Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Heart of Telluride

It's hard to articulate when something special has that je ne sais quoi.  Telluride is one of those special places that is hard to explain to outsiders unless you've experienced it first-hand. It's of course the beautiful landscape, the gracious residents, all season recreation, the town's history, and the great skiing culture, and yet so much more.

For the avid skier, Telluride represents minimal lift lines, fresh powder, an average of 300 sunny days per year, and lifts that rise straight up from town providing you with access to more than 2,000 acres of some of the world's finest skiing.  Compared to other ski towns, Telluride provides skiers with the unique opportunity to stay in town (versus on the mountain) for easy access to shopping, restaurants, and hotel accommodations while still providing equally as easy access to the slopes.  This unique benefit provides the quintessential ski trip for the entire family.  In this casual, non-glitzy approach, there is no frenzied dash to get on the lift, but rather convivial and varied options from morning to night.

Telluride's quintessential Main Street is by no means cookie-cutter.  The fabric of Telluride is woven through it's local business owners, denizens, and spirit.  It encompasses small town charm with world-class culture.  The New Sheridan Hotel is located in the heart of historic Old Town Telluride with community-driven neighbors such as the Sheridan Opera House and Maggie's Bakery & Cafe.  Devoid of any chain stores, Old Town's clapboard storefronts house independent art galleries, old-time bars, boutiques, historic buildings and an eclectic choice of restaurants. 

Nestled in a box canyon surrounded by majestic, 13000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Telluride consistently draws people back year after year.  It's year-round residents know why.  This world-class ski town provides a small-town mountain lifestyle that is unmatched anywhere else.  Join us to find out why.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The New Sheridan Hotel: An Artist's Muse

Many use the phrase "blank canvas" metaphorically, but artist Roger Mason selects the New Sheridan Hotel year after year as his literal canvas and Telluride's Main Street as his personal atelier. Mason hails from New York's Hudson Valley and was trained at New York's Pratt Institute.  He found his way to Telluride through music.

In addition to painting, he is also a renowned bass player and played for Peter Rowan at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival back in 1979.  In the 1990s, he toured in a trio with world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman playing to crowds at places like Wolf Trap and Tanglewood. Mason also played bass with The Band. Painting is very musical to him, and they both intertwine and fuel each other in an artistic way. 

As an an abstractionist in a realist's clothes, Mason uses the New Sheridan and other familiar Telluride vistas to capture light, color and form over and over again.  More than any other building in town, the New Sheridan Hotel is the embodiment of Telluride's charm and history. So it's no surprise it's one of Roger Mason's favorite subjects to paint. As one of Telluride's oldest establishments, the landmark hotel could certainly be characterized as the spiritual epicenter of the town. Mason has had a running show in the lobby for a decade and dubs it his "world headquarters."

Through his extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, he channels that inspiration as he stands on Main Street, his local studio.  The town's box-canyon setting offers dramatic lighting with heavy shadows that play upon colorful storefronts, lamp posts, cars, street life, and mountains.  Mason typically draws a steady stream of onlookers when he sets up his easel in front of the New Sheridan.

So the next time you're in Telluride and strolling Main Street, make sure to be on the lookout for that man in the paint-splattered shirt.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Feed Your Soul in Telluride

Daylight savings is almost here and that means longer days are on the horizon.  You now have time for that early evening walk after work or time to squeeze in a run, bike ride, or cardio workout.  So no excuses.  In addition to being physically fit, healthy living should be a priority in your life and travel.

Health-conscious travel has been on the rise and destinations known for wellness have become the choice of not only the health-conscious, but also the affluent traveler.  People are seeking more than just spa retreats and healthy food options.  They want to nurture their body, feed their soul, and satisfy their thirst for adventure.  Telluride, a place of natural rejuvenation, provides all of that and much more. 

With an average 300 sunny days per year, you can easily partake in outdoor activities all year round in Telluride.  The New Sheridan Hotel is located in the heart of the historic business district on Colorado Avenue and can easily serve as base camp for all of your healthy outdoor and wellness adventures.  The New Sheridan Hotel has partnered with some of the area's best outdoor activity companies for both winter and summer activities.  From heli-skiing to fly fishing, the opportunities for healthy living abound.

In addition to the outdoor side of wellness, Telluride is a mecca for the alternative healing arts, as well as integrative healing modalities.  Telluride is home to the Yoga Festival which takes place every July and elevates the benefits of yoga with a mission to protect our natural environment.

So whether you grab your yoga mat or skis, make sure to visit Telluride to support your physical, emotional and intellectual body.  Boost your wellness and make healthy living a priority in your life and travel.