Blog :: 12-2020

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View live cameras of our gondola stations.

Winter 2020-2021 will see long gondola lines due to COVID-19 loading restrictions. Please bookmark and check often to monitor gondola lines throughout the winter. Thank you for your patience. 

Telluride Station

Access to Oak Street Plaza in Town of Telluride.

Mountain Village Center Station 4

Access to Mountain Village Center shops and restaurants, ski access, ski school, Telluride Bike Park, trail system and gondola connection.

Mountain Village Center Station 5

Access to Mountain Village Market Plaza, shops, restaurants, ski access, Gondola Parking Garage and Mountain Village Town Hall.

Market Plaza Station

Access to Gondola Parking Garage, Mountain Village Town Hall, post office boxes, Village Market and liquor store.

San Sophia Station

Access to Allred’s Restaurant, ski access, and Telluride Bike Park/trail system.

Telluride Resort Webcam

Order delivery from your favorite Mountain Village restaurant thanks to Mountain Village Delivery. 

Mountain Village Delivery

Order delivery from your favorite Mountain Village restaurant thanks to Mountain Village Delivery. 

Customers may order food selection from their favorite Mountain Village restaurant then contact Mountain Village Delivery to arrange pick-up/delivery. Drivers will pick-up orders at restaurants with an insulated/clean bag to minimize contract. Delivery fee/gratuity will be collected by the driver at delivery.

Call 970-708-7728 to arrange your delivery!
Special Thanks to the Town of Mountain Village



A sneak peak at The Cabins at Mountain Village in Telluride

Anyone who's had the chance to visit Mountain Village's Heritage Plaza this week may have noticed we're in the process of redecorating our plazas with the recent installation of 20 red, blue and yellow refurbished gondola dining cabins through the Mountain Village Center.

When all is said and done, we will have 25 gondola dining cabins and several dining pavilions installed throughout the Mountain Village Center to help the public gather safely in these cabins with their families/households. We will share a full announcement when the installation is complete and all cabins are ready for the public to enjoy.

In the meantime, as these are installed in phases, we would like to take the opportunity to share some helpful tips for enjoying The Cabins at Mountain Village in a safe manner amidst increased COVID-19 concerns.

  • First Come, First Served: These unique dining cabins will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis to safely enjoy food or drink from one of our restaurants.
  • Share the Love: Please share the love and limit your time to one hour with no more than eight people from one associated party/household.
  • Wait it Out: Please allow five minutes of ventilation time between parties, and leave the windows open for proper ventilation. There will be timed heaters in each cabin to keep you warm and cozy.And soon we will install timers to help the public know when five minutes have passed between users.
  • Sanitize It: The Cabins will be cleaned regularly by staff and the public is encouraged to use our sanitization stations in the plaza if needed.
  • Unattended items will be removed: Please do not leave items unattended to 'save your spot.' Unattended belongings will be brought to Lost and Found underneath Tomboy Tavern.
  • No smoking
  • Please bus your table and keep exploring Mountain Village!
  • Tag us on Social Media! Tag us on social media @townofmountainvillage #TheCabinsAtMV

There are QR codes in each cabin that will take you to our Dine Outside page where you can conveniently peruse the takeout options from our Mountain Village restaurants. Special thanks to Town of Mountain Village Kathrine Warren

12 Days of Telluride Christmas

There's a New TREC Team! J&W: Ben Jackson and Andrew Williamson - the Telluride lifestyle experts.

12 Days of Telluride Christmas

Holiday Magic 

There is nowhere better to be for the holidays than in magical Telluride! 
Wherever you may be enjoying the season, (hopefully here!) we hope you enjoy this collection of our favorite things from around town. 

Our small businesses are the heartbeat of Telluride - they are what keep the  independent spirit of the town alive and well.

We are shopping local this year - hopefully this guide makes it easy for you to do the same!

Cheers and happy holidays from all of us!

Ben and Andrew
JW & Associates 
Your Telluride Lifestyle Experts 



Gifts for the Foodie

Telluride Truffles
a local favorite since 1997.
We love the "Fourteener"  $52

Telluride Distilling Company
Charilift Warmer Peppermint Schnapps, Gold Medal Winner 2018, With a European-Alp's styled recipe, our schnapps boasts "enough sugar but not too much to make it a syrup" and an authentic peppermint flavor.   $20 (pro tip: you need this to make the Telluride unofficial cocktail "The Flatliner") 

Private Chef with a side of Poetry! to plan your private dinner 

Award winning Chef, Sommelier, Writer, Wine Maker, T.V. Host, and self-described "Party on Feet", Patrick Laguens was born in New Orleans Louisiana.  Patrick has seven Wine Spectator "Awards of Excellence", along with a Master's Degree in Philosophy. Book a wine-pairing dinner with Patrick for an unforgettable experience.

