BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM & JUICE
●Aspen Saturday Market – East Hyman & East Hopkins Avenues & South Hunter Street corners; 970-925-1940; aspenchamber.org; can purchase breakfast for picnicking in nearby Wagner park.
●Paradise Bakery – 320 South Galena Street; 970-925-7585; paradisebakery.com; try cookies & hot chocolate; also, ice cream.
●Victoria’s Espresso Wine Bar – 510 East Durant Avenue; 970-920-3001; aspenespressobar.com; good quick breakfast spot.
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●Ajax Tavern – 685 East Durant Avenue (at Little Nell Hotel); 970-920-6334; thelittlenell.com; excellent drinks & food.
●Aspen Brewing Co. – 304 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-920-2739; aspenbrewingcompany.com; relaxed tee-shirt & flannel atmosphere; old-time-y; polished teak bar.
●Belly Up Aspen – 450 South Galena Street; 970-544-9800; bellyupaspen.com; live music venue.
●Casa Tua – 403 South Galena Street; 970-920-7277; casatua.com; Miami-based restaurant outpost; Italian; lovely outdoor patio; try Casa Tua Aspen (prosecco & Martini & Rossi rosato).
●Eric’s Bar – 315 East Hyman Street; 970-920-6707; whiskey – lots of it – is bar’s claim to fame; hip little watering hole that attracts rowdy crowd; also varied lineup of imported beers on tap.
●Jimmy’s – 205 South Mill Street, #2; 970-925-6020; jimmysaspen.com; prides self upon mezcal & tequila selection (145 labels).
●Matsuhisa – 303 East Main Street; 970-544-6628; matsuhisaaspen.com; collaboration with Nobu Matsuhisa & Nobuko Kang (designer); laid-back upstairs lounge.
●39° Lounge – 709 East Durant Avenue (in Sky Hotel); 970-429-7860; theskyhotel.com; where young, wind-burned crowd gathers by crackling fire in wool hats to watch Teton Gravity Research movies on flat-screen TVs; death-defying flips footage is perfect way to get revved up; drinks include Botox martinis (Red Bull included) & Rita Deluxe made with Julio 1942 tequila & Grand Marnier 150.
●Victoria’s Espresso Wine Bar – 510 East Durant Avenue; 970-920-3001; aspenespressobar.com.
●Annabelle Inn – 232 West Main Street; 970-925-3822; annabelleinn.com; most affordable hotel listed; 35 rooms, all with 20" flat-screen TVs; 1 hot tub has Red Mountain views; other hot tub in courtyard that with waterfalls & fire pit.
●Hotel Jerome – 330 East Main Street; 970-920-1000 or 877-412-7625; hoteljerome.com; 1889 downtown brick landmark (1st Colorado hotel to have electricity); rockresort; elegant & expensive.
●Limelight Lodge – 355 South Monarch Street; 970-925-3025 or 800-433-0832; limelightlodge.com; most affordable of hotels listed but still expensive.
●Little Nell – 675 East Durant Avenue; 970-920-4600 or 888-843-6355; thelittlenell.com; “the” Aspen hotel; expensive.
●Mountain House Lodge – 905 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-920-2550; mountainhouselodge.com; bright, clean & cheap.
●St. Moritz Lodge – 334 West Hyman Avenue; 970-925-3220; stmoritzlodge.com; looks like Americanized Swiss chalet; 36 rooms; steam room & outdoor heated pool surrounded by plum trees & killer view.
●St. Regis – 315 East Dean Street; 970-920-3300 or 888-627-7198; stregisaspen.com.
●Sky Hotel – 709 East Durant Avenue; 970-925-6760 or 800-882-2582; theskyhotel.com; in downtown Aspen; stunning views & old-world Rocky Mountain charm.
●Viceroy Snowmass – 130 Wood Road; 970-923-8000 or 866-270-8440; viceroysnowmass.com.
●Bonnie’s – above Lift 3 on Aspen Mountain; 970-544-6252; American food; lunch is must.
●Cache Cache Bistro – 205 South Mill Street; 970-925-3835; cachecache.com; French.
●Casa Tua – 403 South Galena Street; 970-920-7277; casatua.com; Miami-based restaurant outpost; Italian; lovely outdoor patio.
●Cheese Shop – 601 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-544-6656; great place for quick bite for lunch.
●Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro – 100 yards below Cloud Nine chair (on Aspen Highlands); 970-544-3063; old ski hut feel; views of Maroon Bells; popular lunch dish is osso bucco with ratatouille & roasted potatoes, soup & salad included.
●D19 – 305 South Mill Street; 970-925-6019; d19restaurant.com; Italian & seafood.
●Element 47 – 675 East Durant Avenue (at Little Nell); 970-920-4600; thelittlenell.com; leisurely, multi-course meals.
●Elevation – 304 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-544-5166; elevationaspen.com; heading into its 9th year; beautiful & cozy dining room.
●Escape – 221 East Main Street (at Explore Booksellers, on 2nd Floor); 970-925-5338; explorebooksellers.com; in old Victorian house-bookstore; great vegetarian food upstairs; elegant room in front near fireplace or enclosed porch in summer.
●Jimmy’s – 205 South Mill Street; 970-925-6020; jimmysaspen.com; walk in on Saturday night & see owner, Jimmy Yeager, violently twirling dance partner between tables for Latin dance night; only thing better than dance moves is crab cakes, meatloaf; known by locals for unreal bar menu, with great (Aspen) prices; specialties include mac & cheese.
