Pool Days in Aspen

I was recently in New York City for a heatwave so brutally humid that my friend remarked that it felt like we were in the jungle. Without a pool in sight, we had to spend far too much time indoors...

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Picnic Ideas Aspen

Pack a Picnic in Aspen

In a town as small as Aspen, it might be hard to believe that there are over 30 parks. After living in Aspen for 12 years, I tried to name and count them all, but I came up short and...

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Aspen's Grottos Trail

Exploring Aspen’s Grottos Trail

If you live someplace like Aspen, it’s a serious undertaking to hike all of the region’s trails. Conversely, some of the shortest excursions might get short shrift- dismissed as tourist traps or too brief to count as actual hikes. I...

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Aspen & Buttermilk mountain view

Aspen’s Best Day Hike – Buttermilk Mountain

If you’re in Aspen for a summer visit, the sheer number of outdoor activities can feel daunting. Golf, whitewater rafting, gondola rides, mountain biking, concerts, theatre, yoga festivals, hikes, and many others that I have overlooked. One of my favorite...

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Dog Hiking in Aspen

The Best Dog-Friendly Hikes Around Aspen

Canines rule in ski/mountain towns, and Aspen is no exception. If you’re visiting, you’ll find that clean, well-behaved dogs are welcome in many businesses, including hotels like the Limelight and sister property The Little Nell. There are literally dozens of...

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apres hiking in aspen

Après Hiking in Aspen

As the ski mountains shut down, Aspen locals are ready to get back into hiking shape. Many locals (from kids to grandparents) plan annual hikes between Aspen and Crested Butte, an 11+ mile jaunt that also features 3,200 feet in...

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Summer Packing List for Aspen

What to Pack for a Summer Visit to Aspen

Packing for a trip to the mountains necessitates careful planning, no matter what the season. Whether you’re an outdoor warrior or a sedentary sightseer, a summer visit to Aspen requires specific items to provide protection from the high-altitude sun (and...

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