Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Aspen, Vail + The Mountains Travel Guide

The modest spa’s hour-long Swedish massage is intense and the perfect cure for ski-weary muscles.

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come.

Climb into a sled and drive your dogs along 10,000 acres of terrain in Diamond Star Ranch near Vail. Two tours per day run during the winter, and all on private trails (read: no noisy snowmobiles).

Housed inside the upscale Hotel Jerome, the J Bar has been serving drinks for more than 100 years, even during Prohibition. The bar has a tin ceiling, a handful of dark wood tables, and a few barrels adding to the western look.

Looking for the best and brightest-colored in ski and mountain sports clothing and equipment? On the Main Street of one of Colorado’s outdoor-sports meccas sits Primo Outdoor in a white and red building with a ski chalet-style roof and balcony.

The town’s first contemporary-music dance venue brings in world-class acts (MSTRKRFT, Seal, Cake) year-round.

The new spa inside the St. Regis Aspen is impressive for many reasons, and the Remède spa boutique fits right in. This plush little shop carries a full line of Laboratoire Remède skin care, with high-tech blends addressing every skin malady under the sun—including, of course, the sun.

Got kids?Go tubing. It sounds, well, juvenile, but spinning 360s in a rubber tube down an iced-over track is belly-ache-inducing fun. Plus, Keystone's tubing course on the top of the mountain is one of the best in Colorado, so if you're going to get doing it somewhere, it might as well be here.

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come.

After a day on the slopes, skiers unwind at this atmospheric honky-tonk club, where a full-size gondola loaded with skis dangles from the ceiling over the dance floor.

Offering 150 properties in Aspen, its agents will also make hard-to-get dinner reservations.

Frequented by visitors looking to stock their resort kitchens, this grocery store is housed in a red-brick building conveniently located in the center of town. Regular and organic groceries fill the shelves, along with a bulk section that includes nuts and candies.

Aspen residents head to Carbondale the first Friday of each month for the First Fridays Art Walk, in which the whole downtown is closed for gallery openings, and parties pour into the streets.

Established in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Market showcases only goods that are produced, made, or grown in Colorado. Held every saturday from June through October, the market features agricultural vendors and artisans, cooking demonstrations, crafts, and live music.