Aspen, Colorado Summer Travel Guide: What to Do and Where to Stay in Rocky Mountain Town

The summer of Aspen, Colorado is nothing short of amazing. The skies are a sparkling electric blue (Aspen gets 300 days of sunshine a year), while the temperature hovers in that high range of the 70s and 80s. Indian paintbrushes and blue bells dot the meadows, and the air seems to carry a certain refreshing sweetness from all that is in bloom. The peaks of the Rocky Mountains, unencumbered by heavy snow, exude their full majestic glory. There are abundant cycling and hiking trails, and the Roaring Fork River is a paradise for paddleboarders, kayakers, and flyfishers alike. Add in Aspen’s impressive culinary and cultural offerings (classic food and wine, held in June, attracts thousands of visitors each year), plus world-class shopping, and you have a summer destination well worth the trip.

For those who are planning – or may still dream – of a summer in Aspen, Vogue magazine He compiled a guide to things to do, places to stay, and restaurants to enjoy during the warmer months. Below, our recommendations.

Things to do

Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado.Photo: Sierralara

Hike the hiking trails

The Maroon Bells Scenic Trail is probably Aspen’s most popular hike, and for good reason: The trail has stunning views of an alpine lake surrounded by wildflowers and the double peaks of Maroon and North Maroon. For those looking for a more challenging hike, set out on the Crater Lake Trail, which after scrambling through icy rock deposits leads you to the shores of crystal waters.

Another popular route? The Little Nell Trail, which begins just below the city’s Aspen Mountain gondola. Hike up and down – then enjoy a great Aperol al fresco on the plaza.

Bike to Woody Creek Pub

Consider this activity and restaurant recommendation: Bike the Rio Grande to Woody Creek Tavern, a country spot covered in Hunter S. Thompson memorabilia serving a mediocre burger And Margarita. It’s not a trip for the faint of heart—it’s about seven miles each way if you’re coming from town—but with stunning views of the rivers, meadows, and mountains, it’s well worth the walk.

Paddle through Stillwater

As the name suggests, the Stillwater section of the Roaring Fork has a very gentle current and is basically a lazy river, which definitely makes it perfect For a leisurely paddleboard ride. Rent from any of the city’s various sports equipment centers, lather with sunscreen, and float on the clear river where there are always alpine vistas around the bend.

fly fishing

Ask Wild Willow Outfitters to organize a fly fishing expedition on the Roaring Fork. They will provide everything from equipment to transportation back and forth, you know, to tips on how to do it Really Trout fishing. For the truly adventurous, they’ll bypass the truck in favor of an e-bike, which will allow you access to more fishing grounds.

the shopping

Designer boutiques abound in Aspen, and while they are yes, they are bewitchingMake sure to stop by some of the stylish spots that are unique to the site. Stop by Kemo Sabe, Miron Crosby, and Nick Fouquet for upscale Western gear and custom hats, while the Meat and Cheese Farm Shop is the place to go for a delicacy. Pitkin Country Dry Goods is a family-owned clothing store, while Little Bird is an eclectic boutique selling antiques.

Resorts, hotels and rentals

Jerome hotel in summer.Photo: Noi DeWitt

Founded in 1899, Jerome Hotel evokes its historic role as a rugged mountain retreat: the hotel’s living room is adorned with patterned curtains, a candlelit chandelier, and soft leather sofas. Cowhide chairs and wild Western-style artwork are decorated in guest rooms. In summer, the garden becomes a luxurious center of social activity, thanks to the hotel’s wonderful cocktail program.

Thanks to the always bustling après-ski scene, the Little Nell is perhaps the most famous hotel in Aspen. However, even when the slopes are closed, the accommodation is five-star still The place for you: Its designer rooms at Holly Hunt are well-appointed, and there’s no better place to enjoy an Aperol Spritz than on the sunny patio of the Ajax Tavern on Gondola Plaza. This summer, they’re also hosting an alfresco dinner at the riverside Mag Dog Ranch in Old Snowmass, formerly owned by Jimmy Buffett.

Right on the doorstep of Aspen Mountain, the sprawling luxury St. Regis resort has the best swimming pool in town in summer. Enjoy a room with a balcony so you can sip an iced coffee while admiring the views of the Alps and book a spa treatment at the world-famous wellness centre. Extra bonus? A gentle and friendly Bernese Mountain dog named Kitty roams the hotel halls.

Airbnb Luxe, the upscale arm of the online booking platform, offers many great homes in the Aspen-Snowmass area, whether you want something on the slope or within walking distance of downtown. Perfect for families, for a group of friends, or for those looking to go to the mountainous region for a longer stay.

Restaurants

Bitola in Aspen.Photo: Romeo Balancourt

The rooftop in Betula, where one can gaze out at the city or Aspen Mountain, is reason enough to book into this gorgeous hot spot. However, the mountain-meets-island French cuisine (it’s Bonito’s sister property in St. Barth) is definitely a reason to stay: start with one of the ceviches and then splurge on a bison steak.

Meat and cheese doesn’t accept reservations, but don’t let a little wait stop you from dining on the patio at Aspen’s beloved gem. As the name suggests, the menu focuses on local and sustainable meats and cheeses, which change with the seasons. But, as you can probably imagine, you can’t go wrong with a meat and cheese board.

Grab an outdoor table at White Horse, a former miner’s cottage turned restaurant, order a French dipping sandwich, and people-watch as fellow visitors roam the city.

While the living room of Jerome Hotel is Always A classic Aspen spot, during the summer, their sprawling outdoor garden is the perfect spot for cocktails made with ingredients from locally grown herbs and flowers. With bamboo tables, white parasols, little candles, and plenty of sunshine on a blue sky day, you’ll probably stay for a while.

For healthy – but still delicious – fare, head to Spring Café for lunch. It’s a bright and airy space that specializes in vegetarian comfort foods and organic juices. We are particularly impressed with their tempeh reuben, homemade lemonade, and Which salad on the menu.

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