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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Find a Home on the Range

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


Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

COLORADO

THIS FORMER MINING VILLAGE COMBINES EPIC SKIING ON UNCROWDED, HIGH-ALTITUDE RUNS WITH UNPRETENTIOUS OLD WEST VIBES.

By ALEX BHATTACHARJI 
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.

WHILE DISCERNING TRAVELERS PAN FOR KERNELS OF AUTHENTICITY, TELLURIDE SITS ON THE MOTHERLODE.

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.”

THE BIGGER THE BIG BOYS GET, THE MORE TELLURIDE FLIES UNDER THE RADAR, WHICH SUITS FOLKS HERE FINE.

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.”

Telluride just topped our annual Readers' Choice Award list for the best ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada—read on fo

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!

Things to Do: Telluride Historical Museum Opens July 1


RE-OPENING

The Telluride Historical Museum is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum starting July 1st by appointment only. They will be taking appointments Wednesday - Saturday and may expand to more days depending on how the first phase of reopening goes. The Museum is committed to keeping everyone safe and will institute precautionary measures such as regular disinfecting of common surfaces as well as adhering to social distancing guidelines. Their interactive exhibits have also been pulled to help reduce potential transmission.

Groups or individuals visiting the Museum must pay in advance and follow all safety precautions. Everyone who enters will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. If you or your party does not have a mask the museum will provide one for you. Groups must be no larger than 8 people and part of one booking. The museum will do their best to allow ample time for everyone to absorb out exhibits and well curated history.

Telluride Historical Museum wants everyone to know they understand this will be a new experience, and they appreciate your patience as they navigate their re-opening under the current circumstances. It is imperative to keep everyone safe including visitors and staff. 


Bake Like a Pioneer 

Our bodies constantly adjust and adapt for living in the high country. Baking above sea level is no different. In order to make something delicious up here you have to take the low air pressure into account and adjust recipes accordingly.  Some of the first pioneers to bake here had to experiment with different formulas before getting recipes just right. Today we have the luxury of high altitude conversion charts but that doesn't mean baking is a breeze! Attempt one of the recipes below out of the "The Rocky Mountain Cookbook" that pioneer Harriet Backus aka the 'Tomboy Bride' used herself.  

Safer at Home Camp Challenge  

Ten local nonprofits are collaborating on a fun, free camp that kids can do safely from home. This downloadable packet of activities, from cool science experiments and reading challenges to amazing arts and crafts, will get your kids outside, reading, and creating. There are even healthy lunch recipes and a calendar of fun "challenges." Activities are designed for all ages, but kids under 9 should participate with an older sibling or guardian. 

Share your fun! Be sure to post pictures of your adventures and creations and tag them #SAHCampChallenge.

English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1koT7mcjylwruDlNh_UONrkaGEcZmqBax/view  

Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U5X0c3OZAG9IAujvRy0Px9fUMmeG1dV8/view  

Learn How to Talk About Race via National Museum of African American History and Culture's

New Online Portal 

The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers, and individuals committed to racial equality.   

Research shows that many people feel they do not have the information needed to discuss race in a way that is candid, safe, and respectful of other viewpoints and experiences.

Talking About Race builds upon decades of work by the museum's educators. It is the result of extensive research, studies, consultations, and educational resources from these fields: history, education, psychology and human development. It includes published research from leading experts, activists, historians, and thought leaders on race, equity, and inclusion, including Brené Brown, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Robin DiAngelo, Julie Olsen Edwards, Jerry Kang, Ibram X Kendi, Enid Lee, Audre Lorde, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Tim Wise.    

ADMISSION 

(Please call the Museum to Reserve Your Tour Slot):

$7 General Admission 

$5 Seniors (65 and older)

$5 Students (6-17)

Free Children 5 & Under 

Free for active military personnel


Museum Members are always free and don't forget...

Locals receive free admission every Thursday!   

201 W. Gregory Ave. | at the top of N. Fir St. | P.O. Box 1597 

Telluride, CO 81435  

970.728.3344 | www.telluridemuseum.org

Master List Of U.S. Airline Seating And Mask COVID-19 Policies

Master List Of U.S. Airline Seating And Mask COVID-19 Policies

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Flying now doesn’t look like it ever has before. Airports are receiving only a fraction of the travelers compared to the same time last year and some eateries and other businesses are closed. The experience in-flight is different, too. Nearly all airlines require masks onboard and most have announced stringent cleaning protocols as well.

