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Get down with the JAS Labor Day Experience


The long weekend is fast approaching, and Aspen knows how to celebrate the end of a fantastic summer. Spend Labor Day weekend listening to great music, eating great food, and hanging out with great people at the JAS Labor Day Experience. The Jazz Aspen Snowmass aims to preserve jazz and other related genres through musical and educational experiences. You can experience one of their world class festivals this Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through September 4th at Snowmass Town Park. Deemed the hottest 72 hours of summer, JAS Labor Day Experience features popular headliners, delicious food, and more!

On Friday, September 2nd, 2016, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will perform. First made famous by his early hit “Keep Your Head Up,” Grammer shot to stardom with the release of “Honey, I’m Good.”  Following Andy Grammer’s performance is the ever popular Train. Train, a roots rock band, has won multiple Grammys and enjoys international and long-standing success.

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Andy Grammar performing Flickr: Justin Higuchi

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, sees electronic recording artist and DJ collective Thievery Corporation opening for The Killers. The Killers have been popular since their formation in 2001. They are responsible for hits such as “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me,” and “Human.” The Killers have been nominated for 7 Grammys, and have won an MTV Europe Music Award and a BRIT award.

Closing the festival, on Sunday, September 4th, 2016, is Duran Duran at 5pm. Duran Duran is an 80s New Wave band that has won multiple Grammys and has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Following them is one of the most famous Jazz artists of all time, Stevie Wonder. Wonder, who first got his start in music as a child prodigy, has the most Grammys ever awarded to a male solo artist, with 25 awards. With singles such as “Superstition,” and “Sir Duke”, Wonder is sure to put on a legendary show.

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Stevie Wonder, photo courtesy of “The Source”

But that’s not all JAS has in store. For the first time ever, there will be two JAS After Dark Silent Disco Parties featuring dueling DJs after the concert ends. In addition to these Discos, there will be a “Broncos Experience at JAS” that features a collaboration with team executives and notable alumni.

Come celebrate Labor Day with good music, while enjoying your stay at My Aspen Rental.

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10 reasons Autumn is a Fantastic Time to Visit Aspen


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Aspen? If you thought winter sports, you’re not alone. What about the second? Probably some sort of summer sport or activity. Aspen is a hub for winter and summer sports, but what most people don’t often realize is that fall is a fantastic time to visit Aspen. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that entails beautiful colors, cozy fires, chunky sweaters, leisurely hikes and crisp apples, Aspen is the place to be. Here are 10 great reasons to visit Aspen this fall:

  1. Topping the list- to no one’s surprise- is Aspen’s spectacular foliage. As one of the top locations in the country to see breathtaking fall colors, Aspen is aptly named after the abundance of Aspen trees that populate the area. The leaves turn from a rich green to vibrant reds, golds, and oranges. You can take a hike or drive through Maroon Bells to see these colors, or if you’re looking for a more extreme experience Aspen offers paragliding adventures that show off the area’s pristine scenery from above.

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    Maroon Bells Flickr: W.G. Dayton
  2. If you’re looking to taste some Colorado grown produce, the Aspen Saturday Market is the place to be. Every Saturday through mid-October, the market sets up in the heart of town. Along with delicious, local, natural food, the Aspen Saturday Market offers crafts and live music.
  3. When the great outdoors call, Aspen has hikes that range from beginner trails to guided hikes up of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks. Popular hiking trails include Grizzly Peak, American Lake, Hunter Creek Valley, and Cathedral Lake. Whether you want to relax while taking in the breathtaking colors, or view Aspen from above, there is a hike for everyone.

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    View of Maroon Bells from Creek Valley Flickr: Dhaval Shreyas
  4. Calling all film buffs! The Aspen FilmFest is celebrating its 38th year. Starting September 21st, the film festival offers audiences first looks at award-worthy movies and previews. Dining at the Filmfest Cafe makes for a perfect fall evening in Aspen.
  5. If you prefer to see the sights at a slightly faster pace, biking around Aspen is the perfect solution. The Maroon Creek trail is one of the most iconic trails in Colorado, and starting in October it is closed to all automotive vehicles- bikes get exclusive access! For a more advanced trail, bike up the grueling Independence Pass.

