This year, the town’s New Year’s Eve celebration will look a little different than years past.
After three years of launching the annual fireworks display from the Idarado tailings pile near the East End, the town will be launching the fireworks a little closer to home, atop the New Sheridan Bar rooftop deck.
Although the celebration is organized by the town, the Telluride Fire Protection District is contracted to run the fireworks portion of the event.
The fire department has spent several months planning for the new location and is using a different type of firework than years past, “close-proximity fireworks,” which are designed for use near crowds, according to David Wadley, the battalion chief of the Telluride Fire District.
Wadley said that these types of fireworks often are shot off during concerts and football games.
“There is nothing exploding in the air, people don’t have to worry about their pets or safety,” Wadley said. “They burn going up, they are not very big and they don’t explode, they are small as far as fireworks go.”
Wadley said the show was designed specifically with the town in mind.
“We brought in some specialists that worked on the Salt Lake Olympics (in 2002) and do things for other major concerts and designed it specifically for that location (atop the bar),” he said.
Although close-proximity fireworks are considered safe, and are used with crowds in mind, Wadley said they are taking every precaution.
“We have firefighters with thermal imaging cameras on each rooftop, and we have firefighters in full gear on, standing by,” he said. “We have observers surrounding the block.”
The fireworks are a fairly recent addition to Telluride traditions and the event was created more out of a reaction to New Year’s Eve’s festivities already happening in town, according to Town Manager Greg Clifton.
“With all the craziness and open containers and fireworks (in previous years) a decision was made to put some structure into the whole thing and make it fun and make it family friendly,” Clifton said.
The celebration will include a countdown emceed by Mayor Sean Murphy, music at the courthouse steps and free hot chocolate to keep everyone toasty.
Clifton gave “major props” to the Telluride Fire Department for overseeing the fireworks display.
“We are having so many discussions to make sure things stay safe here,” Clifton said. “These are not the kind of fireworks that blow up or make loud noises. It is a visual thing not a loud thing.
“We like to remind people to please be aware that open containers are unlawful as are personal fireworks and we will be enforcing.,” he said
Clifton added that all cars need to be cleared on Colorado Avenue between Aspen and Fir Streets by 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Early in the evening, Telluride Ski Resort will be hosting its own tradition with the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.
From 6:30-7:30 p.m., members of the ski school program will ski and snowboard down the Misty Maiden run toward Mountain Village and the Telluride Trail toward town.
The torches are actually road flares from the Department of Transportation, said Shannon Gibbs, spokeswoman for Telluride Ski Resort.
The tradition has taken place since 1972 and was originally started by ski patrollers, according to Gibbs.
“It is just a really festive and fun event, especially when you see the fireworks go off,” Gibbs said. “It is something unique and different to see, and a great way to celebrate the New Year.”
The fireworks can only be seen from the Town of Mountain Village and will be launched around 6:30 p.m.
Last year I covered several major ski resorts, including Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole and Keystone that had notable special programs for women or families. Fortunately, this is a growing trend and this year there are more women-friendly ski and snowboard offerings than ever before. Here’s a sampling (by no means comprehensive) of some great options.
Telluride, CO: I’ve been to Telluride summer and winter and just love the resort and town. Telluride claims its Women’s Week was the first women-only ski program in Colorado, and over the years it has grown to include many extras. It is offered in three and five-day versions and in addition to expert ski instruction includes yoga, meditation, wellness speakers, equipment fitting and après fun. There is one session monthly from January through March and packages are independent of lodging, though the camps offer discounts at a variety of local hotels. Telluride also offers snowboarders one three-day women’s camp, SheRide, annually in March. It provides lessons to all levels, from never evers to advanced double black riders. This is an adult specific camp for women 18 years and older.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, CO: Crested Butte just added its new Women’s Tips on Tuesdays ski clinics this season. These half-day, women-only ski school sessions are led by top female instructors, and are ideal for ladies looking for a guided group session with instruction and an informal, fun vibe. Each clinic concludes with a glass of wine at the resort’s new on-mountain Umbrella Bar. Sessions run from 1:30 -3:30. The Women’s Tips on Tuesdays clinic is available to female skiers levels 3-7.
