Dunton Town House- Telluride

I’ve just journeyed back from one of my favorite places in Colorado… Telluride!  I have been traveling with my husband Ben, to the beautiful mountain town for 14 years.  Telluride is equally as magnetic and adventurous in the summer and the winter with amazing mountain terrain to explore in both seasons! There are two areas where you can stay while visiting Telluride, either in town or in the Mountain Village and personally, I really love both!  With a complimentary gondola that connects the Village to the town, navigating to and from is not only convenient but also offers unparalleled views of the San Juan Mountains and historic town of Telluride.  July 11th was my 38th birthday and I chose to celebrate with my hubby & stay in town at a relatively new boutique hotel called The Dunton Town House, located right in the center of the town of Telluride. The Dunton Town House is full of character and charm with lux amenities, I’m excited to share all that I fell in love with at this boutique property… let the Dunton Journey begin.

This isn’t my first time staying at a Dunton property, it’s my second. My first experience was back in 2015 for my 35th birthday at Dunton Hot Springs located in Dolores, CO just a little over an hour from Telluride. I fell in love with Dunton Hot Springs, it surely is a destination experience that I will never forget. Click this link: onwordjourneys.com/duntonhotsprings to read more about my DHS journey. Dunton exudes authentic vibe with a distinct attention to detail & embodying an eclectic essence. The Dunton brand is really unlike anything I’ve experienced… So, When I heard Dunton had purchased a historic house in the town of Telluride, the Dunton Town House was added my list of places to experience. 

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Tyrolean: A Region of the Eastern Alps in western Austria and Northern Italy. Inhabited in ancient times by Celtic peoples, the Tyrol consistently passed back and forth, in whole or in part, between Austria and Italy in the 1800s – duntonownhouse.com

Mankei Room: This is one of DTH largest rooms, it is located at the back of the house in a separate stand-alone building. The outside looks like a rustic wood framed farmhouse structure. The Mankei room is located on the second floor, which offers a comfortable sitting area with a king bed and patio. The room has beautiful wooden floors and is adorned with unexpected pops of bright colors in the rug and headboard of the bed.  The Mankei room is filled with beautiful natural light. The lux en-suite bath has 2 sinks, a large shower, and bath products from Aesop. The beds that we have experienced at both Dunton properties are AMAZING, not too soft or too firm, we always sleep soundly when staying at a Dunton property.

Special note: The Mankei Room is pet-friendly!

Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included with your nightly rate. After a wonderful, restful night’s sleep, we awoke to soft sunlight glistening in thru our windows. Gareth brought up a fresh pot of coffee & cream to our room, I wrapped myself in one of the plush Dunton robes, sipped my coffee while Ben and I planned our morning adventure in Telluride. Next on our list was to head down to the kitchen for breakfast. 

We walked into the kitchen and were welcomed by Gareth.  We went to take a seat at the kitchen table & witnessed the most beautiful breakfast spread with an assortment of sweet and savory pastries & bread from a local bakery, homemade Dunton granola, yogurt, fresh fruits, juices, teas & coffee. There were two place settings for us, fresh coffee. Everything was amazing and a perfect start to our day in Telluride!

Dunton Town House Location: Situated on one of Telluride’s prettiest streets (210 Oak Street) only steps from the gondola and two blocks from main street.

Telluride hikes: All the links below are from the All Trails website, which also is an AMAZING app that you can use to find hikes wherever you are traveling. Love, Love this hiking and app! 

Bridal Veil Falls to Silver Lake: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/bridal-veil-falls-to-silver-lake

Bear Creek Trail: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/bear-creek-preserve-trail

See Forever Trail: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/see-forever-trail

Blue Lakes Trail: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/blue-lakes-trail

Alta Ghost Town Trail: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/alta-ghost-town-trail

Navajo Lake Trail: www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/navajo-lake-trail

Ben and I just hiked the Navajo Lake Trail, about an hour drive to the trailhead from Telluride & Just 10 min to Dunton Hot Springs. It’s such a beautiful hike thru rolling meadows, wooded forests, crossing streams, views of waterfalls in the distance and soaking up the pristine Navajo lake! The Hike is 10 miles in and out, the elevation at the lake is 11,300 ft. elevation gain from the beginning of the hike to the lake is 2,467ft.  It’s a really invigorating hike with some steep switchbacks just before you reach the lake. I recommend bringing plenty of water, sunscreen, rain jacket, and pack a lunch to enjoy at the lake. A little picnic, rest and fuel to reboot you for your journey back down.

Telluride restaurants:

Butcher and a Baker Café: www.butcherandbakercafe.com

Siam: www.siamtelluride.com

Alpinist and the Goat: www.alpinistandthegoat.com

221 South Oak: www.221southoak.com

There: www.therehospitalitygroup.com

Baked in Telluride: www.bakedintel.com

The New Sheridan: www.newsheridan.com/best-restaurants-bars-cafe-telluride

Telluride airport and nearby airports:

Durango Airport (DRO) Phone: +1.970.247.8143

Telluride Airport (TEX) Phone: +1.970.728.5323

Cortez Airport (CEZ) Phone: +1.970.565.7458

Montrose Airport (MTJ) Phone: +1.970.249.3203

Dunton, Telluride, hiking direct web links:

Dunton Town House: www.duntontownhouse.com

Dunton Hot Springs: www.duntonhotsprings.com

Dunton Hot Springs Blog Post: www.onwordjourneys.com/duntonhotsprings


All Trails Hiking Website & App: www.alltrails.com

Enjoy your journeys inward and onward!

With love and light,



  • Reply Alexis McNeil September 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    You inspired our last Telluride visit… the Bridal Veil Falls to Silver Lake hike was EPIC and the food at Siam was delicious…thank you for the recommendations! Alta Lakes were also beautiful and a perfect camp spot for a couple nights. Next time Dunton Hot Springs for sure…Colorado in the summer time might just be my favorite vacation spots:)

    • Reply Stacey Leigh Barnes September 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you Alexis! I’m so glad you guys had a blast and loved Telluride, you picked awesome places to hike, eat and camp in the area! I would have to agree… Colorado is an amazing place to for vacation journeys. And Dunton Hot Springs is such a special & truly unique experience, their therapeutic mineral hot springs are wonderfully healing. The sounding San Juan Mountains offer endless exploration!

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