ASPEN: Shopping – Women’s

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Dec 062010
 

Top PickB’Jewel Aspen

“Aspen’s Chic Boutique” has designer fashions (and jewelry) that are well worth the expense.  The owner, Mary Catherine, and her employees are long time locals who make shopping for the right outfit fun and personable.  They just moved to a newly renovated location on Cooper Street (late 2010).  Put B’Jewel on your must-do shopping list!

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Distractions

Distractions is known for their casually elegant clothing, Heidi (owner) just merged Distractions with their sister store “Imelda’s” to offer the ultimate “head-to-toe” shopping experience.  Her goal is to offer the personal touch locals and visitors desire amidst all the well-known national chains (Gucci, Fendi, Chanel…) now in Aspen.

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Manrico Cashmere

Who doesn’t love cashmere?  Visit this new store if you crave the ultimate in luxury apparel: a timeless piece of cashmere.   Made in Italy — ooh la la.

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Sugar Sweet Clothing

Aimee owns this women’s store in Aspen (there’s another one in Glenwood Springs).  Cute, fun, affordable fashions.  Flirty dresses, bags, belts, leggings, hats, shoes…you name it, they got it.  Sugar Sweet sure is sweet!

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Pitkin County Dry Goods

A staple in town, Pitkin County Dry Goods opened on 4th of July 1969.  Be sure to check out their shearling and leather jackets for those cold, snowy nights in Aspen. For men, they offer tailored clothing, sportswear, denim, shoes and accessories.  Be sure to check out their men’s shearling and leather jackets for those cold, snowy nights in Aspen.

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Gorsuch Limited

Starting in 1960, Olympians Renie and David Gorsuch fell in love, got married, had a family and started selling clothes out of their station wagon.  Flash forward: they now have five successful stores filled with finest in apparel.  The creme de la creme in town, Gorsuch is your place if you want impeccable style and uncompromising quality.  Pricey, though.

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Quicksilver

On the Hyman Avenue Mall, Quicksilver (surf and skate giant) fits right in with Aspen’s highly fashionable, and highly athletic, crowds. They carry all the latest fashions and accessories for skaters and boarders.

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Kali’s Denim

Located on E. Cooper, Kali’s Denim has some really cool, hip clothes for the Aspen shopper.  As the name suggests, they offer a great selection of denim, but they don’t stop there.  You’ll find lots of good-looking and fashion forward tops to go with those jeans!  Bonus?  They share a space with Kathryn Penn Designs, so you can find the perfect piece of jewelry to complete your outfit.

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Stefan Kaelin

Two-time founded this retail store back in the 70’s ~ a long time staple in the Aspen community.  Regarded as the leading ski specialty store in the area, they offer skiwear, golfwear, and sportswear — lots of fun bold colors and patterns (as well as ski equipment and rentals).

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ASPEN: Vegetarian / Organic

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Dec 062010
 

Top Pick

Eco Goddess (Carbondale)

All ingredients are over 95% organic. They’ve got gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, soy-free, nut-free, and any other “free” you can think of.  Check out the juice bar drinks ~ named after Gods/Goddesses.  Recommend the “Apollo”.  Hats off to Lisa for keeping it real and healthy!

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Asie

Asie’s the place to go for yummie chinese fusion. They have healthy lunch and happy hour specials that not only taste great, but are quite affordable  too considering it’s Aspen!  Try the Asie Seafood Ceviche…delicious!

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Pacifica

This is the place to go in town if you want the best seafood.  Order the Lobster Bisque and the Sea Scallops!  Great martinis too.  And people watching.  A romantic spot as well.

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Kenichi Aspen

A step or two up from Takah, Kenichi just underwent a gorgeous makeover to reflect their contemporary Asian cuisine.  Sit at the sushi bar and watch the funny and talented sushi chefs work their magic.  Or for a more intimate dining experience — grab a booth. Order the Blake roll, named after a former employee who passed away.

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Russets (Carbondale)

A neighborhood favorite, Russets has been delivering great service and exceptional food to residents of Carbondale and beyond for years. They have a great bar area and a nice side patio for those perfect summer evenings in Colorado.  They use only the freshest ingredients. Certified angus beef has no anti-biotics or hormones.  Gluten free options too.  Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2010!  Love it.

