Aspen

Things to do in Aspen

Most things to do in Aspen seem to require having a limitless budget, but that’s not always the case—even during ski season. There are many simple pleasures to explore as you decide what to do in Aspen.
You can enjoy some Apres-Ski at J Bar. The tin-ceilinged J Bar at the Hotel Jerome has been serving drinks for more than a century. Specialty cocktails include the Aspen Crud, which dates back to Prohibition, when bartenders would slip bourbon into milkshakes. If you eat here, get the famous half-pound burgers topped with anything from poblano chiles to fried eggs. Go out and browse the Aspen Saturday Market. It’s held off Galena St., which is held every Saturday from June through October, features only goods made (or grown) in Colorado, such as jewelry, art, clothing, produce and even bison meat. You can catch cooking demonstrations and live music, and it’s a great spot for people watching. What to do in Aspen with kids? There are plenty of biking and hiking trails during the warmer seasons, and year-round you can also check out the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. At the Hallum Lake Nature Preserve, you can see eagle demonstrations, meet turtles, keep an eye out for coyotes or embark on sunset beaver walks.

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.

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.

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

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

Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are among the hundreds of luminaries who have passed through for public panels and talks under the same white tent that the Music Festival uses for its performances.

Aspen Brewing Company turns out small batches of brown and hefeweizen-style ales, along with four other brews (including a cleverly named I.P.A., the Independence Pass Ale).

One of the dozens of galleries in Aspen that feature artists of national repute.

You may not need Luchese boots, Stetson hats, horsehair belts, or leather chaps (then again, maybe you do), but that's what makes Kemo Sabe such a delightfully fun place to browse.

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.

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

A boutique established by retailer Amen Wardy, this high-end shop is stocked with unique home accents.

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

No place in the world remotely as small as Aspen (population 6,000) can boast such high-powered cultural institutions.

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