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2017 Guide to Aspen Colorado Getaways

2017 Guide to Aspen Colorado Getaways

Aspen is undoubtedly the most popular and desirable ski resort in the United States known worldwide for the quality of its facilities and its refined atmosphere, popular with VIPs and Hollywood stars. It is interesting to note that before the discovery of its tourist vocation and the creation of the first lifts in the 1930s, this resort in the Rocky Mountains lived in humility, supported by mining and ranch farming. Today, the city of Aspen even if it’s a destination for luxury tourism attracted by top-notch performances, exclusive accommodation, and restaurants, preserves all the charms of its landscapes, with its naturalistic trails and majestic mountains.

Aspen is located at a height of about 2,400 meters, but from here you can reach the most impressive peak of the Rocky Mountains (Mount Elbert, at an altitude of 4,401 meters, 64 kilometers away from Aspen). Within a short distance, you can also visit the Maroon Bells: the charming peaks lined with placid ponds.

Aspen is the ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts, with Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding (much loved by Americans). Its area is vast and consists of four stations (Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk), linked by a shuttle service included in the price of the ski pass. But Aspen lends itself well to those who live the mountain lifestyle and for children. A network of comfortable trails, including forests, lakes and panoramic views, leads to the discovery of the land and an unforgettable experience is definitely to go on a cross country adventure with sled dogs.

For those who love some active adventurous activity, they will be able to challenge the Capitol Peak, only suitable for experienced mountaineers, or try some rafting on the Colorado River, near Aspen, within magnificent canyons for high levels of adrenaline.

Aspen in Spring, Summer, and Fall

But this beautiful ski resort is not just a winter destination, and when the snow leaves the camp free to the green and the flowering, Aspen looks like a destination for trekking enthusiasts and gentle regenerating walks in nature. For example, the White River National Forest offers enchanting routes suitable for hiking and mountain biking while admiring the pristine environment and animals. Another time not to be missed here is certainly represented by the fall when the foliage tints the trees of red, gold and orange.

Glenwood Hot Spring: Relax at the Spa

To refresh after the days of sports, Aspen reserves the relaxation of the Glenwood Hot Springs, the therapeutic spa springs once used by the Ute Indians, nowadays become a temple of well-being and fun. In addition to numerous treatments, the center also houses pools and even a water park with many slides, perfect for the little ones.

A Look at History and Art

In the midst of such nature, a real surprise is then the AspenArtMuseum, at very short distance from the center, which offers popular exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art. For a dive in history, it is worth visiting the Wheeler / Stallard Museum, which rebuilds the past of Aspen, Ute Indians at the time of mining mines, until the dawn of the tourist industry. Those who prefer music will eventually be able to attend first-class performances at the Wheeler Opera House, which, in addition to opera productions, hosts theater performances, concerts, and even a film festival.

So, Aspen has so much to offer to its visitors. You just have to choose what’s best for you and make the most of it!

 

Recommended Aspen Hotels

Silver Kingdom House

Silver Kingdom House offers accommodation in Aspen, 2.4 km from Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. The unit is 2.5 km from The John Denver Sanctuary.

The kitchen features a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave, as well as a coffee machine. A flat-screen TV is available. There is a private bathroom with a hot tub and shower.

Aspen Mountain Ajax is 2.7 km from Silver Kingdom House, while Independence Pass is 8 km from the property. Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is 3 km away.

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St Moritz Lodge And Condominiums

The St. Moritz Lodge is a friendly, European–style lodge which offers our guests a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at an affordable price. We are located at the foot of Shadow Mountain, in the quiet West end of town.
We offer an array of accommodations, from our lodge rooms and rooms with kitchenettes, to our 1 and 2 bedroom condominiums. For the economy minded traveler, we offer economy Aspen lodging in our private hostels with shared baths, as well as shared hostel rooms.

The St. Moritz is located only 2 blocks away from Aspen’s convenient transportation system and the free skier shuttle. On-Site & Off-street parking is also available.

Remember the St. Moritz Lodge, “Aspen’s Affordable Choice”. Come and enjoy yourself, life is great.

