Uncut: Colorado’s Fall Foliage

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For Money magazine’s September 2014 issue, I wrote about top leaf peeping destinations. Here are more tips on what to see and do in Telluride, Colorado, when the fall foliage is best in mid-September.

Telluride, Colorado

To see the state’s best fall foliage display, make Telluride your jumping off point. There are a number of locally loved hikes just outside town. The two-hour Bear Creek trail leads to a waterfall; opt for the Jud Weibe Trail for the best views of the historic village.

Before hikes, fuel up with a Café Au Lait ($2) at Cowboy Coffee and an egg, cheese, and bacon breakfast sandwich at the Butcher & the Baker (breakfast: $8). At night, make reservations at 221 South Oak—on Tuesdays, the restaurant has 2 for 1 specials on select entrees—for dishes such as Colorado lamb and elk ribeye.

For drinks with a sunset view, head to Allred’s at the top of the gondola (the ride is free) for an expertly crafted Negroni or Pisco Sour.

Overnight at the 26-room New Sheraton boutique hotel, located in the old town, where fall season prices are 30% less than winter rates ($175). In sleepy Ouray, an hour east, rates at the waterfront, 42-room Hot Springs Inn start at $120.

While Montrose is the closest regional airport, you’ll save a bundle (over $150 from Chicago at press time) by flying to Albuquerque and making the scenic five-hour drive. Rental cars are typically much less expensive from the New Mexico city as well.

For the published article in Money magazine, click here.

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