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Aspen Vida Medi Spa
420 W Main St., Aspen
We’ve all had that moment when you land somewhere new and need a wax, pronto. Aspen Vida Medi Spa is the spot that locals will always recommend, a one-stop-shop for all your massage, hair-removal, facial, and cutting-edge-treatment needs. The facials in particular are excellent. Owner Eden Henschel is no stranger to the effect Aspen’s dry air and high altitude can have on skin. Her slew of treatments address everything from parched, flaky complexions to melasma, all utilizing the latest in facial technology. We’re fans of the massage offering, especially the quick thirty-minute sessions targeting wherever hurts—like tech neck or achy legs after long days on the slopes.
Shopping in Aspen
Aspen Citywide
Aspen is a picky shopper’s paradise. There are no so-so options, only beautifully merchandized boutiques, all the sporty brands you need in a mountain town (hello, Lululemon), and the best edits from pricier luxury design houses. A few standouts include the gorgeous Ralph Lauren store and Moncler for padded, functional ski gear that’s outrageously stylish. You can’t beat the giant Gucci and Dior locations which have (we think) the best curation anywhere. Keep one afternoon open to wander around town to dip in and out of all the stores on Hyman Avenue—there are several vintage gems hidden amongst the heavy hitters. Image courtesy of The Little Nell.
Betula
525 E Cooper Ave., Aspen
According to several goop staffers, Betula is where you want to post up après ski. The interior exudes Parisian glamour, the DJ rages all weekend, and the food (executed by chef Laurent Cantineaux) is as refined as it is delicious. We strongly recommend the hearty lomo saltado, and warm apple Napoleon for dessert. If you’re dining elsewhere, stop by Betula’s outrageously chic (and cozy) Living Room afterward for a fireside French Coupe (gin, bergamot liquor, lemon juice, and bubbles with a hint of thyme). Images courtesy of Romeo Balancourt.
Bear Den Aspen
301 E Hopkins Ave., Aspen
So you want to lunch at the White Tavern but there’s not a free seat in sight. Instead, you end up at Bear Den across the street, and after an order of spicy Thai noodle salad, you realize the fates were on your side after all. This chalet-style spot is an all-day dining gem. Breakfast skews hearty and traditional with French toast boards, cheesy burritos, and eggs every way. The coffee menu is extensive, with the full slew of alt milks. Dinner leans into decadence: Fondue, onion dip, and bison Bolognese dolloped with burrata pair exceptionally well with a glass of Burgundy Pinot Noir.
W Aspen
550 S Spring St., Aspen
Situated at the base of Ajax mountain, the new W Aspen’s ski-in, ski-out premise is not novel for this sliver of Colorado. Its rooftop bar, the Wet Deck, however—with its firepits, hot tubs, expert mixologists, and exquisite views—is special. The décor is all ’70s retro with a nod to Aspen’s mining history. It’s loud, yes, but all the details are there: thoughtful outdoor areas with an abundance of heating, well-spaced interiors, and plenty of comforts that feel both informal and decadent. For families or groups looking to travel together, the Sky Residences (effectively high-end condos) at the top of the W make a lot of sense. Sprawling with their own private rooftop, the residences have huge kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and panoramic views of the mountains.
Mi Chola
411 E Main St., Aspen
Crisscrossing down runs all day builds a serious appetite. Mi Chola is the first spot that springs to mind when a feast is in order. The vibe is warm, welcoming, and informal, and the whole space hums with chatter. Deep bowls of crunchy chips, chunky guac, and queso fundido with a spicy margarita is a solid way to end a long day on the slopes. Mi Chola is also the kind of happy hour spot that allows you to relax and decompress before heading to dinner elsewhere. Cash only.
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