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How to Find a Home Vacation Rental in Aspen

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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

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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.

Why Entertainers and High Profile Individuals Prefer Vacation Rentals in Aspen

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The growing trend within the world of travel is Aspen luxury vacation rentals for superstars and high profile individuals. For instance, when Michele Obama and her girls visited Aspen, Colorado during the 2012 winter, they chose to stay in a private home. There are many reasons as to why movie stars, artists, politicians, and other are staying in Aspen rentals over hotels:

  • Privacy is Everything! – An Aspen home rental provides the perfect environment for spending time with family and friends without being under the microscope. Estate rentals often come equipped with full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, dining room, and entertaining areas. This way it is possible to get out on the slopes or into nature during the day and find complete privacy when returning home.
  • Entertaining Opportunities are Endless – Rather than holding high-profile parties in the middle of town, Aspen rentals allow for unlimited entertainment opportunities that can include black-tie events, barbecues, and more. It is possible to rent properties with expansive backyards that can accommodate party tents, dance floors, and other party elements.
  • Close to Ski Resorts – Aspen rentals can be located right on or next to the slopes. Thus, high profile individuals can pre-pay their ski pass, put on their ski hats, and head out for a day of skiing without being noticed.
  • Unlimited Equipment Storage – For those with all sorts of toys including motorcycles, snowmobiles, skis, snowboards, etc., home rentals can provide garage space to accommodate it all. Plus, all equipment tends to be quite secure in such an environment.

When staying within a traditional hotel, there are many limitations for high profile men and women. The same is true for everyday individuals and families. Aspen Rentals provide the opportunity for you to call the shots and have the vacation of a lifetime.

For more information on Aspen home rentals, VRBO Aspen is an excellent source of information. You can book your upcoming trip quite easily. Why live with the limitations of a traditional hotel when you can enjoy the comfort of a luxury rental?

5 Top Aspen Outdoor Adventures During the Summer

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Aspen, Colorado and its surrounding areas offer an abundance of outdoor activities that are perfect for all ages. Depending on your tastes, you can tailor your vacation to fit your wildest dreams. The following are five of the most popular outdoor adventures for Aspen visitors from around the world:

  • Downhill Mountain Biking Imagine taking your most prized mountain bike up to the highest peaks of Aspen/Snowmass via gondola, strapping on your helmet at the top, and racing down one of many beautiful trails. You can enjoy hours and hours of mountain biking fun each day and enjoy your Aspen rental by night. Storing a mountain bike within an Aspen vacation rental is ideal, as they will be safe and sound throughout your stay.
  • River Rafting There are several river rafting companies that will lead you through a variety of rapids, while revealing the beauty of Aspen’s breathtaking nature. You can choose from all levels of rafting and accommodate your friends and family of all ages.
  • Hiking Without a doubt, there is some of the most beautiful hiking in the world in Aspen. You will be amazed as you behold beautiful mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, flower-filled meadows, and massive rocks. No matter trail you head down, you are sure to find something amazingly unique to behold.
  • Rock Climbing Be amazed as you stand atop an enormous bolder after an exciting climb or rappel down the granite crags of Independence Pass. Not only is a rock climbing adventure endless fun, it is also a great workout.
  • Golf You may not consider golf an adventure; however, when you take on one of Aspen’s perfectly manicured and highly challenging courses, you may change your mind. Choose from the Maroon Creek Club, Roaring Fork Club, and the Aspen Golf Club. Each will challenge your golf skills to the limit!

Each of these adventures is a hop-skip-and-a-jump from all Aspen Rentals. Plus, there are many more activities from which you can choose. The opportunities are endless. Looking for an Aspen vacation rental? You may want to check out Aspen VRBO for a wide selection of great properties.

Aspen Style Outdoor Concert and USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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The Aspen City Council is excited to announce that they have agreed to invest a fair amount of cash into a “grassroots, old-school, Aspen-style concert” when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls into town in August.

