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Downtown Telluride with Mountains in the background

The AETHER Guide To Telluride

The AETHER Guide To Telluride

This summer the AETHERstream has spent time in Telluride, and so we wanted to explore all that this gorgeous mountain town has to offer. (Fun fact: The name “Telluride” derives from the phrase “To Hell You Ride,” which is how people described the treacherous journey to this remote mountain town in the mining days.) Here, are some of our must-visit spots in and around Telluride. ↓

Landscape view of Telluride, Colorado

Element 52 – The current site of the AETHERstream is a slopeside property offering well-appointed, privately owned residences that can be rented, all just a block from Telluride’s main drag. Known for exceptional concierge service, the hotel can help you make the most of your stay in the Rockies by booking everything from off-roading excursions to hikes through the high country. ↓

Landscape view of Madeline Hotel in Telluride, Colorado

Madeline Hotel & Residence – Take the gondola from town to this five-star hotel in Mountain Village, located above Telluride at almost 9,500 feet. The hotel’s close proximity to Reflection Plaza means concerts, movie nights, and even ice skating in the winter are steps from your room. Make sure not to miss the hotel’s daily sunset s’mores. ↓

New Sheridan Historic Bar in Telluride with mountain back drop

New Sheridan Historic Bar – Telluride’s oldest and most beloved bar has remained virtually unchanged since opening its doors to miners in 1895. Stop by for Telluride’s unofficial cocktail, the Flatliner Martini (a spin on an espresso martini with vanilla and Kahlua), live performances from local musicians, and some truly authentic local flair. ↓

Interior view of people dining in Allred's restaurant with mountains viewed in background

Allred’s – Ride the gondola to the midpoint San Sophia Station to indulge in this fine-dining establishment set at 10,540 feet. You’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view to complement the award-winning wine list and regional specialties, like bourbon-marinated elk loin and Colorado rack of lamb. ↓

Front of Telluride Historical Museum

Telluride Historical Museum – Located in a restored 1896 miners’ hospital, the Telluride Historical Museum celebrates the area’s history—from the gold-mining days to the development of its world-class ski resort. ↓

Coffee shop signage with mountains in the background

Between the Covers – Open since 1974, Telluride’s independent bookstore has more than 10,000 tomes on its shelves. When you’re done browsing the epic selection of reading material, grab a latte in the store’s cafe, High Alpine Coffee. ↓

Exterior of Butcher & The Baker shop in Telluride

The Butcher & The Baker – Start the day at this locally owned and operated Telluride treasure boasting a menu of handmade breads and artisan pastries. Or, stop by later in the day to sample something from the bar featuring Colorado beers, locally crafted spirits, and biodynamic wines. ↓

Exterior of house turned restaurant


221 South Oak – The fact that this restaurant is set in a refurbished historic home is only part of the charm. This intimate culinary gem offers beef, game, and seafood dishes, while also featuring a full vegetarian menu. Here, homemade is the name of the game—sausages, pastas, beignets, and even ice cream. ↓

Interior view of old wood bar at Stronghouse Brew Pub

Stronghouse Brew Pub – Housed in an original stone warehouse from 1892, this pub serves up a selection of brats and a rotating menu of craft beers brewed on-site. ↓

Exterior sign of Alpino Vino alpine restaurant

Alpino Vino – Ski in during the day for lunch or take a snowcoach at night to enjoy the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America, located at 11,966 feet in a European-style hut. The lunch menu features Italian Alpine gourmet comfort food, while the four-course prix-fixe Northern Italian dinner is best enjoyed with wine pairings. ↓

Interior wall of skis at Wagner Custom Skis

Wagner Custom Skis – This custom-ski company is known for crafting some of the most unique and versatile sticks on the hill. Tell them your preferences, and let them get to work building your ultimate ski. ↓

Outdoor sign of Bootdoctors shop

BootDoctors – The detailed process and unparalleled customer experience have earned this shop a reputation as one of the country’s best ski- and snowboard-boot retailers. ↓

Helicopter dropping off skiers on mountain

Telluride Helitrax – This family run business has been offering heli skiing over 200 square miles of untracked terrain in the San Juan Mountains since 1982.

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