Telluride is a vacation gold mine

(Houston Chronicle 2009. Photo by Joy Sewing) TELLURIDE, COLO. - It was as if painter Roger Mason knew I was coming. He stood in the middle of the street with his easel, canvas and brush working on a colorful vision of Telluride's dreamy downtown. I dropped my luggage at the door of my hotel to watch him work. Blue clouds settled over the rugged San Juan Mountains in the background. It was early morning, and locals with large, friendly dogs strolled down Colorado Avenue -- Telluride's main street -- heading for their jolt of coffee at one of the many cafes. More

(Houston Chronicle 2009. Photo by Joy Sewing)

TELLURIDE, COLO. - It was as if painter Roger Mason knew I was coming.

He stood in the middle of the street with his easel, canvas and brush working on a colorful vision of Telluride's dreamy downtown.

I dropped my luggage at the door of my hotel to watch him work.

Blue clouds settled over the rugged San Juan Mountains in the background. It was early morning, and locals with large, friendly dogs strolled down Colorado Avenue -- Telluride's main street -- heading for their jolt of coffee at one of the many cafes.

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