Aspen Journals

Aspen Summertime Weekend

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A July 2005 trip to Aspen by Shaken_Bake

Aspen in the Summertime Photo, Aspen, Colorado More Photos
Quote: You don't have to be fabulously wealthy to enjoy the beauty and excitement Aspen has to offer (not that there's anything wrong with that!). The mountain scenery and the trendy bars and restaurants will make even a short stay memorable!

Aspen Summertime Weekend

Overview

Aspen in the Summertime Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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My husband and I wanted a quick getaway and easily decided to visit Aspen, a scenic three-hour drive from Denver. It's one of my favorite destinations in Colorado, with its hip restaurants, trendy shops, and incredible mountain scenery. Nevertheless, we didn't have unlimited funds, but managed to find great bargains to make our weekend lots of fun without being outrageously expensive!Quick Tips: There are plenty of ways to do Aspen "on the cheap," even free - for instance, we listened to a classical music performance that was part of the Aspen Music Festival by sitting on the lawn outside the music tent. Strolling around town, hiking and taking in the scenery doesn't cost a cent. If campi...Read More
Mountain Chalet Aspen Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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What a great, reasonably priced hotel, just blocks away from the best of downtown Aspen, or the base of Aspen Mountain for wintertime skiing! It’s an older facility (50-year anniversary last year), but our room, although small, was clean and modern. Our room was air-conditioned, with a queen-sized bed, small refrigerator, TV, and a balcony that overlooked the pool area. The bathroom was spotless and had plenty of towels, and the shower worked well. The price of the room included breakfast, one of the best "cold" breakfasts I’ve had at a hotel: hard-boiled eggs, bread or bagels, danish, sweet and savory mini-croissants, cereal, yogurt, juice, for example. The staff was friendly and the hotel facil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

Mountain Chalet Aspen
333 EAST DURANT AVENUE
Aspen, Colorado 81611
970-925-7797

Boogie's Diner

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Restaurant

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In search of a quick lunch before leaving town, we happened by Boogie’s Diner and thought it looked cute and might have some good lunch items. It was generally a disappointment. There was a wait to be seated in the diner area upstairs which is very convenient given there is a large retail apparel area on the ground floor. I didn't see much that people over 30 would be interested in wearing! The theme is a '50s diner, with formica tables, bright pastel colors and walls filled with endless graduation pictures of geeky people from a long time ago! Needless to say, it’s a concept that doesn’t appeal to me greatly, as well as being pretty much overdone these days. It was very hot in...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

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

Jimmy's

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Restaurant

Jimmy's Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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Aspen has a lot of choices in dining, many of them very upscale offering nouveau or European cuisine with prices to match! I was more in the mood for "American" food, but I didn’t want to eat fast food either. Jimmy’s was the perfect choice that evening. One other requirement that evening was to dine outside to take advantage of the warm evening. Jimmy’s is located upstairs in a small mall area and has a great view of the downtown Aspen area and the surrounding mountains. We were seated outside immediately without a reservation, always a good start to an evening out! I like Jimmy's slogan, "Fierce American Food!". Our waiter was a friendly young man who inadvertantly helped make my decisio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2005

Jimmy's
205 South Mill St
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 6020

Woody Creek Tavern

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Restaurant

Woody Creek Tavern Photo, Woody Creek, Colorado
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I admit that I did not venture to the Woody Creek Tavern for the food. I’m a big fan of the late Hunter S. Thompson, so this establishment is well known as his former hangout. I felt compelled to visit to raise a glass in his memory. In many ways, I’m glad he’s not around to see what Woody Creek has become (or maybe he knew anyway): a family gathering spot, a destination for cyclists riding in from Aspen for brunch, a polo shirt and capri pants crowd slumming it for a hot afternoon. It’s not the legendary dive bar it used to be. It was hard to find a parking space along the road in the canyon where the tiny hamlet of Woody Creek is located, at about 1pm on a sweltering Sunday. It was obvi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2005

Woody Creek Tavern
0002 Woody Creek Plaza
Woody Creek, Colorado 81656
(970) 923-4585

Maroon Bells

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Attraction | "Hiking at Maroon Bells"

Maroon Bells Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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I've visited many beautiful scenic areas in Colorado, but Maroon Bells may be one of the best I've seen. It's certainly one of the most photographed vistas, with good reason. Three jagged, snow covered peaks rise dramatically over an aspen and pine forest, and are reflected in a glass-like lake. In the summertime, the wildflowers bloom with unbelievable profusion and the autumn is resplendent in its golden hues. It’s the kind of scene that takes your breath away when it’s revealed for the first time. The parking is very limited at the Visitors’ Center, so a shuttle bus from Aspen Highlands is the only way to get to Maroon Bells during the day other than cycling. The bus costs six dollars pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

Maroon Bells
Maroon Creek Road
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 3445

Continental Divide via Independence Pass

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Attraction

Continental Divide via Independence Pass Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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In the summer, visitors to Aspen can get to the town via Independence Pass, which is closed in wintertime. It’s an incredibly scenic--as well as a bit scary--road, especially for visitors who might not be used to mountain driving. We drove from Denver through Leadville to reach Colorado Highway 82 West. Except for the tiny resort town of Twin Lakes, there isn’t much on this road except mountain scenery. About 20 miles after Twin Lakes, the road starts to climb; at first gradually, then starting into switchbacks to make the ascent to the top of the Continental Divide. On the east side, it doesn’t take long to get above treeline and arrive at the top of the pass, 12,095 feet above sea level. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2005

Continental Divide via Independence Pass
Go East from downtown Aspen on Highway 82
Aspen, Colorado