Virtuoso Life - November/December 2016 - 66
City to Go
Clockwise from left: Aspen Highlands,
Pitkin County Dry Goods, rotisserie chicken
at Meat & Cheese, and Hotel Jerome.
DRINK Most of Aspen's restaurants offer a condensed version
of their menu at the bar, with
lower prices and the same portion sizes. Even more to love: At
upscale French bistro Cache
Cache (205 S. Mill Street), the
bar also has the best social buzz.
Mismatched leather furniture
and vintage chandeliers enhance
the dark and cozy vibe at Hooch
(301 E. Hopkins Avenue), Aspen's
newest craft cocktail bar.
Champagne corks pop as a
rowdy après-ski crowd gathers
for drinks, cheese fondue, and
apple strudel at legendary Cloud
Nine Alpine Bistro, located midway up Aspen Highlands.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
SEE & DO Family-owned Pitkin
County Dry Goods (520 E. Cooper Avenue) stocks the town's
best high-end clothing for women
and men - including beautiful
Italian leather jackets.
Schnabel's famous plate paintings opens for the winter on
November 4. Save time for the
rooftop café and its views of Independence Pass and the valley.
STAY Aspen's only ski-in/ski-out
Many of the pieces at refined
consignment shop The Little
Bird (525 E. Cooper Avenue) still
have their original tags. Recently
spotted on the racks: items from
Isabel Marant, Jimmy Choo, and
Find top-quality cowboy boots
and real western wear at familyowned Kemo Sabe (434 E. Cooper Avenue), one of the friendliest
shops in Aspen.
Make tracks to the Aspen Art
Museum (637 E. Hyman Avenue)
for contemporary exhibitions in
a stunning 33,000-square-foot
space; a new exhibit of Julian
hotel, the 92-room Little Nell
has coveted winter adventure
programs, such as First Tracks,
which grants early-morning
access to Aspen Mountain lifts,
and the Snowcat Academy,
which gives guests hands-on
lessons in how to operate snowcats. Its ski-up Ajax Tavern hosts
the preeminent après-ski patio
in town (and also serves our
editors' favorite truffle fries on
the planet). Doubles from $394,
including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.
The 127-year-old Hotel Jerome's
red-brick Victorian facade
retains its historic appeal, but
inside, the 93-room property
sparkles with a modern Wild
West glamour. Book a post-ski
treatment at the Auberge Spa,
and don't miss two of Aspen's
most iconic dining draws:
J-Bar for the burger, and The
Living Room for cozy cocktails.
Doubles from $345, including
breakfast daily and a $100
Families love the 179-room
St. Regis Aspen, an elegant
sanctuary located between
Aspen Mountain's two main
ski lifts. Acclimate in the
Spa, which has a complimentary oxygen lounge, and be sure
to enjoy the rotating menu of
seasonal, signature dishes from
top chefs around the country at
Chefs Club. Doubles from $399,
including breakfast daily and
fresh fruit in room on arrival.
(SKI LIFT) ANDREW ROWAT/GETTY IMAGES, (ALL OTHER IMAGES) MORGAN LEVY
experiences at Austrian health
spas. Dishes such as sweet
potato gnocchi are healthy,
delicious, and filling.