RedWeek Travel Guide: Aspen, Colorado

published on December 23, 2021 by

Located in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Aspen has a reputation as a jet-set winter enclave. And the town is certainly luxurious, attracting an international (often celebrity) clientele, plus amazing culinary and cultural scenes. As always, you can find Aspen rentals on RedWeek.com for lower rates than elsewhere. Find out what to do in this fantastic destination once you’re there.  

Where To Ski

Aspen’s famous four mountains are as scenic as they are exciting, with terrain that is perfect for every experience level. 

  • Aspen Mountain: If you’re anywhere in downtown Aspen, you’re just steps from the slopes. Aspen Mountain rises steeply above the town, offering skiers and snowboarders legendary black diamond terrain. At the top, hit the sundeck for lunch and spectacular views from 11,000 feet above sea level. 
  • Buttermilk Mountain: Buttermilk offers the best of both worlds — easy runs that are perfect for kids and newbies to get their “ski legs,” plus an incredible master terrain park for veteran snow sports lovers. There’s a reason the X Games are hosted here, year after year. 
  • Aspen Highlands: Ski where the locals ski! Aspen Highlands is smaller than other mountains in the area, but no less thrilling, with challenging bowls and exciting descents. 
  • Snowmass Village: Nearby Snowmass is worth checking out for its amazingly diverse terrain, ranging from groomers to jumps, from glades to steeps. Wherever you end up here, you’ll end the day wanting to start all over again. 

Off-Slope Activities

Aspen is a Rocky Mountain cultural hub, with fun and stimulating activities wherever you turn. 

  • Aspen Art Museum: Housed in a remarkable (and sustainable) building, the Aspen Art Museum features a revolving door of fascinating exhibits that showcase some of today’s most creative minds. Don’t miss the museum’s Rooftop Café, with great view and great food. 
  • John Denver Sanctuary: John Denver wrote the beloved Colorado anthem “Rocky Mountain High,” and his legacy is celebrated in this serene natural space. Its winding pathways and soothing ponds offer a place for quiet reflection, just moments from downtown Aspen. 
  • Wheeler Opera House: This venerable venue hosted its first performances way back in 1889, and the Wheeler remains a cultural attraction to this day. Its calendar regularly boasts big name comedians, classic singer-songwriters, and yes — stirring opera performances. 
  • Aspen Shopping: Luxury brand names and unique boutiques line the streets of Aspen’s charming downtown. Whether you’re looking for global fashion trends or boho western styles, a shopping spree here won’t disappoint. 

Where To Eat in Aspen

Aspen’s reputation as a skiing mecca is almost matched by its reputation as a foodie’s dream come true. 

  • Poppycock’s: Providing necessary sustenance before you hit the slopes, Poppycock’s is one of Aspen’s best breakfast spots. The classics are all here: buttermilk pancakes, delicious omelets, and plenty of fresh-brewed coffee. Fuel for the fresh powder-filled day ahead!
  • Meat & Cheese: A simple name — but a world of flavors. Meat & Cheese serves up delightful small plates that are inspired by farm-style meals from across the globe. The restaurant is also home to a wonderful small grocery, which is great for picking up supplies if you’re cooking at home. 
  • The Living Room: Located in Aspen’s grand dame Hotel Jerome (built in 1889), The Living Room is Rocky Mountain fine dining at its best. The food is perfectly prepared, of course — but it might be the handcrafted cocktails that you end up raving about afterwards. 
  • Matsuhisa Aspen: You might be 11,000 feet above sea level in Aspen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some of the best sushi you’ve ever tasted during your vacation. You’ll find Matsuhisa Aspen in a restored Victorian building downtown, where renowned Chef Nobu creates masterpieces night after night.  

Where To Stay

  • The Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands: Set at the base of Aspen Highlands Ski Area, this resort offers all the luxury you expect from the Ritz-Carlton brand — sumptuous accommodations, a dedicated concierge, slope-side heated pools and much more. 
  • Hyatt Grand Aspen: Offering condo-style accommodations and a privileged location just steps away from Aspen’s best restaurants and attractions, Hyatt Grand Aspen is an ideal home base. Inquire about suites with fireplaces for added coziness!
  • The Innsbruck Aspen: Situated right on Main Street, The Innsbruck is a luxurious escape offering easy access to the slopes. It’s also a pet-friendly hotel if you’re planning to bring along your four-legged friend. 

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