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FORBES LIFE: 10 Reasons Why Telluride is a Secret Foodie Hot Spot

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Telluride may be known as a ski destination, but this tiny mountain town is also a hideaway culinary hot spot. Whether you want to catch a casual après-ski bite or a multicourse fine-dining meal, Telluride puts the lie to the idea that food can’t taste great at high altitudes. Here are 10 reasons why our Forbes Travel Guide editors think that Telluride should be on foodies’ travel lists:

1. Alpino Vino. To get to North America’s highest restaurant, you have to take a gondola and then a snowcat almost 12,000 feet up Gold Hill mountain. Your efforts will be rewarded with one of Telluride’s most spectacular culinary experiences: a five-course Northern Italian dinner in a cozy 27-seat hut with a stone fireplace. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of prosecco, but splurge on the wine pairings to enhance dishes like housemade crab ravioli in a saffron cream sauce and pan-seared wild sea bass with roasted potatoes and olives. If you can’t nab a reservation for one of the coveted two nightly seatings, ski in for lunch on the heated deck to take in a fantastic view of the Wilson Range along with a prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, salsa aurora and arugula panino or some antipasti.

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