Private Aviation Catering and Travel Tips for Aspen, ColoradoFebruary 11, 2014 by Stacey Farooqui
Winter is here and whether you are surrounded by snow or sand, it’s the perfect time to talk about Aspen, Colorado. Aspen is glamorous, seasonally-driven town, which is known for fabulous resorts, shopping and winter activities. Nestled at an elevation of 8,000 in the Rocky Mountains, this small town has gained worldwide recognition for becoming a vacation hot spot for executives and celebrities alike. The busiest week to visit Aspen starts with Christmas and ends with New Year’s Day, followed by Presidents’ Day week as the second busiest of the year. Be ready to pay top dollar during these peak times as hotels tend to be at or near capacity, but the winter wonderland atmosphere, upscale shopping and celebrity spotting is worth every penny.
Since Aspen is a small town of about 7,000 residents, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE), also called Sardy Field, is the only airport that handles all of the air traffic. During winter there is a large increase in aviation activity in Aspen, so make your plans with plenty of lead time. Private aviation catering in this region is also at its height during winter, so make be sure to give your in-flight caterer sufficient notice for new orders or revisions to existing orders.
Some of the top activities to join in on during winter in Aspen include skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowmobiling, to name a few. While winter sports are the obvious outdoor activities that come to mind when thinking about Aspen, it is also the perfect place for exquisite dining and high-end retail therapy. Fashion in Aspen wouldn’t be the same without Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and the like. For more unique purchases, Aspen has galleries and antique shops to browse for the perfect souvenir.
Aspen has proven to have a variety of culinary delights you may not have expected due to its small town charm. When thinking about great places to dine, Matsuhisa is hands down some of the best sushi you can find. If you are a meat-eater, Steakhouse No. 316 is a longstanding favorite. Vegetarians and people on a gluten-free diet can check out the Pyramid Bistro and enjoy your meal while indulging in a new novel from the bookstore it is located in. The Little Nell is a five-star resort in Aspen which is home to superb dining in the Ajax Tavern and Element 47 along with four bars.
Aspen has a variety of lodging options to suit your individual needs. The St. Regis Aspen Resort has outstanding reviews, as well as Hotel Jerome, The Innsbruck and the Limelight Hotel. If you have time to relax and get pampered, you are in luck because St. Regis’s Remède Spa is one of the top rated spas in the world!
Overall, Aspen is an exciting resort town where you can take time to unwind or be as active as you desire. If you are traveling to Aspen as a private pilot or flight attendant, you will most likely be there during the winter. If you have time to get out and explore on the ground, as long as you can handle the cold weather, you will have some of the best resorts, winter activities and shopping at your fingertips.
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