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.

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

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.

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.

A hipper-than-thou vibe permeates this chic hotel bar that spills out to a heated pool, waterfall, and pair of fire pits.

The vertical that draws skiers in the winter lures fat-tire aficionados in the summer. The 20 or so trails range from over-your-handlebar black-diamonds to meandering greens that span the ridgeline, so you don't have to be an experienced rider to check out the scene.

Inside the St. Regis Hotel, the Shadow Mountain Lounge breaks with the typical Aspen bar scene. Here, live piano music and a large, granite fireplace create an environment that combines elements of a ski lodge with a city jazz club.

The Regal Watering Hole is a popular destination for Aspen’s young and party-ready crowds. The club often attracts a line of patrons waiting to gain entrance. During a 2007 remodel, the Regal added a back room with an additional bar, high-backed, white seating, and an aged-leather floor.

Located about 30 minutes south of downtown Glenwood Springs, this ski area has 67 trails spanning approximately 500 acres of the White River National Forest.

Founded in 1950, the institute has—especially in the almost four years since its president, Walter Isaacson, inaugurated the Ideas Festival—vaulted to the top rung of world conferences, filling the town each summer with more VIP’s and plainclothes security men than an underground bunker during th

True, most resorts have a Nordic center, but Beaver Creek's McCoy Park stands above the rest—literally. McCoy's 30 kilometers of Nordic and snowshoe trails traverse aspen glades, open meadows and pine forests at the top of the mountain.