A weekend in Aspen

Driving from Denver to Aspen through the mountains is a world of beauty within itself. Once you arrive in Aspen it feels as if you have been transported into a holiday snow globe. 

The Town of Aspen from the slopes. 

Snow Bunnies:

  • This is what you came for! Skiing and Snowboarding in the rocky mountains:
    •  Aspen Mountain aka Ajax -right in downtown Aspen
    • Buttermilk-family friendly with wide, open runs. 
    • Aspen Highlands- check out the highland bowl. A bit of a hike (literally), but well worth it. 
    • Snowmass-MASSIVE, you will need a few days to explore all of the runs on this mountain. 

These are all under the Aspen/Snowmass pass .  We started our ski season off on Snowmass to the tippity top of the mountain on a 'hike to' peak with untouched powder all the way down the long shot trail. The hike was "short and strenuous", but the expansive views along with the brightest blue skies make you feel that much closer to heaven. 

Christmas Eve at Aspen Mountain 

Some rich hot chocolate action from the Little Nell. 

After the slopes there are lots of great après ski options. I like to start by drinking as much hot chocolate as I can (which is barely 1 cup because it's so rich). It feels like snow sports burns about 57483974893 kcals (not exact), which balances indulging a bit once you get off of the mountain. 

You're going to want to LIVE at the Hotel Jerome. Their lounge area is actually called the living room and we  could not get enough of it. 

Get cozy and stay a while in Aspen's Hotel Jerome Living Room Lounge

Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Christmas in Aspen is the epitome of this. 

Food

I like to just grab a juice and get moving in the morning so the Spring Cafe is perfect for that. 

Lunch: From the slopes in Ajax you can walk from the gondola to the town of Aspen and recharge for the afternoon. 

  • Meat and Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop -Exactly what the name implies, plus craft beers, "eclectic wine selections" and juices. 
  • White House Tavern-Great for lunch or dinner with great food and free of pretentious vibes. 
  • La Crêperie du Village-We made a stop here in between ski runs for some rich and cheesy pasta and chocolate-y AF crêpes. A romantic underground vibe. Bring friends and gather round the fondue pot with some crisp, aromatic glasses of white. DO NOT miss the SCHOKOLADEPALATSCHINKE translation-chocolate lover's HEAVEN. (Chocolate crêpe+chocolate ganache+dulce de leche+strawberries+bananas+whipped cream) 
  • The Living Room at Hotel Jerome is perfect for some bites and drinks before dinner. 

Oysters Nobu Style

Dinner

  • Matsuhisa-Your typical pricey, culinary epic and exclusive Nobu. If you didn't make reservations get there early and you might have luck sitting at their upstairs lounge. Mention you were interested in the Omakase (basically in the chef's hands for the night) and they will somehow find you the best seat in the house, downstairs at the sushi bar. 
  • The Wild Fig-A romantic European Brasserie steps off of the slopes. The handmade pasta is not to be missed. 
  • Zocalito Latin Bistro- Latin and Rum! 
  •  Locals on the Gondola recommended: Cache Cache and Pinons at the bar. 

Hotel Jerome cheeseboard action with some sips of Napa cab

MORE HOT CHOCOLATE! Little Nell Après Ski with homemade marshmallows AND whipped cream 

Living at the Hotel Jerome (without shelling out the cash to actually stay there)

Boozy Hot Chocolate from Justice Snow's cocktail bar. 

Drinks:  If you're looking for something besides hot chocolate Aspen has no shortage of cozy fireside venues to get the party started. 

Walking around the town of Aspen 

 My Aspen saves and faves from google maps. Next travel post will have Google's new feature where I can actually share my map favorites!  

My Aspen saves and faves from google maps. Next travel post will have Google's new feature where I can actually share my map favorites!  

I would love to see all there is to do around the area in the summer. What are your recommendations for Aspen?