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Ballard Penthouse: An Elegant Telluride Retreat

As the elevator doors open directly into the foyer of the Ballard Penthouse, it’s obvious that this property is especially magical, even for the town of Telluride. In keeping with local tradition, sit down on the flokati-adorned bench to remove your shoes and step around the corner, where the massive kitchen/dining/living area reveals itself.

Ballard Penthouse-Telluride

The expansive living area glows with natural light, as windows and French doors line the east facing wall. Unobstructed views of Ajax and Ingram Falls will leave you breathless no matter the season. A Crestron advanced home control system allows you to turn on any light in the room with a simple push of a button. Additionally, the fireplace, window blinds and music can be controlled with the Crestron system. The blonde Hickory wood floors add a bright design element and continues throughout the Penthouse.

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On the south side of the massive Great Room resides the chef-ready gourmet kitchen. A large center island topped with exotic Lotus granite anchors the space and boasts bar seating for four as well as a double-sided stainless Kohler sink. The wet bar area features a second sink, ice maker, wine cooler, dishwasher and ample cocktail glass storage. Across the island, you’ll find an oversized Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, six burner Wolf gas stove and oven with pot filler, Wolf microwave drawer and more storage space than you could dream.

Ballard Penthouse

Coffee enthusiasts, you’ll get a thrill starting your day with the built-in Miele brewing system, which also creates hot water for tea. Two more dishwashing drawers ensure that you’ll always have clean dishes and stacked cooling drawers make it easy for little ones to help themselves to a snack. This kitchen is stocked with top of the line cooking tools, including J.A. Henckels knives, Calphalon pots and pans and countless serving bowls and trays, ideal for entertaining.

In the center of the Great Room sits a dining area for eight. A large scale, neo-traditional lantern hangs over the glass table and while impressive, the light fixture doesn’t distract from the views outside.

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A double steel beam fireplace divides the two seating areas, but the warmth and light of the fire can be enjoyed on either side. A plush linen sectional sofa sits on the south side of the fireplace, perfect for cocktail conversation or morning newspaper enjoyment.

If you’d like to watch the game or put a movie on for the kids, sink into the chocolate velvet sectional sofa on the north side of the fireplace. The 55 inch 3-D Samsung television will delight and entertain every single guest. A full bathroom is located at the end of the media room, in case someone would like to have his or her own bathroom space.

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You’ll find a small half-bathroom and a substantial laundry room with a full Whirpool washer and dryer in the north hallway, located directly off the elevator entrance. Continue back down the well-lit hallway where you’ll find three gorgeous bedrooms, each with their own unique and equally opulent en suite bathroom.

The first guest bedroom has two twin beds, decorated in a spunky, modern black and white scheme. Walk into the lavish en suite bathroom where you’ll discover a double vanity sink with Deca sinks, a large glass steam shower, a jetted soaking tub and a private closet with a Toto toilet. A large flat-screen Samsung television sits on a modern, high-gloss chest of drawers angled towards the beds. Large windows let in plenty of sunlight but the blackout curtains allow you to have full privacy if you choose.

Ballard Penthouse- Telluride

In the second guest bedroom, you’ll find a Queen-sized bed with a cool, calming color palette of grays and blues. Much like the first guest bedroom, the generously sized windows let in tons of natural light but the blackout shades allow you to sleep undisturbed until you’re ready to start your day in Telluride. A full en suite bathroom includes a substantial jetted soaking tub angled perfectly towards the Samsung flat screen television, large glass steam shower, vanity with a Deca sink and a Toto toilet.

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It’s safe to say that the master suite is certainly the crown jewel of this magnificent property. Step into the spa-like haven at the end of the hallway and you’ve reached the master bedroom. Dressed in all white linens, the King-sized bed takes center stage in the space. The serene decor is anything but boring, as a variety of textures fill the bedroom. From the smooth leather headboard, to the plush flokati rug underfoot and all the warm wood and stone, it would be tough not to reach a Zen-like state. If you like to watch television in bed, a large flat-screen TV will rise from a small cabinet with the push of a button.

