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5 Ways to Enjoy Aspen in the Fall

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.

The 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!

Oktoberfest Aspen, CO at Snowmass October 10, 2011

Oktoberfest AspenEnjoy a great party for the whole family? You won’t want to miss out on Oktoberfest in Snowmass Village on October 10, 2011. For one day only, the village will be transformed into a Bavarian bazaar that will feature everything from spirited dancing, succulent food, delicious beer and pure celebration.

To join in the fun, all you have to do is drive your car or take a cab from your Aspen vacation rentals.  Once at the scenic village, you can choose from a variety of German foods and numerous beers in the “biergartens.” You’ll also be encouraged to sing along with traditional Oktoberfest songs, dance until your heart’s content, and meet people from all over the world.

Children can also enjoy the celebration! There is plenty of delicious food for youngsters to gobble up, shops to browse through and fun acts to watch including Jammin’ Jim the Juggler, Kimothy the Stilt Walker and Sparkles the clown. The area also boasts of outdoor fun within walking distance of the village including hiking, biking, rock climbing and river rafting.

A Short History of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest AspenMany Oktoberfest fanatics may be surprised to find that the festival traditionally kicked off on the third week of September and ended on the first Sunday of October. It all began in 1810 with the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig who later became King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The tradition continued in 1811 and included a horse races and an agricultural show. Oktoberfest was given a boost in 1818 when a carousel, two swings, and small beer stands were added to the mix.  By 1896, beer stands were replaced by beer tents and breweries began to make a name for their products. The rest is history, as many people around the world look forward to the celebration!

If you haven’t decided to head to Aspen for the weekend or want to plan for next Oktoberfest, you should definitely consider Aspen rentals or Aspen VRBO. Dare yourself to come and enjoy all the fun!!

Snowmass Season Passes on Sale Now!

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.

Discover Golf Courses in Aspen, CO

Aspen Golf CourseAre you a golfer and getting away in a Aspen vacation rentals? You will definitely want to check out one of the amazing golf courses. The area provides some of the most beautiful golfing experiences in the country!

Many golfers like to take to Roaring Fork Valley and experience one of its four scenic golf courses. The valley provides the beauty of towering green pines, abundant wildlife, and expansive open space. Its golf courses are situated near all sorts of fun outdoor activities, so the non-golfers in your family can come along and have fun while you work on your swing!

Choose from one of the following courses:

  • Aspen Golf Club: The club is a few miles west of Aspen Rentals and boasts of 18 pristine holes. The course is just over 7,000 yards long and includes a state-of-the-art driving range and putting greens, full-service locker room, and more. Golf season at the club runs from April to October and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Depending on when you play, greens fees range from $29-$129. If you dare to play after 3 p.m. you can enjoy “Twilight Rates,” which are less expensive. You can walk or ride the course, as cart rentals are available.  For more information call (970) 923-5700.
  • Maroon Creek Club: Also three miles from town, Maroon Creek is a private club. Unless you are a member, interested in becoming a member, or a family member/friend of a member, it is quite difficult to play the course.  In the case that you can score a round, the course is 7,100 of pure beauty. Call (970) 920-1533 for more information.
  • Golfing AspenSnowmass Club: This idyllic 72 par course measures approximately 7,000 yards and is home to towering trees and amazing wildlife. The club does require membership prior to 1 p.m., but is open to the public the rest of the day! The club’s season runs from May through October, and is a favorite of many visitors. For more information call (970) 923-5700.
  • Roaring Fork Club: This is also a private club and is designed by famed Jack Nicklaus. Located off Highway 82, the course is an 18-hole, par 72 with some of the most amazing views around. One must know that gaining the right to play there is highly unlikely if you don’t know a member. It is an invitation only club for those who take their golf game very seriously.

As you plan your next Aspen vacation home rental, you won’t want to miss out on the beautiful golf courses just miles away. There    is something for level of golfer to enjoy!

