Hotel Columbia Staff Blog

Telluride Summertime Love!

My favorite time of year in Telluride!  Summer!  It brings warmer weather and clear skies, perfect for exploring the pristine hiking trails and biking trails that start right from the valley floor and right out the front door of Hotel Columbia. Winter’s runoff has unveiled a playground for boaters, rafters and fly fishers starting from the San Miguel River that runs right by Hotel Columbia.  Over the past week, I have played a magnificent 18 hole golf course with the most spectacular views, stand up paddle boarded a mountain lake at 10,000 feet, hiked to over a dozen waterfalls that magically appeared with winter’s run off, biked along the banks of the San Miguel and dined under the setting sun at my favorite restaurants!  There is never a shortage of fun to be had in Telluride!  These summer days just keep me smiling.  What’s not to smile about!  Come out and see for yourself!


Coming Back to Telluride!

Fri Oct. 03, 2014

Driving through the mountains in the fall has always been one of my favorite things to do in Colorado, especially in the southwest. The golden aspens and sporadic rainbows build the anticipation of arriving to this small gem hidden in the San Juan’s that I am lucky enough to call home…Telluride. After spending the past […]

Fall Foliage in Telluride – The Gold Season

Thu Sep. 04, 2014

As festival season comes to a close, the colors of Fall provide a show of their own! The many aspen groves throughout the San Juan Mountains transform from a vibrant green to brilliant yellows and gold. Find variations of color as you tour the scenic San Juan Skyway. Typically, Fall colors starts in mid to […]

Mushroom Hunting

Fri Aug. 22, 2014

It’s August in Telluride and that means fresh, wild mushroooms. This weekend is the annual Mushroom Festival, a great chance to learn about our local fungi and to gather with seasoned locals and visitors. An interesting blend of experts and novice pickers, like myself. It’s just the beginning of the season for us and the […]

Fly Fishing in Telluride

Tue Aug. 19, 2014

It’s that time of year, winter runoff has ended and afternoon showers bring refreshment to area lakes and streams. It’s the season for fly fishing in South Western Colorado. Right outside our door is some of the best fishing in the state. We have the San Miguel River, just steps away, along with the Dolores […]

Mindy’s Favorite Summer Activity

Wed Jul. 09, 2014

There is no summer activity in Telluride better than hiking, and what better way to hike then with a trusty friend by your side. My dog Hobbs and I love to hike the trail to Bear Creek Falls, and the trailhead is just a short walk away from the hotel.  The trail is a gradual […]


Tue Jul. 08, 2014

Telluride was recently voted one of the Best American Cities for Foodies by Conde Nast readers!  As someone who loves and appreciates food, I could not agree more with this acknowledgement.  I am not much of a chef personally, but I have a tremendous appreciation for the outstanding chefs in this town.  Of course, one […]

One of my favorite hikes in Telluride is the Deep Creek Trail

Wed Jul. 02, 2014

One of my favorite hikes in Telluride is the Deep Creek Trail, which starts near the airport and goes directly into the town of Telluride (or vice versa). Even though it’s approximately 10 miles long and it takes a half a day to do, it is worth every step of the way! I normally hike […]

Staff Favorites: Winter Activities – David

Sat Mar. 02, 2013

The Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) has become a staple of the winter social scene in Telluride.  It’s a week long event with festivities ranging from Oscar parties to silent auctions, and of course the Gala Fashion Show.  Proceeds from TAB’s events go directly to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, educational programs and client care.  The fashion […]

Staff Favorites: Winter Activities – Margarita

Thu Jan. 31, 2013

Margarita’s Favorite Winter Activity: Sledding My favorite winter activity is sledding! It is an easy activity to gear up for and there are plenty of exciting hills to find around Telluride. All it requires are some warm clothes, a fast sled, and of course your family and friends to share the fun and laughter with. […]