Empty house lots in Aspen don’t sell for $22 million just because of good skiing and Kantian vistas. The sublime summer climate and vast cultural offerings elevate Aspen from scenic town to a promised land for independent travelers. Here’s a winnowed guide to the best of days.
Winnow is here to help you uncover your own best, version of Aspen. There’s more tucked into this little valley than meets the eye and with help from our network of local insiders, you can seamlessly find, book (and pay for) the best of the best. And, there’s a way to connect generations of mountain knowledge with the convenience of modern technology.
So let’s get started.
Arrival Day: “Easy Does It”
Unless you are visiting from the Himalayas, the effects of Aspen’s nearly 8,000-foot altitude will no doubt tax your energy. In addition to lots of H20 to hedge the lack of O2, we recommend some easy-does-it activities. First off, stroll or bike the Rio Grande trail or the East Aspen Trail, both of which start right in town and have gently sloped, paved trails that meander through forests and along the river. (Aspen WeCycle bikes are free for the first 30 minutes.)
Stretch, re-calibrate and expand the lungs with a(either at your home, at the studio, or ) with one of Aspen’s most popular and beloved yoga teachers.
For something less taxing, try a little. Not only does a visit to this old-school Aspen shop jumpstart your Western fantasia, your new hat will come in handy for the rest of the trip (P.S. there’s a secret saloon upstairs that will really ignite the Old West “spirits.”).
Day 2: “Over the River and to the Bar”
Rocky Mountains Rivers are a spiritual experience. Of course,as long as you don't compete too hard for the most fish. For a little more adrenaline for the whole family, there is no shortage of .
A float of any kind means you have to take out somewhere down valley and whilst there, we highly recommend a stop in Carbondale. Nicknamed the Brooklyn of Aspen, Carbondale’s kooky village vibes are a nice counterpoint to upscale Downtown Aspen and it’s also where you will find the Marble Distilling Company. Using the fresh mountain water you just floated,.
Kids Alright? Book Aspen Nannies to watch over the little ones. They offeras a wholesome distraction.
Day 3: “For the Soul: Culture, Shopping & Spas”
As Hugh Grant once said, “Love, actually, is all around,” and in Aspen that love, actually takes many forms; in the vistas, the music, the art, yes, even the shopping. However you like to connect with something greater, or just with yourself, here are some ways to do it:
For the ears: The Aspen Music Festival and School offers hundreds of concerts at myriad venues. For example, , either take a group class or . Jaws will drop at the view and then again after lunch as Juilliard students site-read Bartók off their iPads. What we especially enjoy are the Master Classes where you can see the musicians work their craft, because even the best musicians in the world make mistakes sometimes.
For the eyes: There is so much art in this little town, so hand over to our. It make for a very relaxing way to get your bearings and focus on the best art in town. If you are curious about the artistic heritage or Aspen, . This is perhaps the most intact and pristine example of Bauhaus art and architecture in the world.
Day 4: “Great things happen when man and mountain meet.” - William Blake
Regardless of gender, if some proper mountain adventure is what you seek, Aspen has it in spades. Iconic hikes include the Maroon Bells, Cathedral Lake and American Lake. We also have guides that will take you onor There are 54 peaks in total that rise above 14,000 feet and we believe that there truly is no greater thrill than climbing them. And when you’re back in town, have an , , , or booked and ready to go.
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