A Move to the Mountains

by Marla on January 7, 2013 · 127 comments

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I have some BIG news! We have moved to Telluride!! Can you believe it? Finally!

I will never forget our first trip to Telluride, CO. in 2003. As soon as I set my eyes on this box canyon I fell in love. I knew immediately that one day we needed to move here. I am a dreamer and very determined to make every dream come true.

Here we are 10 years later with a dream turned into a beautiful reality ~ I welcome you to gaze at our new views…

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The town of Telluride sits at a majestic 8,750 feet. For a small town of just 2,500 people it thrives with energy.

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Yes, it is small ~ but the constant influx of tourism for skiing, sports, the arts, music (and so much more) keeps it well nourished with opportunity.

On the flip side of the town of Telluride perches Mountain Village at 9,545 feet.

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

The town of Telluride became populated in the late 1800’s when the mining boom took place. The homes are quaint, well preserved victorians.

Town is filled with a colorful history from the mining bustle, the decline and then boom once the ski resort opened in the 70’s. There is endless charm everywhere you look….

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Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Mountain Village (incorporated in 1995) is filled with sweeping views of the San Juan’s with large log homes and endless miles of powder white bliss.

Both sides of the mountain are important to each other ~ their uniqueness make Telluride what it is today.

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Telluride is the best kept secret as far as ski towns go. It is a bit trickier to get to than most, that makes it all the more fabulous.

An abundance of rustic charm & mountain style had me planning vacations here for every season. The skiing is off the charts fabulous with runs to suit any ski/snowboard junkie.

Now when I say best kept secret there are numerous magazines and readers polls who agree that Telluride is Number 1.

Here’s what they say:

  • National Geographic: “Remote and unrelentingly beautiful, Telluride may be the most picturesque ski town in North America.”
  • Condé Nast TravelerTelluride was ranked number 1 in this years readers poll for Best Ski Resort in North America.
  • Powder: “Stashed in the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America, the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado boast some of ski country’s most incredible terrain, and Telluride is its mecca.”
  • Ski Magazine: “Who books a ski vacation based on scenery alone? Folks who’ve been to Telluride, that’s who.”
  • Departures: Telluride is ranked a top 10 Perfect Summer Mountain Town

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There are no chain stores (gotta drive 1.5 hours for the closest Target & Starbucks)

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Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

There is fantastic cuisine to tempt all tastes.

You can find super casual eats like my favorite Chef’s Salad from Baked in Telluride.

Take a look at my favorite salad, see all that crispy bacon. I add the spicy Sriracha as dressing…

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There are plenty of fine dining options as well. There is cuisine to suit any palate anytime. 221 South Oak and The Sheridan Chop House are two of my favorites (though I love ‘em all)

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Each year I was booking more & more flights out here so I would not miss anything! Our summers were up to 8 week stretches.

To all of you guys it was OBVIOUS I would end up here. You actually begged me to do this!

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Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

There are knock your socks off views everywhere you look. Telluride is in the San Juan Mountains which  hold the highest concentration of 14ers in Colorado, and they are all in perfect view: Mount Wilson, El Diente Peak, Wetterhorn, and Mount Sneffels.

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The giant mountains and even the smallest of icicles are thrilling! We find great pleasure in the simple things here. There is wonderment and discovery around every corner.

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

When you make a choice to live in Telluride you swap out the hustle and bustle of life in the city or suburbs.

It is culturally rich and peppered with smart, fun people who are athletic, creative and kind.

Even the animals have their own signature style…

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People who know me well get that I crave the mountains. I love the snow, chilly air, rosy red cheeks and the feeling of being so small with nature towering over me.

Some didn’t understand how I could leave Orange County, CA. For me I was not meant to be there.

I was meant to be here…

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I am so obsessed with the mountains that have gobs of Pinterest boards with mountain/snow themes. I have listed them below for you to follow along with the fun.

We are all thrilled to make this move to the mountains!

See…

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, Colorado | A Move to the Mountains on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Have you ever been to Telluride?

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