Aspen, Colorado

Aspen has a reputation of being a fancy, exclusive ski town for the rich and famous, but there is more to this charming little enclave in the mountains. The locals are friendly and down to earth, drawn to this spot by the mountains, beautiful setting and lifestyle. I’ve visited in all seasons and am always looking for a reason to come back!

Sleep… The Hotel Jerome is full of classic, western vibes (and the bar is one of my favorite places in town), and the Little Nell’s slope-side location can’t be beat. They are both amazing spots to stay. On this visit, we were fortunate to stay with family in a rented house just a few blocks from town.

Pack… I ordered these snow boots for the trip (happy to report that I love them!), and pulled out my snow pants, ski coat and other winter clothes from the back of my closet. A cozy hat and coat are super important. While Aspen is a stylish town, you can also get away with wearing your ski clothes all over town if that is more your speed!


{ wander }

Go skiing - If you visit in the winter, skiing is a must! Four ski mountains in the area will keep you busy.

Yoga at O2 Aspen - I didn’t get to go on this trip, but their new space in the heart of town is super convenient and looks beautiful.

Shopping - There’s so much shopping in Aspen - from art galleries to clothing to home goods. Pitkin County Dry Goods is chock full of trendy designers and clothes for both men and women. Stroll around the walking mall and pop in and out of anything that looks appealing to you.

Aspen Art Museum - Check the website to see what exhibits are on display. This compact museum in the heart of town is a great diversion when you need a break from the slopes.

Cross-country ski - There are a few spots around town with trails, but if you have the time head to Ashcroft where you can ski to Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch or dinner (time it right with a full moon for a truly memorable experience!)

Hiking - In the summertime, Aspen has some of the best hiking around.

Check out the iconic Maroon Bells (go early to beat the crowds or late in the afternoon for sunset)

{ eat }

Matsuhisa - For indulging in amazing sushi.

J Bar - For the best burger in town.

Clark’s - A new spot with a bright and airy interior and hearty American food (plus oysters).

Ajax Tavern - For apres ski people watching and truffle fries.

EMP Winter House - A unique and special experience that must be reserved in advance. Private yurts create a cozy and intimate experience, with fondue or lamb served at your table. Only open through April 6!

Meat & Cheese - Part restaurant, part specialty food shop, this is a fun place to pick up cheeses, meats and crackers for entertaining, cute kitchen wares or grab a quick bite. The restaurant looks awesome, but I haven’t had a chance to eat here yet.

Pancakes at Bonnie’s - Up on Aspen Mountain, Bonnie’s has been around forever, is very popular and known for their pancakes (if it snows more than 8” pancakes are free!).

Jüs - For when you need a healthy juice break.