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10 Reasons to Visit Aspen During the Off-Season

Springtime in AspenSpringtime in AspenASPEN, CO - Spring in the Roaring Fork Valley isn’t quite like spring everywhere else: snow blankets the mountaintops, the red clay gets soggy with snowmelt, contractors and landscapers go to work on multimillion dollar home improvement projects, and locals – ready for a little rest and relaxation after a busy ski season - flee the off-season doldrums for warm, sunny destinations like the California coast, South France, Florida, and Las Vegas. Even the seasonal employees participate in the mass Aspen exodus. This is the time of year when Aspen’s streets are empty, with a number of hotels and restaurants boarding-up until June, when the summer travel season officially begins.


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Aspen Events: The 10 Best Summer Festivals in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenThe Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenSummertime in Aspen is synonymous with a jam-packed festival season. As Memorial Day fades into a distant memory, Aspen’s summer high season is beginning to peep its head around the corner. The highway switchback over Independence Pass is open, eateries have lined streets and patios with tables and chairs for dining al fresco, impromptu ultimate Frisbee games are taking place in Paepcke Park, and jeans and boots are being shed like rattlesnake-skin for swimsuits and flip flops. All are surefire signs of summer in the Rockies.


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Aspen Events: The 10 Best Summer Festivals in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenThe Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenSummertime in Aspen is synonymous with a jam-packed festival season. As Memorial Day fades into a distant memory, Aspen’s summer high season is beginning to peep its head around the corner. The highway switchback over Independence Pass is open, eateries have lined streets and patios with tables and chairs for dining al fresco, impromptu ultimate Frisbee games are taking place in Paepcke Park, and jeans and boots are being shed like rattlesnake-skin for swimsuits and flip flops. All are surefire signs of summer in the Rockies.


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Aspen Hotels: The Top 10 Aspen Pool Scenes

Summer is here and the living is easy. We’ve assembled a list of 10 magnificent Aspen swimming pool scenes where one can unwind, revitalize, and refresh in heavenly waters.

The St. Moritz Pool in Aspen, ColoradoThe St. Moritz Pool in Aspen, ColoradoKicking back poolside and taking a plunge into the deep end is a touchstone of many summer vacations. Yet Aspen’s high alpine pool scene doesn’t quite capture the traveling public’s imagination like the glitzy, anything-goes sizzle of Las Vegas casino pool parties, the rooftop pools of Rio de Janerio, or the seductive palm-fringed hideaways in Southern California and Miami. Perhaps it is because Aspen is mythologized exclusively as a cold weather ski destination rather than a place to sport swimwear, drape a beach towel, and spend an afternoon floating in the water.

While the pool scene in Vegas and Miami is hardly under-the-radar, Aspen’s pool scene is one of its best-kept summer secrets.


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Aspen Literature: Ten Great Books putting Aspen on the American Literary Map

For decades devoted bookworms and “Dead Poets Society” quoting high school English teachers have flocked to Hemingway’s Key West, Tennessee Williams' New Orleans, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s New York, Steinbeck’s Monterey, Ginsberg’s and Kerouac’s San Francisco, Faulkner’s Mississippi, and Robert Frost’s New England on their summer vacations to celebrate the authors who worked there and assess the creative muses inspiring the great works of American literature associated with these locales. Yet, for whatever reason, well-read literati and travel list arbiters have never ranked Aspen, Colorado on the lists of great American literary destinations. This is understandable, to a degree, because of the exhaustive litany of cities, towns, and regions worthy of such lists.


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Aspen Real Estate: 10 Ultra-Luxurious and Fabulously Expensive Aspen Real Estate Splurges

How much does it cost to own a piece of the dream in Aspen? Depends on how deep your pockets are. We’ve assembled a list of 10 fairytale properties currently on the market.


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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 Spas: A Guide to the Spas of Aspen, Colorado

Confluence Pool at the The Remède SpaConfluence Pool at the The Remède SpaASPEN -Spend enough time in Aspen, Colorado and you’ll surely stumble upon a reference to “The Aspen Lifestyle.” Walter Paepcke, the godfather granddaddy behind Aspen’s inception as a modern resort town, envisioned a secluded getaway synchronized by holistic ideological trinity of mind, body, and spirit. This trivium is the raison d'etre of the so-called “Aspen Lifestyle:” to exercise the mind, body, and spirit while striving for individual self-actualization. Each piece of this philosophical pie has an observable facet in Aspen’s civic life: A vibrant intellectual, musical, and artistic scene strives tirelessly to stimulate the mind; soaring peaks, buttes, rivers, and natural splendors of the Rocky Mountains provide a seemingly infinite number of recreational pursuits like skiing, biking, and hiking to fine tune the body’s physically fitness; and the town’s geographical serenity, inspiring natural majesty, and compassionate residential community stirs the soul with ecstasy.


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Aspen Tuscan Masterpiece

Aspen Tuscan Masterpiece

$43,800,000

Aspen’s grandiose Tuscan Estate dazzles with 16,000-square feet of well-appointed bravura, receiving nods from VH1’s Fabulous Celebrity Real Estate Splurges as one of the four top estates currently for sale in the United States.


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Aspen Whitewater Rafting: An Overview of Rafting Trips on the Roaring Fork and Arkansas Rivers

Slaughterhouse Falls Just Below AspenSlaughterhouse Falls Just Below AspenIf you’ve never been on the river with a professional whitewater raft guide, there’s really only one part of the trip to mentally preparing for: bad humor that makes one smirk, then cringe:

What’s the difference between a raft guide and a large pizza?

A large pizza can feed a family of four.

What's the difference between a female raft guide and Bigfoot?

One's a big, hairy, stinky animal and the other is a mythical creature.

How can you tell if a raft guide is lying?

His mouth is moving.

What do you call a raft guide without a girlfriend?

Homeless

You get the point. However, there’s nothing funny about the vital service a good raft guide provides to safely navigate you down a rocky river while you’re giggling in delight, screaming in white- knuckled fear, or clenching your paddle for a watery rollercoaster ride.