When it opened in 1889, the Jerome lured New York City socialites and European aristocrats with its mix of rough-and-tumble mountain swagger and “modern” amenities (plumbing and electricity). In December 2012, the 93-room property emerged from a five-month renovation overseen by designer Todd-Avery Lenahan. The original front desk remains, and the tile floors have patterns inspired by Ute Indian weavings. The new lobby bar, the Living Room (pictured), serves craft cocktails amid mounted deer heads, mining artifacts, and a framed antique American flag. Doubles from $720. 330 E. Main St., (970) 920-1000. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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Ralph Lauren Meets the Rockies
The Hotel Jerome is an Aspen icon. When it first opened in the 1880s during the town's mining boom, it was one of the first hotels west of the Mississippi to have electricity and indoor plumbing. It recently underwent a renovation that has once again made it the number-one place to stay (and hang out) in town. During Fourth of July, the Jerome's location on E. Main Street is one of the best spots to catch the passing parade. The hotel also throws a July 4 barbecue on its outdoor patio.
At the glammed-up saloon that emerged in the stylish redo of this 1889 hotel, hoisting a beer could have you knocking elbows with a billionaire or a ski bum. The beauty is, it doesn’t matter much: Here, they’re both just souls looking for a good drink.