Blog :: 07-2020

Telluride Schools Superintendent John Pandolfo & Telluride Middle/High School Principal Sara Kimble “Think Outside the Box”

In her recent Accountability meeting mid-July, Telluride Middle & High School Principal Sara Kimble addressed local safety and health, along with educational needs. Kimble and Superintendent John Pandolfo were kind enough to join us to help educate us on the latest happenings with Telluride schools, as well as dispel any rumors.

Telluride schools were closed mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where it transitioned to an online platform. Kimble commented that the staff and administration learned a lot, especially how to think outside the box. They herald their teachers in stepping up to the plate regarding their flexibility and teaching styles, and the students for their adaptability. Even High School graduation was changed Kimble added, with graduates riding in a Gondola cab in Mountain Village up to receive their diplomas. Now, future students want to graduate this way!

Kimble described the Teacher Design Teams – organized to collect data from students, parents and teachers to determine best steps moving forward. Forty teachers across the district participated and discussed teaching, technology, and communication while balancing health and safety with educational needs.

A survey was sent out to the almost 600 participants in the schools, and Pandolfo delighted that a majority of the surveys were returned. This type of feedback and communication allowed the Telluride school system to make decisions that will benefit most if not all and cater to new needs as a result of the pandemic.

The survey indicated that 90% of people wanted some form of in-person learning.

Students grades 7-12 will be allowed to participate in in-person learning at the school, with a shifted schedule from 7 classes a day to a 4-class block. Fifty percent of the students will be at school every day – The Maroon Group with last names beginning A-L, and the Gold Group with last names beginning M-Z. Each student will be in house two days a week. A video where Kimble explains this new scheduling can be found on the school’s website.

This new plan will limit interactions with other students, which will be a huge adjustment for students as many participate in most of their socialization during school. All lockers, benches and furniture have been taken out of the halls to create more space for social distancing for the students and all are required to wear masks.

Both administrators indicated that things will get better or worse depending on how things increase or decrease – we are in a very fluid time.

Kimble added that if restaurants and bars are allowed to be open, then schools are too. The teams have ensured that there is enough room to allow social distancing, and wall mounted hand sanitizer has been installed in each classroom to supplement hand washing.

Pandolofo said that many understand and are supportive of the new initiatives, and that he and his staff consider every angle and perspective.

There will be no alternating days for elementary school children, pre-K-6th grade. All students will attend every day socially distanced. New technology like a camera that swivels and follows the teacher or student will be implemented to make it safer for teachers and students to participate in remote learning if desired. Masks are a requirement for everyone on campus and face shields are being discussed to allow for more facial movement for the hearing impaired. Pandolfo indicated that they have measured all physical spaces to be in compliance with the distance necessary to maintain a small group size and small classes. Tables and tents will be set up outside as group lunches and auditorium visits will need to be limited.

New testing protocols are also being discussed, and there are strict rules about staying home from the bus and school if showing any symptoms or feeling ill. The survey polled whether families had a thermometer or would be able to get one by the time school begins, as well as if they needed one to be provided by the school. Pandolfo continued that since the July 9 survey there have been an uptick in local cases, and to reach out to him or Kimble if your feelings have changed.

For the middle and high schools, eight students have moved away and 12 new students have enrolled. Eleven new students have been added to the elementary school roster, therefore adding one additional kindergarten teacher. The intermediate level is hiring one teacher as well as permanent substitutes. Pandolfo said he is preparing for an increase, but there are no definitive numbers yet.

Pandolfo stressed the importance of funding and student counts. He added that the school system’s budget will be down this year and anticipates a 10-20% decrease next year. He was pleased, however, that they have not been forced to furlough.

What about sports teams? Kimble said sports are dictated by the Colorado High School Activities Association – CHSAA – and they are continuing to revise and revisit their plans, currently on the Governor’s desk. All fall sports – soccer, golf and volleyball – are a ‘go’ for now, with different requirements to spectate, if at all. Distancing and disinfecting will have more prominence, and coaches off the field will be required to wear masks. Students participating in the sport are allowed to do so without a mask, as it can cause more issues, Kimble said.

Each classroom is fully disinfected in between classes, and Kimble said there is a deep clean every night. Pandolfo added that there are currently no plans to have outsiders quarantine, but he and his team will continue to follow Colorado state guidelines.

With school starting Wednesday, August 19th, it is important to enroll to ensure Telluride gets the proper funding for the year. Kimble commented that children relocating with their parents to winter here will not be counted unless they enroll in August. It is critical to receive proper funding to limit the strain on classroom size and administrative support. Both Kimble and Pandolfo have ‘high hopes’ that all planning to attend will register on the school’s site ASAP in order to qualify for optimal resources for the future. Visit the school’s website to enroll, or contact Kim Spaulding has all the latest COVID and reopening plans.

*It is important to note that this information is relevant and applicable as of July 28th COB. Due to COVID-19 things change by the hour.