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Despite fewer people flying, some planes are still flying full. Social media shows photos of packed planes and complaints that it’s impossible to social distance. Everyone assumes that there will be empty seats or even empty rows onboard, but there’s no government mandate for increased personal space on flights. Each airline is handling this differently, with some purposely blocking seats and others proceeding as normal. Here’s what to expect on major U.S. airlines.

Mask Policies at a Glance

Every airline except for Allegiant Airlines and Sun Country Airlines has announced that passengers and crew members are required to wear face coverings throughout check-in, boarding and the flight itself.

Although these policies have been in place for a month or more, airlines are tightening enforcement and implementing consequences if you refuse, according to the Airlines for America industry trade organization. Passengers without masks may be denied boarding. Some airlines, including United, are taking it a step further by suspending noncompliant passengers from future travel as well.

Small children are not required to wear face coverings nor are passengers with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks. It is unclear how airlines will make these exceptions, so it’s best to bring a doctor’s note if you have an underlying condition.

Blocked Middle Seats

Right now, only Alaska Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue and Southwest are blocking seats for sale to limit the number of passengers onboard. Passengers on these airlines will be able to leave middle seats empty (or aisle seats on smaller aircraft). Everyone will have more space to spread out.

These empty middle seats are temporary, though. Alaska and JetBlue are only guaranteeing empty seats through July 31. Delta and Southwest Airlines have guaranteed extra space through September 30. Hawaiian Airlines has not specified an end date.

If you’re flying another airline, you should expect planes to be as full as ever before. When demand receded, airlines cut routes and consolidated schedules. However, travelers are returning to the skies as states open up and health risks feel more manageable, so planes are once again selling out. Summer vacation is back on.

As you might expect, airfare costs are not equal across the board. Be sure to consider the extra space—or lack thereof—when choosing the best flight value.

Specific Airline Policies

Alaska Airlines

Mask Policy: Alaska Airlines is requiring all crew members and passengers over the age of 12 to wear masks. Face coverings will be provided upon request.

Blocked Seats: Alaska is capping all flights at 65% capacity for flights through July 31, 2020. Middle seats will be blocked accordingly to allow distancing onboard. Families who wish to 

be seated together despite blocked seats can speak with gate agents or flight attendants for assistance.

Allegiant Airlines

Mask Policy: Allegiant Airlines recommends, but does not require, passengers and crew to wear face coverings onboard. They are providing passengers on some flights with a health and safety kit, which includes a single-use face mask, non-latex gloves and sanitizing wipes. Allegiant intends to have these kits available for all passengers, although they have not announced a specific start date.

Blocked Seats: Allegiant is not limiting capacity on their flights. Customers can request to be notified if their flight exceeds 65% capacity so they can explore alternate travel options. When possible, crew members may reseat customers to provide additional distancing.

American Airlines 

Mask Policy: All passengers flying on American Airlines are required to wear face coverings onboard. “Very young children” are exempt, as is anyone with an underlying condition that prevents them from wearing one. Otherwise, non-compliant passengers will be denied boarding for current and/or future travel. Limited masks may be available if you didn’t pack one, but are not guaranteed. 

Blocked Seats: American Airlines is not limiting capacity on their flights. However, passengers may be reseated after boarding is complete to allow additional distancing if there are seats available. On full flights, travelers can optionally request to move flights at no charge.

Delta Airlines

Mask Policy: Passengers and crew members are required to wear face coverings onboard, with exceptions for children and those with some medical conditions. You are required to bring your own mask, but masks are available if needed at check-in, in lounges, boarding gates, jet bridges and onboard the aircraft.

Blocked Seats: Delta has one of the most generous blocked seating arrangements in the industry. Middle seats are blocked on larger aircraft and select aisle seats are blocked on smaller aircraft for travel through September 30, 2020. Passenger loads are capped at 50% in domestic first class cabins and 60% for main cabin (economy) and Comfort+. International “Delta One” cabins, their most spacious seats, are capped at 75% capacity.

