At a Glance
When to Go
Aspen Airport is three miles from downtown Aspen. Most hotels offer airport pickup service, and there is always a line of taxis waiting in the arrival area, ready to whisk you into town for around $20.
Most things in Aspen are within walking distance. RFTA, the public transportation system, is another great resource. It has free routes throughout the different neighborhoods of Aspen and to Snowmass Village. Another way to move around town is to rent a bike from We-Cycle. At stations throughout Aspen, you can pick up a bike for $7 per day and cruise to your destination. Car rentals are available for day trips to remote hiking trails, a ride over Independence Pass, or a quick trip to Vail or the surrounding areas. Stay Aspen Snowmass offers a wealth of information about accommodations and can help you book your entire vacation package.
Food and Drink
Visitors to Aspen enjoy a wonderfully diverse range of cultural activities. The Aspen Institute brings to town the best and brightest minds from around the world for seminars, workshops, and lectures. Take in a remarkable performance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet or see Theater in the Park. Music lovers can enjoy the sounds of classical music in the summer and jazz throughout the year. Art aficionados may choose to explore exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum, a phenomenal repository of contemporary art, or tour the numerous galleries around Aspen⎯or both!
Aspen knows how to entertain, with a surplus of events and festivals throughout the year. One signature winter festival is Winterskol, Aspen’s “toast to winter.” A weeklong celebration of Aspen living with everything from ice-sculpture contests to dog shows, it finishes with fireworks cascading over Aspen Mountain. Summer is packed with festivals, some nights even proffering a double bill of entertainment. The fun begins with the Food & Wine Festival in June and doesn’t end till the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival.
What the Locals Know
Holly Upper currently lives in Aspen, Colorado. She was born and raised in the Aspen Snowmass area and has spent the majority of her life in the area. She has worked for Stay Aspen Snowmass - Central Reservations and while there helped develop the Aspen / Snowmass Vacation Planner, which won 2005 Adrian Silver Award. She currently works for a local non-profit called Jazz Aspen Snowmass with a mission of music education and performance programming. When she is not behind a desk she can be found outside experiencing the great outdoors through skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, and anything that gets her out there.