Sun Valley, ID: The nation’s first destination ski resort celebrates its 80th birthday with several new programs, including the Women’s-only Weekend (WOW, February 3 – 5, 2017). WOW emphasizes camaraderie and skills improvement and maximizes learning in a supportive environment. Small groups focus on technique with Sun Valley’s leading female instructors, along with après ski events and video analysis. Locals can also access DIVAS, a women’s only all-mountain experience for intermediate to advanced skiers. Developed for women, by women, the DIVAS program includes a 2.5-hour group lesson one day per week for eight weeks with Sun Valley’s top female athletes and instructors.
Alta, Utah: One of the classic lodging spots in American skiing, the beloved Alta Lodge teams up with top instructors from Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School for its popular annual Women’s Intermediate-Advanced Ski Camps. These offer three days of skiing, four nights of lodging, great food and camaraderie. Each day includes morning and afternoon instruction in a supportive, ability-specific group environment. This is followed by video and analysis of your skiing and an evening presentation. Camps are open to intermediates and above who can consistently use parallels turns and confidently cruise blue groomed runs. Three camps are offered in January and March and include meals and high performance ski demos. The hotel also has one annual Women’s Advance Expert Ski Camp in February for skiers who are already comfortable on all black runs in most snow conditions and enjoy venturing off-piste, into steeps and moguls. Alta Lodge is a European-style full-board hotel that is ski-in, ski-out.
Jackson Hole, WY: Jackson Hole has been rated the Number One resort in North America and is renowned around the world for its terrain, lodging and wonderful town. It also has a long history of world-class instruction and some of the best week-long immersion camps in skiing, for all styles and abilities. Specifically for women, Jackson Hole offers the Elevate Women’s Ski Camp, taught by a handful of the most famous professional women’s skiers. I wrote about it last year in detail, and this is one awesome camp (read here). Elevate is back this winter, along with a 4-day Women’s Snowboard Camp.
Beaver Creek, CO: There may be no resort in the nation so fixated on families as Beaver Creek – which also happens to be the most luxurious destination in skiing. Again, I wrote in detail about its offerings last year, but the highlight is an industry leading two-hour daily free tour/clinic, a social and learning experience run by female ski ambassadors. Beaver Creek is not the only member of the Vail Resorts family focusing on the ladies: both Vail and Breckenridge, CO have women only offerings.
From outlaw Butch Cassidy to longtime homeowner Oprah Winfrey, Telluride has always been the ski town of choice for those who can afford to go anywhere but prefer to keep a low profile. It combines Old West ambiance with understated luxury, fine dining with casual, rugged terrain with corduroy, and more than any other mountain in this country, offers truly great skiing for every ability. Telluride is arguably the country’s best all-around ski vacation destination (Ski Magazine readers just ranked it number one in North America for Overall Satisfaction, and top marks in Scenery and Character), but it has long been knocked for being remote and hard to reach. That was always an exaggerated and unfortunate myth, but with the reopening of commercial service into the town’s ultra-convenient airport, it’s easier than ever to get here.
