Saturday, June 13, 2009

Telluride Ski Resort. The Perfect Setting for a Wedding

Destination weddings have become a popular trend in travel. Now ski resorts join the list of popular destination wedding locations.
The Telluride Ski Resort is gaining recognition nationally and internationally as the ideal venue for destination weddings. Spectacular sites provide the wedding party and guests with unparalleled mountain views, exceptional cuisine and cozy, intimate experiences. Telluride is truly the ultimate wedding retreat. Telluride Ski Resort is a Mountain Village located close to the town of Telluride, a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains (Colorado). Perched at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is an intimate alpine enclave with luxury hotels and condominiums, stylish boutiques and innovative dining, creating the perfect setting for a wedding. The backdrop is picture-perfect, with breathtaking mountain vistas, aspen-blanketed forests and wildflower-studded meadows. Couples can choose from a historic church or a mountain top expanse for the walk down the aisle. Telluride and Mountain Village offer a variety of activities to turn any wedding day into a weekend affair, including skiing, snowshoeing and tubing in the winter and hiking, golf, biking and rafting in the summer.
The Top of Seven wedding site is an easy walk from the top of the San Sophia Gondola Station. This mountain top meadow is a favorite among local brides as it is outfitted with split log benches, a wedding platform and gazebo. A view of the Snuffles Range to the North and the famed Wilson’s to the South rounds out this exceptional location.
Gorrono Ranch is a renovated Basque sheepherder’s ranch from the 1800s set within the ski area boundaries. Gorrono Ranch features multiple outdoor decks for ceremonies and cocktail receptions, a large main lodge for sit down dinners, entertainment and dancing, and two smaller historical cabins perfect for the bride and groom’s personal dressing rooms. The rustic mountain lodge exudes elegance and boasts stunning views of the Wilson Peaks. The mountain setting is accessed by snow cat drawn sleigh in the winter months and a country road during the summer months. Guests are likely to see deer and elk out in the meadows, and during the ceremonies the only noise to be heard is the wind rustling through aspen leaves.
Allred’s restaurant is perched high at the gondola’s top station at 10,535 feet. With magnificent views of the surrounding 14,000 foot peaks framing Telluride to the north and the twinkling lights and rooftops of historic Telluride 1,800 feet below, Allred’s 12,000 square foot restaurant is truly exceptional. Allred’s features floor to ceiling windows, European inspired stacked rock walls and wood trusses, custom wine cabinets, an expansive dining room and an award winning wine selection. Since its inception in 2000, Allred’s has received praise and accolades from the culinary world including publications such as Food & Wine, Gourmet, USA Today, The New York Times, and Travel & Leisure. Allred’s also received the esteemed title of ‘Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America’ by Esquire Magazine.
Stashed among the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in North America, Telluride’s breathtaking views are just a part of what makes Telluride stand out among mountain destinations. Historic buildings, quaint bakeries and local watering holes blend with luxury hotels, world class restaurants, sophisticated shops and spas. Telluride’s free gondola is the main source of transportation - so no traffic or long lines, and no driving once you’ve arrived. The friendly, open-hearted residents and genuine community spirit of Telluride shape a sense of inclusiveness and belonging that everyone can experience and enjoy. Touting the combination of awe-inspiring views, world-class terrain, Rocky Mountain snow, an easygoing town and hassle-free destination, Telluride is truly unmatched in North America.