Aspen Colorado Information
When you think of Aspen, Colorado, you naturally think first of skiing, glamour and romance. A day on the slopes and après-ski with new friends come quickly to mind. You can follow that with a sleigh ride to dinner, a hot toddy and a cozy night with your dearest, or a top flight band and a late night out with good friends. That is a good winter image of Aspen. But there is a summer Aspen life as well. Early morning hikes up Smuggler and into Hunter Creek, a stop at the gym to find more friends and a lunch at Gusto’s.
Then go for some music in the afternoon at the tent or the Snowmass at Fanny Hill concerts on Thursday night. The Aspen Institute and Meadows summer lecture series will open your mind, then a little dinner at the top of Aspen Mountain and a quiet romantic ride down into a beautifully lit small mountain town. That’s not a bad day and Aspen offers all that and more. Among all the ski towns of the North American continent, Aspen, Colorado is unique in so many ways. Nestled in the heart of this world-class gem is The Residence Hotel. Just twenty steps from the tree-lined, walking malls, The Residence offers even more than the exquisitely beautiful rooms would lead you to expect. More about us in a bit…
Location & Climate
With 300 days of sunshine annually, you’ll find the Aspen climate perfect for raising your spirits, raising your kids, raising cane or just walking your puppy in the crisp mountain air. The cold winter weather is more imagined than real as the winter chill is moderated by the low humidity. Brisk would be a better word for it and this pleasant fact is always a surprise to first-time visitors. Daytime winter temperatures are normally between 20 and 55 degrees and the evening temperatures make for fashionable strolls around town at 10-30 degrees. So bring your best strolling fashions. Aspen is tucked away in the White River National Forest, only 220 miles from Denver. At an altitude of 7,908, with daytime summer temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 degrees and evenings between 50 to 65 degrees, you’ll have plenty of great weather to enjoy your days.
Getting To & Around Aspen
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is served by United, Northwest and America West airlines and is only five miles from downtown. The Residence concierge services can make your arrangements for transportation to and from the airport. You can also reach Aspen through Eagle County Airport, a 75-mile drive from Aspen, and Denver International Airport, which is 208 miles away. We have a number of choices available among local transportation companies with solid experience driving in mountain conditions.
Sports for All Seasons
The Residence Concierge Service can make arrangements for any of the wonderful sports and activities you care to enjoy any time of year.
Warm weather recreation includes: golfing on Aspen championship courses up and down the valley; tennis at several nearby courts; hiking among the many scenic trails; horseback riding both guided and unguided; and mountain biking through the beautiful Rocky Mountain countryside. Visitors can also fish at the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers, go on guided hunting trips, scenic air tours of the Aspen/Snowmass area, hot-air ballooning in the early morning air above lush mountain peaks or whitewater rafting on the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Arkansas rivers.
In winter, Aspen offers skiers and snowboarders four of the best skiing mountains to be found anywhere. Aspen Mountain (Ajax) with its world-renowned cruising, Highlands for the locals favorite, double-black challenges, Buttermilk for learners and families and Snowmass for virtually any kind of skiing you care to pursue from easy green cruisers to some of the wickedest hors categorie you’ll find in the lower 48. Together they form one enormous skiing environment. Under the control of the Aspen Skiing Company, they can be accessed with a single multi-mountain lift pass. The Residence Hotel is only one and a half blocks from the Aspen Mountain Gondola but, of course, we can arrange for shuttle service to and from Aspen Mountain and in the local region. (Inter-mountain shuttle is also available.) The Aspen Skiing Company makes lessons available for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. Private and group ski lessons are tailored to individual skill levels.
Additional winter fun includes snowshoe exploration of the surrounding mountains, horse-drawn sleighs and Aspen/Snwomass snowmobiling. The Silver Circle ice skating rink is just downtown and is open during winter months. The Aspen Ice Gardens, an indoor rink, is open year-round. There is a 32-foot climbing tower at the Aspen Recreation Center, an aquatic center, locker rooms, a youth center and five multi-use, outdoor playing fields.
