What does one do in Aspen, Colorado for 5 days? The real question is what does one not do? My best friend and I went for her birthday because we wanted adventure - with that being said we mainly wanted to experience skiing and snowboarding in one of the most beautiful places in America! With four mountains for skiing, hiking, fine dining, and top notch shops, Aspen offers a rich look into a perfectly crafted snow globe town.
Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, I’ve got you covered! Below I’ve listed 7 things you can do while visiting this historic Colorado town!
1) EXPLORE DOWNTOWN:
2) CHECK OUT THE ART:
3) EMBRACE THE BREATHTAKING VIEWS:
4) GRAB A BITE TO EAT:
Highlands Alehouse (located at the bottom of Aspen Highlands Mountain):
Jimmy's An American Restaurant & Bar (located in downtown Aspen):
Willow Creek Bistro (located at the bottom of Aspen Highlands Mountain):
Cliffhouse Restaurant (located at the top of Buttermilk Mountain):
Jing (located in downtown Aspen):
Global fusion cuisine sushi and raw bar, we hit them up during happy hour - it was so good and fresh! And the bartender was awesome in answering any questions we had about where to go to next. *Hint hint* if you need to go to the bathroom look at the floor first, the doors are literally hidden into the wall and the light on the floor is the only way you'll find your way in!
Red Onion (located in downtown Aspen):
Aspen's oldest historic restaurant and bar established in 1892. The most chill bar vibe, very popular and reasonably priced for Aspen’s high rates. Check out their website! It's pretty awesome with all the historical, fun pictures of its pastime.
5) SKI AND SNOWBOARD (duhhh!):
Aspen Highlands: "Of the four mountains, Aspen Highlands avoids the spotlight, which is perfectly fine with the locals and in-the-know skiers and riders who tackle its uncrowded slopes. Hike the ridge to Highland Bowl for the sweetest run of your life, or simply cruise along the mid-mountain groomers off the Cloud Nine chairlift. Views over the valley to the snow-covered Maroon Bells constantly will remind you: this is Colorado at its best."
Buttermilk Mountain: (below) "Buttermilk is one mountain with two personalities. Best known around the world for being home to the X Games Aspen, the mountain has become an icon for freestyle riders and skiers, who hit up the Buttermilk Park to see what they’re made of. But the mountain is also easy-going for beginners and families, boasting uncrowded beginner terrain and The Hideout, an innovative learning center for young skiers."