Four Nights in Aspen, Colorado: Hiking, Ghost Towns and Mining History
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Four Nights in Aspen, Colorado: Hiking, Ghost Towns and Mining History

Driving Independence Pass on a summer or fall road trip from Denver to Aspen is a must.  Summit elevation on the Continental Divide is 12,095 feet making it the highest paved passed in Colorado.  My friend Lisa and I left Denver on our road trip and stopped in Leadville for a late lunch.  We stopped … Continue reading

A Speakeasy and Globally Inspired Cuisine: Where to Drink and Eat in Aspen
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A Speakeasy and Globally Inspired Cuisine: Where to Drink and Eat in Aspen

Aspen is a foodie’s dream. Its culinary scene is vibrant, creative, indulgent and delicious. One of the newest restaurants, Meat and Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, is quickly gaining legions of fans. I had it recommended to me by a local friend, who’s also a culinary connoisseur. I had no idea I would also discover … Continue reading

Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado
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Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado

This is a short hike with a huge wow factor. The Grottos Trail off of Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado, has geological wonders including unusual boulders, an ice cave and cascading waterfall. Grottos Trail is very popular. To be the crowds, do what my friend Lisa and I did. Get to the trailhead before 7 … Continue reading

A Peaceful “Rocky Mountain High” in the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen
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A Peaceful “Rocky Mountain High” in the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen

The scenic open space of John Denver Sanctuary is a fitting tribute to the singer famous for “Rocky Mountain High” and other songs written about the allure of the Rocky Mountains.  Prior to his death in a private plane crash in 1997, Aspen was his home for many years.  “Starwood in Aspen” showcases his love … Continue reading

J-Bar’s’s French 75
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J-Bar’s’s French 75

A French 75 cocktail is about as classy as it gets.  The bubbly cocktail is a timeless drink.  It dates back to around World War I.  The name apparently comes from the 75mm M1897 artillery gun used by the French military. The J-Bar at Hotel Jerome is legendary.  The bar and hotel have been a favorite … Continue reading