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    Biking in Aspen Flickr: Aspen Snowmass
  6. If art is more your speed, the Aspen Art museum features modern art coupled with community involvement. This ideal results in a city-wide appreciation for modern art. The exhibits change regularly, providing new and timely installments. A casual stroll through the museum is a perfect late-afternoon activity.
  7. For those who prefer running to hiking or biking, Aspen is the host of one of the most beautiful races in the country. On September 24th, 2016, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon will take place on a picturesque trail from Snowmass Village to the town of Aspen.
  8. Get ready to Belly Up and boogie down at Aspen’s premier music venue. Belly Up Aspen is the destination for everyone interested in the music scene. September headliners include The Killers and The Spazmatics, while October and November see bands such as The Dean Ween Group and Cabinet and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. If you’re a sports buff, Belly Up is also the place in Aspen to watch all of your favorite NFL teams.
  9. Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? On September 10th, 2016, the Mac & Cheese Festival will return to Aspen. Taste the surrounding area’s best Mac & Cheese for FREE! Pro Tip: Be sure to bring your own spoon.

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  10. My Aspen Rental is the perfect place to unwind after a jam-packed autumn day in Aspen. You can soak in the hot tub while enjoying the crisp fall air, or curl up by the fire for a relaxing night. No matter what you choose to do during your fall getaway, My Aspen Rental is the perfect place to call home.
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The Ultimate Guide for Your Ski Vacation in Aspen


Winter is just around the corner!

When Old Man Winter starts knocking on the door of Colorado’s High Country, fresh powder powers the plans of adventurers from all over the world. Aspen happily stands right in the center of all of the action, hanging out at an elevation of 8,000 feet. If you’re on the hunt for an awesome adventure this ski season, the Rocky Mountains have you covered!

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This is your ultimate guide for a ski vacation in Aspen!

Best Bunny Hill & Beginner Slopes

If you have little ones or inexperienced skiers in your pack, you’ll probably want to start off slow. Bunny hills are a great way to get your feet wet, so to speak, and they offer experiences that are intentionally away from crowds so new skiers won’t feel intimidated by others.

Buttermilk Park takes the lead for inexperienced skiers in Aspen. Before you start Googling the name and think we’re pulling your leg, beware that this mountain has major personality conflicts. On one side, it plays host to the the world’s Winter X Games. It’s also the notable backdrop of the Red Bull Double Pipe event. But rest assured, there is a family-friendly side that’s laid back and great for beginners. The easy-going side of Buttermilk tends to stay uncrowded, and youngsters will find a learning center with innovative skills training sessions to make skiing easier.

 

Most Well-Rounded Mountain

Family vacations that require skill can be tough to plan. You might have a combination of first-timers, fearful ones, and experienced adventurers in your crew.  Aspen Snowmass takes this cake. This mountain boasts of state-of-the-art facilities. A top-of-the-line ski school provides instruction to those who are just starting out, while skilled skiers can set out on the mountain’s 150 miles of trails. 30% of Snowmass is categorized as expert-level (double black diamond), while easy, difficult, and most difficult levels are fairly evenly available across the mountain.

 

Scintillating Steepness

If steep drops are your thing, head to the S1 run on Aspen Mountain. This run, known for being almost completely vertical, will lead you down a foundation of former mine debris. The plummeting descents are coupled with man-eating moguls that will guide you down the narrow path. This 900-foot run is characterized by border of aspen trees, pitches as steep as 42 degrees, and a total drop of more than 540 feet.

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Exhilarating Backcountry Experiences

If you’ve been bitten by the bug that prefers the backcountry, Aspen’s series of trails and huts will be happy to have you along. Experience is ideal you’ll be taking the backcountry ski trails, as the untamed terrain can be susceptible to avalanches, the powder is raw, and the trails can be unpredictable, but experienced guides are available, too.

The Alfred A. Braun Hut System and the 10th Mountain Hut & Trail System are two reputable backcountry experiences, but be advised: backcountry accommodations fill up quickly, especially on weekends. Bookings for the next ski season usually begin in March.

Get your gear ready, and get ready to hit the slopes at exciting speeds! Winter will be here before you know it, and My Aspen Rental is ready to welcome you in with open arms!

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Why Renting in Aspen is the Best Choice for Your Next Vacation


Few places offer the same panorama of beauty, outdoor recreation, and entertainment found in Aspen, Colorado. An Aspen vacation rental in the heart of the city puts you just steps away from all that’s exceptional about this iconic mountain village. Easily accessed from major highways and airports, Aspen is a leading year-round destination for many good reasons.

