The Aspen Area

The Aspen Area Travel Guide

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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