Lifestyle Wanderlust the December 2019 issue

Stay, Eat, Do: Aspen

Aspen offers more than premier skiing.
By Carrie Williamson Posted on December 2, 2019


The Luxury Room, Limelight Snowmass

Limelight Hotel Snowmass

  • This new hotel in the heart of Snowmass Base Village offers ski-in/ski-out access and an ice rink just outside.
  • Horizontal wood slabs on the walls, platform beds and scenic views from the oversized windows give the 99 rooms a modern lodge feel. All have roomy showers, plush bathrobes and Keurig coffee machines. Some have terraces and fireplaces, with a few having direct access to the Elk Camp Gondola.
  • Two pool spas, a kids game room and a climbing wall make this hotel a great place for families. You can even bring your beloved dog.


The Fabulous Guest Bathroom, W Aspen

W Aspen

  • This new slopeside hotel at the end of Durant Street is the first new luxury hotel to open in Aspen in 25 years. Gray limestone, wood siding and flower boxes juxtaposed with varying roof compositions create a modern interpretation of a traditional chalet.
  • Americana murals, pops of color, contemporary furnishings, and carpets with groovy patterns are a nod to Aspen’s boho ’70s counterculture.
  • Among the bedding options in the 88 rooms and suites are quad queen bunks that can sleep up to eight.
  • Where’s the party: the expansive rooftop patio bar with a pool, hot tub, fire pits, DJ booth, dance floor and views of Aspen Mountain.

Eat Aspen!


  • Chef Laurent Cantineaux and architect and restaurateur Juan Carlos Pérez Febres, co-owners of Bonito, a popular restaurant in St. Barth, have teamed up on this French Pan-American restaurant in the heart of Aspen.
  • This chic eatery on the second floor has views of Ajax Mountain and places to dine indoor and out.
  • Choose from an enticing array of dishes—grilled bison rib-eye steak with sautéed mushroom risotto, yucca-wrapped striped bass, Colorado rack of lamb—or opt for the prix-fixe menu.


  • You can eat, drink and dance at Aspen’s first supper club, named for its altitude.
  • Lobster bisque with brioche croutons, Amish roasted chicken breast, duck fat pommes frites, and peach cobbler with champagne ice cream are a sampling of the offerings on Chopped chef Craig Walker’s haute comfort food menu.
  • Resident DJ Bryan Normand, aka Kid Kamillion, spins vinyl from a collection that crosses genres and generations.
  • Master sommelier Jonathan Pullis, one of only 250 Master Sommeliers in the world, has assembled an impressive cellar.


  • Located in Snowmass Base Village, this crêperie uses fresh and nutritious ingredients in creative ways and offers gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options.
  • Sweet and savory crêpes, grilled cheese and soups, liege waffles and galettes, and fresh-baked pastries and breads are on the menu.
  • Enjoy favorites like Mawa’s green crêpe with spinach, avocado and broccoli pesto at a table on the plaza while watching the ice skaters or at one of the few tables inside.


The Health Center at the Aspen Institute, a Bauhaus masterpiece

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