Aspen, Colorado is well-known for its ski lodges, some of which are legendary in their popularity. People travel from hundreds and even thousands of miles to enjoy the ski slopes during the winter ski season. Ski lodges abound in and around Aspen, but there’s more to Aspen than just skiing.
Specialty Shops: Bringing Back that Small Town Feeling
One of the main reasons people love Aspen is because of all of the specialty shops that line the downtown Aspen area. My dad collects old pens he likes to write with and he went into one of the pen shops in Aspen several years ago but it was a bit above his price range. I wish I could go back there now with him and buy him one. I may do that soon, now that I am making serious money!
But I digress. There are plenty of specialty shoppes in Aspen, featuring everything from Prada to clothing for kids, mostly name-brand merchandise and specialty items. There are antique shops, malls along the walk through town, and artistic displays. When I was there a few years ago, I remember seeing live musicians playing in the streets on cellos and oboes, a site one rarely sees these days. With all of its shopping opportunities and artistic and cultural accents, you could say that Aspen has captured the true spirit of the downtown square culture, and has preserved it perfectly for other towns to emulate.
Also in Aspen, you will find plenty of unique culinary experiences awaiting you. My father likes German food, so he ordered the Greek meal in a particular restaurant we went to, where I observed that the meat looked “raw.” But my father, a very educated man, with a Ph.D., assured me that it was not raw, but was served cold. I had a bit of trouble fitting this into my schemata, to be honest, as I was not used to this type of eating. But I did love the authentic surroundings and culture surrounding the place. There are numerous types of restaurants, pubs, and delis all along the streets of Aspen, so you can choose whatever type that suits your fancy!
Christmas the Way it Was Intended
One of the best times of the year to come to Aspen is during Christmas time! Christmas has already passed this year, but there are other winter holidays coming up, and it’s never too early to book for next year. With the beautiful snow-covered mountains that surround the Aspen area, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect place to celebrate Christmas, or any occasion in Aspen, Colorado. Local businesses often run specials of different kinds during this time and people are always glad to put on a show to brighten the holiday spirit.
Aspen: Where the Stars Hang Out
Aspen is home to the second house or ranches of several well-known celebrities. One of these is famed Hollywood movie director, Steven Spielberg, who owns a large ranch just outside the Aspen area. Aspen seems to attract the rich and famous because of its unique culture, natural mountainous beauty, and retreat from the rest of the world. *Editors note: As we publish this article, it was just announced that Richard Marx and Daisy Fuentes were married December 23rd in Aspen. Talk about “Beautiful People!”
No Place for Ordinary
On the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website, they have the logo: “This is no place for ordinary.” Aspen definitely lives up to this idea, as their many unique and cultural experiences that are unique to Aspen, stand awaiting visitors at any time of the year. One thing is for sure, whether you come to Aspen to shop, celebrate a special event, take in the ski lodges, or just hibernate for the winter, it is truly an experience you will never forget!