The Coffee Cowboy
a gift card for Telluride's treasured coffee trailer makes a perfect gift! 

December 16, 2020 !  New to the Mountain Village Core, the Telluride Brewing Company Brew Pub & Taqueria will open their doors - featuring the  award-winning beer we all love along with  tasty tacos

Send the gift of beer to those who can't make it! We love the Ski In- Ski Stout! 


Gifts for the Glow Getter! 


The best  beauty product you've never heard of and can't live without
Encantos Sun Filtering Oil  $15/$30 
 Sesame Oil (known to filter 30% of the suns rays) Jojoba (known to protect from free-radical damage), Aloe Vera (known to soothe and help regenerate damaged skin), Honey (which protects the skin from damaging sun rays), Vitamin E (which promotes healing and tissue repair), Sea Buckthorn (one of the finest oils for protecting and regenerating the skin), and small amounts of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils along with Absolute Linden Blossom to give a sweet, gentle fragrance to this wonderful product. 

 Spa Day 

we highly recommend the soul sampler!

The local’s favorite. Perfect for a 2.5 hour rejuvenating journey. Swedish relaxation 60-minute massage + Aveda 60-minute Customized Facial + Express Pedicure.  $320


Gifts for the Homebody 


Share the great taste of Telluride's favorite interior designers Victoria and Robyn of Tweed Interiors  with your friends and family by shopping their well-curated shoppe.  (text or DM to shop @tweedinteriors)   Aviator Nation for comfy clothes and  gracious home goods 


"Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope"
Fresh flowers are a natural stress reliever - in addition to brightening up your home!   Flowers by Ella delivers locally. 

Timberline Ace Hardware, family-owned and operated since 1969.
 Find a more amazing ACE hardware anywhere and we will give you a $25 gift card to the coffee cowboy!

The Big Green Egg is available - our favorite is the "Mini-Max" $600 

Normally you are not buying Bamboo undergarments at the hardware store - this is no ordinary store! Boody Wear is the softest you will find. 


Gifts for "I'd Rather be Outdoors. Way Outdoors"

If you know what these  items are, this is the right store for you! Pictured L to R - The 4000 Eiger EVO GTX RR is the lightest Eiger ever made by Zamberlan  ($679) and Ultralight Java drip- perfect  for backcountry coffee. ($10)
Thank you Jagged Edge for being you. 

AKA the relationship saver.
Give the gift of custom-fitted boots from Bootdoctors this year.  Call to schedule a fitting for a gift that gives for years.  800.592.6883


For the Fashionista 

Ski You Later!
Their clothes rock and their DM game is solid -  you can buy  in your PJs, with just a couple of clicks!  Two Skirts is a perennial favorite since 2001, these are our favorites for 2020-2021 ski season.
** a gift card always fits!


Tween Dream (tweens of all ages) 
Keeping Telluride on-trend ! Sublime has the best accessories for the fashion-forward.  Find them on Facebook or Instagram and let them do the heavy lifting  for you - it's a great way to elevate your gift game!


And for the 13th day of Christmas, we love 455 E  Colorado
Home is where the heart is - this is a  perfect place to come spend your holidays in Telluride.

5 BED · 6.5 BATH · 3429 SQ FT
MLS #38291

Purchase price $5,795,000
Nestled among the trees, this riverside home is perfect for family and for entertaining; featuring a private courtyard, five bedrooms, six bathrooms  w/powder room, a custom kitchen, wet bar, and a private hot tub. A great detail is the detached garage with a private bedroom/bathroom and bar area above. 
Strong rental history. 

See if you can find Santa walking through! 

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Ben and Andrew 


Masks Off, It's Time to Eat in Telluride, CO


telluride dining options

From outdoor cabins to take-out food, dining looks different this winter

Special Thanks to Elizabeth Guest. Telluride Daily Planet

Local restaurants rallied this summer with outdoor tables and curbside pickup to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions, but as daylight dwindled and snow accumulated, picnics became a less viable dining option. While take-out options are better than ever, winter dining during a pandemic demands new, creative approaches.

