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Aspen Glow
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Picture a five star resort at the heart of a meadowy mountain range – Aspen, Colorado, has got couples covered when it comes to recuperating in post-nup hedonism. Buttery bakeries, fireplace suites, full-body mud wraps, and century-old spas are just some of the treats to look forward to while kicking back at this upscale celeb-watch retreat.
the romance
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Jam-packed with notorious boutiques (set your sights on Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry), not to mention a gorgeous jet-setting clientele, Aspen is an otherworldly mix of tree meets Hollywood.
Feast upon:
The evergreen and sunset-specked landscape from the soaring heights of the Silver Queen Gondola
The good-for-you Yampah spa before stopping in on the Whiskey Rocks jazz bar
The exquisite Vapor Caves for a hot mineral water steam session
the scenery
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Perched upon the edge of the Roaring Fork Valley, with Red, Smuggler, and Aspen Mountain cradling it from all sides, this spectacular town cozies up to such beautiful bedroom communities as Carbondale and Basalt.
For the orangey glaze of maples in fall or cream peaks in winter, try:
The Sundeck Restaurant aboard Aspen Mountain, serving yummy lunches from well over 11,000 feet
A photo-op by a family farmhouse or quaint County Court
Any number of the well-groomed Nordic ski or snowshoeing trails come a newly fallen snow
the attractions
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Fortunately, Aspen’s not just all about pushing the limits of the human physique – there’s plenty of arts ‘n’ crafts around for avid culture-cravers. Primp, pump, and powder before venturing into the wilderness of club membership where you’ll find:
The Aspen Art Museum – an internationally recognized institution of contemporary art dedicated to promoting audience engagement
Buttermilk Mountain – offering nonchalant horseback rides as well as breathtaking views of Castle Creek
Maroon Bells – as pretty as it sounds – a postcard favorite and home to a top-notch reflexology treatment center basking in organic pine ingredients
the adventure
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At the thick of this marvelous lifestyle – a carpe diem inspired communal mantra. Go all out on the cardio workout of a lifetime with a ravenous amount of adrenaline-charged expeditions.
Why not try:
Paragliding paired with flirty paintball
A round of golf and down-homey fly fishing
Rock climbing and curiosity-peaking mining tour
the secrets
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It’s no surprise that many artist retreats and creation studios hide beneath the leafy canopy of Aspen’s flora ‘n’ fauna exterior.
Be sure to seek out:
The Anderson Ranch Arts Center for an innovative take on the creative process – art auctions, slide lectures, and galleries remain open to visiting patrons
Aspen Film – promoting cinematic magic – check out such offered gems as Filmfest, Shortsfest, or full-on Academy screenings
The Wheeler Opera House or the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet for swoon-worthy theatrics
before you go
What to Expect
Spring: May to July are sunny and mild (10-15°C/50-60°F).
Summer: July to September are warm and sunny months (25-30°C/90s°F).
Fall: October and November are dry and warm (10-15°C/50-60°F).
Winter: December to April are the best times to go, when there’s plenty of snow for skiing and the temperatures are cool (-10°-8°C/14-46°F).
Be ready for the outdoors with your casual activewear
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A valid passport