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GETTING THERE



Published: Sun, January 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



GETTING THERE

The best way to reach Crested Butte is by flying into Gunnison Airport, which is served by American Airlines out of Dallas and United Airlines out of Denver. From there, Alpine Express shuttle buses are available for less than $20 each way and will take you to the door of the house, condo or hotel where you're staying.

DINING

Crested Butte may have the best selection of restaurants for a town of its size anywhere.

Higher-priced places, running from about $60-$80 for two, include Timberline (Italian-Continental), Soucon (French) and Le Bosquet (French), Buffalo Grille and Saloon (big game and steak).Medium range, from about $35-$60 for two, include The Idle Spur (big game, steak, brew pub), The Wooden Nickel (steaks and burgers), The Power House Bar y Grill (Mexican), Swiss Chalet, Slogar (Southern), Bacchanale (Italian), Lil's Land and Sea, The Black Whale (seafood).Lower-priced, from $15-$35 for two, include Teocali Tamale (Mexican), Pitas in Paradise (Mediterranean), The Last Steep (Sandwich-Salad), Brick Oven Pizza, Donita's Cantina (Mexican), The Fire House Grill (pizzas, calzones, wings).For breakfast and lunch, there are The Ruby Mountain Bakery, Paradise Cafe, The Forest Queen, The Bakery at Mount Crested Butte and Butte Bagels.The town also has a supermarket, so those whose lodging has a kitchen could do their own cooking.

LODGING

There are more than a dozen hotels, from full-service places like the Sheraton and Club Med, both of which are on the mountain, to the Elk Mountain Lodge, a historic, fully renovated miners hotel in town. Prices vary depending on season and availability.Condominium rentals also are available, and some part-time residents make their homes available for short-term rent.For one-stop information on lodging options and room rates, call (800) 810-SNOW.

ON THE NET

www.CrestedButteResort.comwww.skiwithkim.com

Source: Associated Press




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