Silver mining drew its first full-time residents in the 19th Century, and now it’s the skiing, hiking, cycling, fishing, the performing arts, unique shopping and fine dining that pull people here. When you combine your vacation in Aspen with a house rental, you’ll have everything you need the moment you arrive to enjoy all that this mountain town offers, and you can

  • Simplify packing and reduce baggage by using the washer and dryer inside the Aspen vacation rental.
  • Stretch out after a hike on comfortable furniture in a spacious living area.
  • Use a fully equipped kitchen and serve the same healthy meals you eat at home.
  • Enjoy easy access to the vibrant life in Aspen day and night to get the most from all this area offers.

Arts and Culture

The city is home to the Aspen Music Festival & School, has over 100 restaurants, where you might spot celebrity chefs enjoying the local cuisine. The Aspen Music Festival is held each summer in the southeast corner of the city and hosts concerts open to the public. Students from around the world attend and renowned professional musicians offer master classes. The performances occur through late June to August and ticket costs are nominal.

Noted thinkers and scientists present public lectures throughout the summer months, some in conjunction with The Atlantic magazine at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Theater lovers can enjoy the live plays, lectures, films and opera at the Wheeler Opera House, one of Aspen’s most respected landmarks and organizations.

Art galleries and boutiques abound in downtown Aspen, where you’ll find unique art galleries, jewelry, home décor and clothing.

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The Great Outdoors

Just off Main Street, you’ll find Aspen Mountain Summer Road that will take you to the summit of Aspen Mountain, a five-mile distance one-way. Aspen sits at 7,908 feet and the peak of Aspen Mountain reaches 11,211 feet, earning this hike a moderate to strenuous rating. The gravel road connects to seven other trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

The adventurous can go paragliding or take a balloon ride from Aspen for a different perspective on the breathtaking scenery summer and fall. If you’re more comfortable on the ground, outfit yourself from one of the local cycling shops for road or mountain biking. Fly fishing an exciting quiet way to spend a day, and Aspen has plenty of outfitters. Winter skiing in Aspen-Snowmass is legendary, and passes are available for visitors.

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Staying a week in a downtown Aspen vacation rental gives you the luxury and comfort you want, with all the conveniences you need to enjoy this exceptional place.

The Top 20 Best Ski Towns In The U.S.


  1. Lake Tahoe, California : This beautiful freshwater lake is located on the California/Nevada border, right in the heart of the Sierra Nevadas. The mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe are home to over 7 ski resorts and many more smaller ski areas. During peak season, people from all over the country flock to Lake Tahoe in search of fresh powder.
  2. Aspen, Colorado: The city of Aspen is constantly bustling with residents and tourists taking advantage of the many music, food, and art festivals that are regularly hosted in Aspen. While this quaint town is home to many high-end boutiques and delicious restaurants, Aspen is most widely known for the picturesque slopes that can be found on Aspen Mountain or Bell Mountain. Aspen offers skiing from Winter to Spring, drawing countless people to this beautiful location. Spend a week in Aspen on the slopes and on the town, while calling My Aspen Rental home.

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  3. Vail, Colorado: Vail, a swiss-style village, was originally built to accompany the Vail Ski Resort-which is one of the largest in the U.S. This charming town offers a museum, gardens, quaint shopping, and more.
  4. Park City, Utah: Park City is a hub for tourists looking for a great skiing experience. The two major ski resorts that call Park City home were the locations for snowboarding events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Along with being a good location for winter sports, Park City is the main location for the annual summer Sundance Film Festival.
  5. Jackson, Wyoming: Jackson is a scenic town that is located near multiple national parks, the National Elk Refuge, and three ski resorts. Jackson gets considerably more snow than the rest of Wyoming, making it a destination for skiers from all around the state as well as the country.
  6. Killington, Vermont: Killington is home to the largest ski area in the Eastern United States, Killington Ski Resort. Nicknames the “Beast of the East”, Killington Ski Resort sits atop the second highest peak in Vermont.
  7. Sun Valley, Idaho: Sun Valley, a resort city, sits in central Idaho. Sun Valley is served by Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, both of which offer an abundance of different skiing and snowboarding trails that have varying difficulty. Along with snow sports, visitors can enjoy activities such as ice skating, hiking, golfing, tennis, and cycling.

