It’s that time of the year again that we begin looking for that ultimate winter getaway. When I heard of this unique package just released on November 29, 2013 as a collaboration between Dunton Hot Springs and Telluride’s very own Lumière boutique hotel, I was instantly intrigued. I was able to speak with Clare Evans, General Manager of Lumière Telluride to learn more about the property, Dunton Hot Springs and this specific offering. Already in ski heaven Bliss, Telluride is launching into their opening ski weekend with some of the best conditions in years on a 35-inch base.
Lumière Boutique Hotel
Located in the premier Mountain Village above the town of Telluride, Lumière is a truly unique ski in/out property for those looking for a quiet getaway with all the luxuries you desire at a ski lodge that makes you immediately feel like you’re at your home away from home. “Lumière is just 18 residences and 11 hotel rooms, so this affords each guest a very personalized and custom experience in a private and homely setting. Tucked away with direct ski-in/ski-out access is a real treat,” said Clare Evens, General Manager of Lumière.
For the rambunctious groups and families looking for huge gathering areas, oversized gyms, spas and rowdy bars, Lumière is not for you. However, for me personally, I find this property to be exceptional with the personalized services in a European-style boutique setting, inclusive of in-room ski fittings, in-room yoga, ski valet, breakfast, those much needed après ski cookies and cakes, over-the-top level of concierge services and the intimate Little Bar at Lumière serving fantastic tapas with an impressive wine list.
Dunton Hot Springs Resort
Bringing back this almost forgotten corner of Colorado, Dunton Hot Springs Resort is a romantic ghost town, set in an extraordinary alpine valley, just across the mountain from Telluride. The resort has rustic cabins and tents, which certainly take you back into time, but with touches of refinement along with luxury accents to make you feel very welcomed and cozy. A few miles downriver, Cresto Ranch is the newest addition with eight luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms, and with “glamping” be all the rage now, this might be for you. At Dunton, you can tackle the groomed cross-country ski trails, snowshoe through the vast surrounding meadows, hike, winter horseback riding in the canyon country surrounding their vineyard or arrange for heli-skiing.
While all of these activities are great, it’s the “wellness” experience that attracts so many to Dunton Hot Springs. The Spa specializes in totally natural treatments in surroundings designed for the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. The yoga, pilates and amazing spa treatments are perfectly paired with “soaking it all in” among one of their six options for enjoying the hot springs with temperatures between 85 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit. The bathhouse is a perfect option to enjoy this unique experience of these springs of the calcium bicarbonate type with a strong concentration of dissolved iron and manganese and a little dash of lithium to sooth the body while providing a number of additional therapeutic benefits.
The Best of Both Worlds: The Ski and Soak Package
Bringing together the refined luxury of Lumière with the wilderness escape of Dunton Hot Springs, this ski and soak package looks to be a great opportunity for those looking for an adventure and wellness getaway in one of the most beautiful corners of Colorado. Already a fan of these properties individually, this six-night package has my attention. “I am thrilled to be partnering with Dunton to offer guests the ultimate experience of alpine skiing at Lumière and then taking a step back in time to back country, cross country and hot spring at an authentically & beautifully restored Colorado mining town,” said Clare Evens, General Manager of Lumière. “For me it’s a real winter adventure and unforgettable experience.” This particular getaway is available beginning now, until April 2014, with only a few weeks of not being available around the Holidays and New Years. Learn more here: [Ski & Soak Package]