Colorado Hotels & Lodging Telluride The Rockies Travel: Colorado Hotels & Lodging Telluride The Rockies Travel
Wow! What a week it has turned out to be! The colors are really going off here in Telluride and from what I hear, most of Colorado—especially at the higher elevations—is exploding with a spectacular show of gold, orange and even a bit of red (more unusual for the West). This autumnal festival of colors came upon us fast and furiously this year. Less than a week ago it was still very green and summer-like—come to think of it, it was summer.
I’d say we’re pretty much at peak now and all over you see people oohing and aahing about this extraordinary riot of colors which has arrived almost ten days early this year. I might go so far to say it’s the most beautiful fall foliage season I’ve seen yet in Colorado although in truth, I think we all tend to forget how drop-dead gorgeous it is here in the Rockies this time of year.
And I’m optimistic it’s going to be great way beyond peak. It hasn’t started snowing much yet. Aspen, Vail, Telluride and Beaver Creek—all the stunning high-mountain resorts—have been blessed with a few dustings, however, our autumn vistas are not yet backdropped by snow-capped peaks (another unusual occurrence for this time of year). This is when the fall foliage viewing really takes your breath away; sure, the snow knocks some of the leaves off the trees but it’s worth it to see the striking contrast of golden aspens flanking the mountainsides of bright-white peaks.
So drop what you’re doing and start planning your fall getaway to the Rockies. The scenery is always awe-inspiring here and if you’re looking for fall color, I’d say you can enjoy your share through the better part of October. In Telluride, the gondola is staying open longer than usual since people are realizing that the off-season in the fall is fairly short. Rates are great this time of year and you’ll see below that I’ve featured some of my favorite properties with their highlights. All offer condo-hotel rooms, so bring your wine and cheese and stay the week. Don’t miss out, for this truly is the most heartwarming time of the year in the mountains.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek – Spa, did you say spa? And how about fitness? This place is tops. Read my stories here.