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The actual date of the concert is still up in the air, according to Nancy Lesley the director of Special Events for the city of Aspen, Colorado. She revealed that two concert dates will most likely take place, with one on an evening between August 10 and 12 and the other on August 22. The second date would correspond with pro cyclists descending into Aspen from Independence Pass on the first stage of the Cycling Challenge.

The concert will be an open event, free to the public and held in a city park. While the actual race doesn’t kickoff until August 22, 2012, the first concert will help build excitement for the grueling challenge and serve as a countdown to the sporting event.

According to Lesley, last year there weren’t many events and activities planned around the race, which didn’t generate enough fan fair and disappointed vendors. “Because we are a two-stage host (of a seven-stage race), it will keep people in town and the enthusiasm for the race alive.”

Looking to attend the USA Pro Cycling Challenge? The event will feature an exciting 131-mile Queen Stage between Gunnison and Aspen on August 22. Secondly, on August 23, competitors will climb Independence Pass for a 97-mile expedition and will end in Beaver Creek.

There will be 135 of the best cyclists from around the world who will take part in the race that has been noted as “the most challenging race ever held on American soil.” The entire race will span a total of 518 miles through the Rockies.

For cyclists and race fans alike, Aspen vacation rentals are an excellent option for lodging. It is possible to find a beautiful Aspen home rental on Aspen VRBO. Aspen rentals normally come equipped with full kitchens, which is ideal for three or more travelers in their effort to fix healthy meals and get plenty of rest. Some even include two-car (or more) garages to safeguard cars, road bikes, and equipment.

Don’t miss out on all the racing fun in Aspen!!

John Denver Sanctuary to Be Expanded and Rededicated in Aspen

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John Denver fans are sure to be excited to learn that the expanded portion of the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen is soon to be open to the public. City work crews have been planting grass and beautiful vegetation within a newly constructed wetlands area between the Rio Grande Park and the preexisting John Denver Sanctuary.

On July 1, 2012 there will be a rededication of the sanctuary that will see Annie Denver, the first wife of the beloved singer-songwriter, speak at the event. Also attending will be various city officials and John Denver fans.

The new portion of the sanctuary will be a “stormwater catch” that will take one-third of the downtown runoff, which will then be sent back to the Roaring Fork River. This will make a dramatic impact to the cleanliness of the water and efficiency of the drainage system. Additionally, the catch will re-create an environmental habitat for birds, butterflies, and many other adorable critters.

Annie Denver had wanted to work with city officials to expand the sanctuary to 4.5 acres following the untimely death of Denver in 1997; however lack of funds limited the project and pushed it back by nearly 15 years. It is estimated that millions of visitors in the coming years will visit the sanctuary to pay tributes to John Denver, who was an environmental activist at heart. The expansion will offer many scenic vantage points featuring flowing water, beautiful rocks, and lush plant life.

Aspen, Colorado visitors staying within Aspen Rentals and hotels or visiting for the day can take part of the event on July 1. For those who need accommodation for the event, VRBO Aspen offers many Aspen vacation home rental options.

The sanctuary will also be open throughout the summer and is the perfect stopping point for those who want to pay homage to John Denver, while enjoying its beautiful flower gardens, waterfalls, boulder seats, and breathtaking wildflowers.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain renewal and honor John Denver and the nature he so loved. The sanctuary is awaiting your visit!

Cycling and Mountain Biking In Aspen Colorado

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There is a reason why biking enthusiasts love to make at least one trip to Aspen, Colorado in their lifetimes. In the summer, numerous cyclists take to the various roads and highways (such as highway 82) to enjoy the Rio Grande Trail with its amazing scenery such as the Roaring Fork River, plenty of wildlife, train cars, and new and old ranch houses underneath a gleaming blue sky.

Mountain bikers take advantage of the challenging trails throughout Aspen Snowmass and other ski resorts. Some choose to ride gondolas to the top, while others vie for grueling climbs and reward themselves with lightning-fast rides back down.

After hours riding on the road or mountain trails, the town of Aspen turns into the perfect spot for delicious cuisine, fun nightspots, and entertainment. Or for those who decide to stay at Aspen vacation rentals, they pass the evening by cooking a delicious meal and hanging with their riding crew.