Ballard Penthouse- Telluride

Enjoy the grand two-sided stone and steel beam fireplace from both the bedroom and bathroom retreat. Similar to the Great Room, the gas fireplace lends a cozy element to the master bedroom no matter what time of year. Enter the opulent en suite bathroom where you will find an oversized jetted tub ideal for relaxing after an intense day of skiing or hiking. Turn the corner and discover the huge glass steam shower with a circular rain showerhead. The double vanity with unique rectangular sink basins offers ample space for toiletry and makeup storage. There is a private closet with a Toto toilet in the far corner of the room. You’ll also find a sizable walk-in closet with custom built storage shelving.

Ballard Penthouse- Telluride

As if the master suite wasn’t decadent enough, you’ll also have access to a private balcony and your very own 4 person hot tub. Think of this space as a true retreat from the outside world and allow yourself to completely unwind as you soak in the incredible mountain views.

Ballard Penthouse- Telluride

Access the largest private deck in Telluride through any of the three sets of French Doors in the main living area. With over 2,500 square feet of outdoor living space, the Penthouse deck boasts some of the best views possible of Ajax and Ingram Falls. Not only is the deck fully furnished with comfortable outdoor seating and a gas grill, but there’s also a large 8 person hot tub in the north corner. In the summer, there’s no better place to watch the 4th of July fireworks.

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The Ballard Penthouse stands apart from the majority of Telluride rental properties due to its incredibly convenient downtown location, massive living areas and truly luxurious decor and finishes. Whether you’re bringing your family on a winter ski vacation or you’re enjoying a romantic retreat for two, the Penthouse proves to be one of the most magnificent properties in all of Telluride. Call us today to book the Ballard Penthouse, a luxury vacation rental, for your next escape to Telluride!

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Fat Bike Rentals

When it comes to fat bikes, or really any bikes at all, Travis Young of Box Canyon Bicycles here in Telluride is your man. As a long-time veteran of the Telluride biking scene, Travis carries a variety of high-end brand names, including a revolutionary brand of fat bike called Borealis.

Fat bikes have caught on quickly in recent years, as they’re the ideal way to ride in snowy terrain. On a traditional road bike, cruising in the snow and ice could quickly turn into a harrowing and downright dangerous experience. But the super-cushy, oversized tires equipped with large tread offer you increased stability and a plush, comfy ride on even the roughest trails. Additionally, the carbon fiber frames allow for an incredibly lightweight yet strong bike. Travis would be happy to recommend the best trails around town for all levels.

Travis caters to fellow biking enthusiasts. His demo bikes, available to rent by the day, are in tip-top shape and ride like new. If you’d like to bring your own pedals and helmet, Travis will hook you up with the perfect ride while you’re visiting Telluride. Travis also specializes in all aspects of bike service and tune-ups, so if you prefer to bring you own bike but need some work done, stop by and see Travis. Box Canyon Bicycles is located at 398 W. Colorado Avenue and the phone number is 970-728-2946.

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Travis is offering all Latitude 38 guests a discount of 10% bike rentals–just be sure to mention that you’re staying with us!

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How to Plan Your Telluride Vacation

Flight Information

Colorado Flights Alliance partners with United, Delta, American and Allegiant airlines on non-stop winter service to the Montrose Regional Airport from Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles, in coordination with Denver-Montrose service, and also supports Denver-Telluride service. Colorado Flights Alliance recommend searching for flights directly through the airline website or with

Nearby Airports

Telluride (TEX): 15 minutes from Mountain Village, non-stop air service is provided daily by Great Lakes Airlines through Denver and US Airways through Phoenix.

Montrose (MTJ): 75 miles, gorgeous drive, with service by American, Continental, Delta and United

Cortez (CEZ): 75 miles, Direct flights from Denver

Durango/ La Plata County Airport (DRO): 128 miles, Daily flights from Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix

Grand Junction (GJT): 127 miles, Daily flights from Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Phoenix

Shuttle Service and Ground Transportation

-If you fly into Telluride or Montrose, we’re happy to arrange a shuttle service from the airport to Telluride, just let us know if you need a shuttle when you make your reservation. We’ll coordinate with your flight arrival and departure time.

