EAT

I grew up in California and while I have given up the surf for the slopes, I simply can’t let go of my never-ending quest for perfect Mexican food. I was skeptical when a friend told me about Teocalli Tamale and how their burritos would satiate my Mexican food desires. I am thrilled to say that the burritos alone are worth the five hour drive and I could (embarrassingly) eat there every day. This pint sized burrito bar has portions that will quench even the most fierce hunger pangs and flavor combos that will keep you on your toes. Their simple menu consists of burritos, tacos, tamales, salsas and of course margs and beer. They are open daily from 11-9, but on powder days don’t expect anyone to serve up your burrito until noon. teocallitamale.com

SLEEP

Nestled on the corner, just as you enter town, The Old Town Inn, looks more like an old carriage house than a hotel. It is small, with only 33 rooms, and while the rooms are not glamorous, they are comfortable and clean. The staff and service stand out at this quaint hotel and is truly what sets the Inn a part from the competition. As a family owned establishment, the Inn’s staff treats guests with a familiarity and genuine kindness that could only come from a major personal investment in the business of serving its customers. The Inn is just on the edge of town and is a very comfortable walk to the many shops and restaurants that line the main streets of downtown Crested Butte, making late night partying in town a much more pleasant option than the alternative hotel room party. So next time you are looking for a budget compassionate option for your weekend in the Butte, hit up the Old Town Inn for a friendly and laid back experience. oldtowninn.net

PLAY

There are few places able to host events like Crested Butte’s 3P Triathlon race, aka the CB3P. The 3 P’s being ski POLE, bike PEDAL and kayak PADDLE. The event starts up on Mt. Crested Butte where racers climb up the mountain on their skis only to ski back down, then transition to their bikes to ride from Mt. Crested Butte for about 27 miles towards Gunnison where the racers make one more transition into their kayaks (or whatever paddle boat they like) for a 4.5 mile paddle down the Gunnison River to their white water park where food, beer and cheering fans awaited. crestedbutte3p.com