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Aspen Pot Heads: Don't You Worry About a Thing.

Aspen druggies: Don’t you worry about a thing.

That’s because The Man in Aspen believes buying and selling drugs is not that big of a deal. At least if the city’s Police Policy and Procedures Manual is to be believed.


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Aspen Restaurants: The Top 10 Places to Dine Al Fresco in Aspen, Colorado

.Dining Al Fresco on the Patio of D19 and Pacifica in Downtown Aspen with a Postcard Perfect Mountain Panorama.Dining Al Fresco on the Patio of D19 and Pacifica in Downtown Aspen with a Postcard Perfect Mountain PanoramaWhether conquering the coals of a casual backyard barbeque or relaxing over a romantic four-course treat, one of life’s simple summer pleasantries is dining outdoors. Feasting on a delightful meal while lounging on a patio or deck in the warm sunshine and fresh air is nothing short of an obligatory pastime. Time seems to whisk away with sweet nonchalance into dreamy oblivion when dining outside with good-humored company. Here in Aspen, the epicurean nirvana is heightened when enjoying a tableau vivant of regional specialties like blue agave margaritas, a warm brie paired with the perfect merlot, a main entrée of fresh Colorado lamb, or a palate cleansing antipasto before dessert.

Using a little imagination, dining al fresco in Aspen’s thin Rocky Mountain air is like dining in sylvan realm of Fairyland, the fictitious setting of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Many bistros and cafes in this charming Victorian ski town pride themselves on well-appointed porches, patios, and decks in woodsy settings with postcard-perfect mountain panoramas and menus of artisan haute cuisine.


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Aspen Restaurants: Willow Creek Bistro

Surf and Turf at Willow Creek Bistro, Aspen HighlandsSurf and Turf at Willow Creek Bistro, Aspen Highlands The Roaring Fork Valley is chock-full of spectacular culinary offerings. Nonetheless, if you are a serious foodie vacationing in downtown Aspen and find yourself short on time, there are only a handful of reasons to leave the Highway 82 Roundabout. Examples include a romantic dinner date in Snowmass, an evening sipping margaritas and munching nachos in the eccentric charm of the Woody Creek Tavern, and a late afternoon partaking in a rustic feast and scenic splendor of the Castle Creek Valley at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Add one more to the list: The Willow Creek Bistro, just a short drive up Maroon Creek Road at the Aspen Highlands Ski Area.


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Aspen Summer Words: An Interview with Ishmael Beah

Best selling author of A Long Way Gone and international humanitarian advocate Ishmael Beah discusses his next book, reciting Shakespeare, adjusting to the quiet life in Aspen, and how he almost ended up an accountant.

It’s not the type of thing you expect to hear from an accomplished author. On the second day of the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, Ishmael Beah, the one-time child solider in the Sierra Leone civil war and author of A Long Way Gone, glanced around the room after being asked about his forthcoming novel. His eyes landed on his co-presenter, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and admitted, “I feel it is unhealthy for me to write another memoir.”


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Aspen Vacation Day Trips: Glenwood Springs

Hot Springs PoolHot Springs PoolIf you live or play in Aspen, there are plenty of practical reasons to make the 40 minute trip down valley to Glenwood Springs: cheaper gas prices, a trip to Target or Wal-Mart for an inexpensive kitchen appliance, or a hassle-free and scenic mode of transportation to Denver or points west via Amtrak’s famous “California Zephyr” as it winds through a breathtaking alpine landscape and remote mountain passes.

Practicality aside, visitors to Aspen will find ample reasons to visit Glenwood Springs other than shopping at a discounted big box retailer or a quick petro fill-up after getting off I-70.


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Aspen, Auden Schendler and the New Energy Boss. Same as the Old Boss.

After nine years as the official environmental guru to the Aspen Ski Company, Auden Schendler made a startling discovery: Most of what he was doing was wrong – or ineffectual.

He even wrote a book, talking about his disappointment from “the trenches” with bio-diesel fuels and low energy light bulbs. And even other environmentalists.

Turns out they are toxic – and not too bright. The light bulbs, that is.


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Aspen, Colorado Hotels: 10 Cheap Hotels and Affordable Winter Accommodations in Aspen, Colorado

Newsflash: Aspen, Colorado is expensive. The Limelight LodgeThe Limelight LodgeAs many ski vacationers discover whiling planning an Aspen winter getaway, cheap places to bunk up in America's priciest and poshest ski town are few and far between. Most vacationers cope with this bittersweet reality long before touching down at the Pitkin County Airport, usually while booking hotel or airline reservations. Nonetheless, the savvy and penny wise ski traveler may be surprised by the diverse array of relatively affordable hotels, motels, condos, and ski lodges for a comfortable, warm, and restful slumber. Like finding a fistful of quarters between sofa cushions, one just has to know where to look and book.


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Bears Invade Aspen, Colorado: A Brief Round Up

An Aspen BearThe Bear Statue on the Mall in Aspen, Colorado - Photo via bradley_newman/FlickrIt's that time of year again in our fabled mountain town. As the summer sun begins to wane and cast autumn's long, golden mountain shadows, the local high country black bruins are in a calorie-cramming feeding frenzy.

In addition to the Aspen Times, the Aspen Daily News, and a variety of Denver television stations, the bears have received considerable press in the Wall Street Journal and the Pique Newsmagazine of Whistler, Canada. Even the BBC has a great series of pictures showing a bear climbing out of the skateboard park in Snowmass.


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Beginner/Intermediate Skiers: Skiing Aspen Highlands

If you’ve spent any time in the Aspen area, you’re probably well aware of Aspen Highlands’ reputation as a mecca for expert skiers. The steep runs of Highland Bowl and Steeplechase are clearly the mountain’s public face, but there’s plenty of great terrain for intermediates and even beginners if you know where to look.


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Beginner/Intermediate Skiers: Skiing Buttermilk

If you’ve just arrived in Aspen, and you’ve never been on skis before, Buttermilk is far and away your best choice to learn how to ski. Though it’s home to ESPN’s Winter X Games and has one of the most fearsome terrain parks to be found anywhere, Buttermilk is still, at its heart, an exceptional beginner’s mountain.