Aspen Travel Guide

Aspen, CO

I’m so excited to share my first official travel guide today on the site.  I’ve always shared travel tips within the copy of my normal outfit blog posts, but never done a dedicated guide.  While my Travel App has all of my city guides in one concise place (we now have 20 cities!), I thought it’d be nice to go even more in depth on why I love certain spots over others on here!

My first city is Aspen since I just got back from there last week and my memory is fresh ;)  My next guide will be Paris – and all of the new spots I loved visiting 2 weeks ago!  Aspen is a winter wonderland…  Go to Aspen if you want to enjoy the ultimate, chic winter destination.  It has style and sophistication, some of the best skiing in the world, gorgeous luxury shops, world renowned restaurants and 5 star hotels galore.  Dress to impress, and don’t leave home without a little fur, leather, and cashmere!

ASPEN TRAVEL GUIDE

Where to eat in Aspen

Betula
I put Betula first because it just opened in December and isn’t as well known as the other “it” spots in Aspen, but it should be.  It’s the sister restaurant of Bonito; my favorite restaurant in St. Barth’s.  The cuisine is hearty, but light, fresh, and all around perfect in my opinion.  Get the salmon as your main, and order a cucumber martini to start with!  The decor is bright, with cozy linen benches and a huge wood burning fireplace… very Restoration Hardware meets Serena and Lily.

Matsuhisa
I’ve had sushi in Japan that isn’t as good as this.  Yes really.  This sushi will blow your mind.  Leave it to Nobu to create such an amazing spot in Aspen!  Go hungry and order tons of things to share!

Casa Tua
I was SO happy when I found out my favorite restaurant in Miami was in Aspen.  This restaurant is a MUST if you’re visiting.  Some of the yummiest Italian food I’ve ever had…and the decor is dark, swanky and fabulous.  If you can’t get a reservation, at least go sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail!!!

Cloud Nine Bistro
Head 10 minutes outside of town to Highlands Mountain and ski or snowboard to Cloud Nine.  Lunch gets ROWDY in this charming mountain spot.  As in dancing on tables with a live DJ, champagne spraying everywhere rowdy!  Derek and I went early-ish and sat by the window in a separate alcove that was a little more private/quiet – so if you want to go for a more low key route, then ask to sit by the back window ;)

Other restaurants I love; Ajax Tavern (great casual, midday ski break spot), Campo de Fiori (Italian),  Pine Creek Cookhouse (super romantic), White House Tavern (cute spot for lunch or dinner.)

Where to get a drink in Aspen

Hotel Jerome Lobby Bar
This hotel is breathtaking and historic.  It will feel as though you’ve stepped into Ralph Lauren’s winter lodge.  Cozy up the fire in one of the big leather wingback chairs and order one of their yummy cocktails.

St. Regis Lobby Bar
This sprawling lobby has a gigantic fireplace and plenty of room for you to grab a drink with your honey or a huge group.  I also love asking for s’mores supplies to make outside by their fire!

Betula also has a great little side room bar, I love the Casa Tua bar, Chair 9 is a nice casual evening cocktail spot, Ajax Tavern on a sunny day gets rowdy outside, and of course Cloud Nine Bistro.

What to do in Aspen

Ski/Snowboard
You can’t come to Aspen and not get out on the mountain!  It’s some of the best skiing I’ve ever experienced.  I’d consider myself a medium/intermediate level skier, and Highlands Mountain was fine for me – despite it only having blue and black diamond runs.  I was nervous at first to ski it, but it was totally fine.  If you’re a beginner, Buttermilk is ideal, and then Aspen Mountain is great too – plus you can ride the Gondola up and stay warm + toasty!

Shop ’til you drop
The shopping is insane in Aspen.  Think Dior, Prada, Moncler, and more.  There are also a ton of special, one of a kind boutiques.

Where to stay in Aspen

St. Regis
This property is even more gorgeous in person than you see online.  The lobby is the “it” place to be in the afternoons, and their spa is heavenly.  They have every amenity you’d ever need and are so centrally located.

Hotel Jerome
This historic hotel is perfect for anyone who appreciates beautiful interiors.  It’s got a dark, rugged, Ralph Lauren-esque lodge cabin vibe and my favorite lobby bar in town.

The Little Nell
This iconic boutique hotel could not have a better location – it’s literally right at the base of the Aspen Mountain ski lift.  Ski all day and then warm up by the fire in their lobby, at Ajax Tavern or Chair9.  Their hot tub and pool are ahhh-mazing and the rooms are so plush and comfortable.  The service is impeccable.

Airbnb
Aspen hotels are notoriously pricy, so staying at an Airbnb right in town is a great option.  I’d recommend looking for a spot near any of these hotels especially if you don’t rent a car because then you can easily walk everywhere!

What to wear in Aspen

Obviously bring warm clothing!  Turtlenecks, long underwear, snow boots, hats, gloves, etc. – it get’s super chilly!  And like I said in the beginning of this post, you want to dress to impress in Aspen.  I love that women here don’t play it safe.  They really pull out all the stops.  You see floor length fur coats, shearling jackets, over the top boots, hats, and bags.  It’s FUN.  It really inspires me walking around here – I love that people embrace their surroundings and add in rugged, cowboy-chic, mountain gear with luxury/designer items.  Be sure to check out all of my winter Aspen outfits here.

For ski gear specifically – there are ski stores everywhere in Aspen so not to fret if you forget something!  Gorsuch has dreamy and splurge worthy coats, hats, and boots galore.  Net-a-Porter also has a beautiful selection and does next day shipping.  I personally love these ski pants, this ski jacket, these goggles and these gloves.

I hope you enjoyed my first travel guide and if you haven’t already download my Travel App in the App Store or Google Play by simply searching “With Love From Kat” – it’s free and so easy to use!

Vince coat (similar)  |  White + Warren beanie

Jessica Alexander Photography

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