Luxurious Retreat Surrounded by Natural Splendor
Though the hills above Telluride once swarmed with miners in search of gold and silver, the treasure hunt has long since ended. Today, natural splendor is the area's most valuable resource—the Rocky Mountains' San Juan range draws visitors from across the globe. Guests of the Hotel Madeline Telluride are treated to sweeping views of those mountains from almost every window. Situated, like the rest of the town, in a box canyon, the seven-story hotel complements the scenery with sloping roofs and a stony, castlelike exterior.
The hotel lobby features dark wood beams, cream-colored chairs, and colorful artwork, creating the feel of a chic mountain cabin fit for upper-crust ski bunnies or jet-setting yetis. In deluxe king rooms, you’ll find handsome woodwork and plush armchairs and ottomans in the sitting area. The king-size bed is dressed in 450-thread-count Pratesi linens and has a double-layered headboard stretching nearly from floor to ceiling.
Elsewhere in the hotel, a bubbling hot tub adjoins the indoor pool. In the fitness center, Nautilus machines and free weights face windows looking out on the charming town. At the hotel's Restaurant Rev, you can dine on striped sea bass, filet mignon, and crispy pork belly. Or you can head to Smak Bar for cocktails and quick bites in a hip yet warm atmosphere.
Telluride, Colorado: Charming Mountain Town with Wild West Roots
In the second half of the 19th century, the mountains around Telluride drew prospectors from all over in search of zinc, copper, silver, and gold. Though Telluride has transformed into an upscale vacation destination since then, traces of the past remain in its Victorian architecture, wooden storefronts, and swinging-door saloons.
Skiing and snowboarding are the principal attractions nowadays, but there’s still plenty to do during all seasons: mountain biking, hiking, live-music festivals, and farmers’ markets are popular options. The 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains provide countless hours of outdoor adventure, and dozens of trails lead to striking natural features such as the 365-foot Bridal Veil Falls. The San Miguel River, meanwhile, offers an enticing challenge for whitewater rafters.