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    Flickr: Chloé François, Sun Valley Idaho
  8. Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Steamboat Springs, more commonly known as Steamboat, is a destination for winter sports. Steamboat Ski Resort and the smaller Howelsen Ski Area are located on Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill, respectively. An abundance of additional outdoor activities such as rafting, cycling, fishing, tubing, and kayaking.
  9. Mammoth Lakes, California: Mammoth Lakes is a small town located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range that serves the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. This resort, most often referred to as simply Mammoth, is located on the north side of the mountain. Mammoth attracts extreme skiers because of its eight terrain parks and the rare 22ft Super-Duper Half Pipe. With one of the longest ski seasons in the country, Mammoth is open from November to June.
  10. Breckenridge, Colorado: The historic town of Breckenridge was established during the Gold Rush. It is located just below the Breckenridge Ski Resort. This alpine resort is one of the most popular in the Western Hemisphere and spans across the five peaks.
  11. Big Bear Lake, California: As one of the few ski destinations in Southern California, Big Bear Lake is home to two ski resorts: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. These sister resorts offer a wide range of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. When the weather is less than favorable, Snow Summit has an extensive, multi-million dollar snowmaking system that provides skiable artificial snow.

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    Flickr: Ian D. Keating, Bear Mountain Resort
  12. Lake Placid, New York: Lake Placid, a village in the Adirondack Mountains, is best known for being the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. The ski areas of Lake Placid are primarily located on Whiteface Mountain. As the fifth tallest peak in the United States, Whiteface Mountain has an area dedicated to beginners, but also double-black diamond runs.
  13. Salt Lake City, Utah: As the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City has 8 ski resorts with 50 miles of the city. Many of these resorts are located in the Wasatch Mountains that lie just east of Salt Lake City. In 2002, the city hosted the Winter Olympics.
  14. Ruidoso, New Mexico: While most would not think of New Mexico when thinking of snow, the resort town of Ruidoso is growing in popularity when it comes it winter sports. Located in the Sierra Blanca Mountain Range, this village hosts the Ski Apache Resort. As the only ski resort in New Mexico that has its own gondola lift, Ski Apache has one of the most difficult beginner runs in the world.
  15. Keystone, Colorado: Keystone is a small town that is the home of the Keystone Resort. This resort offers ski areas on three different mountains that are connected by lifts and gondolas. Keystone is the largest operation in Colorado to offer night skiing on up to 15 different trails.
  16. Snowshoe, West Virginia: Snowshoe is a small village that is centered around the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, and located on the summit of the mountain. The resort has 244 acres of skiable terrain and is located on Cheat Mountain in the Allegheny Mountains. More recently, Snowshoe Mountain has become a popular destination for summer sports as well as winter sports.

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    Flickr: Gayle, Snowshoe, West Virginia
  17. Stratton, Vermont: This extremely small town is home to the Stratton Mountain Resort. Located on Stratton Mountain, this resort has 97 trails and 670 acres of skiable terrain. According to Ski Magazine, Stratton Mountain Resort is in the top 10 for snow, lifts, terrain parks, lodging, grooming, and nightlife.
  18. Avon, Colorado: The town of Avon lies just two miles north of Beaver Creek Resort. Beaver Creek Resort is comprised of three different villages and rises to a height of 11,440 ft. Along with being a destination for many avid skiers, Beaver Creek Resort is a regular host of World Cup events in early December.
  19. Winter Park, Colorado: Winter Park Resort calls Winter Park, Colorado home. The alpine resort is located in the Rocky Mountains and spans three different peaks. Winter Park Resort holds one of the world’s first and largest disabled skiing programs.
  20. Windham, New York: Formed from the iconic town of Woodstock, Windham is a small town in upstate New York. It is home to the Windham Mountain Ski Resort, which is located in the Catskill Mountains. With 54 trails and 285 skiable acres, the majority of the snow was generated through the snow-making process that creates artificial snow via water and pressurized air.

Feel The Comfort Of Home While On Vacation With An Aspen Home Rental


Are you sick of staring at sterile hotel walls during your vacation? We don’t blame you at all. Of course, hotels have a function- they provide you with a place to sleep, clean yourself, and store your luggage- and they do it well. However they don’t allow for much else.

What if you want to have not only a place to sleep, but a place to relax after a long day of adventuring? You could always go to a hotel, but how relaxing is sitting in a single room with your entire family? Get the comfort and space of a home away from home with an Aspen Home Rental-but experience none of the pressure and upkeep that comes along with a house. Renting a house for your vacation allows you to rest easy knowing that while away, you and your family or friends still have a home base. Enjoy an added sense of privacy when renting a house that you can’t get anywhere but your own home.

