A Family Trip to Telluride


A Family Trip to Telluride

An Incredible Stay in Telluride at the Hotel Madeleine

Once again, Baddy had to brave a long drive through a blinding snowstorm to take us to the Hotel Madeline, a luxury mountain hotel located in the Mountain Village of Telluride.

Visiting Telluride:

We were visiting Telluride for a slopestyle event that the boys were in the next morning. We arrived late at night, a motley crew. The boys desperately in need of new clothes have resorted to wearing their X-Large homie sweatshirts and soft colorful sweatpants, lovingly crafted by my incredible mother-in-law. But the friendly staff who greeted us pretended not to notice as they doled out the hot chocolate with whipped cream and from then on, Sean and the rest of his well trained staff, were there at our service.

The Hotel has 84 guest rooms but we were brought to one of their 11 palatial suites replete with a full kitchen, a dining room, livingroom, slopeside balcony and two bedrooms far enough away from one another for Baddy and I to enjoy a bit of privacy.

One might say we are getting down right spoiled living this life of travel, and they would hands down be absolutely right. It did not take long to grow accustomed to hanging out in hotel bathrobes with frequent visits to the hot tub and indoor pool in between runs on the slopes. In the evenings we looked forward to returning to our rooms to find home made fudge placed beside our turned down beds.

For dinner we dined in the hotel in Chef Jake Linzinmeir’s new brasserie-style restaurant, M’s. We enjoyed meeting Jake, and we were impressed with his success that began at a young age. As for our dining experience, the “Farm-to-Table Colorado Rocky Mountain Cuisine” was exceptional and the presentation exceeded the imagination. I ordered the Sashimi with a sesame brittle. Who would ever imagine that some of the best Sashimi I have ever tasted would come from a mountain town? The tastes are still lingering on my tongue as is my food envy for Baddy’s iceberg wedge salad.

Encouraging the restless boys to run along and play outside, we quietly ordered the award winning mud pie. To his dismay, Thumper returned to find his parents quietly and happily devouring the oreo cookie crusted chocolate ganache with fresh raspberry whipped cream, fully experiencing why it stood out over other mud pies. A lesson for the boys to not leave the dinner table until excused, even when encouraged by their parents. Manners are manners, after all.

Mountain Village is all about easy access to the slopes and it was a nice reprieve to not drive once during our entire stay. It didn’t take long for the boys, and all of their friends, to figure out the lay of the land, and own it, traveling from the village to town to the Chondala, a hybrid lift with both chairs and gondolas. In the mornings, with the boys skiing or competing every day, it was nice to be able to roll out of bed and clunk directly? to the slopes in our ski boots.


For getting into the town of Telluride, the 13 minute gondola ride provides easy access and offers staggering views as it climbs up from the mountain village and drops over the other side of the mountain to descend into town.

Nestled in a box canyon the town of Telluride is breathtaking with the San Juan Mountains jutting 13,000 feet straight up from colorful Victorian homes lining charming streets. A scene that this Massachusetts girl will never tire of.

Unfortunately, I had to explore town alone for Baddy got broke in Ta Hell U Ride. But this story I will save for my next post. For now, I will leave you by saying that I give the Hotel Madeline a big thumbs up as a wonderful winter place to stay with the family.


** Disclaimer: Yes, we received comped rooms and meals, but we LOVED every minute of our experience and I stand by my honest reviews 100%!


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