Aspen Journals

Aspen in the summer

A July 2001 trip to Aspen by stevebek

Overlook of Aspen Photo, Aspen, Colorado More Photos
Quote: There is a reason the rich and famous flock to Aspen year round: the excess beauty. Located high in the mountains (9000 feet), Aspen still gets enough precipitation to make everything green, unlike other areas of the West.

Aspen in the summer

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Overview

Overlook of Aspen Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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Without a doubt, the hiking/biking trails in the mountains provide some of the most amazing overlooks in the west, as you pass through shimmering forests of Aspen trees. There really is no place quite like it.Although I missed my chance to actually try my hand at it, the fly fishing opportunities abound and look fantastic.Finally, if your timing is right, check out great performances during the Aspen Music Festival. Quick Tips: Check out the Pine Creek Cookhouse just outside of town for great food without the bustling crowds of downtown. In the winter, cross country ski or take a horse drawn sleigh ride to the restaurant. When dining in town, it is a must to sit at the ba...Read More

Paradise Bakery & Cafe

Restaurant | "Paradise Cafe"

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Some great ice cream and frozen yogurt. Peanut Butter/Chocolate tops my list!

Whatever you choose, do NOT forget the cookies.

You'll see lines in the evening following dinner. You won't mind though, because they hand out free sample cookies to those waiting in line, as you listen to music students from the summer festival entertain the crowd.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2001

Paradise Bakery & Cafe
100 Elbert Lane
Aspen, Colorado 81615
(970) 923-4712

Chart House

Restaurant | "Charthouse"

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In Aspen, always sit at the bar and get the half price menu.

In this case, enjoy some of the largest prawns you'll ever see.

The chopped spinach salad was the best thing we had there.

For $20, you can also do the salad bar, which looked fantastic.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2001

Chart House
219 E Durant St
Aspen, Colorado 81611
(970) 925-3525

Main Street Bakery and Cafe

Restaurant | "Main Street Bakery cafe"

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Great breakfasts, particularly the omlettes and french toast.

A charming country bakery setting with cookie jars lining the wall.

I preferred the seating outside though, under the beautiful Aspen sky and cute little courtyard just adjacent to the building.

Cheesepockets are a MUST with any meal there.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2001

Main Street Bakery and Cafe
201 E Main St
Aspen, Colorado 81611
(970) 925-6446

Pine Creek Cookhouse

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Restaurant

Pine Creek Cookhouse Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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The BEST wild game I have ever had - and I have had a lot.

Venison tenderloins with a cheese and berry topping melted in my mouth. The salty meat/aromatic cheese/sweet berry combination was a truly unique experience. You could not buy meat as good in quality as this if you wanted to - they have an exclusive reserve.

The rainbow trout with yams is fantastic as well.

And the super friendly staff and chefs work hard to make it a memorable event as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2001

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

Continental Divide via Independence Pass Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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Amazing!

Breathtaking view!

God's Country!

The Highest Mountaintop!

and a bit chilly and windy.

Don't bother taking the dirt foot paths to see what's around the other side of the mountain. It's a deceptively long hike and not worth it. Pass is only open during the summer.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

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

Aspen Musical Festival

Attraction | "Aspen Music Festival"

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Despite Aspen's remoteness, the quality of the opera productions during the summer music festival are world class. You will see high caliber singers who take center stage at New York's Metropolitan Opera during the regular season. The orchestra and conducting are just as great. The summer student program is one of the best in the country. I was fortunate to see a fine production of "Dialogue of the Carmelites" this past summer, conducted by James Conlon of Opera Paris. The restored Wheeler Opera House is very impressive, reminiscent of the Old West's struggle to import European culture beyond the Mississippi River. A great way to experience high culture at high el...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2001

Aspen Musical Festival
2 Music Road
Aspen, Colorado 81611
+1 970 925 3254