The holidays are upon us, bringing dreams of snow covered quaint towns and long nights tucked in at a favorite restaurant, waiting out a fresh downfall. One of Life:Styled’s favorite destinations for a true winter wonderland is of course, Aspen Colorado. Check out some of our favorite spots and as always, contact Life:Styled SOON to book your holiday travel!
Where to stay:
***The Little Nell – This ski in/ski out boutique hotel and residences is famous for being the most luxurious and intimate place to stay. We love the personalized customer service and established and upscale, while still comfortable, ambiance.
***The Sky Hotel – just across the street from the Little Nell is the Sky Hotel; a newer, trendy hot spot that has great rooms, service and amenities. Stay or visit here for one of the greatest après–ski scenes in Aspen. It’s the perfect combination of local and “in the know” out-of-towners you will find.
Where to Eat:
***Ellina: This cozy locals favorite has a great bar menu, cocktails, and wine list… the food is awesome, and many people are just finding out about and falling in love with it, as it is still young. It is definitely fine dining, but there is no dress code. Many people say after one visit that it’s their new favorite place to dine in Aspen. Don’t leave without trying the absolutely delicious artichoke heart bruscetta and the perfect lemon basil martini.
***Another dining favorite; ok, so maybe not unique to Aspen, but what can we say about Matsuhisa? If you are in a city that has one of Chef Nobu’s famed and always delectable spots, you kind of have to go there. This outpost is particularly popular, a great crowd, packed every night. You won’t try one thing on the menu that isn’t perfection, but we particularly love the Miso black cod and Toro Tartar with Caviar.
What to do:
In the winter, it’s pretty much skiing and snowboarding (along with eating and drinking of course). Many travelers will stay on Aspen Mountain, . The coolest terrain is definitely Highlands, where you will find a giant, almost separate peek you can hike to called the Highlands bowl… it’s definitely more for the ambitious type. And if you want a combo of the two mountains, with the biggest mixture of expert and novice terrain and by far the most acreage of all the mountains, you will want to check out Snowmass. It’s definitely more family oriented but it has enough crazy back-country runs for everyone to have a great time.
We also have a great contact for private back-country motorized sled tours that is a really fun adventure, not to be missed!
Non-skiers will not be disappointed either; shopping and spas: what’s not to love? Aspen is a small town, so make friends with your bartender and get many more great locals tips and secrets!