●Kenichi – 533 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-920-2212; kenichiaspen.com; popular sushi haunt.
●Krabloonik Fine Dining & Dogsledding – 4250 Divide Road; 970-923-3953; krabloonik.com; log cabin from which you can watch sled dogs teams come & go as you bite into tender caribou loin or wild-boar chop; largest dog kennel in America’s lower 48 states; rustic restaurant with huge picture windows overlooking mountain views; seating around sunken fireplace; game variety; beef tenderloin; lamb; & fish.
●Matsuhisa – 303 East Main Street; 970-544-6628; matsuhisaaspen.com; collaboration with Nobu Matsuhisa & Nobuko Kang (designer); laid-back upstairs lounge; dazzling food.
●NY Pizza – 409 East Hyman Avenue; 970-920-3888; newyorkpizzaaspen.com; surprisingly good pizza & nice variety; reasonable prices, but no credit cards accepted.
●Pine Creek Cookhouse – 11399 Castle Creek Road; 970-925-1044; pinecreekcookhouse.com; have to take short hike up to restaurant; cuisine & stunning views well worth extra effort; reservations recommended.
●Piñons – 105 South Mill Street; 970-920-2021; pinons.net; has elk & other game on menu; voted best restaurant by Aspen Times every year since 2001; open over 20 years.
●Pyramid Bistro – 221 East Main Street; 970-925-5338; pyramidbistro.com; open-air café with healthy food.
●Rustique Bistro – 216 South Monarch Street; 970-920-2555; rustiquebistro.com; try ribs.
●Social – 304 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-925-9700; social-aspen.com; outstanding warm service & even better fresh-innovative cuisine; “small plates” approach is delicious & lots of fun.
●Wild Fig – 315 East Hyman Avenue; 970-925-5160; thewildfig.com; 10 tables; Mediterranean menu.
●Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – 100 Puppy Smith Street (Hallam Lake Center); 970-925-5756; aspennature.org; offers information about hiking (try Green World Day Hike), as well as guided tours.
●Aspen Kayak Academy – 315 Oak Lane; 970-925-4433; aspenkayakacademy.com.
●Aspen Music Festival – 980 North 3rd Street; 970-925-9042; aspenmusicfestival.com; classical performances.
●Aspen Whitewater Rafting – 520 Durant Street (inside Hamilton Sports); 866-377-4837; aspenwhitewater.com; river-rafting.
●Blazing Adventures – 48 Snowmass Village Mall; 970-923-4544; blazingadventures.com; river-rafting.
●Kiwi Adventure Ko – 303 Grove Court; 970-948-4818; kiwiadventureko.com; river-rafting; owned by Scotty Gibsone.
●St. Regis Remède Farm-to-Massage Table Menu – 315 East Dean Street; 970-920-3300; stregisaspen.com/spa.html; spa & rub-down.
●Walking Tours – AspenWalkingTours.com; try “Aspen’s Darkside,” which is evening walk including stories about ghosts & murder that guide makes really entertaining.
●Amon Wardy Home – 210 South Galena Street; 970-920-7700 or 800-228-5987; amonwardyaspen.com; housewares; merchandise is so unusual (whimsical house gifts to fur blankets) that it’s worth shipping home.
●Aspen Saturday Market – East Hyman & East Hopkins Avenues & South Hunter Street corners; 970-925-1940; aspenchamber.org; can purchase breakfast for picnicking in nearby Wagner park; everything from food products to handicrafts.
●Cheese Shop – 601 East Hopkins Avenue; 970-544-6656; great place for quick bite for lunch.
●Explore Bookseller – 221 East Main Street; 970-925-5336; explorebooksellers.com; bookstore in old Victorian house with restaurant that serves great vegetarian food upstairs; elegant room in front near fireplace or enclosed porch in summer.
●Little Bird – 525 East Cooper Avenue #104; 970-920-3830; thelittlebirdinc.com; new & vintage wear.
●Radio Boardshop – 424 East Cooper Avenue; 970-925-9373; radioboardshop.com; although primarily skateboard shop, very cool t-shirts & shorts.
●Recycle Art Aspen – 514 Kathryns Way; 970-948-9888; recycleartaspen.com; restored bicycles.
●Ute Mountaineer – 308 South Mill Street; 970-925-2849; utemountaineer.com; out-of-doors clothing & equipment.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Ashcroft Ghost Town – Castle Creek Road; 970-925-5347; heritageaspen.org; once prosperous silver mining town.
●Aspen Art Museum – 590 North Mill Street; 970-925-8050; aspenartmuseum.org; designed by Pritzker-award-winner Shigeru Ban; rooftop sculpture garden is worth special visit.
●Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – 100 Puppy Smith Street (Hallam Lake Center); 970-925-5756; aspennature.org; rehabilitated prey birds.
●Cathedral Lake – White River National Forest; 970-925-3445; fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; among Aspen’s most “iconic” hikes; 5.6 miles round trip with 2’K elevation.
●Hunter Thompson Home – 1278 Woody Creek Road (Woody Creek, Owl Farm).
●North Star Nature Preserve – Highway 82 (east of Aspen); 970-920-5232; iba.audubon.org/iba/viewSiteProfile.do?siteId=470&navSite=state; great bird-watching.
●Wheeler Opera House – 320 East Hyman Avenue; 970-920-5770; wheeleroperahouse.com; built in 1889.