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The Telluride Almanac

The Telluride Almanac

By Lou Bendrick
posted: 05/16/2000

Adrenaline For professionally guided adventures-fly-fishing, rock climbing, peak ascents, hot-air ballooning and more-call Telluride Outside at (800) 831-6230 or (970) 728-3895.
Fore! Mountain Village (connected by a free gondola) is home to the Telluride Ski and Golf Club's par 71, 18-hole course. For reservations call the Telluride Pro Shop at (970) 728-6157.
Water The local lakes, rivers and reservoirs are an angler's paradise. For guided trips try Telluride Fly-fishers at (800) 828-7547 or (970) 728-4477.
Rejuvenation Head to the Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa (800-789-2220) for a rub and tribathalon: swim, soak in a hot tub and sample watsu, an in-water massage.
Refueling Station Join the loitering locals on the benches in front of the Steaming Bean for some first-rate coffee-and people-watching.
On The Town Built in 1895, the New Sheridan Hotel is a Telluride landmark. Belly up to the ornate cherry-wood bar, imported from Austria, for scotch and a cigar. For entertainment, slip next door to the Sheridan Opera House for a performance or movie in the exquisitely renovated theater.
Sleeping In At the base of the gondola stands the Hotel Columbia (800-201-9505), a full-service hotel with gas fireplaces, steam showers and clawfoot bathtubs in every room.
On A Rainy Day Browse photographs and artifacts that harken back to the town's mining heyday at the Telluride Historical Museum (970-728-3344).
Festivals There are so many summer festivals here that a Nothing Festival was created to ensure that burned-out locals get at least one quiet weekend. The Telluride Mushroom Festival, scheduled for August 24-27, attracts fungophiles and mycologists for a weekend of lectures and forays. Don't forget to dress as your favorite fungi for the Mushroom Parade.
Information Telluride Visitor Services, P.O. Box 653, Telluride, CO 81435; (888) 783-0257 or (970) 728-4431;

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