Greetings from the top of the world: Telluride, CO

telluridegondola2 For the past 3 years, Ma & Pa Puckett (aka Andy & Jan) have taken a group of our Puckett's family on a trip to celebrate goals met. You may remember from one of my very first posts that we set these goals annually at the Puckett's Summit. In that post, I talk about why these annual meetings are so important, and in particular why goal setting with incentives is so important. I think it is safe to say that this trip has become one of the single most effective tools not only to reward our key employees for a job well done, but also for camaraderie. If a trip isn't feasible for your business then make it a bowling party, a family picnic, a brewery tour, or a day trip to an in-state attraction (think Chattanooga Aquarium!)

In the restaurant business, we often feel like we've been through the trenches with our brethren - battling side by side on Saturday night against all kinds of adversity to deliver plates of food to your table with a genuine smile. It's rewarding, exhilarating, and utterly exhausting. However, it is rare that we actually get to spend any amount of time in a relaxed environment simply enjoying each other's company, outside of the "let's grab coffee while we scarf down a biscuit" moment before the lunch rush hits.

So this year, or rather last year for this year, we voted to go on a ski trip and settled on Telluride, CO. It was a little bit out of the way to get to, and all the better for it. We had to transfer planes in Dallas to get to Montrose then take an hour and a half drive winding up through the mountains. But as the truck climbed the mountains, I felt the stress of the past few months falling away and my heart cracking open. The beach is wonderful and always pleasant, but the mountains absolutely take my breath away. Here are some photos.

Telluride, CO

Driving through the mountains, we passed Ralph Lauren's 27,000 acre ranch. That's not a typo. This fence goes on for 7 miles.

amyralphlaurenranchPhoto c/o @amywhidby

I have to give a quick shout out to the beautiful hotel we stayed at, Hotel Madeline. It was absolutely gorgeous, amazing, and PS the best massage I've ever had. I can't wait to get back!

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A room with a Mountain Village view.

Good morning.


 Photo c/o @amywhidby.


Photo c/o @AmyWhidby.

Coming down the mountain on a gondola into Telluride proper. It looks like a Christmas village in a snow globe.


Photo c/o @AmyWhidby

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Ma & Pa on the gondola. 

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 Quaint little Telluride, population 2300. Surprisingly, we ran into 3 former employees and daughter of a family friend who all now live here. Lucky ducks!


Photo c/o @AmyWhidby


Photo c/o Pam Pelham.

Tyler and I took a hike up into the mountains, my favorite part of the trip.




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Next up, Turks & Caicos!


xx Claire