WHERE TO STAY
Looking for a hotel that feels more like a friend’s sumptuous vacation home? Check into this European-style residential boutique with high-touch personal service. Lumiere features apartments rather than rooms, most with enormous walk-in steam showers, Wolf and SubZero appliances, and wet bars. The hallways are filled with the scents of complimentary fresh baked afternoon sweets daily and delicious breakfasts are included. It’s also ski-in/ski-out. 118 Lost Creek Lane, 970-369-0400, lumieretelluride.com
Madeline Hotel & Residences
With an unbeatable location in the pedestrianized heart of contemporary Mountain Village, the Madeline is a small scale take on a full-service luxury resort, with spa, pool complex, and multiple bars and restaurants. It’s as close as understated Telluride comes to an après ski “scene.” It was also expanded and completely renovated for this season. 568 Mountain Village Boulevard, 970-369-0880, madelinetelluride.com
New Sheridan Hotel
One of the few Colorado hotels dating to the mining era, the 125-year-old, four-diamond New Sheridan is just four years younger than Telluride itself. In the heart of the older village, two blocks from the slopes, this is where Butch and Sundance would stay, a historic cowboy hotel that doesn’t rest on its history. It’s got a classic “Chop House” and three bars for just 28 rooms–an enviable 1:8 après ratio–including an iconic watering hole that dates back to 1895. 231 West Colorado Avenue, 970-728-4351, newsheridan.com
Dunton Town House
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The newest accommodations in town just opened for the 2016-17 season. It’s a spin-off of ultra-luxury Dunton Hot Springs 70 miles away, a world-class Relais & Châteaux boutique resort created out of a ghost town. Both are owned by German billionaire Christoph Henkel, who also has the Four Seasons Santa Fe and Utah’s Amangiri. But while Dunton Hot Springs is living, breathing, over-the-top Old West, the Town House is Tyrolean chic, a historic 19th-century mining home converted into a five-room slice of Europe, celebrating the immigrants from the Austrian-Italian border region who moved here to work the mines. It is full of custom furnishings, Tyrolean antiques and fabrics, Austrian ceramics, and discreet elegance. 210 South Oak Street, 877-288-9922, duntontownhouse.com
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
221 South Oak
Telluride’s gourmet scene flies under the radar, with just one celebrity chef, but 221 owner Eliza Gavin was already running the local fave when she competed on Bravo’s Top Chef. She returned better for it, and in a charming Victorian townhouse in the old village offers a finessed game-rich menu teeming with boar, bison, elk, and local lamb. 221 S Oak Street, 970-728-9507, 221southoak.com
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One of Telluride’s more upscale restaurants perfectly captures the ski vacation aesthetic with updated French alpine fare, and a menu featuring dishes such as coq au vin and beef tartare that are hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic. It has been so popular here for so long that it just spun off a sister restaurant in Denver to meet Coloradan demand. 150 West San Juan Avenue, 970-728-6232, lamarmotte.com
A true hidden gem, this trailside chalet at 11,966 feet is perfect for a decadent Alpine-style lunch or an excuse to get an early jump start on après. It serves exquisite charcuterie and Italian alpine fare with great wines and great views, and is open for gondola-served dinners a few nights weekly. 12100 Camels’ Garden Road, 970-728-7560, tellurideskiresort.com
Brown Dog Pizza
Telluride has some of the finest “normal” food of any ski town in the country, and there is no better example than Brown Dog, quite simply the single best pizzeria in skiing. The sports bar feel belies the unexpected quality, with a menu anchored by its house specialty, the suddenly trendy Detroit-style pan pizza. Both the ambiance and cuisine are explained by the fact that the owner played college football with Tom Brady at Michigan. 110 East Colorado Avenue, 970-728-8046, browndogpizza.com
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Oak, The New Fat Alley BBQ
Not unlike Brown Dog is to pizza, Oak is the best barbecue joint in skiing, period. Its Alabama-born pit master does superlative slow smoked southern barbecue (especially ribs), plus winners like house cured bacon–try the deconstructed BLTs washed down with a bourbon from the restaurant’s extensive collection. 250 West San Juan Avenue, 970-728-3985, oakstelluride.com
New Sheridan Bar & Chop House
Telluride excels at saloons, but it’s hard to top this straight-out-of-Westworld, 19th-century gem in the historic New Sheridan Hotel for cocktails. Follow drinks with red meat in the atmospheric Chop House, which also has a surprisingly long wine list with by the glass offerings carefully stored in a nitrogen preservation system. 231 West Colorado Avenue, 970-728-4351, newsheridan.com
WHERE TO SHOP
Wagner Custom Skis
