Telluride, Colorado is an incredibly picturesque and unique little town. Here are a few of my favorite things about it.
1.) The mountains.
2.) Other people's dogs.
Matt and I estimate that two out of three people that pass us on the street in Telluride have at least one dog. And they bring them EVERYWHERE. Which means that I constantly get to hang out with cool pups while their owners are inside restaurants, etc.
3.) Progressive Environmental Attitude.
The wind-powered gondola is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States. Even cooler, the city of Telluride is working towards a solar-powered gondola system (check our the Green Gondola Campaign). Did I mention that there are bike racks on all of the gondolas? Virtually everyone rides their bikes as their preferred mode of transportation in Telluride; in fact, I noticed almost everywhere we went that bike racks were not only full, but the majority of bikes were left unlocked. Bicycle theft apparently isn't an issue in this forward-thinking city.
Every restaurant we dined at was focused on sustainability and utilized as many local and organic ingredients as possible. Honga's Lotus Petal was my favorite place to eat - best pad thai of my life.
And as if the place could get any cooler, there is also a plastic bag ban in Telluride.
4.) The wildlife and not-so-wild flowers.
We saw grazing elk on the edge of town daily. And marmots, gophers, and deer, too! There were lovely pansies and colorful tulips popping up all over as well.
5.) The preservation of what once was.
I'm a total nerd for all things vintage as most of you know. Numerous historic buildings have been preserved, restored, and are still in use today.
And one last thing that makes Telluride an amazing place to visit: the people. Though I didn't get any photos of the dozens of smiling faces we encountered every day that never failed to say hello to us (total strangers) as they passed by, it surely didn't go unnoticed. What a change of pace!