-If you fly into Durango, Cortez, Grand Junction, we recommend that you make arrangements for car rental.

What to Pack

Telluride is lucky to have over 300 days of sunshine each year, but layers are crucial to staying comfortable year round. The weather can change in an instant and you don’t want to be cold or wet. If you plan to hike, ski, ride horses or any other fun outdoor activity, remember to bring the proper shoes/ boots for your adventure. The good news is that there are a variety of stores in town that sell all kinds of gear, so it’s not the end of the world if you forget something. Prior to your arrival, you’ll want to check an extended forecast. We recommend checking NOAA. Here are the average temperatures (High/Low in Farenheit) throughout the year.

January: 35 / 15

February: 37 / 18

March: 44 / 24

April: 52 / 30

May: 62 / 38

June: 72 / 45

July: 77 / 52

August: 74 / 50

September: 68 / 44

October: 57 / 34

November: 43 / 24

December: 35 / 15


We’d be happy to help you find a property in Telluride or Mountain Village to suit your needs, no matter what size group you are traveling with and what your budget is. View all our properties here.  Call us at 970-728-8838 to book.

Lift Tickets and Ski Rental

During the winter, we have access to special discounted lift tickets and ski gear. Just let us know how many days you’d like to ski and we can pre-order the lift tickets. Simply pick them up at one of the ticketing offices in Telluride or Mountain Village when you arrive. For more information, go here.

Luggage Free Travel

If you want to avoid airline delays and baggage fees, ship your luggage to ensure it arrives on time. Your luggage will be picked up at your door and be waiting for you here in Telluride. High Country Shipping will arrange the entire process, affording you the ultimate convenience. For more information, go here.

Where to Eat

Telluride boasts an impressive culinary scene with a variety of choices.  As locals, everyone at Latitude 38 would be thrilled to make dining recommendations for our favorite spots in town. Here’s a quick list of some great places to enjoy a meal:



>> For a more complete menu selection, check out the Telluride dining guide here.

If there’s anything else you need during your stay, we would love to help you. Whether it’s grocery shopping, holiday decorations, laundry services or even a trip to Telluride Truffle for chocolate, we are here for you. Personalized concierge service is available for $35/hour. Simply give us a call at 970-728-8838 and let us know how we can help!

Telluride Sitters

Babysitters on New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve this year without a worry! Telluride Sitters has you covered during your holiday stay here in Telluride with trustworthy babysitting services. All Telluride Sitters boast a bevy of qualifications, including CPR certified, at least 21 years of age, and they have both female and male sitters.

Telluride Sitters

Call now to book a sitter for New Year’s Eve. Rates start at $25/hour for the first child. Each additional child is $10. Please note that there is a 4 hour minimum booking and an automatic 20% gratuity applied to the charge.

Telluride Sitters also offers rental services, including cribs, strollers, high chairs, etc. For more information, please call 970-708-0170 or go to

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Locals List: Favorite Après-Ski Spot

Here at Latitude 38, we want you to have the most amazing Telluride experience possible, so we’re starting a series naming our favorite spots around town. We’re kicking it off with the best places to go after a big day of skiing. All of the spots listed below are tried and true, vetted by all the locals on the Latitude 38 team. 

Allison: I really like Oak, at the base of the Gondola. The owner Robbie is a local and a  truly great guy. The Southern-inspired menu suits every taste, with items like gourmet mac and cheese (topped with bacon!), homemade gumbo, delicious salads and of course, barbecue. Oak has a great vibe and is relaxed enough to let the kids run around–perfect for families. Don’t miss the Mitch Morgan, a bacon/bourbon shot that’ll warm you right up!

Mitch Morgan Telluride

Andy: Allred’s, which is the top of the Gondola. The views are arguably the best in town, the atmosphere is cozy and every single thing on the menu is insane. Sit in the bar area and order a Sazerac, some truffle fries and you might never want to leave!