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    5 Great Reasons to Ski Telluride this Winter

    Telluride Ski & Golf Resort
    Larry Olmsted Senior Contributor | ForbesLife
    Town of Telluride in Winter
    With a charming town and awesome mountain, Telluride is one of the world's great ski destinations. VISIT TELLURIDE
    Two years ago I wrote a feature here at Forbes about why Colorado’s Telluride is one of the world’s best ski and snowboard resorts, and having been to just about every major destination ski resort in the country, it’s tied only with Jackson Hole atop my personal best list.
    But now it is even better.
    To summarize, Telluride’s two main strengths are its ski terrain and towns. I say towns, because unlike almost any other resort, the ski mountain links two distinct ones, Telluride proper at the bottom, a charming, authentic, Old West flavored 19th century mining town, and Mountain Village up on the slopes, a modern, pedestrianized ski resort village in the style of Beaver Creek. You can stay, eat, drink, shop or live in either, and both are fully connected to the slopes, ski-in/ski-out. They are also directly connected to each other by a free gondola running well into the after dinner hours, extremely novel public transportation.
    This choice of two “municipalities” is unusual in skiing, but so is the skiing itself. Telluride Ski Resort has what I believe to be the best selection of terrain for every ability of any U.S. resort. Some major mountains are weak in beginner terrain (Aspen, Jackson, etc.), some in expert/extreme (Vail), but here there is plenty of green, blue, and black for everyone, But on top of this, there is also a wealth of double blue terrain, great news for a huge but generally under-served ski and snowboard audience - advanced intermediates. There’s also a ton of double black expert terrain, but beyond this, a lot of double black EX - extreme - runs, and the small but devoted percentage of skiers who seek out mountains like Jackson, Squaw Valley, Crested Butte and Big Sky for ultra-steeps, cliffs and chutes will be right at home here.
    Couple Skiing
    Great skiing and snowboarding for every ability is Telluride's strength. VISIT TELLURIDE
    As I said, I’ve never seen such a perfect dispersion of options for all abilities, as well as all tastes: trees, bowls, in-bound hike to, out of bounds lift served sidecountry, long groomers and of course, bumps, the area in which Telluride is perhaps the very best American ski resort. For this season they added 44-acres of north-facing expert glades. Yet despite this almost embarrassing wealth of terrain and variety, the very large mountain is well laid out and extremely easy to navigate - you can often get from one end to the other with a single run and lift ride. As an added bonus, just about every lift, no matter how high or daunting, serves at least one groomed intermediate trail, so it’s virtually impossible to get into the wrong place or over your head.
    So that’s the Telluride advantage in a nutshell, two great towns, one great ski area. But there are other compelling reasons - some of them very new - to choose Telluride. Here are five of them (for more info see the town’s excellent official tourism site).
    Denver Air Connection jet in flight
    New this winter, Denver Air Connection (and United) makes it easier than ever to ski Telluride!
    1. Easier to Get To Than Ever: After years without decent commercial service into Telluride’s uber-convenient yet weather challenged airport (the last time I was able to fly directly there was on now extinct US Airways), jet flights have resumed, courtesy of Denver Air Connection. These are sold through United with baggage sharing, and since Denver is a major international United hub, you can now fly one-stop right to Telluride from most major cities in the country and many throughout the world. The 40-minute flight to Telluride followed by a 10-minute ride to town makes it one of the smoothest commutes in skiing. If weather shuts the airport down, DAC automatically reroutes to Montrose, the airport you would otherwise fly to anyway, and adds ground shuttle, so you are still protected.
    Beyond that, flights on all the major airlines into Telluride’s main gateway, Montrose, CO, less than 90-minutes away, have increased significantly, and you can fly non-stop from lots of cities, as far flung as Newark. American added a weekly flight from LaGuardia and increased capacity from its Dallas hub by 27%. Both American and United increased service from Chicago O’Hare and Delta expanded its non-stops from its Atlanta hub by 33%. Overall there are 15 different non-stops to Montrose from 11 major US airports. With easy connecting shuttle services, Telluride, long lamented to be “hard to get to,” is now faster to reach from a lot of big cities than many of the big Denver-served Colorado ski resorts.
    The rooftop pool at The Madeline Hotel
    The rooftop pool at The Madeline Hotel (an Auberge Resort) is one of the hot spots in Telluride's Mountain Village. TONY DEMIN
    2. Mountain Village Improvements: Widely considered Telluride’s top full-service luxury hotel, The Madeline was taken over by prestigious Auberge Resorts two years ago, has already improved, including revamped dining, and is undergoing a major renovation including the common areas and all rooms. Some rooms have been done, and the whole thing will be finished by next season. The Madeline is a centrally located Mountain Village ski-in/ski-out resort.