Frontier Airlines

Mask Policy: All Fronter customers are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, including at ticket counters and gate areas.

Blocked Seats: Frontier is blocking a limited number of middle seats in the front of the plane. These seats are notated as “Stretch Seats” and also include extra legroom. These seats require an additional fee (prices vary based on route and flight duration).

Temperature Screenings: Notably, Frontier Airlines is the only airline requiring temperature screenings from all passengers before boarding. They are using touchless technology to screen passengers and will deny boarding to anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher.

Hawaiian Airlines

Mask Policy: Hawaiian Airlines requires all passengers to wear masks during boarding, in-flight and deplaning.

Blocked Seats: Hawaiian is currently blocking middle seats on larger aircraft for an unspecified amount of time. Customers planning future travel should be prepared for the possibility that this policy could change before their trip.

JetBlue Airlines

Mask Policy: All JetBlue passengers and crew are required to wear face coverings while flying. This includes during check-in, boarding, in flight and deplaning.

Blocked Seats: JetBlue is blocking all middle seats on larger aircraft and most aisle seats on smaller aircraft in order to allow social distancing onboard. This policy is set to expire after July 31, 2020.

Southwest Airlines

Mask Policy: Customers are required to wear a face covering for boarding and the duration of the flight. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own face covering, but masks will be provided if needed.

Blocked Seats: Southwest is limiting the number of tickets sold on each flight to allow extra distancing for travel through September 30, 2020. This equates to blocked middle seats, although they are maintaining their open seating policy. Customers traveling together are welcome to sit together, including in a middle seat if they choose. Regardless, there will be space for separate parties to sit apart.

Spirit Airlines

Mask Policy: Travelers are required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth when flying on Spirit Airlines. Masks are not provided, so customers should pack their own.

Blocked Seats: Spirit is not limiting capacity on board their flights and notes that some aircraft may be more full than others.

United Airlines

Mask Policy: United requires all passengers and crew to wear a mask throughout their flight. Masks will be provided at no cost if customers need them. Customers who refuse or who remove masks in-flight may be suspended from flying the airline again in the future.

Blocked Seats: United has not instituted capacity restrictions for their flight and passengers should be prepared for the possibility of completely sold out flights. However, if there are more than 70% of seats booked, passengers can move to another flight instead.

Bottom Line

Customers have a lot of factors to weigh when considering which airline to fly. Travelers are used to comparing extra fees, baggage allowances, legroom and even coronavirus change and cancellation policies. Now, mask requirements and space onboard may also impact your decision for summer flying.

Like everything related to COVID-19, these policies are subject to change as airlines re-evaluate health concerns. If you are planning flights beyond the dates in current policies, keep an eye on airline announcements before your trip.

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    Mountain Village Market On The Plaza Opens Today (Every Wednesday June 24th through Sept. 2nd)

    Market On The Plaza 

    Special Thanks to Zoe Dohnal

    Market on the Plaza is held on Wednesdays in mid-summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Heritage Plaza, the center of Mountain Village. Heritage Plaza is steps from the free gondola and is adjacent to the Telluride Bike Park. Come enjoy local produce, original artisan creations, kid-friendly goods and more

    Market on the Plaza's response to COVID-19

    In an effort to keep our visitors and vendors safe in light of the current health pandemic, the Market on the Plaza will be following a new set of guidelines.

    Please make sure to visit the Market on the Plaza booth should you have any questions or need a mask while visiting! We also encourage visitors to order ahead, see all vendor details below.

    Meet our 2020 Vendors

    See the vendor page if you are interested in applying to be a 2020 vendor.

