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New Bites: Noodles & Whiskey

Wood Ear to Open This Weekend in the Roma Building

Texas-flavored ramen joint, Wood Ear Whiskey Lounge & Noodle Bar, is set to open June 24. Matt Arnold -- owner and general manager, and his employees “have resurfaced every inch except for the original walnut bar” (which was crafted by the Brunswick-Balke-Collener Company in 1860).

Wood Ear aims to stay open year-round, with the exception of a week each off-season, and by becoming “a place where everyone can afford to eat,” Arnold said. “People will be shocked by our prices.”

Indeed, Wood Ear’s preliminary menu reveals five items priced not in dollars but cents.

Along with a 25-cent nori sheet or 50-cent pickled carrot, diners will savor $2 charred corn, $4 wasabi potato salad or $5 shrimp tacos. 

Since bar manager Alvin Davis, head chef Kevin Bush and Arnold all hail from Texas, they endeavored to incorporate Hill Country flavors in the menu, meaning warm potato salad, cucumber salad and all kinds of smoked meats, whether brisket, pork shoulder or Asian-barbecue-style porkbelly.  

“We’re trying to bring our own touch to ramen,” Bush said. Lots and lots of ramen, that is:  According to Arnold, Wood Ear will boil 200 pounds of bones per day to create broth for all the ramen entrees on the menu. 

That process will take two days to complete, in order to intensify flavors, as will the smoking of Wood Ear’s brisket. 

Like neighboring restaurants La Cocina de Luz and Butcher & Baker, Wood Ear will operate as a counter-service joint. That way, Arnold said, he can save on employee costs and pass down the savings in the form of, well, 50-cent pickled carrots. 

In early March, Arnold imagined Wood Ear as a “cocktail lounge that serves Japanese-inspired drinking food.” The more the three main players tinkered, though, the more “we amped up our food” offerings, said Arnold. He now describes Wood Ear as a “Texas Hill Country-inspired ramen joint.”

Wood Ear is still obtaining whiskey from the East — just not the Far East. Bar manager Davis has stocked the bar with libations from Vermont’s Whistle Pig distillery instead of the major Japanese exporter because “Suntori is currently the most sought after brand of whiskey, and it rarely makes it off the coasts.”

Wood Ear’s new look will surprise those familiar with its predecessors’ gray-and-black hues. Arnold pointed to an Oregon artist’s fabulous new mural — in which bears snarl as long-stemmed chanterelles stretch for the horizon — and said, “We’ve started calling our motif ‘psychedelic hunting lodge.’”

That sounds about right, given the new wooden paneling: a lively interplay of beetle-killed blue pine, aspen and white pine. 

The mural surrounds the traditional stage of the Roma. The stage, Arnold said, will hold music acts during both Ride Fest and the Telluride Jazz Festival. 

From: Rob Story, Telluride Daily Planet

Festival Seasons Kicks Off with Mountainfilm

The summer festival season in among us and starts with Mountainfilm. Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals and a locals’ favorite. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: Inspiring. Mountainfilm has evolved into a dynamic organization and a festival of films, people, stories, and ideas that celebrates indomitable spirit, educates and inspires audiences, and motivates individuals and communities to advance solutions for a livable world.

Mountainfilm will kick off its 40th Anniversary Festival by dedicating its Moving Mountains Symposium to one of the most pressing issues of our modern era: migration. To help guide audiences through the topic, the festival has gathered an impressive roster of scholars, activists, humanitarians and climate experts to speak at the event. The half-day symposium, which is scheduled for May 25, 2018 in High Camp Theater, will feature a former UN senior advisor, immigrant leadership advocate, a preeminent author of the American Southwest and expert in forced migration, among others. Speakers will take the audience on a deep dive into several facets of the migration issue, from immigration reform in America to the international refugee crisis and the long history of human movement across the globe.

With first ascents and routes on walls that span from Antarctica to Patagonia and Alaska to the Himalaya, author and North Face athlete Conrad Anker is a modern climbing legend. Anker is Mountainfilm's 2018 Guest Director. This year’s presenters include former festival director Arlene Burns, 2018 poster artist Joseph Toney, filmmaker Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, film producer and writer Anna Brones, and Norwood-based British climber Adrian Burgess. 

Mountainfilm is in the TREC family as Broker Alex Martin's wife, Sage, is Mountainfilm's Executive Director. “Alex and I are so blessed to have the opportunity to live and work in Telluride. The natural beauty is awe-inspiring, and the community genuine. We couldn’t dream of a better place to raise our sons and to call home.” says Sage.