Telluride Allred's

Levi:: Tomboy Tavern is awesome. I have kids so they can get a hot cocoa while I get a beer.  They always have a great selection of craft beers, as I’m also a snob about what I drink.  The interior décor is cool, so my wife can hang.  And, they serve the best sandwich on the planet, the Pork Schnitzel Sandwich – stone-ground mustard slaw, apple red onion relish, pickles on a pretzel bun… YUM!

Tomboy Tavern Telluride

Kevin: I have to agree with Allison on this one. Oak has a good mix of locals and tourists, making for an authentic atmosphere. Lots of space, good food, and good prices. Plus you can literally ski right up to the restaurant.

Telluride Oak

Lisa: Alpino Vino is an amazing place to soak in huge mountain views and enjoy a bite to eat high above Telluride. At almost 12,000 feet atop See Forever run, you can sit by the roaring fire, order an Antipasto plate and a glass of wine from their exceptional wine list (or a bottle if you want to get really comfortable!) The rustic, alpine atmosphere combined with the stellar menu and breathtaking views is a uniquely Telluride experience that you won’t soon forget!

Alpino Vino Telluride

Meaghan: Gorrono Ranch is hard to beat! Located mid-mountain on the Misty Maiden run, there’s always something going on at Gorrono’s. Grab a beer, a bowl of chili and kick back in one of the Adirondack chairs on the sunny “beach.” From corn hole, to live music to the fire pit on the deck, Gorrono’s is by far my favorite place to relax during a ski break.

Telluride Gorrono Ranch

Emily: The Grapefruit martinis at There Bar are to die for! After a big day on the hill, I like to stop in There for a bite to eat and one these potent but yummy martinis. While you sip on a cocktail, be sure to ask for the complimentary popcorn. They bring you a bowl of piping hot popcorn studded with big chunks of garlic–SO GOOD!

There Bar Telluride

Lucas: The Cosmo is fabulous! If I’m feeling a little fancy, this is where I like to go. Hop off the Gondola in Telluride and you’re literally steps away from the front door. They have a killer happy hour with half off sushi–order the Spider Roll– and $5 Cosmos and $6 glasses of wine. I like to sit in the bar area and people watch.

Cosmo Telluride

Madison: Brown Dog Pizza is one of my favorite après spots, as it’s right on my walk home from the Gondola. They have some delish local beers on tap and if you’re feeling indulgent, a menu of hot drinks (think spiked hot chocolate!) I’ve never, ever had a bad meal here–don’t miss the 3-1-3 pizza! The prices are right and my husband loves all the big TVs, especially during football season. Brown Dog is super casual and always a good time.

Brown Dog Telluride

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135 West Galena: True Luxury in the Heart of Telluride

135 W. Galena- Entry

While there’s no shortage of impressive homes throughout the town of Telluride, 135 West Galena is truly without compare. This 5,800 square foot palatial estate brings together everything the discerning vacationer could imagine while visiting Telluride.  Located two blocks from Main Street, the home perfectly combines state of the art amenities in a warm, welcoming setting right in the heart of town. The proximity to hiking trails, dining, shopping, skiing and festivals allows guests to partake in every activity that this charming town has to offer.  If you’re unwilling to make any compromises during your stay, we invite you to experience 135 West Galena for yourself.

135 W Galena- Front Door

As soon as you enter the front door, you’re greeted with breathtaking panoramic mountain views through the picture windows in the Great Room, which boasts 30 foot cathedral ceilings. Craftsman-style Mahogany woodwork envelops the entry way and continues throughout the rest of the home.

135 W. Galena- Great Room

A buttery soft sectional sofa anchors the Great Room, its soothing sage green fabric provides a cool contrast to all the warm wood around you. With the press of a button, flames rise in the gas fireplace, adding an authentic glow to the Great Room. Watch the game on the large Samsung television or if you’d rather not compromise the view, simply close the Mahogany cabinet door to hide the TV.

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The impressive chef’s kitchen opens to the Great Room and Dining Room allowing for a seamless entertaining space. With coffered ceilings, the beautiful kitchen has Viking appliances, gorgeous granite counter tops, 2 sink areas, an ice maker and a large center island with bar stools. Replete with gourmet amenities, this cooking space would be ideal for large holiday gatherings, low-key family meals, or even an intimate dinner for two.


