Aspen Meadows Resort Staff Picks

Discover the top Aspen attractions and the most exciting local events in our monthly Staff Picks blog, where we’ll provide you with tips and tricks on how to get the most of your Colorado getaway.

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    A Look Back in Time

    Aspen has long been known as one of the most exclusive and gorgeous resort towns in the world, but prior to its transformation, it was a booming town for mining silver. Before it gained its name in 1880, the area was named Ute City for the Native Americans who lived there, and the population grew quickly as schools, churches, and banks opened to serve the mining town. After silver was demonetized, the area transformed again in the middle of the 1930s. The Army trained their Tenth Mountain Division on the consistent powder and the soldiers saw a great opportunity in Aspen. In fact, several of those soldiers returned after World War II to start up the ski area we know today. Aspen is a beautiful, ever-evolving city, and the team at the Aspen Meadows Resort is proud to be a part of its history and to share it with you and your family.

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    Hiking the Maroon Bells

    Gorgeous scenery and adventure await you and your family at the can’t-miss Maroon Bells! Choose from two of the most popular tours—the Maroon Lake Walk or the Crater Lake Hike—and experience Aspen in all of its natural wonder. Both tours are guided by knowledgeable ACES Naturalists, so you’ll learn plenty of interesting facts about the ecology, geology, and natural history of the area along the way.

    The Maroon Lake Walk is an easy 1-mile, 45-minute hike that will give you and your group a chance to trace along the lakeshore, taking in amazing views of the Maroon Bells and surrounding mountains.

    • Trailhead elevation: 9,580 feet
    • Highest point: 9,600 feet
    • Elevation gain: 20 feet

    The classic Crater Lake Hike offers a fun but more challenging experience as it winds through pristine aspen groves and alpine landscapes from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake. This 1.8-mile, 2-hour trek takes you to the base of the Maroon Bells mountain peaks, towering over you from 14,000 feet above.

    • Trailhead elevation: 9,580 feet
    • Highest point: 10,080 feet
    • Elevation gain: 500 feet

    Groups for both hikes depart twice daily at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. from outside the Maroon Bells Information Center, at the RFTA bus stop. No reservations are necessary, but the Crater Lake Hike does have a 9-person maximum on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Enrich your trip to the Aspen Meadows Resort by making your way to the Maroon Bells today!

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    Aspen–The Perfect Getaway

    Every traveler knows that choosing a destination for your dream vacation can either make or break the trip. When you choose to stay at the Aspen Meadows Resort, the decision is easy! Aspen is home to some of the most gorgeous vistas—whether you’re taking it all in at the hot air balloon festival, riding the gondola at Aspen or Snowmass Mountains, or hiking the trails at Independence Pass. The amazing blue skies and temperate weather make it perfect for all manner of outdoor activities, including rafting, biking, and kayaking.

    The arts, music, and culture scene of the area offer up something for everyone with concert events like the Aspen Music Festival and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Stop into the Aspen Art Museum to view exciting collections and exhibitions or Theatre Aspen for incredible performances.

    Your favorite furry friend is invited as well, since not only is the Aspen Meadows Resort dog-friendly, but the whole town is too! Book your accommodations today and take in all our fair town has to offer.

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    The Finest in Colorado Dining

    From Executive Chef Jason Thompson’s skilled kitchen and culinary team, you will be delighted by the fabulous dining experience at Plato’s. One does not have to go far to find the best in unique, locally sourced cuisine—simply reserve your seat at this Aspen Meadows Resort’s on-site dining establishment.

    You will enjoy a comfortable, luxurious atmosphere with spectacular views of Aspen Mountains, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk mountains all while feasting on dishes from the rotating prix fixe menu and indulging in carefully crafted cocktails and our treasured selections of wine. With menu choices based on the season and from organic farms right here in Colorado, you can’t go wrong with any dishes—whether it’s succulent duck breast, delectable char siu mushrooms with bamboo rice, or a New York strip unlike any you have had before. Reserve your table here for a night you won’t soon forget.