To learn more about Mountainfilm, click here to visit their website. If you want to attend, we're sorry to report that passes are SOLD OUT. But, check out today's Telluride Daily Planet to see how you can Mountainfilm without a pass (and for free!). 


Summer Flights Grow Nearly 10%

Summer 2018 Will Include Daily Flights from Chicago

Colorado Flights Alliance has released the Summer 2018 flight schedule. Despite Great Lakes pulling out of Telluride (TEX), travel options into Montrose (MTJ) continue to expand. Highlights include extended daily Chicago (ORD) service on United and larger jets through out the summer on Houston (IAH) and Dallas (DFW) routes, and a second Dallas flight on core days.

Looking at summer bookings, traffic is up 7% on early numbers with each month pacing even to ahead year-over-year.

Three Telluride Athletes Compete in the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang

Raised on the slopes of Telluride, locals Gus Kenworthy, Keaton McCargo, and Hagen Kearney traveled to PyeongChang, South Korea to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. 

This is Kenworthy's second Winter Olympic Games as a member of the Freestyle team, first competing in Sochi in 2014 and winning the silver medal in Slopestyle. Suffering a broken thumb and bruised hip from a hard fall in practice one day before competing, Kenworthy finished out of the metals in the men's ski slopestyle competition. In typical Gus fashion, he rescued a South Korean dog. Kenworthy and newly adopted pup, Beemo, will be stateside shortly.

Also on the Freestyle team is McCargo, competing in the Moguls event. The US women’s moguls team came to the games with high hopes but small errors kept the team out of the finals. McCargo nailed it in the first qualifying round and  finished eighth in the second, just two spots away from the metals round.

Kearney is on the US Snowboard Team competing in the Snowboardcross event. He had a fall which prevented him from making it past the quarterfinals.

All three athletes are products of the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, which TREC is proud to sponsor! 

Activities in Telluride this Holiday Season

In Telluride, the holidays aren’t just about the skiing! If you're not on the slopes, there's plenty to do around Telluride. 

Check our newspaper ads and lobby displays (and
with your local TREC broker!) for holiday season Open
Houses at some of Telluride’s finest listings.


With two rinks in Town Park and one at the
Madeline Hotel in Mountain Village, there is
plenty of ice to enjoy for all!


This is interesting and fun for all ages! Open
Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. Located in the Town of
Telluride at 201 W. Gregory Ave.


With dozens of options, there’s no time like the
holidays to pamper yourself and loved ones with
massages, facials and more.


Rent a fat-tire winter mountain
bike and explore the River Trail
in a new season!


With world-renowned Mesa Verde and the Ouray
Hot Springs only an hour or so away, take the time to
                                                 explore new and amazing parts of the Telluride area.

Summer Flights Schedule Announced

Colorado Flights Alliance Releases Summer Schedule

The 2017 Summer Flight Plan includes new flights into Montrose-Telluride (MTJ) and Telluride (TEX). In addition to daily United flights to/from Chicago, American Airlines has added Saturday flights to/from MTJ. Great Lakes/United will continue its daily service between Denver and TEX. American Airlines has added daily service between Phoenix and MTJ. For more information on summer flights, click here

Mountain Village Amends Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines Relaxed in Mountain Village

On February 16th, the Mountain Village Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the town’s design guidelines. The goal of the Community Development Code Design Review reads, “Architecture within the town will continue to evolve and create a unique mountain vernacular architecture that is influenced by international and regional historical alpine precedents. The Town encourages new compatible design interpretations that embrace nature, recall the past, interpret our current time, and move us into the future while respecting the design context of the neighborhood surrounding a site.”

To that end, the following design guidelines, among others, were approved:
– References to “solid, heavy” and “thick” bases as a design requirement were supplemented with language for design that appears “grounded” to the site to withstand alpine forces of wind, snow and heavy rain, with an expanded selection of building materials to choose from.

– Gable roofs are no longer the only required roof form, instead, the board added the requirement that roof design shall be made up of multiple forms that emphasize sloped planes, varied ridgelines and vertical offsets.

– The list of appropriate roof materials was also expanded to include black or gray standing seam materials, and certain synthetic materials that meet stated standards of durability, high strength and high-quality design.

– Individual windows are no longer required to be a maximum of 40 square feet. Instead, the new regulations require window use and placement be responsive to energy requirements, be an integral part of the design of the structure and be sensitive to adjoining properties. The standard that no more than 40% of the exterior of a structure be glass remains.

These guidelines apply to all architecture in the Mountain Village including residential and commercial properties.