Aspen, CO
Colorado
By Brandy Simpson

A ski town through and through, Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to hit slopes.  As a popular winter destination for celebrities, you'll be able to shop 'til you drop in a number of upscale boutiques.  This world-renowned ski resort town offers beautiful scenery, great shopping, and exhilarating outdoor activities year-round.

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No trip to Aspen would be complete without a little skiing or snowboarding.  In Aspen, there are a total of four mountains that have been dubbed as "Ski Mountains".   First, there is Aspen Mountain that, although the most popular, does not have any easy slopes.  This mountain also is not open to snowboarders.  Next, you have Colorado's steepest mountain: the Aspen Highlands.  The Aspen Highlands offer a beautiful view of the Maroon Bells, two peaks in Aspen that are considered the most photographed scenery in all of Colorado.  At the top of the list for snowboarders, Snowmass Mountain is home to the United States' largest vertical drop at 4,406 feet.  Finally, both beginner and expert skiers love Buttermilk Mountain. 

For a nice break from your skiing and snowboarding, WhatsCheaper.com suggests going for a drive on Independence Pass. One of the highest roads in the entire United States, this beautiful road is surrounded by some of Aspen's best scenery.  With snow-covered cliffs and grand pine forests as the backdrop, you'll fall in love with this stunning drive.

While there a multitude of outdoor activities to do on your vacation, Aspen also has an exceptional cultural scene.  The Aspen Art Museum should be at the top of the list for any and all art aficionados.  This contemporary art museum features exhibits that showcase the most engaging and modern pieces of today.   The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting museum, which means there will be something different to see every time you visit. 

If you are visiting Aspen during the summer, you won't want to miss the annual Food and Wine Classic.  Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in June, this festival brings in top-notch chefs, winemakers, and critics every year.  (It is important to note that this festival is only open to those 21 and over.) Foodies will love the chance to see cooking demonstrations by the likes of Mario Batali, Jose Andres, and Gail Simmons.  Don't miss this opportunity to taste delicacies from around the world!  

Jazz Aspen Snowmass is another summer festival that can't be missed.  This festival is put on by the non-profit organization Jazz Aspen Snowmass and features accomplished jazz musicians from around the world.  Established in 1991, this three-day festival is held annually every Labor Day.  Always a wide range of artists, past performers have included Rodrigo y Gabriela, Girl Talk, and the Zac Brown Band.

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MUST SEE IN Aspen, CO LIST:

  • 1. Independence Pass
  • 2. Aspen Brewing Company
  • 3. Ashcroft Ghost Town
  • 4. Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
  • 5. Conundrum Hot Springs
  • 6. Crater Lake Trail
  • 7. Snowmass Golf Course
  • 8. Wheeler Opera House
  • 9. West Maroon Trail
  • 10. Silver Queen Gondola

Aspen, CO EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. ESPN Winter X Games - January
  • 2. Aspen Laff Fest - February
  • 3. 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival - March
  • 4. Aspen Music Festival - June
  • 5. Jazz Aspen - June
  • 6. Michael Martin Murphy West Fest - July
  • 7. Blast the Mass - August
  • 8. Aspen Film Fest - September
  • 9. John Denver Tribute - October
  • 10. Storm the Stars - December

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St. Regis Aspen Resort
315 East Dean Street, Aspen, CO
By Sarah Hay

Having recently completed a $40 million renovation would make any hotel stand out, but at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, the redesign sets this hotel above the rest. Located at the base of Aspen mountain, and within walking distance to everything the town of Aspen has to offer, the majestic St. Regis Aspen Resort excels in providing guests with an unparalled experience, including their Remede Spa, Ski Butler service and renowned culinary dining at The Restaurant at the St. Regis Aspen.

Guests staying at the hotel have a variety of room options, including guest rooms, featuring one king or two double beds; five junior suites, with king beds and large living rooms; seventeen one-bedrooms and two loft suites, and a Presidential suite that features a 60” flat screen TV and baby grand piano. All rooms are smoke-free, and feature a tremendous array of amenities, including: 24-hour room service, personalized stocked refrigerators, flat screen televisions with video game systems, CD and DVD players and in-room movies (there is a fee for wireless high-speed Internet service). Rooms feature two-line cordless phones and personal fax machines, along with children- and adult-sized bathrobes and bath amenities, hairdryers, and even items for your four-legged companions, such as pet blankets, food and water bowls, and St. Regis dog beds.

The extras at the St. Regis are what make this hotel truly stand out. Guests will appreciate having two items pressed upon their arriving at the hotel, and along with the pressing and turndown services offered, there is a complimentary shoe shine, twice daily housekeeping, a packing and unpacking service, boot and glove dryers, and in-room safes. Although some amenities may not be available in all rooms, and there may be a fee for some services, it’s best to check with the hotel during your 4 p.m. check in or 12 p.m. check out times to arrange for the services that will ensure your stay at the St. Regis is one that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Give in to the luxury you deserve at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, and let WhatsCheaper.com bring it to you for less, by following this link: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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