With snow season just around the corner, I thought it was high time to release a few more images from one of my favorites snowy destinations… New aerials from Aspen, CO are available now, and it has me reminiscing on all my favorite moments, sights, and activities from the destination. While my À la Plage series is all about the sun and sand, it’s snowier counterpart À la Montagne captures a world of luxury ski resorts and pristine slopes. So, naturally, you’ll find both of those things included in my “must-see” list below. But enough introduction, let’s get right to my mini Aspen travel guide. Whatever you do, you can’t miss these five things on your next getaway to Aspen, Colorado…
Image Courtesy of Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection
If you’re in the market for places to stay in Aspen, Hotel Jerome should be at the top of your list. I’ve stayed here on multiple trips to the destination, and this 100+ year old landmark never disappoints. I mean, if anything, just go for the inspiring décor! Don’t let its age deceive you… It has been renovated in recent years and has made a major comeback style-wise. It’s a perfect mix of contemporary and historic design—let’s just say there is always something new catching your eye and never a visually boring moment. I especially love their bar during the holidays… sipping cocktails on rich leather barstools with a view of falling snow and allll the cozy Christmas vibes? SOLD.
Image Courtesy of Hotel Jerome
Of course, one of the main draws of Aspen is its stunning natural landscape. Each season of the year presents its own perks of visiting Aspen, but whether you’re there during summer or winter, the Maroon Bells is a must-see (it’s actually one of the most photographed scenes in North America!). These twin mountain peaks are truly a sight to behold for any type of vacationer, whether you’re a hiker or simply a sight-seer, and there’s plenty more to see in the area. Trails, campsites, wildlife (there’s lots of beavers at Maroon Lake), and more—you name it, Maroon Bells probably has it… as far as Mother Nature goes. ;) You can get more details on times to visit, transportation, and possible fees here.
Image Courtesy of Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
As much as I love a snowy getaway, I can’t stay away from the water… If you’re looking to take a dip, this spot right outside of Aspen is the place to do it. Glenwood Springs is its own little town filled with more trails, caves, and scenery, but the hot springs is where it shines. This spot has been frequented by many notable names in history, like Theodore Roosevelt and Al Capone, and for good reason—it’s the perfect place to rest and be rejuvenated after a few long days of skiing or snowboarding.
Considering the fact that Aspen is literally in its name, these ski slopes can’t be missed on your trip to Aspen. Especially talking to experience skiers here—Aspen mountain is known to be a hot spot for adventurous types, but it’s not for beginners. That said, even if you’re not a skier, don’t pass up this spot on your to-do list! There are plenty of other restaurants and bars nearby with surrounding views, and during the summer months you can buy a ticket for a lift up to the top of the mountain, where you can go hiking, play disc golf, play lawn games, take a yoga class, see live music, or eat at the Sundeck restaurant. (Or if you’re a novice skier and you’re dying to hit the slopes this winter, there’s always ski school…)
Snowmass is known as another great place to hit the slopes and explore the mountain, but in my opinion, the hot air balloons that take off from this spot is really where the magic happens! If you want to experience this activity first-hand, you can book a flight of your own, complete with a Champagne brunch afterward. But even if heights aren’t your thing, you’ll definitely want to wake up with the sun to see these stunning balloons take flight at sunrise from the Snowmass Rodeo Parking Lot.
Do you have any recommendations on things to do in Aspen?
Let me know all about them! This wasn’t my first trip to Aspen and it surely won’t be my last, so I’m all ears for new things to do next time I swoop into this winter wonderland.
Until then, I hope you enjoy my new Aspen aerials!