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 Nest Public House or Venga Venga during apres-ski. . We love Zane’s Tavern for watching sports. 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. Afternoons are usually busy at Ajax Tavern at the Little Nell Hotel, Wet Deck at The W, the J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome. Belly Up has live concerts. Eric’s has billiards. Dancing is great at Red Onion and Escobar. For craft beer, try Aspen Tap. For designer cocktails, try Hooch. Beware of drinking at altitude. You were warned!
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 previous years has had 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.