Hotel at a Glance: Lumière Telluride
Telluride, dubbed the “West’s most picturesque ski town” by Travel + Leisure, 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 near all sorts of mountain recreation. After a day of hiking or mountain biking, you can take in the scenery while soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub. Telluride’s upscale shops and gastropubs are just steps away.
- Press shout-out: Travel + Leisure mentioned the hotel in its profile of Telluride, which was named among the 50 Best Romantic Getaways in the world.
- Making the list: The hotel was also featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List and its 2013 list of Best Ski Resorts and Ski Hotels in the United States.
- Designer-decorated guest rooms feature egyptian-cotton linens, handblown glass fixtures, and original artwork.
- Onsite dining: The little bar at Lumière serves tapas and cocktails in a chic, contemporary setting.
Telluride, Colorado: Charming Mountain Town with Wild West Roots
Telluride is full of Wild West history—for starters, it’s where Butch Cassidy pulled off his first bank robbery. During the second half of the 19th century, it was one of Colorado’s most prosperous gold and silver mining towns (some believe more millionaires lived in Telluride than in New York City at the turn of the century). Traces of the past remain in downtown’s Victorian architecture, wooden storefronts, and swinging-door saloons.
Since those rough-and-tumble days, Telluride has established itself as one of the world’s premier ski destinations, a remote(ish) resort known for its rugged mountain culture and flannels-over-furs attitude. In 2012, Condé Nast Traveler readers named it the “Best Place to Ski and Stay in North America” and National Geographic suggests it “may be the most picturesque ski town in North America.” In the summer, you can hit the trails to go hiking or mountain biking amid gorgeous scenery at an altitude of more than 9,000 feet.