The Thrill of Paragliding in Aspen Colorado

Paragliding AspenImagine waking at dawn and taking a short drive from your Aspen vacation rentals. Once at your destination, you realize that very soon you will be soaring through the air as you take the breathtaking scenery of Aspen, Colorado. At the top of one of Aspen’s famed mountain slopes, your heart beats double time as you and your paragliding partner prepare to take a step of faith. In the air, you are amazed at how amazingly beautiful and quaint the town of Aspen is from above. You are also amazed by the awe inspiring beauty of the many trees, lakes, rock formation and fluffy clouds.

This experience can be yours without any prior experience! Aspen Paragliding offers tandem flights with USHGA certified tandem pilots.  Depending on the weather, tandem paragliding flights can be scheduled either in the summer or winter and are very close to Aspen rentals. Prior to stepping off the gentle slope of a mountain, you are provided full instruction and then fastened in front of the pilot. You can be sure that he or she has been flying tandem for years!

If you aren’t familiar with the specifics of paragliding, it allows for you to soar through the sky in the simplest of forms. Your pilot will come equipped with a transportable backpack. This art has been around for quite some time and is relatively safe. The well-sized paraglider makes for easy lift off most picturesque mountainsides and a gentle ride to your destination.

Packages through Aspen Paragliding begin at $225 per person. You must allow 2 hours round trip for their offices. For more information, dial 970-925-6975.

You won’t regret the decision to give a paragliding adventure a try. You will wave to your friends on earth with excitement, as you gain a full understanding of how lucky birds of the sky are as they glide through the air freely. When you return to your Aspen vacation rental by owner, you will be able to share your adventure with pride!

The 12 Hour Bike Race Coming to Aspen this Weekend!

12 Hour Bike Ride Aspen, COMore than 200 mountain bikers will be participating in the much anticipated 12 Hour Bike Race in Aspen, Colorado. You can take a short drive from your vrbo aspen rental to take in the grueling race first hand.

At the crack of dawn, racers will head to the Snowmass Base village to prepare for the 7am to 7pm event. Once the gun is fired at the starting line, riders will be put to the test as the maneuver through one of the most famous single-tracks in the nation.

As a spectator, you can walk around the track and gain inspiration as the world’s top mountain bikers put on an unforgettable show that will include plenty of high flying jumps, sprints and agility intensive moves. The event is perfect for people of all ages, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Aspen Youth Center.

12 Hour Bike Ride Aspen, COIf you are a mountain biker yourself, you may want to think of signing up for the 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race!  There are opportunities for all ability levels, and you can even inspire your friends to race as a team. Racers can register as Solos, Duo Teams, Trio Teams and Open Teams (This is a team of up to eight riders).

For more information, check out the 12 Hour Bike Ride event Website at or call Nat Ross at 970-390-9730. There are also opportunities for sponsors, so if you would like to gain exposure for your company (while helping the Aspen Youth Center thrive) there are plenty of amazing opportunities!

The 12 Hour Bike Ride is one of the many events going on in September! You can enjoy everything from jazz concerts, art exhibits, the Golden Lear Marathon and more all within driving distance from your Aspen vacation rentals.

What to Do for Labor Day in Aspen Colorado!

jazz festival aspenLabor Day is rapidly approaching! What better way to spend your days in Aspen, Colorado as men, women and children celebrate the much coveted long weekend?  There are all sorts of fun and inspiring things going on during Labor Day weekend (just driving distance from your aspen home rental) including:

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival

From September 2-4, there will be an exciting festival that will take place at the Snowmass Town Park in Snowmass Village. There you can enjoy world-class music, two stages featuring a variety of artists, tons of great food, plenty of time to use your hula-hoop in the park, and lots of arts & crafts to browse. The 2011 lineup of artists includes Thievery Corporation, Paper Diamon, Girl Talk, The Congress, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Rodrigo y Gabriela , Nit Grit, Steely Dan, Lean and The Peoples, Fitz & the Tantrums, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Porter Robinson, and the Zac Brown Band! Tickets range from $40-$200. Go to for more info.

