Dec 08, 2016 10:40AM
● By Ashley Pape
When you make plans to get away during the cold months, don’t just settle for a ski lodge and hot cocoa. Although a weekend winter escape could call for snow, it doesn’t have to. You might find just what you were looking for in a quick three- or four-day jaunt this season whether you strap on your skis or not.
Located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range,
Aspen just might be the quintessential winter destination in Colorado.
Originally settled as a silver-mining town, Aspen has grown up to be
quite classy. A little bit artsy and a little bit homegrown, the city has
more to offer than just supreme skiing and people watching.
Enjoy galleries that feature works of art from all over the world in every media imaginable. And the city isn’t short on dance, music and theater arts either. Add to your weekend agenda watching a performance by the contemporary Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company. The artistic side of Aspen flows into the restaurant and hospitality industry as well. Within the community’s only five-star, five-diamond hotel, The Little Nell, you’ll find original abstract works of art by internationally recognized painters, sculptors and photographers. In fact, the hotel has weaved art into its accommodations and dining experiences.
Stay the weekend in one of The Little Nell’s six luxury suites each named for a notable Aspen figure or location oozing with contemporary charm and lavish amenities. The Roch Suite, named for Swiss mountaineer and skiing champion André Roch, is a 1,250-square-foot, one-bedroom space that includes two stone-clad gas fireplaces, wool carpeting and a steam shower and soaking tub.
If looking for a palate-pleasing dining experience to match the hotel’s tone, a guest must only walk to The Little Nell’s signature restaurant, element 47 (as in the 47th element on the periodic table, silver). With a relaxed “Aspen casual” dress code, as locals call it, and a long wine list, the restaurant’s cuisine and atmosphere won’t disappoint.
Aspen’s Art Scene