Open the door to the outdoor living space and prepare a meal al fresco in the amazing covered outdoor kitchen, complete with a large Viking grill and weatherproof television. The chef can even enjoy the game while he grills out! Relax year round in the large Nespa hot tub on the patio, which can seat up to 12 people.

135 W. Galena- Hot Tub

The entire property is controlled with a smart home system, meaning guests can control lighting, music, television, the fireplace, and blinds with the touch of a button. This system makes for ultimate convenience and ease in every single room throughout the home.

Every bedroom in the home has its own en suite bathroom, each unique and equally beautiful. The master suite resides on the main floor and boasts unrivaled views of Bear Creek from the comfort of the king-sized bed.

135 W Galena, Telluride, Colorado.

Walk through the custom closet (with its own washer and dryer) into the elegant master bathroom. With double vanities, a steam shower, a soaking tub, and exquisite basket weave tile work, this space has a spa-like feel.


Climb the grand,hand-scraped walnut staircase to the top floor and you’ll find three more charming bedrooms. Each room has a Queen-sized bed and full bathroom with its own personality and impressive details, including marble, travertine and custom tile work. In two of the bedrooms you’ll find small built in loft areas accessed by a fun ladder.

135 W Galena- Upstairs Hallway

A large outdoor deck at the end of the hallway features unobstructed views of Ingram Falls, Ajax Peak, Ballard Peak, Bear Creek and the Telluride Ski Resort. Additionally, a full laundry room with a sink and storage is accessed on the top floor.  With in-floor heating throughout the home, you’re sure to stay nice and warm in the winter. The home also has a forced air system, which keeps the home at the ideal temperature year round.

135 W Galena- Upstairs Deck

The ground floor will no doubt please kids of all ages. A foosball table greets you at the bottom of the stairs and a large locker room is great for storing skis, hiking gear, festival chairs, and more.

135 W Galena- Foosball

A comfortable living area with a large Samsung television would be perfect for the kids to watch cartoons or for you to kick back and watch a movie. The stack of plush blankets beckons you to curl up and chill out after a big hike or a long day on the slopes. For your total convenience, there is a miniature kitchen just off the sitting room with a small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, sink and toaster. There’s also a dining table, perfect for feeding the younger guests or playing board games.

135 W Galena- Downstairs living

A second master suite can be found on the ground floor as well, with a King-sized bed and amazing bathroom with double vanities and steam shower.

135 W Galena- 2nd Master

Not to be missed is the Guest’s quarters, located just off the patio by the hot tub. With an efficiency kitchen, lovely bathroom, and Queen-sized Murphy bed, this cozy space would be well-suited for anyone who may want extra privacy during their stay. Accessed through the 2 car garage is the Pilot’s Quarters, an additional sleeping and living space.

135 W Galena - Guest House

During the winters in Telluride, 135 West Galena wears a mantle of snow, snug in the box canyon. In the summer, the outdoor living space is simply unrivaled here in the heart of town. No design component has been forgotten, from the gorgeous woodwork to the advanced home control system. Location, attention to detail, luxury and pure comfort intersect here at 135 West Galena, making for a truly impeccable vacation home in Telluride. For information on how to rent this property, call us at 970-728-8838 or go to

135 W Galena- Snowy Exterior

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Telluride Travel Tip for Large Groups, Family Travel: Combine Neighboring Properties

Telluride Travel Tip for Large Groups, Weddings Family Travel: Combine Neighboring Properties

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If your plans to Telluride involve traveling with a large group of friends, co-workers or family, it can be tough to find one single lodging property to comfortably fit everyone under one roof.

One solution that can be more cost-effective and is unquestionably more logistically effective is to rent conglomerates of neighboring or nearby properties.

At Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals, we represent several properties that would be well suited to family vacations, girlfriend getaways, guys golf weekends, weddings and reunions or just groups of friends coming to the same summer festival. Choose from ski in/ski out Mountain Village lodging or stay in town, just a free and pricelessly scenic 15-minute gondola ride away.

