Where to Stay in Telluride, Colorado, for a Local Experience

Via The Culture Trip

Surrounded by towering peaks, Telluride sits in a box canyon and is a historic mining community beloved by outdoor enthusiasts. With just 2,500 residents, this Colorado destination exudes small-town charm and visitors often feel like locals themselves. If you’re looking for where to stay in Telluride, these top spots, bookable with Culture Trip, will give you access to local insight, tips and tricks.

Dunton Town House

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In the late 1800s, more than 23,000 immigrants left Trentino-Tyrol for America. Many arrived in Colorado’s mining districts and created their own small communities. Dunton Town House dates from this period and its renovation was inspired by the Tyrolean history of the area, and the owner’s personal connection to Tyrol. You’ll find a delightful mix of custom furnishings, Tyrolean antiques and fabrics and Austrian ceramics throughout this quaint house situated moments away from the Telluride & Mountain Gondola and Main Street.

Inn at Lost Creek

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With ski-in/ski-out access, you can easily immerse yourself in the outdoors at Inn at Lost Creek. During the summer, scenic hikes and bike rides are on your doorstep, since the inn is next to one of Telluride’s world-class trails. Golfers also love the inn for its direct access to the Telluride Golf Club.

Victorian Inn

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A stay here means you’re a block away from the the gondola, which offers easy access to shopping and adventure. Ask a staff member about skiing along the Nordic trails or for directions to Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s longest free-falling waterfall. The inn has a variety of rooms and suites, plus the private Cozy Cottage.

Bear Creek Lodge Telluride

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Take advantage of the staff at the Bear Creek Lodge, who can help with tours, rentals, reservations, and experiences. Want to know the favorite ski runs or cocktail spots? Just ask and the team will have you on your way. Bear Creek Lodge also has a local guide that provides insight into outdoor adventures from fat-biking to snowmobiling.

Timber Ridge Lodge

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At Timber Ridge Lodge you can end your day like a Telluride local: sat next to a fire pit, eating a complimentary s’more and gazing up at the stars as they sparkle against an obsidian sky. The team at the lodge can assist with every piece of your itinerary and can coordinate hikes, gear rentals, dinner plans, trips to alpine lakes or waterfalls, and a trip to the nearby Ouray Hot Springs and Pools.

Madeline Hotel & Residences

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Just steps away from off-the-map hiking trails and rugged backcountry hiking, Madeline is a great option if you’re looking for where to stay in Telluride for mountain adventure. Ask the concierge for some tips on finding the less-frequented trails that locals love, or hang around and see if you can chat with other hikers heading out themselves. If you’re extra friendly, you just might get some clues to finding Little Hawaii — a local spot where rock formations create cascading waterfalls amid towering trees.

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