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Travel and Leisure "Best Mountain Towns"

post #1 of 19
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Another month, another list. Thoughts?

 

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-favorite-mountain-towns

 

Granted it is more geared toward summer, but I'm sure plenty of Bears live and play in most of these places.

post #2 of 19

Colorado is well-represented in that list, that's for sure. But Boulder? I never really thought of it as a mountain town. I guess if it were in Virginia, like Charlottesville, it would count. But it's not exactly Aspen or Telluride. 

 

Funny, I ate meals in both Staunton and C'ville VA last month. I didn't really think of them as mountain towns at the time. 

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Colorado is well-represented in that list, that's for sure. But Boulder? I never really thought of it as a mountain town. I guess if it were in Virginia, like Charlottesville, it would count. But it's not exactly Aspen or Telluride. 

 

Funny, I ate meals in both Staunton and C'ville VA last month. I didn't really think of them as mountain towns at the time. 

 

Boulder is a mountain town.  In any of the neighborhoods against the mountains you can walk out your back door and go for a 2000+ vertical feet hike in the City of Boulder's Mountain Parks.  I think that qualifies as a mountain town.

 

 

Source: http://www.colorado.edu/ 

 

It's not really a great ski town, though.   It's nice to have Eldora 30 miles up Boulder Canyon, but it's an extra 30 mins to get to any "real" ski areas vs. the west side of the Denver metro area.

 

Edit: Boulder is fantastic for hiking, but sucks for mountain biking.  There is no mountain biking allowed in Boulder Mountain Parks so you have to drive out of town to get to any decent trails.   All the open space you see against the mountains and the mountains themselves are Boulder Mountain Parks and have fantastic and well used hiking trails, so well used it does make sense not to allow bikes. 

 

Edit 2: No doubt Colorado is over represented on that list.  The mountain west is much bigger than Colorado!

 

Edit 3: On the other hand... no Steamboat or Durango!?!?!  I get no Vail, though :)


Edited by tball - 6/26/14 at 9:52am
post #4 of 19

Truckee Ca didn't make the list? Hmmmm. 

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Boulder is a mountain town.  In any of the neighborhoods against the mountains you can walk out your back door and go for a 2000+ vertical feet hike in the City of Boulder's Mountain Parks.  I think that qualifies as a mountain town.

I know, I lived there in college. It just seems funny to me. 

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Boulder is a mountain town.  In any of the neighborhoods against the mountains you can walk out your back door and go for a 2000+ vertical feet hike in the City of Boulder's Mountain Parks.  I think that qualifies as a mountain town.

I know, I lived there in college. It just seems funny to me. 

 

Agreed, it's funny.  So much else defines Boulder besides the mountains.  I'd be happy to swap Steamboat for Boulder on the list.  

 

I'll also through out Leadville and Snowmass to make room for non-CO towns... after that, it gets hard for me to throw CO towns overboard.

post #7 of 19

Snowmass the odd one on that list.  Is it really a town, or just an overbuilt ski resort near a town?  I would drop it and add Woodstock, NY.  Cool town, crappy skiing, great rock climbing.    

 

BK

post #8 of 19

Well, several of my favorites are not on the list. Yay.

 

Also, "America" apparently means the United States only. Double yay.

post #9 of 19
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Truckee Ca didn't make the list? Hmmmm. 

Not glitzy enough for T and L. Ever read it?--lots of recommendations for $400/night hotels, and $100/person restaurants. My plumber can still afford to live here. That should automatically disqualify Truckee.

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Truckee Ca didn't make the list? Hmmmm. 
Not glitzy enough for T and L. Ever read it?--lots of recommendations for $400/night hotels, and $100/person restaurants. My plumber can still afford to live here. That should automatically disqualify Truckee.

But Whitefish made it. There's a plumber two houses up from me.
post #11 of 19
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Truckee Ca didn't make the list? Hmmmm. 

Not glitzy enough for T and L. Ever read it?--lots of recommendations for $400/night hotels, and $100/person restaurants. My plumber can still afford to live here. That should automatically disqualify Truckee.

 

But Leadville and Ouray, CO made the list, and they are far from glitzy!

post #12 of 19

The title of the thread is misleading.  The article is not about the "best" mountain towns, but "America's Favorite" mountain towns.  There is a difference.

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But Whitefish made it. There's a plumber two houses up from me.

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But Whitefish made it. There's a plumber two houses up from me.
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I doubt if there's anything that tacky here. The lodge or log home is big here. I did go on some house tour a few years back that looked like it escaped from Italy, but that's the exception.
post #15 of 19
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Colorado is well-represented in that list, that's for sure. But Boulder? I never really thought of it as a mountain town. I guess if it were in Virginia, like Charlottesville, it would count. But it's not exactly Aspen or Telluride. 

Funny, I ate meals in both Staunton and C'ville VA last month. I didn't really think of them as mountain towns at the time. 

Staunton? Lol.
post #16 of 19
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Staunton? Lol.

You know, I lied. We were going to eat in Staunton but it was getting late so we stopped in Strasburg. 

 

Lexington should be on that list, speaking of Virginia towns down 81.

post #17 of 19
I was thinking maybe Blacksburg if any of them. I went to JMU (Harrisonburg) and what mostly springs to mind along 8 is "cruising" (driving trucks around the town square on date night (see also "Coal Rollin")) and that Charlottsville is now a DC suburb.

On the latter, if you can see 10+ rows of stop lights down a single mile stretch of road at the same time it's not a mountain town smile.gif
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I was thinking maybe Blacksburg if any of them. I went to JMU (Harrisonburg) and what mostly springs to mind along 8 is "cruising" (driving trucks around the town square on date night (see also "Coal Rollin")) and that Charlottsville is now a DC suburb.

On the latter, if you can see 10+ rows of stop lights down a single mile stretch of road at the same time it's not a mountain town smile.gif

I don't know, Lexington is pretty sweet. For Virginia. 

post #19 of 19

To be a mountain town doesn't there have to be a mountain? In the east maybe North Conway, but that's about it.:D

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