Sleep 29 in three Mountain Village residences all conveniently located in the elegant Tramonta complex. Tramonta 1, 2 and 5. Each of the properties has reserved garage parking, elevator access – spacious decks with gas bbq, private hot tubs and views to the South.  Inside you’ll exquisitely decorated homes, gas fireplaces, modern appliances in the chef kitchens, jetted or steam baths and laundry, in-floor radiant heat, and free Wi-Fi access. Not brining the entire brood? Reserve the units separately: Tramonta 1, 4bed/4bath, sleeps 11; Tramonta 2 3bed/4bath sleeps 8; and the Tramonta 5 penthouse retreat, 3bed/5bath, sleeps 11.

The following prime downtown Telluride locations are best suited to family or business groups who want to create a base camp under one roof or at least neighboring roofs. For your convenience we’ve listed the properties in descending order from largest group accomodation.

Bachmann Village 25, 26, Smuggler E and Owl Meadows 25. Accommodate up to 34 guests. These budget-friendly yet adorably Victorian, West End properties include a 3 bd/3 ba home that sleeps 8 next to a 4 bd/3 ba three-story home that sleeps 10 and boasts its own indoor cedar hot tub, a 3 Bd + Spacious Loft, 3 ba condo which sleeps 9 comfortably as well as a 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom condo which sleeps 7. Bachmann Village is located near Lift 7, the high school and Palm Theater and is mere steps from Clarks Market.

Riverside Condos A201, C204, C03, A01, B102. Accommodate up to 31 guests. Located at the end of Pine Street on the River Trail, Riverside Condos are right at the Bear Creek trailhead and only 2 blocks from the Gondola, Lift 8, Town Park and center Main Street Riverside Condo guests enjoy a common hot tub, ski in access for intermediate skiers, gas fireplaces in each property, private internet networks and parking.

Ballard House Penthouse, 204, 203, 102, 101. Accommodate up to 28 guests. The Ballard House North building, is one of downtown Telluride’s newest lodging properties. Just steps to Telluride Town Park in one direction and the Gondola and Lift 8 the other direction, the luxury condos in Ballard House are perfect for summer festivals, winter ski junkets and all the getaway excuses in between.

Cimarron Ski Lodge. 19, 28, Lulu 3E. Accommodate up to 17 guests. One of the few true ski-in ski-out properties in town, Cimarron Lodge condos are right on the San Miguel River steps to Lift 7. Even if your condo isn’t in the same building as your traveling partners’, you are no more than a few steps from a rendezvous at the hot tub or happy hour at the other condo.
Lulu City Condos offer a year round common hot tub, a pool during the summer season only, covered parking and are located across the San Miguel River from the Cimarron Lodge.

Montana Placer Inn. Accommodate up to 15 guests. This upscale six-bedroom hotel property is super-conveniently located in the heart of downtown Telluride just ½ block to gondola and Lift 8 and one block to Main Street. There’s a common hot tub and street parking.

Pacific Street Townhomes 524, 530. Accommodate up to 14 guests. This is a series of fully equipped townhomes that occupy a half block along West Pacific Street. Each unit features gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, private internet networks, and are located just 2.5 blocks from the gondola and a short 4 minute walk from the center of downtown.

Diamondtooth Penthouse 2, Penthouse 6. Accomodate up to 11 guests. Modern comforts, and the ultimate in convenience characterize the Diamondtooth penthouses. Located across from Wilkinson Public Library, the condos are steps to the gondola, Town Park and shopping. With elevator access to both penthouse units, there’s a 2-bd/2.5 bath property that sleeps 5, while down the hall is a 2,100 square foot 3bd/3.5 bath penthouse that sleeps six.

Remember at Latitude 38 our Reservation Specialists can help you with every facet of your travel to Telluride including bundling discount ground transportation, lift tickets and rental gear, bike rentals, some festival and special event tickets and other fun activities.

