Aspen, Colorado

More than just a ski destination, Aspen is a year round oasis for the rich and famous that offers unique and challenging outdoor adventures such as hiking, skiing, biking, and golfing, framed by the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

The cache of Aspen brings with it a cultural scene offering exclusive seasonal events such as food & wine weeks, music and film forums, and even gatherings of cutting edge thinkers like the Aspen Ideas Festival. With hotels, resorts, and restaurants that exude luxury – Aspen is known for attracting a discerning public – its private clubs and in-the-know hotspots offer a scene like no other and its varied scenery offers the perfect opportunity to meet anything from young ski bunnies to rich widows.

With its glitzy high-octane resorts and diverse scenery, Aspens offers the adventurer, partier or cultural connoisseur in you the change to feel right at home in this unbashfully posh mountain paradise.

Our Top Picks !

  • St. Regis Aspen Resort$$$$

    315 East Dean Street

    Located two blocks from the base of Aspen Mountain, St. Regis offers beautiful mountain views that will remind that adrenaline filled activities such as skiing and mountain biking are not far. It's newly renovated and upscale.

  • The Limelight$$$

    355 S. Monarch St.

    Patrons rave about the impeccable service. Vibe has been described as indie rock ala Portland or Austin. Located in downtown Aspen with shuttles to all the skiing and hiking trails. Try the apartment-like Aspen Suite for a group.

  • Hyatt Grand$$$$

    415 E. Dean St.

    Offers high-end service and amenities in each one of its condominiums, including fireplaces, and flat screen TVs. Hotel has junior olympic sized pool, sport equipment rental, and outdoor fire pit. Located at the foot of Ajax Mountain.

  • Hotel Jerome$$$$

    330 E. Main St.

    Described as "historic, elegant, and spooky at the same time," the Jerome is an oasis away from the middle of downtown Aspen, yet still within walking distance. The J Bar is frequented by locals and visitors alike. Newly renovated for 2013.

  • The Innsbruck$$

    233 W. Main St.

    Hidden gem gets rave reviews, offering first class service and amenities in private condominiums. Just walking distance to the slopes, return and enjoy private fireplaces and steam showers. Oh yeah, they also have a Pac Man machine.

  • The Gant$$

    610 Westend St.

    Friendly concierge service and value pricing mark this hotel. Stay in beautiful, spacious condos with fireplace and full kitchen. Enjoy heated outdoor pools, saunas, hot tubs, and tennis courts. Transportation to all four Aspen Mountains.

  • Little Nell$$$$

    675 E Durant Ave

    Top rated hotel features the priveleged ski in/ski out location at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Service is royal treatment for all guests, not just VIPs. In the summer the ski concierge doubles as a fly fishing shop and bicycle tour operator.

  • Viceroy Snowmass$$$

    130 Wood Rd

    Located in Snowmass's Base Village, offers ski in/ski out access to that mountain, as well as the accompanying panoramic views to enjoy while you enjoy a drink in front of a fireplace at the lounge. Rooms are large and luxurious.

  • Sky Hotel$$$$

    709 E. Durant Ave

    Sky is one of the places to see-and-be-seen in Aspen, especially at the nightly "Altitude Adjustment" wine receptions. Located at the foot of Aspen Mountain, the hotel offers gorgeous views and ski in/ski out convenience.

  • Aspen Meadows Resort$$$

    845 Meadows Rd.

    Aspen trees and sculptures backdropped by the Rockies make the grounds perfect for walking or absorbing from the outdoor hot tub. This is an escape from the action-there are two art galleries onsite. Great for the aesthetically inclined.

  • J Bar $$$

    330 E. Main St.

    Located in the Jerome Hotel, the J Bar embodies old town Aspen. Locals as well as bartenders keep the night lively. It's less swank than most Aspen Bars, but filled with character. Try Aspen Crud, a vanilla ice cream and bourbon milkshake

  • Finbarr's Irish Pub $$

    415 E. Hyman Ave.

    Not your typical Irish Bar - less kitsch and more authentic Irish atmosphere and Irish and English food. Finbarr boasts a wide beer selection. It's lively enough to make new friends without being too noisy. Sit outside on the Aspen Mall.

  • 39 Degrees $$

    709 E. Durant Ave.

    Located in the Sky Hotel, 39 Degrees is a swank lounge with a pretentious look but down to earth feel. Comfortable bar area and couches in front of the fireplace. Enjoy the local microbrew on tap. Summers, enjoy a drink at the poolside bar.

