An Insider’s Guide to Your Best Summer Yet: Aspen Edition
From the Roaring Fork Valley’s best brunch to its adrenaline-stoking activities, Compass agents point you in the direction of the area’s top destinations.
Editor: Hannah McWilliams
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Brunch like a local
“On weekends, my husband and I love to explore the neighboring communities just outside the city center,” says Aspen agent Dyna Sanchez Rimkus. Get outta town and grab a bite at her favorite breakfast joints.
Twenty minutes from Aspen, find the stalwart Café Bernard, “where cowboys eat croissants,” Dyna laughs. Grab a table outside and order French toast, made with the house baguettes.
In the mood for a ham-and-Gruyère crêpe? Just a few miles down the road, pop into Market Street Kitchen. Its chef, Mawa McQueen, incorporates her French heritage with locally-sourced ingredients such as free-range eggs and local Avalanche Cheese dairy.
At farm-to-table spot Silo, owner Lacy Hughes serves eggs, produce, and meat from the Roaring Fork Valley’s ranches and farms. Opt for the Blue Plate Special — fresh ricotta, kale, and egg on toast — or order duck eggs and blueberry-and-sage-spiked sausage à la carte.
Spend the day on the water
“Aspen’s rivers provide endless warm-weather entertainment,” says Aspen agent Heidi Houston. Here’s a handful of her aquatic recommendations.
One of the locals’ favorite hikes follows the Conundrum Creek up to the hot springs, culminating with three natural pools of 100-degree water. Pack a swimsuit and enjoy nature’s spa!
The Colorado River is ideal for stand-up paddle boarding. With plenty of mellow stretches, beginners can perfect their balance, while its more turbulent sections will pose a challenge for seasoned paddlers.
For the real adventurer, the Arkansas River — with rapids that top out at level five — will kick anyone’s adrenaline into overdrive. Looking for something slightly less intense? Elect the tamer Roaring Fork River instead.
Tap into Colorado’s culture scene
“Many people have no idea you can explore the Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum for free,” says Aspen agent Dale Hower. “Starting on June 22, a new exhibition will take over the entire 33,000-square-foot space: all six galleries as well as the museum’s outdoor areas. Dedicated to the work of Wade Guyton, Peter Fischli, and David Weiss, it will feature works across many mediums — 16-foot paintings, inkjet-printed linen, digital light projections — and promises to both challenge and impress!”
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