My Aspen Rental-Why Renting in Aspen is the Best Choice for Your Next Vacation

Treat yourself to a vacation in your dream home. We have everything you need to live in luxury while staying in Aspen. The media and entertainment center will excite the inner child in everyone and the pool table can provide hours of fun away from a screen. A private hot tub and a sauna make for the perfect couple’s getaway. When you’ve tried all of the amazing Aspen restaurants, you can save some money by using the fully-stocked, full service kitchen. Stop worrying about over-packing or packing too little and take advantage of the in house washer and dryer. Renting a home provides you with all of the amenities you find at home-and maybe more.

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We believe that you should be able to be as comfortable (or more so) on vacation as you are at home, so vacation smart and forego the hotel- Book now with My Aspen Rental.

Tips for Traveling to Aspen Colorado This Winter


From hot air ballooning to fly fishing to skiing, there’s a whole host of reasons to travel to Aspen this winter. For those still planning their trip or just looking for more options, here are a few things to think about.

Arts and Culture

Sometimes, those who travel to Aspen forget that there’s more to the destination than just skiing and snowboarding. Not only are there other adventure sports to look into, but it’s also home to a variety of arts and culture attractions that can really round out a trip. While the Wheeler Opera House and Theatre Aspen don’t perform during the wintertime, the Aspen Art Museum still presents the “newest and most important evolutions in international contemporary art”.

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Flickr: Allora & Calzadilla, Hope Hippo-Aspen Art Museum

Skiing and Snowboarding

Undoubtedly what wintertime Aspen is most well known for. Home to the world-renowned Aspen Snowmass resort, the location has slopes for all skill levels and ages. However, don’t take these activities lightly – make sure to drink plenty of water, update your equipment, and familiarize (or refamiliarize) yourself with the snow before challenging yourself this year!

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Guided Activities

While skiing headlines the outdoor activities, winter fly fishing and hot air ballooning are other great ways to spend your time in the fresh mountain air. Blazing Adventures provides these and other guided activities like dog sledding tours for individuals and families throughout the winter season. If you’re on the fence about any potential vacation undertakings, consider asking the local experts for help!

Also, the annual 12 Days of Aspen counts down the end of the year and is filled with a variety of activities both free and priced. Past events have included family-friendly events like cookie decorating and Santa visits, as well as pet-inclusive and holiday variations on happy hour.

Enjoy yourself

Most importantly, make sure that your trip speaks to you. It’s important to plan a stay that addresses your needs and interests. Taking time out of your busy schedule to travel to Aspen simply isn’t enough. You have to enjoy it and with My Aspen Rental you can!

 

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The Ultimate Travel Destination: Aspen, Colorado


Everyone wants to experience the perfect vacation and return home looking back on a delightful time, but have you ever planned what you thought would be a wonderful vacation, only to be disappointed and extremely disillusioned? Did you return home thinking–all that planning and expense and we actually didn’t have fun? Did you come to finally realize that while you were excitedly looking forward to a great getaway–all of that time you were building up for a letdown?

If so, you should make your next trip to Aspen, Colorado, for the ultimate in a wonderful travelling experience. You can make sure that your precious time off from work is filled with happy, delightful, relaxing and enjoyable quality experiences.

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In Aspen you will have access to no less than seven luxury hotels, where you can experience superb service, exquisite cuisine, the ultimate in restaurants, bars, spas, saunas, chauffuers, babysitting and valet services, all in an ambience of sophistication and elegance.

Aspen, Colorado also offers the opportunity for great outdoor adventures. A winter vacation offers skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, or ice skating. A summer vacation experience can include golf, hot-air ballooning, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, tennis, and an array of concerts and festivals. My Aspen Rental is just a quick walk away from the ski lift and the heart of Aspen.

If nightlife is the vacation highlight you’re seeking, unique dance clubs are plentiful with music running the gamut from pop to hip-hop. You’ll have access to tasty drinks and incredible d.j’s, great food–everything from vodka to grilled cheese sandwiches served in the early morning hours–and even strip poles, if that’s your thing!

If you want to shop till you drop while on vacation, Aspen has at least 300 shops you can explore, and for a real mountain top experience, you can actually, believe it or not, get a libations map, and visit one or all of nine distilleries and breweries.

