Restaurants and Favorite Local Dining Spots
Aspen has its share of world class restaurants and unique local eateries. Here are a few that stand out.
The domain of famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, specializing in fresh seafood flown in daily. Known for its innovative fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American/Peruvian/Argentine dishes.
303 E Main St, (970) 544-6628
Operating since 1987, this first rate restaurant attracts food and wine connoisseurs. Beautiful bar and easy place to hook up with friends.
205 S Mill St #106, (970) 925-3835
Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar
One of Aspen’s iconic bars continues to be one of the town’s social hot spots. Frequented by ski bums, socialites, cowboys and local and national luminaries, this authentic bar provides a taste of the Old West.
330 E Main St, (970) 920-1000
From the lovely patio you can take in the splendor of Aspen Mountain while enjoying great food inspired by Colorado’s bounty of sustainably raised meats and seasonal produce. Don’t miss their famous truffle fries but you will need a hike or serious workout afterwards.
685 E Durant Ave, (970) 920-6334
Campo de Fiori
Chef Giuseppe has been known to make an exceptional semifreddo.
205 South Mill Street, (970) 920-7717
The Wild Fig
Friendly bartenders and interesting food highlighting the cuisines of France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Good food, comfortable, cozy dining.
315 E Hyman Ave, (970) 925-5160
Excellent sushi dishes, patio seating in the summer provides a ring-side seat to Aspen outdoor nightlife.
320 S Mill St, (970) 925-8588
Peaches Corner Café
A favorite place for coffee and meetups. Interesting breakfast and lunch menu. Busy spot attracting lots
121 S Galena St, (970) 544-9866
Quick salad or pizza (Aspen and Snowmass)
455 Rio Grande Pl, Aspen (970) 925-1952
Festivals and Events
Food and Wine Classic – June 14-16, 2013 Sold Out for weekend tickets.
Some events still on sale
Snowmass Culinary and Arts Festival – August 10, 2013
Aspen Ideas Festival – June 26 – July 2, 2013
USA Pro Challenge – (Aug 19-25) Attracts some of the top names in bicycle racing. This years it begins with a circuit that includes Aspen and Snowmass. On day two, the group rides from Aspen to Breckenridge via Independence Pass.
Aspenfilm.org – 2013 Aspen FilmFest – September 26 – October 1
Music and Art For Your Soul
Aspen Music Festival – June 27 – August 18, 2013
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – 2013 Summer Season
June Festival – June 21 – July 6
Labor Day Festival – August 30-September 2
Jascafe – downstairs at The Nell, Top flight entertainment for jazz lovers, Upcoming Summer Shows June 26 – August 18
Aspen Art Museum – Don’t miss the opportunity to experience first rate national contemporary art. Admission is free.
Many options await the serious hiker, but if you want something close to town, head to one of the more popular trails, the Hunter Creek Trail. The ascent takes you through a shaded valley along a rushing stream connecting with the Smuggler Mountain trail. A recently re-designed trail head near the Aspen Post Office connects directly with the delightful Rio Grande Trail, one of Aspen’s most popular paths. The new section will take you along Hunter Creek and across Red Mountain Road and a new bridge to ascend the Hunter Creek Valley.
A Break from the Usual
Woody Creek Distillers
This craft distillery sources local fruits, grains and mountain spring water to produce its line of ultra-premium American spirits. Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon -7 p.m.
Tours offered by appointment (distillery operations permitting) by calling (970) 279-5110
Don’t miss the Aspen Saturday Market – June 15-October 12
Hopkins Ave. & Hunter St. Local produce and artisan wares