    One of my very favorite Telluride hotels has long been the 18-suite boutique Lumiere, a luxury residential property with European flair and sumptuous apartments in Mountain Village. But last winter Lumiere partnered with luxury destination club Inspirato, undertaking a top of bottom renovation including every unit, with brand-new appliances and furnishings. Now known as Lumiere by Inspirato, it’s still open to the public and residences feature gourmet commercial-style kitchens, dining rooms, gas fireplaces, decks, laundry rooms and oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs and steam showers.
    A very notable addition for this winter is the bar and retail shop for Telluride Distilling (the actual distillery is offsite), which produces the most awarded artisanal schnapps in the world, as well as a full range of gin, vodka, whiskey and a surprisingly good tequila-like agave spirit. But the real wow factor here is the prices, with signature cocktails from $5 all the time, plus a great ambiance that has instantly made it THE place for après in Mountain Village, so it is always hopping. Equally importantly, its owner helped transform Mountain Village into a legal “common consumption” street party, and with various events, live music and such, it has a great afternoon/evening scene.
    The National Restaurant
    The National is the latest addition to Telluride's dining scene - and instantly popular. VISIT TELLURIDE
    3. Food!: Telluride was already one of the very best food ski towns in the country, but it keeps getting better. Where it has long excelled is at comfort food - while every major ski resort has some good fine dining choices, people on a budget or looking for simpler fare are often forced to settle. Not here. Brown Dog Pizza is THE best ski resort pizzeria in the country, period, Oak is probably THE best ski resort barbecue/Southern restaurant in the country, Tacos del Gnar is probably THE best ski resort taqueria in the country, and Steamie’s won Best Burger in Colorado. That’s an unbelievable slate of value-focused causal choices.
    But the fine dining scene is also impressive - and expanding. 221 South Oak is the town’s flagship, run by cookbook author and former Top Chef star Eliza Gavin, and besides great food she now teaches a 12-course instructional cooking demo with wine pairing just about every Friday (sometimes Thursday) during ski season. I’ve seen nothing rivaling this at any other resort, you sit and learn cooking tips without lifting a finger, eat great food, and drink great wines, but be prepared to call in sick to skiing as it starts at 11 AM and it’s hard to move afterwards. A food lover’s must!
    Most recently, Telluride welcomed an all new fine dining eatery that has proven incredibly popular (i.e., make advance reservations). The National combines great food with an impressive wine list and craft cocktails, featuring lots of small plate grazing options. Like most of Telluride’s best eateries it is small and intimate, and the town is full of these hidden gems, with other can’t-miss choices include cocktail centric SideWork, the New Sheridan Chophouse, and Alpino Vino - an on-mountain eatery that is one of the best replications of European ski dining in the U.S.
    Telluride is one of the rare ski resorts with an onsite daily heliski operator, Helitrax. TELLURIDE SKI RESORT
    4. Beyond the Resort: Telluride is one of just a handful of ski areas in this country offering onsite daily heliskiing, through respected operator Helitrax, which has been at it for almost four decades. Unlike remote lodge-based trips, where you invest a ton of money and then put yourself at the mercy of the weather with little or no backup for not uncommon cancellations, with day operations if the weather is bad, you just bump a day and still go skiing. I’m a big fan of the onsite concept, but even among its few peers (Jackson, Sun Valley, Snowbird/Park City) there are some advantages here. It’s super convenient, located right in Mountain Village, with no shuttle ride to the helipad. The staff are pros, equipment first rate (I’ve done it), but most unusually, Heltirax and the ski resort offer a unique package for first time heliskiers who are often nervous. These 3-day Heli-Camps feature two days of resort skiing with an experienced ski instructor who focuses on the skills you’ll need, and then he or she accompanies you out for the heli day, so you have your own powder mentor with you. It’s a cool concept!
    Otherwise, Telluride has just about every kind of non-skiing diversion you could want, from dog sledding to great Nordic skiing to introductory ice climbing to really fun guided fat tire bike tours. But one of the standout options here, that again, not many other places offer, is a variety of great snowmobile tours, half and full day, visiting ghost towns and natural wonders. I did one with Telluride Outfitters, and like heliskiing, they start right from Mountain Village, use first-rate equipment and great guides, and it was a surprising blast.
    Bikers with Dog in Snow
    Bonus Points: Telluride is one of the most dog friendly towns in America! ©TONY DEMIN/VISIT TELLURIDE
    5. Telluride is Epic (and Empty): While not part of Vail Resorts, last winter independent Telluride launched a partnership offering 7-days of skiing for Epic Pass holders. Since the Epic is the industry’s bestselling pass - over 925,000 were said to have been sold this winter - that helps a lot of people ski for a week at Telluride for free, which is nothing to sneeze at. But while this season has been rife with complaints nationwide about overcrowding and long lift lines from the proliferation of both the Epic and Ikon passes, Telluride has long enjoyed blissfully short lines, and with the exception of Christmas week, this has seemed to remain the case. I skied on a Sunday in January and there several runs where I was the only one on the trail. That’s hard to beat.
    View the original Forbes article »