You may have been under the impression, like many people, that all there is to do in Aspen is ski, but now you realize there are various and sundry opportunities to enjoy many other activities. These include, but are not limited to, paragliding, rodeos, wine festivals, and music festivals. In addition to adventure sports and the like, there’s plenty available in the arena of arts and culture. For example, if you want a lasting memory to take home, you can shop at the Aspen Art Museum, viewing their “Premier Contemporary Art Collection.” They feature guided tours and free admission. There’s also Theatre Aspen, and the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet.

You can visit the Aspen Saturday Farmer’s Market, numerous outdoor dining facilities, and the list goes on. When you plan your next vacation, why not decide to see for yourself? An average of 50,000–plus visitors per year have already discovered the delights of travelling to Aspen, Colorado for their annual vacation.

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For a real vacation where you’ll return with cherished memories, looking back on a wonderful experience, you should plan on your next vacation to travel to Aspen, Colorado. Reserve your stay at My Aspen Rental now.

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Aspen’s Warmer Weather Vacation Adventures


Aspen vacation rentals are a great choice year round. Renowned for it’s incomparable skiing, Aspen is also very well known for the endless adventures available right at your fingertips. Keep reading below to find out what will turn your next Aspen vacation to a “vacation of a lifetime.”  Continue reading Aspen’s Warmer Weather Vacation Adventures

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International Ski Federation Race Still On


After Aspen was awarded the 2017 World Cup Finals in fall 2014, reports surfaced that some International Ski Federation (FIS) officials wanted to pull the event if Aspen did not commit to certain upgrades of the Lift 1A and its base area. Now, Atle Skaardal, race director for women’s World Cup alpine ski racing, has stated that “We want to have this happen here.”

Aspen International Ski Federation Race
Aspen International Ski Federation Race

Skaardal’s recent visit to Aspen focused on working with community organizers, the Aspen Skiing Co. and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to make the 2017 World Cup Finals the best possible event. He spent four hours walking the course and base area with Skico’s vice president of sales and events, John Rigney, and other local officials. Skaardal stated that “the hill is amazing” and concluded that the courses will be challenging for competitors. He also stated that Aspen is one of 16 to 18 “classic sites” on the circuit and among the best of Ski resorts.

Despite this, Skaardal did say that the Lift 1A base area has failed to meet the World Cup’s brand standards and falls short of the “Aspen experience” he expects. It has been reported that there is “good faith” on all sides and that progress will be made to improve the chairlift and surrounding base area before the event. Skaardal concluded that, “This is already a decided case…But requirements must be filled, same as it’s always been. I am convinced that everything is going to turn out in a perfect way for everybody.”

The World Cup Finals

The annual World Cup Finals event is one of the most prestigious events on the popular alpine skiing circuit. Throughout the finals, 25 top point leaders in both men’s and women’s disciplines will compete. Each of the nine races, held over five days, will occur on the Lift 1A side of the mountain. Some of the events include downhill, super G, slalom and giant slalom. There will also be a team event. This unique and thrilling event is set to take place March 15-19, 2017.

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Sky Mountain Park Trails Popular During Aspen’s Rainy Weather


Sky Mountain Park, located between Aspen and Snowmass Village, has become a popular destination for many mountain bikers during Aspen’s recent rainy weather. According to reports, nearly 2.5 inches of rain has already fallen this month, leaving many forest trails as water pools.

Luckily, Sky Mountain Park’s trail has several advantages that make it the perfect destination for mountain bikers, even during this wet time.

Sky Mountain Park’s trail network benefits from low elevation and good overall exposure to the sun. The specially designed trails are also designed to shed water. Add in quick-drying soil and you have the perfect combination for mountain bikers, even if it rains. John Wilkinson, a founding member of the Snowmass Village Trails Committee, states that, “They are virtually dry an hour or two after a deluge, it seems.” Continue reading Sky Mountain Park Trails Popular During Aspen’s Rainy Weather

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Celebrities “Starstruck” by Aspen’s Late Don “Duke” Dixon


Don “Duke” Dixon was an Aspen fixture until his death on April 28 at the age of 75. His friends and fans remember him as a man who told it like it was, drawing in celebrities who visited the popular vacation destination. Kimberly Wilson-Jarrell, a close friend of Dixon, stated that “He was the life of the party, let’s just say…He had an appeal for these stars. He was still the Duke. He wasn’t trying to suck up to them.” Some of Dixon’s close celebrity friends included Jack Nicholson, Ed Bradley, Jimmy Buffet and Don Henley.