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Takah Sushi

This has been a long-time local favorite since the 80’s (different location).  If you want good sushi (caterpillar roll ~ yum!), great sake, lots of locals and fun entertainment (Guitarist Cameron Williams even plays there on occasion), go here.

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Garnish Restaurant (Snowmass)

A just-opened Randy Placeras restaurant, Garnish serves up healthy meals (lunch, dinner and apres ski) in the Snowmass Timberline Condos.  Chef Clark Church adds a unique “garnish” that completes every dish and adds a little fun to the plate.

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ASPEN: Delis

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Dec 062010
 

Top PickThe Big Wrap

Mmmm….The Big Wrap’s a local favorite.  You can get all sorts of gourmet wraps, tacos, burritos, soups, smoothies, and salads — to go.  Quick and easy — and not too pricey.

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The Grateful Deli

Delicious subs, sandwiches and paninis (their magic mushroom panini is to die for)!  Cheap eats. Lots of locals at lunch. Order the Garcia or the Darkstar!

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Johnny McGuire’s Deli

Their tagline says it all: “Health Food Sucks.”  If you want a really big and delicious deli sandwich, this is your place.

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The Butcher’s Block and Deli

Pricey, but good none-the-less.  If you’re going on a picnic, stop here first.  Great selection of cheeses, “charcuterie”, and other high end pantry items.

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ASPEN: Local Websites

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickAspenSpin.com

If you want to hear the latest scoop or see what’s trending in Aspen, you gotta check out AspenSpin.com, Aspen’s most popular blog.

Aspen Spin has been documenting Aspen’s over-the-top ski-town lifestyle since 2006 — covering everything from ski bums to celebs and much, much more.

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Aspen Times Online

This is the place to go for the day’s news.  It’s a staple for all locals, even though it’s not so local anymore.

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HireMeAspen.com

Hire Me Aspen helps locals find work, which is a good thing because it costs a lot to live in the Valley.  HireMeAspen has job postings here, and hirers can find workers too (for free)!

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Aspen Skollie

Skollie means rebel and is the perfect word to describe how the locals live.  This online, social-web magazine offers an authentic perspective on local culture.  Check out their site and join in the conversation.

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EatAspen.com

This site is all about the Aspen dining scene. They narrow down the categories, from cuisine type (“Latin American”) to general (“Quick and Easy”) so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, and they have a printable dining guide which is perfect for your backpack/car.

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Aspen Real Life

Aspen Real Life is filled with stories that capture the real local side of Aspen.  Be sure to check out this local blog by Jillian Livingston if you want to see what it’s really like living in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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Aspen.com

One of the coolest things about this site is that locals can upload their blogs here — talking about a true local perspective!

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Qittle

Do you qittle?  If not, you will be soon.  Casey launched this text-marketing company to help local businesses market themselves.  Aspen locals (and visitors) can get the latest “Local Deal” in town on their cell phone.

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SwapAspen.com

Times are tough, so don’t buy new things when you can swap instead.  Trade your goods and services with other locals!

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eMoo

If you have something to sell, eMoo’s the place to go.  It’s new to town, but gaining traction.

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ASPEN: Kid Friendly

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickBrunelleschi’s Pizza

Kids can build their own pizza at Bruno’s!  It’s great for kids and adults…good italian food and lots of laughs.  Owned by Gil, a long-time local.

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Boogie’s Diner

Don’t be fooled by the clothing store downstairs, Boogie’s Diner has all the typical american fare upstairs.  Similar to a Johnny Rockets but with local flair; it’s owned by Boogie Weinglass, another long-time local.  Great burgers and shakes!

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Little Annie’s

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing in this case.  A long time staple.  If you want a delicious burger or perhaps  just a shot and a beer, this is the place to go.

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The Sweet Life (Snowmass)

Located in Base Village, The Sweet Life is the perfect place if you have kids in tow.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and sweets downstairs! Definitely a favorite among kids (and adults)!  Great for birthday parties too.

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Taster’s Pizza

Taster’s Pizza is best known for their great selection of mouth watering pizzas, calzones and stromboli.  Order their delicious Italian sub the “Mangia!”  And yes, they have a children’s menu.