    Phase Three Lodging Capacity Remains at 50% Occupancy in Telluride, Colorado


    We are now in Phase Three of opening, a period that runs from July 14 through August 3. During this time period, paid short-term lodging remains limited to 50% - that’s 50% occupancy for a 21-day span. For a self-managed property (Airbnb, VRBO and similar platforms), this equates to 11 days of rental during this time period.  For multi-unit companies and hotels/lodges, half of its rooms or units are available to rent for the 21-day span. During Phase Three, the aggregate paid occupancy for the destination is 50%; there are nights when we are less than 50% occupancy and other nights when we are greater than the 50% occupancy mark. The maximum single-night occupancy for multi-unit lodgers is 65%.  Click here to review occupancy numbers through the end of Phase 3, August 3.



    As we hit the busy month of July, air both locally and nationally has been showing steady signs of recovery. This may flatten with the current spike in nationwide cases.

    We have seen four straight weeks of positive bookings, hitting 40-50% of normal weekly activity. Montrose flights are showing load factors above 65%, and TEX flights have also started to pick up bookings.

    With the recently added second daily DFW flight, our target capacity for the core summer remains at about 50% of average. Current passenger counts are currently about 40% of average.

    6 Tips For Coping With Stress And Anxiety During a Pandemic

    If you’re finding yourself with increased levels of stress and anxiety in the past few weeks as the coronavirus has taken its hold on our world, then you’re not alone.


    This article was originally authored by Mary-Clare Race.

    Recent research suggests many people experienced moderate to severe psychological impacts during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in China. This is a very normal response and one we can take some practical steps to manage effectively. It’s important that we do this for a number of reasons.

    First and foremost, managing our stress levels has a significant and positive impact on our immune system and the World Health Organization has emphasized that boosting our immune system and taking adequate preventative care plays a crucial role in fighting the Coronavirus. Improving our ability to cope with the situation will therefore also improve our overall well-being and the likelihood of fighting the virus. It’s also likely that this situation will continue and possibly worsen in the weeks to come; it’s important that we put strategies in place to deal with stress now so it doesn’t overwhelm us, and we can continue to be there for our families, our friends, and our colleagues. Here are six science-based tips to help you maintain your mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Know how you’re feeling

    The first step to dealing with heightened stress and anxiety is recognizing that you’re dealing with it in the first place. Stress can manifest itself in many ways including sadness, confusion, irritability, procrastination, physical tension and body pain, lack of energy and even problems sleeping. We all have a different response to stress, and it’s important to know ourselves and check in with ourselves physically and mentally on a daily basis to know how we’re feeling and to recognize the symptoms of stress. Skipping this step and ignoring how we are feeling impedes our ability to be able to manage our stress.

    Making sense

    It’s tempting to try and dismiss our feelings especially at a time like this when we’re all trying to cope and stay strong for those around us. But the reality is that stress responses are our bodies’ way of protecting us, and early warning signs such as feeling angry or tired can be crucial indicators that we need to intervene before the stress becomes overwhelming. The human body has adapted over many centuries to be able to react and protect itself from external threats such as a global health pandemic, so it’s perfectly normal to experience a stress response at this time. Create a habit of making time for yourself every day to notice this in yourself and make sense of the situation in order to avoid overlooking your stress.

    Small changes, big impacts

    The good news with dealing with the early signs of stress is that often small changes to our daily routine can often make a big difference. These daily rituals and routines will differ for everyone and will depend on your typical stress response. For example, if you typically experience stress in a physical way such as feeling tired or tense in your body you may decide to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual or take time for a relaxing bath.

    Avoid the common thinking traps

    An important element to building these strategies is to recognize what you can control and release the need to control what you cannot. There are practical things we can all do in the current situation to protect ourselves and our loved ones. This includes good personal hygiene and practicing social distancing, but there is also a lot we have no control over. It sounds simple, but ruminating on these things won’t help. So take a moment to acknowledge those things, and then let them go. Try to be mindful of the many myths that are out there that may be misleading and stopping us from focusing on what is in our control. Avoid catastrophizing and blowing situations out of proportion; or the other common thinking trap which is where we predict a future state that is based on our biggest fears versus the facts of the situation.

    One small step

    Increasing our level of exercise can be one of the easiest and most effective ways of boosting our mental wellness and strengthen our immune system. While it may not be possible to get outside and go for a brisk walk, there are lots of routines we can do in our own homes to help get us moving. And, even better if you can have a family member or friend join you either in person or virtually.

    The human connection

    While we all practice social distancing, it’s important not to overlook the need for human connection at this time. A more useful way to think about it could be physical distancing so that we don’t neglect the need for social connection with our friends and family – as this is another important building block in combating stress. Checking in with others through a phone call or video chat can also serve a dual purpose as it could be that the other person may also be in need of a friendly human connection.

    Now more than ever, we must prioritize our individual health – and that includes our mental wellbeing. Leverage these six tips to recognize your feelings and maintain your overall mental health as we navigate COVID-19 together.

    These tips are designed to be educational in nature and in no way a substitute for professional clinical support. If you notice that your signs are difficult to manage, please consider seeking professional help.