    Babies of the Bush

    All original African wildlife art and beaded animals.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT BABIES OF THE BUSH(480) 322-6229



    Cimarron Creek Essentials

    Bath and beauty products and accessories.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT CIMARRON CREEK ESSENTIALS(970) 275-6547

    Copper Jewelry

    Craft copper jewelry. Bracelets, rings, earrings and pendants made of copper.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT COPPER JEWELRY

    FRESH Food Hub

    A community food cooperative bringing together farmers and producers

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT FRESH FOOD HUB(970) 327-0418

    Ghost Pocket Supply

    Organic bulk food pantry products. All-natural bulk cleaning supplies and zero-waste products.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT GHOST POCKET SUPPLY(970) 728-2954

    Grand Mesa Creamery

    Offers artisanal farmstead cheeses, and goat yogurt, made by hand in small batches.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT GRAND MESA CREAMERY(970) 856-7040

    Kendra's Kitchen

    A Telluride long-time local sharing some of her homemade recipes.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT KENDRA'S KITCHEN(970) 708-7759

    Ladybird Baking Co

    We specialize in old-world, crusty breads and artisan pastries.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT LADYBIRD BAKING CO209-9630

    LeGrande Jewelry

    A line of handmade jewelry made with attention to detail.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT LEGRANDE JEWELRY(970) 275-6525

    Lucky Tree Studio

    Ec-friendly bamboo accessories for modern, earthy souls

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT LUCKY TREE STUDIO(970) 361-8522

    Matthews Alpines

    Goat milk products: soaps, lotions, goat milk caramel sauce, milk shares and eggs.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT MATTHEWS ALPINES(970) 323-5028

    Moonbear Jewels

    Unique jewelry handmade in Colorado.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT MOONBEAR JEWELS

    Niyol Jewelry

    Dainty and unique gold fill, sterling and bronze jewelry.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT NIYOL JEWELRY

    Simply Magnetic

    Magnetic jewelry for real-life pain.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT SIMPLY MAGNETIC

    Sky Blue Farms 

    Frozen mangalitsa pork, heritage pork, beef, lamb. All meats packed into individual packages.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT SKY BLUE FARMS(347) 853-9369

    Snowberry

    Boba tea, coffee, tea, and smoothies served in Mountain Village Center

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT SNOWBERRY

    The Wok of Joy

    Food cart serving authentic Thai street food.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT THE WOK OF JOY

    Tim's Naturals

    Tim’s Trauma Balm, a pain relief and anti inflammatory salve.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT TIM'S NATURALS(970) 314-1464

    Wags World Orchards

    Honeycrisp, Fuji, Cameo and Jonathan apples, juice and wildflower honey.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT WAGS WORLD ORCHARDS(970) 835-3059

    Winding Drive Farm

    Cut flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables in season, and fruit.

    SEE DETAILS ABOUT WINDING DRIVE FARM(370) 579-8383

    A tour of the epic cliffside route across Telluride's via ferrata

    Special Thanks to Spencer McKee - #OutThereColorado 

    High above Telluride is a relatively short hike called the Via Ferrata, or Korgeratta depending on who you talk to. Featuring a trail that involves moving across a cliffside on a series of metal rungs and cables, there's a reason this experience is on the bucket list of so many adventurers.  If you're looking to climb the course this summer, make sure you follow ALL posted safety guidance and do your research before hand (this article is a good place to start). Editor's Note: This trail can be deadly. We recommend going with a guided tour.

    Welcome to Telluride, Colorado. It’s home to some epic views, mountain town vibes, walls of cliffs, and the via ferrata route.
    Photo Credit: danicachang (iStock).

    Via Ferrata Spencer McKee

    The via ferrata route is found across the cliffs that stand tall in the backdrop of the town. In this photo, Spencer McKee navigates a point near the start of the via ferrata course with the tiny town of Telluride in the background.
    Photo Credit: Kimmy Saavedra.

    Via Ferrata Abi D'Anna

    The Telluride via ferrata course uses a special equipment system in which two carabiners are used to move from safety cable to safety cable. This allows someone to always be clipped in while navigating the route as it traverses across the cliff. We recommend using a guide for this experience, with one reason for doing so being the technical gear that must be used.
    Photo Credit: Abi D’Anna.

    The via ferrata can be accessed via the road that cuts past the iconic Bridal Veil Falls. To tackle the course in the most correct manner, start at the higher trailhead that can be found along the road just past this epic view.
    Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

    While hikers are clipped in during the most dangerous sections of the Telluride via ferrata course, several stretches of the trail included unprotected, deadly falls. Proceed with extreme caution and only tackle this course if your experience level matches the feat. It’s not for those with any fear of heights.
    Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

    Spencer McKee Via Ferrata

    One section of the course is called the Main Event, in which hikers stand on metal rungs 100s of feet above the ground.

