One of the country’s premier ski resorts is also a perfect summer destination. Aspen, Colorado has a range of festivals and fun to attract visitors when the snow melts. Here’s a guide to visiting Aspen during the summer:
Get out in nature The big draw during the summer is hiking and biking with miles of trails surrounding the city. Bike rentals are available everywhere and guided bike tours are a good way for beginners to experiecne the area safely. Blazing Adventures is a local provider offering bike rentals and mountain bike tours, along with other adventure activities.
Listen to music Each summer, the city hosts the massive Aspen Music Festival and School, an almost-month long concert series and celebration of music. The festival, held across a mutitude of venues, features some of the top names in classical music, along with the genre’s rising stars. For more modern sounds, the Belly Up Aspen presents a calendar of pop and rock performers.
Visit Aspen history Aspen was built on the success of the local silver mines and one of the city’s founders was a man named Jerome Wheeler. His legacy can be visited at the Wheeler Opera House, restored and offfering a program of films, theater and music performances and The Hotel Jerome, the hotel he created which still welcomes guests today.
Food Aspen hosts one of the country’s best foodie events, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, presented by Food & Wine magazine and now in its 31st year. This three-day event, typically the third weekend in June, costs about $1,300 and up per person and includes a range of food and wine tastings and events. The city is also filled with great restaurants of all types and kinds. For an authentic Italian meal, our favorite restaurant is L’Hostaria (620 East Hyman) in the downtown area.
Sleep We like the St. Regis Aspen, located at the base of the mountain and steps from the shopping area. The luxury hotel features amenities like butler service but also offers an extensive kids program. A Starwood property, they also offer the SPG Kids Pass with unlimited food and drink selections.
Getting there Many flights connect through Denver but American Airlines and United offer non-stop service direct into Aspen from several US cities. Aspen is a mountain destination subject to wind, booking flights early in the morning may help avoid delays or cancellations.
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