Crested Butte

Take a drive from your luxury vacation rental to the small town of Crested Butte during Labor Day weekend. There you can enjoy take a walk down Elk Avenue on Saturday and/or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take in all sorts of local crafts. There will be 70 booths showcasing everything from arts & crafts to antiques to delicious foods. For more information, visit

Winter Park Resort

For those looking for high-octane, outdoor fun Winter Park Resort is a short drive from your Aspen vacation rentals. The resort features the expansive Trestle Bike Park, Colorado’s longest and most exciting Alpine Slide, great hikes and more! Also, throughout the day there will be an unforgettable Labor Day Block Party there that will include dancing, sidewalk sale, and kid’s crafts!

These are only a few of the exciting things going on throughout Aspen as you enjoy staying in your vrbo aspen rental! There are also great opportunities for rock climbing, swimming in crystal clear lakes and river rafting. The sky is the limit on Labor Day Weekend in Aspen and surrounding areas!

De-stress in Some of Colorado’s Best Mineral Hot Springs

Aspen Mineral SpringsIn an effort to let go of daily stressors and gain health, people from all over the world flock to Colorado’s geothermal hot springs. Nestled throughout the Rocky Mountain region and within driving distance of Aspen, there are a handful of amazing springs for you to enjoy as you venture out from your Aspen vacation rentals. The following are three favorites for you to enjoy!

Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs (a 40 minute drive from Aspen) is a prime location for hot spring adventures for the family. The expansive pool, also known “The Grand Spring,” spans two blocks and contains therapeutic mineral waters that are quite calming and healing. Legend has it that the hot springs were first discovered by the Ute Indians.

Penny Hot Springs
A second option is Penny Hot Springs located within the Crystal River Valley.  The spot is frequented by locals who enjoy soaking after a long day of work. There you will find yourself in nature surrounded by amazing views of the valley and beautiful trees. The Penny Hot Springs are as natural as one can get, as two mineral springs bubble up from within granite and marble rocks. You’ll be amazed at how warm its waters can become, with temperatures as high as 130 degrees! As you enjoy the temperate waters and rugged nature, don’t be surprised if you get a glimpse of mountain goats and other wildlife while blissfully soaking under blue skies.

Conundrum Hot Springs
Aspen Mineral SpringsIn the case that you are up for a little hike before enjoying a soak in a luxurious natural hot spring, Conundrum (located in the Maroon Bells near Aspen) is a perfect choice.  The 9 mile (18 miles round trip) hike to the hot springs is breathtaking, as you pass waterfalls and enjoy the colorful meadows and fragrant wildflowers. The last couple of miles are a bit rocky and steep, so be prepared for a challenge! Once you reach the hot springs, you’ll be happy you worked so hard on the way up. The water is crystal clear and a perfect 98 degrees. The beauty of Conundrum is that challenging hike makes the hot springs all the more fantastic. Once you’ve soaked until your heat’s content, you can either explore the area in more detail or take the 9 mile trek back to the car.

No matter how you stack it, hot spring adventures make for unforgettable moments. No matter which hot spring you choose, you are sure to gain the much needed relaxation you’ve been craving for your stay at your vrbo aspen rental.

Things to do in Aspen Colorado – Culture & Arts

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!

Aspen Co BalletDance

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


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 and click on the Art Museum and Centers tab.


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 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!

Aspen Rock Climbing Adventure

Rock Climbing Aspen COIf you are an adventurer, there are plenty of exciting choices in Aspen, Colorado that are within driving distance of your Aspen luxury rentals. It is no secret that there is numerous rock climbing adventures to be had in Aspen. Some of the most famous spots are Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Snowmass, Castle and Capitol Peak. Each of them offers amazing views, challenging rock faces, beautiful trees and flowers, and more.

