The Telluride Wine Festival is a weekend filled with exceptional food and wine. This festival is set in a historic mining town that will take you back to the days of the Old West. Many people travel to Telluride to taste the wine and food at the festival. However, this event offers more than just drinks and cuisine. The Telluride Wine Festival serves a bigger purpose in the community as it supports the local culinary and hospitality businesses along with regional farmers. In addition, the festival also helps educate the community about healthy eating habits and the importance of sustainability. Whether you want to learn how to cook a delicious meal or just taste the local offerings, check out the Telluride Wine Festival.
When you attend the Telluride Wine Festival, there are plenty of amenities to enjoy. Since it is located in the downtown area, you can browse the shops or take in the majestic mountain views. There are also entertainment options, information booths, ATMs and merchandise shops available throughout downtown Telluride.
Beautiful and historic Telluride is the setting for wine tastings in the local boutiques, galleries and wine bars. Elks Park will be the main spot for all the exciting cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. You can even learn how to mix unique cocktails from a celebrated mixologist. Visitors love to enjoy local music and wines from around the world. You can even see artists painting with wine throughout the festival. If you are looking for something special, you don’t want to miss out on the reserve wine tastings or wine lunches with chefs and winemakers. For an extra special treat, you will want to make a reservation to enjoy Sunday Brunch on Main Street. The main event location is at:
123 S. Oak Street
Telluride, CO 81435
Over the years, the Telluride Wine Festival has featured some fantastic musical entertainment. For the 2021 festival, the lineup has not yet been finalized. You can always refer to the event’s website to check for updates.
Telluride is tucked into the San Juan Mountains, and it is well-known as a ski town. However, this spot is also a great place to get back to nature. You can travel on mountain bike trails, fish in the alpine streams or explore the aspen forest. While the festival takes place in the downtown area, there are not many places to park your RV in the town. However, you can find suitable places to spend the night outside of Telluride. You will be able to find several RV parks to leave your rig for the day as you head off for fun and wine. With an RV rental from RVshare, you can marvel at the beauty of the Colorado landscape and taste the best food and wine in the region.
Telluride Town Park Campground is located in town, and it is within walking distance of the downtown area. It only accepts RVs up to 30 feet in length, and this includes the size of the vehicle pulling the rig. Guests can enjoy tennis courts, modern bathrooms, showers and a swimming pool here. There are no dump stations or electrical hookups available on the grounds. However, an RV dump station is located at the wastewater treatment plant at Society Turn.
500 E. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435
If you need some more space, you might want to check out Sunshine Campground. This spot features 15 sites nestled in a dense aspen forest with lake views. It is located near Telluride, and you can easily head over to the town for the festival. However, this spot is remote. You will be "roughing it" as it doesn’t feature electric hookups or dump stations.
Telluride, CO 81435
Those wanting plenty of amenities and extra legroom will want to check out Ouray RV Park and Cabins. You can choose from six different types of sites that can accommodate most sizes of RVs. All of the sites feature full hookups, including 20/30/50 amp electric, water, and sewer. There are plenty of amenities on the grounds, such as free Wi-Fi, a game room and a spacious bathhouse. You can even dine throughout the day at the Ouray Cafe & Steakhouse. If you would rather spend the night in a cabin, there are three choices for your next trip.
1700 N. Main St.
Ouray, CO 81427
When you want to enjoy the festivities in Telluride in an RV, you can find plenty of campgrounds in the area. An RV rental allows you the freedom to enjoy your trip on your own terms. Many of the campgrounds feature spectacular views of the mountains, but they are still close to the center of the festival. You can wine and dine with the best culinary and winemaking experts during the day. At night, you can reconnect with nature under the Colorado sky.
There are several participating hotels for the festival. The Mountain Lodge offers guest rooms, suites and private log cabins with a Western design. You can enjoy modern luxury in the heart of the mountains. The Hotel Telluride is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the town, and you are within walking distance of the festival. For those wanting a spa experience, the Fairmont Heritage Place offers complimentary shuttle service to the downtown area along with other luxurious amenities. In addition to these hotels, you can find plenty of other choices in the Telluride area.
The primary airport for Telluride is the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), and it is just 65 miles from the town. During the summer, five major U.S. cities offer nonstop service to Telluride. However, if you have an RV, you want to find the best routes to drive to the festival. Here’s a look at the most convenient ways to get into Telluride.
• From Denver (330 miles):
You can take Interstate 70 W to Grand Junction. From there, you will need to go south on Route 50 to Montrose. You can continue south on Route 550 to Ridgway. When you reach that point, you need to turn right on Route 62 and continue to follow Route 145. You will turn left and continue to follow the signs into Telluride.
• From Colorado Springs (300 miles):
You will need to take Route 24 W and turn south on 258/24 to Route 50. Make a right on Route 50, and you want to continue over Monarch Pass into Gunnison. You need to turn left on Townsend and follow Route 550 S into Ridgway. Once you have reached Ridgway, make sure to turn right on Route 62. You will continue to follow this road to Route 145 and turn left. Continue to follow the signs into Telluride.
RVs are welcome in the town of Telluride, but there is limited space to park your rig. There is no overnight parking in the town, and sleeping in an RV is only allowed at a designated campsite. Parking for RVs and trailers is available in Mountain Village in the Gondola Parking Garage on levels 1, 3 and 4. You will also need to purchase two tickets in the garage at a rate of $14 per day, or you can also buy a $50 ticket for overnight parking.
Grand Tasting ($125)
Saturday, September 25th - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Four hours of food, fine wine, bubbles, spirits, and brewed beverages on Main Street in Telluride alongside Classic American cars from the Classic Car Club of America.
Saveur Pass ($650)
Expertly curated four-day pass to provide you with the complete festival experience. Guided by a wine master, you will dine and taste as you are educated about all things wine in four days of events, private seminars, and more!
Includes: Thursday welcome lunch, two seminars, Friday Toast of Telluride, Saturday Grand Tasting, Saveur winemaker dinner, and Sunday Brunch
*Also includes the 40th Anniversary Souvenir Glass set from Chef and Sommelier
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