Aspen isn’t just for winter, this quaint mountain town is gorgeous year round
Aspen is a small, laidback town in Colorado, famed for its skiing thanks to the breathtaking Elk Mountain range of the Rocky Mountains, which surround it. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that Aspen is only worth seeing during the winter months. In May, the glorious Independence mountain pass opens, and people embrace all the great outdoors has to offer including spectacular scenery and fresh mountain air.
Everyone from billionaires to mountain bikers, families, out-door fanatics and young couples.
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This gorgeous luxury hotel has 179 rooms and suites, with the option of butler service if you really want to treat yourself. Take one of the St. Regis’ cruiser bikes for the day and pedal through Rio Grande Park.
Five on-site food/drink options include: Chef’s Club, Velvet Buck, Mountain Social, Splash Pool Bar and in-room dining, so it’s the perfect place for those who love great food.
One of the few 5-star, 5-diamond hotels in Colorado and the only ski-in, ski-out hotel on Aspen Mountain, it’s a special experience staying at Little Nell. Two restaurants and three bars featuring world-renowned chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers ensure a memorable dining experience.
An Aspen landmark since 1889, this elegant hotel has a wealth of restaurants and foodie activities to enjoy. Take in a tipple at the iconic J-Bar, indulge in American cuisine at Prospect restaurant or lounge in the Living Room, the social hub of Aspen. Guests can also partake in a variety of special culinary events with Executive Chef Rob Zack, join wine tastings with their resident wine director and learn the art of baking desserts with their pastry chef.
Meat and cheese
This specialty food store, farm shop and restaurant located on Restaurant Row features an amazing team of young chefs, bakers, picklers, brewers, butchers and charcutiers, making it a must-visit destination for foodies.
The place to go for delicious French cuisine and an impressive wine list. With over 5,000 bottles of wine, the wine list is a staggering 100 pages, making it a destination for wine connoisseurs.
Located within a 120-year-old Victorian house in downtown Aspen, Matsuhisa Aspen opened in 1998 as the first Matsuhisa location outside of Chef Nobu’s original Beverly Hills restaurant. It remains the place to get fabulous sushi in Aspen.
We’ve rounded up our favourite things to see and do to help you make the most of your time during your visit.
Aspen Art Museum
Get your art on at the Aspen Art Museum, curated by internationally renowned American curator Courtenay Finn.
The Aspen institute
This innovative centre explores issues around the mind, body and soul. They host an interesting programme of talks year round.
- What to bring: A hat – The summer sun is scorching in the mountains and the burn time is quicker thanks to the high altitude.
- What to leave: Your skis. Get your adrenaline pumping during the summer months with a mountain bike ride. You can hire bikes locally.
- What to buy: If you've got quarter of million pounds to spare, pick up a large piece of amethyst from Columbine of Aspen.