Aspen and Vail
The Aspen Music Festival (aspenmusicfestival.com) features some of the most up-and-coming classical musicians, while the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (vailmusicfestival.org) hosts celebrated soloists, ensembles and three resident orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. Both festivals run from June through August. For gastronomes, there’s the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (foodandwine.com), a spirited gathering of leading chefs and vintners held each June by this magazine’s sister publication.
Just east of Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa, balmy Palisade is home to the state’s fledgling wine industry, which produces about fifty thousand cases a year. Most of the vineyards offer free tours and tastings (visitgrandjunction.com).