    The main event is known for being a spot where epic photos can be taken. It’s also known as being the spot where hands get the sweatiest. Make sure you don’t drop your camera or phone!
    Photo Credit: Mariah Hoffman, Pictured: Spencer McKee

    Telluride Via Ferrata - OutThere Colorado

    The course consists of a mix of rock and metal holds, along with dirt trail. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes with good grip so that you’re able to handle all three types of terrain.
    Photo Courtesy: Sophie Goodman.

    Via Ferrata Abi 2

    Hikers on the via ferrata course.
    Photo Credit: Abi D’Anna.

    Via Ferrata Spencer McKee

    While no technical climbing experience is required, it certainly helps. Make sure you’re comfortable with the gear you’re using and comfortable with the expectations of the course prior to starting the trek.
    Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

    But don’t forget to have fun, while being responsible and safe of course.
    Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

    Black bear pass road Spencer McKee

    Be prepared for epic views along the way.
    Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

    Bridal Veil Falls - powerofforever - OutThere Colorado

    If you bring some binoculars, you’ll be able to get an even better view of Bridal Veil Falls, a 365-foot waterfall.
    Photo Credit: powerofforever.

    Bridal Veil - Terry-Foote - Creative-Commons - OutThere Colorado

    The building on top of the waterfall is a powerhouse that can power the town of Telluride.
    Photo Credit: Terry Foote (Wikimedia Commons).

    Downtown Telluride. Photo Credit: Michael Buck (Flickr).

    Once you’re back in Telluride, don’t forget to check out the local gear shops and restaurants. There’s a reason this spot is one of the most iconic destinations in the Centennial State.
    Photo Credit: Michael Buck (Flickr).

    What We Believe

    We are driven by our deep respect for our environment, and our passionate commitment to sustainable tourism and conservation. We believe in the right for everyone - from all backgrounds and cultures - to enjoy our natural world, and we believe that we must all do so responsibly. Learn More

     

    Insights from District 3 County Commissioner Kris Holstrom and County Manager Mike Bordogna

    TREC sat down with District 3 County Commissioner Kris Holstrom and County Manager Mike Bordogna for some answers during challenging times.

    The pace of change has slowed a little and technology is certainly a big part in the proactive change according to Holstrom. Telluride and the surrounding areas expect to see new public orders from the state next week. Holstrom indicated there was a draft for indoor and outdoor events, space dependent, being worked on, as well calls regarding county fairs this week.

    Since traffic will be down, our team wants to know what’s next for lodging?

    Bordogna indicated that we are at 25% capacity now and we’ll know by June 18th if we could be moving to a 50% capacity by Monday June 22nd. The decision will be based on the information and metrics as they sit as of Thursday. Adhering to the current standard of 3 weeks, we could see 75% occupancy by July 13th.

    The Economic Recovery Committee will meet Friday, June 19th . They will be looking at how the town and county can support local restaurants. Holstrom encourages the public to attend.

    But we will see a spike this summer? It all depends on the numbers Bordogna said, and where the outbreak occurs. At present, 12 or 13 cases would be a spike in San Miguel County.

    Holstrom added that the positives are that there are now options like the Telluride Farmer’s Market, Gondola, restaurants and outdoor places to sit and eat. She added that the towns are in a great place as far as collaboration. The Town of Telluride is seeking additional alcohol permissions to support restaurants and the Gondola is giving away free masks to every passenger. Bordogna added that they are in the process of rolling out several variances to the state order, and 38 are known in the initial round.

    In the meantime, people all over the country are re-evaluating their quality of life. We’ve seen the greatest shift in wealth in recent times with the stock market rallying every other day. We’ve seen that people are discovering that they can work remote, remotely. We predict that the industry will continue to show an increase in sales as a result of people looking at real estate in remote areas like Telluride where they have traveled and are familiar. We may see big homes move in the Town of Mountain Village this summer. In other cases, buyers have been traveling and investigating properties online and were teed up to buy before the pandemic. The world essentially collapsed for our friends in higher density areas, and the flight to safety and hunting for more space is real. Telluride’s lack of supply plus the quality control in growth over the years makes it a gem for quality of life. Now that we are opening our doors again, we hope that others will come visit us and fall in love. We have just over 70 houses available and buyers have every reason to be confident with access to our really Big Backyard, at 112 acres a person.

