Aspen & Vail, Colorado
Vail, Beaver Creek
About 1.45 minutes from Denver, Vail (Four Seasons is here) and neighboring Beaver Creek (Ritz Carlton is here) have a tradition ski village feel, and caters to it’s international visitors with an abundance of dining and luxury stores to choose from (i.e. Gorsuche). A collection of local villages are only 5-10 minutes apart so don’t forget you can jump around all of them for some variety. Dining will cost you, but then again if you rent a house with some friends, you can just do it yourself 😉
Apsen is possibly my favorite – the views, the hiking, the skiing, the biking, the shopping & dining. While Aspen certainly has a reputation as a billionaires playground (see the local small airport lined up with private jets, local celebrity residents Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Melanie Griffith, etc. or the real estate currently for sale including Bill Koch’s $80 million home), don’t think for a minute that it is not accessible. Aspen has a traditional, historic town feel at the heart of it, and offers a multitude of places to stay just outside the center, all over Snowmass and Crested Butte, so there is no need to actually stay IN the city center unless you really want to. Lots of options, and who doesn’t want a cabin up in the mountains? Definitely a good place to load up on groceries too vs. dining out all the time (not for lack of options, just price) and splurge on some western home decor at Georgia Brown Antiques. during the Fall, it was absolutely gorgeous to drive up the Independence Pass & back in Castle Creek, making a stop at the Ashcroft ghost town in between.