CO & Beyond
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685 Marketplace Plaza #5, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
After skiing all day in Steamboat's champagne powder, you hop off the slopes and take in the golden Colorado sky and the glittering snow reflecting the sunset in shades of pink. You take the lift right to the door of your Wyndham Vacation Rentals...
44200 Co Rd 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
Just ask the locals: Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the best hot springs in Colorado, arguably in all of the U.S.A. When you visit Steamboat Springs, visiting the hot springs is a "must have" experience. Open on weekends until midnight and...
435 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
Mahogany Ridge Brewery is just the type of place you want to find yourself after a long day on the slopes: it's warm, with a casual and cheerful ambiance, the food is absolutely fantastic, and it has all the microbrew on tap that you could ever...
1855 Ski Time Square Dr, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
One of my favorite things about this Rocky Mountain ski town, is that I can go to dinner at one of its finest restaurants while still wearing blue jeans. Steamboat Springs has mastered the art of casual elegance. Cafe Diva began as a wine bar, and...
720 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
As a recent transplant to Steamboat, looking for a good spot to meet for client meetings and brainstorming meetings with colleagues (next to a fire to stay warm), Paddle Wheel has become my 'go to' off-site meeting place. Heavenly warmth (it's...
2862 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Robust, flavorful coffees, a packed pastry case, and a delectable menu make Crema Coffee House the perfect gathering place. Intentionally outlet-free, the café hopes to spark conversation over a cuppa rather than gadget-fueled quiet. This approach...
Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen is a playground for the active traveler. No matter how many times I visit, I always set aside time to bike to Maroon Bells. Rent a bike from the Hub, a cycling store in town, and be sure to bring a water bottle and even some snacks for...
2001, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
After a long day of hiking, biking, running, and rafting my body usually craves something healthy but also satisfying. I found my perfect summer dish at Element 47, the newly remodeled restaurant at the Little Nell. Don't be fooled by the simple...
Crater Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
It's easy to go off on a solo hike along one of the many trails around Aspen. But I tend to be a nature geek and like to know what I'm looking at. If you call ahead to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) can connect you with a...
2037, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When I worked at Food & Wine Magazine, my colleagues and I would religiously hit Ajax Tavern as soon as we descended upon town for the annual Food & Wine Classic event. The draw: Ajax's addictive truffle fries. There are times where I...
Rim Trail S, Colorado, USA
A fun hike or mountain bike trail is the Rim Trail. Even though there are two places to hop on the trail, I personally recommend starting at the side near the Snowmass Mall off Divide Road. The trail is a series of tame switchbacks that traverses...
130 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Will Nolan, the executive chef for Eight K, having spent many years in New Orleans as a chef incorporates elegant dining with mountain food, sourced locally and organic when possible, and a southern flare. With dishes like barbecue shrimp and...
43151 CO-82, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
You know summer is here when people are renting Stand Up Paddleboards to float down Stillwater. About 3 miles up Independence Pass there is an area were the river meanders through the North Star Preserve in fairly tame waters. There are many...
1280 Ute Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
I wouldn’t recommend doing the Ute Trail hike on your first day in Aspen, especially if you come from sea level, but it is definitely a must see. Known as one of the harder hikes in Aspen, it is short but sweet. You traverse up the side of Aspen...
Aspen Mountain, Colorado 81611, USA
In both the summer and winter, if you only have a day you must take a ride up the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. The gondola cabs are all windows allowing for fantastic views as you travel 3,627 feet to the top. Once you get up...
Willow Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
Most people that backpack in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area usually either go over West Maroon Pass to Crested Butte or go over Buckskin Pass and camp at Snowmass Lake. A lesser known lake is Willow Lake. With fewer visitors, this is a secluded...
408 Aspen Airport Business Center, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
As soon as you walk into King Yoga, a positive, euphoric energy hits you. This isn't one of those pretentious yoga places where you feel out of place if you don’t meditate for an hour a day. It's quite the opposite, in fact. King Yoga, which...
221 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Explore Bookseller is a quaint little book store in the cutest Victorian house off of Main Street. Pyramid Bistro is upstairs so you can always grab a bite to eat after finding the perfect book. Although it is not very large, every time I go I...
Smuggler Mine, Colorado 81611, USA
Aspen’s history runs deep with silver mining. People came to Aspen in the 1800’s in the hopes of getting rich by finding the mother load of silver nuggets. Scattered across the mountain sides are mining shafts so be careful where you step. For a...
110 E Hallam St # 104, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
In an unsuspecting venue, downstairs at the Little Nell, a local non-profit, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, presents wonderful evenings of jazz music that you can’t find anywhere else in the valley. They turn the boardroom of the Little Nell in to an...
216 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
One thing that you have to try when you dine at Rustique is the Mac n’ Cheese. It was voted best Mac n’ Cheese 3 years in a row at the Aspen Mac n’ Cheese Festival. Aspenites take their Mac n’ Cheese very seriously with majority of the restaurants...
121 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
This is the place to see and be seen for a quick bite to eat. Stop in for coffee, smoothie, breakfast or lunch. As you walk into the café the first things are all your tasty options. They have a cooler full of to-go-items like salads and yogurt...
205 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
First thing you need to know about Cache Cache is that you need a reservation. This is one of the more popular restaurants in town. Of course you can always try your luck with the bar menu, which is first come first serve and an excellent option....
105 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Pinons restaurant is the best kept secret in Aspen. It has been here for 20+ years with Rob Mobilian, now the owner, starting off as the chef. On a busy night you will still see him in the kitchen but mainly he is at the front door greeting guests...
620 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
L’Hostaria is the locals’ favorite Italian Restaurant. Owned by Chef Tiziano who grew up and started his culinary career in Italy and then brought his masterful Italian creations to Aspen. With a waitstaff that has worked together for...
430 E Hyman Ave # 3, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Ellina is one of the newer restaurants in town so catch it before it gets too popular and you can’t get a reservation. Located on the Hyman Avenue walking mall, next to Moncler, tucked downstairs. Their menu has an Italian influence with fresh...
520 E Durant Ave #101, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
On any given day there will be a line, literally out the door, with people patiently waiting for their wrap of delight. Once you finally make it in the door there is a menu with the assortment of salads and wraps, which you can choose to get naked...
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