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Aspen's Conundrum Hot Springs: 18 Miles and 4 Courses

ASPEN, CO - This year marked my first adult birthday outside of Philadelphia's city life, and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. I’ve always loved hiking and camping, but I had never been on a backpacking, camping trip before. I decided my 24th birthday was as good a time as ever to take the trek. I asked around among friends and co-workers to get the dish on the some of their favorites. Over and over again, recommendations for the Conundrum Hot Springs hike in Aspen came pouring in, and I was sold.

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Halloween Hauntings at The Hotel Jerome

Exterior of the hotelExterior of the hotel ASPEN, CO - October’s just around the corner. Cue changing leaves, frost wrapped mornings, and ghostly Halloween happenings. In light of my love of dressing the part, Halloween is one of my favorite festive stretches of the year. I say stretches because I delegate the entire month of October to costume construction, zombie crawls and eerie encounters. This year, I plan to check out a few haunted hotels that boast credible reputations for supernatural incidents. At the top of my list: the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.

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Balloons on the Brain: Snowmass Balloon Festival

Balloon race over pond: Air balloon race over the pond at Glenwood.Balloon race over pond: Air balloon race over the pond at Glenwood.Keystone, CO- Marissa D'Orazio- Fly high this weekend in Snowmass village for the annual Snowmass Balloon Festival. A celebration of kaleidoscopic colors will fill the wild blue yonder as dozens of hot air balloons take to the sky with the Elk Mountain Range as their back drop. This years three day festival marks the 35th year of the colorful celebration.

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Fall's Here, Time to Boogie Down at the Belly Up

Snoop Dogg performing at Belly Up: Snoop Dogg performing live at Belly Up Club in Aspen, Co.Snoop Dogg performing at Belly Up: Snoop Dogg performing live at Belly Up Club in Aspen, Co.ASPEN, CO - With Labor Day now behind us, we're entering the last calm before the winter storm. As many of us sit waiting, antsy for that first powder day we can rip down the mountain with a summer's worth of wanting fueling our skis, we forget to cool our jets and enjoy what our short but sweet Fall has to offer. At the front of my to do list for this fall, live music at the Belly Up Aspen!

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Fourteeners: Before It's Too Late!

Trailhead of Grays: View from the trail head of GraysTrailhead of Grays: View from the trail head of GraysASPEN, CO -The mornings in Aspen are getting frostier and the nights more crisp. This can only mean one thing, summer's on its way out and it's time to take full advantage of the last few warm weeks we've got left. Colorado, known primarily by its visitors for winter activities, is actually home to some of most exciting and enjoyable summers found across the United States. Agreeable, seventy-something temperatures and sunshine for days are paired with landscapes fit for the gods. Summer activities in Colorado give the winter classics a serious run for their money. Among the top contenders: whitewater rafting, mountain and road-biking and my personal favorite, hiking fourteeners! Not for the weak in spirit or strength, conquering these massive mountains leaves climbers with a true sense of accomplishment and self-reliance.