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- Special to Hotel Aspen by Eimile Pesch

A Snapshot: 30 Hours in Aspen

Have you ever wanted to experience Aspen but don’t have the time or money to spend the full week it takes to soak all of Aspen’s summer goodness in? Those lucky enough to hop through Colorado's ski town, only able to spend a couple of days in any one place, should follow my itinerary. Why? Because it’s got a little bit everything and something for everyone.

Exciting June Activities & Summer Events Await You in Aspen

Most people think of Aspen, CO as a winter-activity only destination, but there are as many events and activities in the summer as there are during winter!

It’s time to book your summertime stay at the Hotel Aspen and plan your activity itinerary! Conveniently located within walking distance of the Mall, Aspen Music Festival's Music Tent, and all of the world-class shops, museums, art galleries, and restaurants in the area, Hotel Aspen is in close proximity to everywhere you’ll want to be during your summer Aspen vacation.

Favorite FREE Things to Do in Aspen, CO This Winter

Affordable Aspen, CO Vacations Made Easy at Hotel Aspen


A ski trip to Aspen is a “normal” outing for international celebrities and CEOs, but it is only bucket list item for the rest of us. Since Hotel Aspen is one of the most affordable hotels in town – especially with the added value of complimentary breakfast, internet, a healthy après ski offering, pool, hot tubs and other four-star hotel amenities – what do you do when you walk out the door?

Annual 12 Days of Aspen Kicks Off December 20, 2013

It’s the time of year when Aspen shines and sparkles with a radiance that comes from twinkling lights, fresh white snow and a healthy dose of cheer. Aspenites have been reveling in the wonderful early season snowfall and prepping town for the busy, festive and fun 2013 holiday season. Aspen’s annual homage to the holidays, the 12 Days of Aspen, begins on Friday, December 20 for almost 2 weeks of creative activities to make this an incredibly special holiday in Aspen.

Aspen's Open: What's New and Exciting in Aspen This Winter

The skies have been busy the last couple of months in the Colorado high country, plunking an impressive early season base onto Aspen and Snowmass mountains (over 60 inches have landed thus far on Aspen mountain). As a result, locals enjoyed the fruits of Mother Nature 2 weeks early this year, when Aspen Mountain opened lifts for a sneak peak weekend of skiing on November 16 and 17 with 6 inches of fresh powder, 3 lifts and 21 trails. Aspen, as well as Snowmass, will reopen Saturday, November 23 for the 2013-2014 season.

Top 5 Fall Activities Around Aspen

Fall is a magical time of year in the mountains, and a perfect time to come to Aspen for a weekend or week-long escape.  Aspen lodging deals abound, the weather is beautiful and there is lots to do!  Check out this fall bucket list of special fall activities in Aspen happening now!


1.Take a Custom Fall Hike

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival 2013

It’s an annual tradition. Aspen is THE place to be for Labor Day weekend year in and year out. The summer-long Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Festival comes to a climactic close with this 3-day soulful singing extravaganza in Snowmass, August 30-September 1, and it draws thousands of music lovers from all over the mountains and beyond.

Aspen Lodging a Perfect Vantage Point for US Pro Cycling 2013

This year, Aspen is again blessed with 2 stages of the now legendary USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This 7 stage professional road cycling blast came to life in 2011, in an effort to bring the rich heritage of Colorado road cycling back to life as it was in the 1980’s when the Coors Classic brought the world’s best riders to these steep, glorious mountains.

Aspen’s Annual FOOD & WINE Classic on Tap

Beginning this Friday, June 14, the town of Aspen will be brimming and brewing with excitement as the 31st edition of the FOOD & WINE Classic begins its 3-day celebration of fine food and wine. This annual celebration brings the biggest and best names in the culinary world together with vintners and food editorial experts for the quintessential food and wine festival, June 14-16, 2013.