Guest Contributor: Brianna Deutsch King
Aspen ski resort isn’t just for the super stars and the mega rich. This nirvana of the ski world is filled with the friendliest, most unpretentious people you could meet. It has very reasonably-priced skiing, and for those of you who have skied in Europe, once you try this Colorado gem, it’s hard to ski anywhere else.
Aspen was originally founded as a mining town during the silver boom in Colorado around 1879 and now has worldwide fame as a glitzy playground for millionaires and megastars. Every year, an influx of more celebs, that you could shake a ski pole with, make Aspen sound like a roll call of Hollywood’s finest. Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Kate Hudson, and even Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; Aspen has hosted them all. Michael Douglas even proposed to actress Catherine Zeta Jones at their Aspen ranch.
The town has gone from silver to green in recent years. The heated sidewalks eliminate the need for environment-harming salt, recycling is encouraged, and the police drive hybrids!
WHERE TO STAY
THE LITTLE NELL Hotel in Aspen
The world famous The Little Nell Hotel in downtown is at the base of Colorado’s legendary, stunning Aspen Mountain, within walking distance of the famous restaurants and shops. The locals refer to it as “The Nell” and it’s the only five-star five diamond ski-in/ski-out resort. Once you check in, you will get to experience a luxurious yet intimate setting, haute cuisine, superior wine, and the amazing staff. You can even enjoy fresh hot apple cider on the premises! It’s almost impossible not to relax here. They even have a menu for your dog so Scruffy is welcome!
(All photos courtesy of The Little Nell Hotel)
Their world-famous restaurant, Element 47, pays tribute to Aspen’s history of being a silver mining town with it’s name. No matter your preference, they accommodate any diner with a food allergy or dietary restriction. Pair their seasonally-inspired locally-sourced menu with a wine bottle from their 20,000 bottle wine cellar.