You can either wander out of town for a night of camping under the stars and a couple days of climbing or a quick day trip. Experienced climbers can bring along their gear and go for it, while beginners can contact a local guide company such as Aspen Expeditions to lead the way.  In the case that you decide to go with a guide company they will teach you the art of rock climbing up granite crags and give you a chance to rappel as well. The great thing about the guide companies is that they provide certified and trained guides that will help keep you safe at all times.

Once you reach the peak of a mountain after a challenging climb, you will be awed by the amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding areas. According to Aspen Expeditions, their guided rock climbing tours are perfect for both children and adults. They can tailor their program to fit all experience levels and most fitness levels. Depending on how many people in your group, pricing ranges from $125 – $300 per person. The more that participate, the less expensive for everyone. For more information, call 970-925-7625 and visit

In the case that you are afraid of heights and would rather stay on the ground while the rest of the family climbs, each of the climbing areas listed prior are also ideal for hiking, trekking or taking a good book along and enjoying a good read while relaxing.

The opportunities are endless, don’t stay inside all day while you are enjoying your Aspen Rental – explore nature today!

Don’t Miss the Aspen Saturday Market!

Aspen Market SaturdayThere are endless things to see and activities to enjoy in Colorado as you enjoy your Aspen vacation rental! One thing you won’t want to miss out on is the Aspen Saturday Market. Each week, the streets of Aspen are graced with vendors offering locally grown produce and artisan crafts.

The market runs each and every Saturday from June 19 to October 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Labor Day, it runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can’t miss the fun as it takes up three key streets in downtown Aspen including E. Hopkins, S. Hunter and E. Hyman Avenue.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy the open air market as the browse through the diverse selection of vendors. If you are a dog lover, you are sure to be happy to see many locals stroll through the streets with their fury friends. There is something for everyone food lover including mountain goat cheese, Colorado grown veggies and fruit, organic chicken and meats and baked goods. For those who love arts and crafts, there is no shortage of unique items such as hand blown glass, local art, leather wares, clothing and jewelry.

A great thing about Aspen’s Saturday Market is that you can be sure you are getting top-notch foods and wares. This is because each year the city has so many applications that they have to only go with the best of the best. You’ll even find that many of the downtown shops and boutiques have booths at the market, which is a great way to get an overview of what the town has to offer.

There is also an entertainment factor for you to enjoy. Each weekend there is live music to help you get your jig on! For more information on the Aspen Saturday Market, give it a Google and you’ll find more details. Don’t miss out on all the fun while you staying in your luxury Aspen rental!!

Plan a Picnic in Aspen’s Breathtaking White River National Forest

Aspen PicnicFood & Wine Magazine has released a list of top picnic spots in the America in their online article “Outstanding Picnic Spots”. Their criteria was the spot has to be surrounded by amazing scenery, be central to great hiking/walking trails, be food accessible/friendly and be recommended by a celebrity chef.

The first spot mentioned within the article is Aspen’s White River National Forest. Jim Strickbine, the manager of the Butcher’s Block store in Aspen suggests taking off from your Aspen luxury vacation rental and head up highway 82 toward Independence Pass. Once there you can take either a leisurely hike up the Weller Lake Trail or an adventurous/more strenuous kike up Lost Man Trail.

It all depends on what you are looking for when choosing which path to follow. For instance, if you want to prepare a feast with wine, gourmet foods and more, the easier hike is probably your best bet.

