One of my favorite parts of the Winter time, other than Christmas and spending time with family, is taking a winter getaway! Unfortunately, in Florida we don’t get to enjoy a lot of the winter time activities. Sounds like a perfect reason to take a romantic trip to the Mountains! One of my favorite snow towns to escape to is Aspen, Colorado and its neighboring town Snowmass. It is amazing for skiers and non-skiers alike and has so many great activities for couples.
Some of my favorite places to stay, spots to eat, and things to do on an Aspen and Snowmass vacation:
Places to stay in Aspen
Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort
Located in Downtown Aspen, the Hotel Jerome perfectly mixes a historical vibe with modern chic. The Hotel itself was built in 1889 and has stayed popular and up to date throughout the last century. People come to the Hotel just to look around and be seen at the bar, that is how cool it is! Walking distance to the base of Aspen mountain and all that is to see and do in Aspen, the location cannot be beat. If you are not able to stay, make sure to stop by and get cozy with hot chocolate in the lobby.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
A classic staple of Aspen is the St. Regis Resort. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, if you are planning to ski, there are few other better locations. The St. Regis is luxury at its best and every detail is meticulously cared for. One of the highlights is the St. Regis Spa! Even if you don’t stay at the St. Regis, still make sure to check out their spa. The oxygen treatment is wonderful, especially if you’re struggling with altitude sickness.
Bonus tip: Check out location before you book and know what you are going for. If you are going to ski prioritize ski in/ski out. If you are going for more of the downtown Aspen scene, try to find a hotel within walking distance of the main downtown area.
Places to Eat
Located at the very base of Aspen Mountain, one of the best parts of eating at Ajax is watching the skiers and snowboarders come down the mountain. This is one of the coolest places to see and be seen in Aspen and if you are there during the holidays or a long weekend, there’s a good chance you could be seated next to a celebrity!
If you’re looking for a more casual spot, stop by the Hickory House. Their BBQ is amazing and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. Make sure to call ahead if you’re going during a holiday weekend or the wait could be an hour or more. Located about a 10 minute walk from downtown Aspen, it’s a good change of pace from the high end shops and art galleries.
Bonus tip: Check with where you are staying for an updated list of top places to eat as it seems there are always new and renovated restaurants each time we go.
Things to do on your Aspen and Snowmass vacation
Ski and Snow Sports
One of the most popular things to do in Aspen and Snowmass is, of course, skiing. Aspen offers three different mountains to ski; Ajax (Aspen), Buttermilk, and Snowmass. Each mountain has a bit of a different feel but they are all owned by the same parent company and so one ski pass will work on all three! Aspen is known to be more of an advanced mountain, Buttermilk is where the X-Games have been hosted, and Snowmass has a wonderful ski school as well as backcountry skiing.
There is more than just downhill skiing though, there is snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and ice skating all to be done as well. Check out https://www.aspensnowmass.com/ to learn more about winter time activities!
Aspen has some of the coolest art galleries and shops in Colorado in my opinion! The Aspen Art Museum is a modern art museum that has ever changing exhibits. There are also private galleries on what feels like every street you walk down. One of my favorite cool shops is called Kemo Sabe, it combines old western with modern luxury.
There is an airport in Aspen, with airlines such as Delta, American, and United flying into it. However, in the winter, flights are often delayed or cancelled due to weather. If you have the flexibility the ease of flying directly to Aspen can’t be beat. If not, flying into Denver is not a terrible option. You will either need to rent a car or take the shuttle and drive the 4 hours to Aspen. Although it sounds far, much of the drive is through the beautiful and romantic Rocky Mountains.
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