Adventure Travel Love for You and KOTO

Hiking Mt. Wilson:  Adventure Travel at Its Best in Colorado

Hiking Mt. Wilson, a 14er: Adventure Travel at Its Best in Colorado

I think it’s so cool that we have some of the best adventure specialists based right here in Telluride, Colorado. It makes sense, since Telluride and the outlying region provide the perfect terrain for heading out and exploring the great outdoors whether you’re cycling, hiking, skiing, fishing, climbing or jeeping. Some of these guiding greats have done so well in the region that they also conduct tours beyond southwestern Colorado, as far away as the other side of the globe, in fact.

A few of these companies have generously offered tours to KOTO’s current fundraising campaign. I’ll be chatting more about these adventure specialists on tomorrow night’s Travel Fun, a special live edition of my talk show on travel, which airs Thursday, September 17, A LITTLE EARLIER THAN USUAL at 6:20 pm mountain time.

I have been doing this show for almost eleven years and you can find many of my interviews posted on my blog as podcasts. If you have enjoyed Travel Fun, I encourage you to contact me to make a pledge or a donation. You can also show your love by snatching up one of the below tours at a deeply-discounted price. Thanks to Lizard Head Cycling Guides, Telluride Mountain Guides, Telluride Adventures/San Juan Outdoor Adventures and Telluride Offroad, here’s what I have to offer:

A Bike Tour Pause

A Bike Tour Pause

Lizard Head Cycling Guides provides vehicle-supported road and mountain bike tours through some of the most stunning and wild parts of the American West from Oregon to Colorado to Arizona. John Humphries, founder of this nationally-recognized company, is generously offering a six-day bike tour, good for any confirmed departure in 2014 and 2015, for the killer price of $900. Valued at $2,695., you may choose from any one of John’s twenty-four itineraries for this inclusive package of six nights lodging (with shared room occupancy), meals, shuttles, entry fees, guide service–contact me about the whole shebang! Built into that price is a fabulous donation to KOTO. And as a special bonus to this KOTO offer, if you sign up a second rider, he or she receives a 10% discount.

More Great Southwest Scenery Viewing with Lizard Head Cycling Guides Tours

More Great Southwest Scenery Viewing with Lizard Head Cycling Guides Tours

Ready to Roll on a Lizard Head Cycling Guides Tour

Ready to Roll on a Lizard Head Cycling Guides Tour

If all goes well, John will be calling into the show tomorrow between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. He’s on the road this week doing one of his tours in the company of renowned cyclist Jan Ullrich. Thanks to John, Jan and a bunch of other top cyclists will be joining in on the Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride that goes from Telluride to Gateway, Colorado and the stunning Gateway Canyons Resort. Spectacular mountain views and desert landscapes punctuate this event, which has been benefiting the Just for Kids Foundation for over a decade.

Skiing with Telluride Mountain Guides

Skiing with Telluride Mountain Guides

Peter Walker, founder of Ryder-Walker and Telluride Mountain Guides, has been turning people onto the mountains for three decades. It’s many people’s dream to climb a fourteener–a mountain with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet–although to many, it’s a daunting feat. Peter is donating to KOTO an ascent of a local 14er or another one of his adventures such as a backcountry ski or a rock or ice climbing excursion. Based on availability and good through 2014-2015, this exploit, valued at $600., can be yours for $300. when you contact me; all proceeds go to Telluride’s favorite community radio station. To learn more about Peter and his passion for the mountains, read about and listen to my interview with him at Ryder-Walker:  Global Trekking Specialists.

Climbing with Telluride Adventures

Climbing with Telluride Adventures

Telluride's Via Ferratta

Not for the Faint of Heart:  Telluride’s Via Ferrata

Tara Butson, from Telluride Adventures/San Juan Outdoor Adventures, another long-established guiding company, is offering a half-day climbing tour for two, valued at $300., for $250., which also includes a donation to KOTO. Based on availability and good through 2014-2015, this deal is on any of their half-day climbing tours, including rock and ice climbing as well as the Via Ferrata. Let this Telluride adventure specialist show you the nooks and crannies of our magnificent mountains. Contact me to give your donation in exchange for this two-for-one.

On Top of the World with a Telluride Offroad Adventure

On Top of the World with a Telluride Offroad Adventure

Our little slice of paradise here in southwestern Colorado is well known for its jeeping. Getting up into the high country is one of the best ways to enjoy our spectacular scenery and learn about our mining heritage and geology. Since many of the old mining roads rate as some of the most challenging in the world, I suggest you let an expert take you there and provide you with a proper tour. Herb Manning, founder of Telluride Offroad Adventures, offers excursions in Swiss Army Pinzgauers, super solid vehicles that assure a safe and reliable journey on these rugged rides. Herb is donating a half-day 4 X 4 ride for two, based on availability and valued at $170. Contact me with a KOTO donation of $120. and it’s yours.