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    The 100-Year Celebration of the Bauhaus

    Join us in the 100-year celebration of the Bauhaus – the modern movement that would shape art and design into the future and even in the actual art and architecture of the Aspen Meadows Resort. Designed by the legendary Herbert Bayer, as you walk through the resort you will find yourself immersed in the history of the movement.

    From the Guest Buildings to the Walter Isaacson Center and Health Club, your stay will be highlighted with the Bauhaus style created by Bayer. The Resnick Art Gallery inside of the Doerr-Hosier building showcases rotating works by Bayer and free Bauhaus tours are available for you to join weekly so you can view several of his works, including Anderson Park, Sgraffito Mural, the Geodesic Dome, and the Kaleidoscreen.

    Since this year is a special one, Aspen is commemorating the 100 years with An Evening of Whimsy and Wonder on June 6th! The Bauhaus Ball is among the many unique events being held only this year. You can visit their website to learn more about the events coming to town and join in on the celebrations! Make your stay one to remember by booking today to enjoy the multitude of workshops and exhibitions put on by the Aspen Historical Society and others all year long.

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    The Aspen Music Festival

    The 70th anniversary of the Aspen Music Festival is just around the corner and now is the time to reserve your tickets. From June 27th to August 18th, you and your family will be delighted to hear a collection of the greatest classical and jazz songs of all time performed by incredible orchestras.

    This year’s theme, "Being American," is bringing with it special performances of all kinds. You will enjoy the works of Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many more in celebration of the diverse array of American music genres.

    From orchestra performances and tributes to great artists to master classes and competitions, this popular event offers the best of the best in today’s concert experience. The venues are as varied as the shows, with options to watch from Harris Concert Hall and the Benedict Music Tent to even the top of Aspen Mountain. Plus, Benedict Music Tent is just a short walk from the Aspen Meadows Resort. Check out the lineup and reserve your spot today!
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    Fun in the Sun and Snow

    Closing day of the ski season is almost upon us – and so are all of the fabulous perks and events this time of year offers! Aspen in spring is ideal for skiers looking for longer daylight hours and warmer, less blustery conditions to enjoy. Whether you are finishing out the month, March 15th through the 31st at the Bud Light Spring Jam 2019, watching competitions and outdoor concerts, or attending one of the four mountain’s closing parties at the beginning of April, you are sure to find something exciting to take part in.

    Each mountain and the surrounding areas offer up unique experiences and festivities for you to remember until the next season. Best of all, your stay at the Aspen Meadows Resort provides convenient and easy access to everything, as well as discounted lodging rates now that the holidays have passed.

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    Wine, Dine, Refresh

    It’s never too early to start planning your weekend around the 2019 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 14th through the 16th. Take advantage of the premier package offered by Aspen Meadows Resort, when you book in advance. It includes a delicious breakfast to get your day started, discounted lodging in our 98 guest suites, as well as a $100 gift certificate to the fabulous Of Grape & Grain wine shop of Aspen.

    Our resort is the ideal way to ensure you’re well rested and ready to explore the sights sounds, and of course, tastes that await you. A foodie and wine lover's paradise, beautiful Wagner Park will host the grand tasting pavilion and serve guests the best cuisine and drinks from the most accomplished culinary experts. The backdrop of Aspen Mountain sets the stage for what will surely be a memorable occasion for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to attend this experience of a lifetime. Purchase your 3-day festival pass to the Food & Wine Classic here

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    Get in the Game

    January 24th through the 27th, you are invited to see the best of the best in winter sports gather and compete at the 2019 X Games Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain. Audiences can purchase tickets to see not only the most incredible feats of athleticism but also live performances by The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Lil Wayne, and Louis The Child.

    The X Games have been the event for both burgeoning talent on the snow and a stage for world-class athletes to display the most daring techniques, talents, and tricks. This festival-like experience is not one to be missed and your stay at the Aspen Meadows Resort positions you conveniently close to all of the action.

    Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot at the most exciting sporting and music event of the season online by visiting their website here. Packages are available for tickets covering both events and musical performances.

  • Celebrate the 12 Days of Aspen

    There’s nothing quite like the 12 Days of Aspen. From December 20-31, 2018, the holiday spirit takes over downtown Aspen and fills the city with ice skating, Christmas caroling, live concerts, and a spectacular fireworks display over Aspen Mountain to close out the year. Here’s a list of our favorite ways to celebrate each of the 12 Days of Aspen.

