.


Telluride Lodge #526

New property alert! Telluride Lodge #526.

We recently added Telluride Lodge #526 to our growing inventory of vacation rentals in beautiful Telluride, Colorado! We are very excited to be able to offer this fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo to our guests. It is yet another affordable, yet stylish lodging option for your Telluride vacation.

Telluride Lodge #526 sleeps 7 guests in total. There is also the additional option of 2 twin beds in an additional sleeping space, should your group require more beds.

The Telluride Lodge complex is located on the west end of Telluride town. The complex offers guests a lovely park-like setting with outdoor charcoal grills and picnic tables. Right next door to the north is Clark’s Market and to the south is the Lift 7 area where you can access the ski hill. The complex also has 2 hot tubs (one indoor and one outdoor) and a large, on site parking lot.

Some features of this property include:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Gas fireplace
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Wide planked hardwood oak floors
  • In floor heat
  • Custom carved dining table
  • Ski locker right outside the front door
  • 3 mins walk to skiing
  • 2 mins walk to Clark’s Market
  • Master bathroom with steam shower
  • Washer/dryer in condo
  • Hot tub on premises
  • On site parking at Telluride Lodge
  • Free wifi

If you are visiting Telluride during the snowy winter months, this condo allows you to access the slopes within minutes. The Lift 7 precinct is right across the street. You can also ride the free Galloping Goose shuttle bus to the gondola station to hit the slopes. During the summer months, this property has easy access to countless hiking and biking trails in the box canyon.

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Undeniably one of the most stylish condos in the Telluride Lodge complex – Telluride Lodge #526.
Telluride Lodge #526 - Lodging In Telluride
The living room at Telluride Lodge #526 features a finding table for six guests & chic L shaped sofas surrounding a gas fireplace.
Telluride Lodge #526 - Lodging In Telluride
Prepare a hearty, home cooked meal in this gorgeous kitchen, or kick back on the sofa & sip a glass of red.
Telluride Lodge #526 - Lodging In Telluride
The king master suite is a welcome retreat for weary ski bunnies.

To reserve this lovely property, call the team at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471. We are a boutique vacation rental management company located in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Whether you are a guest visiting our town for your vacation, or a Telluride homeowner, we will make sure that you are at home in Telluride.

Cimarron Lodge 1 Added To Vacation Rental Offering

Cimarron Lodge 1 Added To Vacation Rental Offering

Another fabulous condo added to our vacation rental offering for the 2016/2017 ski season – Cimarron Lodge #1. This stunning south east corner unit at the Cimarron Lodge has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and sleeps 4 guests. Perfect for a family of four, or 2 couples looking for a prime ski in, ski out location in Telluride town, this property offers breathtaking views, stylish mountain interiors and a host of amenities including undercover parking, 2 hot tubs and slope side ski lockers.

Cimarron Lodge #1 is professionally managed by our team here at Lodging In Telluride. We specialize in vacation rental condos on the west end of Telluride town. To book this property, or to browse our full offering of accommodations, please visit our website.

Lodging In Telluride is locally owned & operated since 2006. We strive to provide our homeowners with peace of mind, taking care of their Telluride property like it is our own. We aim to provide our guests with a seamless Telluride vacation, and friendly, personalized service. Call us today on 888-998-6471.

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Cimarron Lodge #1 offers a prime ski in/ski out location and the most spectacular views of the Telluride box canyon!
Cimarron Lodge #1
Cimarron Lodge #1 is a stunning, ski in/ski out condo located at the base of Lift 7, in beautiful Telluride, Colorado.
Cimarron Lodge #1
Cimarron Lodge #1 is a south east facing corner unit. Stunning views of the Telluride Ski Resort & Ajax Peak.

