Natalie Binder, founder of Camp V, takes us on a tour of where to stay and play in Telluride. “Telluride is a fun town, so don’t be afraid to get funky!”

Telluride, Colorado view by gondola
Photo by Ryan Bonneau

Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop.

Natalie Binder, founder of Camp V
Natalie Binder
Photo by Marla Meridith

Meet the insider: Natalie Binder, founder of Camp V

After she stumbled upon a historic miners’ housing community in rural Colorado, Natalie Binder transformed it into an art-filled glamping site with restored cabins and Airstreams. It’s about an hour away from Telluride, where she’s lived for more than two decades.

“Telluride is a fun town,” Binder says, “so don’t be afraid to get funky!”

WHERE TO EAT:

221 South Oak restaurant's plate of sausages
221 South Oak

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Top Chef contestant Eliza Gavin is behind the fine-dining concept 221 South Oak inside a historic home. “Be sure to ask for the vegetarian menu,” Binder says. “You will not be disappointed!”

WHAT TO DO:

drone view of Telluride showing Telluride Transfer Warehouse
Telluride Transfer Warehouse

Aurelie Slegers

The historic Telluride Transfer Warehouse has “an old-school feel and you never know what up-and-coming artist or performance you will catch.”

WHERE TO STAY:

Madeline Hotel bar in Telluride, Colorado
Madeline Hotel bar

Auberge Resorts Collection

At the recently renovated Madeline Hotel & Residences, the new Timber Room bar has “a great mountain vibe and the outdoor firepits are so cozy,” Binder says. “Check out the daily Mountain Movements schedule as an inspiring way to start the day, or hit the Sky Terrace” for a hot tub dip.

WHERE TO DRINK:

LittleHouse charcuterie platter in Telluride, Colorado

Trevor Haynie

For après-ski, LittleHouse offers a rotating cocktail menu plus small plates, sandwiches, and bigger dishes like grilled steak-frites with chimichurri.

WHERE TO SHOP:

The Pepporium owner Pepper Raper Contillo “has such a great eye for unique finds,” says Binder. “I have found everything from ’70s ski onesies to vintage furs in her super cute space.”


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