    December 20 | "bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen" Exhibit Grand Opening & Holiday Cookie Exchange | Wheeler/Stallard Museum

    December 21 | Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol | Wheeler Opera House

    December 22 | Aspen Skating Club Holiday Exhibition | Base Village Ice Arena,


    December 23 | Aspen Laugh Festival Presents Melissa Villasenor | Wheeler Opera House

    December 24 | The Heart of Christmas | Aspen Chapel

    December 25 | The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute | Wheeler Opera House

    December 26 | ACES Après: Holiday Open House | ACES at Hallam Lake

    December 27 | Third Eye Blind | Belly Up Aspen

    December 28 | Aspen Film 27th Annual Academy Screenings| Paepcke Auditorium

    December 29 | Acrobats of Cirque-tacular | Wheeler Opera House

    December 30 | Justice | Belly Up Aspen

    December 31 | Free Bonfire, DJ, and Fireworks Over Aspen Mountain | Wagner Park


  • Gearing up for Ski Season in Aspen

    Aspen is known for having some of the best ski slopes in all of the United States. But the last thing you want to happen while you're cruising down the slopes and soaking up the sun, snow, and smooth paths is to be slowed down by bad gear and ill preparation. So, we’ve compiled a how-to guide to help you gear up for the ski season.

    1. Check the weather. App or online, wherever or however you check the day's forecast, make sure you that you do check the weather before you head out. It’ll mean the difference between packing light gear or heavy gear, skiing, or skipping the slopes for the day.

    2. Speaking of gear, pack right, not necessarily light. InAspen, layers are your best friend. Leggings and long-sleeved tees, fleece pants and sweatshirts, snow pants, socks, hats gloves, and scarves are all ski essentials. Don't forget about sunscreen and UV protective wear. After all, we are known for our 300+ days of sunshine a year!

    3. Choose your slopes strategically. Do a little research beforehand. Make sure that you understand the level of difficulty of the slopes you decide to tackle. The slopes in Aspen range from beginner to advanced levels.

  • Traveling Through the Independence Pass

    There’s no better time to drive through Colorado’s Independence Pass than in Autumn. Open from the Wednesday before Memorial Day, until the first big snow in November, Independence Pass is perfect for leaf peepers and site-seekers.

    The Independence Pass is not only a shorter and more scenic way to get to Aspen from places like Denver than via I-70 to Highway 82, but it is also the highest paved pass in all of North America.

    Many gems lie along the way of Independence Pass, including designated spots for you to pull over and take in the view. And the very top of Independence Pass is a spot worth stopping at for a photo op.

    If you’d like to stretch your legs and get out in the fresh fall air, try one of Independence Pass’s many hiking trails. Trails to explore include Grottos Trail (and its ice caves), Braille Trail, and Weller Lake Trail.

    Let the Independence Pass guide you through one of the most spectacular drives in all of the United States!

    Please be aware that only vehicles under 35 ft. long are allowed on the Independence Pass.

  • Journey into a Ghost Town

    Once a popular site to mine precious metals, the town of Ashcroft has long been abandoned for more silver pastures, but remnants of the once-booming destination still remain.

    On a tour of this authentic ghost town, you’ll explore the fantastically preserved remains of several historic buildings, such as the Blue Mirror Saloon, the View Hotel, and a post office, built between 1880 and 1885. These buildings once promised a profitable future, but today, they serve as a cautionary reminder of the consequences of greed.

    As quickly as Ashcroft boomed (the streets had been laid out in only two weeks), it collapsed. The mines, which once turned out 14,000 ounces of silver per ton, turned out to be shallow deposits. By the end of 1885, the mines were depleted and only 100 of Ashcroft’s previous 2,000 residents remained.

    Now, the empty town is a breathtaking site for adventure, nestled among alpine meadows and Colorado scenery. Experience a unique piece of our past at this National Register Historic Site, located at the headwaters of Castle Creek just twelve miles from Aspen Meadows Resort.