So who thinks they have been to the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in all of North America but never been to Alpino Vino in Telluride, CO before? Well that just means you're wrong as hell or a gosh darn liar.
11,966 ft y'all!
The restaurant is located on top of the mountain, meaning they are obviously closed during the Summer time. To get to the restaurant, you will need to take Lift 14 (Gold hill Express) and turn left as you get off the lift. You can ski or snowboard down See Forever, which will take you to Alpino Vino.
Alpino Vino is a quaint little hut sitting on the edge of the mountain.
How cute is this?
We literally skied down the run & landed at the front door of this place. LOL for real though... that girl literally skied into the front door & ate it (amateurs).
Did I mention it has a view? Like one of the best views in Telluride kind of view. I guess that's what happens when you're ranked the highest elevation restaurant in North America.
My favorite part of the restaurant is the outdoor patio overlooking the mountains. When I mentioned, "skiing down the mountain", you only ski a short distance to get here (not down the whole entire mountain). You can't really tell from the picture, but the restaurant is at the same level as other mountain peaks from across the way.
CRAZY. AND KIND OF SCARY. BUT TOTALLY AWESOME.
Ummm hello to my little friend, hot chocolate... with lots & lots of marshmallows... and whipped cream... and more than a couple splashes of Baileys. OH BABY.
So Alpino Vino is known for their wines & wine pairings, their European menus. and their MF delicious Grilled Cheese. What do you think I ordered? You bet. That MF delicious Grilled Cheese... and it was MF delicious.
I would highly recommend Alpino Vino to anyone skiing out in Telluride, Colorado in the Winter time. It's got great food, wine, customer service, and a killer view! What more could you ask for?
Oh and then you will officially be a part of the "I've been to the highest elevation restaurant in North America" club.
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