2 Days in the Mountains of Colorado during Fall Season

I have few words that can describe the beauty of our mountain state, Colorado at this time of the year.


After spending a couple of days at the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, we decided to take a drive to Durango for a night, and stayed at the General Palmer, a Victorian Era hotel established in 1898. We got one of the last rooms available in the annex. The room was nice, with a few historical items, but would have preferred to experience a room in the main building. That said the bed was really comfortable despite the fact I needed a step stool to get in it (What can I say, I am short). The room was quiet until the first steam engine train making the trip from Durango to Silverton departed at 7:00 am. So we got up, enjoyed a small breakfast on the enclosed porch of the main building and decided to make the drive to Telluride to see the fall colors.

We drove out of town on Hwy 160 all the way to Dolores, and turn on Hwy 145 towards Telluride. The ride from Dolores to Telluride could not have been more perfect.

The palette of colors and landscape made me think of the puzzles we put together with my brothers when we were little. It normally takes 2 ½ hours to make the hike; it took us close to 4.

We wanted to continue and drive what the locals call the loop, Hwy 550, on the way back, but as usual we ran out of time.

Durango for the night

  • Where to stay?

General Palmer Hotel, this boutique Victorian hotel on Durango Main Street is a great place to stay. It was established in 1898 by General Palmer, under the name The Palace Hotel. It overlooks Durango Train Depot, and the San Juan Mountains.

Explore other places to stay in Durango, and Visit TripAdvisor before booking! to read what other travelers have to say.

  • Where to Eat?

The Palace Restaurant offers a wonderful appetizers’ menu at a great discount during happy hour. This vintage American eatery has a traditional fare with a gold rush-inspired décor. Great food at a reasonable price.

  • Best place for Dessert:

Jean Pierre Bakery and Wine Bar is the best place for dessert. Delicious French dessert to eat on-the-go or to enjoy with a nice glass of wine. “We got a delicious variety of macaroon”

  • Late Night drink:

The Derailed Pour House serves craft martinis, cocktails and variety of draft beers from Colorado’s breweries. “We enjoyed the atmosphere and the knowledgeable staff”


General Palmer Hotel – 567 Main Avenue – Durango, CO – generalpalmer.com

The Palace Restaurant – 505 Main Avenue – Durango, CO – palacedurango.com

Jean Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar – 601 Main Avenue – Durango, CO – jeanpierrebakery.com

Derailed Pour House – 725 Main Street – Durango, CO – derailedpourhouse.com


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