There is no more coveted winter sports hardware than a pair of Wagner skis. A decade ago, computer scientist Pete Wagner conceived a better way to make skis, and today his company is the world’s most renowned truly custom manufacturer. Many “custom” skis are merely variants on stock molds or fancy paint jobs, but every pair of Wagner skis is totally bespoke from the ground up to meet its user’s needs. For this season, Wagner, which was based 15 miles outside of town, opens its first Telluride showroom in pedestrianized Mountain Village. 970-728-0107, wagnerskis.com
The biggest complaints among skiers are sore feet and cold toes, and both can be solved through custom fitting. Boot Doctors is perennially ranked among the nation’s best ski boot fitters, and is so popular that reservations come recommended–even though they have two Telluride locations, one in town and one in Mountain Village. 970-728-4525, bootdoctors.com
Black Bear Trading Company
If you like cowboy boots as much as ski boots, there’s no better brand than Lucchese, and these are stocked, along with top outdoor apparel labels like Filson and Rand Hats, at Black Bear. 218 West Colorado Avenue, 970-728-6556
WHAT TO SKI
Just about every big resort sells itself as all things to all skiers, and while this is rarely true, Telluride is the happy exception. It has it all: bowls, chutes, cliffs, glades, cruisers and groomers. Advanced intermediate skiers—and there are a lot of them—are often the hardest customers to please, caught between too challenging and not enough. Here there is a mid-mountain canyon area full of double blue advanced intermediate trails, served by the Apex and Polar Queen Express chairs, a feature you would be hard pressed to find anyplace else. The Village Express serves a sea of single blue intermediate terrain, while beginners have plenty to choose from, and unlike most resorts, where they are relegated to the base area, novices can enjoy the stunning vistas from some of the highest spots with good options to ski down.
Telluride excels at the high end, with a ton for experts and beyond, from in-bounds blacks and double blacks (lifts 6, 9, and 14) to a vast array of chutes and hike-to terrain (lifts 12 and 15). If you cannot be challenged here you cannot be challenged anywhere, and in recent years Telluride has facilitated the growing big mountain crowd by installing permanent metal stairs and rails so the extremes can be accessed more easily. On top of all this, bump fans know the resort has long been home to some of the best and most infamous mogul runs in the world, like double blacks Spiral Staircase and Kant-Mak-M off of lift 9 (they even offer multi-day instructional “Making Friends With Moguls” camps).
If somehow you run out of things to ski (you won’t), or just want a different kind of adventure, it is one of the few U.S. resorts with a daily heli-skiing operation, accessing an additional 250 square miles of powder. If there is a type of terrain you like to ski or ride, Telluride has lots of it.
HOW TO GET HERE
The new service this season into Telluride is tempting, with regional jet connections on a United partner through Denver, making it a one stop from just about any U.S. city, with almost no driving. But don’t overlook Montrose, the old alternative, which was never nearly as bad as it was made out to be, offering more flights and better reliability in winter weather. Montrose also significantly increased its winter flights for the third straight year, with non-stops on all three big carriers from major cities coast-to-coast including New York, Atlanta, LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, and Denver. Montrose is just 68 miles away, closer than the airports serving many other major Colorado resorts, and there is easy ground shuttle service—visitors don’t need or want a car in Telluride.
A French-style mansion boasting an ornate stone façade in Chicago’s upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $50 million, looking to set a record for the city.
The mansion was built in 2008 by its current owners, Richard Parrillo, chairman and CEO of Florida-based United Automobile Insurance, and his wife, Michaela, according to Matt Leutheuser from Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, who is co-listing the property with Tim Salm from the same brokerage.
Situated on seven city lots (about 0.6 acres) and a few blocks away from Lake Michigan, the 25,000-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms, seven full and four half-bathrooms, as well as an indoor grilling room, multiple kitchens, and dining and living areas, according to the listing.
Wrapping around a curving staircase with an ornate black and gold-wrought iron balustrade are galleries showcasing the Parrillos’ art collection. In the basement, there is a wine cellar and a wine tasting room equipped with a Louis XIII fireplace.
Outside, there is a garden with a reflecting pool, a large terrace with outdoor fireplace and a kitchen overlooking the yards, lots of fountains and parking spaces in the front of the property.
“The overall thought and imported materials put into this mansion are impressive, and the amount of space in this great location is irreplicable,” said Mr. Leutheuser.
The Parrillos, who were not immediately available for comment, spent more than five years to build the mansion, according to Mr. Leutheuser. “It is really a labor of love,” he said, “but they’ve decided to sell because they are spending more time in Florida.”
