The Fun Keeps on Flowing at Ridgway River Festival
Jul 07, 2011 | 2232 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year’s fourth annual festival, held June 25 along the banks of the Uncompahgre River at Ridgway’s Rollans Park, offered plenty of opportunities to step into liquid, or at least watch others do it at a safe distance, from the frothy whitewater rodeo and notorious Junk of the Unc events to a cool dabble in Kid’s Eddy. While bands including GiGi Love and White Water Ramble raged onstage, attendees from Ouray County and beyond quaffed their beverages of choice and took in the watery competition. River-event winners included Matt Hepp and Roger Schimmel (first place, Inflatables), Ben Lockard (Wildwater Kayak), and Willy Krois (Whitewater rodeo). Team Cosmic Love Brother prevailed in the popular Junc of the Unc. All in all, a splashing success.


They paved paradise and put up a parking lot – and now they’re putting up a transit website. But the San Miguel County Transit Advisory Committee’s plan is hardly evil: they want to help control traffic, not add to it. The proof is a link on the County’s web site ( though still in its early stages, the link supplies local schedules and routes for regional transit providers in San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose and Delta counties, and will soon offer contact information, as well. County commissioners say this is just the beginning: the real goal is regional transit planning for population growth over the long term. And over the short term, more improvements: a few Down Valley Galloping Goose Transit pull-offs from Telluride to Placerville are in need of an upgrade, where the SMC TAC plans to “identify possible park-and-ride sites.” And, maybe, put up a parking lot.


In fact, it’s… spaaarific. A reader’s poll in the June 2011 issue of Conde Nast Traveler has dubbed the Spa at the Peaks Resort number 15 out of 150 top spas in the United States. The Peaks received a 94.9 vote overall, topping several other steamy retreats in the Rockies such as Aspen’s Little Nell (#30), the Four Seasons Resort at Jackson Hole (#31) and the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch in Avon (#33). Spas also received individual rankings from readers on staff, facilities and treatments. The Peaks received 97 out of 100 for its treatments, so the spa’s menu of post-slope offerings like the Mountain Salvation massage and the Turquoise Wrap, with exfoliating Hopi blue cornmeal, seems to be working.


Restaurants perched on mountaintops – even very good restaurants – often have a problem: their menus can rarely compete with that jaw-dropping view. But Mario Petillo, the new general manager at Allreds, could be up for it. He can’t do a thing about the view from 10,551 feet, nor would he (“it is an amazing space”), but he can tweak the fare so more people like the food. “We are looking to expand the menu in order to appeal to a larger clientele,” he said. Petillo moved to Allred’s, which is situated atop the Sophia gondola station midway between Telluride and Mountain Village, after six years at Rustico downtown, so he knows and respects local palates. But if he plans to be more welcoming, he’s off to a good start by offering a $10 glass of wine, plus appetizer, in the bar all night.

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