Regardless of how you stack it, Aspen Colorado offers the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy an unforgettable vacation with friends and family.

Where to Stay When Embarking on a Biking Trip to Aspen

If you are planning a cycling or mountain biking trek with a group, it is recommended you consider a luxury vacation rental. You can choose a property with one or more rooms to accommodate your group. Also, with a full kitchen it is possible to eat well and save a considerable amount of money on food.

Another consideration are Aspen rentals that allow for you to safely store your bikes. While Aspen, Colorado is amazingly safe , there is always a chance that valuable bicycles can be stolen (regardless of where you are in the world). Some vacation rental properties include full garages and/or storage areas for recreational gear.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a biking trip to Aspen in the near future. For more information on bike tours, trip ideas, and trails, there are tons of great resources on the Web; just give it a Google and you’re on your way!

Aspen Colorado Ski Forecast Predictions for 2011-2012

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Aspen Vacation RentalsIt has recently been reported that the National Weather Service is looking into the role that La Niña will play in the Aspen ski season. Thus far, skiers and snowboarders are curious as to their fate as they plan to soon trek to their Aspen home rental.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac La Niña won’t play a role, on the other hand 2011-2012 may be one of the mildest and driest winters on the books for Colorado in recent history. The famed book places Colorado in the south of the intermountain region and further predicts that “winter temperatures will be above normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods in early and late December and mid- and late February.  Precipitation and snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The snowiest periods will occur in early November, mid-December, mid-January and early and late March.”

Much like last year that saw those who enjoyed Aspen vacation rentals experience a chilly April and May, the almanac expects for the two months to be cooler and snowier than average. Additionally, if you’re planning a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, you may want to consider the weeks of or after January 13 and March 22, as the almanac predicts heavy snow fall during those periods.

Aspen RentalsJust how valid are the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions? Last year it predicted mild and dry conditions for Colorado last winter, and Aspen visitors experienced mixed results. There ended up being plentiful amounts of snow above 8,000 feet for the majority of the winter, and to skiers’ and snowboarders’ delight the snow continued to fall into April and May. Hooray for spring skiing!

While the almanac predicts a quite dry year in Aspen, the National Weather Service is hedging against it and predicts there to be plenty of snowfall in the fall and throughout the winter. Time will definitely tell.

Just a word of advice…last year was an amazing ski season, so you don’t want to hold off on making a decision on booking Aspen rentals because of conflicting weather reports. Good luck on your ski adventures!!

Discover the Scenic Railways of Aspen and Greater Colorado

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Railways Trains of AspenHave a fascination with railways and want to view Colorado from a unique perspective? The beauty of train expeditions lays in the fact that you are able to enjoy some of the most remote and picturesque regions while letting the rails guide your adventurous self. To access Colorado’s railways, it’s best to take a day trip from your Aspen vacation rentals.

The following is a list of recommended railways for you and your family to enjoy:

Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway: Noted as one of the most exciting cog railways in the world, adventurers are led 14,110 feet up the summit of Pikes Peak! You are guaranteed numerous spectacular views throughout your journey.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: Imagine rolling on the tracks of a railway that hauled more than $300 million in gold and silver during the mining era. You and your family can enjoy the thrill of riding in restored 1880 passenger cars and exploring abandoned mine sites, the wild Animas River, San Juan Mountains, and the historic town of Silverton.

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad: This four-mile round trip journey takes you through old mining sites and the historic gold-rush town of Cripple Creek.

George Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park: This historic loop was built in 1884 to accommodate the booming mining industry. You are sure to revel in the area’s rugged wilderness and beautiful views. Plus, Georgetown is an adorable town with plenty to offer visitors from around the world.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad: Discover Colorado’s newest scenic steam engine driven train. The route will guide you through hundreds of miles of breathtaking scenery and historic towns.