Bob Rafelson, a close friend of Dixon’s, stated that celebrities were drawn to Dixon because of his intellect and that he was devoid of any pretense. According to Rafelson, “…when people came to Aspen they sought out guys who knew their way around, and they sought out people who had incredible personalities, and Duke was one of those people…But he himself was more celebrity than they were…He didn’t call attention to his leadership, he didn’t say, ‘Guys, follow me.’ He was a guy who exercised taste and had this sinister sense of humor.”

Others remember him as one of Aspen’s worst bartenders. He famously slung drinks at several Aspen haunts through the 1970s and 1980s. However, his service was slow, mostly because he was usually drinking with the customers. According to Rafelson, “He worked at a lot of places, but that wasn’t because he had some extraordinary ability…” He drew crowds.

Dixon would also famously start up his extremely loud, muffler-less Harley Davidson motorcycle at 2 am and drive it up and down the streets of downtown Aspen to let everyone know the bars were closing. Dixon was also known as a big hit with the ladies and a lover and defender of animals. He was also a prolific writer who was constantly featured in the local Aspen newspapers. Dixon’s famous wit was constantly shared in his letters to the Aspen newspapers, earning him the Silver Pen Award in 2007.

According to the many friends and fans he left behind, Dixon “will be missed…He really loved Aspen.”

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High Profile Aspen Building Being Sold to Developer


Boogie Weinglass, a 73-year old, is now closing up shop at his famous Aspen dine, “Boogie’s Diner.” Portrayed in the 1982 movie “Diner” by Mickey Rourke, Weinglass has been operating the second-floor diner for 28 years. The diner building was initially greeted by criticism from some Aspen residents who stated that it looked out of place. However, it quickly became an Aspen fixture and is famous for its decent prices, good burgers, healthy fare and even delicious and overly-generous milkshakes.
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Aspen Food Wine Classic

2015 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen


From June 19-21, 2015 you can enjoy a wide range of foods and wines at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Considered “America’s premier culinary weekend,” the event will feature a variety of culinary giants and wine experts like Richard Blais, Tyler Florence, David Chang, Carla Hall, Morimoto and more. This three-day event will combine a range of activities including: Continue reading 2015 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Top Things to Do During Your Aspen Vacation


Things to do in Aspen
Things to do in Aspen

Aspen vacation rentals are a great choice year round. If you are going to Aspen for your next vacation there are many activities you can enjoy. One of the most popular pastimes in Aspen is skiing. Snowmass is Aspen’s most popular and largest ski area. It is located approximately 8 miles west of the city. Snowmass is a great choice because it offers more than 3,100 acres of highly skiable terrain. This includes 17 chair lifts and, for those who enjoy diversity, 88 different runs. Continue reading Top Things to Do During Your Aspen Vacation

Floating Restaurant in Aspen


A Floating Restaurant in Aspen?

new floating restaurant in Aspen CO
New Floating Restaurant in Aspen, CO

Rumor has it that developer Bil Dithigher has laid the foundation for achieving his great grandfather’s former vision of building and opening a restaurant on top of the West Aspen Mountain. While a restaurant atop a mountain sounds fabulous, Dithigher is taking it a step further. His vision for the new restaurant is that of an air ship that floats above the peak of the mountain fondly know as Shadow Mountain. Dithigher wants to dock the large air ship nearly 9,000 feet above Aspen, creating the city’s newest and most interesting hot spot. Sources say that Dithigher is discussing purchasing air space above the city for the new restaurant. Continue reading Floating Restaurant in Aspen

Aspen Snowmass Skiing

Reasons to Visit Aspen for the 2012-2013 Ski Season


With the 2012-2013 ski season rapidly approaching, skiers around the globe are planning their vacations to leading resorts throughout the United States. The city of Aspen accommodates more than 3 million visitors each year, many of which enjoy the thrill of Aspen’s beautifully groomed slopes.

For those on the fence as to whether they will choose Aspen over other resorts, the following are five reasons why the greater Aspen area is an excellent choice:

  • Wide variety of slope options. Skiers and snowboarders can choose from four power-packed resorts including Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. Snowmass covers 4,406 vertical feet of ski terrain which includes 91 trails, 3 terrain parks and pipes, and 21 lifts. Aspen Mountain is known for its black-diamond terrain and 76 trails that cover 675 acres, while Aspen Highlands has been a local favorite for more than 50 years and 118 trails of varying degree of difficulty. Buttermilk is a favorite of snowboarders who revere the hill’s 22-foot superpipe and skiers who enjoy an easier mix of ski trails.
  • Exceptional cuisine and entertainment. Aspen has long been known for its ability to attract the world’s best chefs. Early reservations to the city’s hot spots are highly recommended and there are plenty of great bars for those who want to play the evenings by ear. There are also numerous opportunities in the winter season to enjoy concerts, live theater, and art exhibits.
  • Great lodging available. Aspen is also home to many top-quality hotels and exceptional luxury vacation rentals. In fact, more and more vacationers have been inspired by the properties found on VRBO Aspen, many of which are home rentals that offer a plethora of amenities.

