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Looking for the Best Aspen Hotspots – By Juliana Accioly
A true citizen of the world, Christian Jagodzinski has picked Aspen, the “most chic of Colorado resorts” as one of the exclusive sites for his Villazzo’s operations. This stylish Old Victorian mining town set against the towering magnificence of the Elk mountains is a world-renowned hot spot – the glamour of its superb year-round mix of outdoor recreation and stimulating dining and cultural life attracts a distinctive multicultural jetsetting crowd.
Here Villazzo’s founder and CEO shares his firsthand experience of this “quaint, most charming town” and its dashing social landscape.
Aspen has dozens of lifts split between four different mountains. “Highland Bowl is the most extreme, and my personal favorite – its terrain requires total commitment. After the usual gondola ride, Aspen hard-core ski and snowboard fanatics take a snow cat to go up even further, and then set out on an additional 10-30 minute hike taking you well above 12,000 ft to the rim of the “Bowl”. If the almost vertical drop-in is too much for you to handle, there is also an option of “trails” weaving through trees, gullies and meadows to offer a more gentle and solitary run. If you are looking for a serious skiing challenge, this outdoor fantasyland will blow you away.”
Ajax Tavern at the foot of Aspen Mountain is a great place to catch the last sun rays at the end of an active skiing day through Aspen Mountain’s runs and mogul fields. “I like to relax on the terrace close to the gondola base station and enjoy the sights of skiers coming down, sipping some hot chocolate.”
“When the sun has set behind the mountains, head over one block to 39 Degrees Lounge in the Sky Hotel, where you can enjoy Aspen’s best burger amongst the hip après-ski crowd.” A live DJ set by the heated pool and poolside bar make it the perfect spot to try some of Aspen’s most adventurous cocktails!
Dining in Aspen is absorbing and varied, there is everything from Austrian to Mexican to authentic French.
Nobu’s outpost in town Matsuhisa is an Aspen’s dining mainstay. “My favorite dishes are the thinly sliced scallop dotted with chili and yuzu and mussels in spicy garlic sauce”. You can reserve a coveted seat downstairs for the immersive Matsu experience or hit the laid-back upstairs lounge with private seating boxes. The eclectic wine list includes an exclusive selection of sake and drinks made with shochu, a Japanese fiery spirit.
For more casually sophisticated ambiance, “I love Cache Cache, Aspen’s upscale French bistro. You must try the rack of lamb!” There’s a balanced mix of curious tourists and gracious locals here, drawn in by the delicious dishes and an eclectic 106-page, 1,000-label list that represents the world’s major wine regions. The bar is a scene, showcasing 4,000-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar set behind a wall of glass. This is also a popular spot amongst celebrities and after a punishing day at the slopes you might just find yourself dining next to Elle MacPherson or rock star Dave Navarro.
Also perfect for fine dining is the “excellent service and warmth of Piñons”. Its traditional American fare has held its own for more than 20 years in Aspen. You can’t go wrong with the ample portions of venison, veal chops, steak offerings, and delicious salads and desserts.
Housed in a charming Victorian historic mining cabin in Restaurant Row, Steakhouse No 316 is a high-end stylish meat lover’s paradise. This dining treasure is small and cozy, with elegant touches of velvet-tufted banquettes, leather chairs and wood floors, but still “a steakhouse to compare to New York’s best list”. Order your favorite cut and the attentive staff will help you pair it with some of the wonderful sauces, such as the blue cheese bone marrow. The wonderful generous portion of the utterly decadent white chocolate Bourbon bread pudding is the perfect way to end an absolutely decadent meal.
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Aspen’s signature winter event puts the spotlight on the youngsters of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, raising proceeds to help more than 2,300 kids participating in skiing and snowboarding. This traditional midwinter fundraising takes place between Christmas and New Year’s Eve making it the most coveted ticket of the season. “It is fascinating to watch former Olympians going head-to-head with locals on a downhill ski challenging course on the Little Nell run on Aspen mountain. “Don’t miss the legions of pro skiers and riders that turn out for the event not only for the race but also the hottest Après party in Aspen!”
Here comes summer, and Aspen is the place to be for family fun in the great outdoors.
