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Mawa’s Kitchen
305 Aspen Airport Business Center F, Aspen
Mawa’s is off the beaten track, and locals would love to keep it that way. A stone’s throw from the airport, this low-key, unfussy spot is helmed by Mawa McQueen, who cut her cooking teeth around the world—in the Ivory Coast, France, and finally, Colorado. Expect dishes infused with international flavor, like chipotle butternut squash hash, muhammara with homemade pita, Cubano sandwiches, and pork carnitas. We’re partial to picking up Mawa’s handy “plane menu” before takeoff, which runs the gamut from sandwiches to full shrimp and caviar spreads. (A complete catered dining experience is available for those traveling privately.) And finally, if you find yourself jonesing for a gooey Gruyère-and-ham crepe after a day in the snow, Mawa’s sister business in Snowmass, the Crepe Shack, never disappoints.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
5263 Owl Creek Rd., Snowmass Village
Anderson Ranch Arts Center is home to one of the most respected and desirable visual arts programs in North America. The sprawling property—open since 1966—includes studios for artists in residence, a sculpture garden, indoor galleries, and a store packed with collectibles. On the schedule: a revolving roster of visiting artists and critics (past headliners include Steve McQueen and Ai Weiwei). Ceramics and photography are just two of the art mediums running as classes throughout the summer season.
The Art of the Cozy
411 E Hyman Ave., Aspen
Forget something? The Art of the Cozy has comfort sorted. Shearling coats, chic ski suits, thermal leggings, candles, CBD drops—really anything and everything you need to feel prepared in the mountains. A beaded necklace from Lizzie Fortunato, an elegant suede weekender from Métier, or a sweet onesie for the little in your life can all be found in one cute place. Spend some time browsing the beautifully curated shelves and prepare to carve out some suitcase space to get your haul home. Images courtesy of Alexis Ahrling.
Growing Gardens
1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder
For the virtual-camp inclined, Growing Gardens offers three ways to get kids excited about the natural world, all designed to keep them engaged for about four hours a day. Full Farmer camp pairs virtual programming with materials parents can pick up from the farm before the weeklong session begins (good for locals); Rustic Gardener sets parents up with the same programming and a supply list to prep before camp begins; and Bare Soil is a just-as-fun way to follow past curricula and spread the lessons and activities out over a longer time frame. Camp is led by Growing Gardens’ environmental educators, who have video calls with campers and supplement by video-based activities like crafts centered around gardening and growing, snack recipes, and games kids can get their families involved in. Image courtesy of Paul Hanaoka.
Ajax Adventure Camp
90 County Rd., Aspen
For parents looking for a camp experience that keeps kids in a fixed group for a full week (versus one-day-at-a-time camps, where new kids may participate each day), Ajax has five-day camp programs for ages six through fifteen. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure situation: Each day kids are presented with around twenty of the camp’s hundreds of activities—think paddleboards, rafting, archery, animal experiences, cooking adventures—and encouraged to participate in what interests them most. If your goal is to keep the kids occupied for one day, check out their laser tag, rafting, and horseback riding day trips.
Camp Aspen Snowmass
120 Lower Carriage Way, Snowmass
Big mountain adventure is up and running in Aspen this year, with program modifications for safety. Kids from three to fifteen years old can pop into camp for the day for age-appropriate activities like biking, fishing, rock climbing, arts and crafts—even an alpine coaster. Two- and three-day camps focused on science and rocket building are available through August, and for parents who prefer to pull together their own group of kids, there are full- and half-day private camp options. Also clutch for family time on the mountain: drive-in movie nights at Buttermilk Mountain and exploring the ropes course at Lost Forest. Image courtesy of Greg Rosenke.
The Rockies
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.