Located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Aspen has become one of the most popular ski resort towns in the country. Known for its stunning beauty, outdoor activities, upscale shopping and dining, Aspen is the ultimate winter getaway.
Read below for my guide to all things Aspen!
WHAT TO DO
This mountain town has tons to offer.
- Ski or Snowboard: Aspen is a ski town after all! The Aspen Snowmass lift tickets give you the option to visit four mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk.
- Après Ski: finish off a fun day on the mountain by enjoying a beverage at one of the many mountain establishments. At Aspen Mountain, stop by Ajax Tavern, Shlomo’s or Chair 9 at The Little Nell. If you’re at Snowmass, head to Base Camp or Venga Venga for some cocktails and music.
- Shopping: Aspen has plenty of upscale shops like Prada and Moncler, as well as some more unique options like Kemo Sabe (western wear) and The Aspen Thrift Shop.
- Aspen Art Museum: this contemporary art museum has exhibitions showcasing paintings, drawings and sculptures, and has no admission charge.
- See a Show: Aspen’s own music venue, Belly Up, brings big names to a small town.
WHERE TO STAY
From high end to budget, there are plenty of lodging options.
- The Little Nell: this chic, upscale hotel is located at the base of Aspen Mountain and is perfect for a luxury ski getaway.
- St. Regis Hotel: another luxury option, the St. Regis is just steps from the slopes.
- St. Moritz Lodge: with options from hostel to condo accommodations, this hotel offers affordable options near downtown Aspen.
- Airbnb: this is a great alternative to staying in a hotel and is ideal for large groups (New to Airbnb? Get a credit on me!)
WHAT TO EAT
All that skiing works up an appetite!
- SO Cafe: located on the top floor of the Aspen Art Museum, this cafe has beautiful views overlooking Aspen Mountain and serves delicious lunch options as well as coffee, wine and beer.
- JUS: stop by this little spot for a juice and healthy salad or smoothie bowl. And don’t forget to grab a Chlorophyll juice if you are feeling some altitude sickness!
- Paradise Bakery: the smell of freshly baked cookies will lead you to this little bakery in downtown Aspen. Make sure to try the hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies!
- Matsuhisa: fresh fish is flown in daily to this upscale Japanese eatery by famed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
- The White House Tavern: this tavern is located in, you guessed it, a little white house. Due to its intimate size, there’s often a wait so make sure to arrive early and put your name on the waitlist so you can enjoy one of their delicious sandwiches.
- Justice Snow: located in the historic Wheeler Opera House, this American eatery is perfect for a weekend brunch outing.
- Aspen Kitchen: this upscale restaurant prides itself on serving hearty and rustic American food like dry-aged beef and Colorado striped bass.
- La Creperie Du Village: this cute little spot is the place to get delicious, authentic fondue – perfect for date night or intimate gatherings!
OUT ON THE TOWN
After hitting the slopes, its time to hit the town.
- J-Bar at Hotel Jerome: this historic bar is a town favorite for vintage inspired cocktails.
- Silver City: stop by this new western inspired saloon for a whiskey drink and billiards.
- The Red Onion: the oldest bar in Aspen is a favorite for tourists and locals alike.
- Eric’s Bar: with a billiard room, air hockey and a cigar bar, there’s something for everyone at Eric’s.
- Jimmy’s: stop by this American bistro for their high-energy bar scene.
- Escobar: the clubbing doesn’t stop until 2am at this underground spot themed after Pablo Escobar.