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Explore Colorado: Fun in Telluride

Jennifer Broome checks out all the fun this summer in Telluride.

Telluride is a mountain town with a jam-packed summer festival line-up.  The best known Telluride summer festival  is the Bluegrass Festival that coincides with the summer solstice.  You can catch some superpickers and some of the biggest names in bluegrass like Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers  at the 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival is June 21-24. 

The festival season in Telluride kicks off Memorial Weekend with MountainFilm.  It is a gathering of scientists, artists, adventurers, film makers, and film lovers during the festival centered on outdoor adventure films and issue based documentaries.

The 29th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival is June 1-3.  It is a chance to see hot air balloons flying over the box canyon.

The KOTO Doo-Dah is Saturday July 8th.  This year’s concert features Ziggly Marley and the electro-fusion band Beats Antique.  It is a fundraiser for Telluride’s public radio station. 

The Telluride Yoga Festival is July 12-15.  World-class instructors will lead you through a weekend of relaxation and enlightment.

If beer and music are your thing, then head to the Telluride Blues and Brews September 14-16.  Some of the headliners this year are B-52s, Gov’t Mule, and Phil Lesh.  On the 15th, beer takes the center stage during the Grand Tasting with over 50 microbreweries and 150 different beers.

While visiting Telluride for one or more of the summer festivals, you definitely want to fuel up for summer outdoor adventures like hiking to waterfalls, ATVing, golfing, and horseback riding.  Telluride is quite the foodie town with some incredible restaurants.  For breakfast or lunch, try The Butcher & The Baker Cafe.  The best spot for lunch on the mountain is the French restaurant Bon Vivant. Flora Dora Saloon is perfect for a low key dinner.  If you want something a little more upscale (jeans are acceptable attire everywhere in Telluride) then try the Chop House at the New Sheridan Hotel or Allred’s on the mountain.

For the festivals stay where you can walk to all the fun.  The perfect hotel for that is The Hotel Telluride.  You’ll be just steps away from the festivities with this hotel that is in the heart of Telluride.  It’s a boutique hotel with oversized accommodations.  It is luxurious yet cozy.  You can take your pooch along too!  The Hotel Telluride is pet-friendly, which is nice since Telluride is a pet-friendly town.