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Tom and Liza hiking

Sure, you may know about Telluride’s festivals and opportunities for outdoor adventure, but there is a lesser known side to summertime in the box canyon. Here are our top five best-kept secrets.

Secret breakfast place: Ghost Town
This coffee shop and grocery also happens to serve up a scrumptious breakfast including burritos and signature toasts – try the avocado, lime and habanero sea salt toast or the veggie burrito. Also on offer is a range of coffees and teas, all best enjoyed on the sunny patio where you can watch Main Street wake up.

Secret waterfall: Cornet Falls
Cornet Falls is tucked into a grotto on the north edge of town where Cornet Creek tumbles over a ledge, plummeting 80 feet into a tumble of red rocks below and creating billowing curtains of mist. The short, steep hike starts at the northern terminus of Aspen Street. (Stay right before the footbridge.)

Secret beauty fix: Telluride Naturals
If spending time at altitude has left your skin feeling a little dry, head to Telluride Naturals on Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village. This Telluride Ski Resort retailer stocks locally made, all-natural Smart By Nature beauty products. Our favorites? The shea body butter with sweet orange and the nighttime eye balm with lavender and chamomile.

Secret happy hour spot: New Sheridan Rooftop bar
For years, the rooftop of Telluride’s iconic hotel was closed to the public. Lucky for us, in 2015 the good folks at the Sheridan decided to share some of the town’s best views by opening their building-top bar. Sunset is prime time to catch up with a friend over a cocktail – and catch an eyeful of mountains.

Secret music venue: The Phoenix Bean
In a historic, carefully restored Main Street space beside the New Sheridan Bar, the Phoenix Bean is, by day, a coffee shop and cafe perfect for gossiping over a cup of coffee or tea and a baked treat or sampling a small plate from the scrumptious menu. By night, however, the Phoenix Bean hosts live music in a lively, intimate setting.

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