The All-Access Guide to Aspen, Colorado

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  • Aspen

  • Colorado

  • Adventure Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Luxury Travel

  • Winter

  • Barefoot Luxury

  • Relaxation

Sunrise in the Aspen mountains
Curator’s statement

This guide to a winter trip to Aspen is all you need to experience the luxury and glamor, but also natural beauty, sport and relaxation, that Aspen has to offer. These are some of my favorite gems to make your trip to my favorite ski destination unforgettable.

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Things to do in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Colorado is a known snowboarding getaway.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Aspen is renowned for its world-class ski resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier or snowboarder, there are trails for everyone to enjoy.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Explore the pristine winter wonderland by going snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the numerous trails and scenic routes available. It's a great way to connect with nature and soak up the breathtaking landscapes.

Dog Sledding

Experience the thrill of dog sledding as you glide through snow-covered forests, guided by a team of enthusiastic huskies. It's a unique and exhilarating way to embrace the winter wilderness.

Après-Ski Scene

After a day on the slopes, unwind in Aspen's vibrant après-ski scene. Visit cozy bars, lounges and restaurants to enjoy craft cocktails, local beers, and delicious cuisine while socializing with fellow winter enthusiasts.

Ice Skating

Head to the Silver Circle Ice Rink or other outdoor ice rinks in Aspen to enjoy some ice skating. It's a family-friendly activity that can be both fun and romantic, especially when surrounded by snowy scenery.


Explore Aspen's charming boutiques and upscale shops, offering everything from high-end fashion to unique mountain-inspired gifts. It's an excellent opportunity to treat yourself or find the perfect souvenirs.


Aspen boasts a culinary scene that caters to a wide range of tastes. Indulge in gourmet dining experiences at fine restaurants, savor international cuisine or try local delicacies. Don't forget to sample some decadent hot chocolate or apres-ski treats.

Places to eat & drink in Aspen, Colorado

The Snow Lodge is a fine dining restaurant in Aspen.

The Snow Lodge: Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, Snow Lodge is a popular apres-ski spot. It offers a cozy atmosphere with a rustic chic vibe. You can enjoy craft cocktails, fine wines and a selection of small plates while relaxing by the fireplace or taking in mountain views.

Matsuhisa Aspen: Matsuhisa, founded by renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is an upscale Japanese restaurant known for its fusion of traditional Japanese flavors with Peruvian ingredients. The menu features exquisite sushi, sashimi and signature dishes like Black Cod Miso. The elegant ambiance and extensive sake menu add to the dining experience.

Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro: Perched atop Aspen Highlands, Cloud 9 is not just a restaurant; it's a high-altitude dining experience. Known for its European-style chalet setting, this spot offers Swiss-inspired cuisine. It's especially famous for its champagne toast and fondue. The mountain vistas and lively atmosphere make it a must-visit during your time in Aspen.

Element 47: Located in The Little Nell, Element 47 is a Forbes Five-Star restaurant known for its exquisite seasonal American cuisine. It offers an extensive wine list, creative cocktails and an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere.

White House Tavern: This cozy and historic tavern is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It's famous for its delicious burgers, sandwiches and comforting American fare. The charming ambiance and excellent service make it a great spot for a casual meal.

Cache Cache: A French-American bistro in the heart of Aspen, Cache Cache is known for its upscale dining experience. The menu features a range of French-inspired dishes and the wine list is extensive. It's an ideal choice for a romantic dinner.

The Red Onion: Established in 1892, The Red Onion is one of Aspen's oldest and most historic bars. It offers a lively atmosphere, live music, and a selection of pub fare. It's a great place to soak in Aspen's rich history while enjoying a drink.

Hops Culture: If you're a craft beer enthusiast, Hops Culture is the place to be. They have a wide selection of craft beers on tap, along with a menu featuring gourmet burgers, artisanal sausages and more.

J-Bar at Hotel Jerome: A classic Aspen watering hole, J-Bar at the historic Hotel Jerome is a cozy spot with a rich history. Enjoy signature cocktails and a relaxed ambiance in this iconic setting.

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