 

The Little Nell

The city of Aspen at our front door, Aspen Mountain at our back door. And in between, a gathering place for the free-spirited. We’re proud of our 5 Stars and 5 Diamonds—hospitality is our passion. From our kitchens to our cellars, with their 20,000 bottle of wines, from the Concierges in our lobby to the Concierges on our mountains, and from family adventure to après-ski, this hotel is, guests have said, “the Aspen of Aspen.”

 

St. Regis Resort, Aspen

Nestled at the base of Aspen mountain you’ll find the quintessential Aspen ski resort.
A contemporary version of a Gilded Age mountainside manor which provides an uncompromising base for arbiters of fine food and wine, connoisseurs of culture and adventure seekers. Located just steps from Aspen’s signature slopes and featuring premier amenities and St. Regis service, welcome to our signature Aspen resort.

 

Aspen Silverglo by Frias

Aspen Silverglo by Frias offers 10 apartments in the city centre of Aspen. Guests can enjoy free passes to the full-service spa and fitness centre at Aspen Club & Spa. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

All apartments feature a wood burning fireplace, a cable TV with a DVD player and an en suite bathroom at Aspen Silverglo by Frias. A fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a refrigerator and a stove top is also included.

Guests can relax in an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna on site at Frias Aspen Silverglo. A daily maid service is offered. Free parking is provided.

Silver Queen Gondola is within 5 minutes’ walk of the apartments. Maroon Bells is within 17.8 km of Aspen Silverglo by Frias.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Aspen, according to independent reviews.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Aspen! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

This property is also rated for the best value in Aspen! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

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Aspen Alps

The Aspen Alps condominiums feature Aspen’s best location – in town and next to the Silver Queen Gondola. Come vacation in our warm and relaxed, individually-furnished apartment-style condos, and experience outstanding facilities such as the pool, hot tub and Aspen’s best small gym and Health Spa. All this comes with a staff that is second to none in caring for all your needs.

 

Hyatt Residence Club Aspen

Aspen, long known for its stunning beauty and legendary charm, is the perfect setting for Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen. Located just steps from the breathtaking grandeur of Ajax Mountain, this stunning property offers design with luxury and comfort in mind. Enjoy features such as multiple fireplaces, private balconies, grand kitchens, spa tubs and steam showers. Hyatt’s unmatched level of service and amenities will turn your stay into an experience. Please contact resort directly to reconfirm your reservations if necessary. This is a non-smoking resort. Minimum check-in age is 21.

 

Limelight Hotel Aspen

Within walking distance of Aspen Mountain, Limelight Hotel features guest rooms with free Wi-Fi and 32-inch flat-screen cable TVs. This Colorado hotel offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and rooftop terrace.

Guest rooms provide iPod docking stations and laptop safety deposit boxes. They also have seating areas, desks and ironing facilities.

Limelight Hotel serves breakfast and offers a ski guide service and gym. A business center and meeting rooms are also available to guests.

The ideally situated Limelight Hotel is located across from Wagner Park and is less than a half mile from Aspen Art Museum. It is 4.8 km from Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area and 16.1 km from Krabloonik Dogsled Rides.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Aspen, according to independent reviews.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Aspen! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.9 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Aspen! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

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The Gant

The Gant is Aspen, Colorado’s premier condominium resort, providing the comforts of a condominium vacation rental with the services and amenities of a luxury hotel.

Located on 5 beautiful acres at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant provides easy access to world class skiing and historic downtown Aspen, along with our signature Gant Van service for on-demand in town and airport transportation. The Gant is also the only full service condominium resort in Aspen to offer on-property food and beverage service with Pepperjack’s Cafe.

Come see what makes The Gant authentically Aspen.

