Aspen Journals

Aspen Special Spots

A December 2001 trip to Aspen by PIANOMAN

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Aspen Special Spots

Overview

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The town is filled with fantastic shopping...Ski Jackets beyond description...Little Nell is a treasure... Ajax Mt. is ominous...Snowmass most versatile resort...

Quick Tips:

Ajax Tavern for Lunch... Little Nell's for Dinner...
Pine Creek Cookhouse for Dining Adventure...
Red Onion for guys... Prada for ladies...

Best Way To Get Around:

Aspen is best by foot.

Little Nell-Aspen

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Hotel

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First, let me say, that we were staying at the Ritz-Carlton (Aspen Highlands). That''s another journal. We had heard about The Little Nell and fell in love with her upon arrival in Aspen. TLN is special. She sits at the base of Ajax Mt., right at the top of town. A beautiful corner entry leads into reception. Just beyond, big stone fireplace and library. The right wing of the building has shops, health spa and lounge.Rooms are above. The left wing has dining room and lounge, again with rooms overhead. The property faces an outdoor pool and steaming spa. Ajax Mt stands beyond. The ski lift is just past the pool area. At the lift sits the Ajax Tavern, great lunch and/or drinks....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2002

Little Nell-Aspen
75 East Durant Avenue
Aspen, Colorado
(970) 920-4600

Pine Creek Cookhouse

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Restaurant | "The Pine Creek Cookhouse"

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While planning our trip, I stumbled upon a website that hipped me to the cookhouse.I called & made reservations. The night of our dinner,we drove up Castle Creek Rd., toward a place called Ashcroft. We're driving at night, through the snow and mountains, up the dark road, everyone's hungry and look at me, this was all my idea. Suddenly, ahead of us, we see someone swinging a lantern, signalling us to pull over and park. The horse drawn sleighride to the restaurant doesn't pick us up for another hour. Somehow, I got the time mixed up, so??????? We park the car. As we're contemplating what to do for an hour,we notice across the snow an ancient log cabin, with smoke rising from the chimney...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2002

Pine Creek Cookhouse
Castle Creek Road
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 1044

Red Onion

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Restaurant | "Red Onion Saloon-Aspen"

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As the ladies shopped, I decided to kick back in the local watering hole. As sure luck would have it, I stumbled onto the Red Onion, an old brick saloon from 1892. I settled onto a bar stool and began to absorb. The entire town is period, yet trendy. Fortunately, the Red Onion exudes character unspoiled. History permeates from the walls as my Bloody Mary is served. Skiers visible from the front window. Random bowl game on the elevated tv above the old saloon bar, wooden booths and narrow corridors lead in varying directions, pool room, kitchen. A lady sits down at the bar and starts up a conversation. She's the chef for a wealthy family that just arrived from Miami. She normally cooks aboard thei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2002

Red Onion
420 East Cooper Ave
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 9043