    Special thanks to Dr. Mary-Clare Race


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      Log Cabin Luxury: 7 Deluxe Log Homes

      A testament to the iconic architecture of the frontier, Luxury Defined presents a collection of traditional log-built homes re-imagined for the contemporary lifestyle

      We’ve come a long way from Laura’s Little House in the Big Woods with its translucent, greased-paper windows. Today’s log homes come with a view, usually a big view. Yes, today’s log cabins still offer the warm stone hearth, and the cozy, rustic ambience of yesteryear, but they provide much more light, space, and creature comforts than the pioneers ever could have imagined. Handcrafted details, modern conveniences, contemporary design ideas, and spectacular vistas of mountain, prairie, and forest await. From a scenic, timber and glass lake house in Charlevoix, Michigan, to a modern mountain lodge by Grand Teton National Park, the iconic log cabin of the American frontier has been rebooted for 21st-century living.

      Whitefish Mountain Estate in Whitefish, Montana

      The fully furnished, four-story log home has an elegant rustic design for the ultimate Montana experience.

      This magnificent four-level log home on 1.34 acres in Whitefish Mountain Resort is the ultimate Montana mountain retreat, steps away from a ski lift taking residents to the resort’s 3,000 acres of groomed ski terrain. The grand, timber-framed fieldstone entrance opens to a magnificent two-story great room, where the Montana landscape is on full display. The commercial-grade kitchen is perfect for entertaining, with a custom horseshoe bar, chestnut wood floors, two separate dining tables, and cabinetry made from barnwood reclaimed from the Bitterroot Valley. The theater is designed as a railcar from the Great Northern Railroad. A library has a timber vaulted ceiling and built-in bookshelves. Several wood-burning fireplaces offer a haven for those cold Montana nights, as does a sunken hot tub under the stars. The fully furnished residence has seven bedrooms, six full and four half bathrooms, ample room for extended family and guests.

      Sun Valley Fairways Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho

      Built in the style of a classic mountain lodge, this 6,611-square-foot home is at one with its majestic setting in Sun Valley, Idaho.

      This classic log home in the Sun Valley Fairways golf community is a short walk from the ski lodge of the Sun Valley Resort, Dollar Mountain, and the Symphony Pavilion. The two-story, 6,611-square-foot timber home evokes the coziness of a luxurious ski lodge with wood floors, beamed ceilings, and massive windows to frame the mountain views. The double-height living room has a large stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are five bedrooms and five-and-a-half-bathrooms, including two master suites (one on the main floor and one on the second floor). There are two offices, a media room, dining room, and a finished lower level. French doors on the main level open to a stone terrace with an alfresco dining area, stone fireplace, and front-row view of Bald Mountain. The three-car garage has an upstairs apartment, ideal for guests or staff.

      Related: Discover Homes with Outdoor Fireplaces and Firepits

      Cutthroat Bend in Moran, Wyoming

      Cutthroat Bend is a magnificent log home on nine wooded acres overlooking Grand Teton National Park and the Teton Range.

      Surrounded by the pristine wilderness of Grand Teton National Park, Cutthroat Bend is a one-of-a-kind residence beautifully situated on Pacific Creek in Moran, Wyoming. Picture windows frame the panoramic mountain views and flood the interiors with natural light. Log and stone finishes, intricate wood and metalwork, and custom-crafted fixtures are among the classic details. The heart of the home is a two-story great room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a stacked-stone fireplace. The chef’s kitchen is equipped with a Thermador range and other high-end appliances. The luxurious bathrooms are finished in tumbled marble. The expansive outdoor areas extend to nearly nine acres and include several decks, colorful gardens, and a charming pond.

      Glassy Mountain Estate in Landrum, South Carolina

      This custom-designed home on Glassy Mountain in South Carolina is built from western red cedar logs melded with Swedish cope joinery.

      Peace, tranquility and security emanate from this estate on Glassy Mountain in South Carolina. The eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom residence, which took three years to construct, is built from western red cedar logs melded with Swedish cope, also called saddle-notch, joinery. The handcrafted wood finishes continue inside with beautiful wood floors and wood-beamed ceilings. There are stellar amenities, too. The chef’s kitchen is fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances. The movie theater seats 12, and there is a sports court, deck with hot tub and pizza oven, and a woodwork shop. The property’s pristine forested setting is in the Cliffs at Glassy, a guard-gated, private country club community of 3,500 acres, with its highest elevation at 3,300 feet. The community is 30 minutes’ drive to Greenville, an hour to Asheville, and two hours to Charlotte.

      Related: Get Ready to Play at These 10 Homes for Sports Enthusiasts

      Port Madison Bay Log Cabin on Bainbridge Island, Washington

      This red cedar log cabin on Bainbridge Island brings a piece of Whistler, British Columbia, to the Pacific Northwest.

      This cozy log home has an enchanting waterfront setting on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Look closer at the rustic details, the fieldstone hearth, the sleek contemporary kitchen and the finishes of this four-bedroom, four-bathroom cabin and see the elegant modernism of its design. Upstairs, the bedrooms are restful and the baths are comfortable and contemporary. Built with hand-hewn western red cedar from British Columbia, the structure was assembled in Whistler, dismantled, transferred to the Pacific Northwest, and then carefully reassembled on site. Offering ultimate privacy and sweeping northern views, the one-acre grounds include 184 feet of rock-bulkhead waterfront and a deeded buoy in Port Madison Bay.