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Tips for Planning a Multi-family Vacation to Telluride, Part 3

Tips for Planning a Multi-family Vacation to Telluride, Part 3Tips for planning your next vacation to Telluride

In Part 1 and 2 of our multi-family and group vacation planning tips we focused on creating the team and finding online tools to facilitate your trip planning. Now we want to get into the best part, tips on how to make the decisions that help ensure you get the most out of your time in Telluride.

Flights. To learn about options for arriving by air, the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization website offers a wealth of information. The TMRAO also provides a handy guide to luggage size restrictions on a surprising number of airlines. Better still, save the hassle of schlepping luggage and sporting goods, or the risks of airlines losing or misplacing it, especially all that ski and snowboard gear for winter vacations, by using a shipping service like our trusted friends at locally based High Country Shipping.

Lodging. Choose the best vacation rental option. Depending on the size of your group, a multi-bedroom home or condo (or even two in close proximity) offers certain advantages over a block of hotel rooms. The floorplans of the privately owned homes in Latitude 38’s portfolio of premier vacation rentals are perfectly suited to creating an ideal central hub for your family or group to spend quality time together during your Telluride vacation. The great rooms, kitchens and dining areas, game rooms, decks, hot tubs, and other shared spaces of so many of Latitude 38’s luxury vacation rentals make it easier to enjoy meals, games and parties with all your brood and friends under one roof. Plus our portfolio of multi-bedroom homes and condos means you can more easily plan and share expenses for such services as babysitters and dog walkers, private chefs, yoga instructors, massage therapists and other service providers. For help choosing the best lodging option for your group, trust Latitude 38 reservation specialists to recommend the best properties that will satisfy your desired combo of space, price and amenities.

Events. Plan group activities. You planned your multi-family or group vacation purposely to spend time with your loved ones and friends and Telluride offers so many options for guests of all ages and AQs (adventure quotients). Our staff of locals who know Telluride inside and out can recommend activities and entertainment to suit the diverse interests of your group. We already offer group discounts on many activities and for those outside our usual and extensive menu of options; let us help you negotiate group discounts, custom experiences and reservations. Don’t forget to allow flex time for small groups within your group to pursue their unique interests, a spa treatment or just enjoy some quiet time curled up with a good book in front of the fireplace.

Chillaxing. Perhaps it’s Telluride’s location, snuggled as it is in a box canyon in the heart of the majestic San Juan Mountains that imbues our town with a certain serenity that’s hard to find in other mountain resort towns. Part of Telluride’s charm comes from the relaxed pace and friendly attitude of the folks you pass on as you shop and dine and enjoy the slopes, links, hiking trails and bike paths. To that end, your captain might be well-advised to pack a bottle of chill pills, little sweet candies that can mitigate meltdowns and remind others that this is a vacation so don’t sweat the small stuff. Sometimes, the best-laid plans go awry and something doesn’t go as planned. At these potentially stress-inducing times, hand out a chill pill at the first sign of distress. To lessen the odds you may need to prescribe a chill pill, we would advise you plan no more than two group outings per day and don’t overschedule. In fact, you might consider designating undesignated slots of time to allow your fellow travellers time to do whatever makes them happiest whether that’s relaxing with a spa treatment at Aroma Spa at their downtown Telluride location or take advantage of their mobile service, burning off excess energy with a ride on a fat bike rental, gift shopping, mingling with locals at a coffee shop or communing with nature with a hike, run or snowshoe on the numerous trails that lace through the area. Experiences apart shared together later helps everyone in your group see Telluride through each others’ own unique lenses, respects each individual’s unique perspectives and encourages each to listen and follow their hearts’ desires.

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Need more information on planning your next trip to Telluride?  Don’t hesitate to call – 877-450-8838 or email:

Tips for Planning a Multi-Family Vacation to Telluride, PART 2

Tips for Planning a Multi-family Vacation Vacation to Telluride, Part 2Tips for planning your next vacation to Telluride

Once you’ve identified your trip planning team (Tips for Planning a Multi-Family Vacation to Telluride, Part 1), the fun of putting together a dream vacation to Telluride can begin to take shape. The next important step is to begin committing.