The most expensive listing to ever hit the market in Chicago was a top-floor unit at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in 2012. The asking price was $32 million and it sold for $17 million in 2014 , according to Realtor.com.
Colorado Flights Alliance on Wednesday announced another commercial air-service expansion to the Telluride region.
In late July, the alliance, a regional partnership that actively works to secure commercial air service to Telluride and Montrose airports, announced that commercial service would be returning to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) following a two-year hiatus. Great Lakes Airlines will reinstate year-round commercial air service to the airport beginning Dec. 17 through a partnership with United Airlines to book flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Telluride.
The announcement on Wednesday concerned expanded passenger service to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). American Airlines will now operate year-round between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airport and Montrose instead of only during the summer and winter high seasons.
Matt Skinner, chief operating officer of Colorado Flights Alliance, said American Airlines is basically expanding its nonstop offerings to Montrose, “building up from seasonally to year-round.”
“We have been working with our partners at American on this for several years, and through strategic growth in flights, seats and passengers, we are thrilled to be able to offer our locals, visitors and businesses an added year-round option to the region,” Skinner said.
Already, United Airlines provides daily, year-round service between Denver and Montrose. Thus, the American Airlines’ service “will add a second daily, year-round option for MTJ travelers,” a flights alliance news release said.
American Airlines recently announced plans for a second daily flight from DFW to MTJ during the core of the winter tourism season and also said a larger aircraft would serve the route in the summer.
American’s service in April-May and October-November will consist of one flight daily on a 50- to 70-seat regional jet, Skinner said.
“The growth in our core tourism seasons, and the expansion and diversification of our regional economy, have allowed us to push through with added year-round demand for flights,” he said.
The new travel option broadens the accessibility of the region, providing a viable resource for business, pleasure and lifestyle, the news release said.
“The achievement of solidifying year-round service will be a boost to our economy, in particular serving our visitors and second-homeowners hailing from Texas, a key market for our community,” Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen said in a prepared statement.
As Colorado tourism leads the nation in growth, ease of travel is pertinent to capturing market share in the industry, the news release said. Access to the region provides a very marketable travel message.
“The addition of another year-round flight is an exceptional marketing opportunity for us and will absolutely contribute to the entire region’s continual economic growth — including tourism, business development and ancillary sectors to them both,” Michael Martelon, CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board, said in the news release.
Montrose Regional Airport figures prominently in the regional tourism market and the overall economy, the release said. Air service is a major factor for travelers around the country and the world when considering where to visit and spend tourism dollars.
“This is another step forward for the growth of the airport, which is the largest economic driver in the region,” Montrose County Commissioner David White said in the news release. “A year-round DFW flight is yet another example of the county’s successful partnership with the Colorado Flights Alliance and its diligent work.”
The year-round DFW flights are currently available for sale, with travel bookable through August 2017.
In another announcement in late June, the flights alliance said that Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines, a low-cost airline primarily serving leisure travelers, would start service between Denver and Montrose on Dec. 17. However, that service is winter-only, with flights running mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and is scheduled to end on March 25.
Skinner said at the time that Allegiant’s entry into the market was “a game-changer” in that no other low-cost carriers were offering direct service between Denver and the state’s ski resort areas.
While owning residential real estate is typically part of a diversified investment portfolio, what is different in the last year or two is the role the uncertain economy is playing in making purchasing decisions.
High-end residential buyers still want a good deal, as they always have, and, of course, a property that will eventually have capital appreciation, or will generate rental income, said Kathleen Peddicord, the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group.
“But once they have found what they want, there’s more urgency,” Ms. Peddicord said. “In the past year, they’ve been quicker to pull the trigger on a purchase once they’ve identified such an opportunity.”
Many high-net-worth investors are plunking cash in a second or third high-end residence as a safety net, stemming from concern about a wide range of economic and political factors. These include the possibility of rising interest rates in the United States, China’s slowdown, low oil prices, conflicts in the Middle East and the reality that equities have been lethargic and bonds have floundered in a bear market.