      Lakefront Cabin in Charlevoix, Michigan

      This luxury log cabin has a serene lakefront setting on Lake Charlevoix, the third largest lake in Michigan.

      This log cabin on Evergreen Point is a peaceful, private, and quiet retreat, with 200 feet of water frontage and a 40-foot dock on Lake Charlevoix, the third-largest inland lake in Michigan. Custom design and superb finishes abound. The centerpiece is a jaw-dropping, arched great room with a three-level window wall overlooking the lake, hardwood floors, a mezzanine floor, and a massive two-story rusticated stone fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has a timber-beam ceiling and stone floor. A family/game room and private master suite are further highlights of the main house. The property includes a separate pole barn at the water’s edge. That two-story structure has an exercise studio, wood shop, and plenty of storage space. Surrounding the two structures are mature, landscaped grounds with rolling lawns, a waterfall, and stream.

      Related: Explore Homes with Luxury Kitchens

      Ridgetop Log Home in Mountain Village, Colorado

      The Wilson and San Sophia mountain ranges are the backdrop to this elegant log home in Mountain Village, Colorado.

      This majestic mountain retreat in Mountain Village, Colorado, is anchored on a ridge 800 feet above Telluride Valley offering unobstructed views of the Wilson and San Sophia mountain ranges. The 7,687-square-foot interior is bathed in light from early morning to sunset. The great room’s vast, two-level walls of glass bring in light and the valley and mountain views. Wide-plank pine floors, timber beamed ceilings, and stone fireplaces impart a rustic ambience. The main level has a fluid, open layout with a sleek chef’s kitchen and breakfast nook, living and dining rooms, an office with a private balcony, and a master suite with a gas fireplace and a luxurious bathroom (with soaking tub). Rounding out the amenities are two timbered decks with front-row seating on forest and mountain views, a game room with bar, jetted tub and steam shower, and alfresco dining terrace with a built-in barbecue.

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      Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town

      Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride



      December 5, 2018

      As a half-dozen skiers, planks slung over their shoulders, hiked past us up the ridge toward Telluride’s famed 13,320-foot Palmyra peak, my new friend Seth thrust his ski pole forward for emphasis and shouted, “Confidence!”

      It was less an exhortation than an exclamation of discovery. Seth, a fortysomething attorney from Chicago I’d met on the gondola in town, had found the black-diamond run bearing that name was somehow still unskied, despite the fact it was approaching midday. Falling away between granite walls and pines that poked out of deep billowy drifts, its untouched powder reflected the strong bluebird day sun. Before us, the expansive vista of Colorado's San Juans’ spiny ridges and sharp peaks were blanketed in 19 inches of fresh snowfall. Just up the mountain lay some of the most extreme in-bounds terrain in America; on our other flank, Galloping Goose, a beginner run that wends more than four and a half miles to the base of the mountain.

      I followed Seth as we carved first tracks down the run, kicking up a spray of snow softened slightly by the morning sun, and made our way over to the Gold Hill Express lift, where there was no line—as had been the case at the gondola from town and every lift we’d taken up to 12,000 feet. It was a late-season Saturday, no less. Pretty much everyone in town was on the mountain and yet it felt intimate, like a living room concert, in one of nature’s most spectacular stadiums.

      The gondola at Telluride Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

      “This is just the way it is,” said Seth, who’d been coming to Telluride since the early '90s, with a shrug. “The way it’s always been.”

      A short while later on the sun deck of Bon Vivant restaurant and wine bar, I told Seth: “You know, I think I’m finally beginning to get it.” We sat drinking in the stunning views of the Wilson Range’s trio of 14,000-foot peaks and the improbable back-of-beyond feel with a Bordeaux in hand. I had come to skiing late and Telluride even later, though the destination held my fascination before I could hold my own on its steeps. The accolades hinted at the compelling contrast I was experiencing now: The Best Big Mountain and Little Ski Town in America.


      Since the mining village got its first lift in 1972, Captain Jack Carey, perhaps the most famous ski bum in history, and captains of industry (from oil barons to Enron execs, former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman to mogul-loving movie mogul Kathleen Kennedy) have chosen to call it home. Telluride has every luxury amenity—five-star accommodations, spas, and gourmet dining—though other ski destinations have those things in greater numbers. And here’s the thing I had come to realize about Telluride: What it don’t have, you don’t want. Free of crowds, ostentation, tracts of cookie-cutter condos and franchise mall fare like Nordstrom and Forever 21, Telluride is independent and feels that way. If you find designer threads here, it won’t be at the Vuitton or Prada store like in Aspen, but in the Free Box, the open-air giveaway station where the town’s residents walk away with housewares and, occasionally, high-end clothing. And what you find in Telluride is far rarer and more coveted: A place that has only ever aspired to be what it is, that offers a ski experience that’s as pure, sublime, and free of artifice as any in America. While discerning travelers pan for kernels of authenticity, Telluride sits on the motherlode.

