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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.