This fall, chef C. Barclay Dodge envisioned Bosq’s winterized patio overlooking the Mill Street pedestrian mall: a glass-enclosed, modern structure built around a tall tree, its upper branches poking above a skylight in the lattice ceiling. Here, according to plans drawn by local design firm…

Equal parts amused and enthused (and sometimes bewildered) by our local friends’ post-work tales of the trade, we sought to gather and share the best stories of Aspen visitors and their often-lofty requests. While names and specific details have been omitted (for obvious reasons), the follow…

Aspen stands out from other mountain towns around the world partly because of the strength and breadth of its cultural scene—the true soul and heartbeat of a town most famous for its outdoor pursuits. But culture in Aspen is about more than entertainment and mental enrichment. According to a…

Some say the pandemic has forever altered the retail landscape, but in the financial bubble that is Aspen, new boutiques are popping up as quickly as urbanites land-grabbed real estate this summer. Shoppers can find at least a dozen fresh storefronts in the Downtown core this winter. Here, f…

Ski towns are fragile ecosystems under normal circumstances. Local life-forms are continuously endangered by a seasonal influx of hundreds of thousands of foreign organisms they also rely on for survival. The situation is even more fraught during a viral pandemic, when visitors not only thre…

It didn’t take long after Governor Jared Polis shut down Colorado in mid-March for local real estate brokers to realize their industry might be spared economic devastation—in fact, they were in store for quite the opposite. “I knew in March,” says Coldwell Banker Mason Morse’s veteran broker…

We’ve all heard the stories: Celebrities demanding private boutique-hopping; secret Belly Up bashes featuring big-name musicians; corporate X Games takeovers with major chefs and hush-hush DJ sets. What’s more? Little Nell suites booked solely for pampered Pomeranians. Though Aspen has long …

With people looking to spread out this summer, Aspen parks are primed for a big season. Although we are surrounded by more than 2 million acres of White River National Forest, which offer endless opportunities for social distancing, sometimes the escape you need can be found in a few feet of…

After the lifts stop turning, the waiting game begins. Sure, you store your skis and pull out your bikes and other gear to enjoy the mountain activities that come with summer, but it’s always with an eye toward the opening day of the next ski season. While you soak up the warm weather and wo…

In the rarified air of Aspen real estate, the West End is arguably the most desirable neighborhood, a place where home sales regularly break records and command the highest price per square foot. It’s also where a large percentage of Aspen’s 261 Victorian-era buildings still stand—albeit mod…

Sure, where you ski is important, but where you après may even say more about you. Highlands and microbrews? Ajax and Sancerre? The options and combinations are endless. But it isn’t only about where you ski and what you drink, it’s also about what you wear. If you’re going to head to a see-…

Morris Hogan is one of the rare breeds who was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Aspen High School. Aside from studying at Colorado State University and sampling the pow in Telluride for a few seasons, Morris has always called Aspen home. If there is snow on the g…

Skippy Mesirow is a staple around town who serves as Aspen’s youngest city council member. Topping his agenda are rebuilding Aspen’s middle class through affordable housing, becoming the first city in the nation with 100-percent voter participation and renewing Aspen’s environmental leadersh…

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