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Birthday Trip to Telluride

one-piece snowboard suit  //  goggles (similar here, black version here) //  helmet  //  gloves  // boots  // board and bindings (rented through Black Tie Ski Rentals)

Going on winter vacations is one of my absolute favorite things to do. So for my big birthday week, Steve and I headed to Telluride, Colorado! Because of the expense of lift tickets, equipment rental, time away from work, etc., we don’t get to go as often as we’d like. So going on this trip was such a treat!

We visited Telluride about a year ago with my brother-in-law and his wife. They’re expert skiers who have skied EVERYWHERE and invited us to go around New Year’s Day of 2016. We enjoyed our visit so much we decided to visit there again. We usually go to a different ski resort every time we go on a winter vacation but decided to give Telluride another visit as we knew it would be a shorter than usual trip. We knew there were certain trails we enjoyed and that the town was easy to get around.

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the Lumiere Hotel in Mountain Village. It was ski-in/ski-out and walking distance to everything! Although we did rent a car to get from the airport to the hotel, we really didn’t need one once we got to the hotel. We originally booked a ‘King Hotel Room’ but were (luckily) upgraded to a one-bedroom residence! It was a big, beautiful and cozy condo with a fireplace, balcony and heated floors. Although we didn’t get to really utilize the kitchen, it had everything you would need from a built-in Sub-Zero fridge and Wolf range.

The hotel also offers a ski valet where, after a day out on the mountain, you drop off your equipment and boots and then change into your regular shoes (Uggs for me!) to go back to your room. I really enjoyed that service as I didn’t have to haul anything at the beginning/end of the day or track wet snow throughout the condo.

Where We Ate

Breakfast was taken care of as the hotel offered a complimentary continental breakfast everyday. I thought the selection was pretty good so it was fine for our needs. As for lunch, we would eat at whichever restaurant we were closest to on the mountain while we were out snowboarding. (If you eat at Big Billie’s, I highly recommend the Ultimate Grilled Cheese. It had four different cheeses with bacon and a fried egg – YUM!) For dinner, we would take the gondola into town.

On our first night, we had dinner at Allred’s Restaurant. The restaurant is a MUST if you ever come to Telluride. Unfortunately, I felt so nauseous that first night, I really didn’t get to enjoy my meal. I would like to try it again the next time we come to Telluride. The restaurant is right on the mountain and supposedly offers spectacular views. We unfortunately missed out on it because we had dinner when it was already dark outside.

We ate at the Cosmopolitan on our second night for dinner. I had the Lobster Corn Dogs, which I do NOT recommend. It sounded delicious but tasted awful. It lacked any flavor and looked it might have been undercooked. Luckily my main entree, the Seafood Stew, made up for the appetizer.

On our third night, we ate at La Marmotte. I enjoy french food and I’m constantly bugging Steve about taking a trip to Paris, so going here was as close to France as we were currently going to get! The service was good, but my Coq Au Vin was just okay. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t delicious either. Steve and I shared the Pork Belly appetizer and a Creme Brûlée. The appetizer was the only dish I enjoyed there.

For our final night, we just picked up dinner at Le Pizzeria, a restaurant that was adjacent to the hotel and brought it back to the condo. We split the Arugula Salad and Lemon Chicken dishes between us. I told Steve that meal was by far the best dinner we had all week! The food was good and the ambiance was spectacular. It was also the cheapest meal at less than $50.

My Special Birthday Present

While this particular ski trip was enough gift for me, Steve also surprised me with a little token for my big birthday. It’s such a special bracelet that every time I look at it, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be married to such an amazing person. I’ve had an especially challenging past year and he’s been there for me in the best way possible. My hope for the world is that everyone could have a “Steve”-like partner in their life too!

The Lumière is not a large hotel but offers all the amenities of one. We were impressed by the hospitality and kindness of everyone from the concierge and valet to the wait staff and housekeepers. The only thing I can think of that was a negative was the upgrade to the one bedroom. It was so awesome having all of that space that I don’t ever want to go back to a regular hotel room! With that said, I highly DO recommend staying at the Lumiere and would happily stay there again.