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Thinking of Telluride may call to mind visions of skis and snow, but this charming Colorado town is as much a summer destination as a fabled wintertime resort town. Consider it seasonally serendipitous, then, that it's exactly where you're going with today’s Escape.

Let the Hotel Madeline Telluride serve as your base as you choose between a three-night culinary experience for two in May ($757) or two nights ($300) of utter relaxation in June, July, or August.

Everyone knows that good food is the linchpin of any good vacation and you won't just get good food from the Hotel Madeline's Chef Jake Linzinmeir - he'll teach you how to make it yourself. Your first option in this week's Escape is a package that includes a three-night stay in a junior suite, breakfast, a bottle of wine on the house and, oh yeah, a cooking class for two from this masterful chef.

Throughout the month of May, this Today show regular - who has also graced the pages of Bon Appétit, Food Arts, and Newsweek - is offering tips on everything from sauce and stock to Colorado farm and ranch cuisine.

But if the kitchen isn't where you're looking to spend your time this summer, Hotel Madeline's still got you covered with a two-night stay that includes breakfast for two and a $100 resort credit that you can put toward Chef Linzinmeir's renowned dining room dishes or toward your choice of spa treatment at Spa Linnea.

Spend your days mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, or checking out the town's popular warm-weather favorites - like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival or Mountainfilm in Telluride.

You see? Ski bunny or not, Telluride is the place to be when you forgo the snow.

Escape kit

  • A three-night weekday or weekend stay in may for two in a junior suite ($757), including:
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A cooking class for two
  • Bottle of house wine
  • Included overnight parking
  • Or, a two-night weekday stay in June, July, or August in a junior suite ($300), including:
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • $100 resort credit to spend at the spa, restaurant, or on parking
  • Book by 10 May

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.

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