Where to Relax and Recharge in Telluride
After a day on the slopes, it’s time to slow down, relax, and indulge. Here are the best places in Telluride to do just that.
The Peaks Resort and Spa: Towering over the ski area’s mountain village, the 8-story- tall Peaks Resort houses a sumptuous and sprawling retreat, complete with an oxygen bar, 32 treatment rooms, avocado/citrus scrubs, every imaginable kind of workout facility, and a 2-story waterslide. And, yes, the helipad is just outside the door, so you can go straight from skiing to a massage.
221 South Oak: Known locally as “221,” this unassuming bistro near the gondola plaza is symbolized by its overstuffed couches that envelop diners sipping a Manhattan or Cosmopolitan before setting off for tables serving a mélange of seafood, game, and poultry. Don’t miss the sausage sampler with house-made spicy pork, chicken cranberry, duck mushroom, elk garlic, and beef with cheddar cheese.
Cosmopolitan: Diners can guess at Cosmopolitan’s attention to detail and flavor just by looking at the menu: grilled pork porterhouse with vanilla sweet potatoes, bacon- braised Swiss chard, and apple cider gastrique. Cosmo, as the locals call it, only seats 70 at the restaurant, and a few more at its cherrywood bar, so make sure to reserve a seat in advance.
La Marmotte: La Marmotte’s chef/owner, Mark Reggiannini, a former sous chef for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, employs a simple and very French cooking philosophy to go with his three-course prix-fixe menu. Local gourmands arrive early at La Marmotte’s century-old brick building to ensure they can order the duck breast with reduction sauce and black truffle- crusted scallops before they’re gone.
Honga’s Lotus Petal: The toughest reservation in town is a table at this bistro specializing in organic Thai and Japanese cuisine where Tokyo- trained sushi chefs slice and dice a variety of sashimi-grade fish. Try the caterpillar roll: avocado, eel, and flying-fish roe. Hot dishes include red and green curries with shrimp or tofu. Beware the little bit of Cuba here: Honga’s tasty mojitos are legendary—it’s impossible to drink just one.
Allred’s: Fine dining at 10,551 feet? Yes, that’s Allred’s, located at the top of the town gondola. Take in some of the most dramatic mountain views in the country from its window-side tables while dining on Colorado rack of lamb with watercress smashed potatoes and fennel puree or the roasted chicken with brocollini.
New Sheridan Bar: Located inside the New Sheridan Hotel, the bar was opened in 1895, making it Telluride’s oldest watering hole, and it still shows off its 19th-century elegance, with mahogany paneling, a hand- carved bar, lead-glass divider panels, and a giant, vintage painting of a Reubenesque nude. The bar area is the place to be seen; the back room is for more intimate gatherings.
Tempter House: For a party on top of the world, you can’t beat the Tempter House perched on a 12,200-foot high knoll overlooking a sickeningly steep cliff that drops more than 2,500 feet. To reach the highest residence on the continent, guests can travel by snowmobile or skis from the groomed slopes of the ski resort. The house’s five levels can accommodate up to 30 for a private party that can spread across its billiards room, full kitchen, and living room anchored by a massive stone fireplace.