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About Aspen / Snowmass

Vacations and Resorts

First of all, we’re really excited that you’re considering the Aspen and Snowmass areas of Colorado for vacation or business. As an alternative to staying as a resort, hotel, motel or lodge, we invite you to stay in the lap of luxury at one of our vacation rentals. The area consists of four mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk and we have luxury vacation home rentals near each of these areas. Here’s a quick run-down for you. Aspen Mountain is packed with moguls and is more advanced skiing and snowboarding. Aspen Highlands has varied terrain and high-speed lifts. Buttermilk Mountain has rolling hill and is best for beginners and some believe it is the best place to snowboard. This is where they hold X-Games and lots of kids hang out here. Let us know when you’re booking if you will have kids with you on your trip.

We’ll make recommendations for luxury vacation rentals on or off public transportation, depending on your needs. Snowmass Mountain is best for intermediate skill level skiers and snowboarders and is known for having wide open runs. Snowmass has the longest vertical terrain in the United States and is remarkably varied. Snowmass actually has more skier visits than the other three mountains combined yet it never feels busy. If you’re into snowboarding, the Super Dragon Halfpipe is definite attraction.

Nightlife and Bars

Everyone has their favorites. We do too. There are many other night spots in town; pick up a copy of Aspen Magazine’s Traveler’s Guide for a list, or check local papers, The Aspen Times and The Aspen Daily News for current happenings. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.
In Snowmass we like Mountain Dragon and Butch’s Lobster Bar during apres-ski. The Cirque Bar & Grill has great live music. We love Brothers’ Grille and Zane’s Tavern for watching sports. Venga Venga on the Snowmass Mall is famous for their prickly pear or spicy orange margaritas. If you like Colorado beers then the New Belgium Ranger Station will not disappoint you. Sneaky’s and Base Camp both have patios and a great après scene. The Bar at Wildwood has 10 taps pouring New Belgium beers. At night, Snowmass Village is largely quiet. Of course, your rental home with us will be nice and quiet unless you choose to throw your own party.

In Aspen, there are so many options, so let’s get started. Slopeside The Tavern is popular. Afternoons are usually busy at The Terrace Room Bar at the Little Nell Hotel, Mezzaluna, 39 Degrees at the SKY Hotel, Little Annie’s, Cooper Street Pier, at the J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome. Belly Up has live concerts. Eric’s has billiards. Justice Snows has hipster mixology cocktails. Dancing is great at Red Onion, The Regal and Escobar. We like the music at Syzygy (jazz) and the DJs are good at Bar Aspen, The Speakeasy and The Lava Room. Jimmy’s has Salsa on Saturday nights and more than 65 tequilas on their menu. Cooper Street Pier is a locals and college kid’s hangout. For beer lovers, try the Aspen Brewing Company for tasty porters, pale ales and lagers, brewed right in town. The Cantina has a very happy hour with margaritas in large sizes. Beware of drinking at altitude. You were warned!

Music Festivals

There are two three big music events that run through the summer. Jazz Aspen Snowmass began in 1991 as a three-day festival, but is now two three-day festivals, one in June and the other on Labor Day Weekend. The Labor Day concert this year has Ziggy Marley, Carrie Underwood, and Earth, Wind and Fire. In between the two Jazz Aspen Snowmass festivals is the Aspen Music Festival featuring more than 300 classical programs each summer by four orchestras, opera, and contemporary music, events for kids, lectures and discussions. Some days have multiple events and more than 70,000 patrons participate.

Food and Wine Festival

Celebrity chefs, winemakers, chefs and foodie insiders join in Aspen for the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. It’s three incredible days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts. Every year it sells out early. This year is no exception.