  • Belly Up $$$

    450 S. Galena St.

    Live venue for alternative music fans who travel to see their favorite band. You can get up close to the stage. If your priorities are straight, avoid the crowd by sitting at the bar and watch the band playing behind you on flat screen TVs.

  • Jimmy's $$$

    205 S. Mill St.

    An American restaurant and bar, Jimmy's is a great late night spot. Enjoy the mountain views or watch the patrons which are a mix of young and old, locals and tourists. The staff is friendly, and Jimmy's is known as a must go to place.

  • Eric's Bar $$$

    315 E. Hyman Ave.

    Bourbon, cigars, and billiards make Eric's the perfect Sophisticated Bachelor hangout. Eric's Bar is upscale and includes the Cigar Bar and Aspen Billiards. Plush couches and a leather bar create the ambiance in this see-and-be-seen spot.

  • The Regal Watering Hole $$

    220 S. Galena St.

    DJs, late night crowds, and a VIP section make this the spot to hit if you're looking for a dance party club style. Lounge area has leather sofas. Dress to impress, and be ready to case the dance floor for some late night action.

  • Zane's Tavern $$

    308 S. Hunter St. Ste 2

    This casual dive bar is close to everything downtown. Known as a place for hot wing connoisseurs (with a variety of sauces) to watch football games during the winter. Can't beat $7 happy hour pitchers of Bud Light after a day on the slopes.

  • Caribou Club $$$$

    411 E Hopkins Ave

    This private members only club is housed in a building resembling a dimly lit hunting lodge. Members and their guests enjoy dancing and drinks. Caters to a well-dressed, middle aged, high-roller crowd, great for celebrity sightings.

  • Aspen Brewing Company $

    304 E. Hopkins Ave.

    Unassuming, no frills brewery, perfect for sampling new beer flavors. Try the Conundrum Red, the Independence Pass Ale, the Brown Bearale, or the Hefeweizen, all modestly priced. Enjoy the sampling while watching skiers on Aspen Mountain.

  • Aspen Highlands $$$

    1600 Maroon Creek Rd

    Aspen Highlands has 118 trails covering 84 miles, with an elevation ranging from 8,040 to 11,675. Features expert big-mountain trails along with a mid mountain beginner trail. Enjoy breathtaking 360 degree views of the Maroon Bells peaks.

  • Buttermilk $$$

    38700 Hwy 82

    Buttermilk features easier slopes. The elevation is 7,870 to 9,900, with44 trails totaling 21 miles. Host of the X Games through 2014, there is a terrain park with a 22-foot superpipe for showboat snowboarders and skiers.

  • Aspen Mountain $$$

    601 E. Dean St.

    Aspen Mountain, elevation 7,945-11,212, has 76 tracks totaling over 64 miles. The longest run is 3 miles long, with more than half the trails ranking most difficult and expert. Aspen Mountain Powder Tours offer an out of bounds experience.

  • Snowmass $$$

    Snowmass Village

    Snowmass has the most acres of skiing in the country - 3,332 acres, with a full range of skill levels. Elevation 8,104-12,510 with 94 trails totaling 150 miles. The longest run is 5.3 miles. Enjoy terrain parks, cruisers, glades and steeps.

  • EllinaAmerican contemporar$$$

    430 E Hyman Ave

    Considered one of Aspen's finest dining spots, Ellina is located in a partially underground cozy room with stone walls. Knowledgeable waiters guide you through seasonal menus and a robust wine list. Try the lamb chops, or grilled octopus.

  • Steakhouse No. 316American contemporar$$$

    316 Hopkins Ave

    Traditional steakhouse serves gigantic portions that include delicious rib eyes, NY strip steaks and every cut you can imagine from Colorado herds, served fresh and hot in a sizzling skillet. Also try rack of lamb, seafood dishes and salads.

  • Cloud Nine Alpine BistroGerman$$$

    At the top of Cloud Nine Lift

    Enjoy beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains from this restaurant, perched on Aspen Highlands Mountain, at the top of the Cloud Nine ski lift. Front half can get rowdy with music and dancing. Be prepared for a tipsy ski back down!

  • MatsuhisaJapanese$$$$

    303 E. Main St.

    Offering fresh food that is artfully prepared, Matsuhisa is one of the hottest reservations in town. The decor is modern but understated, ritzy enough for an upscale night out, but not ostentatious. Enjoy the selection of sushi and sashimi.

