There was a day when the town of “Aspen” as we know it was known as Ute City and the silver dynamited out of the hills was much more valuable than a timber and stone McMansion-lodge with alpine-views, Jacuzzis, and a heated driveway on Red Mountain. Aspen’s ski and tourism-era building boom has resulted in a plethora of development up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Thankfully, many establishments still retain Aspen’s pre-skiing, silver mining properties of yesteryear. Of course, there is a high profile short list: the Hotel Jerome, The Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Times Building, the once-venerable Red Onion, a few banks, few Victorian cottages on Main Street, and a handful of private residences on the west end.
Scratch that. Add The Snow Queen Lodge to the list.
Dating back to 1896, the Snow Queen Lodge is a charming Victorian bed and breakfast situated downtown, just a handful of blocks from the Silver Queen Gondola and the boutique shopping, dining, and nightlife scene. Yet the property is quiet and removed from the bustle. The Aspen Historical Society has dubbed the Snow Queen Lodge “The Jewel of Aspen” for its stature as one of the oldest Victorian-style lodges in town. The spacious studio rooms at the Silver Queen are named after famous western silver mines: Aspen Belle, Fancy Lady, Jackpot, Good Luck, Best Friends, and Midnight. These six rooms are spacious, homey and modern, with open cathedral ceilings, quilts, and period decorations. Some rooms even include kitchens and private balconies overlooking Ajax Mountain.
Even as a designed historic property, The Snow Queen includes a generous offering of guest extras. The full breakfast includes homemade breads, muffins, and other delicious treats. After a long day on the town, slopes, or in the wild, be sure to soak those weary muscles in the steamy outdoor hot tub while basking in the unforgettable view of Ajax Mountain. In the evenings, the Snow Queen’s lounge offers a hot-spiced wine après ski that can be savored by a wood-burning fireplace.
The Snow Queen’s hot tub is located on an adjacent property, the Cooper Street Lofts. Owned and operated by the Snow Queen, these roomy and affordable studios are available for guests looking to spread out under a beautiful view of Ajax. Each studio includes a deck, a wood burning fireplace, and a full kitchen for eating.
Both family-owned establishments offer a quirky and intimate lodging experience. The friendly service and charm merely add to a historic Aspen experience.