WOW WOW WOW, did I say WOW! How beautiful. This has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, not sure why, but I guess because I’m from the middle of the Pacific Ocean and mountain towns intrigue me.
The drive through Arizona and then the Four Corners area is not what you would call necessarily pretty, but interesting never the less. I spied an old time Seven Eleven store/Gas Station, DH said that he hadn’t seen one of those in years. We saw several of them on this adventure, going through New Mexico.
If every you go to Telluride, I HIGHLY recommend this ski in/ski out hotel. Absolutely phenomenal, from the minute you pull up to the front door. Top notch service, beautiful property, perfect location at the foot of the FREE gondola into Telluride or a number of chair lifts to the runs.
On our first night in town we had dinner at Smak Bar.
For me, a Salmon Salad that was terrific. DH had a burger with a side salad rather than fries, good call. That evening we simply strolled around Mountain Village. Most of the restaurants and shops were closed; I asked around and it seems that folks take off and have their own vacations in October and return just before Thanksgiving.
Breakfast at our hotel was included and it’s wasn’t continental either. There was a beautiful buffet with cold and hot cereal, scrambled eggs, real eggs, home fries, sausages, bacon, smoked salmon, assorted breads, juice, coffee OR you could order one item from their menu. DH had the buffet and I the Lobster omelette, yum!
We took the gondola ride into Telluride to take a look see around on Day 2. This takes you from one side of the mountain over to the other in about 15 minutes, and what a ride. The views are stunning.
We walked around Telluride, just meandering, looking in shops, stopping in the parks and just sitting. Lots of sitting, the elevation is over 9,000 feet, take your time walking.
Time for lunch. We found Smuggler’s Brew Pub. We ordered a BLT with fries and beautiful mixed green salad with Goat Cheese, Pears and Walnuts, we shared. I did not know that DH liked Goat Cheese, I always thought that he didn’t, who knew.
The ride back to Mountain Village was just as impressive.
Dinner this evening was at La Pizzeria. For the table to share was Lasagna Bolognese, a side salad and a Mushroom Pizza. Delicious! I ordered a glass of Sangiovese wine and my husband did something that I hadn’t seen him do in years, he took a sip and order one for himself. Boy, he must have been really relaxed here, he doesn’t drink, well, enough to mention anyways, but he said it tasted just like the homemade wine his Uncle would make.
Have you heard of it? You probably haven’t, we hadn’t either, that is until watching a television program which inspired this whole trip. Ouray is best known for their public Hot Springs, but I forgot our bathing suits, dang it! The drive was gorgeous riding along the Rocky Mountains, capped in snow and the beautiful Fall Colors in the trees. There had been some snow in the higher elevations just a few days prior.
We spent the better part of the late morning and early afternoon strolling along Main Street and window shopping.
But what was that? Did I hear a stomach growl? Our lunch stop this day was at Cavallo’s Restaurant, just in the nick of time too. DH had a bowl (not a cup mind you) of Gumbo and a Chopped Salad; for me the Shrimp Remoulade Salad. That bowl was a bit much, so I helped my husband finish that off, great stuff!
Our drive back to Mountain Village was no less beautiful; we found this pull out to take photos.
The weather was starting to turn, so we decided that a nice cup of Chicken and Dumpling soup and a salad to share for dinner would do us fine. I got take out from Tracks Café & Bar, conveniently just steps off the back porch of our hotel. Perfect. We snuggled up in our super comfortable room and drifted off to sleep.
We woke up the next morning to sleet and freezing rain. This did not bode well for our travels. We were off to Durango to visit with friends for the night, on our way back home; taking the “Million Dollar Highway”, a AAA recommended drive, BUT, not a great idea in this mess, maybe next time. So we went the opposite direction and just as well, there was snow at 7,000 foot level, YIKES! We don’t have four-wheel drive or snow tires and chains, but we made it in one piece and found our favorite hotel in Durango, the Best Western Mountain Shadows.
We had an early morning wake up and hit the wagon trail for home with supplies in hand of course. The night before, we stopped in a grocery store and bought the makings of a very nice pasta salad, as well as some fruit for our planned lunch spot in Show Low Arizona. We found the City Park during one of our previous travels and it serves as the best pit stop and break from driving for awhile.
Where too next is anyone’s guess.