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 House
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 East 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.
100 South Spring St.,Aspen
In collaboration with renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf (the designer behind Hauser & Wirth, the Neue Galerie, and currently The Frick renovation), New York gallerist Marianne Boesky has converted an old 19th-century cabin into what’s now Boesky West.
625 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen
Hunter S. Thompson lived on a ranch outside Aspen for more than four decades, and his legacy here is strong. Catch a local after a few drinks, and they’re likely to entertain you with stories of his antics around the town—he famously ran for town sheriff on a platform of drug legalization, centering the headquarters for the campaign at J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome. This accessible art gallery is just as Thompson would have wanted it (a.k.a. not too fussy), and you’ll find plenty of photography, prints, posters, and other artwork from Thompson and peers of the likes of William S. Burroughs, Thomas W. Benton, and more.
While it's the farthest from Aspen proper, Snowmass is actually the largest of Aspen's four mountains, with more than 150 miles worth of skiable trails—Longshot alone is famously more than two miles long. Snowmass also offers the most diverse mix of terrain, as you're just as likely to find classic bowls and steeps as you are groomers. From the top, there are stunning views of the Maroon Bells (and just about everything else in the valley). Starting in December, the mountain is also home to a packed-out tubing hill. Go during the daytime with littles for a pleasantly fun ride or with grown-ups in the evening, when the ice freezes, for something a little more adventurous.
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