Just Back from Aspen: William H. Macy
HOME BASE Los Angeles
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN "My wife, Felicity Huffman, grew up in Woody Creek, near Aspen; her mother and a whole slew of her sisters still live there. We recently bought some land down in Castle Creek Valley, not far from Mount Sopris. With any luck and the creeks don't rise, we'll build a house soon."
RUNAWAY BRIDE "We got married here and had a party at the Hotel Jerome [330 E. Main St.; 800/331-7213 or 970/920-1000; www.hoteljerome.com; doubles from $435]. The next day we went on a ferocious hike around Cathedral Lake, this huge glacial pool in the Elk Mountains. Felicity calls it a hike, but she runs it."
STARSTRUCK "Some people criticize this town: 'It's a bit twee. There are movie stars everywhere.' Well, you know, I love movie stars. I love hanging out with them. I like walking down the street and going, 'Hi, Kevin [Spacey], how are you?'—which I've done. Of course, he didn't know who I was. But that's okay."
NEXT PROJECT The Cooler, the story of a hard-luck Vegas gambler, opening this fall.
This 125-year-old Aspen icon has a storied past: in the 1970’s Hunter S. Thompson was a regular at the hotel’s J Bar; 19th-century silver miners used the property as a boarding house; ghosts are said to haunt the place. Now a multimillion-dollar overhaul opens a shiny new chapter. While the Victorian red-brick façade remains, the common areas offer a playful take on the Old West: tufted leather sofas and mounted deer heads are juxtaposed with modern accents such as black-and-white cowhide rugs and crystal obelisks. The theme extends to the guest rooms, filled with vintage-inspired tree-stump lamps, plaid steamer-trunk dressers, and chairs upholstered in tartans and pinstripes. Add to all this the jaw-dropping mountain views and a lively après-ski scene, and Hotel Jerome is poised for a new golden era.