Spending a good part of my childhood in Colorado, I often heard people talk about their weekends in Aspen skiing and dining at all these fancy restaurants. What is so great about that? When you’re an adolescent, nothing. It wasn’t until I hit about 20 years old that I realized what Aspen really is.
Aspen, Colorado. Winter playground of the rich and famous. Everyone from Jack Nicholson to David and Victoria Beckham flock here for a good time. With designer shops lining the streets, world-class restaurants on every corner, and 5-star resorts surrounding the area, what’s not to love?
Four ski-mountains make up what is Aspen Snowmass resort. Aspen Mountain, referred to as Ajax, brings a whole new meaning to ski-in, ski-out as it rises up from downtown. Buttermilk Mountain is home to the Winter X-Games each year, Aspen Highlands boasts the legendary Highland Bowl, and Snowmass offers the largest acreage and is the most diverse, having something for everyone.
Aspen is much more than just an après ski town. In the summer, there are plenty of activities to keep one busy. All within just steps of downtown, visitors are able to raft, hike, bike, rock-climb, fish, golf, horseback ride, paraglide, and even ride in a hot-air balloon. And with an airport just a few miles from town, there is no commute to and from Denver to worry about!
Aspen can be both your wallet’s best friend and worst enemy, but there are accommodations, shops, and restaurants to fit everyone’s budget.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort – $$$$
The Little Nell – $$$$
Grand Hyatt Aspen – $$$
Aspen Hotel – $$
The White House Tavern – $$$$
Pyramid Bistro – $$$
Maru Aspen – $$$
Big Wrap – $
520 Grill – $$
Tasters Pizza – $$
Burberry – $$$$
Gucci – $$$$
Rag & Bone – $$$$
Lululemon – $$
Aspen Sports – $$
Crazy Shirts – $$
If this isn’t your style, you can opt to buy a lifetime membership at Caribou Club for a mere $25,000 for you and yours.
Aspen has long been a place I’m dying to visit as an adult, although Brady doesn’t share my enthusiasm. With it’s spas, world-class shopping, and laid-back atmosphere, I’m thinking this may have to turn into a girls trip in the near future.