La Marmotte may be housed in one of Telluride's oldest buildings, but it provides one of its freshest dining experiences. A French influence is obvious in favorites such as coq au vin with bacon mashed potatoes, but local inspiration is here too (try the Colorado lamb rack and shank with wild mushroom sauce). Start your three-course prix-fixe ($54) meal with the seared sea scallops or the house favorite—beet salad—and finish with the lavender crème brulee. The candlelight-and-white-tablecloth
aura and simple, contemporary decor is, like the cuisine, sophisticated without being snooty. À la carte pricing is available upon request.