      The first prospect who struck gold in the Valley staked his claim in 1875. Three years later the town of Telluride was established. Its main drag, Colorado Avenue, is lined by low, late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings that hark back to the town’s mining roots. The low-key restaurants and bars that occupy them today have a Western-inflected bohemian vibe that grew out of the hippie wave that swept into town in the seventies. In the morning, skiers in a hurry to get on the mountain stop at the Coffee Cowboy, housed in a permanently parked camper, for eye-opening espresso drinks in to-go cups. In the evening, they pour into The Last Dollar Saloon, the dive bar institution (since 1978) affectionately known as The Buck, gradually peeling off layers as they settle in with each successive round of après-après-ski drinks. All day long, from breakfast through dinner, the Butcher and Baker attracts a hip, casual crowd with its locally sourced, low-key fare, from hand-made croissants to house-cured salumi plates.

      Downtown Telluride Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

      On the other end of the culinary spectrum are the traditional cuts at New Sheridan Hotel ’s Chop House, which, like its classic bar next door, dates to 1895. Foodies have plenty of options, from the inventive New American cuisine at 221 South Oak (run by chef Eliza Galvin of Top Chef season 10 fame), to the seafood-forward Asian tapas at Siam’s Talay Grille in Mountain Village. But the most unforgettable meal you’ll have is, perhaps fittingly, back on the slopes. At Alpino Vino, the highest restaurant in America at 12,000 feet, you arrive at the chalet via Sno-Cat, are welcomed with an aperitif and views of the sun setting over the Wilson Range, then settle in for a sumptuous five-course tasting menu of northern Italian dishes with generously poured wine pairings.

      Sure, there’s a Starbucks in slopeside Mountain Village (technically its own town, connected to Telluride by a free gondola), but it’s tucked away well off the beach at the base of the lifts. Besides, you’re more likely to see folks sipping locally roasted coffee from Tracks Cafe outside nearby Wagner Custom Skis and watching as the bespoke planks are painstakingly crafted over a period of three weeks. “It’s a skier’s town and mountain,” said Pete Wagner, who began making his skis, which start at $1,750, in a trailer park outside town in 2006. “If you want the most of this or that, you should go elsewhere. If you want the best, well, I’ll see you on the lifts.”

      Telluride has more than 2,000 skiable acres, which doesn’t tell you much about the mountain other than it's smaller than Vail and Park City. (Another way to measure that: Its hotel capacity of 6,500, more than half which is in Mountain Village, is just a third that of Vail and half that of Park City.) Its vertical drop of more than 4,425 feet—1,400 feet more than Vail and more than 700 feet greater than Park City—is somewhat more telling. Although its trails are divided roughly evenly among ability levels, Telluride’s steeps—52 black diamond, double black diamond, and EX (extreme) runs—are capable of challenging the most adventurous skier. What’s more, its out-of-bounds terrain stacks up against any in North America. “It’s as challenging as Jackson Hole and easier to access,” said Matt Steen, a heli-ski guide with Telluride Helitrax, which operates in 250 square miles worth of alpine wilderness, mostly above the tree line. “I don’t want to blow smoke up clients’ you-know-what, but they really don’t know how good they have it on a perfect day.”


      Telluride is increasingly rare amid so many ersatz, theme-park-like resort villages (no offense Whistler Blackcomb), a genuine Old West town. Butch Cassidy, a sometime resident of the town, robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank here in 1889, a decade before he joined forces with the Sundance Kid and formed the Wild Bunch gang and got himself killed. Later, while telling patrons about the local lore, the bartender at the Buck can’t resist a few jokes at the expense of Sundance and Park City, Utah. The home of Robert Redford’s film festival had just gone corporate, selling out to the ski industry giant Vail Resorts, which also purchased Whistler Blackcomb in 2016. Last spring, in another billion-dollar buying spree, Aspen Skiing snatched up Mammoth Mountain and Intrawest Resorts. The bigger the big boys get, the more Telluride flies under the radar, which suits folks here fine.

      Tucked within in a tight boxcar canyon, the town has less than 2,500 year-round residents—few things limit growth and sprawl as effectively as geology. The town is the seat of San Miguel County, which covers an area larger than Rhode Island yet doesn’t have a single stoplight. If traffic is backed up going into town, it’s likely because bighorn sheep are crossing the road.

      Telluride is in the San Juan Mountains Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

      People drawn to Telluride tend love its smaller scale, and over the years, it has become a consciously casual exclusive enclave that has attracted attention-weary celebrities. Tom Cruise, Oprah, Daryl Hannah, and her beau Neil Young all bought homes here. Ralph Lauren and his progeny stay just outside the valley at Lauren’s Double RL Ranch, which gives the designer’s rugged clothing line its name and gives the Polo Lounge in New York and Chicago and the New Sheridan Chop House on Colorado Ave its world-class Angus steaks. An outpost of Dylan Lauren’s Dylan’s Candy Bar stands out in an arcade below the Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection in Mountain Village, which is one of just a couple of high-end properties here, including 

      Telluride’s pioneers and purists aren’t too sweet on that brightly colored confectionery, nor any development in and around town, which they worry is spoiling the place. “Of course, I have heard people saying that for 25, 30 years—even before I moved here,” said Steen, who arrived 18 years ago and never left. The changes haven’t altered the town’s sense of community. Telluride remains a place where scruffy twentysomething ski bums and silver-haired second-home owners mix at the Sheridan Opera House, the vaudeville-era concert venue, movie house, and theatre that hosted Sarah Bernhardt in its early days and more recently Tig Notaro and Mumford and Sons. It’s also the sort of town where a cross-country-skiing obsessed local throws a progressive dinner along the Valley Floor wilderness, where folks ski, snowshoe, or bike under the moonlight from hot cider and soup stations on through dessert. “It's just it keeps people glued together,” Steen said of such small town rituals. “Keeps the family going.”

