As my wedding weekend in Aspen approaches, many people have reached out asking for suggestions on what to do in Aspen. I can’t believe I haven’t done a proper post on all this amazing mountain town has to offer!
Aspen is an incredibly special place which is exactly why Carey and I decided it was the perfect place to get married. There are so many fun things to do, especially in the summer! I am an avid hiker, a sucker for 75 degree weather and a huge fan of Saturday markets so, for me, summer in Aspen is my ideal vacation. The quaint town is also known for its fashion and hip restaurant and bar scenes. It is really hard to beat as far as domestic summer destinations go.
Below I have provided a breakdown of Aspen recommendations by category. You can reference the photos below to get the feel for most of the places and activities I mention. There are so many great spots in Aspen, but I have recommended my absolute favorites here. Hope to see you around Aspen soon!
Bike to Woody Creek Tavern on the Rio Grande Trail – This is probably my very favorite summer activity. You can easily rent a bike at any of the local bike shops like Four Mountain Sports. It is a relatively flat trail, making it easy for everyone and the best part of the bike ride is ending at Aspen’s famous Woody Creek Tavern and drinking margaritas and enjoying Mexican food for lunch. Best news is that driver’s are all around the restaurant and can easily drive you back if you end up a little too tipsy.
You can also stroll the Rio Grande Trail if you are looking for beautiful scenery. It is just steps away from the center of town and is not a challenging walk. While walking the trail, you will run into the famous John Denver Park where you will find John Denver quotes engraved on rocks near the river. (pictured)
Hunter Creek Trail – Looking for a medium level hike with views? This is for you. This is also walkable from the city center.
Ute Trail – A more challenging hike, but when you reach the top, you will have some of the best views of Aspen. Definitely a personal favorite, but not for the faint of heart. Easily accessible from the center of town.
White House Tavern – For both lunch and dinner, this is one of my favorite spots. It is casual, yet trendy and the food is THE best. I recommend the chicken sandwich or the kale salad and be sure to get an order of the french fries with their special sauce. (pictured)
Ajax Donuts – Perfect dessert after lunch or dinner. This stand has been here for years and is a true Aspen staple. It is hard to beat the fresh powdered sugar mini donuts! (pictured)
Meat & Cheese – This is a great lunch option, but it is also a great place to grab cheese and other snacks for a picnic. If you are interested in having a picnic, stop by this hot spot and take your cheese and other gourmet snacks to go and walk over to John Denver Park which is less than a 10 minute walk away. (pictured)
Ajax Tavern – Eat lunch out on the patio at Ajax for views of the gondola and Aspen Mountain. Casual, but tasty.
Casa Tua – One of my favorite dinner spots! Fancy Italian, but worth it. Be sure to make a reservation and if it is shaping up to be a warm night, request to sit outside. (pictured)
Cache Cache – One of the hottest spots in town and the food is out of this world. Cache Cache is known for it’s stellar seafood and Colorado Lamb. It also happens to be the restaurant where you are most likely to have a celebrity sighting. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance and request to sit outside.
Matsuhisa – Sushi fan? This is your spot. It, too, is one of the hottest spots in town. This underground gem was founded by Chef Nobu of course. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance.
Intermix – Most of you know Intermix of course, but figured it is worth flagging that Aspen has one. If you forget any basics at home or need a trendy outfit for a night out on the town, this is the best place to go. (pictured)
Prada – Mentioning this mostly because it is a historic landmark in Aspen. The Prada store is located in the Andres Building which opened in 1885. In the 80’s it housed Aspen’s hottest nightclub. (pictured)
Pitkin County Dry Goods – My FAVORITE store in Aspen by far. Pitkin has everything from Starling candles to the best jewelry. It also has an incredible men’s wear section. This store is for everyone! (pictured)
Rag & Bone – Probably half my wardrobe is Rag & Bone and I buy it all at this location. Why? They tend to have the BEST sales. (pictured)
Silverpeak – WEED! Welcome to Colorado where pot is legal. Not saying I am for it or against it, but either way you should check out this luxury marijuana boutique. It is super cool! (pictured)
Amen Wardy – Looking for a hostess gift or want to go home with some cute Aspen cocktail napkins? This home store is a must! They also have an entire Sugarfina candy section. : )
Hops Culture – A great casual, outdoor bar that offers an incredibly extensive beer list and yummy snacks. Interested in trying Colorado beers? This is the place. I recommend dropping in in the afternoon with some friends. (pictured)
Grey Lady – This famous Manhattan bar made its way to Aspen a couple of years ago and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It is a great place to grab casual drinks with friends in the afternoons or evenings. (pictured)
Aspen Brewery – Another great place to grab a beer in the afternoon. Located next door to White House Tavern is this cozy, boutique brewpub that has a rooftop with views of Aspen. (pictured)
Eric’s Bar – Looking for late night fun? Eric’s is always my go to. The lower level has a sexy lounge area and bar, while the upper level has pool tables and other bar games.
The Little Nell – There is just not a better hotel in Aspen. Located in the center of everything, The Nell is Aspen’s oldest hotel and naturally, it comes with a 5 star rating. In the summer, you can enjoy afternoons by the pool and evenings by the outdoor fire. The concierge will help with anything you need. (pictured)
Hotel Jerome – Another Aspen staple that has recently renovated interiors. If you are into a Western, rustic vibe, this is the place for you.
Aspen’s Saturday Market – This market takes over the town every Saturday in the summer and you will find everything from local honey to artisan pottery. I never miss a market day!