The Cabins at Mountain Village, debuting this season, are a collection of gondola cabins and tented dining pavilions scattered throughout the plazas. Twenty refurbished gondola cars—similar to the ones used on the ski resort—are equipped with tables, benches, lighting, heat, and ventilation. Eight are located around the fire pit in the center of the village core, four by the base of Life 4 and Tomboy Tavern, and four more by the top of Lift 1 and La Piazza.

The cabins operate as dining rooms for take-out food and libations from any Mountain Village restaurant or bar. They fit up to eight people and afford families more flexibility in food choices—kids can order pizza or cheeseburgers from one restaurant, while parents can get something more upscale from somewhere else, and still eat together.

Kathrine Warren is the public information officer for Mountain Village; the town, its business development committee, and the local homeowners association collaborated on the project. “The gondola is a treasured Mountain Village asset, so we might as well play on that idea, as well as support local restaurants,” says Warren.

The Cabins at Mountain Village also include outdoor dining pavilions for patrons of La Piazza, Trax Café, Poacher’s Pub, and The Coffee Company. These tented structures seat eight and provide comfort and shelter from the outdoor elements. They’re adaptable, with flaps that roll up and down depending on the weather. An oversized dining pavilion for larger parties is also available outside the Telluride Conference Center.

There are no reservations for the Cabins at Mountain Village, which operate on a first-come, first-serve basis with expectations of respectful patronage: Don’t take too long of a gondola “ride,” and let cabins air out before climbing aboard. Menus are available at www.townofmountainvillage/dining. Also, since drinking alcohol is allowed outdoors in Mountain Village, folks can disembark their gondola and enjoy the last sips of a hot toddy on a starlit stroll through the plaza.

Downtown Telluride restaurants are also finding food  service solutions. Expecting a busy winter, The National has re-designed the interior space to accommodate socially distanced dining as well as plexiglass partitioning at the bar. “People are still wanting to go out,” says Ross Martin, The National’s co-executive chef with Erich Owen. “Dining in-house this winter will be a coveted thing for Telluride; reservations are going fast.”

Grab  and Go

No available tables?  No problem—90 percent of The National menu is available online for contact-less, curbside pick-up. For groups of four and more, they recommend you order 48 hours in advance for a restaurant-caliber meal in the comfort of your own abode.

The National also has a new offshoot restaurant called Littlehouse, a few blocks away, at 219 West Pacific Street. The farm-fresh gourmet delicatessen is open 11 a.m-9 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Like The National, the food features high-end quality ingredients and craftsmanship, but with more family-friendly offerings in a more casual setting. The atmosphere is lively yet comfortable with lots of natural light, clean contemporary finishes and rustic mountain feel. A large open garage door in front features floor-to-ceiling lighting, opening on sunny days for a cool indoor-meets-outdoor space, the perfect place to lunch on a sunny ski day, and a close walk from the gondola and Lift 8. There’s a full bar, beer, and wine with pre-order family-style meals also available. Littlehouse caters to little people with items like grilled cheese and parmesan pasta, but also includes more sophisticated samplings: Thai noodle salad, ahi tuna poke, Tuscan five bean kale salad, crab cakes from the case, plus six different sandwiches, vegan lasagna, beef Bourguignon, Brussel sprouts, and soups and salad paired with cocktails like a Mezcal Old Fashioned or a simple glass of Sauvignon blanc. “We felt that town was in need of this,” says Chef Martin. “A kind of California-European Delicatessen.”

There’s another new restaurant in town opening during the pandemic: Lunch Money, located in the breezeway of the Heritage building at 126 West Colorado Avenue. Focused on foodies, Lunch Money is for mid-day munchies and also seasonal take-home meals five days a week, so you don’t have to cook dinner. The menu changes frequently to highlight fresh ingredients and healthy fare: salads, noodle bowls, sushi, soups, wraps, snacks, sweet treats, and cold-pressed juices, with ample vegetarian and vegan options. And no green guilt—Lunch Money uses environmentally-friendly to-go containers.

If there is one good thing that has come out of the pandemic, it’s that most restaurants, even the fine dining ones, have upped their take-out game and there is also a good variety of grab-and-go food available. The Butcher & The Baker has a deli case full of to-go sides and dishes, and offers chicken dinners to bring home, and you can order meals online to pick up at Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Siam. Virtually everything you can find in a restaurant is now available to eat at home; the new Telluride dining world is, as they say, your oyster.

