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Aspen Golf: A Guide to the Golf Courses of Aspen, Colorado

High Altitude Golf at the Aspen Golf Club, Photo by Keith BarnholtHigh Altitude Golf at the Aspen Golf Club, Photo by Keith Barnholt ASPEN, CO -In the last twenty years, the golf scene in the Roaring Fork Valley has gained nationwide prominence with the addition of exciting new courses with provocative challenges. However, this was not always the situation. There was a time in the 1970s and 1980s when the only course in Aspen was the Aspen Golf Club, notoriously frequented by a rowdy crowd more focused on imbibing adult beverages than chalking in a serious round. That era has passed, to some degree. Nowadays Carbondale and Glenwood Springs have attracted affluent retirees from around the country for private golf and fly fishing clubs, rustic residential communities, and an active four-season lifestyle of Rocky Mountain fun. Arnold Palmer is known to spend Christmas skiing at Snowmass , so the region can stake claim to some sort of atmospheric magnetism for golfers.

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Aspen Hiking: Smuggler Mountain

The view of Aspen from the top of Smuggler MountainThe view of Aspen from the top of Smuggler MountainDuring the peak of Aspen’s silver boom, the world’s largest silver nugget was mined out of Smuggler Mountain’s shadowy innards. The nugget had a weight of 2,054 pounds and was estimated to have a consistency of 93 percent pure silver. Unfortunately for the prospectors, the silver jackpot occurred a year too late; the Sherman Silver Purchase Act was repealed by Congress in 1893, significantly diminishing the value of the precious metal. The mine closed in 1918, ending the town’s silver era and ushering in a pre-skiing period known as “The Quiet Years.”

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More Reasons to Visit Aspen During Off-Season

The ballots for Aspen’s election have been cast, the weather is fair with daytime highs in the mid-60s, and a sizable portion of downtown looks like either a ghost town or an ominous industrial construction site. Nonetheless, there are still a myriad of reasons to make the trip to Aspen during the month of May, or at least what is left of it.

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Aspen Spas: A Guide to the Spas of Aspen, Colorado

Confluence Pool at the The Remède SpaConfluence Pool at the The Remède SpaASPEN -Spend enough time in Aspen, Colorado and you’ll surely stumble upon a reference to “The Aspen Lifestyle.” Walter Paepcke, the godfather granddaddy behind Aspen’s inception as a modern resort town, envisioned a secluded getaway synchronized by holistic ideological trinity of mind, body, and spirit. This trivium is the raison d'etre of the so-called “Aspen Lifestyle:” to exercise the mind, body, and spirit while striving for individual self-actualization. Each piece of this philosophical pie has an observable facet in Aspen’s civic life: A vibrant intellectual, musical, and artistic scene strives tirelessly to stimulate the mind; soaring peaks, buttes, rivers, and natural splendors of the Rocky Mountains provide a seemingly infinite number of recreational pursuits like skiing, biking, and hiking to fine tune the body’s physically fitness; and the town’s geographical serenity, inspiring natural majesty, and compassionate residential community stirs the soul with ecstasy.

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2009 Food & Wine Classic: Aspen Hotel reviews

Summer in Aspen is tantamount with a litany of high profile festivals and events, including the venerable Food and Wine Classic. This year’s festival on June 19, 20, and 21st will mark the event’s 27th annual gathering in Aspen. The Food & Wine Classic has been flambéed in the public’s imagination as a fairytale-like experience of beautiful people and fantastic flavors from around the globe. The storied event has become the crème de le crème of luxury lifestyle events in Aspen and has garnered status as one of the world’s premiere culinary festivals. After all, contestants on Top Chef, The Bravo Network’s fashionable food-porn reality show, compete for a trip and showcase at the June culinary convention in Aspen, amongst other goodies.

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Aspen Vacation Day Trips: Glenwood Springs

Hot Springs PoolHot Springs PoolIf you live or play in Aspen, there are plenty of practical reasons to make the 40 minute trip down valley to Glenwood Springs: cheaper gas prices, a trip to Target or Wal-Mart for an inexpensive kitchen appliance, or a hassle-free and scenic mode of transportation to Denver or points west via Amtrak’s famous “California Zephyr” as it winds through a breathtaking alpine landscape and remote mountain passes.

Practicality aside, visitors to Aspen will find ample reasons to visit Glenwood Springs other than shopping at a discounted big box retailer or a quick petro fill-up after getting off I-70.