“People feel more comfortable investing in things they can see and touch and feel, that’s the tangible nature of real estate,” said Michael Sonnenfeldt, founder and chairman of Tiger 21, a network of over 440 members who collectively manage more than $40 billion worth of personal investable assets.
“That’s why our members are pulling in on some of their private equity and fixed-income exposure, rolling up their shirt sleeves and getting involved in tangible assets that they buy with cash,” Mr. Sonnenfeldt said. “Fewer people, though, think of it as a pure investment vehicle. They want the security.”
And they are not just buying United States properties in upscale urban real estate markets like New York and Miami, and vacation spots such as the Hamptons, Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Nantucket, in Massachusetts. “I believe the interest among high-end property buyers in overseas markets is greater than ever right now,” Ms. Peddicord said.
“People with money are keen to diversify it beyond the U.S. stock market in particular,” she said. “A vacation or second or third home in a sunny Shangri-La is an increasingly appealing option. It’s a hard asset that doubles as a lifestyle enhancement and that cushions the buyer from any shocks U.S. markets may be in for.”
While most ultra-high-net-worth individuals opt for a second or third home in the country where they reside, an increasing number of people with net assets of more than $30 million are buying homes in other countries, according to a 2015 report by Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty. International homes account for 16 percent of nonprimary ultra-high-net-worth residences, compared with 11 percent in 2010.
The middle-market buyers are spending $250,000 to $500,000 on single properties, but high-net-worth individuals are spending $1 million or more in many markets, including the Caribbean and Europe, Ms. Peddicord said. “We’re seeing increased interest in Panama and countries where the U.S. dollar is strong,” she said. These include France, Spain and Portugal.
Call it market timing. As investors look for a shelter for some money, luxury home prices have softened and are continuing to decline in many markets.
“Pricing on the high end of second homes has experienced an elevated level of ‘luxflation’ over the past five years that is unprecedented in history,” said Leonard Steinberg, president of Compass. “This pricing is adjusting to more realistic levels as we speak, and people, quite smartly, are buying into the luxury market at a better price than they could have 12 months ago.”
The gap between asking prices and sales prices of luxury homes is widening, according to Luxury Defined 2016, a study of 2015’s top sales in 100 luxury-housing markets worldwide by Christie’s International Real Estate.
According to the study, “The highest priced home sold in each market traded on average 19 percent less than their original asking prices, compared with 14 percent less in 2014.” As a result of these economic and political factors, “several luxury real estate markets across the globe saw a marked increase in sales from overseas investors and second-home buyers over the past 12-18 months.”
Beyond more realistic prices and the allure of a stable investment to weather stock market volatility, wealthy buyers are also purchasing eco-friendly homes that are energy efficient and smart homes with the latest tech installed to make it seamless to work from any location, according to the Wealth-X and Sotheby’s report.
Moreover, in the last five years, the trend has been toward gated communities, said David Forbes, private office head of Savills, a global real estate firm. “Security has become a major issue worldwide. We’ve seen a huge shift away from big single villas in isolated areas toward really high-end secure gated communities with full service amenities, from tennis to a world-class golf course, a spa and something for the kids to do.”
Savills, for example, lists a $4.9 million seven-bedroom, six-bathroom villain El Madroñal, a gated community in the hills above Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain. The cortijo-style home with panoramic sea and mountain views is in a gated community with 24-hour security.
Private islands, too, have been in vogue in recent years, particularly in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. Lately, though, while buyers are inquiring, “sales have been rather quiet,” said Farhad Vladi, president of Vladi Private Islands, a brokerage firm.
“Buying an island is an emotional buy, rather than one that’s triggered by economic uncertainty,” he said. “It’s a luxury, not a necessity. Since some prices have dropped this year, my clients are saying, let’s wait and see if they might come down further.”
As the Executive Chef at Le Virtu, and the Co-Owner and Culinary Director at Brigantessa in Philadelphia, Joe Cicala regularly travels to Italy to feed his passion and research authentic local flavor that he will infuse into his cuisine.
In this awe-inspiring episode of Houseguest, Joe visits Via di Cappello, a secluded villa nestled in the Florentine countryside.
Watch as Joe finds inspiration for his latest recipe: Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu.
