Families across the nation are wondering where it’s safe to vacation this summer/fall, amidst a continuing pandemic. It has been advised that time outdoors is an absolute best-bet for keeping distance while exploring, enjoying a meal, and experiencing new activities. During this often weary and uncertain time, we are finding ways in Snowmass to be creative in the pursuit of simple joys. The sweet little ski town of Snowmass, Colorado is now the ultimate traveler’s summertime getaway and here are some reasons why.
Perfect day temps complimented by comfortable nights.
From June through September, Snowmass relishes in pleasant temperatures ranging from 78 to 84°F. At night, temperatures drop to a delightful 52 to 57°F. It’s never sweltering. Nearby lakes, rivers and creeks are refreshingly chilly and we’d be remiss not to mention the billions of stars twinkling overhead, intermingled with the heavy scent of pine.
Whichever type of traveler you are, there’s a stay perfectly suited to your taste.
From campgrounds to yurts, motels to resorts, homes and condos for rent, Snowmass has it all. Better still, there are oftentimes significant discounts for long-term stays (7+ nights), and many options have kitchens, washer/dryers, outdoor space and family rooms so your lodging can be a convenient home-away-from-home. Our favorite spots are:
Lumin Residences in Snowmass Village: these new, three and four-bedroom architectural masterpieces pair proximity to all of Snowmass Village’s terrific amenities with impeccable design. Residences feature expansive window walls, oversized outdoor decks, cutting-edge chef’s kitchens, hardwood flooring, spa-like bathrooms. Lumin guests also receive access to the amenities at One Snowmass, including the rooftop infinity pool and state-of-the-art fitness center.
Capitol Peak: This budget-friendly, family spot in Snowmass offers studio, one, two and three bedroom condos. Each place has a gas fireplace, full kitchen, washer/dryer and balcony, plus guests will enjoy being an easy walk from restaurants, shopping, rock climbing, the new game lounge and community center.
Easy access to Snowmass via Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), just 10 minutes away.
Getting to Snowmass couldn’t be simpler with its super close proximity to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE). United, American and Delta are offering summertime non-stop, daily flights from Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco and Salt Lake.
There are companies offering shuttle service to and from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. Also, hanging your hat in Snowmass Village means dining, entertainment, recreation and shopping are just outside your door.
Snowmass/Aspen recreation is endless, welcoming young, old, the fit, the not-so-sporty, explorers and relaxers.
Even during a time when what to do choices can be more limited, Snowmass/Aspen visitors can partake in:
• whitewater rafting
• fly fishing
• disc golf
• Maroon Bells Sightseeing Tour
• Lost Forest Adventure Park
• mountain biking
• ropes courses
• scenic gondola rides
• horseback riding
• hot air ballooning
• nature walks
• kid’s camps
• outdoor movie nights
• events and artisan markets
After days packed with summertime fun, get ready for evenings of matchless Snowmass/Aspen culinary adventure!
Snowmass and Aspen showcase excellent cuisine from around the globe — Swiss, Italian, German-Austrian, Asian, Mexican, French and, of course, American. Diners can indulge in an exceptional, multi-course feast, or opt for a casual coffee house, quaint bistro, quick-serve creperie, deli or pizza joint. Our favorite spots include:
• Base Camp Bar and Grille: set in Snowmass Village, Base Camp serves burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers accompanied by 30+ craft beers, fine wines and an expansive fire pit.
• Slice Italian Bistro: offering tasty Italian fare and pizzas set among incredible mountain views. Diners will love the 5 flat-screen TVs for catching a game.
• Sake: when you’re craving something unique, a must-visit is Sake: Snowmass Village’s new pan-Asian/sushi/sake bar. Don’t miss 50% off maki rolls Monday!
• Matsuhisa: Chef Nobu’s equal parts hip and delicious Japanese/sushi restaurant in downtown Aspen.
• White House Tavern: Quaint Aspen eatery with gourmet, reimagined sandwiches, burgers, salads, plus innovative cocktails.
• Jimmy’s: Family-friendly yet offering a lively bar scene, Jimmy’s has been delighting guests for nearly 25 years with noteworthy American cuisine.
Snazzy Aspen is only 10 minutes away!
Just 8 miles from Snowmass is the celebrated town of Aspen. Known as the ski playground for the wealthy and famous, Aspen is just as much of a treasure in summertime. Its darling downtown is dotted with picture-perfect patios, opportune for an alfresco cocktail, as well as superb dining and boutiques. Day-trippers can rent a basket-clad cruiser bike to explore the downtown streets; Saturday is a particularly good day to do this with the Aspen Saturday Market happening from 8:30am to 3:00 pm each week.
For those who are sorely missing the theater, Theater Aspen is open and running “All For One” through August 18. Then, of course, there are endless outdoor pursuits in and around Aspen including hiking, gondola rides, kayaking and more!
Getting to Aspen from Snowmass is free and easy in any season thanks to RFTA buses that run daily, year-round.
While Snowmass and Aspen sometimes steal the spotlight for mountain fun, the neighboring towns of Glenwood Springs and Basalt are shouldn’t-be-missed gems.
Check out the world’s largest mineral pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort (note: please call 877.947.3331 for the latest rules and regulations). Or, enjoy a ride on the Rio Grande Trail from Snowmass into Basalt. It’s about 34 scenic miles round trip or, you can take an RFTA bus back after discovering this quaint town with a population of only 3,800 residents.