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The upscale Rocky Mountain oasis of Aspen is not only renowned for its world-class skiing on four mountains, but is a top vacation destination all year round. The former silver mining town draws throngs of well-heeled visitors from celebrities to musicians to stroll its shops, indulge in dining, and embrace the outdoors doing everything from hitting the slopes, to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Cheat Sheet

Give yourself epic Vail experience by checking into Four Seasons Resort Vail. Not only do you receive five-star accommodations, but you also can indulge in relaxing treatments at their spa and dine at Flame restaurant on sublime 7x beef — Hit the slopes at Vail Ski Resort for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world — Relax over a pint of craft beer at Vail Brewing Co. and Crazy Mountain Brewing — Dine on-mountain in one of Vail’s back bowls at Game Creek Restaurant — Explore the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (the world’s highest botanical gardens) — Ski into The 10th Restaurant at Look Ma run at Mid-Vail to drink and dine over views of the Gore Range and cozy up by the fireplace

What to Do in Aspen

Winter sports reign supreme in Aspen, and you can find that at Snowmass Ski Resort, which offers everything from skiing, to snowboarding to tubing. You’ll need a little R&R after all that activity, which is the perfect occasion to check into one of the city’s luxury spas. The city’s restaurant scene is a culinary playground that offers everything from sushi at Matsuhisa, to modern cuisine with a renowned wine list at Element 47, to an impressive selection of everything at Meat & Cheese. Summer brings a variety of festivals to the city such as Aspen Food & Wine Classic, Ideas Festival and Aspen Music Festival. Fall is perfect for foliage viewing while mountain biking, hiking or just taking a leisurely drive.

What to Take to Aspen

What you pack for Aspen depends on the time of year you plan on visiting, but there are a few simple guidelines that will help you out no matter when you visit. Always pack layers. You never know what the mountain air will bring and it changes quickly. Comfortable shoes are a must, especially in the winter when you’ll encounter ice and snow. Not matter what time of year, always pack plenty of sun protection because of the city’s altitude.

What to Buy in Aspen

One of the best things to do in Aspen is hitting the weekly Aspen Saturday Market. It’s there that you can pick up artisanal products made in Colorado. You can also pick up local art in any one of the city’s galleries and at the First Fridays Art Walk in Carbondale. Get your western ware fix at Kemo Sabe.

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