I love Southwestern Colorado – so many pretty towns nestled into the mountains, watched over by elk herds and waterfalls. We’ve been to Telluride a few times (always in the summer) and it’s good for a few hours of wandering and playing a game or two of “who can find the most expensive thing in this shop” or “count the fancy hippies at the farmers’ market.” Which is to say that I’m definitely not complaining – they had peonies at that farmers’ market, for goodness sake, and carrots in every color of the rainbow. If only I had somewhere to put them other than my pocket, I would have bought the heck out of those peonies.
Our typical day in Telluride has involved exploring Main Street, a ride up the gondola, and dinner at Smuggler’s. This trip we only hit one of the three (which would be Main Street, as you would probably assume from the photos) but I’d highly recommend a beer or two from the two local breweries (Smuggler’s had a raspberry wheat that was tasty) and the gondola is well worth the wait in line. After five years of living in Colorado, I’ve figured out the state’s two basic priorities: mountain adventures and good beer. And it goes without saying that you can check them both off the list in Telluride.