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Tyrolean Lodge

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The region of Tyrol is extends through the Alps of western Austria along the border of German Bavaria. Just beyond the region’s busy capital of Innsbruck, 12,000-foot snowcapped peaks soar above the city, defining a uniquely European region filled with ski-able terrain, gondolas, and timeless alpine villages. Tyrol was some of the Roman Empire’s highest terrain and skiers can still spend weeks exploring resorts, chairlifts, villages, and meandering trails down from the summit the Austrian Alps.
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Inspired by the legendary skiing in the Tyrol region, The Tyrolean Lodge emulates the quaintness of a ski lodge secluded in an Alpine village. Everything about this cozy, family-run establishment emanates Austrian character, from the stone fireplace to the wooden skis crossed on the side of the building. However, there is one exception: the enormous maltese eagle sculpture made from chrome car bumpers atop the chimney. It’s not difficult to miss and definitely a head turner, particularly on a sunny day when it radiates with a luminous silver glow from its perch over Main Street. The eagle was created by sculptor and Tyrolean founder Lou Wille. Lou came west to Colorado from the ephemeral New York art scene seeking coveted natural marble stone for his craft. Instead, he founded an art school, got married, started a family, and opened up the Tyrolean Lodge in downtown Aspen. Today Lou’s son Pierre Willie, an avid mountaineer, adventurer, sculptor, and skier, continues to operate the Lodge in his father’s tradition of friendly guest service and comfortable accommodations.

The Tyrolean’s gets nods for staying true to authentic Austrian Alps chalet character with interior décor like vintage wooden skis and leather bindings, wooden furnishings, and old West artwork. When you stay at the Tyrolean Lodge, don’t expect the usual Aspen mélange of designer European bath products, marble vanities, Ralph Lauren down throws, flat screen televisions, or a whirlpool Jacuzzi. Nonetheless, guests can expect a warm, clean, and comfortable room with a kitchenette, TV, wooden finishes, clean bathroom, and plenty of room to stash ski gear. The top floor rooms even include a wood-burning fireplace and a few of the rooms have stellar mountain views.

Thankfully, places like the Tyrolean still exist in Aspen so everyday Joes don’t have to worry about blowing a month’s salary for a weekend romp in the Rockies. Even over Christmas and X-Games, a room sleeping five people only costs a maximum of 225 dollars a night. In grim economic times, this is perhaps the Tyrolean’s most valuable asset: a lodge with oodles of funky Austrian character in the middle of Aspen for an unbeatable price. If you are on a budget and sifting through the cacophony of downtown Aspen hotel choices, the 16-room Tyrolean Lodge is a modest, eccentric, and graciously comfortable property that offers guests everything they need for a ski vacation.
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