Hotel at a Glance: Lumière Telluride
Named the “West’s most picturesque ski town” by Travel + Leisure, Telluride is filled with 19th-century homes surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Tucked away in Mountain Village you’ll find Lumière Telluride, a 4.5-star boutique hotel with award-winning guest rooms. After a day of hiking or river rafting, you can take in the scenery while soaking in the outdoor hot tub. The hotel is steps from upscale shops and gastropubs for when you feel like checking out the action.
- Press shout-out: Travel + Leisure mentioned the hotel in its profile of Telluride, which was named one of the 50 Best Romantic Getaways in the world.
- Why visit this summer: for the festivals, including celebrations of hot air balloons (June 6–8), bluegrass (June 19–22), and wine (June 26–29)
- Designer-decorated guest rooms feature plush carpeting, hand-blown glass fixtures, and original artwork.
- Onsite dining: The Little Bar at Lumière serves tapas and cocktails in a chic, contemporary setting.
- Recommended hiking trail: Bear Creek Trail climbs 2.5 miles to a plunging waterfall.
Telluride, Colorado: World-Class Outdoor Recreation and Mountain-Town Charm
The historic town of Telluride is tucked into the majestic San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. Gold mining was the primary means of income in the early days. Once the first chairlift was put up in 1972, though, skiers began flocking to the charming mountain town for its fresh powder and steep slopes. Once the snow melts in the summer, hikers and mountain bikers take over, traversing scenic paths that wind through aspen groves and scenic meadows.
There are also several hot springs in the area. For a soothing soak, head to Orvis Hot Springs, about 40 miles away, where clothing is optional and the lithium-infused water is pure and untreated. Another popular activity is whitewater rafting through Class II and III rapids on the San Miguel River. In historic downtown Telluride, you’ll find quaint shops, galleries, and restaurants. At night, you can grab a beer among locals at a number of unassuming saloons and pubs.