 

Hotel Jerome An Auberge Resort

Our Aspen luxury hotel is renowned for its overall relaxed elegance. Located in the heart of Aspen with a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic heritage, deluxe Aspen Resort accommodations, superb amenities, genuine hospitality and dedicated service for an elevated experience in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Recommended Aspen Restaurants

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

In the heart of Sonoma Valley, enjoy our seated, multi-course Wine & Food Pairing by Executive Chef Bryan Jones. Chef Jones creates an assortment of small dishes each paired with one of our hand-selected, Artisan Collection wines. Enjoy stunning vineyard views and a fine dining presentation at a shared table. Each 1½ hour seating is hosted by one of our friendly wine experts, creating a relaxing, fun and unforgettable wine country experience. We offer three scheduled seatings at 11 am, 1pm and 3pm, Thursday- Monday. Price: $68 plus tax (20% discount for St. Francis Wine Club Members).

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Mama’s Fish House

Mama’s Fish House is a converted beach house in a coconut grove on a secluded white sand beach. Inside, hinged windows open to let in the trade winds and Polynesian artifacts and original oil paintings decorate tropical hardwood walls. The rooms are filled with spectacular flower arrangements and tapa print cloths cover the tables. Outdoor dining is equally exciting, and everyone enjoys watching the windsurfers performing offshore.

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Halls Chophouse

Halls Chophouse is American-Fine Dining, serving prime steaks, Lowcountry and fresh seafood specialties in an energetic, visually striking environment. Complemented by signature desserts, an extensive wine list, a vibrant bar and innovative, rich decor true to old-world steakhouses, Halls Chophouse is the latest restaurant offering in the heart of Charleston’s Upper King Street design and dining district. A traditional American steakhouse with superior service and a knowledgeable staff, Halls Chophouse offers a classic and comfortable dining experience that will entice our guests to visit and enjoy time after time. We offer 2 private dining rooms for groups of up to 32 guests each with audio visual capabilities.

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Acquerello

For 26 years, Acquerello has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The restaurant, operated by Giancarlo Paterlini and Executive Chef Suzette Gresham, has been heralded for its cuisine, wine, and service.

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Bliss Restaurant

Bliss is consistently among San Antonio’s best restaurants in terms of quality, service and atmosphere. Bliss is located just blocks away from downtown San Antonio in the burgeoning Southtown area. Our mission is to express excellence in the most inclusive, genuine and hospitable way. Bliss serves contemporary American cuisine. Our menu changes frequently with an emphasis on what is seasonal and creative over what is predictable and familiar. Our goal is to create a relaxed yet elegant dining experience in a genuine and comfortable environment.

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Girl & the Goat

Girl & the Goat opened in 2010 with the goal of serving a family style menu of tasty, bold flavored foods in a fun and lively setting. To enhance the experience we offer a selection of wines from around the world with a focus on small producers, a rotating list of craft beers, and a list of fun cocktails created by our bartenders.

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La Nouvelle Maison

Located in the stylish 5 Palms Building in Downtown Boca Raton, La Nouvelle Maison breathes new life into the French dining experience. Guests arrive via our porte-cochere entrance and are treated to the chic and intimate décor of the three main dining rooms that offer both traditional and modern settings. The dining areas surround the focal point of La Nouvelle Maison, a spacious bar and lounge area accented by a floor-to-ceiling, custom-designed glass display case housing 1300 wines and Champagne that encompass 300 labels from throughout the world. Our menu artfully blends classical recipes with modern culinary elements, producing dishes that highlight the unique flavors of French fare. Tout va bien a La Nouvelle Maison!

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Orchids at Palm Court

AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2017 – The only restaurant in Ohio and one of just 64 in North America to be awarded Five-Diamonds. Orchids at Palm Court is a fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Dine in a breathtaking 1930s French Art Deco setting with two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces & an original Rookwood pottery fountain.

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The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge

Dining at The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge is one of Blowing Rock’s most elegant and relaxed experiences. The cuisine is a blend of fresh local ingredients artfully prepared by our award winning culinary team under the watchful eyes of Chef Hunter Womble. Dine Al-Fresco or in our intimate European styled dining room. Enjoy cocktails on the terrace, then dine, from a light evening meal to a special celebration. Appropriate for children over 12 with sophisticated palettes.

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Cafe Provence

Café Provence has been honored by Zagat as the best restaurant in Kansas City. It joins the top 46 restaurants in the United States given this honor in their respective cities, such as Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, Le Bernadin, NYC, Gary Danko, San Francisco and more.

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