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Ski season is just three weeks away here in Aspen.  Everyone is as excited as ever for another promising ski season and a few places have even gone so far as to refresh their look.  Yep, a few of Aspen’s most well-known hotels have received a little facelift (yeah we said it) just in time for ski season.HJ SUmmer

The Hotel Jerome, one of Aspen’s oldest and dearest resorts, will reopen in December to unveil an updated interior, along with a state of the art spa for guests to enjoy when they’re off the slopes.  A reinvented restaurant will also accompany the facelift and is conceived as an updated all-American grill under the direction of Executive chef Rob Zack.

The Sky Hotel and St. Regis have also received a few new design updates in their guest rooms, as well as, overall esthetic.  The St. Regis welcomed the Chef’s Club this summer at the FOOD & WINE CLASSIC and is proud to debut it to winter guests too.  The Little Nell will be revealing its new restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.  Gone are the days of Montagna and here to stay is Element 47 – silver on the periodic table.  Hotel Jerome

Sometimes a little lift here and a little tuck there goes a long way.  We hope you look forward to seeing some of your favorites after their makeover!

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Attention singles in Aspen!  The Hotel Jerome is giving you a head start on finding your Valentine this year.  They are playing host to two separate singles events this weekend starting Saturday, February 11th. 

The “Bachelorette Aspen” is looking for 12-16 bachelors to participate in a three day competition.  The Bachelorette will start with speed dating and end by playing the dating game from7-8pm in the J-Bar and narrow her field to four lucky guys.  The final four bachelors will participate in a scavenger hunt around town on Sunday, then the final three will take the beautiful Bachelorette out on apres-ski mini-dates on Monday and end with the Bachelorette selecting her final date on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day.   The winning couple will enjoy dinner in the Century Room courtesy of the Hotel Jerome.  To sign up for the “Bachelorette Aspen” (sorry ladies the Bachelorette has been chosen already) please call 970-429-7716.

If you aren’t a participant, or find yourself eliminated early, the Singles Mixer is from 8-11 in the J-Bar after the first round of Bachelorette Aspen.  Live music will be on hand from the local Aspen Biker Band.  Your Valentine could be just around the corner!

The fun continues on Valentine’s Day with three course menu in the Century room for those so inclined and a special Anti-Valentine’s Day party in the J-Bar from 7-10pm.  As the Bachelorette and her date head to the Century Room, everyone else will enjoy live music from Dan Sheridan, black balloons, black roses, fun games and LOTS of singles ready to mingle.  See you there!

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by Christine Benedetti, from the Aspen Historical Society

Dr. Slats Cabbage and Al Pendorf from Aspen State Teacher's College. (Photo: Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Do you know how the Silver Queen gondola got its name? Or how to become a student in the Aspen State Teachers College? These questions and more will be answered at Aspen History 101. Presented by the Aspen Historical Society, the free event is a crash course in all things related to Aspen’s past and present.

With guest appearances by Klaus Obermeyer, Slats Cabbage and Tony Vagneur, the show is a multimedia presentation performance by professional actors, guaranteed to entertain both old-timers and new-comers. Covering everything from Utes and the mining boom, to the hippie era and today’s cultural offerings, Aspen History 101 is your best bet for learning about the roots of Aspen.

The event is FREE, and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Come to the Hotel Jerome ballroom on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. (bar opens at 5 p.m.).

See you in class!

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“Whether looking for a cool winter escape or an active summer sojourn, Aspen provides year-round activity.”
Resident Magazine’s Lisa Loverro

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“The best places to eat, shop, and stay in this fabled resort town…”

ArchitecturalDigest.com—the online version of the iconic AD print magazine, featuring design, arts, travel and architecture features and news—visited Aspen recently. Surprise, surprise: the folks at AD loved our charming mountain hamlet!

Here’s what AD.com had to say about Aspen:

“Whether you’re an alpine sports adrenaline junkie or prefer more urbane leisure pursuits, Aspen offers an unparalleled mix of attractions. AD reports on the best places to eat, shop, and stay in this fabled resort town.

“Aspen is awesome. Truly. Nestled nearly 8,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, this alpine-sports playground boasts spectacular scenery and incredible terrain for hikers and bikers in summer and skiers in winter. Whereas some resorts can feel a bit like Tyrolean-style truck stops with little in the way of post-recreation appeal, Aspen has lively shopping, dining, and cultural scenes to complement its natural splendor. The Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival and School, founded in the mid-20th century by enlightened industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife, transformed what had been a forlorn Victorian-era mining village into an alpine capital of creativity, and they continue to attract leading thinkers and performers today. The town, meanwhile, has reinvented itself not only as a culinary pilgrimage site (thanks to the annual summer Food & Wine Classic) but also an art-world outpost empowered by a community of high-profile collectors and a cutting-edge museum. Maybe it’s the altitude, but the mix can induce a delightfully dizzying high. Fortunately, Aspen also has world-class hotels to offer glamorous respite. Back from a recent visit, AD reports on some favorite finds.”