Important Tips for your Picnic

  1. Head into town prior to taking off on you picnic adventure and grab some grub. At the City Market, Clark’s Market or Roxy’s Market, or the Butcher’s Block you’ll find all you need including bread, cheese, deli sandwiches, wine and more.
  2. Dare to make your picnic unlike any you have ever put together! Choose specialty cheeses & meets, organic fruits and veggies, fresh juice and unbelievable wines.
  3. Don’t forget blankets for comfort and protection for your food.
  4. Napkins are a must! There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and having to use leaves or your pant legs to clean your hands and mouths.
  5. Utensils, utensils! Believe it or not, many people forget to bring utensils along and have to find creative ways to spread cheese, cut key items and more. Also, if you are bringing wine or beer along, don’t forget an opener. This is another common item left behind or forgotten.
  6. Bring plenty of water, especially if you are going to drink alcohol. This is quite important as you will probably be hiking quite a bit. Staying hydrated in nature is a key for survival in case you get lost or your hike takes longer than expected.

Picnics have become somewhat of a lost art, so while enjoying your Aspen vacation why not revive it! You really can’t go wrong in how you organize it for your family, spouse or friends. Once you get out in nature and enjoy delicious foods and unforgettable company you may find yourself addicted to picnicking!

Things To Do in Aspen CO – For the Active Vacationer

White Water Rafting in AspenIf you are an adventurer, you’ve probably dreamt of one day roaring down river rapids as the scenery whips by, water splashes you in the face, and your adrenaline courses through your body. Aspen, Colorado offers many river rafting options for both beginner and pro.

One of our favorite choices is the Roaring Fork River. It offers children 6 years and older, and adults, the opportunity to tackle its famed rapids and have the time of your lives! There are five options to choose from, as provided by Blazing Adventures. They include:

  1. Middle Roaring Fork Duckies – This adventure sees you the master of your very own inflatable kayak and is the ideal introduction to kayaking. You can enjoy this adventure from May through September. You’ll be more than thrilled as you guide your kayak down class II and III water and take in the beautiful scenery. This particular course is restricted to those ages 10 and older.
  2. Upper Roaring Fork – You and children 6-12 will enjoy this one! It is perfect for beginning rafters who want to take in easy to manage white water and enjoy the majestic scenery. We recommend this one for families looking for more of a relaxing, fun-filled adventure. This section is open from May through Mid-June.
  3. Middle Roaring Fork – More roaring fun can be had on this route. It is another great introductory course that takes you through the quaint town of Basalt. You are sure to be enchanted by the scenery as you drift along with your family and friends! This route is open from May to September and the minimum age is 6.
  4. Lower Roaring Fork – Looking for amazing views while rafting? This is the perfect route for views of Mt. Sopris, rock formations and more. You will really get a perfect idea as to Aspen’s beauty as you zip along. It is ideal for beginners, ages 6 and up and offers more than 4 hours of unbridled fun!
  5. Slaughterhouse – Adrenaline junkies beware! You were beginning to think you were going to be left out, didn’t you? This course will take your thought Class IV whitewater that includes the Entrance Exam, Slaughterhouse Falls, “S” Turn, Hells Half Mile and Triple Drop. It equates to 4 hours of screamin’ fun! The minimum age for this adventure is 18, depending on your water level and ability.

Don’t get caught hanging out in your Aspen luxury rentals and miss this adventure and more. Aspen, Colorado offers a host of amazing outdoor activities for the whole family!

A Day Trip to the Maroon Bells from Aspen Colorado

Maroon Bells Day TripLooking for an adventure in Aspen, Colorado that will allow for you to enjoy its limitless beauty? There are many hiking spots to drive to from your Aspen vacation rental, however there are few as beautiful as the Maroon Bells. They are two unbelievable peaks in the Elk Mountains. Maroon Peak at 14,156 feet above sea level is the 27th highest peak in the state of Colorado. It is also said to be the most photographed spot and provides an awesome views of the surrounding area.

You will surely enjoy one of several day hikes at this spot. To get there from Aspen, you will head toward the airport and cross the bridge over Maroon Creek. Follow signs to the Maroon Bells, and eventually you will end up in the parking lot. For only $10 per car, you can enjoy an unforgettable time with family and friends.

There are several trails to choose from, including the follow three hikes: The Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will take you 1.5 miles one way. The round trip adventure is a bit more than 2 hours. You will be thrilled by the abundance of green pines, picturesque bridge crossings, creeks and flowers.

