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Luxury Lodging in Telluride

February 10, 2014

Hi guys, I’ve missed you!  Before I dive into a post about my indulgent digs in Telluride a few weekends back, I feel like I owe you an explanation for the waning frequency of the posts here on Peaks and Passports.  I’m excited to have just started training to become an agent with American Family Insurance (I know, every travel blogger secretly longs to become an insurance agent!).  It’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m already working longer hours than I have in a long time.  I’m definitely not going to abandon my love of travel or writing about it here, but I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be blogging less frequently.  I hope you’ll stick with me as I work to balance blogging with my new career!

Anyway, I was lucky enough to stay in one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever visited during my recent trip to Telluride.  The Peaks Resort and Spa had it all – gorgeous amenities, beautiful guest rooms and location, location, location!  I know I showed you in a previous post, but I feel obligated to once again share the view that I woke up to at The Peaks.

View from The Peaks

Once I got out of bed and stepped out on the balcony, it got even better.

View from The Peaks

The Peaks is located in Mountain Village, which is up and over the ski mountain from the town of Telluride.  It’s a somewhat newly developed area that’s home to luxury hotels, ridiculous homes and a base village with shops, restaurants and lift access.  Our hotel was located pretty much on top of Mountain Village at an elevation of about 9,500 feet.  That factor didn’t hurt the views one bit.

The Peaks View

I totally neglected to take photos of the hotel room before our stuff was all over the place, but it was spacious and gorgeous.  It was one of the larger hotel rooms I’ve stayed in, with a nice-sized bathroom, entryway with lots of room to hang wet ski gear, king-sized bed, fireplace and sitting area.  The finishes were top of the line and the decor was mountain modern, my favorite.  While I failed on the room photo front, I did capture some snaps of the resort’s common areas, which really made the place in my opinion.

We had cocktails on a couple of occasions in this beautiful bar and restaurant.

The Peaks Restaurant

Want a better idea of the views from the bar? Ok.


In warmer months, the patio adjoining the restaurant would definitely be the spot for a drink.  Despite the chilly evening temperatures, we spent some time out there taking in the sunset.  You can’t really tell in the photo below, but the pink alpenglow off the peaks behind us was gorgeous.

The Peaks Patio

The patio looked almost directly west, making it the ideal spot for enjoying the sunset.  I almost let it pass me by before whipping out the camera.

Telluride Sunset

So, what’s the daytime view like from that deck?  Bam.

The Peaks View

If it had been just slightly warmer, I would have loved staring at that view from a comfy spot on one of these couches.

The Peaks Patio

Just below those couches, you could find the ski-in/ski-out access that we so loved on our first day at The Peaks.

Ski in ski out

Skiing isn’t your thing?  How does the spa sound?  The resort is known for having a phenomenal spa, a fact that many of the people in my group vouched for after having excellent massages.  (In fact, if you are heading to Telluride before the end of the ski season, this TravelZoo offer gets you a massage at The Peaks and all-day access to their spa facilities for $99.  A bunch of us took advantage of it!)  I didn’t get a massage, but I did take full advantage of the spa facilities that are open to all hotel guests.

The Peaks Spa

The spa area has many cozy spots like this one to simply relax in addition to fabulous locker rooms, indoor jacuzzi, steam rooms, saunas and “meditation areas.”  Not wanting to be a creeper, I refrained from photographing those areas.  Although I didn’t use it (I preferred getting my workout on the ski slopes and the hiking trails), I checked out the gym area.  It was large – especially for a hotel – and really well-equipped.  Along with this weight room, there was a spin studio, a yoga studio with a gorgeous mountain view and plenty of cardio equipment.

The Peaks Gym

The area where I spent most of my time was the outdoor pool and hot tub.

The Peaks Pool

The pool was heated warmly enough to comfortably swim on a January day, but I still preferred the hot tub.

The Peaks Hot Tub

I worked on a little bit of a tan while relaxing my muscles and paging through an issue of Ski Magazine and watching skiers go by at a distance, all while surrounded by the jagged peaks of the San Juan mountains.  If that’s not a life of luxury, I’m not sure what is.

Un-pictured additional amenities at The Peaks include: a pool table and game room (with games like Pac-Man, Pinball and a motorcycle racing game – it’s not just for kids); a coffee shop serving locally-roasted espresso drinks, coffee and light breakfast; a spacious lobby with lots of cozy seating; a ski rental shop and ski valet.  And I’m sure there’s more that I didn’t even discover over the course of the weekend.

So, what’s the nicest hotel you’ve stayed in recently?

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