The Cascabel Club began as the private, get-away-from-it-all fly-fishing domain of Texas oil entrepreneur Robert Sinclair, who bought the 320-acre property west of Telluride in 1986. In the 1990s, Sinclair built four luxury cabins and a clubhouse along a three-mile stretch of the trout-laden San Miguel River 30 miles from town, opening the exclusive resort to the first 15 people willing to plop down $40,000 for a membership. But starting this year, all of itthe cabins, the swimming pool, the sauna, the tennis courts, the thick velour bath robes, and the troutis open to the public.
ROOM & BOARD: The one-, two-, and three-bedroom cabins are a soothing mix of wood, glass, and stone: polished blond accents, large windows framing views of the river and San Miguel Canyon, and fireplaces replenished daily with aromatic piñon logs. The fresh, seasonal meals served in the clubhouse are not to be missed: Broiled trout with chipotle aioli and braised elk with gnocchi will remind guests they're in the Rockies. For those more concerned with the Nasdaq than a nymph pattern, good news: Cabins have wireless access.
OUT THE BACK DOOR: Most guests come for one thing: the phenomenal fly-fishing. Experienced anglers can pull in 15 brown and rainbow trout per hour. Staff arranges everything from whitewater rafting trips to in-room spa treatments.
DETAILS: Doubles from $275, with a three- night minimum; 970-327-4832, www.cascabelclub.com