Crater Lake Trail If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can give the Maroon Creek Trail a try. The total distance for this one is 7 miles round trip and takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete. In the case that you only want to hike one way and ride the bus back to your car, you can bring along your Maroon Bells car pass with you for a free ride! During your hike, you will enjoy beautiful rock fields and get an unbelievable view of the Maroon Bells. You may even be lucky enough to see deer and baby deer as they feed throughout the forest.

Finally, there is the somewhat challenging Crater Lake Trail. It is approximately 3.6 miles round trip. The trail is somewhat rocky, so you’ll want to be a bit careful. The hike will see you walk around Maroon Lake, which reflects the majestic Maroon Bells. Follow the path and you will be awed by the beauty that surrounds you. The final destination of the hike is Crater Lake, which is perfect for dipping your feet into and a beautiful sight to behold!

Don’t miss the Maroon Bells while enjoying your time in Aspen luxury rentals!

The Ultimate S’more Recipe

Ultimate S'mores RecipeFamilies around the world understand the importance of a good ole’ s’mores night by the campfire or crackling fireplace.Whether on a camping trip or at an Aspen vacation rental, the key is to rally the troops and inspire them to bring their inspiration to the activity at hand. No one should be guilty of not participating – including kids, parents, grandparents and friends – for it is during a s’more night that inspiration is fueled, the funniest stories told and laughter shared. There is no right way to create a one. In fact, the more out of the box one is willing to jump, the tastier their s’more will become!

The Ultimate S’more Recipe



Graham Crackers

Milk Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

White Chocolate

Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups

Hershey’s Crunch Bar

Peanut Butter


Any Other Well-Loved Candy Bar or Ingredient

Hanger, skewer, or special S’more apparatus


  1. Set your ingredients out on a table or blanket for all participants to easily choose from. If on a camping trip, make sure that you don’t let sand get into your ingredients. Also, encourage everyone to have fun with their creations!!
  2. Hand all participants their hanger, skewer or other special s’more apparatus and instruct them to place their marshmallow(s) onto the device. It is best to make sure that the marshmallows are centered so that they don’t fall into the fire.
  3. Place the marshmallows over the fire so that they can become warm and brown. Some like their marshmallows crispy and are bold enough to place them in the flame and/or move them quickly through the flame. In the case that a marshmallow begins to burn, quickly pull it form the fire and blow the flame out.
  4. For the Ultimate s’more, you’ll want to make sure that whatever form of chocolate you choose melts a bit, and sometimes a marshmallow isn’t hot enough to melt it. To remedy this situation, place the chocolate (or better yet a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup!) near the fire and allow for it to melt a bit if possible.
  5. Once the marshmallow is prepared to your satisfaction, remove it and place it on a graham cracker and then place the semi-melted chocolate on top of the marshmallow.
  6. Add any other filler that you’d like, such as peanut butter, caramel, etc.
  7. Place another graham cracker on top and then bite into your ultimate s’more. The bigger mess everyone makes the better! And don’t forget that multiple layers of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows are allowed!!

The beauty of a s’more night is that the activity brings everyone together for a moment you will never forget!
Looking to travel to Aspen, Colorado and want to bring your whole s’more crew to enjoy Aspen’s amazing beauty? Check out VRBO Aspen. You’ll be amazed at how many friends and family you can accommodate for endless fun and adventure. Aspen luxury rentals make for the most memorable vacations!

Food & Wine Classic Comes to Aspen Colorado June 17-19!

Food & Wine Classic 2011 Aspen, COAspen, Colorado is going to be crawling with some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and food & wine experts from around the world as the 29th Anniversary Food & Wine Classic comes to the beautiful city from June 17-19, 2011.

