The skiing mecca is home to some of Colorado’s best chefs and sommeliers. (Can you blame them for wanting to live in this Rocky Mountain paradise?) Here’s where to wine and dine between runs.
Situated at the top of the Polar Queen Express ski lift, Bon Vivant is the place to go for authentic cassoulet or a croque madame, paired with a super selection of Burgundies.
Located in the chic, award-winning Madeline Hotel and Residences, Black Iron Kitchen features an inspired wine list and a wide selection of craft beers. It’s the place to be seen as everyone exits the slopes, so pull up a stool and warm yourself at the über-cool fire-pit tables.
Board the 12-passenger faux fur-lined snow cat and take the 15-minute ride to this mountaintop eatery. The knowledgeable staff is happy to pair wine by the glass with the seasonal tasting menu, or feel free to choose a bottle from the extensive list.
The Canclini brothers emigrated from Bormio in northern Italy and settled in Telluride in 1996. Over the years, they’ve brought over family and friends to cook authentic Italian cuisine from family recipes. They import their own wine, so the list is ever expanding. Make reservations; there’s always a line out the door.
You may recognize Eliza Gavin as a contender on Bravo’s Top Chef. Tucked into a side street just feet from the main gondola, 221 South Oak is the place to lunch. Must-tries include the housemade sausage and any of the inspired salads.
Mark Reggiannini serves elegant, relaxed French cuisine in a 125-year-old former ice warehouse. Before moving to Telluride in 2003, Mark worked with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Mercer Kitchen in New York City. His menu features local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, backed by an eclectic selection of international wines.