Less than half a mile from the hotel, Telluride Ski Resort features 1,700 skiable acres of light powder snow blanketed across the San Juan Mountains. The Village Express escorts patrons to beginner and intermediate terrain, Village Bypass is a smooth, easier ride, and Humboldt Draw trail has a bumpy, sinuous track. Plunge lift presents sprawling views of the area and ascends the mountain's westernmost peak, which is angled with steep drops. The moderate-terrain Ute Park Express is a good place to start for aspiring freestyle skiers, who can test out its basic jumps and ride-on boxes. Telluride is known to enjoy a texturally consistent snow base, and its remote location renders lines and vagrant snowmen nearly nonexistent.The town's roots as a revolutionary mining village and a Wild West saloon market are put on display at Telluride Historical Museum, which resides fewer than 10 miles from The Peaks Resort. Built in 1896 as a community hospital, the landmark houses artifacts including mining equipment, Victorian architecture models, and remnants of the Ute Indian culture.
The curators of the Telluride Jazz Festival use a very particular word to define their annual event—“celebration.” That joyful spirit permeates the three-day happening, which lauds the American art form by welcoming some of the jazz world’s brightest luminaries for performances in a stunning setting. Blue notes ring through a verdant field surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, providing a picturesque backdrop for audiences lounging in chairs or atop nature’s chair: grass. Sunshine gilds lively tunes throughout the day, while at night, visitors can explore additional sets at intimate venues throughout the town. A yearly parade brings the weekend to its jubilant peak as bands wind down Colorado Avenue toward the Town Park Stage.
Stretching out in a valley before dusty golden mountains, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery's 11 acres are home to five flourishing grape varietals that grow fat and sugary on the vine. Every aspect of wine production takes place on site, from harvesting and crushing the grapes to fermentation and bottling. The final result is a portfolio of wines that includes a 2011 estate syrah, a 2012 ice wine, and a 2016 varietal that only lives in dreams. Visitors can sip samples of these wines at the tasting room, which is situated in the restored hay loft of an old barn.
Despite the extravagance suggested by its name, Bacchanale focuses on simple, modest dishes inspired by the Italian countryside. Though the menu changes seasonally, it often features artisan flatbreads, seasoned steaks, and hearty pastas topped with everything from butternut squash to wild boar. Like the cuisine, the decor falls somewhere between simple and elegant. Modern accents are offset with neoclassical ones, such as a bar reminiscent of a palace portico and a bearded philosopher who leads guests to their table.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
D'Vine Wine strives to make the winemaking process approachable. Rather than creating highbrow vintages in a vineyard far from civilization, they import wine-quality grapes to their local wine shops and craft their wines in full view of customers. There, visitors can sip a creation in-house, buy a bottle, or join the wine club for a bounty of discounts, new releases, and photo ops with famous varietals. But D'Vine Wine doesn't stop there. The wine experts also let customers in on the process, leading them through the steps of blending, fermenting, and bottling their own wines, whether they prefer reds such as Rojo Grande, a dry Spanish table wine with notes of cloves and pepper, or crisp white pinot grigio. Custom wine labels put a finishing touch on the personalized process, resulting in a unique creation that's ideal for gift giving or enjoying at home.