Visiting an Old Mining Camp

Visiting an Old Mining Camp

I’m happy to welcome Herb, from Telluride Offroad Adventures, and Tara, from Telluride Adventures, on my show to chat about their tours and adventure travel in general tomorrow at 6:20 pm. mountain time. Feel free to call in at 970-728-4333 with questions and/or comments for him at that time.

My Travel Memoir:  My Own Travel Adventure

My Travel Memoir: My Own Travel Adventure

Thank you to all the above adventure specialists and well-regarded fun leaders for your generous donations to KOTO. Thank you also for making our spectacular surroundings more accessible to all.

And last but hopefully not least, I’ll be offering a few signed copies of my travel memoir, A Tour of the Heart:  A Seductive Cycling Trip Through Francein exchange for a $20. donation to KOTO. It represents a big outdoor adventure for me and I’m delighted that it has inspired many people to go on their own in France–even for just some short pedals and sips of wine around the vineyards of the French provinces. It has a 4.3 rating (out of 5) on amazon, so folks seem to be enjoying it. I’ll be sure to chat about it as well on tomorrow night’s Travel Fun.

To you my listener and/or reader, please contact me with your donation and/or pledge. For the above offers, the first one that responds, receives the premium.

Once again, if you’d just like to show your support for KOTO and Travel Fun, I’d love to hear from you in the form of a donation, pledge or even just a kind word.

Woo-Hoo-ing it in Colorado

Going for it in Colorado

 

Win a Fall Foliage Trip to Telluride, Colorado

Fall in Telluride

Fall in Telluride, Colorado

Autumn in Telluride rates as one of my favorite times of the year. Since we’re located in southwestern Colorado, it’s typically sunny and warm during the day and cool and crisp at night. Known as the gold season, the aspens present a dazzling array of sunshine yellow, honey and maize while the brush, which flanks our mountainsides and carpets our valleys, turns into a rich showing of saffron, russet and ruby red.

The foliage typically peaks at the end of September, however, the scenery remains stunning here through mid October, especially if we’re blessed with a fresh dusting of snow on our breathtaking peaks. The big summer and festival crowds have gone home, so you can easily soak up the tranquility of our charming mountain destination and the outlying area whether you’re hiking, biking, fishing, jeeping, shopping, dining or just lolling on a nice deck.

Thanks to Mountain Lodge Telluride, the New Sheridan Chop House Restaurant, Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors and Salon 7, you can win a fabulous stay in Telluride, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. (And that’s coming from a gal who lived eleven years in Paris.) Here’s what the trip includes:

Mountain Lodge Telluride

Mountain Lodge Telluride

Mountain Lodge Telluride

Mountain Lodge Telluride Slopeside

A three-night stay in a one-bedroom handsomely-appointed residence at Mountain Lodge Telluride, valued at approximately $1,000. and good until November 30th. At the Lodge–where the views stretch far and wide–you can enjoy some of the best leaf peeping in the area. Read Togethering in the Rockies and Great Rocky Mountain Decks:  Spectacular Views Year-Round for more about this wonderful property.

New Sheridan Chop House Restaurant

New Sheridan Chop House Restaurant

Fine Dining Assured

Fine Dining Assured

A $100. gift card for dinner at the New Sheridan Chop House, an elegant restaurant housed within one of Colorado’s most historic properties, where you always enjoy fine food and libations. Valid at the Chop House Restaurant and Parlor until October 12th. For more on this beloved gathering place of Telluride, read Favorite Telluride Restaurants.

Another Great Adventure with Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors

Another Great Adventure with Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors

Dr. Bob Bootfitting

Dr. Bob Bootfitting

A $100. gift certificate at Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors to purchase goods and/or services offered by this leading retailer/outfitter. You can sign up for one of their biking or hiking adventures (depending on availability) or buy some clothing or gear at one of their shops. You may also apply the gift certificate to a super boot fit, something the store excels at, which will change your game whether it comes to skiing or hiking. Read Finding Happy Feet at Bootdoctors for a glimpse at the magic they can work. Gift certificate valid through November 30th.

Rosa Lea and Jackson

Rosa Lea and Jackson

It’s always nice to include some pampering on a getaway. Rosa Lea, owner and operator of Salon 7, is offering just that in the form of a blowout and/or style, a service valued at $50. Good through November 30th, please note that some blackout dates apply this fall when Rosa Lea, like any good Tellurider, takes off for her own travels. Check out Telluride’s Beauty Boutiques for more on Rosa Lea and also the Spa at Mountain Lodge.