Food & Wine lovers will be treated to all sorts of information-rich & entertaining seminars, cooking competitions and food & wine tastings throughout the weekend. Food & Wine aficionados referred to the event as the ultimate summer camp for those who want to learn how to cook and know wine like never before!

Celebrity Chef Speakers including Jose Andres, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin and Thomas Keller will be offering cooking demos such as “The Wonderful World of Eggs,” “One Pot Meals,” “Grill Cheese Please,” “Greek at Home,” Sustainably Delicious,” and “Sexy Vegetable Dishes.”
There will also be plenty of wine seminars for those you want to learn more about the many wines from around the world. Seminar favorites include “Wine Jeopardy,” “Stellar Sparkling Wines,” “Old Wines are Awesome,” “Iron Sommelier,” “The Age of Argentina,” and “The Amazing Napa Cabernet.”

Plus, there are endless opportunities to enjoy food samples, learn about the latest food trends, and meet plenty of new friends while enjoying the charm and breathtaking beauty of Aspen, Colorado. There are a handful of ticket options to choose from including a Consumer Pass for $1185, Trade Pass for $1185, Best New Chef Dinner for $250, and Grand Tastings Only Day Pass for $395. For those who would like to help promote and support local farming with the Grow for Good organization, Grow for Good Passes are available for $3100.

Food & Wine Classic 2011 Aspen, CODon’t miss out on the amazing event that has inspired thousands food enthusiasts and experts alike to travel from all over the globe! For more information, visit or call 877-900-WINE.
In the case that you can’t make it this year and would like to attend the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2012, mark your calendar for June 15-17th, 2012 and plan your vacation around the event!

If you are planning last minute to make an appearance at the Food & Wine Classic 2011 and haven’t yet booked a hotel, you may want to consider Aspen luxury rentals. You’ll be able to bring your whole family along for the trip!

Local Information

Get Local Information & Links For Aspen Snowmass

Make My Aspen Rental your number one resource for all the local contacts and links you will need to plan your next Aspen vacation trip. Get travel, lodging, restaurants, current events, and area activities.  Rent our deluxe Aspen vacation home rental direct by owner and receive all the expert advice from someone who has spent the last 5 years enjoying all that Aspen can offer.  Our travel expert can answer all your questions on transportation, lodging, dining, and skiing.

Aspen also has some world class dining for those who are looking to enjoy a quality dinner out in town.  Some of our restaurants have been here for decades while yet we continue to attract new ones as well like the Italian bistro Il Mulino out of New York.  We all  have our favorites and ours has always been Cache Cache, Campo Di Fiore, Matsuhisa, Syzygy, and Kimmy Steak House.  But the list goes on and on.  There is really something for everyone and every pallette.

Here is our list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Aspen:

  1. Matsuhisa
  2. Il Mulino
  3. Cache Cache
  4. Campo di Fiore
  5. Pinions
  6. Jimmys Steak House
  7. Pacific Sea Food
  8. L’Hostaria
  9. Gusto
  10. Mezza Luna

Snow Angel Invitational by CoverGirl

Fourth Annual Aspen Snow Angel by Covergirl

The 4th annual Snow Angel Invitational sponsored by CoverGirl

The best female snowboarders from across the globe will be participating in the fourth annual Snow Angel Invitational sponsored by the famous CoverGirl Cosmetics. The event will take place in the beautiful Aspen, Colorado on arguably the best ski mountain in the country, Snowmass. Gretchen Bleiler, a professional half pipe snowboarder, will be hosting the event. Bleiler is a current Aspen resident who has won several snowboarding competitions and even competed in Olympic events, will be talking about her new interior design company and her activity in supporting environmental issues. The other professional women will be competing in multiple Olympic-like events, the most rigorous being the superpipe. In between competitions the ladies will indulge in an array of spa treatments and photo shoots in addition to participating in a question and answer session about the opportunities that Aspen and Snowmass have to offer. The festivities will being on April third and end on April fifth. April is undeniably one of the most pleasant times for winter sports in Aspen, so book your hotel room now because the town will be packed. Whether you are planning a family vacation or a girl’s weekend, the Snow Angel Invitational guarantees an unforgettable time. After attending this incredible weekend on Snowmass Mountain, Aspen will quickly become one of your favorite vacation spots.