10 Reasons Why Telluride Is A Secret Foodie Hot Spot –

Telluride is fast gaining a reputation as foodie heaven. In 2014, Condé Nast Traveler included Telluride in it’s vote on Best American Cities for Foodies. Fodor’s also included Telluride in it’s list of US cities with the best food. For such a small town, we are so lucky to have such a vibrant local food scene. Many of Telluride’s top restaurants and cafes focus on organic, regionally sourced fresh produce for their menus. just posted an article titled, “10 Reasons Why Telluride Is A Secret Foodie Hotspot”. In her piece, writer Jennifer Kester describes the Telluride food scene:

Telluride may be known as a ski destination, but this tiny mountain town is also a hideaway culinary hot spot. Whether you want to catch a casual après-ski bite or a multicourse fine-dining meal, Telluride puts the lie to the idea that food can’t taste great at high altitudes”.

Kester goes on to name some of Telluride’s best restaurants including Alpino Vino (North America’s highest restaurant), the Cosmopolitan, New Sheridan Chop House and my all time favorite, the Butcher & Baker Cafe.

I think there are a few additional spots that deserve a mention. This includes La Cocina de Luz which serves fresh, organic Mexican food. They also make the best latte in town (I know that’s a strange title for a Mexican restaurant but they really have their espresso machine dialed!), and they also make ridiculously tasty home made ice-cream. Another great spot is ‘There’ bar, located on West Pacific Avenue (near Siam Thai). This fast paced, hipster joint is great for a cocktail and some shared plates.

Lodging In Telluride manages a selection of vacation rentals in Telluride town. Locally owned & operated, our friendly, attentive team aims to make your Telluride experience a seamless & enjoyable one! Our accommodations range from 1-4 bedrooms, and are just a stone’s throw from all the action Telluride has to offer. To browse our selection of Telluride rentals, please visit our website or call us on 888-998-6471.

The importance of understanding human relationships in rental management.

I just read the latest blog post from Barefoot Technologies and it rang so true with me. The article speaks about the rapidly changing face of vacation rental management & how technology has transformed the industry in the past few years. There has been an online explosion of vacation rental options that can overwhelm guests when searching for a place to stay. We often get calls from guests saying “I’ve been searching for days, I can’t look online anymore, just tell me what to book!”. I’ve experienced this myself when searching for vacation rental properties online – a great “research” experience, by the way, for anyone who works in the industry. I was quickly reminded of some fairly simple, yet crucial virtues when searching for a place to stay – managers who answer quickly, make their response personal & seem genuinely interested in helping you find a place to stay that is also a goof fit. In fact, I will happily pay more for a property where the management appears to care. I love the last sentence of the post as it sums it up so beautifully: More than ever, ultimately what will make or break our companies is how well we understand human relationships and whether we are smart enough to heed the golden rule.”

At Lodging In Telluride, human relationships is what we are all about. We want each & every guest to feel as if we care about their Telluride stay, because we genuinely do. In fact, many of our guests become our friends. Telluride is not only the place we call home, but it is a place that we want our guests to love as much as we do. For your Telluride lodging needs, call us on 888-998-6471. You can also check out our vacation rental condos by visiting our website.

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At Barefoot, we love to get the perspective of the people that work in the vacation rental management trenches every day. Below, you will find the current musings of someone who works in a long standing, high end, vacation rental company. I think you will all understand the perspective that is offered…

“When someone asks me how things are changing I can barely catch my breath.   To say the world of vacation management has changed rapidly since the advent of internet technology is a major understatement.  By the time I finish this article, things will have changed even more.   The fact is that the way that anyone over 15 has learned to communicate (never mind write) has become out dated.   Look at the text messages of any 13 year old – where an entire new world of shorthand is quickly unfolding – where words like great have become gr8.  Who has time to spell? 

What’s relevant in all of this – in the evolution of the vacation management industry?    In all of this there’s a paradox of needs emerging. –   A counter-intuitive relationship of sorts – where this rapid transit trip through the valley of the internet seems to be spewing out people who are desperate for some type of human connection.

Hence, enter the 2014 customer.   Whether it’s a baby boomer or a generation Y, there’s little divide.  They, all of them, still want to be heard.   They may be well versed in the internet, and how to search, but after several forays into the vast cosmos of web sites, they get burned out.  

