The Aspen Area

The Aspen Area Travel Guide

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.

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

Hunter S. Thompson's old haunt lives on in this rustic tavern covered in old news clipping and memorabilia, mostly about the gonzo journalist himself.

Situated at the base of Fanny Hill, this 25,000-square-foot, nature-themed recreation and learning center is housed in a two-story, wood-beamed structure. Indoor and outdoor registered activities are available for a wide-age-group, ranging from infant daycare to ski lessons for pre-teens.

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.

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

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.

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.