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ASPEN: Nightspots – Mellow

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickMatsuhisa (bar area)

The ambiance here is elegant chic and not too loud…you can hear each other talk.  Even if you’re not dining which would be a shame, it’s still the perfect place to have a martini and some great conversation.  Friendly bartenders too.

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8K at The Viceroy (Snowmass)

This spot is a newcomer, we’re glad it’s here.  8k tops our picks for best ambiance.  Very chic crowd to complement the decor.  The food is fantastic, albeit pricey.  Super nice bartenders (look for Justin).  It’s a great place to enjoy cocktails and conversation with friends (or strangers).

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Pacifica (bar area)

This is the place to go in town if you want the best seafood, not to mention the really fantastic cocktails and wine list.  It’s a beautiful bar with lots of great people watching.  A romantic spot as well.

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Ute City (bar area)

If you want to see and be seen, and have some really good food and wine, this is your place.  Walt manages this almost new hot spot above Syzygy on restaurant row.  Everything on the menu is delicious — definitely a top pick with a great atmosphere.

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Cigar Bar

It’s the only place in town to smoke a stogie; lots of cigars to choose from in their humidor.  It’s connected to Eric’s which is much more lively, but this spot can still be mellow.

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Grape Bar (Hyatt Grand Aspen)

Quiet and mellow, this is a great romantic spot to cozy up next to the fire and have a glass of wine.  Friendly, local bartenders too!

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J-Bar (Hotel Jerome)

The J-Bar (or the Library, if open) is a good place that’s not too wild and crazy to have a friendly conversation and a good cocktail.  If it gets too rowdy, you can always go chat it up in front of the fireplace in the lobby.

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Shadow Mountain Lounge (St. Regis)

Very relaxing locale with a massive granite fireplace, oversized club chairs, rich lodge-style furniture and live jazz or piano—all overlooking magnificent Aspen Mountain.  Open til midnight.

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ASPEN: Nightclubs – Wild and Crazy

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickBelly Up Aspen

You won’t find a better venue to listen to big acts in the Valley.  They’ve got world famous acts in a very intimate setting (around 500 people max).  Check out the line-up when you’re in town….this place never disappoints.

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Eric’s

Play some pool (lots of pool tables), get your groove on the dance floor (DJ), or smoke a stogie in the cigar bar.  Great mix of tourists and locals. Fun times/late nights.

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39 Degrees (Sky Hotel)

If you want swank, this is your place.  Whether it’s winter or summer, you’ll find locals and tourists hanging by the pool, having a cocktail (or five), and getting their groove on to DJ Dillon.  A great spot for apres ski, especially if you’re young and hip.

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Bad Billy’s

Bad Billy’s is now where the good old Cooper Street Pier used to be.  It’s been deep cleaned and freshened up a bit, but is your typical dive bar for good times.  Order a pitcher of beer, play some shuffleboard (pool tables upstairs) and let the good times roll.

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Hunter Bar

Where the old Flying Dog Brewpub used to be, the Hunter Bar is one of the few places these days that rocks til 2 am.   Listen to the DJ, get on the dance floor or just kick back in the relaxed, yet sensual, atmosphere enjoying one of their creative cocktails.  Good for apres ski too.

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Zane’s Tavern (Snowmass)

A sports bar, restaurant and most definitely locals’ favorite, Zane’s fun every night.  Play pool, foosball, and of course, Golden Tee or jam out to their Internet Jukebox.  You’ll always find lots of locals hamming it up here.

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The Regal

Paul and Tim welcome you to their underground bar where dancers grind and cocktails flow.  Younger crowd (20’s). Voted the best place to find a one-night stand.  That about sums it up.  ;)

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Jimmy’s Aspen

Do you want to hang with the locals and have some fun?  Jimmy’s is great for dinner, but even better for hanging with your friends, especially if you like tequila (boy do they have tequila!).  You can salsa and tango on Saturday nights too (and enjoy blues during Sunday brunch).

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ASPEN: Lunch

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickThe J-Bar (in the Hotel Jerome)

A classic that’s been around a long time, the Hotel Jerome is a tried and true favorite.  Order the turkey club with sweet potato fries– to die for!

