Telluride offers unique vistas for picnic adventure

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2010 10:26 am

Telluride Area – Photo by: Meg Bodnar

Spectacular scenery, unbelievable vistas, incredible festivals ranging from film to blues, concerts in the park, untouched mountain meadows – if you were transformed into a picnic basket, where would you rather be than the beautiful area that is Telluride? We’re betting this mountain town easily ranks in the Top Five places in North America to enjoy a picnic basket, in fact, it just might sweep the Top Five spots overall.

So how does one embark on creating your own memorable picnic basket adventure? First, stop in at Telluride Naturals, the Telluride Resort Store or the Nature Center and purchase a custom designed Telluride picnic basket. Then, stock it up with all your favorite goods from Telluride Naturals. The store features delicious cheeses from James Ranch, meats from Colorado Elk and wines from Sutcliffe Vineyards. Honeyville jams and jellies, Indian Ridge Farms granola, and Telluride Wine Charms are a fun addition. Best of all, as a summer treat, picnic adventurers can get 10% off everything you put in the basket (excluding alcohol) until October 1!

With the Telluride summer in full swing, a picnic basket is sure to make any of the local concerts, events, or outdoor activities an even more exciting affair. However, with so much going on in Telluride no matter the season, perhaps the toughest part of all is simply narrowing down a few choice spots to indulge with your picnic spread. So sit back, relax, and check out some of the best places to journey with your picnic basket.

Check out the incredible Telluride picnic basket spots


Abel Gance Outdoor Cinema – Photo: Merrick Chase

The Telluride Film Festival – Waiting in line to see the next Oscar nominated Film? Getting a little tired of popcorn? Telluride Picnic Baskets are the perfect movie companion for the best of the 2010 films.

Each Labor Day Weekend, the tiny town of Telluride, Colorado, triples in numbers. Swells of passionate film enthusiasts flood the town for four days of total cinematic immersion, embarking on a viewing odyssey, blissfully spending entire days in flickering dark rooms. With only an appreciation of celluloid to guide them, these devotees flock to the show, year after year. Why? Blind faith. The Telluride Film Festival doesn’t reveal the program until everyone lands in town, yet attendees trust that a unique experience will unfold.

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Photo by: Meg Bodnar

Eco Adventures – Grab a picnic and head for one of the many activities Eco Adventures offers. Telluride’s one-stop shop for outdoor activities, Eco Adventures provides information and booking for all activities, including fly fishing, camping, hiking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, as well as a great retail shop.

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Bluegrass Festival at Telluride

Festivals in Town Park – Grab a picnic basket and head for any festival in Town Park. The upcoming Telluride Jazz Festival or the famous Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are great venues to bring along a picnic basket.

The Telluride Bluegrass regularly coincides with the Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year; the beginning of summer. It’s a magical time of sun and light, when the the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, kayaks, and a low-back festival chair to take in “Bluegrass” with a delicious picnic basket.

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Hiking Telluride – Photo by: Meg Bodnar

Hiking Bear Creek Trail – A perfect hike for beginners and intermediates, the Bear Creek Trail provides spectacular views of San Juan peaks and Bear Creek. Take a basket to the waterfall at the top of the trail.

One of Telluride’s most popular trails, hikers can access the trail from the end of South Pine Street. Chose to either hike or bike the dirt road through the 325-acre Bear Creek Preserve, and stop at upper Bear Creek Falls to best enjoy your picnic adventure.

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Nothing more beautiful than a Telluride sunset

The Mountain Village Sunset Concert Series – Every Wednesday throughout summer in Mountain Village nearly 2000 attendees enjoy a variety of superior music as the sun sets behind 13,000 peaks! Music gets going at 6:00 pm on the Sunset Plaza lawn. Come early to save your spot and enjoy a cold beer at the neighboring Hop Garden. Better yet, bring a picnic basket as well to satisfy that hunger.

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