With its breath-taking, dramatic landscapes and over fifty mountain peaks, it’s no wonder that Colorado calls for those interested in outdoor adventures. At the forefront of the state’s incredible winter activities you will find Aspen-Snowmass – but those who have visited these charming resorts will know that beyond the famous ski slopes, they are brimming with cultural delights. In this new seven night itinerary, we uncover world-class art, food festivals and unique activities for you to experience year round.
ART IN DENVER
Welcome to the ‘Mile High City’; sitting exactly one mile above sea level, Denver is where your cultural trail begins. Staying in downtown’s Art Hotel, you will immediately feel the city’s creativity, both within the architectural splendour of the hotel and from the world class exhibits on your doorstep, such as the Denver Art Museum. Take time to explore the many different galleries and museums for your culture fix. For shopping, take a trip to the luxury stores at Cherry Creek mall or the quirky boutiques of Larimer Square, which is also great for soaking in the city buzz and boasts some exciting year round events. With so much to see and do in this bustling metropolis, you’ll need to keep up your energy with good food, and luckily there are plenty of options. We love the Chinese inspired cuisine that’s served up in ChoLon Bistro, perfect for a refuel at lunchtime. Or for the ultimate Denver dining experience, then tuck into the tasty dishes at Fruition, a must-visit before you leave the city.
EAT YOUR WAY AROUND ASPEN
After a couple of nights adjusting to Colorado lift in the glimmering city lights, it’ll be time to kick back and absorb the calmer pace in Aspen. Nestled in the heart of the town centre, the Little Nell Hotel will be your base for the next three days and makes a fantastic spot for exploring the area. For the foodies amongst you, Aspen is just oozing with places to lure you in. With a perfect blend of local delicacies alongside some of the best international cuisine, from French inspired Frogs Legs at Rustique to mouth-watering sushi at Nobu’s sibling Matsushia, there’s something to sate every palette. If you want to ‘do’ as well as dine, we recommend booking into the Cooking School of Aspen, or heading out in June to sample the world’s best cuisine at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.Read more
Aspen is also ripe for simply meandering and uncovering hidden gems, such as the charming Explore Bookshop with its endless shelves, comfy chairs and quaint bistro upstairs. Hire a bike and explore the different cultural offerings, from the Aspen Art Museum and Café, to the scenic John Denver Sanctuary and the historic Independence Ghost Town further afield. Or catch on of the many festivals that bring added buzz to the town throughout the year, from Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) and other music festivals, to ballet performances, the summer exhibition, film and theatre.
CULTURAL FUN IN SNOWMASS
Now it’s time to absorb the vibrancy of Snowmass village. Checking into the Viceroy, you are setting up camp at the home of the famous Eight K restaurant and bar, while also being able to indulge in some poolside treatments at the hotel’s spa.
Yes, this is a resort known for its fantastic selection of winter spots, but like neighbouring Aspen, Snowmass is a fabulous place to while away the spring and summer, too. Mosey around the town and you’ll notice the pride its inhabitants take in this place, with quirky signs, little boutiques and a variety of lovely cafes, such as local hotspot, Fuel. You could easily spend a few days here walking around the local area and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere, but we strongly recommend you make the most of the magical landscapes beyond. We’ll arrange morning or afternoon at nearby Anderson Ranch to give you a wonderful insight into the local artist community, with its exciting workshops ranging from wood work to tea cup design. You’ll also find a plethora of annual festivals and events; from the beautiful Balloon Festival in September to the Colorado Wanderlust festival on 4th July weekend, which focuses on mindfulness, yoga and healthy eating, making a lovely contrast to the more tradition Independence Day celebrations over in Aspen, where you find spectacular fireworks and parades.
So there you have it, a taster of the cultural wonders that await in the Aspen-Snowmass mountains. Whether you find yourself there in spring, summer, autumn or winter, this corner of the world is steeped in history, culture and a community spirit that will keep you coming back for more.