Burrowed at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is the perfect playground for all things outdoors from hiking to hot-air ballooning and when you feel like taking shelter, the indoors brings some pretty impressive offerings to the table as well – the young and vibrant downtown area is full of art galleries, restaurants and hip bars to quench a culture thirst. Combining the best of both worlds, this 7 night luxury holiday to Colorado’s crown jewel is the ultimate peak retreat.
Head for the hills
After touching down in Denver’s international airport and taking in the clear Colorado air, get your driving soundtrack on the go and try to keep your eyes on the road as you take your rental car on the stunning scenic drive, chaperoned by the breath-taking Rocky Mountains. Pull up at the grand doors of the Hotel Jerome, your boutique Aspen abode for the next three nights, in the heart of the town centre and the perfect launching pad for adventure. Drop off your bags and stretch your legs after the drive with a wander at the main attraction, the sugar-coated Aspen Mountain. Adjust the energy level to your liking with either a energetic cycle or more leisurely peddle through Aspen’s bike trails; either way some incredible views and unique alpine flora and fauna are in store – all the more enjoyable in the knowledge that you’ll be returning to the hotel’s intimate spa for a soothing treatment using local minerals and plants, favoured by the native Ute Indians.
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Take to the Skies
Today take a fresh angle on the mountain views with an exhilarating paraglide or tandem flight for a once-in-a-lifetime bird’s eye perspective of the iconic rocky peaks. In the afternoon bring it back to terra firma with a bike ride around the red-brick city streets or poplar-lined mountain trails – we think you’ve earned some time to put your feet up in the hotel’s plush surrounds for the evening.
Dip into the downtown scene
Now you’re well-acquainted with the Rockies it’s time to plunge into the cultural hub of the downtown area, rich in hip restaurants, art galleries and summer festivals celebrating film, theatre, food and music: the choice is yours. The perfect finishing touch to the day and a requisite stop on any itinerary is a drink in the infamous Aspen hangout, the J-Bar, handily located right in your hotel. A former haunt of the likes of John Wayne and Gary Cooper, rest assured you’re in good company as you sample an Aspen Crud, the milkshake with a kick that survived and outlived the prohibition era to become the town tipple.
Wind down in style
For your last couple of days, switch up your surroundings and move over to another of the town’s hotspots, the Sky Hotel. Well-renowned for its happening poolside scene, you’ll be content just to sip a cocktail and look out over the glittering mountains right outside, but if you’re feeling restless, squeeze in some more outdoor time in the form of horse-riding, rafting, hot-air ballooning and just about every other alfresco activity imaginable, or indulge in some boutique shopping to max out your luggage limit for the flight home. On your last day it’s back to your wheels for the return trip to Denver, ensuring plenty of quality time with the amazing alpine landscape before you board the plane homeward bound.