An expert's suggestions on dining out safely in Telluride, Colorado


‘Remember the three V’s’

  • Special thanks to The Telluride Daily Planet - Leslie Vreeland, Contributing Editor

outdoor dining

Twinkling lights (above) in Telluride and Mountain Village add up to plenty of choices for where to eat and drink. And this year, there are more places to do both outside. (Photo courtesy of Visit Telluride/Facebook)

Bars and restaurants face a challenge as the state’s Safer at Home dashboard flashes increasingly urgent shades of Yellow, Orange and Red, for COVID-19 transmission risks in each county. 

The challenge boils down to five words:  

How to stay in business? At least Coloradans can still dine out. On Friday, the Bay Area enacted stay-at-home restrictions, per orders of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

To inspire people to keep dropping by, at least one Western Slope brewery has implemented a new program. If you had to assign it a color, you might make it White: It’s the Polar Bear Outdoor Drinking Club.

“We’d been wracking our brains for the past two months on what to do as the weather turns colder,” said Brian Fischer, the founding partner of Monumental Beer Works, Polar’s progenitor, in the Grand Valley. “We’ve got two patios. We’d love to have people come and drink here outside. We’ve considered putting up yurts, greenhouses, or fishing tents. We thought about wrapping our pergolas.” 

“All of those were too expensive,” said Fischer, “and the pergola wasn’t safe because of (the risk of collapsing due to) snow loads. It wasn’t worth it to spend $15,000 to wrap the pergola for two to three months.” 

So Fischer decided to embrace the great wide-open. 

“I thought, wait a minute. I don’t get it. I grew up in Summit County, and to this day I’m an avid skier,” he said. “When we’re done with skiing for the day, we sit outside and have a beer. I guarantee you at Telluride they’re also outside. We just have to give people an incentive to drink outside.”

And that inspired the Polar Bear Drinking Club punchcard: every time you have a drink outdoors in 45-degree (or below) weather, the card gets punched. After 10 punches, you get a free beer. 

No Polar Bear affiliates exist in the San Juans, but there are plenty of places to enjoy a bite and a beverage even though you’re not inside a Telluride restaurant. The same goes for Mountain Village, as well.

“Basically, outdoor dining is everywhere,” said Zoe Dohnal, Business Development and Sustainability Director for the Town of Mountain Village. What’s more, regional restaurants are rushing to keep patrons more comfortable while they eat and drink outside. “You can stay socially distanced here,” Fischer said, “and we have space heaters.” 

“We had a heating grant, and a lot of restaurants” have installed equipment “for just this purpose,” Dohnal said: to keep guests cozy and still outdoors.”

Those restaurants are on the right track, said Larissa Pisney M.D., the medical director for Infection Control at UCHealth. “I commend them for doing whatever they can to make it safe for patrons.”

This said, in a pandemic, even outdoor dining carries risks. 

“The way I’ve best heard it expressed is, remember the three V’s,” Dr. Pisney said. “Venue, ventilation, and vocalization. There’s a higher risk when people gather indoors. Another piece of it is ventilation: hospitals have more efficient ventilation systems, for example, than commercial buildings do, or people’s homes. The other part is vocalization: to eat or drink, you have to take your mask off.”

The safest way to dine out right now is to really dine out — in the outdoors — Pisney summed up, with members of your family. But she added, “I think everything right now comes down to taking your own individual risk into account. I have a younger brother, who’s in his 30s. He’s a rugby player. He and his wife have certainly eaten outside. For myself, I have a nanny share with another medical family, and I see patients all the time for my work. I fell pretty responsible to those other people. For higher-risk people, it may be better not to sit down at all. If you’re outside, socially distanced, wearing your mask, with just your group and lots of hand washing before and after you eat or drink, that’s as safe as you can make it.”

“In my household, we’re supporting restaurants by ordering lots of takeout,” she added. “It’s an excuse not to cook.”

Telluride Fire Festival to take place with safety protocols in place

The Telluride Fire Festival has a COVID-19-safe, three-day festival planned, which will be mostly outdoors to offer art and culture Dec. 4 to Dec. 6 in Telluride.

Telluride Fire Festival Archives - Mountain Living

Face masks will be provided for those who do not have them and seating will be every other row at the one indoor event in the Palm Theater.

The festival will feature family-friendly activities; interactive fire installations by artists from Telluride and the surrounding region; “Fire On The Mountain,” a dance and acrobatic performance at The Palm Theater; free fire art performances; free flow arts workshops; beginner welding workshop; costume artist; and a Micki Flatmo exhibition.

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