Aspen: Top Luxury Attractions
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Aspen Club and Spa
Skylights and expansive windows showcase Aspen's majestic natural setting at this 77,000-square-foot spa and fitness extravaganza. Work out on the latest equipment in the giant fitness arena, or visit the Sports Medicine Institute to have that recent injury examined. Or, if you just want to relax, all sorts of other treatments are available. The spa's Center for Wellbeing offers nutrition and life-enhancement consultations and mental-performance training.
Classically elegant European ambiance permeates this beautiful and relaxing resort tucked away in the Colorado Rockies. Guest rooms are done up in rich, tasteful colors and feature gas-burning fireplaces and Frette linens. Its Greenhouse Bar is a popular place to unwind after a day on the slopes. The resort offers ski-in/ski-out services.
St. Regis Resort
Swank and decadent, the Old West meets modern alpine ambiance at the St. Regis, a resort that prides itself on its friendly and personalized service. Staff can organize just about anything for its guests, from dog sledding excursions to summer paragliding, from winter fly-fishing to, of course, skiing. Posh rooms are impeccably outfitted with marble bathrooms, plush linens, flat-screen TVs, and twice-daily housekeeping services. The hotel also offers complimentary Aspen airport transfers.
Aspen Skiing Company
Easily the nation's most exclusive ski resort, and one of its best, the Aspen Skiing Company operates the area's four resorts. With more than 3,000 feet of steep vertical, Ajax is a daredevil's dream, while nearby Snowmass offers the longest vertical drop in the U.S. (4,400 feet). Breathtaking views and steep trails are Aspen Highlands' trademark, while beginners can practice on easy terrain at Buttermilk Mountain.
Aspen Skiing Company: 970.925.1220, www.aspensnowmass.com
Pure uninhibited indulgence is the theme at this luxurious French spa at the St. Regis Resort. The spa's design pays tribute to the beauty of Aspen's natural surroundings, while the pampering is as sophisticated as the world-class ski town itself. Treatments focus on the physical integration of body and mind, and are customized to meet each client's unique needs.
Constructed in 1889 during the height of the silver rush, the Hotel Jerome's trademark is its relaxed elegance and superb service. Its historic Victorian architecture has been perfectly preserved. Each guest room features period antiques, oversized tubs in marble bathrooms, lush robes, and down comforters for snuggling during those cold Rocky Mountain nights. The elegant Century Room restaurant, its classic 19th-century bar, a ski concierge, and a heated outdoor swimming pool all boost the Hotel Jerome's appeal.
Wheeler Opera House
Silver baron Jerome B. Wheeler commissioned the construction of this lavish venue in 1889, and today it's an impeccably preserved and enchanting place to take in a show. Aspen's top venue for the performing arts, it showcases theater, dance, film, and musical events year-round. With crystal chandeliers and brass wall sconces, gold trim and elegantly stenciled dark wood walls, the interior is a work of art. Lush red velvet seats and a matching carpet heighten the romantic, Old World air.
Wheeler Opera House: 970.920.5770, www.wheeleroperahouse.com
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
At once both sensual and athletic, this contemporary American ballet company receives rave reviews for an eclectic repertoire whose performances are fresh and innovative. The company consists of 11 classically trained dancers, performs in Aspen and Santa Fe, NM, and tours nationally and internationally throughout the year. The summer Aspen Dance Festival consistently draws internationally acclaimed dance troupes from around the globe.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: 970.925.7175, www.aspensantafeballet.com
Aspen Grove Fine Arts
One of Aspen's top galleries, Aspen Grove caters to discriminating collectors. Exhibits change regularly and include multiple mediumsfrom sculpture to painting to graphics. Works by nationally and internationally acclaimed painters and sculptors are showcased, but the gallery also features pieces by promising emerging artists.
Aspen Grove Fine Arts: 970.925.5151, www.aspengroveart.com
Woody Creek Tavern
This fabled local hangout was the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's favorite watering hole. It's a bit of a dive, with cheap beer on tap and cluttered walls, but that doesn't keep Aspen's celebrity visitors away. Perhaps you'll chow down on pizza at a table next to Nick Nolte. Eight miles outside of town, the Woody Creek is the last old-time tavern left in this chic-to-the-max town.
Woody Creek Tavern: 970.923.4285
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