  • Hickory House RibsBarbeque$$

    730 W Main St.

    The chicken and ribs have been described as juicy, flavorful, and plentiful. The breakfast protein platter - eggs, steak, and ribs - will get you through the day. One customer reported seeing a bear outside, so bring your wrestling shoes.

  • Brexi BrasserieFrench$$$

    411 S. Monarch St.

    The lighting above the bar area sets the tone for the dining experience, a French brasserie done well, like being in France, but with more room. Enjoy classy dishes such as escargot gnocchi, duck and lobster nicoise and a great wine list.

  • Nest Lounge and CafeGrill/Sushi$$$

    130 Wood Rd.

    Located at the slopes and pool at the Viceroy Hotel, this Apres Ski location provides a perfect selection of japanese dishes, sushi rolls and grill favorites. Try the lobster ball soup or the Texas roll next to the fire pits hot tubs scene.

  • Eight KAmerican contemporar$$$

    130 Wood Rd.

    Located at 8,000 FT (8K), the cuisine goes beyond mountain favorites. delicious mountain cuisine. Highlights include Rocky Mountain trout amandine, Mexican city style tacos, and don't forget the rib-eye. Central fireplace for cozy ambience.

  • PinonsAmerican contemporar$$$$

    105 S. Mill St.

    Perfect location, contemporary decor, and great use of space to allow table conversation. Pinons has a knowledgeable and attentive staff. The fare can be exotic - pan seared buffalo tenderloin, lobster corn dogs, parmesan crusted veal chop.

  • Rustique BistroFrench$$$

    216 S. Monarch St.

    Designed after a provencal French country inn and decorated to create a home like atmosphere. The food is described as "farmhouse fare" large portions with robust flavors. Try the escargot or short ribs, and sample the cheese selection.

  • Aspen Golf Club $$$

    1000 Truscott Pl.

    What makes Aspen Golf Club stand out is its location on an Audubon Sanctuary. That, plus views of gorgeous surrounding mountains and water on almost every hole makes for a natural splendor. Four sets of tees catering to all playing levels.

  • Maroon Creek Club $$$$

    10 Club Circle

    "Welcome to Paradise" is how the course's website greets you. If there could be a mountain oasis in the middle of Aspen, Maroon Creek Club would be it. Thomas Fazio designed this uniquely challenging course. Enjoy the club's restaurant, too.

  • Snowmass Club $$$$

    0446 Clubhouse Drive

    The sculpted greens of this traditional Irish links course meanders against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The course, designed by Jim Engh, is beautiful challenging, and unforgettable. When you're done, get a massage at the spa.

  • Roaring Fork 1 $$$$

    100 Arbaney Ranch Road

    This club offers golfers rolling hills, open meadows, rivers, and woods. Play holes on or near the raging Roaring Fork River. Enjoy tight approaches and changing elevations. Meticulous east-west orientation creates dramatic sun lighting.

  • Glenwood Springs Golf Club $$

    193 Sunny Acres Rd.

    This executive course is located above the Colorado River and I-70. There are trees lining the fairways, and a 4000 ridge. The club likes the course to move quickly - two hour maximum per none hours, with no practicing or mulligans.

  • Blazing Adventures $

    555 E. Durant Ave

    This outdoor adventure tour company will bring you biking through the breathtaking Maroon Bells or whitewater rafting through Class 4+ rapids. While they offer lighter adventures like hiking in the woods, the key word for you is "blazing."

  • Aspen Whitewater Rafting $

    520 Durant Street

    Offers trips on multiple rivers, including Class 4 and 5 trips on the Arkansas and Roaring Fork Rivers. Easier trips exist, too, book a private trip to match your skill and comfort level. Attentive tour guides make for exciting times

  • Hell Roaring Trail $

    802 Grand Ave

    At 7 miles (one way), Hell Roaring Trail is a great day hike through the White River National Forest, taking you past Hardscrabble and Williams Lake to a high elevation flat plateau with breathtaking views. Visit website for directions.

  • Conundrum Creek Trail $

    802 Grand Ave

    The Conundrum Creek Trail leads you 8.5 miles along the Conundrum Creek to hot springs, featuring challenging river crossings and climbing. Enjoy beautiful views and beaver sightings (not that kind of beaver.) Visit website for directions.

  • Aspen Rich & Famous Tour $

    Main St.

    Some bachelors look at the rich and famous tour as a way to kill a few hours in an area known for exclusivity and luxury. Others look at it as house hunting, or an invasion of their own privacy. Either way enjoy the scenery.

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