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Hotel Jerome

The Hotel Jerome has a storied past in Aspen’s history, starting from its opening on Thanksgiving Eve in 1889. Built by Macy’s Department Store magnate Jerome B. Wheeler during the town’s silver mining boom, the Hotel Jerome put Aspen on the map of leisure and luxury destinations in North America.


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Hotel Lenado

Say the name “Lenado” to a seasoned Aspenite and they’ll point to the hills over Red Mountain. Lenado is a sleepy, high-alpine ghost town snuggled into a grove of snowy pine trees in the hills and canyons east of Aspen. During Lenado’s boom years, about 300 miners lived in a camp seeking fortunes in lead and zinc ore.


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How to Plan Your Aspen area Vacation on a Budget: Tips from a Vacation Coordinator.

Keystone,CO - I like to think of myself as a jack of all trade. I’ve danced down quite a few career and job paths for my young age. One of these paths, which I’m currently pursuing, is helping people plan their dream vacations to ski resorts. Saving people money without sacrificing a quality experience is the name of the game. Here are a few tricks of the trade I’ll share with you to save some green this season in Aspen/Snowmass.

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Hunter Thompson: Aspen Enough!

Hunter Thompson is dead. He killed himself 40 years ago when he figured out it was a lot easier being a circus clown with a typewriter, a bottle of bourbon and some drugs instead of being a writer. It just took a while.

So it is time for Aspen and everywhere else to give it a rest.

How many more people do we need to make the Thompson-inspired drunken/doped-up trudge to Woody’s before we all figure out he was just a drug addict with nothing more to say than ‘watch me as I get high.’


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Igloos, Grass Skirts and Glory: An Inuit Gathering in Aspen

Block PartyBlock Party“Is that the same igloo you built last year?” Now, understandably, an igloo amidst apartment living is one of those mountain mysteries which provoke classic mountain questions, like “What happens to the moguls when summer comes?” and “What time do the Maroon Bells ring?” High noon, right? No, wait, that’s the fire siren in Aspen. Huh.

My friend Sam took the igloo question in stride because after a long day’s night at the Annual Igloo Celebration, no comment seemed too off-the-wall. Sam inherited igloo-mania from current friends and prior tenants; by taking over their apartment, he also pledged to gather helping hands and build an annual igloo, from the cross-country course up.


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In Case You Don't Feel Like Skiing...

Even in Aspen, Colorado, it's no crime to admit that you are just not that into skiing or snowboarding. Maybe you never were. Or maybe that last run knocked all the snow out of you.

Either way, while your friends frolic down the slopes, you need something to do besides going to the movies over and over and over.

Do not despair. Aspen has lots to do.


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Johnny McGuire's Deli

It won’t take you long before your plane touches down at Pitkin County Airport to realize Aspen is an image-conscious town.


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L'auberge d'Aspen

Remember when you were in college and you piled into your roommate’s VW van with a stash of booze and ski gear, setting out to drive 14 hours straight across the Mid-West plains to Aspen for a ski weekend?


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La Cantina

It is not difficult to find La Cantina: look for the only adobe building on Main Street. Located in Downtown Aspen across from the Hotel Jerome, La Cantina is a muy caliente hang out for margaritas, nachos, and enchiladas, even when it’s blustery and cold in the middle of the winter.


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Limelight Lodge

Almost everything about the Limelight Lodge is brand spanking new: the lobby, the crackling fireplace, the furnishings, the rooms, the pool, the spacious suites, the windows with spectacular vistas of Aspen Mountain and Independence Pass. Despite the Limelight’s sparkling fresh veneer, one aspect remains unrepentantly old fashion: a 50-year tradition of friendly family service.