Vacation Rental Sites Comparison

Looking For The Best Vacation Rental By Owner Site?

Since the advent of the Internet some 15 years ago, the vacation rentals industry has become a huge beneficiary.  And now, with over 15 major vacation rentals by owner websites out there, the search can be a little daunting. Vacation Rentals By Owner, or, was an early pioneer of the concept of utilizing the Internet to reach a wide audience when it was launched in the mid 1990’s.  While being first to market, it is still the largest and best known site for both vacation property owners and renters.  Find the best deals by going direct to owner to rent your next vacation rentals whether its in Florida, Miami, Europe, or Hawaii. There is a vacation rental, home rental, or condo rental for every family and every budget.

The History of

VRBO was actually established with just one condo property rental listing in Breckenridge, Colorado back in 1995. Dave Clouse was looking for a way to reach a more global audience to rent out to skiers looking to visit Breckenridge. It’s grown quite a bit since then to the industry’s leading vacation rentals by owner site with more than 75,000 listings of property rentals all over the world and visited by millions of travelers each year. The Clouse’s sold VRBO to Executive Resorts for approximately $100 million in 2007.

Here is a list of the top 7 word-wide vacation rentals websites together with related information such as their inception date, number of active property rental listings, and user reviews of each site:

  1. vrbo
  2. vacation
  3. great rentals
  5. cyber rentals
  6. always on vacation
  7. vacation home rentals

Comparing vacation rentals sites

Comparing the Top Leading Vacation Rentals by Owner Sites
Vacation Rentals By Owner Site Age Google Page Rank Reviews Approximate # of Rental Property Listings

vrbo.con 1997 7 5 75000 1999 5 4.5 35000 2001* 4 4 170000 2003 6 4.5 230000 2002 5 4 170000 2003 4 4 50000* 2004 4 3.5 120000

Holiday Cheer and The 12 Days of Aspen!

Winter Entertainment and Events in Aspen, CO

Check out Aspen Vacation Rentals at myaspenrentals.comThe snow is on the ground, the lights are hanging all over the neighborhood, and it’s officially winter time! Aspen, CO is the perfect Holiday Destination for anyone, whether you are looking to spend time with your loved ones, wanting to experience nature at its best, or just ready to take on some of the best skiing or snowboarding in the world! If you truly want a white Christmas and are looking for the most beautiful Aspen Vacation Rentals, you have come to the right place! Aspen is the place to be, and everyone in Colorado is counting down to the 12 Days of Aspen!

Here are our daily picks to look forward to for the 12 Days of Aspen:

Check out Aspen Vacation Rentals at myaspenrentals.comDecember 20: Skating with Santa at the Aspen Recreation Center

December 21: Igloo Building Contest at the Aspen Recreation Center

December 22: Santa and His Live Reindeer at Wagner Park

December 23: Palace Production Carolers at the Cooper & Galena

December 24: Locals Vocals Victorian Carolers  at the Hotel Jerome Main Lobby

December 25: Free Aspen Ornament & Candy Canes at Aspen Sports, Downtown

December 26: Feliz Navidad – Games, Crafts, and more! at the Aspen Recreation Center

December 27: The Wheeler Presents: A Fine Frenzy at the Wheeler Opera HouseCheck out Aspen Vacation Rentals at

December 28: Aspen Art Museum’s Dennis Basso Freestyle at the St. Regis Resort

December 29: Cirque d’Aspen benefitting Aspen Youth Center at the Aspen High School Gym

December 30: Maxie and Polly the Pirate – Story telling, face painting, balloon animals, magic and fun! At the Downtown Mall

December 30: Fireworks over Aspen Mountain!

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