      Ten years ago, Telluride’s luminaries like Hannah, Whitman, and former ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke locked arms with locals in a battle to keep that same 570-acre swath of river-side woodlands near the entry to town from being developed into another resort village by the CEO of a defense contractor. Some residents even took out mortgages to help raise the $50 million necessary to acquire the parcel via eminent domain and have it permanently condemned, thus preventing development. If you don’t overbuild it, they—the right kind of they—will come.

      The Dunton Townhouse, Telluride Jack Richmond/Courtesy Dunton Town House

      Case in point: The Dunton Town House. Opened in November 2016 by the owners of the revered Dunton Hot Springs resort and situated half a block from the gondola, the property is home to five guest rooms, perfectly appointed with a mix of Western antiques and chic Tyrolean fabrics. If it seems indistinguishable from the charming 1900s homes on South Oak street, that’s because it is one—though the building exterior it belies the luxurious renovated space within. Over a heaping breakfast spread of frittatas, homemade yogurt, candied bacon, and scones, my wife and I befriended Jon and Kathleen Peacock, who first visited Telluride over the holidays, staying in Mountain Village, and were so taken it with they decided to come back less than three months later and stay in town—this despite the fact that they own ski houses in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Grindelwald, Switzerland.

      Their son Matthew, something of a ski prodigy, who had cut his teeth on Verbier, Wengen, and Murren when the family lived in Switzerland, plans to make Telluride a regular pilgrimage. “It really is the closest experience to skiing in the Swiss Alps,” he said. “Only better—because you have trees and the snow is incredible and reliable.” As at Europe’s top destinations, the wide open, uncrowded, high-altitude slopes make it easy to forget you’re at a resort at all.

      My wife and I had plans to rent fat tire bikes and ride along the banks of the San Miguel River to frozen Bridal Veil falls, at the end of the canyon, a destination among ice climbers. But something else Matt said right before catching the airport shuttle made me reconsider.

      “I skied my last run yesterday and even that late I was making second tracks,” he said. “This run called ‘Confidence.’ Everyone just goes past it to the peak. I don’t know why.”

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      Enjoy The Sheridan Opera House SHOW Bar all summer!

      Special Thanks to the Sheridan Opera House

      The Sheridan Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring that everything is done to help keep our community as safe as possible as we look forward to the summer season. The Sheridan Opera House has some exciting new plans that they can't wait for you to be a part of, and  will be implementing all CDC guidelines in the building to protect the community as well as the staff.

      SHOW Bar- Opening July 2, every Thursday-Sunday from 4-10 pm!

      The beautiful SHOW Bar will be opening for the summer beginning July 2 for Telluride's Art Walk, and will be open every Thursday-Sunday from 4-10 pm! The outdoor patio has been extended to enjoy your cocktails safely, and there will be home-made pies from the Dolores Market- yum!

      Summer-long specials will include $12 sixteen-ounce flatliners, $12 slice of pie with rose, and $35 buckets of beer. Additionally, twenty-five of the incredible Plein Air artists will be featured all summer as the SHOW Bar is converted into a gallery. A generous percentage of all painting purchases will directly benefit the Sheridan Arts Foundation.

      CDC guidelines will be enforced in the SHOW Bar, including mandatory mask-wearing unless you are seated with your drink and pie, limited capacity within the premises, and hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the bar.

      Plein Air Gallery in the SHOW Bar!

      Although the 17th annual Telluride Plein Air Festival has been postponed until September, there are paintings from the 25 nationally recognized artists selected on display. The Plein Air Gallery will be hosted in the SHOW Bar at the Sheridan Opera House all summer. All paintings will also be on sale on the website beginning mid-July. The gallery will be open during normal SHOW Bar hours, but if you would like to make an appointment with Executive Director Ronnie Palamar to view the paintings earlier in the day, you can contact her at 970-209-5083.

      The Sheridan Arts Foundation's annual Plein Air Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year, and is crucial to keeping the Sheridan Opera House afloat and the doors open. Each artist has submitted two paintings; one was generously donated so that the bar is able to keep 100 percent of the sales profit, and the other painting's sale will provide a forty percent commission. This will go directly back to the SAF to help the business stay alive during COVID-19, as the majority of the programming had to be cancelled.

      Hope to see you this summer to enjoy cocktails, pie and beautiful art in our SHOW Bar!