Aspen’s as well-known for its tony après-ski activities as it is for the slopes themselves. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with designer boutiques (Gucci, Prada, Fendi and Chanel among them) as well as cherished mom-and-pop emporiums of Western wear like Kemo Sabe, where Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell gear up with Stetson hats and Lucchese boots. Like the town, the skiing is first-rate. Aspen Mountain (affectionately called “Ajax”) is right downtown; the slopes are a mere gondola ride away from those impressive shops.
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Off the slopes: For the ultimate winter-wonderland experience, sign up for the Aspen Carriage Company’s Roaring Fork River tour. You’ll be picked up in an old-style French carriage, led by a palomino, and be driven near the West End’s historic Victorian homes, along pine- and spruce-lined streets, to a meadow where an Amish bob sleigh awaits. There, the horse is hooked onto the sleigh, so all you have to do is cozy up under the blankets, and you’re off.
Where to stay: When the 91-room Hotel Jerome, Aspen’s oldest hotel, opened in 1889 it created a sensation with its decadently modern conveniences (think elevators and indoor plumbing). The property continues to maintain its comfortably old-fashioned atmosphere without sacrificing what rate as state-of-the-art conveniences today, including in-room CD players and comfy custom-made mattresses, as well as a heated pool and a Jacuzzi.
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