In fact, experience seems to suggest that our guests end up overwhelming themselves – whether it be the baby boomers who started out in their early years using pencils, paper and even learning cursive – to the other end of the spectrum – the generation y kids – born in a more rapid era and helicoptered into reliance.

Bottom line, almost no one who calls wants to know anything more about web sites.   By the time they’ve called you, they want you to talk to them, nurture them, coddle them, peer under the covers of their lives, talk to them about their kids, or not, love their dogs, disparage pet lovers and, finally, walk them to the door of their dream vacation home.   And by then, you had best know enough about them to put them in the cleanest house in the program, or the most luxurious, or the one with the best views, or the most beat up one – the one that reminds them of their childhood visits to the rustic, romantic beach cottages devoid of air conditioning and television but full of memories of childhoods past. Because vacation homes, like slippers, need to be the right fit.

 And if they call to complain because things didn’t go all that right, they want the same connection, empathy, a sincere apology, and the time it takes to listen, and let them know they’ve been heard.  If they don’t get that, we all know where they go.  Right past go, to those dreaded social media sites where they find a welcoming platform and hundreds of “someones” who will listen to them.

In the end, if you look at the vacation industry data in terms of bookings, nothing much changes there.   Same highs, same lows, same spikes for everyone.  So much so that It seems like the collective world of vacationers reverberates on some sort of psychic, conspiratorial plane – ignoring all of the algorithms and data that managers agonize over from year to year.  If you have trouble believing this, just take a look at the stock market.

What’s my conclusion in all of this for 2014?   More than ever, ultimately what will make or break our companies is how well we understand human relationships and whether we are smart enough to heed the golden rule.”

Telluride/Montrose air service takes massive 20% jump for 2014/2014 ski season.

The recent awards & recognition are paying off…and Telluride is set to benefit hugely with a 20% increase in air services for the coming winter!

Telluride has been voted the #1 ski resort in North America by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll. The same poll also voted Telluride #5 Best Small Cities in the US & #4 Most Friendly City in the US. There is no doubt about it, Telluride is on the hot list for many well healed travelers & Telluride is now ranking with best in terms of access for the coming winter season. For the full article from Travel Daily News on flights for the coming months, see below. 

If Telluride has been on your bucket list, make it happen this winter before the secret it out! For your Telluride lodging needs, call the team at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471 or visit our website. We are Telluride friendliest vacation rental specialists!

For your Telluride lodging, call the team at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471.

TELLURIDE, COLO. – With North America’s #1 Resort Ranking (Conde Nast Traveler Reader‘s Poll) and coming off a record year for visits, Telluride has announced a 20% increase in destination flights this winter. Highlights include a 46% growth in seats from Dallas (DFW), new service from San Francisco (SFO), the return of service from Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX), and a doubling of flights from New York/Newark (EWR).

With non-stop flights from 10 metropolitan airports and nine major U.S. hubs, Telluride ranks among the best in the Rockies for access.

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Telluride cleans up accolades over past 18 months!

We all know Telluride is AWESOME! That’s why we live here & that’s why people visit & fall in love with our breathtaking mountain town – the beauty, the people, the food, the diversity, the skiing…there are so many things to love!!

Over the past 18 months Telluride has garnered some of the most coveted titles in various top tier publications. Condé Nast seems to be loving on Telluride these days, as well as SKI Magazine, Travel + Leisure & USA Today.

Here is a snapshot of some of the recognition we have enjoyed….

