Admittedly, I’m a nervous person who didn’t ever learn to ski. Perhaps one day I’ll pick it up, but this trip I decided to make the most of my time Aspen at street level (save for a couple of trips up the Gondola to snap a few pictures).
For those who haven’t been, Aspen is a drop-dead gorgeous town with sky-high mountains a couple of steps away. I didn’t really know what to expect and I was truly impressed (but perhaps not surprised…you would hope that a place with a median home price of $5.5 million has something to offer).
What do you do in a ski town when you don’t ski? Turns out, a lot!
We stayed close to the base of Ajax Mountain, and everything was quite walkable. The downtown reminded me a bit of Athens, Georgia, in that it has a lot packed into a seemingly small area. There were several blocks filled with shops, galleries and restaurants and we made it in almost all of them.
Here’s a rundown of the spots I hit with my friend (slash photographer!) Mary Catherine while our husbands skied.
Our flight got diverted on the way in, so we didn’t have much time to walk around. We did sneak in a shoot just before dinner at Steakhouse No. 316.
We spent the morning at Flex Pilates, then headed over to Rio Grande Park to take some photos. Afterwards, we went to Hotel Jerome to thaw our hands (it was FREEZING!) and warm our bodies with hot chocolate (the best in town, in my opinion). Then we headed for an afternoon of relaxation at Remede Spa (inside the St. Regis) followed by dinner at Matsuhisa.
We started our day at Flex Pilates again (I love hitting up fitness studios when I’m on vacation…makes me feel like a local). After getting ready, we rode the gondola up Ajax Mountain (I didn’t realize it was a 14 minute ride!). Once at the top, we snapped some photos and my hands nearly froze. Ajax Tavern (and their dangerous truffle fries) followed, as did a stop in The Little Nell’s gift shop. We had some down time to walk around town and popped in to Paradise Bakery (the cookies are a must), before dinner at Cache Cache.
It’s nice to have a travel buddy and we’re already planning our next trip…this time somewhere warm! Where do you like to go on vacation?