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Explore Bookstore and Bistro

Tucked into a quaint Victorian house on Main Street, Explore Bistro and Bookstore is a popular Aspen establishment frequented by residents and out-of-towners alike. As a well-stocked independent bookstore and a popular vegetarian bistro, Explore fuses a cozy ambiance of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves of literary and nonfiction classics with a delightful bistro, coffee shop, and dining room.


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Hickory House

Here is a very realistic yet hypothetical Aspen ski vacation situation: You’ve spent a beautiful bluebird day with fresh powder skiing or riding Highlands, Buttermilk, or Snowmass. It’s vacation, after all, so you’ve milked as many daylight hours as possible on the mountain.


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Historic Aspen Bed & Breakfast: The Snow Queen Lodge

There was a day when the town of “Aspen” as we know it was known as Ute City and the silver dynamited out of the hills was much more valuable than a timber and stone McMansion-lodge with alpine-views, Jacuzzis, and a heated driveway on Red Mountain. Aspen’s ski and tourism-era building boom has resulted in a plethora of development up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.


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Hotel Aspen

Metaphorically speaking, the art of picking a hotel is a lot like dissecting jazz. Listening to jazz involves identifying the variations of a melody’s strain while vetting a stratum of harmonies and an intricate pattern of rhythms.


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Hotel Jerome

The Hotel Jerome has a storied past in Aspen’s history, starting from its opening on Thanksgiving Eve in 1889. Built by Macy’s Department Store magnate Jerome B. Wheeler during the town’s silver mining boom, the Hotel Jerome put Aspen on the map of leisure and luxury destinations in North America.


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Hotel Lenado

Say the name “Lenado” to a seasoned Aspenite and they’ll point to the hills over Red Mountain. Lenado is a sleepy, high-alpine ghost town snuggled into a grove of snowy pine trees in the hills and canyons east of Aspen. During Lenado’s boom years, about 300 miners lived in a camp seeking fortunes in lead and zinc ore.


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Johnny McGuire's Deli

It won’t take you long before your plane touches down at Pitkin County Airport to realize Aspen is an image-conscious town.


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La Cantina

It is not difficult to find La Cantina: look for the only adobe building on Main Street. Located in Downtown Aspen across from the Hotel Jerome, La Cantina is a muy caliente hang out for margaritas, nachos, and enchiladas, even when it’s blustery and cold in the middle of the winter.


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Limelight Lodge

Almost everything about the Limelight Lodge is brand spanking new: the lobby, the crackling fireplace, the furnishings, the rooms, the pool, the spacious suites, the windows with spectacular vistas of Aspen Mountain and Independence Pass. Despite the Limelight’s sparkling fresh veneer, one aspect remains unrepentantly old fashion: a 50-year tradition of friendly family service.


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Liquid Sky and Junk

In 1982, Russian film director Slava Tsukerman directed and released a colorful and erratic sci-fi film about space aliens migrating to New York City to prey on human endorphins. The film, titled Liquid Sky, became a midnight movie phenomenon, as well as a cult classic to many left-of-cool cinephiles.