Condé Nast Traveler, Best Ski Area in North America – #1

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Survey #4 Most Friendly Town In US

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Survey #4 Best Small Cities In US

Condé Nast Traveler Best American Cities for Foodies #18

USA Today, Top 10 Ski Resorts for Nightlife – #5

Fodor’s, one of America’s Best Small Towns

Executive Travel, Best Small Towns in North America – #6

Ski Magazine, Best Ski Resorts – #7

  • Ski Magazine, Scenery – #1
  • Ski Magazine, Character – #2
  • Ski Magazine, Overall Satisfaction – #4

Powder Magazine, Best Ski Resorts – #7

Travel + Leisure, America’s Favorite Towns – #7

USA Today, Top 10 Most Scenic Ski Resorts in the World – #10

If Telluride has been on your bucket list, come & see what all the fuss is about this winter! Call Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471 to start planning your Telluride ski vacation. We offer a selection of Telluride town accommodations at the Viking Lodge & Lulu City. Our vacation rental properties are high quality, affordable & fully stocked with all of the essentials for your stay, and the experience is delivered with a friendly smile. 

Bluegrass Line Up 2014

Only 3 few weeks until the 41st Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off here in Telluride. Below is the line-up for this year’s festival. As always, it’s going to be a blast!

If you are making the trip to Telluride for this years event, don’t forget to pack for any and all weather conditions. It may be scorching hot or it could be snowing. Pack shorts, a hat and a sunscreen as well as jeans and a down jacket! Also don’t forget to bring items that will help you through the long days at Town Park – blankets, umbrellas and plenty of water.

It helps to be as organized as possible, as this event really stretches the small town of Telluride to it’s limit. If you can carpool with someone, this is a good idea as parking is extremely limited. If you are renting a condo through a vacation rental agency, ask about parking passes and make sure you park your car in a legitimate spot and obey the street signs (including parking meters). Nothing worse than leaving the festival all buzzed to realize that your car has a ticket, has been booted or towed! Boo.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Brandi Carlile | Nickel Creek | Del McCoury Band | John CowanJohn McFee and Friends | The Lone Bellow |Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen | Chris Thile

Friday, June 20, 2014

Steve Winwood | Dave Rawlings Machine | Béla Fleck and theColorado Symphony | Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott | Jason Isbell |Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys | Aoife O’Donovan |Chatham County Line

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne | Sam Bush Band |Telluride Troubadour | Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory |Yonder Mountain String Band | Punch Brothers |Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove featuring Yunchen Lhamo |Front Country | Telluride Band Contest

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Telluride House Band featuring SamBélaJerryEdgarBryan & Stuart with special guests Alison Krauss & Del McCoury
Ray Lamontagne | Greensky Bluegrass |Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester |Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers |  Béla Fleck   & Brooklyn RiderDailey & Vincent (gospel set)

If you have any questions about this year’s festival, take a peek at the FAQ’s section of the Telluride Bluegrass website.

Consider booking your 2015 Bluegrass Festival accommodations with Lodging In Telluride. We offer some of the most affordable & quality vacation rental condos in Telluride town. Call 888-998-6471 and lock it in for next year!

Telluride Academy Schedule 2014

The Telluride Academy is one of those things that makes Telluride extra special. It is a truly awesome program for kids! Every summer, families from cities all over the country abandon their urban streetscapes and flock  to Telluride with their kids to give them a taste of outdoor experience & adventure through this incredible program.

The Telluride Academy offers day programs, overnight programs & adventure travel options. The thing I love about the Telluride Academy is the range of options and interests it gives kids to explore. Whether your child is into river rafting, biking, rock & roll, fairies, performing, SUP, cooking, finding bugs, building forts or llama trekking, the Telluride Academy has a program to satisfy every child’s imagination and energy level. There really is something for every family, and every child.

To see the full schedule for the 2014 Telluride Academy click here.

If you are in need of accommodations for your Telluride visit, call the team at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471. We have a selection of vacation rental condos in Telluride town, offering your family a convenient and affordable base for your stay in the mountains. Our properties offer amenities like parking, pools, hot tubs & laundry facilities.

Telluride Academy
Kids enjoy the great outdoors in the San Juans.
Telluride Academy kids enjoy a tour of the Silverton mine.
Telluride Academy trip to Arches National Park
Telluride Academy
Telluride Academy enjoying a picnic lunch
The Telluride Academy offers a diverse range of entertainment options for kids.
A well earned ice cream for the kids!
Camping in the desert with the Telluride Academy