Aspen was lovely, I was amazed by how beautiful and clean it is. I had no idea how much history Aspen has. Most of the buildings were built in the 1890's including the hotel we stayed at. All the buildings have been restored and are so beautifully done. Luckily for us, the week before we arrived it snowed everyday. Bringing Charlie to a winter wonderland was such an amazing experience for all of us.
This was our first trip as a family of three. Wanting the opportunity to snowboard, we made the savvy move of inviting my parents with us too; our hotel had a nanny/daycare service, but we were more comfortable leaving Charlie with my parents. Leading up to the trip I had thought that the flight might be problematic, but everything worked out great and the trip was a success.
For skiing I suggest Aspen mountain (Ajax)
For snowboarding I suggest Highlands.
Horse-drawn sleigh through Aspen city
Tubing in Snowmass (30 min away from Aspen)
Snowcat (baby friendly but it doesn’t run all the time, so call in advance)
Kemo Sabe- lovely Western boutique known primarily for their handmade fedoras and cowboy hats...I had to drag Darab out or else he would have spent the entire day in here.
Tons of high end shopping boutiques including Gucci, Dior, and Louis Vuitton.
We left Charlie with my parents and went snowboarding at Highlands. If you are interested in having a great time, there is a restaurant/bar at the top of the mountain called Cloudnine. It is a lovely spot overlooking the entire mountain. There are two reservation times (12 and 2 PM). What makes this place special is the second reservation time it turns into a boozy-brunch like you have never seen. After people are done eating, the patio section becomes a party with a DJ, and tons of people spraying champagne everywhere! Just a word of advice, keep your goggles on because champagne burns!
Paradise Bakery- Quick spot to grab breakfast burritos, pastries, and coffee.
Cloudnine- The only way to get here is skiing. You need to make reservations in advance. Book the 2pm reservations if you want to stay and party. Beware that they spray champagne at 3:10 PM... don’t forget your ID like I did :(
White House Tavern - Crispy Chicken Sandwich, French Dip Au Jus, get a side of kale salad. I’m not a huge fan of kale but the kale salad is amazing. (It’s like R&D or Honest Bar if you’re from the OC/LA area).
Crepe du Village- French cabin vibes/ super charming cozy. Everything we ordered was good. Best French onion soup I have EVER had in my life! The staff was incredibly sweet. This was hands down our favorite eatery from the trip.
J-bar at Hotel Jerome -Good ambience, nice spot to unwind and have some bar foods.
Ajax tavern- Good for lunch. The burger was good.
Matsuhisa-Boujie sushi restaurant that we didn't end up going to, but was highly recommended by a friend that visits Aspen regularly.
Acquoline-Fancy Italian prices, with a diner feel. We ultimately weren't a big fan of this restaurant, but it is another popular Aspen spot.
Living Room At Hotel Jerome- Super cute, friendly staff, and good drinks. They have an outdoor ice-bar which sounds pretty cool, but in my opinion was not worth the price of entry ($50).
Hotel Jerome- This is where we stayed. It is a historic building in Aspen filled with culture. The staff was beyond accommodating/friendly. They offer shuttle rides to/from the local airport, as well as shuttles to the different mountains in the area. You do not need to rent a car if you stay here, they offer free rides. It has a nice central location where many of the things you would like to do/see are within walking distance.
Little Nell- Looked lovely and is located right next to Aspen mountain.