Rocky Mountains, Denver
Nothing but you, a few friends, a family of elk, and a bald eagle. That—plus a lot of fresh air in a series of jaw-dropping locations—is the general idea of this trip. While MT Sobek offers excursions and hikes and adventure travel all over the world, not much can beat a view of the Rocky Mountains from 10,000 feet. You’ll hike up to a dozen miles a day and raft for about eleven miles—but this isn’t the kind of Outward Bound–style trip where you have to pitch your own tent and kill your own dinner. (You stay in a hotel every night.) After a week, you’ll come home a stronger, fitter, more well-adjusted human.
St. Regis Aspen Resort
315 E. Dean St., Aspen
Even among Aspen’s supply of extravagant hotels, the St. Regis stands out. It hits you when you walk through the doors and see the giant stone fireplace in the lobby, which has that rustic-yet-polished feeling you get at the best ski resorts in the world. The guest rooms are outfitted with custom leather bed frames and faux-fur throws, and some have marble fireplaces (be sure to request a room with one—it makes a huge difference). And the fifteen-treatment-room Remède Spa is a super decadent spot to recharge after a day on the slopes—or after a day doing anything, really. We’re partial to the Rocky Mountain Ritual, which moisturizes wind-whipped skin.
Wheeler Opera House
320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen
The redbrick-fronted Wheeler Opera House is an icon in Aspen. It’s been around since 1889 and was the first building in Aspen to earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it’s an all-purpose entertainment center and hosts a full series of events, like film and comedy festivals, magic shows, and every kind of musical act you can think of.
Clark’s Oyster Bar
517 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen
The recently opened Clark’s is the latest from Austin restaurateurs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman. It’s quickly becoming the go-to place after a day on the slopes for a burger and a martini. But it’s a good choice in general when you feel like seafood. The lobster roll and a number of raw bar items—like the red snapper ceviche with golden roe and cucumber and the Kumamoto oysters—do not disappoint.
312 S. Mill St., Aspen
Bosq is new to Aspen, but you wouldn’t know it. Chef Barclay Dodge clearly brings his love of travel back to his hometown. You can taste it in his globally influenced menu, which features items as far-ranging as a sweet and sour crispy eggplant, jamón ibérico with lovage and garlic chips, and short rib tacos with lime, pumpkin, and dried chili. But the room itself—a cozy space that seems made entirely of dark wood—is pure Aspen.
EMP Winter House
315 E. Dean St., Aspen
The season’s most hyped opening is the EMP Winter House, chef Daniel Humm’s tribute to his Swiss upbringing. The dinner menu hits all the decadent high notes: beef Stroganoff, cavatelli topped with black truffle, trout toast, and oysters. If the East Hampton iteration is any indication, a reservation will be hard to snag, so plan accordingly. The good news is this pop-up (located at the Chef’s Club in the St. Regis) will be open through April.
Forty Five Ten Aspen
535 E. Hyman St., Aspen
Some may argue that Aspen is known for its shopping as much as its snow (Prada, Ralph Lauren, and even Kith have stores here). We’re especially excited about this winter's arrival of Dallas import Forty Five Ten, which will bring its sharp edit of Saks Potts coats, pretty Hunting Season bags, and cozy, Brock Collection knits to a stately corner of East Hyman Avenue. Photos: David Marlow for Forty Five Ten
422 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen
Some would argue that summer in Aspen is even better than winter ski season—and we would be among them. All it took was a hike through a field of wildflowers on the Rio Grande Trail and we were hooked. So we decided to stay and open up shop inside a cozy chalet (is there any other kind?), which has been reimagined as goop’s summer residence—until August 12. Designed by Kate McCollough and Max Zinser of KMZ New York, the space holds an Aspen-centric edit of home, fashion, clean beauty and wellness items, like organic cashmere and wool throws and cushions from Texidors, handbags from What Goes Around Comes Around, Staub cookware, and goop’s own lines, G. Label and G. Sport. And goop being goop, there are also wellness elixirs from Moon Juice and Sun Potion. Think of it as a way to get fresh mountain air—with really good benefits.
Spa Anjali in Beaver Creek
126 Riverfront Ln., Beaver Creek
There are excavated river rocks embedded in the floor of the lounge area, a tribute to the stunning mountains surrounding you. Treatments here incorporate everything your skin needs to thrive—antioxidants, vitamin C, kaolin clay, peptides, enzymes—and aim to support collagen, mitigate free radical damage, target hyperpigmentation, and illuminate.
The Eating Recovery Center
1830 Franklin St., City Park
This national program offers residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient level recovery services for adults, adolescents, and children struggling with binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, and other eating and mood disorders. The course of care is tailored to each person's needs and includes an autonomous step-down level to help people transition back into their daily lives after treatment. There are more than ten Eating Recovery Centers throughout the US.
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