Aspen Journals

The motherlode

A September 2001 trip to Aspen by c_rau

volleyball Photo, Aspen, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Every year thousands of people flock to Aspen from across the country to spend Labor Day Weekend playing their favorite sport: volleyball. Last year was the 29th annual Motherlode Volleyball Tournament. There are only two things you need to do to go: play volleyball and party.

The motherlode

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Overview

volleyball Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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The players party held at the Tippler every year (except for last year because the Tippler had a little fire accident). Another highlight is watching the open tournament with all the professionals. Incredible volleyball for the serious player.Quick Tips: Cheap food: New York Pizza Parlor, pizza by the slice. It's upstairs (you'll see the line) A HUGE slice of your favorite pizza for only . Way cheaper than McDonalds. Quick tip: Colorado grocery stores sell only 3.2 beer. You have to go to a liquor store to get the real thing.Best Way To Get Around: You can walk everywhere in Aspen, except to the high school where the A divisions play. Also, the Maroon Bells have bus tours. The...Read More
North of Nell Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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North of Nell is right at the base of Aspen Mountain next to the main gondola. We stayed in a three bedroom/two bathroom condo with full kitchen and underground parking. The street level is full of shops and boutiques. You can rent mountain bikes in the shop around the corner. Like all things in Aspen it is on the pricey side. However the three bedroom condo sleeps almost twelve people so get all your friends together and split the cost. The location is fantastic. Even if you don't ski, it's only two blocks from the center of town. The one thing I don't like about it is they don't accept dogs. Three of us brought our dogs and we were allowed to keep them kenneled over night in our SUV's in th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 8, 2003

North of Nell
555 E Durant Avenue
Aspen, Colorado 81611
(970) 925-1510

Inn at Aspen Resort & Conference Hotel

Hotel | "The Inn at Aspen"

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The Inn at Aspen is an excellent hotel. Comfortable, affordable, and plenty of amenities. However, it is located outside of town at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, which is great if you want to ski Buttermilk. If you're there to see the sights of Aspen or ski Aspen Mountain, you will have to drive or take a shuttle bus back and forth, which made it inconvenient for us since we had to be in town everyday. If you don't mind driving into town and parking in Aspen (parking spaces are a rare commodity in Aspen), then the Inn is a great place. Our room had two comfortable double beds, a large bathroom, necessary for us women, and a cabinet with TV and refridgerator. Great place, but just make sure you w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Inn at Aspen Resort & Conference Hotel
38750 Highway 82
Aspen, Colorado 81611
(970) 925-1500

New York Pizza

Restaurant

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New York Pizza is the best place for food in Aspen. Its address is 409 E Hyman Ave, but it's tough to find since it's above the jewelry store. It's up a flight of stairs and you know it's last call when the line goes down the stairs and out into the street! You get a HUGE slice of pizza, every flavor you can imagine, for only $2! This is the cheapest place in Aspen, cheaper than McDonald's. When I was at the Motherlode three years ago, we ate every lunch and dinner there because it was the only place we could afford. Yes, it's cheap, but it is really good pizza. They make their own dough and use fresh ingredients and all kinds wonderful meats and vegetables. Add in a soda and you've got ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2003

New York Pizza
409 East Hyman Avenue
Aspen, Colorado
(970) 920-3088

Lucci's

Restaurant

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Lucci’s is a wonderful Italian restaurant in a unique location. Down the brick stairway next to the Cooper Street Tavern, Lucci’s is small and brightly decorated with white walls and bricks and lots of posters of foods. I’ve been there three times now and I haven’t been disappointed yet. In fact, I had the same waitress twice. I don’t know her name, but she has a European accent, which adds to the restaurant’s atmosphere. Now, if you’re on a budget, Lucci’s can be very reasonable; however, whenever I’ve gone there, I just can’t resist all that pasta and wine. I’ve had their lasagna and veal parmesan, both excellent. By the time you add in some calamari and a glass of wine or two, you’ve spent over ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2003

Lucci's
508 East Cooper Ave
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 8866

Boogie's Diner

Restaurant | "Boogies Diner"

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Boogie’s Diner in Aspen is a lower cost way to dine over Labor Day weekend. On the corner of Cooper and Galena, Boogie’s diner is a clothing store downstairs, selling mostly name brand jeans, and a restaurant upstairs. I have eaten here on several occasions. Serving standard American fare such as hamburgers and sandwiches along with some great salads, Boogie’s is a great place to take the family. It has a 50’s style décor with old records and advertising signs on the walls and lots of neon. The diner is actually quite small, but it does have a wonderful outdoor patio with umbrella-covered tables. Great views. They do have pricier items on the menu, such as steaks, fish, etc., but if you stick to th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2003

Boogie's Diner
534 East Cooper Ave
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 6610

Shooters

Story/Tip

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Shooters (at 220 S Galena) is down the stairs in the basement, but it's a great place. It's also very popular so expect a line. There's a large square bar right when you walk in the door, a good-sized dance floor and a pool table room in the back. As bars go, it's OK, but its best feature is the foosball table in the pool room near the DJ booth. When I'm in town, I own this table. Motherlode 2003, my partner and I held the table for over an hour. One of the things I've learned is that guys don't like to get beat by girls at foosball, which makes the game even more fun. The music is mostly hip hop with some 80's dance thrown in for fun. If you want to find me at the Motherlode, just find the foo...Read More
the net Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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This is held every Labor Day weekend. The Motherlode Volleyball Classic has been around for over thirty years and I''ve gone the last six years. I have friends from all over the country that I only see at the Motherlode and everyone has a great time. The Motherlode is a doubles volleyball tournament with four divisions: Open (for professionals or wannabe pros) A, BB, and B. The Open division is played at Koch Lumber Park in the sand. The other divisions are played at various parks around town on grass and outside of town at the high school. There are also Master (over 35) and Senior (over 55) divisions played the Thursday before Labor Day.Co-ed teams play on Friday. Men and womens teams p...Read More