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Aspen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Aspen

If you want to escape to a friendly town at the top of the world, where the food is great, the snowpack settles every year, and the scenery is stunning, Aspen is your kind of town.

There are plenty of reasons why this upmarket resort destination in the Colorado Rockies is so appealing. For one thing, the beauty of its red brick Downtown architecture sets it apart from other more conventional ski resorts. Then there are major events like the Aspen Music Festival in the summer and the X Games in the winter.

But there's so much more. Where else can you shop for handmade boutique jewelry in the morning, see world-class contemporary art exhibits before lunch, dine at gourmet French restaurants like Cache Cache and be out on the slopes in mid-Afternoon?

It doesn't matter whether it's summer or winter, Aspen charms anyone who visits, making it the perfect destination for your next getaway.

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When to Visit Aspen

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Aspen basically has two seasons. Between late November and late March, it's all about alpine sports. If you want to enjoy a week of skiing, snowboarding or skating, visit in February and March for cheaper accommodation and excellent weather conditions. If mountain biking, golf, hiking and outdoor concerts are your thing, make a date to visit between June and August.

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Where to Stay in Aspen

When you visit Aspen, you have a choice of staying in the town itself or spending your trip in one of the ski resorts in the surrounding area. In the city center, the Little Nell Apartments provide comfortable lodgings in a convenient location, while other excellent hotels include the Limelight, the Aspen Square, and the Residence Hotel. If you just want to stay in a mountain resort, try the St. Regis Aspen Resort, which is housed in a beautiful 19th-century mansion a short distance from world-class slopes.

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Shopping Streets

If you are looking for unique, handcrafted jewelry, ornaments, kitchenware or clothing, Aspen city center should have something for you. If you want to find antique items, try Gorsuch on Cooper Avenue. For boutique fashions, check out Club Monaco or Burberry in the city center, while you'll find hand-made jewelry at Kodi and Pame Designs. If you just need to shop for ski equipment or hiking boots, some of the best stores in town include Pomery Sports, Incline, and Ski Butlers - but there's a huge amount of choice for all your outdoor needs.

Groceries and Other

If you are self-catering, Aspen isn't the cheapest city to visit, but there are a few supermarkets in town. Clark's Market and City Market are places to pick up everyday items, while between June and September, the city brings together regional food producers at the Aspen Saturday Market. Prices can be relatively high. Expect to pay $4 for a gallon of milk and $14 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Aspen

Aspen is a fantastic destination for gourmet food fans. Part of the charm is the physical location of eateries like the Ajax Tavern, right at the foot of Aspen Mountain. The food's pretty good too. Writer, Hunter S. Thompson, used to frequent Woody Creek Tavern, which remains a great place to grab a beer and burger. Jacob's uses wholesome local ingredients to cook delicious American dishes, while Cache Cache is the city's most stylish French restaurant. Expect to pay $20 for a mid-range meal and much more at the best places in town.

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