Decide the basics first, especially dates and lodging property preference and start committing. Especially if you are planning to visit Telluride during one of our many popular summer festivals or during peak holiday times, it’s best to plan as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the best choice of lodging properties for your preferred dates. Plus, once people are committed, planning goes faster and gets easier. You might consider utilizing these handy travel planning apps that are deliberately designed to help facilitate group communications, decision-making and delegating tasks. We’ve called out the most unique features of each. – Google maps for local search; extended notifications, reminders and alert. – Deceptively simple yet powerful and mobile enabled for on-the-go decision making. Allows you to transfer over itineraries. – Features the “travel decisionator,” the only app to easily facilitate group finances. Just enter group purchases and decide share of costs and the Travel Stormer calculates and tracks expenses. – Especially familiar to business travellers, offers a group-specific travel planning section especially handy if your travel includes co-workers and expense accounts.

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Activities and Events not to be missed in Telluride this winter

Cirque mechanics Palm Theatre TellurideCirque Mechanics (above) performing at the Telluride Palm December 30th & 31st

The first snow has fallen, the snow guns are being primed to fire up and the upcoming ski and snowboard season is top of mind in Telluride.

The sooner you start planning your ski vacation to Telluride the better the chance you’ll get the perfect property at the desired time of your visit. If you’re coming during busy Christmas/New Years, President’s Week (February 15th – 22nd) or Spring Break times (March 8th – 22nd), it’s even more important to book early, so what are you waiting for?

Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals is your one-stop shop for the best ski and snowboard vacation of your life. In addition to our portfolio of premium properties, we can bundle discounted ground transportation, lift tickets, ski / snowboard rentals, and fun activities such as snowmobile tours and food tours, all in one package.

In fact, we can help you plan every part of your dream itinerary to Telluride.

As you plan your trip, take note of some of these extra special annual events:

• Nov. 28, Telluride Ski Resort Opening Day.

• December 4 – 20, Holiday Prelude. Two weeks of seasonal events from the Arts Holiday Bazaar to ice skating parties, live music and theater. The event kicks off with the festive Noel Night at participating stores in downtown Telluride where you’ll find one-night-only sales and complimentary holiday treats.

• Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade. The slopes light up as skiers snake down the mountain by torchlight.

• December 31, Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.  New Year’s Eve Countdown. Ring in the New Year at a public celebration on Main Street in front of the courthouse from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Jan. 24, KOTO Lip Sync. A perennial favorite featuring dancing and lip syncing as locals really let their hair down at the historic Sheridan Opera House to raise funds for our favorite local radio station. Tickets sell out within hours of going on sale. The contest is so popular it is now simulcast at the New Sheridan Bar.

Feb. 1Chocolate Lover’s Fling. Chocoholics swoon over dozens of bite sized chocolate desserts from the region’s premier chefs.  A Telluride local’s favorite.  You can bid on silent auction items and dance your legs off to a Live DJ.  Participate in a cash raffle and support to benefit the San Miguel Resource Center’s quest to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

• Feb. 13 – 16, Sheridan Arts Foundation 15th Annual Comedy Festival. Need a good belly laugh? This is the place to be for four nights of some of the most unique and hysterical standup, improv or sketch comedy presented by some of America’s funniest comedians. Past performers have included Rob Riggle, Sarah Silverman, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms.

• Feb. 21 – March 2, Telluride Gay Ski Week. The country’s top US Gay Ski Week celebrates its 10th anniversary with a 10-day week. The climax of the event is undoubtedly the annual Gala Fashion Show and after party on March 1 to raise funds for Telluride AIDS Benefit. The spectacle rivals the best of those seen in New York City Fashion Week with merchandise and donations from the likes of Catharine Melandrino, Autumn Teneyl, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Diesel and Dolce & Gabbana.

• April 4, KOTO End of Season Street Party and Costume Contest. If you plan to close out ski season in Telluride there’s no more exuberant way to celebrate the end of epic powder turns than dancing in the streets at this costume-dance party live music and irrepressible revelry.

Here are a few websites you should browse and check frequently for new events, live music and other things happening during your visit to Telluride: Sheridan Opera House, Palm Theatre, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
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