From a sophisticated villa in Dubai’s Emirates Hills, to a regency-styled stucco home in Washington DC, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.
Price Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty
This Emirates Hills villa exhibits the most comprehensive collection of premier furniture and luxury finishes. The sophisticated home is not only a well-designed mansion with contemporary architecture by famous international architects, but also equipped with latest technologies in Home Automation and Security/Surveillance systems. Furthermore, the soft landscaping and the lake view lend a peaceful tranquility to this place amidst the busy bustle of Dubai City. It is a residence with intimate charm, elegance and style, without compromising the needs of a modern, contemporary house. From the kitchen, to dining area, to the living room, to all bedrooms and bathrooms, the style, the design and function is very consistent, luxurious and harmonious.
$23,499,000 USD | Dana Point, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
One of the most desirable beachfront properties on the market, Casa Dall’ Oceano is a new-construction estate in the exclusive Strand at Headlands community. Built in a Modern-Mediterranean style, nearly every room in this three-story villa has been designed to take advantage of unobstructed, panoramic ocean views. Five bedrooms and eight spa-like bathrooms, expansive great room, theater room, kids guest bunk room, teen lounge, and indoor driving range offer luxurious comfort and family enjoyment. Streamlined indoor-outdoor living is yours through multiple terraces and an infinity-edge pool with spa overlooking the ocean beyond. Not to be forgotten are the community beach club, Ritz Carlton access, and Dana Point Harbor just minutes away.
Price Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty
Consisting of 6,639 hectares, this unique high country station comprises 5,787 hectares of freehold land and 852 hectares of high altitude leasehold, held in four separate titles. From its elevated position, the property takes in breath-taking views over Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Clutha River, to the Wanaka Township, Mount Aspiring and the McKerrow and Buchanan mountain ranges.
$20,000,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
Modeled after early 18th century English precedents by such renowned architects as Sir John Nash, this new 13,500-square-foot house presents itself as a careful study in symmetry, balance and proportion. Finely detailed, load bearing Indiana limestone porches and accent details give the home a stately charm and presence on the street. The interior spaces feature hand carved stone mantels, custom millwork trim, cabinetry and details ensuring the vocabulary of the exterior flows through to the interior to create a seamless elegant experience that is timeless in style. Rarely if ever will one find a home constructed and designed with unparalleled materials and workmanship as this masterpiece. Extraordinary landscaping, pool and separate pool house complement this stunning property.
Lauren Bush Lauren was born in Denver, married in Ridgway, and vacations in Telluride — in short, she’s something of a Colorado expert. When she’s not at her husband’s family property (that would be the Double RL ranch, owned by Ralph Lauren), she’s in nearby Telluride, taking in the food and landscape of the mountain town. As the New York-based CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, the open air is her version of an escape. Here, she shares her must-do list for Telluride, Colorado.
212 South Oak A wonderfully cozy restaurant with an extensive and delicious vegetarian menu.
Butcher & Baker Such delicious, healthy food. I dream about their kale salad!
Rustico Fresh Italian food, and it’s a beautiful spot to eat al fresco before the winter months hit.
La Marmotte Great French food.
Coffee Cowboy My go-to coffee spot while I’m shopping and exploring in town.
Mixx Cool, eclectic art and jewelry. I love stopping in here to for inspiration and gift shopping.
Apotheca Great herbal remedies (for altitude sickness and otherwise), and they hold a special place for me because they carry a great assortment of FEED bags.
Allreds Heart-stoppingly scenic restaurant perched in the mountains. You have to take the gondola up to get it, which is half of the fun.
Dylan’s Candy Bar I head to Dylan’s store in the mountain village to load up on sweets and goodies.
Lizard Head Pass This is a gorgeous scenic drive with some of my favorite hiking trails surrounding it.
Peaks Spa I stop in for a little “me time” and the best massages.
