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A Fun Filled Day in Mountain Village

Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon during your Telluride vacation? Jump on the free Gondola for the 13-minute ride up and over San Sophia Ridge to Mountain Village. Telluride’s serene, high-alpine twin offers a relaxed vibe and stunning views, plus a mix of delicious fine dining and kid-friendly restaurants. Expanded outdoor dining areas with common consumption areas (that allow guests to enjoy a cocktail throughout most of the plazas), live music daily, and a variety of unique boutiques and shops make Mountain Village the perfect spot to relax and spend the day. Here’s what we recommend for a flawless summer day in Mountain Village.

Morning
Head to Telluride Coffee Co. for a baked treat and an espresso or a signature protein-packed smoothie. Then it’s time to grab a mountain bike and explore Mountain Village’s extensive trail network. Favorites include intermediate-level Jurassic Trail and the more challenging Prospect Trail, both of which offer jaw-dropping views and the possibility for wildlife sightings. Or check out the Bike Park, open Thursday-Sunday, which has rides for all abilities  Bike and gear rentals are available through local outfitters.  If you prefer to have two feet solidly on the ground, go for a hike on one of Mountain Village’s wonderful trails.

Afternoon
Recount tales of the morning’s biking adventures on the sunny patio at family-friendly Tracks Café while enjoying live music daily from 2-4 pm in Heritage Plaza. Or sample the tapas and sangria at the Village Table restaurant before browsing the shops or the unique goods at the Market on the Plaza on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Looking for a more active afternoon? Head over to the Tennis, pickle ball and paddle tennis or try some Disc Golf.  The Elks Fishing Pond is a great spot to cast a rod and see what bites.

Evening
As the afternoon shadows lengthen, relax over pre-dinner cocktails at the distinctive fire tables at the hotel’s Black Iron Kitchen and Bar. Then stroll to Sunset Plaza to enjoy live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5-7 pm while enjoying dinner at La Pizzeria, whose authentic, delicious pizza makes it a family favorite, or its more sophisticated sister establishment, La Piazza del Villaggio which offers elegant Italian fare. Poachers is also a great family friendly spot. Live music is also offered in Heritage Plaza daily from 5-7  p.m. and in the Village Pond Plaza on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5-7 p.m.