Last week we spent nearly a week in beautiful Aspen exploring the mountains, drinking far too much champagne, taking snow walks, and eating fondue. I absolutely love snow, so being in the winter wonderland of Aspen was an absolute dream come true. Everything about the town is picturesque – from the beautiful Victorian architecture to the quaint tree-lined streets (which were still decorated with Christmas lights) to the majestic Colorado mountains surrounding it on all four sides. Honestly, of all the winter destinations I have visited, Aspen is right up there with my beloved French Alps.
Aspen is not only beautiful and filled with culture but also makes for a seriously amazing destination wedding location – it’s on my list of the absolute best destination wedding locations in the world. If you are searching for an Aspen wedding photographer, be sure to contact me! And don’t forget to scroll down for my luxury travel guide.
Skiing for me was one of the highlights of the trip, as learning to ski had been a goal of mine for several years (but truth be told, one that I was quite terrified of). As of age 29 I had skied a total of two times which consisted of me flying down the bunny hill without being able to turn, slow down, or stop, and ultimately falling down as it was the only way I knew how to control my speed. In truth, I hated it. When we booked our ski trip to Aspen I was more than a little apprehensive, but thanks to an amazing instructor and patient friends not only did I feel like I could comfortably ski down a mountain, I also felt safe, controlled, and had fun while doing it!
If you are thinking about planning a ski trip, I would highly recommend considering beautiful Aspen – and here are some of my favorite things to see, eat, and do!
The St. Regis Aspen. Our stay at the St. Regis Aspen could not have been more lovely. The hotel is nestled on the base of Aspen Mountain and features spectacular views and an amazing location (the ski lift is only a two minute walk away). The Ralph Lauren designed decor is absolutely gorgeous – comfortable yet elegant – and there are a plethora of cozy little nooks to curl up with a glass of wine and a book by the fireplace. Another special touch was a daily champagne sabering to mark the transition from day to night – such a fun St. Regis tradition!
Skiing. This is a no-brainer, but if you are in Aspen you simply must try your hand at skiing! If you are a beginner like me I highly recommend taking a lesson at Buttermilk Mountain. The lessons were extremely affordable and the personalized attention made all the difference for me! If you are more advanced, Aspen Mountain is absolutely amazing.
The Monarch. A gorgeous new restaurant in downtown Aspen, a highlight of our meal at this beautiful steakhouse was the Tableside Caesar Salad. Such a fun experience and SO delicious.
La Creperie du Village. Quite possibly my favorite restaurant in Aspen, this fondue & crepe restaurant looked like it was pulled straight out of the French countryside. Think farmhouse furniture, grain sack pillows, copper pots and pans hanging from the ceiling, candelabras with dripping wax, and more French antiques than the eye can see. It is tiny so reservations are highly recommended, but it is beyond charming and not to be missed.
Wild Fig. Another French gem, this charming bistro completely transports you to Paris. I ate possibly my favorite dish from the entire trip here – Ricotta & Pecorino Gnudi with oyster mushrooms.
The White House Tavern. Spectacular food inside of a charming setting in a beautiful restored Victorian cottage, this restaurant was amazing and is an absolute must in Aspen. We enjoyed a late lunch on our last day here and were absolutely smitten with the gorgeous mountain views (and the best fish sandwich that I have ever eaten).
Ajax Tavern. Located at the base of Aspen mountain, this is a true Aspen staple, this is the best après–ski spot in town. Grab a table overlooking the mountain around 2:30, order some champagne and truffle fries, and watch all of the skiiers come flying down the mountain!
Remède Spa. The beautiful spa at the St. Regis was the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes, and the oxygen lounge was a life-saver to help with adjusting to the change in altitude.
The Living Room at Hotel Jerome. Located in the iconic Hotel Jerome, the living room is an absolutely spectacular bar and dining space that you absolutely have to check out. Think mountain chic meets Town & Country.
Justice Snow’s. We stopped into this cool old bar for a few drinks, and loved it’s fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Caribou Club. This private club is absolutely stunning and, while fairly expensive, it’s an experience not to be missed. At 10:30PM the restaurant turns into a nightclub, and all I can say is it was some of the most fun people watching that I have ever witnessed! Definitely the place to see and be seen in Aspen.
Photos by Aspen wedding photographer Molly Carr Photography