Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Aspen, Colorado {Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What I Wore}

If you missed the first part of our Aspen vacation yesterday you can find it HERE.  Today is all about where we stayed, where we ate and what I wore in Aspen.  

We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Jerome.  It was located in the heart of the town and we could walk to almost anywhere we wanted.  Shops, restaurants, bars, etc. were all very close. 

From their website: 
Hotel Jerome has been the social hub of Aspen since its opening in 1889 at the height of the town’s silver boom, known as the place where all great stories were born and are told. As the only Aspen hotel to survive the silver crash, the long pre-ski-resort winters, and the Depression, we’ve seen cowboys ride through our doors, 10th Mountain Division soldiers gather round over pints after training on the slopes, and Hunter S. Thompson holding court during his run for sheriff. You can’t experience Aspen, without experiencing Jerome.

There are still so many touches from those days including the famous J-Bar. 

The hotel lobby is gorgeous and everywhere I turned I was amazed by the decor and detail.  

Our room was incredibly spacious with a large desk area and plenty of room to hang up ski stuff and store boots. 

I just loved all of the little touches. 

I mentioned yesterday that there was a nice gym and near that was also a game room.  My kids would have loved to hang out in here! 

They have a large heated pool and two smaller hot-tubs we took advantage of. 

This was the spa lounge where I sat waiting for my massage and it was so peaceful and serene. 

Across the street from the hotel were cute little houses that had been turned into antique shops and coffee shops with a view of the mountains behind them. 

I loved our hotel at night because, like many other areas of town, it was lit up with Christmas lights! 

We ate at some really amazing restaurants and didn't have a bad meal once.  One of our favorites was Ellina.  It was a Italin-American restaurant with a delicious wine menu! I loved this cozy little fire pit area outside of the restaurant where you could eat. 

Another favorite was Pinons.  They had delicious cocktails, I had the best chicken I have ever eaten and just when I thought I couldn't eat another bite we had the yummiest homemade ice cream for dessert. 

If you are even in the Aspen area I would highly recommend either of these two! 

While Aspen is known for it's posh atmosphere, surprisingly most of the restaurants are not overly dressy.  I guess they figure that everyone has to bundle up and it's hard to be too dressed up. I was told that jeans or leggings and a blouse or sweater would be great for all occasions and that was the case. 

On our day there I wore my favorite Spanx leggings, floral top, cardigan and my comfy new blush pink sneakers!  

Each night for dinner I either wore my favorite black jeans, my favorite gray jeans, or my Spanx leggings.  All of my tops are old so I can't link them, but my trusty Toms wedges got put to good use every night!  

During the day I wore my trusty classic Ugg boots that I have had for probably 10 years when walking around town and stayed plenty warm. I bought this jacket and it served me well the entire trip!  It as great for skiing, but also good for just wearing to dinners at night.  I wanted to purchase something that I knew I could wear for more than just skiing so that I would get a lot of use out of it!

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