Where to Stay in Telluride: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re thinking about vacationing to Colorado, you should visit the spellbinding area of Telluride. Named one of North America’s Top Ten Ski Resorts, Telluride is the perfect vacation spot. However, even if you decide to visit in the summer, there are still plenty of incredible reasons to visit Colorado’s dreamland. Exceptional Stays offers locations in both the Town of Telluride and its sister-town, Mountain Village. But how do you choose which area is right for you? The two towns connect via gondola and a free system runs from 7 am to midnight each day. You are never far away from either location—you can have the best of both worlds.

Wondering where to stay in Telluride? Below we’ve compiled some important information to help you find the perfect place for you and your loved ones. However, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first:

  • When are you visiting? Will the weather be warm or cold?Keep in mind that, normally, snow covers Telluride for more than half the year. You’ll experience cold weather from October through April, and sometimes into May. It also never gets very hot in Colorado—temperatures often average in the mid-70s during the summer months.
  • Will you have small children with you? Families that have younger children love Mountain Village for its beginner’s ski school. Otherwise, families with older kids often stay in the town of Telluride for ease of walking to various shops and restaurants.
  • Are you hoping to be in a remote location? This is important for you to think about, as we have remote locations that propel you into Telluride’s glorious landscape. If that’s something you don’t want, and you’d rather walk out of your home and have neighbors nearby, then you’d want to pick a location in the town of Telluride.
  • Do you prefer skiing in and out or do you not mind walking to gondolas? We have ski in-and-out locations, but a lot of our homes are walk-to-ski. Think about whether or not you would like to have fast and easy ski mountain access.

The History of Telluride

Thanks to the booming mining industry, Telluride was put on the map. In 1887, miners found gold, silver, lead, copper, and other precious metals which made Telluride a very popular location. It prospered quickly—for about eighty years, the town thrived on mining practices.

However, once World War I and II took place, Telluride became a ghost town. This is when people started to take advantage of another Telluride treasure—the snow. By the late 1970s, Telluride reinvented itself into a world-class resort community.

The Beauty of Telluride

The glorious town of Telluride resides at an elevation of 8,750 feet, adding to the overall splendor of the town. 14,000-foot mountains surround Telluride and provide some of the best snow sport options in Colorado. You’ll find glorious waterfalls and enchanting hikes around each corner, making this place feel more like a fairy tale than reality.

Things To Do in Telluride

Warm Months

You have a lot of activities to choose from when it comes to Telluride—don’t miss out on the town’s beauty in the summer.

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Rock Climbing

Cold Months

There’s more to Telluride in the winter than skiing. Some of our favorite activities include:

  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Places to Eat

Just like skiing, the food in Telluride meets a world-class standard. There are many incredible chefs who’ve brought their talent to different restaurants in the area. The town of Telluride is where visitors will find abundant nightlife, a variety of restaurants, and friendly people looking to enjoy the area.

Where to Stay in Telluride – Downtown

If you’re looking for a modern home with a bit of history…

  • The Bridal VeilThe 2015 Best of Art & Architecture winner, the Bridal Veil home is a favorite among Telluride visitors. Originally built in 1890, the house features exposed beams and wide plank hardwood floors—many marvel in the fact that they’re walking into a home that original Telluride miners built. Plus, Bridal Veil is located in the heart of the town of Telluride, so it is close in proximity to the vibrant nightlife.
  • If a home with a bit of history isn’t what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other luxurious town of Telluride homes waiting for you to visit.

Where to Stay in Telluride: Mountain Village

In the 1980s, Ron Allred and Jim Wells began working toward their dream—creating a pedestrian-friendly, European-style resort village above Telluride. This area became an official winter sports site for people from all over the globe. At the beginning of its creation, Mountain Village connected to Telluride in every way—in the literal sense, with a gondola, and in an underlying manner as it relied on Telluride for its ruling.

It was supposed to be a town that would help Telluride flourish; however, in 1995, the community recognized that Mountain Village was a world-class resort community in and of itself.

The Beauty of Mountain Village

Located 9,450 feet in the air, Mountain Village offers captivating views of the surrounding area. The village is the perfect spot for all things snow-related but encompasses so much more than that. Relax in a hot tub up in the sky or wander the European inspired village center.

Things To Do in Mountain Village

Warm Months

Mountain village is home to a wide range of outdoor activities. However, in the summer, many visitors prefer the following:

  • Mountain biking
  • High-altitude Hiking

Cold Months

Similar to the town of Telluride, Mountain Village becomes a winter wonderland overflowing with things to do.

  • Hot Tubbing
  • Snowboarding

Places to Eat

You don’t have to hitch a ride on the gondola to Telluride to get some delicious cuisine. There are plenty of mountain-top restaurants to check out, as well as some more casual eateries such as Tomboy Tavern and the Black Iron Bar & Grill.

Where to Stay in Mountain Village

If you’re looking for a home with incredible views…

  • Alpen RidgeOne of our favorite Telluride cabin rentals, Alpen Ridge is a dream come true for skiing enthusiasts. Privacy, luxury, and stunning views are just a few of the things you’ll receive when staying at this home.

Lucky for you, we have plenty of other homes to rent. Our Mountain Village homes have all the peace and tranquility that you wish for on your next vacation.


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