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→
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.
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.
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?
Looking for a unique eating experience in Aspen Colorado this summer? Just a short distance you’re your Aspen rental or hotel, there are several amazing restaurants from which to choose. The following are five best Aspen restaurants for you, your family, and friends to enjoy:
Zocalito Latin Bistro – According to Trip Advisor, Zocalito offers amazing cuisine and inspired atmosphere. From its delicious Chilean wine selection to fresh sea scallops and signature potatoes, each and every bite is a delight. It is also a perfect spot for both romance and unforgettable fun with friends and family. You won’t want to miss out on Zocalito’s innovative and delicious menu. For reservations call 970-920-1991.
Pyramid Bistro – Offering an eclectic menu, Pyramid Bistro is an Aspen favorite. All food is organic and cooked over low heat in order to preserve its nutrition value. You will be amazed at how delicious nutritious food can be! Enjoy innovative dishes including kale salad, fresh carrot soup, flax seed gnocchi, and more. Open from 11:30am to 9:30pm for your dining pleasure. Dial 970-925-5338 for more details.
Pine Creek Cookhouse – Seeking contemporary American cuisine and a romantic ambiance? The Pine Creek Cookhouse is an excellent selection and features a beautiful mountain setting, just a short drive from your Aspen vacation rental. Choose from a delicious steak, seafood, gourmet salads, and scrumptious desserts. For reservations call 970-925-1044.
Pinions Restaurant – Located in downtown Aspen, just across from the historic Hotel Jerome, Pinions is a contemporary restaurant that serves beautifully prepared gourmet cuisine. The Sashimi Tuna Tacos are a favorite appetizer, caviar is delicious, and Prime Ribeye Steak unforgettable. The local favorite also features an extensive wine and beverage list and a yummy selection of high quality desserts. For reservations call 970-920-2021.
Finbarr’s Irish Pub – Seeking a comfortable pub where you can sit back with friends and enjoy a cold beer and delicious meal? Finbarr’s is an excellent choice for locals and visitors alike. Choose from a traditional pub menu that features Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Fish and Chips. The restaurant also features a beautiful patio that is both people and dog friendly. You can’t go wrong with Finbarr’s!
You are sure to have an amazing time at one of these wonderful establishments, which are not far from a beautiful Aspen luxury rental. Of course, there are many more Aspen restaurants from which to choose, so if you would like a few more options simply utilize Google or TripAdvisor.
Will you soon be traveling to Aspen, Colorado to stay in your Aspen vacation rental and seeking the perfect day? The following are a few suggestions for a perfect summer day in Aspen:
Scenario 1: Wake up and stroll into the town of Aspen for breakfast at an award-winning restaurant. Favorite Aspen breakfast spots include Poppycock’s, Peach’s Corner Café, the Aspen Meadows Resort, and Aspen Over Easy.After breakfast, walk through town and look in several trendy boutiques. Take plenty of time to enjoy the warmth of the summer sun between stores and also check out a few of the beautiful art galleries. Next, dare to treat yourself to a spa experience. There are several amazing spas throughout town, or you may want to head to a leading spa retreat on the fringe of Aspen. End your luxuries day with a glass of wine and dinner at a leading Aspen restaurant. You are sure to find one that suits your cravings, as there are a wide selection from which to choose.
Scenario 2: Wake up with the sun, pack a light breakfast, and head out for a morning hike around the American Lake. Make sure you wear comfy shoes because the round trip is 6.4 miles long. To get to the lake, take highway 82 from Aspen and turn onto Castle Creek Road. The trailhead is about 10 miles away after turning on Castle Creek Road. Once you get on the trail, you can find a beautiful spot in nature to enjoy your breakfast.Following your long hike, head back to your Aspen rental and shower off. You can then grab your favorite book and head to the John Denver Sanctuary for a couple hours. There you will be treated by flowing streams, large rocks, and comfy spots to enjoy your book.End the evening by heading into town to find a bit of entertainment. There are a number of great bars in town with live music, or you may even be able to find a play or musical to enjoy. Browse for events online to find the perfect one to fit your tastes.
Scenario 3: Fix a yummy breakfast in the comfort of your Aspen luxury vacation rental and then enjoy a scheduled adventure. You can choose from rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more. You can either schedule a private adventure or reserve a spot within a group adventure. Upon the commencement of your exciting day, you can either barbecue at home or head into town for a gourmet dinner and a bit of bar hopping.
The beauty of Aspen is that there are numerous summer activities to choose from. With a bit of creativity, you can have the time of your life! If you are seeking a vacation rental, you may want to check out Aspen VRBO. There you will find many amazing properties from which to choose.