Aspen summer activities
1. Go white water rafting.
Choose a half-day trip that’s a gentle glide down the Roaring Fork River with plenty of time to take in the stunning scenery, or one that’s adrenaline-charged as you negotiate Class IV rapids and “boulder gardens.” Whichever you choose, experienced guides make the trip safe and fun.
2. Ride downhill on a bicycle.
A bike tour is an ideal family activity. Whether you choose the paved road tour down from the Maroon Bells, or the smooth dirt track that follows the Roaring Fork River, you’ll have a chance to stop and learn about the wildlife and flora and fauna along the way.
3. Tour the backcountry in a 4-wheel drive.
Rugged but comfortable off-road vehicles charge canyons, climb foothills and traverse streams allowing amazing access to alpine forests and wildflower-carpeted high alpine meadows. Guides and drivers know just where to stop to give you that perfect photo opportunity.
4. Fly fish on the river.
Cast your rod on the Roaring Fork or Frying Pan River featuring some of the finest wild trout fishing in Western Colorado. Both rivers are designated Gold Metal Rivers by the Colorado Department of Wildlife to signify outstanding trout fisheries. Anglers enjoy spectacular vistas of mountains and canyons.
5. Hike wilderness trails.
From novice to intermediate half-day hikes of 3-4 miles to full day hikes over challenging terrain for expert hikers, there’s something for everyone on Aspen’s wilderness trails. Along the way, enjoy the pristine alpine landscape and learn about the ecology, geology and natural history of the region from knowledgeable guides.
6. Ride a horse through beautiful country.
The original settlers in this area came on horseback so, from the saddle of your experienced packhorse, you get a perspective on what they saw so long ago. Enjoy riding through aspen groves and pine forests, accessing remote lakes and streams, and viewing scenery that will take your breath away.
7. Climb a mountainside.
Rock climbing classes are available for novice to advanced climbers. All classes teach basic skills, including knots, belaying, and movement on rock. Full and half day classes are available with AMGA certified guides. All safety equipment such as: harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes, ropes, and anchors are included.
8. Attend an open-air concert.
Day and night, music takes center stage during the summer months. Whether you enjoy bluegrass, folk, rock, or classical, there’s something for every musical taste. Pick your genre, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy music in the great outdoors, an Aspen summer tradition.
9. Take a gondola ride up Aspen Mountain.
The Silver Queen Gondola, the longest single-stage gondola in the world, rises from Aspen town to the summit of Aspen Mountain, a 3,267 vertical rise. At the 11,212-foot summit, revel in the views, dine on the Sundeck, jump on the climbing wall or Eurobungy trampoline, or take a free, guided nature walk.
10. Soar over mountain peaks in a hot air balloon.
Set off early in the morning when the air is brisk. During the flight, you’ll see amazing views from about 1,500 feet above the Colorado landscape. A champagne brunch ton landing tops it off. This is an exhilarating adventure you’ll never forget.
Villazzo is your source for Aspen luxury vacation rentals. Book your Aspen villa now for the summer season, and start planning summer days packed with exciting activities and family fun.
Spend this Holiday season in a Beautiful Chalet-Style Villa in Aspen Co.
Winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy Aspen. From world class ski slopes and resorts to luxury spas and restaurants, Aspen has everything on your list for a perfect winter retreat.
Villa Serena offers 7 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12.
Book your Aspen Christmas holiday now – with full VillaHotel service
Aspen, with its breathtaking scenery, great skiing and equally seductive après ski options, has become a traditional holiday escape for celebrities, business barons and jetsetters of every stripe. Villazzo is happy to announce that we have restructured our Aspen VillaHotel portfolio by replacing 5 of our “Top 10” selection with 5 new properties. For you, Villazzo has selected the best 10 villas in Aspen, Saint-Tropez, and Miami Beach to give you a true 5-star experience for different requirements.
In these amazing properties, Villazzo enhances the vacation experience with the ultimate 5-star private hotel service. From butler service to housekeeping, from fresh flowers to premium wines, from fully-stocked pantry to reservations at the best restaurants, Villazzo aims to please. All you have to do is arrive and enjoy!
Villa Molly – 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms – Aspen
Villa Chepita – 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms – Aspen
Villa Malia – 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms – Aspen
Ski In / Ski Out
Villa Ariel – 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathroom – Snowmass Village
Ski In / Ski Out
Villa Jordan – 5 bedrooms – Aspen
Contact us now for more information!