Aspen Travel Guide
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Still standing after 100-plus years, two fires, and three renovations, the Wheeler is an Aspen institution that screens movies and hosts theater and music, from Burt Bacharach to Art Garfunkel.
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.
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
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.
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.
Offering 150 properties in Aspen, its agents will also make hard-to-get dinner reservations.
The Music Festival promotes classical music under the tents of the Aspen Institute.
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.