Introduction: A Long Weekend in Telluride

Mrs. ATX Jetsetter and I just returned from four days in Telluride to celebrate the wedding of some of our DFW based travel buddies. We were excited to escape the brutal Texas heat and head for the mountains for a weekend with friends.

Mountains outside of Telluride Colorado

Booking Flights

Telluride isn’t the cheapest, or easiest, destination to get to. While the town of Telluride has an airport (TEX) it is primarily used by general aviation aircraft and the occasional Denver Air Connection flight to DEN. This service is pricy and, due to the weather, seems to have more cancellations and diversions than completed flights. The closest airport with regular mainline service is Montrose (MTJ) which is located roughly an hour and a half from Telluride.

Summer is a populated time for visitors in this part of the country and the airfare reflected that. American had one-stop service from Austin to Montrose via DFW for $550 a person but the connection timing was awful. Ultimately, I found a United routing via Denver that was pricier at almost $900 per person, but I had an expiring United credit that wiped out most of that.

Booking Lodging

While Telluride is a small town, it has plenty of places to stay thanks to the ski resort located there. For this trip, there were no major hotel chains so I went with the recommendations of the rest of the group. Bear Creek Lodge is located in Mountain Village, a short walk from the gondola that serves the town of Telluride as well as the rest of the resort. That, coupled with the fact that the majority of our friends were staying here, made it a no brainer. It’s worth noting that each unit at Bear Creek Lodge is individually owned so the experience and amenities may differ depending on the room.

Thanks for following along on this weekend getaway to the San Juan mountains!

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