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Spoiler Alert: The Aspen Meadows Resort, The Little Nell Hotel, Baldwin Gallery, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, Isberia Rug Company, Aspen Art Museum, Steakhouse No. 316, Casa Tua, Matsuhisa and the Jerome’s J-Bar were named “the best places to eat, shop, and stay in this fabled resort town…”

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Photo: Jeremy Swanson

Ritzy Aspen is surprisingly affordable during off-season
by Carley Thornell, for BostonHerald.com (July 14)

Heidi and Seal.


Lance Armstrong.

And the “winner” himself, Charlie Sheen.

Aspen’s famous residents and a reputation as an upscale haven belie a laid-back atmosphere and affordability. But that’s exactly what my husband and I found there off-season in mid-October: a city sunny in both disposition and climate with plenty of outdoor activities — or opportunities for lounging and soaking up stunning mountaintop vistas.

We were enticed by RockResorts’ 96-hour sale, during which rooms at the historic, Victorian-era five-star Hotel Jerome (hoteljerome.com) could be booked for $96. Seasonal specials — including one now for a free third night at rockresorts.com — offer similar affordable rates (during peak season, the same room goes for upward of $1,000).

We flew from Boston to Denver and then took a smaller connecting flight to the one-runway Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. (A Frontier Airlines special from Denver to Aspen-Pitkin, through November, includes one-way fares of $39-$179.) The Jerome provides free local transportation so we didn’t have to pay for a citywide or an airport shuttle, though the former is rarely needed because mostly everything in Aspen is within a 2-mile vicinity. An alternative is a three-and-a-half-hour direct flight from Logan airport just to Denver and renting a car. On a previous trip, we rented a car in the Mile High City and enjoyed a scenic five-hour-or-so drive through winding Colorado mountain roads and wilderness. Parking in Aspen is about $15 daily (rates are lower in the off-season); it’s not a bad idea to have a car for day-tripping.

We started this Aspen adventure with a leisurely stroll on the Rio Grande Trail, winding our way past modern West and Victorian-era architecture and over mountain streams, enjoying the fall foliage. It’s no surprise that Aspen was named one of Yahoo Travel’s Top 10 foliage destinations in 2010. This tour on foot also takes you through the John Denver Sanctuary, filled with flowers and a rock garden inscribed with many of the late folk singer’s lyrics. Depending on how ambitious you are, a short hike on the Rio Grande puts you near the contemporary Aspen Art Museum, where admission is free. In fact, there are a number of free or low-cost activities in the area, where gratis bus transportation to all local stops is offered year-round by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

Our trek put us out near Aspen Brewing Co., a nondescript storefront offering tours and tastings daily. We opted to sample its ales at Junk, a new eatery with outdoor seating in the heart of downtown. As its name implies, Junk satisfies those sugar, burger and booze cravings in a casual setting for little cash. Among the favorite items: s’mores that you make yourself on an open flame, next to roaring fire pits on chilly autumn nights; and beer pong featuring ABC brews, plastic cups you can personalize and ping-pong balls to keep. It’s indicative of today’s Aspen, which targets a younger crowd on a tighter budget. Not to say the cloth-napkin establishments aren’t hopping: almost every one offers a prix fixe or buy one entree get one half off or free in the off-season. On the last trip we opted for fine dining at Montagna, where a fleet of new waitstaff-in-training provided spot-on service and the chef, who was testing out new recipes using local ingredients, sent out a number of tasty gratis plates.

This time we opted for cafes and family dining, including Peach’s Corner Cafe, a local favorite. The fare includes local specialties (pork sausage studded with pistachios) and organic produce from local farms. Outdoor seating provides ample opportunities to people-watch and admire Aspen’s numerous pooches, gaze at mountains or the fashions at nearby Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton boutiques.

The day-trip options are plentiful. We zigzagged the hairpin turns of the 40-mile trek through Independence Pass and its ghost town.

In the same trip, check out the Continental Divide at 12,100 feet, the boundary separating waters that flow from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico from those that flow into the Pacific. The journey allows for a trip to the oft-pictured 14,000-foot twin peaks of Maroon Bells.

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