Aspen is magic. The skiing is beyond and the town is the best to bop around. It offers luxury retreats, impeccable dining, and city-chic shopping with a mountain edge. Here are some of my go-to spots.
Little Nell, a luxurious modern mountain hotel, sits at the base of Aspen Mountain and offers the best for people watching in the bar / lounge area if you are able to snag a table.
The historic Hotel Jerome is located on Main Street and has interiors from famed interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan—the hotel is filled with contemporary art and modern furnishings, it’s a showstopper! If you can grab a seat at the J-Bar, be sure to order the burger, it never disappoints.
W Hotel is the newest hotel in Aspen and is such a departure from the regular mountain-y style hotels. It’s filled with color, vibrant art, and has a rooftop bar and deck so you can take in the mountains while enjoying an après ski cocktail. Grab a few friends and stay in one of the quad bunk rooms…yes you heard me…that’s a room with double bunk beds. Yes please!
O2 Life is the best for all things athleisure as well as staples like The Great, Raquel Allegra and Chianti and Parker. This multi-level space also offers facials and massages so it’s basically my dream spot. Hands down it was the best massage of my life. Upstairs they have yoga and Pilates classes to round out their offerings.
MAX is a luxury boutique that has all of the best brands: The Row, Celine, Proenza Schouler, Bottega Venetta…etc. Chic never sleeps in Aspen!
Pitkin County Dry Goods is literally the mecca for menswear and womenswear and is Aspen’s “original clothing store.” It’s the best place to treat yourself or find an epic gift. They have everything from jewelry to denim to candles. It’s a legit a one stop shop.
Performance Ski has all of the best ski brands and ski-related accessories. I feel like an Olympian every time I leave this place.
EAT and DRINK
Betula Aspen – From the same group that owns Bonito in St. Bart’s, Betula Aspen does not disappoint. The menu is comprised for French Pan-American Cuisine so it’s sure to please everyone. The must try cocktail is the Paloma it’s served in a bird shaped glass. It’s definitely IG worthy!
White House Tavern – They don’t take reservations so get there early before the ski lunch rush. If you love Hillstone you’re in for a treat since it’s the same owners. The service and food never disappoints. I always get the burger!
Paradise Bakery is literally my first stop in town to get a hot chocolate chip cookie or snickerdoodle. This place is my sugar high!
Gorsuch Cafe has awesome breakfast burritos. Best spot to fuel up before a morning of skiing or snowshoeing.
Bear Den is perfection for coffee and all things fresh and sugary including to-die-for cinnamon rolls.
Ajax Tavern has my favorite order: an Aperol Spritz and truffle fries. Plus, it is a MUST for Vegans with the best cauliflower gratin and a great vegan mac and cheese.
Sam’s on Snowmass is a luxury Italian dining experience on Snowmass, it’s so yummy!
Espresso Martinis at Campo De Fiori are a must.
We love to bike ride on the Rio Grande to Woody Creek Tavern for lunch. They have the best margaritas and enchiladas.
Pine Creek Cookhouse is perfect for an out-of-town lunch experience and it’s great with kids or adults. In the winter you can cross country ski, hike, or a take a horse-drawn sleigh to a log cabin that has simply amazing food.
O2 Aspen – This is my fav spot try Dave’s class but all the classes are fantastic. Plus they also offer privates for both pilates and yoga.
Aspen Shakti– The classes offer yoga, dance, movement and meditation. You can feel the energy vibrating out of the room.
Uphill Skinning – In the winter time skinning can be an incredible workout at least that is what I feel every time I skin. This season my husband and I skinned up Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. Check the Aspen/Snowmass website to see skinning times, rules and make sure you get your uphill season pass which is $70! Now get out there and climb!