Everything shines a little brighter in Colorado. The grandeur of the great outdoors meets elevated experiences in the Rockies Playground—an area defined by well-appointed accommodations and opportunities for adventure like no other. When ski season winds down, the focus shifts to a different side of this incredible landscape, especially in summer. Plus, it all comes with the appeal of the local lifestyle. Around Aspen, discover some of the state’s most stylish mountain towns, including Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, and Marble. Raise a sustainably made cocktail to an unparalleled blend of high-energy thrills, wellness, and nightlife.
Itinerary / 5 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
Once your feet are back on the ground, head to Mawa’s Kitchen, a Black-owned restaurant, where the menus reflect the seasons and burst with fresh ingredients. Next, feed your craving for thought-provoking culture at the Aspen Art Museum, where among the current exhibits, poet and artist Precious Okoyomon has transformed the rooftop into an organic work of art collaborating with gardeners and musicians alike (through September 21, 2022).
Afterward, have dinner at 7908 for elevated comfort food with a dreamy ambiance before grabbing cocktails at Hotel Jerome’s The Living Room. Finally, see the stars shine a little brighter with a private astronomy guide on a stargazing tour arranged by The Little Nell—complete with a bottle of Dom Pérignon and light bites if you like. Or see a different kind of star at Belly Up Aspen instead.
Follow your excursion with a treatment like the CBD Muscle Relief Massage at the Viceroy spa. Or, since the mountain air has a way of unleashing one’s artistic spirit, head to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center to recharge with a coffee at the café, pick up artwork at the store, and take a stroll around the outdoor sculpture park and indoor gallery. If you’re feeling inspired, register for a workshop. With the day winding down, a private evening horseback ride is a mindful way to connect to the stunning wilderness. Keep the rest of the night blissfully low-key back at the hotel with dinner at TORO Kitchen & Lounge.
Get off the beaten path at the Ruedi Reservoir, 14 miles east of Basalt. While it’s tucked in what many consider a hiker’s paradise, you’ll also find a surprising array of watersports in this peaceful setting, such as windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing, and paddleboarding.
In the evening, shift your mindset with an eco-minded spin on dinner and a show. Unwind at Free Range Kitchen serving simply prepared farm-fresh food in a happy, welcoming environment and then have some cocktails at the Woody Creek Distillery tasting room. It all leads to a show or concert at the net-zero performance venue TACAW. When the curtain goes down, head back to your hotel for a restorative night of sleep.
Turn your focus to wellness at True Nature Healing Arts, a distinctive sanctuary for self-discovery and connection at the base of Mount Sopris. The sustainably built center offers daily yoga classes, movement and meditation, and personal growth workshops, as well as a spa, organic café, and a socially conscious gift boutique. Then regroup over lunch at Señor Taco Show and house-made drinks at Batch Provisions.
Throughout Colorado there are five Creative Corridors showcasing the state’s artistic spirit. In Carbondale’s Creative Corridor, enjoy a mix of art, agriculture and views of Mount Sopris on an afternoon bike ride along the Rio Grande ARTway.
Come dinner, go to Main Street where the stylish Brass Anvil humbly bills itself as “a nice place to eat in Carbondale,” and you’ll agree from your first bite of a cornbread muffin with herbed bourbon butter to start. Luckily, you’re staying at the ideal place for an after-dinner drink—which is sustainably made—at the zero-waste Marble Bar at Marble Distillery. Cheers!