aspen travel guide

This year was my third year in a row traveling to Aspen with family and I’m officially ready to share a little travel guide with you all!

Aspen might just be my favorite spot in Colorado but it can be a little difficult to get to if you’re traveling from Dec-Feb. They have a very small airport so just know in advance that you might experience some flight delays, cancellations, or possibly be routed to Grand Junction and have to take a bus to Aspen (that has happened to us twice). Nonetheless, all of it is worth it in the end because Aspen is freakin’ awesome!

WHERE TO STAY

We have stayed at both St. Regis and Hyatt in Aspen and have loved both! They are actually right next to each other. The property at St. Regis is absolutely stunning and the lobby definitely seems like the “it” place to be post skiing. I love that they have a couple of fire-pits on the property. Be sure to tell them you’d like s’mores– they’ll bring you everything you need!! Both St. Regis and Hyatt are an easy 3-4 minute walk to where the bus picks you up to take you to any of the four mountains (Buttermilk, Highlands, Aspen Mt., and Snowmass). I have gone to Buttermilk (the easiest of them all) and Snowmass which I believe is the most popular. I know there’s a great restaurant at the top of Aspen Mountain as well where you can munch on some food and enjoy the view!

Another great hotel spot is The Little Nell. I personally haven’t stayed there but the reviews look incredible. It’s a boutique hotel that’s right at the base of Aspen Mountain and it has similar features to St. Regis (heated floors, luxury feel, etc).

RESTAURANTS

White House Tavern
Betula
Ajax Tavern – best apres-ski spot!
Matsuhisa – best sushi in town
Meat & Cheese
State38
Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro – great for apres-ski
Brunelleschi’s

THINGS TO DO BESIDES SKIING

  • Snowmobiling
  • Visit the Aspen Art Museum
  • Trek to the Pine Creek Cookhouse
  • See Krabloonik mountain and go dog sledding!
  • Hike to see the Maroon Bells peaks
  • See the Gonzo Gallery

We rent our gear from Aspen Sports if you plan to ski/snowboard!

WHAT TO PACK

Gloves (heated gloves would be great!)
Snow boots (Sorel is great but I also have these from Sperry’s)
Thermals / base layers (tights + long sleeve thermal + sports bra)
Long Wool Socks
Beanie
Goggle and Sunglasses
Chapstick
Ski Pants (I have these)
Warm, thick coat (here’s the link to watch my winter coat try-on in Aspen)

Hope this was helpful! Chat soon, loves!

Nita Mann shares her Aspen travel guide

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