Top things to do

Top Choice Deli in Aspen

Meat & Cheese

By all means stop by to browse the artisan offerings in the gourmet deli, but don't leave without nibbling on a plate of cheese and charcuterie, beet-and-chèvre salad or a Vietnamese chicken noodle bowl. This true f…
Top Choice Live Music in Aspen

Belly Up

Long the top nightspot in Aspen, Belly Up has built and maintained its street cred by bringing the best live acts to the Aspen people. That means everything from local bluegrass bands to hip-hop globalist K’NAAN and…
Top Choice Cafe in Aspen

Pyramid Bistro

Set on the top floor of Explore Booksellers, this gourmet veggie cafe serves up some delightful creations, including sweet-potato gnocchi with goat's cheese, red-lentil sliders and quinoa salad with avocado, goji be…
Top Choice Pub Food in Aspen

Ranger Station

This place is much more a bar than a restaurant, but given the dearth of dining choices in Snowmass, you may as well eat here too. The stars of the show are the 10 New Belgium beers on tap, but where else can you ge…
Top Choice Japanese in Aspen

Matsuhisa

The original Colorado link in Matsuhisa Nobu’s iconic global chain that now wraps around the world, this converted house is more intimate than its Vail sibling and still turns out spectacular dishes such as miso bla…
Museum in Aspen

Ice Age Discovery Center

In October 2010, a bulldozer working near Snowmass unearthed the tusk of a female mammoth. Spurred by this unusual discovery, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science moved in for the next 10 months to conduct its …
Pub in Aspen

Woody Creek Tavern

Enjoying a 100% agave tequila and fresh-lime margarita at the late, great gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson’s favorite watering hole is well worth the 8-mile drive – or Rio Grande Trail bike ride – from Aspen. The …
Ghost Town in Aspen

Independence

Just 16 miles east of Aspen, at the foot of Independence Pass, this gold-mining boom town turned ghost town started as a tented camp in the summer of 1879, when one lucky miner struck gold on the Fourth of July. Ope…
Ghost Town in Aspen

Ashcroft

The access point to the breathtaking Castle Creek Valley is the ghost town of Ashcroft, a silver-mining town founded in 1880. What remains are mostly miners cottages (log cabins with tin roofs), a couple of broken-d…
Dispensary in Aspen

Silver Peak

If you were to take your mother out shopping for marijuana (so Mom, are you more sativa or indica?), this bright, inviting boutique downtown would definitely be your first choice. Everything here is beautifully pack…