Aspen is the number one destination for the North American jet set with elegant Victorian buildings, luxurious hotels, great skiing and vibrant nightlife.
Aspen enjoyed a golden age as a silver mining town in the second half of the nineteenth century, but in 1893 the silver market collapsed and the town went from boom to bust almost overnight. It was reborn as a ski town over half a century later when the first lift opened here just after the end of World War Two. Many of the original Victorian buildings have been preserved and lovingly restored and today they serve as bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. The town itself is located on the flat floor of the Roaring Fork valley and is designed on the classic American gridiron pattern with wide streets, some of which have now become pedestrian zones. The centre of Aspen is pleasingly compact and it is possible to walk between all the main hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. The views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains are some of the best in Colorado and include the famous Maroon Bells, some of the most photographed peaks in the US.
Although Aspen has many millionaire and billionaire visitors everything the resort has to offer can be experienced on any type of budget.
Getting to Aspen is not as hard as some expect. For those who book early one can fly via a gateway hub such as Chicago then direct into Aspen's only Airport only located between Aspen and Snowmass (about 6 minutes drive from each. However, severe weather can close this airport - with ensuing transport chaos. For those getting the direct flight into Denver, one can take ground transportation by shuttle or taxi from Denver International (about 4 and half hours). Another option is to fly via another hub into Vail/Eagle county Airport about 1 1/2 hours away.