Chef Susie Jimenez Explores Silverton and Blue Mesa Reservoir

The keys to enjoying your next RV adventure include planning and organizing, with a little bit of flexibility mixed in

Susie scouting for wild strawberries HipLatina

Photo: Courtesy of Susy Jiminez

The keys to enjoying your next RV adventure include planning and organizing, with a little bit of flexibility mixed in. When she is not hosting her radio show in Aspen or showcasing her wild game fare at notable events like Aspen Food and Wine, or volunteering at national events in New York and Puerto Rico, Chef Susie Jimenez loves to be in the outdoors hiking and biking with her husband Doug Lyons, an avid bow hunter and fisherman. “Living in Colorado creates many possibilities to hit the open roads and explore special places, it is easy when you are organized and the RV is ready.”

After a long week of working as a private chef for athletes & celebrities, plus dinner parties for friends, she and Doug like to pack up the dogs and hit the road. For this trip they selected the Blue Mesa Reservoir as a starting point to catch up on a bit of fly fishing for fresh trout to take to their campgrounds in Telluride and Silverton.

Doug Fishing HipLatina

Photo: Courtesy of Susy Jiminez

Blue Mesa Reservoir, in the Curecanti National Recreation Area is the ideal spot for anyone who wants to cast a line. The reservoir is the largest trout lake and is home to the Kokanee salmon fishery.

Doug caught enough trout for Chef Susie to create this delicious trout dip recipe.

Trout Dip Hiplatina Susie

Photo: Courtesy of Susy Jiminez

You can find the recipe here.

After a day of fly fishing and exploring with the pups, Chef Susie and Doug wrapped up the evening with friends, sharing elk with cabbage slaw and fresh caught trout.

Elk with Cabbage slaw HIpLatina Susie

Lean Elk, Local Cabbage Slaw, Naan, Country Style Hummus and Tzatziki (Photo: Courtesy of Susy Jiminez)

When we are planning our trips its very important to us to support business and regional fare. My husband Doug is avid and very skilled bow hunter.  He keeps our freezer full of very lean and tasty elk.

Silverton HipLatina

Photo: Courtesy of Susy Jiminez

Its very important to Susie and Doug that they visit towns and recreation areas that are canine friendly. Heading south toward Telluride, Susie and Doug map out the next few days of outdoor activities. They love to include the pups on every part of their adventures. The year round destination of Telluride offers hometown hospitality and beautiful campgrounds for visitors from first time tent campers to the experienced outdoor loving RV community.

Telluride and nearby towns are down with dogs! Here are our top 5 dog friendly picks for the area:

  1. La Cocina de Luz serves authentic Mexican and Southwestern cuisine such as flautas, chile rellenos, chicken mole enchiladas, pork burritos, and carne asada, plus homemade ice cream with a variety of yummy flavors. Telluride
  2. Avalanche Brewing Company is a microbrewery offers sandwiches, wraps, and pizza. Quiet, shaded patio welcomes dogs. Silverton
  3. Goldbelt Bar & Grill serves a variety of classic bar and grill comfort food, including sweet potato fries, wings, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade pizza, and fish and chips. Ouray
  4. Bissen at Ouray Main Street Inn Bissen offers an outdoor restaurant specializing in small plates, craft beer, wines, and desserts. Dogs are welcome on the heated patio. Ouray
  5. Eatery 66 is an outdoor venue serviced out of a vintage 1966 Airstream trailer converted into a full blown kitchen. Their motto is “farm to trailer” fresh local food. Ridgeway

These places make pet owners feel at home, and encourage us to bring our beloved dogs when we #Go RVing.


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