Last year, massive early-season storms thumped Telluride. Nearly all of the resort’s 156 trails—spread across 2,000-plus acres—were open before Christmas. As the snow accumulated so did the skier visits. Guests remarked on what locals have known for decades: Telluride is a skier’s paradise. On a scale of one to 10, most anyone will tell you the terrain is an 11. The town itself is home to more remarkable and noteworthy characters than you’d find in an episode of Game of Thrones—that is to say, a lot. The entire experience of skiing and being in Telluride is like free pizza at a Parliament concert: a funky good time that leaves you satisfied, smiling and ready for more, time and time again.
What’s new in 2016-17?
Telluride has joined the ranks of Jackson, Alta/ Snowbird, Mammoth, Aspen Snowmass and others on the Mountain Collective pass. As outlined in detail in this web post, for $419 (limited time), Mountain Collective pass holders receive two “free days” and 50 percent off additional tickets at each of the 14 destinations that fly the Mountain Collective flag. Essentially, skiers can storm chase and shred some of the planet’s finest terrain all winter long without turning the piggy bank into burnt bacon.
Telluride is also now more accessible than ever before. This winter, Allegiant Airlines is offering affordable flights twice a week into neighboring Montrose via Denver International Airport. Great Lakes Airlines (part of the United network) will fly direct into Telluride from Denver. And reasonably priced, direct flight options to Montrose are available daily from nine hubs (including Houston, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago) across the U.S.
Shredding among the massive peaks of Telluride. Photo: Brett Schreckengost
Oldies but goodies
Simply put, Telluride’s terrain is insane. “The mountain speaks for itself,” says Director of Mountain Operations, Scott Pittenger, “and we’re always in a state of improving the goods.” This off-season, the Mountain Ops crew has been hard at work with forest management, cleaning up dead-fall from wintertime wind events. Sawyers have moved in on every glade on the mountain, but their most notable efforts have been in the Little Rose and Gold Hill 1 drains. “It’s a previously untreated area with tons of potential,” explains Pittenger. “The work will allow fluid top-to-bottom tree skiing on a great aspect.”
The five backcountry gates that access Bear Creek and Alta Lakes will continue to allow skiers the chance to experience Telluride’s famous off-piste skiing. But don’t be a dummy. The San Juan Mountains are world renowned for sheer faces, tight couloirs and unstable snowpack. Know before you go beyond the resort’s rope line. Or, take advantage of Telluride’s heli-skiing operation, Telluride Helitrax, to get some guided, untracked, steep and deep blower pow.
The town was designated a National Historical Landmark Site in 1961, which means no chain businesses and no phoniness. It lives up to its motto: “the most Colorado place on Earth.” That old-timey mining shack held up by 1970s-era skis wasn’t built last week by a conceptual artist. That “shack” is somebody’s home. And while it’s true that more of the über-rich have taken a liking to Telluride in recent years, everything that Rasta Stevie said in Greg Stump’s The Blizzard of Ahhhs stands true. Unique, cool and funky, Telluride is a skier’s mountain and a skier’s town. “The mountains are what brings everyone—the rich, the rastas and the ski bums,” says born and raised Telluride shred queen Galena Gleason. “But it’s the community and funkiness that keeps us here.”
Skiing in Telluride is not just a good idea; it’s a rite of passage. The hike-to lines in Black Iron Bowl, the pucker factor atop Palmyra Peak and the local favorite combo of Mak-M-Stairs-Plunge (accessed from Plunge Lift) all test your mettle and provide an unmatched skiing experience.
Telluride by the numbers
Elevation (in feet) of Palmyra Peak, an extreme in-bounds hike-to zone.
Degrees of slope angle at the drop-in atop Palmyra. Seniors “mellows out” to a sustained 37 degrees until you hit Palmyra Basin. It’s all smiles and laid-back windshield wiper turns from there on out.
Number of Gold Hill chutes. Access some of the most extreme resort skiing in the world via a railroad-grade hike? Yes, please.
Square miles of guided heli-skiing terrain in the San Juan Mountains serviced by Telluride Helitrax.
Name of Brown Dog Pizza’s award-winning Detroit-style pie. It’s stupid delicious.
Amount of Huey Lewis and the News songs played on the jukebox at The Buck, the favorite watering hole among residents. Skiing folklore and open-mouth kisses exchanged nightly.
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