The very best of Aspen
A haven for outdoor pursuits
If a vacation isn’t complete without at least one adrenalin-pumping activity, then Aspen should be the next destination on your list. Nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with its snowy peaks, enchanting forests, and thriving mountain town, you’ll fall in love with your new surroundings from the moment you touch down.
Sitting around 8,000 feet above sea level, snowfall is usually seen at least six months of the year. From November to April, the many slopes of Aspen are bustling with skiers; their sheer number ensures both beginners and experts alike can enjoy the thrill of Alpine skiing. Aspen isn’t just reserved for skiers, though. Wander through the twinkling lights of downtown and you’ll discover a wealth of luxury boutiques and fine dining restaurants along its streets - often frequented by well-known stars during the annual festivals.
The onefinestay experience
At onefinestay, we understand that your holiday should be unique to you. Whether you’re planning on sailing down the slopes or enjoying a slightly slower pace of life in Aspen, we’re here to ensure your holiday is as incredible as it should be. Our selection of exclusive concierge services offers all you need to unwind and make the most of your beautiful surroundings. After a busy day, why not indulge in an in-home spa experience or have a private chef create a selection of mouthwatering dishes upon your return? We can plan these little extras before your arrival, so all you need to do is turn up, sit back, and enjoy.
A town bursting with culture
From Corkscrew Gully to Little Nell, there’s a slope for every expertise level on Aspen Mountain. The sheer variety in slopes keeps its visitors coming back for more - a single trip just isn’t enough to discover all the hidden spots. Even if you’re a total beginner, you’ll still find plenty of opportunities for private lessons and guided experiences taught by locals who really know their stuff.
Aspen is far more than just an incredible ski resort though; its lively nightlife scene draws both young and mature crowds to the unique bars and restaurants in the town. From Cloud 9 to the Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar, there’s always somewhere to grab a drink and enjoy the company of fellow visitors and locals.
The beauty of Aspen is that there’s something for every kind of visitor here. Even those who aren’t drawn to the thrill of the slopes will find plenty to enjoy among this snow-dusted town.
Luxury boutiques meet vintage antiques and fine art
Just as you will find plenty of choices when it comes to ski slopes, you’ll also find a fantastic selection of stores among the pretty streets of Aspen. In fact, it’s actually regarded as a shopping hub for haute couture. From Prada to Gucci, all the biggest names are dotted along the streets. The Western-inspired Kemo Sabe is an incredibly popular store among visitors; offering custom cowboy hats, boots, buckles, and everything in between. Be sure to stop by Daniels Antiques, a time machine of a store where you can browse through luxury rarities and vintage Louis Vuitton pieces.
There’s a lot more than just high-fashion boutiques, though. As you stroll through the town you’ll discover an abundance of art galleries, displaying a blend of fine art and contemporary pieces. The Aspen Art Museum is a contemporary art venue, showcasing the work of talented local artists, and is well worth a visit while you’re in the area. There is a selection of smaller galleries in the vicinity, including the Forre Fine Art Contemporary Gallery and Cha Cha Gallery.
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Aspen
The varied landscape of Aspen is a delight to see in every season. During the cooler months, the town becomes a winter wonderland; stores and bars are lit up by glowing fairy lights, while the satisfying crunch of soft snow is always underfoot. As the summer months draw to a close and fall rolls in, the leaves of the trees transform into a vibrant display of ochre, amber and gold.
Hikers will enjoy an abundance of picturesque trails throughout Aspen. From the inspiring Maroon Lake Scenic Trail to the historic route along Smuggler Mountain, it’s so easy to forget about the bustle of everyday life as you explore and soak up the incredible sights of this region - it’s no mystery as to why so many talented artists are captivated by the natural beauty of Aspen.
Where to eat & drink
There’s certainly no shortage of restaurants and bars in Aspen. The snug White House Tavern, set in a traditional 19th-century miner’s cottage attracts plenty of patrons with its delicious burgers and sandwiches. Seafood lovers will want to make a pilgrimage to Clark's Oyster Bar, which serves up an array of fresh fish dishes as well as caviar service; ideal for date nights together. For a friendly atmosphere and unfussy BBQ dishes, head down to the rustic Aspen Hickory House. Serving up a selection of slow-cooked meats and tender ribs, this is the perfect place for family dinners.
After tucking into a delicious meal, make an evening of it by hitting the town and enjoying the incredible atmosphere of Aspen’s many cocktail bars and taverns. Renowned to be the 'champagne capital' of the US, once the sun goes down, this small but mighty mountain town comes alive with laughter, set to the steady popping of bottles and clinking of glasses as visitors hop from one bar to another.
Escape the winter chill by heading underground to Bad Harriet, a suave subterranean bar. The menu here brims with expertly-blended craft cocktails, including the namesake Bad Harriet with Woody Creek single barrel rye, as well as a range of imaginative small plates - think elk sausage with jalapeño and cheddar or churro ice cream sandwiches. Afterwards, make tracks for 7908 - Aspen’s first restaurant, bar and nightclub all rolled into one - where you can pay homage to their infamous mantra ‘eat, drink and dance’, all night long should you wish.
Amazed by Aspen?
Picturing yourself among the snowy slopes and sparkling lights of Aspen? We can help you find all the best hotspots in the area. Speak to one of our expert Travel Advisors to get your dream vacation planned today.