Royal Gorge Scenic Railway: This 30-minute journey within open-air cars offers spectacular views of Royal Gorge and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This is a great trek for children, as they love riding in the open-air and it’s one of the shorter routes.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad:  Built in the 1950s, this rail line takes you into one of America’s most majestic canyons. Soon you’ll find yourself at the bottom of the Royal Gorge, peering up 1,200 feet to the Royal Gorge Bridge.

After a day on the rails, you can review the day’s adventures within the comfort of your Aspen rentals. Looking for vacation rentals in Aspen? You will be amazed at what you can find through VRBO Aspen. Wishing you amazing railway journeys throughout Colorado!

Aspen Unveils the Renovated Wheeler Opera House for the Upcoming Season

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Wheeler Opera HousePlanning a trip to Aspen and looking for a fun way to spend your evenings? The 122-year-old Wheeler Opera House is just a short drive from your Aspen vacation rentals and has been newly renovated for one of its most exciting seasons ever. It is recommended that you start the evening by enjoying a delicious dinner at the opera house’s street-level restaurant and then take in the show of your choice.

The 2011-2012 show lineup is set to include everything from acoustic guitar specialists, country music, jazz, rock, stand-up comedians, documentaries and more. The schedule is currently being expanded on, but will include a diverse set of offerings to entertain the varied interests of Aspen locals and visitors.

Some of the scheduled events include the Warren Miller Entertainment ski documentary “Like There’s No Tomorrow” on October 29, Mike Marolt ski documentary “The Thin Line: Life On the Edge” on November 4, musician Loudon Wainwright III on November 5, country-pop duo Callie Angel and Wade Waters on November 19, the blockbuster Broadway musical Annie beginning December 16 and ending December 23, comedy troupe Crystal Palace and Glenwood Vaudeville Revue on December 26, the jazz of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on December 27, musician Kim Carnes & friends on December 29, Best of the Fest comedy show December 30, guitarist David Bromberg on December 31, an off-the-hook New Year’s party, and more! For additional information and a more detailed schedule visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com.

Ski AspenLooking for a place to stay in Aspen? You should definitely consider Aspen rentals. Rather than stay in a limiting traditional hotel, you can enjoy the ability to sit around a crackling fireplace with your friends and family, make your own feasts in a private kitchen or barbecue outside, and have nearby access to the many activities offered in Aspen, Colorado. For more information, take a look at VRBO Aspen. You will be surprised at what you can find at all price levels.

When in town, don’t miss out on all the exciting Wheeler Opera House events, as there is nothing like an adventurous day on the slopes, a delicious dinner, and an entertaining show to end the day!

 

5 Ways to Enjoy Aspen in the Fall

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Aspen in the FallThinking of heading to Aspen in the fall for some family fun? Or wanting to get away with some friends and adventure your way through its rugged nature? There are many options in the fall when staying at an Aspen vacation rentals. The season is host to many exciting events and activities for people of all ages. Here are five reasons to consider heading to Aspen in the fall:

  1. Fall Colors. You’ll be amazed at all of the amazing colors that grace Aspen, Colorado when the fall sets in during your stay in your Aspen Rentals. Green leaves turn to yellow and orange and the sky takes on a beautiful hue. You can enjoy amazing picnics and hikes with your loved ones while taking in the beauty.
  2. Music, Tributes and Art. October is a great month for music and art. John Denver Week runs from October 6-17. During the week, the city will be host to inspirational exhibit, music events and celebrations to remember the famed musician. Also, local art museums are in full swing.
  3. Aspen Alpine Guides. Take advantage of the opportunity to hike, rock climb or mountaineer with professional guides. You will be taken to some of the most amazing spots in the area and provided gear to make your adventures safe. Call 888-649-5982 for more information.
  4. Hot Air Ballooning. You will be amazed as you soar over Aspen in a hot air balloon! Nothing beats drifting along in the blue skies and taking in the fall colors from above. Most services offer a brunch and snacks after landing. Google Above it All or Unicorn Balloon Company for more information.
  5. Spas and Relaxation. The fall is the perfect time to pamper your body. There are numerous amazing spas at which you can enjoy a massage, facial, or other body treatment. Some spas offer treatments for healthier immune systems to help you through the change in seasons.

