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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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Wanna know what everyone’s been talking about this winter?  Then head on over to the Little Nell Hotel this weekend for a little jazz.  Jazz Aspen Snowmass is presenting a series of intimate performances this winter in the new nightclub located in the lower level of the Little Nell Hotel.  This Friday and Saturday night performances features Jon Cleary and the Philthy Phew.  Cleary has toured with the likes of John Scofield and Bonnie Raitt since 1999.  The Little Nell Bar Menu is available at all shows.  The Little Nell will be offering a special $32 three course pre-show menu at Ajax Tavern prior to the show and a $62 choice at Montagna.  Please allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the show.  Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.  Enjoy a different scene right here in Aspen.

For more information go to: http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org/p-jas-downstairs-20.html

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[The following piece on 12 Days of Aspen can be found in the current issue of America Eagle Latitudes magazine, and was written by Wyatt Myers.]

More Than Just Skiing
Of course, the town of Aspen is known primarily for its world-class skiing and snowboarding. And visitors will find plenty of opportunities to do just that during the 12 Days of Aspen. Snowmass and Aspen Mountain are just two of many well-known ski resorts around the town.

One lesser-known local activity actually started decades ago: the Aspen Film Academy Screenings. “A favorite holiday tradition for more than two decades, Aspen Film Academy Screenings offers residents, visitors and film industry professionals a unique opportunity to see the newest buzz-worthy movies vying for Oscar nominations, many of which will screen only in Los Angeles, New York and Aspen over the holidays,” says Poschman. “With two screenings each evening, this multiday film extravaganza presents about 20 of the season’s most anticipated movies.”

Not a film buff? You can ice-skate, listen to Christmas stories, attend musicals, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, or listen to holiday carols. The entertainers at Aspen really do a fine job of covering every age group and interest level, from clowns and face painting for children to a bonfire and a live DJ for adults on New Year’s Eve. All the festivities culminate that evening with a stunning fireworks display above Aspen Mountain. “The highlights really depend on your interests, but the reindeer are understandably popular for children,” says Poschman. “Everyone loves New Year’s Eve fireworks, which are considerately timed at 8 p.m. for the younger set and then midnight.”

These are just a few of the many events that you can see during the festival, which takes place from Dec. 20-31. You can find a full calendar of events at aspenchamber.org/12days.

Staying in Aspen
If you’ve ever been to Aspen, you know it feels like a winter wonderland that is truly worthy of a 12-day festival. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t afford to stay there. “You’ll find everything from moderate lodging, like the Hotel Aspen, to luxurious resorts, like The Little Nell or St. Regis Aspen, to design-oriented retreats, like the Aspen Meadows, to condominiums like The Gant,” says Poschman. To learn more about your lodging options in Aspen, visit stayaspensnowmass.com.

Book your trip today! Visit www.aa.com, call American/American Eagle reservations at 1-800-433-7300, or call your travel agent for more information.

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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.”

CLICK HERE to read “The Best of Aspen” according to Architectural Digest.

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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If you fly with Frontier Airlines during November or December be sure to pick up their in-flight magazine, Wild Blue Yonder, to read the “Essential Guide” to Aspen. Or, CLICK HERE to read the digital edition of the magazine.

What did WBY highlight in Aspen?

Cache Cache Bistro, L’Hostaria and Zane’s Tavern represents the spectrum of dining options in Aspen. 39 Degrees, Jimmy’s and CP Burger are great spots for après, nightlife and family fun, respectively. Watching the sun set behind Shadow Mountain from Ajax Tavern‘s patio and cross-country skiing to Pine Creek Cookhouse are two must-do activities. And, there’s a place to stay for every taste between the Aspen Meadows Resort, Hotel Aspen and The Little Nell.

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(Karla Walsh recently visited Aspen on assignment for Fitness Magazine. From the looks of it, I think it’s fair to say that she enjoyed her time here…)

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to spend an active weekend in Aspen, Colorado—basically the epicenter for the healthiest lifestyles in America. As I was reading a city magazine in my hotel room when I first arrived, it was clear that this place was different. (A resident detailed his daily routine, which started with a hike, followed by a few hours in the office, a ski break at lunch, catching up on a bit of work and wrapping it all up with a run.) So I knew I was in for a load of fun during the next few days!

The adventure crew at The Little Nell, the gorgeous hotel that hosted our group in Aspen, kicked things off right with a morning of fly fishing. While I’m no pro, the guides helped me taste a little victory—I caught two fish! (Although I have to admit, they were both less than six inches long. And don’t worry, we just released my little Nemos back into the pond.) After fueling up with a gourmet picnic lunch, I got the rest of my activity in by shopping the afternoon away.

Later on during the weekend, we hit the skies during a paragliding outing. I wasn’t nervous one bit until our Land Rover kept climbing, and climbing, and climbing up Aspen Mountain. We reached about 11,000 feet (more than 3,000 feet higher than our landing spot) and saw our parachutes and pros waiting for us. I started to get what you might call “Sweaty Palm Syndrome” when I saw the steep hill we’d be jumping off while strapped to a person we’d known for five minutes!

Luckily, I didn’t have much time to think about it, because shortly after being harnessed in and given the safety rundown, my designated pro and I were sprinting off the ledge and flying high above the awe-inspiring, lush landscape. My discomfort faded away as I felt the wind rush against my face and simply enjoyed the freeing feeling. The most invigorating part of the experience (and my Oprah “Aha! Moment” for the trip) was realizing that I will be just fine if I surrender control sometimes.

We made a perfect landing—I was able to run it in and stay on my feet the whole time!—and celebrated with fresh peach mimosas. Then I switched from jeans to a wetsuit for two hours of stand up paddleboarding, which was an awesome balance, shoulder and core workout, not to mention a lot of fun to experience a feeling similar to walking on water.

I rounded out the weekend with a six-mile hike with a guide from The Little Nell who has hiked across the country not once but three times, and a delicious, healthy dinner at Pyramid Bistro.

This weekend made it clear why Colorado has the lowest percentage of overweight or obese residents—it was simply the norm to wake up, head outdoors and keep moving until the sun sets!

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