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Venga Venga (Snowmass)

Located on the mountain in Snowmass Village, Venga Venga means let’s go, let’s go…and you should!  Warming fire pits welcome guests onto the outdoor patio, where panoramic mountain views round out the experience.  Enjoy the guacomole (prepared tableside), baja tacos or the shrimp iron skillet fajitas.  Yum….  (and it’s open for apres ski from 3-6 pm).

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The Red Onion

Aspen’s oldest restaurant and bar recently reopened to good reviews after an extensive restoration.   It needed a deep cleaning!  Now sparkling clean, the food is good, the beer flows, the service rocks and the prices are reasonable.

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Willow Creek Bistro (Highlands)

Located in the Ritz, Willow Creek delivers when it comes to taste, of course.  You’ll see local ski instructors with their students taking their lunch breaks in winter.  Or enjoy the mountain view dining al fresco in the summer.  And you gotta love the ice sculpture / bar outside during ski season (great apres, too)!

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Justice Snow’s

Located in the iconic Wheeler House, Justice Snow’s opened up in January 2012 to much fanfare by the locals.  Colorado inspired and ridiculously affordable, Justice Snow’s open 365 days a year for lunch and dinner.  Named after the Justice of the Peace, Mr. Snow in the 1880′s, it’s is a place where day laborers, business people and the elite meet and mingle and enjoy some grub.

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Mezzaluna

Wood fired pizzas are delicious. If you’re solo, grab a paper, sit at the bar and meet a stranger or watch tv (friendly bartenders).

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Sneaky’s Tavern (Snowmass)

If  you want to be treated like a local, enjoying food that is big, bold, generous and down to earth, Sneaky’s is the place to go.  This is a particularly favorite place to grab a bite, especially during ski season when you can sit outside in the afternoon sunshine and watch the skiers have fun…huge patio!

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La Cantina

A lively Mexican restaurant that serve the typical fare and then some.  Beware: the margaritas are killers (literally!).

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Ajax Tavern

The best and one of the biggest (double) burgers in town, with truffle fries!  Great people watching, especially since it’s at the base of Ajax.

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Cuvee Bistro (Basalt)

An all time favorite restaurant located mid-valley.  You’ve got to try the BBQ salmon salad…it’s out of this world!  Everything tastes great at this Basalt restaurant.

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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro (Highlands)

The old ski patrol hut, Cloud Nine should be at the top of your list for lunch.  You’ll be dining at 10,740 feet, beneath the summit of the Cloud Nine high-speed quad. An alpine ski hut with casual table settings and outdoor deck, this full-service restaurant has incredible views of the Maroon Bells.  Make reservations.

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Woody Creek Tavern

A one-of-a-kind classic and old stomping ground of Hunter S. Thompson, you gotta visit this place.  The memorabilia on the wall can keep you occupied for hours. Cheap food and cheap drinks make it all the more appealing to locals.

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Little Annie’s

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing in this case.  A long time staple.  If you want a delicious burger or perhaps  just a shot and a beer, this is the place to go.

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Riverside Grill (Basalt)

A Basalt tradition, the Riverside Grill is best known for its setting by the river. The cheeseburgers here never disappoint…simple, quick and cheap.  You’ll find all the hard-working, down valley locals here during happy hour.

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ASPEN: Breakfast

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Dec 052010
 

Top Pick

Poppycock’s

This all time favorite breakfast spot has been serving the locals for a long time, and we’re grateful.  The big portions help you gear up for a long day of skiing or opt for a quick, light smoothie if you’re in a hurry.  But if you’re hungry, order the Manhattan Eggs.  Delicious!

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Oy Vey Cafe

Oy Vey!  This new local favorite is awesome, especially if you’re craving the taste of the lower east side in the high country.  Bagels to die for!

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Peach’s Corner Cafe

A new spot – light and airy with a view of Ajax.  Order a smoothie…actually, order anything — ALL the food is incredible (and organic).

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Hickory House

The good old standard american breakfast….2 eggs, bacon, toast.

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Main Street Bakery & Cafe

Nice to meet a friend and linger over a cup of hot tea here.  The muffins are great.

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Village Smithy (Carbondale)

Technically not in Aspen, but worth a mention here anyway.  Try a hearty omelette.  It’s a great place to read a paper or meet a friend over a leisurely breakfast.

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