    With everything our luxury lifestyle has to offer, stay tuned for the possibility of Open Houses beginning July 4th. We are working on being strict about abiding by protocols while offering you the experience you deserve.

     

    Get Your Rental Ready for Summer Fun

    Spring is quickly rolling into summer, but you still have time to check some important maintenance items off your list to ensure your rental is in great shape for summer. Here are seven helpful cleaning tips to share with your tenants!

    1. Check the AC filter and replace if needed
    2. Roof and gutter cleaning
      • Are there obvious signs of fallen branches, gutters detaching, damaged roof, missing shingles, downed power lines, or any other problems? You will want a roof or gutter professional to help.
    3. Landscaping needs
      • Remove dead trees, unwanted branches, turn on your sprinklers to check all are working.
    4. Get ready for BBQ season by checking your deck
      • Check for loose floorboards or mold. You may want to consider resealing the deck to prevent deterioration.
    5. Check the attic
      • Search for signs of insects/ critters and check for mold.
    6. Check the chimney
      • Check the joints between bricks or stones to ensure none have fallen out and no vegetation is growing.
    7. Check your fire and CO2 alarm
      • Check for safety.
     

     

       
     
     

     

       
     
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      Telluride & Mountain Village Gondola Opens Monday, June 15th!

         

      Gondola Opening for Summer 2020

      Special Thanks to Katherine Warren

      Mountain Village officials have confirmed that the gondola, connecting Mountain Village and Telluride, will open for summer 2020 on Monday, June 15 at 7 a.m.

      The gondola’s operating hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at this time. Buses will run after hours between Mountain Village and Telluride 9 p.m. to midnight until further notice. Given the fluid nature of state and county public health orders, operating hours are subject to change and any schedule changes will be communicated through all Mountain Village communications channels.

      “As we open up for this unique summer season, we are excited to announce the gondola will still be getting us — safely and efficiently — to our farmers markets, shops, restaurants, and trailheads,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. “I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our partners at San Miguel County, Public Health Director Grace Franklin, and the entire gondola maintenance team for making it possible for the gondola to meet our community’s critical transit needs this summer.”

      The gondola’s bi-annual maintenance program, which occurs each shoulder season, saw a three-week delay due to public health orders in March, and maintenance work began on April 26 to be in compliance with Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board requirements.

      “Even though our maintenance work was delayed, the weather was on our side, and we were able to make up for lost time,” said Mountain Village Transit Director Jim Loebe. “We’re confident that our new gondola protocols will help keep the community safe.”

      The following protocols have been set in place to ensure passengers and staff safety:

      • No mask, no ride: per Mountain Village and Telluride ordinance, masks are required on all public transportation at this time for those over the age of 2. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering, please let operators know. Operators will provide a face mask if you don’t have one.
      • Cabin occupancy: one person or one associated party at a time will be loaded per cabin.
      • Cabin cleanliness: Advanced cabin disinfection methods will be in constant use. Cabins will be disinfected after each passenger disembarks. Cabin windows will be kept open to ensure adequate ventilation.
      • Line management: there will be no singles line, and markers will be at each station to maintain social distancing while waiting to board. Operators will maintain a six-foot distance from passengers yet continue to engage with guests.
      • Hand sanitizer: hand sanitizers will be available at each station for passengers.
      • Recreational equipment: Passengers will be required to load their own recreational equipment, including bicycles and strollers. Please familiarize yourself with the proper use of the exterior bike racks before loading or ask an operator for guidance.

      These measures are subject to change if state or county public health orders are revised.

      “The gondola is such an important part of this community and its reopening is a real bright spot during these challenging times,” said Mountain Village Town Council Member Patrick Berry. “I am so grateful to the gondola maintenance team for getting this key piece of transit repaired, tuned, and ready for operations.”

      Please note: Several trails accessible via San Sophia Station including Ridge Trail, Telluride Trail, See Forever and Village Trail will be open when the gondola resumes. However, the Telluride Bike Park, Wasatch Connection, Basin Trail and Prospect will remain closed until further notice from Telluride Ski Resort.