Telluride Mountain Village (photo by Brad A. Johnson)
They call this old mining town “To Hell You Ride,” but there’s seriously no prettier place on earth than Telluride. This is Colorado at its absolute best. Rugged. Remote. Utterly unpretentious. And with a stronger sense of community than any other ski resort in the state. The snow hasn’t stopped falling since January, and the mountain is absolutely primed. They’ve got the highest restaurant in America and an unquenchable zest for happy hour. Continue reading →
I took this shot from the balcony of my living room at Lumiere (an amazing condo hotel), overlooking Mountain Village, the resort community that’s connected to Telluride by the local gondola. The sun had just set but the mountainside was still illuminated by 14 inches of fresh snow. I love the amber glow of the lights, and the way it reflects on the sidewalk and snow. Even way off in the distance, you can see the faint amber glow of porch lights from other houses and cabins. God, I love Telluride. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.
221 South Oak, Telluride (photo by Brad A. Johnson)
221 South Oak is an ultra charming restaurant in downtown Telluride. Housed in a vintage cottage, with sultry jazz and vocals warbling from the stereo, this is the perfect spot for date night. Chef Eliza Gavin is one of the best chefs in town. She makes a half dozen different sausages in-house every week, using elk, pork, beef, duck, you name it. She serves an amazing Rocky Mountain trout. The grilled elk chop is brilliant. And there’s a pumpkin butterscotch pie that will have you licking the plate and begging for more. 221 South Oak St., Telluride, 970-728-9507
Colorado lamb at Eight K, Snowmass (photo by Brad A. Johnson)
I’ve long argued that Colorado produces the best lamb in the world, and after a recent two-week trip though the Rocky Mountains, I believe it even more. Just take a look at some of these Colorado lamb dishes. I couldn’t get enough.
From Eight K in Snowmass, here’s an awesome crumb-crusted rack of lamb served with braised lamb shoulder and crispy lamb sweetbreads. Continue reading →