Mountain Magic In Telluride
Anne Z. Cooke
Any time of year is a good time to stay at the Mountain Lodge in
You'll see them at their rosy best at twilight when you're standing on the pool patio at the Mountain Lodge, in
I'd been looking forward to my status as a temporary village resident, hoping to get up and out early for a cafe breakfast, and expecting to stroll the streets after dinner, window-shopping and feeling the mountain breezes rustle the trees.
But the switch was fortuitous. Our one-bedroom condominium at the Mountain Lodge, one of 128 condos at this luxury complex, was compact but lavish, endowed with every feature a contemporary log-house must have. Handsome pine doors and woodwork set the tone, along with two stone fireplaces, leather sofa and chairs, a plump bed with a quilt and pillows and a dining area big enough to seat five.
The kitchen, fully equipped with gleaming granite counters, stove and microwave, a set of dishes, a blender, coffeemaker and cookware, put my own kitchen to shame. The condo even had a private balcony, French doors and two patio chairs, where I sat at first light to drink a cup of coffee and commune with the birds twittering in the aspen trees.
Two unfortunate design flaws might send a more demanding guest to the concierge. The toilet and tub, which were located together and crammed into an awkwardly small space, were barely big enough for one, much less two people. And the two wall-mounted TVs were installed far above our heads, too high for pleasant viewing.
But the condo had everything else, including a CD player and sound system, a large storage closet for coats and ski lockers on the main floor. The Main Lodge and registration desk, across the road, was an impressive log structure with 25-foot ceilings, open beams, a pool, a bar and lounge, a sundries shop, an exercise gym, a free coffee and tea bar, Wi-Fi connections within 150 feet and a parking garage.
To my surprise, the location, at 9,540 feet-elevation, about 800 feet above
If you're a skier,
Biggest Surprise: Getting Wi-Fi Internet access on our front balcony.
Memorable Moment: Mountain views from the Main Lodge.
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