The total value of this Fall Foliage Trip to Telluride, Colorado is $1,250. and it can be yours for FREE. Just write me a note from the Contact page of  my blog with the following words in the message:

Yay Telluride!

You will then be entered into a drawing and the winner will be notified by the end of this week. The name of the lucky winner will also be added to this post and announced in my next newsletter. The cutoff time to enter is this Wednesday, September 17, at midnight mountain time.

Note that the leaves are just beginning to change, so you still have almost four glorious weeks to enjoy fall in Telluride. For more on this autumnal season in one of the most picturesque destinations in the Rocky Mountains, read Fall in Telluride:  Riding the Gondola.

Go ahead and enter and here’s wishing you bonne chance!

Yay Telluride!

Yay Telluride!

Thank you to Mountain Lodge Telluride, Neil Hastings from San Juan Photography, the New Sheridan Hotel and Chop House Restaurant, Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors, Kristofer Noel and Salon 7 for the images in this post.

KOTO Broadcasts the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival to All

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

What are you doing this weekend?

We’re having some beautiful late-summer weather here in Telluride, Colorado and I’m going to be enjoying some great music throughout most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I might even be sipping some frosty beers. I’m going to take part in one of the best musical happenings in the world, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. And you can, too.

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My Telluride Film Festival 2014

Telluride:  A Beautiful Spot for a Film Festival

Telluride: A Beautiful Spot for a Film Festival

I’m exhausted today. It’s Friday and the end of a busy week, so I have good reason. I think most of my fatigue, however, is emotional. I’m coming off of the Telluride Film Festival (TFF) and I feel like every fiber of my being absorbed the many intense emotions I experienced while watching movies that dealt with everything from a mother’s bizarre relationship with her deeply troubled son (“Mommy“) to a journalist’s capture and brutal confinement in Iran (Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater”) to the devastating effects of the housing bust in America (“99 Homes“).

But a film is worth nothing unless it deeply moves you, right? And moved you will always be at the Telluride Film Festival, many times over in fact.

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FlipKey and Me

Ski In/Ski Out in Telluride Where Your Instructor Meets You at Your Rental

Ski In/Ski Out in Telluride Where Your Instructor Meets You at Your Rental

Biarritz Beauty

Biarritz Beauty

Vacation rentals have been experiencing tremendous growth from Telluride to Tokyo–the key is to make sure you land one that delights you. That means it’s a good idea to consider verified guest reviews for the properties you’re considering and FlipKey, a vacation rental service largely owned by TripAdvisor, provides that and more.

Paris Rental

Paris Rental

The “more” includes terrific photos and descriptions about each destination along with expert input. Voilà, that’s where I come in, since I’m now one of FlipKey’s experts for Telluride, Colorado.

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Marking Eleven Years in Paris and Telluride with Mom

Me and Mom Early Spring 1990ish Having Tea in the Garden at the Normandy Country House

Me and Mom Early Spring 1990ish Having Tea in the Garden at the Normandy Country House

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Steve Gumble Brings Us Telluride Blues & Brews and More

Steve Gumble

Steve Gumble

There was a story in The New York Times a few days ago about the proliferation of music festivals all over the world within this past decade. In North America, you can count almost 850 for this year alone. People are crazy about music festivals and the all-encompassing experiences they offer, and promoters and musicians have found them to be profitable enterprises.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

But no one puts on a festival like Telluride, Colorado. Sure, I’m biased because I live here. But ask anyone and they’ll likely tell you the same. Plus, most of our great Telluride festivals—from music to film—have been around for decades. So I was thrilled to do a Travel Fun interview with Steve Gumble, founder of Telluride Blues & Brews, one of our beloved festivals, to hear his story, how he got this now twenty-one-year-old festival going and to listen to him reminisce about some of the most memorable moments from his shows.

Click the play button below to listen to Steve chat about this world-renowned festival as well as the Durango Blues Train and Snowmass Mammoth Fest, two other terrific musical happenings he recently took on.

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Telluride Jazz Festival: Another Great Time in the Park

Poncho Sanchez and His Band at Telluride Jazz Festival 2014

Poncho Sanchez and His Band at Telluride Jazz Festival 2014

Telluride is one crazy ride,” one of the guys in Poncho Sanchez’s band shouted to the crowd. I’d never heard that one before but it’s a good one—-our scintillating mountain town is one heck of a ride, especially at sunset during the Telluride Jazz Festival, the very moment when this musician expressed his exuberance about T-ride.

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