Having grown up on the east coast, Colorado always seemed so far away. Yet, the more I travel outside the country, the more I realize that I’ve been neglecting the natural beauty in “my own backyard” so to speak. For this reason and many more, Colorado has been on my ‘wishlist’ for quite some time, especially Aspen. Winter isn’t my favorite season but it’s hard to find any fault with this snow-covered charming Colorado town.
When it comes to hotels, I’d recommend staying at a Colorado Vacation Rentals for a more local experience. Not only does it enable you to travel with a larger group (say family or close friends), but you’ll feel more at home thanks to ample space and in many cases, a driveway and front yard. It might not sound that important right now, but you’ll appreciate the extra space once you unpack and begin to feel at home.
Since Aspen is such a hot ski destination, many Colorado residents spend weekends here, with many families opting for longer stays. For others, it’s a cross-country trip that requires plenty of planning ahead. You’ll see just about every skill level on the slopes, from beginners learning the basics to pros perfecting their nearly perfect techniques.
In terms of timing, remember that winter is high-season in Aspen, so you’ll want to book your flights and home rentals with a good amount of lead time. Once there, don’t spend too much time on the slopes; the town has some of state’s top-rated restaurants and cozy cafes where you can warm up with a cup of hot-chocolate. In fact, skipping the slopes isn’t a bad idea. Shop high-end boutiques by day and revel in Aspen’s lively bar scene.