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5 Fun Tips for a Fantastic February Vacation in Aspen (Updated for 2020)

February is a fantastic time for a vacation in Aspen and Snowmass. The skiing and snowboarding conditions are typically awesome, and the towns rock in full swing winter activity mode at this time of the season.

Happy Valentine's Day

Whether you visit the area with your family, your organization, your significant other, or even if you just come by yourself, you will discover something wonderful to do while you are here.

From unparalleled fine dining and haute shopping, to exhilarating outdoor activities and fantastic live entertainment, Aspen and Snowmass offer something exciting and fun for everyone.

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If you are planning a February vacation in Aspen, here are 5 fun tips for having a truly memorable time while you are here:

1. Check Out What’s New This Season

Dining and shopping are major activities during any vacation, and when visiting Aspen and Snowmass this is no exception.

While the area boasts a large selection of restaurants and retail establishments from which to choose, first-time visitors and repeat guests want to know, “What’s new in town this year?”

Here is a little sampling of what’s new in the local dining and shopping scene this season:

Dining:

Duemani:
This means “two hands” and it refers to the way this new restaurant “creates, collaborates, connects and shares”. They feature contemporary Coastal Italian fare, such as composed seafood, prime grilled meats, a variety of pasta dishes, and selections from the rotisserie in a modern, Italian-style atmosphere.

Almresi Aspen:
This European-alpine style restaurant serves mountain cuisine inspired by the Alps, like Swiss cheese fondue, Austrian Kaiserschmarrn, and authentic German apple strudel with vanilla sauce. They also feature high quality wines from Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Located inside the Dancing Bear Aspen. (411 S. Monarch St.)

Bear Den Aspen:
New cafe and bakery serving homemade and freshly baked goods, breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, bowls, and ice cream. They use seasonal, local, and organic produce as much as possible, so menu items will vary accordingly.

Retail Shopping:

As usual, February in Aspen showcases a selection of high-end, new and seasonal pop-up stores. This season, you’ll find:

LIV Aspen Men: a new boutique devoted to men, featuring its own brand of Italian-made jackets and cashmeres, as well as fashion from John Varvatos and Belstaff. (402 S. Galena)

Christian Louboutin: a new pop-up offering shoes, leather goods, beauty items, and accessories. Currently featuring both a women’s and men’s Valentine’s Day line and a variety of new arrivals. (open through March 2020, at 601 E. Hyman Ave.)

Goop Aspen: this modern lifestyle pop-up boutique from Gwyneth Paltrow returns to Aspen, offering a selection of skiwear, après ski gear, wellness accessories and more – ”Rocky-Mountains-meet-modern-design take on the Aspen lifestyle” (until March 29, 2020, 422 E. Cooper Ave.)

What’s New on the Hill:

Sam’s at Sam’s Knob in Snowmass: a new Italian restaurant has replaced Sam’s Smokehouse on top of Sam’s Knob in Snowmass. Now known simply as Sam’s, this newly remodeled restaurant includes a live-action kitchen and comfortable atmosphere where guests can replace their ski boots with a pair of slippers in the slipper room before sitting down to antipasti platters and a variety of “thoughtfully-sourced” entrees.

The restaurant also features Negroni Spritz cocktails and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The Collective at Snowmass Base Village: this vibrant epicenter of Snowmass Base Village is now in full swing, offering guests and residents a place to gather, eat, drink, play, learn and more. It features a skating rink, a variety of restaurants, and luxury accommodations.

You’ll also find a game lounge, event facilities, interesting shops, kid’s adventure center, and lots of live entertainment.

For more information about what’s new in the area this season, please visit the Chamber Resort website (aspenchamber.org), or contact them at 800.670.0792

2. Try Something Out of the Ordinary This Year

Even though many people come here for the exquisite dining and shopping, many visitors come here for the many exhilarating outdoor activities available in the area as well.

There are too many of these opportunities to list in one post, but here are a few of our suggestions for what to do outdoors in Aspen in February:

Relish the Great Outdoors in a New Way:

Cross-Country Skiing – Try out Aspen’s “5th Mountain:
If you still want to slide around on the snow, and you’re looking for alternatives to alpine winter recreation activities, cross-country skiing is an excellent choice. Catch some incredible views of the surrounding mountains while you take advantage of the over 60 miles of free cross-country skiing trails in the area maintained by the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council.