Aspen in the FallThe fall offers a multitude of opportunities for those looking for adventure, fun, inspiration and relaxation. All of the excitement is just moments away from Aspen VRBO. If you are looking for Aspen lodging, there are also many exciting options to make your stay most comfortable!

Snowmass Season Passes on Sale Now!

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Aspen Ski Lift TicketsAs you are planning your getaway to your Aspen vacation rentals, you may be happy to find out that season passes and daily rates to local mountains have become more competitive. Pricing changes are a result of the current economy and a push for repeat visitors and locals to have unlimited access to their favorite mountains.

Snowmass is expecting 22 weeks of skiing fun and have a variety of season pass options for you, your family and friends to enjoy. We hope the following helps you make a decision as to the type of pass you’d like to invest in:

  • Premier Pass: This is the top-of-the-line pass that provides access to unlimited skiing on all four mountains, discounts for family & friends on lift tickets, discounts on skiing and snowboarding clinics, discounts on parking, food & beverage offers, and free summer lift access for mountain biking adventures. Prices range from $399-$1,800 depending on your age group.
  • Flex & Double Flex Passes: This option provides you one or two days of skiing each week and an option to add Flex days. More specifically, the Flex pass gives you 1-day a week for the entire season and Double Flex gives you 2-days per week for the season. You also have the option to add Flex days for just $52 per day. This deal is good for all four mountains and ranges from $829-$1,459 per season.
  • Escape Pass: This pass offers cost-effective pay-as-you-go access. If you reserve your tickets at least 7-days in advance, you can enjoy discounted rates on daily tickets. You are responsible for between $199-319 up front for the pass and then eligible to receive passes from $22-$52 per day depending on your age group.
  • Daily Pass: In the case you are planning to visit Aspen for a few days, the single pass option may be your best bet. You can either enjoy the Lower Lift Pass or the 4 Mountain Foot Pass. Prices are range from $21 for children 6 and under, $65 for an Adult Lower Lift Pass and $209 for the 4 Mountain Foot Pass.

For more information on 2011-2012 Season Passes call 877-282-7736. You won’t want to miss out on all the skiing fun just moments from your Aspen Home Rentals. Additionally, if you are looking for a great place to stay near your favorite mountain, you may want to consider Aspen VRBO.

Things to do in Aspen Colorado – Culture & Arts

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There are plenty of cultural happenings in Aspen, Colorado as you enjoy your stay at your Aspen vacation rentals. Locals are quite proud of its cultural heritage that inspires the mind, body and spirit. Throughout the year you can choose from exciting live music, to professional dance performances, to famous art exhibits. The following are some of the exciting events going on right now!

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The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, an acclaimed professional dance company, is wowing crowds this summer with an exciting mix of shows. They also play an important role in the summer Aspen Dance Festival. Beyond performing, the ballet offers classes to youth and adults alike. For more information, visit www.aspensantafeballet.com.

Art

The City of Aspen is of the opinion that one can’t ever enjoy enough art! There are plenty of museums and exhibits to check out. For more information on current exhibits you can check Google the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Aspen Art museum. Current exhibitions at the art museum include Haegue Yang’s creations and the art of Stephen Shore. There are also great opportunities for those who want to take art classes. Visit www.aspenchamber.org and click on the Art Museum and Centers tab.

Music

Aspen Music Festival and SchoolYou can head into town on the weekends and some weekdays to enjoy local bands at favorite bars. You can also take in an evening of Jazz, symphony, and contemporary concerts. You can review the music events calendar at www.aspenmusicfestival.com. Additionally, for those who want to learn more about music, there are all sorts of great classes offered through the Aspen Music Festival.

In addition to dance, art and music, you can enjoy everything from poetry gatherings at local coffee shops, take in a show at the Wheeler Opera House, or enjoy a play at the Theatre Aspen.

The sky is the limit when it comes to fun in Aspen for those who want to enjoy more than amazing scenery!