The Pure Truth / Travel Guide: Aspen, Colorado
Travel Guide: Aspen, Colorado
By Estela Cockrell
Oh, that little town they call Aspen.....what can I say. It’s truly magical. Although it is packed with people in the summer, especially the 4th of July, the holidays and President’s Day weekend it still can be a quiet, calm and relaxing place to retreat. There is plenty to do in the Roaring Fork Valley for families, teens, and bestie purists.
Fave places to stay:
1) A friends house (honestly aspen is the best to bunk together)
2) The Little Nell - so lux.
3) The St. Regis - perfectly appointed.
4) Viceroy - lux off the beaten path. (great value in summer and Kelly Wherstler interiors do not disappoint)
Places to Eat that accommodate gluten-free and dairy-free:
Lunch Aspen - White House Tavern, Spring Cafe, Elevations at The Little Nell, Prospector at The Jerome. Pyramid Bistro has great and healthy meals. Brunelleschi's to make your own pizza.
Dinner Aspen - 7908, sit late and enjoy the music post dinner.
Casa Tua - they even have gluten-free pasta from time to time.
Matsuhisa - very accommodating for allergies. Must have a reservation or try to dine extra early with the kids upstairs.
Aqualina - excellent Italian but only so/so on the food allergies. So be careful!!
Drinks or after dinner:
Fave things to do:
Hike, of course....love the Government trail from Snowmass down to Buttermilk, American Lake, or Lost Man. And hiking to Crested Butte or up to the top of Sopris Mountain!
For “workout hikes” Smugg (aka smuggler or ute trail are the best. Scenic or family hike - Maroon Bells hiking is fun and easy! Don’t miss going up to the top of Ajax (Aspen Mountain). About a 3000-foot elevation change a brisk walk.
Bike, a lot. I take my Townie everywhere. You can downhill. But, I personally cruise with the kids from town to Snowmass or Woody Creek or Basalt. Biking the Rio Grande trail. Bike to Woody Creek for margaritas at the tavern (maybe drink more than eat - those with celiac). The bike back to Aspen is uphill!
Floating the river or stand up paddle boarding the Roaring Fork is the best! We spend many family days on the river. We even take our lab! Nothing more fun!
Sundays at Music Tent in the summer are delightful. Bring a picnic blanket, snacks from Saturday's farmer market and your family will be set for a perfect cool aspen night. Parking can be bad, so I suggest biking to the music tent!
Thursday music on Snowmass Mountain at Fanny Hill or the authentic Carbondale Rodeo.
A drive to the Powers Art Center in Carbondale it's sooooo worth it!! Stop at Catherine’s store and tell Rhonda, Estela said Hi. Find some of the coolest, curated, most interesting wines from around the globe!
The Aspen Art Museum is not to be missed. A gem of architecture and contemporary art!
Shop the Hyman mall, and explore the traditional stores and the cool pop-ups.
Don't forget the Saturday Aspen Farmer’s Market filled with much unique organic produce perfect for dinner.
If you are there for a while. Take an art class at Anderson Ranch or catch a musical or play at Theatre Aspen.
Some of the best summer events:
Food and Wine
Small Town 4th of July
Labor Day Music Festival
Stand up paddle. Sometimes we do the preserve which is so fun and easy. You drop in at Wyldwood School but every year they talk about shutting that down - hopefully, they don't ever!. We also drop in Carbondale and pop out in Westbank in Glenwood.
My Aspen musts:
For face: Suntegrity Rebound Serum, One Love Balm, Sleeping Beauty Oil cleanse, Onne Cleanser, and Uma Anti Aging Oil
For body: OY-L Body Butter, Erbaviva Body Oil, Chocolate Sun With SPF, Suntegrity Sun Stick, Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Moisturizer, Zinc It Up SPF facial mist, Sweat Cosmetics Twist Brush, Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths, CBD muscle rub, and Innersense hair masque for when my hair gets dry
Makeup: Highlighter Trio, Fitglow Vegan Mascara, Alima Mineral Highlighter in Lumina, Creme Blush Stick (perfect for on the go!!), Ere Perez Chamomile Eye Palette, Fitglow Beauty Lip Color Serum, Au Naturale Lip Gloss in S2P Frosé or Glow on