Traveling of any kind in a pandemic can be a trigger to some, so I’d like to address this quickly. Almost all international travel is off the table for now, and I look at this as a chance to explore more of the beautiful USA…but only if you can do so safely and responsibly. Wearing a mask and social distancing as best as possible protects you and the people around you from contracting the virus. You need to assess your personal health and own comfortability, and if you’re sick: please stay home. Traveling to different communities can greatly aid in stimulating their economy, a god-send to small businesses, but all that goes out the window if you carry the virus. Be smart, travel safe. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
We left LA for Telluride by way of Arizona. AZ has so much to offer, but research is required while traveling during a pandemic. For example, all Navajo Tribal Parks are closed until further notice. In Arizona, this includes places like Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, the Four Corners Monument and more. We did an overnight in Page to visit Horseshoe Bend (open to the public) and set off for Telluride the following morning. The more I travel through the US, the more I fall in love with this country and its diverse landscapes. The moment we crossed the Colorado border, streams and rivers appeared and the red sand desert melted away. Telluride is located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, and I thought as a whole, the state is doing a great job of implementing COVID prevention measures while still allowing locals and visitors to live out this new normal.
My first hotel experience since February was at the Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection. While it felt unbelievable to work with a hotel again and exercise that creative muscle, I needed to know what COVID protocols and prevention measures the property was putting in place. Thankfully, the Madeline is doing the following:
– Adhering to a distance of at least six (6) feet with all guests
– Employees are to wear face masks at all times
– Employees must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day
– Prior to clocking in they must have their temperature taken and recorded
– Proper hand hygiene and sanitation is readily available to all guests and employees
– Environmental cleaning guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are strictly followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily or more frequently) in both public areas and guest rooms.
– As of July 16th, Colorado has a statewide mandate that requires face masks to be worn by all persons over the age of 11 when entering or moving within any public indoor space.
I felt so comfortable here, not to mention it’s the perfect place to base yourself when in Telluride (and really great for kids). My favorite spaces were Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, the pool with an unreal mountain view and extremely close access to the gondola. It’s about a 10-15 minute ride to the cutest downtown you’ll ever lay eyes on!
Summertime in Telluride
I skied this mountain over a snowy New Year’s Eve about a decade ago (wow), and this was my second visit during summer. That’s what I love about Colorado. It’s very much in season 365 days of the year!
A quick note about the weather in Colorado during summertime. It’s all about the layers, and don’t forget your rain jacket at home! Afternoon storms are short but prevalent which is why hikers get started earlier rather than later in the day. When the sun is shining, it’s warm but that cool mountain air is never far away!
Blue Lake – This 6 mile trail with about 2,000 ft of elevation gain took us to the top of Bridal Veil Falls to a stunning blue lake. We didn’t get very lucky with weather, but you can’t always get that blue bird day. It was muddy and wet, but we made it work with the right gear. Wildflowers were out alongside gushing waterfalls. If you hike above the first blue lake in order to get to the second, the view above lower blue lake is STUNNING.
Wilson Peak – You know those extremely excruciating hikes that need to become a memory in order for you to look back on and think fondly of because in the moment…it’s hell on earth? Yeah, this was THAT lol. Hiking my first 14er was a humbling experience. We started at 4:30am with headlamps on at extreme altitude and sucking in all the oxygen I could get. We also got caught in a hail storm without any form of shelter…but I’m still here to tell the story! Now, two years later, I can say it was one of the best hikes of my life 🙂
Wishlist for next time:
Jud Wiebe Trail
Bear Creek Falls Trail
Ice Lakes (Silverton)
Brown Dog Pizza – came highly recommended from y’all on IG!
221 South Oak – a historic home and seasonal destination for diverse New American fare, a vegetarian menu & a broad wine list
Cosmo – yummy sushi and close to the gondola for easy access
Baked – adore that the sign reads “bagels, coffee, sandwiches, donuts, pizza, pasta, beer, wine, tacos.” Yep, pretty much sums it up 🙂
There – was born from a notion that every moment should be passionately experienced and lived. Here, dinner is not a moment in time each day. Hope to see you there…
Siam – thai plates & cocktails in a warmly decorated space
Next up: Aspen!