There are many more reasons as to why Aspen is a regular destination for travelers from around the world. Not only does the winter season make for unforgettable skiing, there are also several other activities for non-skiers to partake in including dog sledding, ice climbing, snowmobiling, and even world class spa retreating for those who looking to relax.

According to recent reports by Aspen’s Chamber of Commerce, there has been an increase of early bookings for vacationers looking to enjoy the winter season. While last year’s ski season was cut short, vacationers are betting on the 2012-2013 season being off-the-hook!

 

How to Find a Home Vacation Rental in Aspen


According to recent news reports, a growing number of Americans and out of country vacationers are choosing vacation rentals over traditional hotels. There are a number of reasons for the trend including the fact that they can be more financially viable for a large family or group while providing more versatility than a four-walled hotel room. For instance, vacation rentals normally come with partial or full kitchens, which are perfect for entertaining and saving on food costs.  Aspen rentals are also available with multiple rooms, backyards, barbecues, full garages, and more.

Locating vacation rentals in Aspen, Colorado and beyond is quite easy due to the many available Internet resources. VRBO Aspen is a favorite of many vacationers, along with Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals, Vacation Rentals.com, and Homeaway.com. A simple online search for “vacation rentals” will  also produce numerous results. When visiting one of these sites, it is possible to define exactly what type of property will best suit a family or group of friends.

Once a handful of potential properties are located, the prospective vacationer can then view each calendar of availability. Additionally, each property owner specifies terms and conditions that may or may not include deposit, cleaning fee, house rules, and other requirements. Prior to selecting a property, it is recommended that each fee and policy is reviewed and fully understood.

There are several online resources that allow for travelers to read personal reviews shared by those who have actually stayed within specific Aspen rentals. This allows travelers to make educated decisions that will fuel an unforgettable vacation. Traveler reviews are a powerful indicator as to the condition of a property, its amenities, and other important information. They also keep vacation rental owners diligent about making necessary repairs and property upgrades.

After selecting an Aspen luxury vacation rental, a prospective traveler must either book online or call the property owner/manager to make a reservation.  Also, most vacation rental portals offer vacationers the ability to ask questions of the property owner prior to committing.

When committed to a particular property, vacationers can then begin to count down the days to their holiday. After experiencing the freedoms associated with staying at a home vacation rental, many vacationers continually seek them out as they travel around the globe.

Billionaire William Koch to Build Wild West Town Near Aspen Colorado


It has officially been announced that billionaire William Koch is developing his very own private Wild West town within the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colorado. Koch’s development will see the creation of a train station, saloon, and jail. The land currently houses ghost towns that were once thriving when local mines were in full swing.

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Koch, 72, will also build a 21,762 mansion equipped with an elevator and wine room. Interestingly enough, one-third of the house will be built underground which will help keep the massive home from overwhelming the area’s ecology. The billionaire has long shared his love of the Old West and has gone so far as to purchase the only photograph of Billy the Kid for $2.3 million at an auction in 2011.

While the mansion is sure to be of interest to Aspen rental vacationers, Koch will only make it available to his family and close friends. The public has often made requests to see his Western artifacts, which he will make available at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Of concern to locals and Aspen VRBO vacationers is an area on Koch’s land popular with hunters, organic farmers, and miners. Koch wants to insulate his property and has proposed a land swap. Locals are not happy with the proposal and are trying to block its progress.

Koch joins a growing list of influential people who have recently invested in property near Aspen, Colorado. The reason for such an investment stems from the fact that Aspen offers a diverse mix of activities and amusements throughout all seasons such as award-winning skiing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, river rafting, gourmet dining, and extensive shopping. The greater Aspen area also offers high profile individuals a significant amount of privacy, which is largely one of the reasons why Koch is building his Wild West town in the region.

Locals and Aspen luxury rental vacationers are sure to be curious as to Koch’s hidden Wild West town.  There are several commercial Wild West and Ghost Towns throughout Colorado available to the public for access.