These trails offer a wide variety of terrain and difficulty, providing fun and exercise for all ages and abilities.

Take an exciting ride on a snowmobile:
Cruise through the snow even faster on a breathtaking snowmobile ride courtesy of the T-Lazy-7 Ranch.

The snowmobile guides of “Aspen’s Oldest Working Ranch” take you safely to such grand local attractions as the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass and various other scenic locations within the surrounding White River National Forest.

 Make Valentine’s Day Super Special:

 Want to do something really out of the ordinary (and, of course, romantic) this Valentine’s Day?

How about an exhilarating dog sled excursion through the beautiful Rocky Mountain peaks, followed by a sumptuous gourmet meal served in the private dining room at the world-class Krabloonik Restaurant?

Take advantage of their especially romantic twilight ride that takes guests through still trails to experience the wonder of the surrounding Alpenglow while the restaurant prepares exquisite wild game and fresh fish meals.

Add their award-winning wine list and the incredible mountain views, and you have the perfect recipe for a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day memory.

3. Don’t Miss Out on Some Special Live Entertainment

Have a Good Laugh: 

Aspen really comes alive at night. In addition to the famed dining and nightclub scene, the town offers much in the way of live entertainment (and it’s not only music). Here’s a suggestion for how to have a blast at night during your February vacation in Aspen and Snowmass:

Put the Aspen Laugh Festival at the Wheeler Opera House on your itinerary.

In case you didn’t already know, the historic Wheeler Opera House is truly an iconic bearer of local history in Aspen. This venue is longed beloved by the community and offers music concerts and other live entertainment.

In 2011, the Aspen Laugh Festival emerged to fill the comedic void left when the Comedy Arts Festival, and then the Aspen Rooftop Comedy festival decided not to return to town.

This event features well-seasoned, as well as up-and-coming acts, and as the Chamber puts it, “…Come ski all day and laugh all night as we present the most brilliant new voices in comedy in a variety of stand-up and improv events at the Wheeler!”

Previous featured Laugh Festival comics include Tom Simmons, Darryl Lenox, Stewart Huff, Auggie Smith, Jackie Kashian, Roy Wood Jr, Caroline Rhea, Christopher Titus, Hippieman, Keith Alberstadt, Ben Bailey, Danny Bevins, Jimmy Pardo, Costaki Economopoulos, Christina Pazsitzsky, and the “legendary” David Brenner.

For this year’s lineup, please visit the Wheeler Opera House website here: https://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/laugh-fest/

Enjoy Some Good Music:

BellyUp has long been an Aspen favorite. This miniature sized music venue attracts some of the best artists from around the globe, and it’s small size allows for a very personalized concert experience for everyone in the venue.

For an even more exclusive experience you can opt for the reserved section, which consists of 11 tables seating 4-6 people with bottle service options. This is a good way to ensure more space and seating, as the main floor tends to get crowded and there are limited sitting options.

Previous notable artists include: B.B. King, Widespread Panic, LCD Soundsystem, The Chainsmokers, John Legend, Kygo, Snoop Dog, Joe Walsh, Counting Crows, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle, Bassnectar, The Killers, Skrillix, Wiz Khalifa, Phoenix, The Flaming Lips and Ben Harper.

For this year’s performers, please visit the BellyUp Aspen website here: https://www.bellyupaspen.com

4. Recover from all the Fun

With so much to see and do here, it is quite possible that you will want or need a little energy boost to keep you going at top pace. Or, perhaps you’re still not quite used to the altitude or you’ve been indulging a bit more than you are used to.

If that’s the case, or if you are just feeling a little lethargic (or you’ve managed to come down with the latest bug), we have just the suggestion for you – Rescue Lounge Aspen.

The Rescue Lounge offers intravenous (IV) hydration, oxygen and booster shots in the tranquility of their downtown Aspen location, or in the convenience of your hotel, condo or vacation rental home.

5. Take Advantage of Our Awesome Comprehensive Concierge Services

 There’s so much going on in Aspen in February that we’ve just barely scratched the surface. To find out more about things to do in Aspen in February, please contact one of our luxury guest services concierges a call at (970) 205-9960, or email us at concierge@aspenluxuryvacationrentals.com