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New Sheridan Hotel

The New Sheridan Hotel is a must see in Telluride. While it was established in 1891 on the main street that runs through town, it burned down just four years later. The Sheridan was then rebuilt the following the year in 1895 and has remained a Telluride icon thereafter. Originally a three-story wooden structure, the New Sheridan was completely refurbished in 2008 in an $8 million dollar remodel that is sure to impress.

The rooms are elegant and vary according to price and size. All rooms contain terry cloth bathrobes, Egyptian cotton sheets and are designed by the acclaimed Nina Campbell. The Chop House restaurant is located at the bottom of the hotel and is one of the finest dining experiences in Telluride. With a menu that boasts elk carpaccio, prime coulotte sirloin, trout, and lamb, as well as chicken, foodies will appreciate the quality of fresh, and many organic ingredients.  The truffle fries are a local favorite.

The wine list at the Sheridan is extensive and includes affordable glasses as well as bottles that appeal to the refined palette: many high-end Bordeaux bottles as well as Georges Delegar Chardonnay and Domaine Meo-Camuzet “Richebourg” Pinot Noir.

“They have a phenomenal and well-priced wine list, and the steaks are the best available, they are really good quality”, said Norman Russell, Telluride local. Chef Erich Owen runs the kitchen at the Chop House and puts his world-class experience into his Telluride work. In the box canyon, an upscale steak house experience can be had any night of the week — that is except for the off-season. Both indoor, and outdoor seating (when the weather permits), are available.

Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Bar seating in the restaurant is another option, though sometimes hard to come by. If you find a stool, bartender Steve Foster will definitely take good care of you. The Parlor, located in the lobby of the hotel, is a more casual place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, and where food can be ordered, and a separate bar exists. In the morning, breakfast, brunch or lunch are served. With offerings such as burgers, waffles, traditional eggs and mimosas, the options are affordable and tasty.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the evenings there, the Parlor special — $21 glass of wine and the petite coulette (a 10-ounce sirloin) — might be the best meal in Telluride. In the historic bar, the original mahogany wood bar remains all the way from 1895. Many beers are on tap, pool tables are available, big screen presentations sometimes are featured, and many longtime locals like George Greenbank can be usually be found storytelling and reminiscing Telluride history.

If you’re lucky, local cowboy Roudy Roudebush might ride right in, horseback. In all, The New Sheridan offers fabulous hotel rooms, fine food, and drink and is conveniently located on Colorado Avenue, where it’s always been. Now the roads are paved. Bank robbers like Butch Cassidy are history. And, skiing brings in visitors from all over the globe and in the present, The New Sheridan now sits steps to the Nugget movie theater, Steaming Bean coffee house, Telluride Yoga Center and just a few blocks from the Green Gondola.

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