No matter what your pleasure, after a full day of power sport or power naps, a dinner worthy of your attention can be found almost over every shoulder. Aspen gives you the choice among more than 100 restaurants and bars just steps from The Residence Hotel that will satisfy any craving. For world cuisine, visitors can dive into Mediterranean world favorites at Mogador and savor the true flavors of the French countryside at Rustique and Cache Cache. Explore outstanding sushi at Matsuhisa and Kenichi and revel in the flavors of Italy at Campo di Fiori and their sister establishment, Gusto Ristorante owned by Elizabeth & Luigi Giordani. Try Tony’s ribeye. It will have you dreaming of your next trip even before you leave from this one. Elevation is one of our all-time favorites as their wasabi Caesar, watermelon gazpacho and pistachio gnocchi are to die for. Click here for our list of great Aspen restaurants.
There is plenty to do in Aspen when the sun goes down too, with an array of trendy bars, live music, upscale lounges and spirited sports bars. Evening hours bring out the best in those who cherish Bentley’s at the Wheeler, the Red Onion or Eric’s bar, and if dancing is in your shoes, Shooter’s or the sleek Lava Room are close to hand. Or maybe just a walkabout in Aspen’s fashionable west end to relax before slipping off to sleep.
While on a search for the ideal place to revitalize oneself from a too-busy/too successful and stressed life, Elizabeth Paepcke drew her husband to Aspen to show him what she’d found. He liked it too and together they embarked on a process of developing the town as a center of thought, learning, and artistic expression. With the acclaimed Aspen Art Museum, the exceptional galleries, and wonderful annual festivals, Aspen exceeds Walter Paepcke’s dream and has become the cultural diamond of the Rockies. Our seasonal events include the summer’s Aspen Music Festival & School, Jazz Aspen/Snowmass, two, three-day festivals of jazz and world music; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; the Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen bringing in 10 of the best new chefs of the year and wine experts, cooking displays and tastings. The winter brings the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and many of the biggest names in entertainment come to Aspen in small venues to perform stand-up routines for the lucky few who score a ticket. There are many more performances at the historic Wheeler Opera House, Aspen’s beautiful Victorian theater. Tours of Hallam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, guided walking tours of downtown Aspen and the historic West End residential area are conducted by HeritageAspen.
Spas & Gyms of Aspen
This state-of-the-art gym is equipped with the ultimate fitness equipment and is world renowned for its design.
Specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®
Shopping in Aspen is a thrill a minute for around every corner you will discover just how grown up our little ski town has become. Myriad boutiques of world renown and specialty stores are within three minutes walk from The Residence Hotel. Guest searching for fine quality can visit Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Brioni, Bulgari, Chanel, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. Aspen specialty stores Distractions, Nuages, Performance Ski or Stefan Kaelin Pro Shop offer trusted designer names, while those seeking active wear can find it all at Aspen Sports or The North Face. Fine linens are offered at Frette or Le Tub, hand-crafted leather articles at Henry Beguelin and exquisite home furnishings at McHugh Antiques.
Wondering what to get for everyone you did not bring along for the trip? Be sure to stop by one of Aspen’s many T-shirt shops and put a smile on someone’s face when you get home.
Ross Andrews Designer Goldsmith Inc is a private company categorized under Wholesale Jewelers and located in Aspen, CO.
CHRISTOPHER WALLING “Sotheby’s describes Mr. Walling as ‘undoubtedly one of the most exciting jewelry designers on the scene today.’ His work has been prominently featured in two PBS documentaries.
Aspen’s Fine Arts and Galleries
Mixing sophisticated flare with contemporary art, the Blue Gallery features original collections of internationally-acclaimed Israeli artists, painting landscapes, abstracts, semi-realistic, realistic and figurative styles.
Elliot Yeary Gallery : Fine Art and Jewelry