Book Lodging

Blog from our Telluride Blues & Brews Contest Winner, Jon

Wednesday • September 21, 2011

We teamed up with Telluride Blues & Brews & The River Club to run a Facebook contest for a FREE 4-night stay at The River Club for the 2011 festival weekend. Our big winner was Jon Pierson from Albuquerque, NM and to say he was ecstatic... would be a HUGE understatement! He was kind enough to write up a blog and video from his experiences in Telluride, check it out: 

We did it!  Woo hoo!  My fourth Telluride Blues and Brews Festival is in the bag, but I have to say this one was very, VERY special for two specific reasons.  The first was that I was able to bring my five month old Benjamin to his second music festival, the first being the (also awesome) Taos Mountain Music Festival in New Mexico and his first trip to Telluride.  So he was primed for some great music and a weekend in a beautiful setting, and so was I.  The second thing that made this particular trip to Telluride so incredible was that we were the big winners of 4 nights’ accommodations at The River Club, a “luxurious, Private Residence Club in the Town of Telluride.”  Thanks to and their Facebook page, we learned about the contest, and figured why not give it a shot.  We had camping passes already purchased (and lots of warm clothes!) as a backup plan.  The Monday before the festival, I got a voicemail saying we had won the contest.  To say we were ecstatic would be to put it lightly. 

We packed up, said bye to my wife who sadly couldn’t make the trip and on Thursday made the 6 hour (8 with a baby) drive from Albuquerque to Telluride.  We arrived late, though the staff made our check in as smooth as possible, and within 1 hour of arrival I had Benny asleep in a beautiful crib, provided by the River Club, so we could rest up for the first day of Blues and Brews!  The two bedroom suite was absolutely gorgeous, and so much easier than camping with the little one in such frigid temps!  The staff was beyond accommodating, every single person we met was kind and helpful and I could not think of a place I would rather stay in Telluride than The River Club.  Boy was it nice.  Musical highlights of the weekend included moe., Anders Osborne, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, obviously the Flaming Lips, and Benny’s favorite, Willie Nelson!  He was making little sounds through Willie’s whole set; I think he was trying to sing along.  It was too cute.  Having the accommodations so close to the festival made it a piece of cake to go to and from.  And Benny saw his first snowflake Saturday during the glorious beer tasting.  Have to say my personal favorite was the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Happy Camper IPA though there were many, many delicious beers to sample.  What a time!

We had so much fun, and are so grateful that we won the contest.  Here’s a little thank you video, and some pictures for you to enjoy. Benny was a huge hit, everyone loved him.  It was such a family friendly festival!  Thank you for all the love, and the wonderful experience.  We’ll be back!


-Jon Pierson