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Guide to Aspen/Snowmass Bachelorette Parties

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Planning a Bachelorette weekend for a special bride? Aspen is the perfect destination! Glamorous, scenic and a mix of adventure and relaxation, there is something for everyone in your party to enjoy. Here are some ideas to help you plan!

Stay

  • The Viceroy, Snowmass Village: Is a popular choice for Bachelorette parties. They have luxurious 4 bedroom penthouses, a great option for keeping everyone together during the trip They have a 14 passenger shuttle that can be used to venture out into Aspen for a night out on the town without the worry of having to drive.

  • Hotel Jerome: Is a luxurious option with gorgeous views and a great location close to downtown. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the many outdoor activities along with world-class dining and shopping.

  • Frias Properties- Another great option is renting a condo or home for the weekend! It’s a great way to have everyone in your group stay under one roof with enough space. Guests of Frias Properties enjoy health club privileges and also receive complimentary airport transportation.

    Click here for additional accommodations we recommend!

 

Dine

Planning our your meals is important. Dinner reservations are a must in Aspen, especially for a large group. Both the Viceroy and Hotel Jerome have great dining options on property.

  • At the Viceroy, bachelorette parties can enjoy custom dinners in private dining rooms at TORO. Or for those looking for a more interactive meal, cooking classes with the executive chef. Must have dishes include the Hawaiian Tuna “Nikkei” and the Charred Brussel Sprouts- to die for! Sip on The Painkiller-(diplomatico reserva, bacardi 8yr rum , pineapple juice, coconut cream , orange juice) served in a fun pineapple glass!

  • Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar is a casual hot spot with vintage cocktails and small bites to eat.

    Other fun options we love:

  • Element 47 at the Little Nell is a favorite of locals and tourists, Element 47 features impeccable service with the local, seasonal flavors of Colorado. Great ambiance and an extensive wine list! Brunch here is also amazing, mimosas- need we say more!
  • The Bar at Wildwood in the Westin Snowmass is a fun spot to hang out. They have a nice fireplace and a beer hall feel with 10 taps of brews and pizzas!
  • Matsuhisa is a popular spot among sushi lovers! The charming little blue and red Victorian house doesn’t look like your typical sushi restaurant, but once inside it’s a sophisticated, Japanese style restaurant.
  • Venga Venga Cantina is a fun spot to get the party started. Mexican cuisine, lots of specialty cocktails and tequila tastings. They also have an Apres ski happy hour 3-6 pm Thursday-Saturday with live music.

 

Daytime

There is a lot to do in Aspen throughout the year.

  • If you come in the winter, for those that love the outdoors, take advantage of the amazing skiing or snowmobiling. Summer, enjoy hiking or river rafting!
  • Another great option for active groups include private yoga sessions on the Ying Yang.
  • Your group of ladies will be sure to enjoy some pampering during a spa day! Treat yourself to a massage, facial or get your hair and makeup done at Full Circle Salon and Mobile Beauty. You could even book them to come do your makeup in the hotel suite!
  • The Viceroy, Snowmass Village also has an amazing, luxurious spa with a variety of treatment options. You will want to spend the day here!

Nightlife

Ready to get the party started?

  • If you are making it an extended weekend, Thursday night free concerts on Fanny Hill followed by drinks at Base Camp afterward is a must!!
  • Check out Belly Up Aspen. This is a music venue and is busy at night!
  • A few bars open until 2 include Red Onion, Justice Snows, Eric’s Bar and Zane’s Tavern.
  • Escobar is a nightclub that has neon lights, a modern, cool crowd and music spinning. Perfect for dancing! Book a table to ensure you can get in and enjoy this hot spot.

 

These are a few ideas to make your bachelorette weekend getaway to Aspen one that is unforgettable! Thank you to Katie de Besche Director of Catering at Viceroy Snowmass for her contributions to this post.

March 15, 2018 |

5 Fun Wedding Favor Ideas

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Favors are a small part of your wedding day details but they can be important. After months of planning you may just be considering the smaller details like favors. Wedding favors are a special way to thank your guests for attending your special day. They can be a part of your table decor and connect with your wedding theme. Still, wedding favors can often be extremely difficult to decide on. Here are 5 ideas for fun Aspen wedding favors.

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1. Sweet Treats Surprise your guests with an edible treat to-go! Fun ideas include homemade flavored popcorn, s’more kits, cupcakes in a box, candy, chocolate, coffee or tea, honey or jam, and more. Hot chocolate mix with marshmallows and chocolate shavings in a mason jar is a cute idea for a winter wedding. The options are limitless. Pick something that is meaningful to the two of you. Make sure it is easy to take home, you don’t want people leaving them behind! Add little tags such as “Love is Sweet,” “Donut Leave Without a Treat” and other fun cards with a thank you!

2. Watch Love Grow Send your guests home with some seed packets, a satchel of lavender or a mini plant. These are perfect for outdoorsy weddings or for couples that love nature.

3. Kiss the Cook If you and your significant other love creating masterpieces in the kitchen, creating your own spice mix or condiment is a great gift. Give guests a spice packet blend that you mixed up yourself or share your signature salsa or BBQ sauce. Keep in mind that if guests are traveling by airplane to Aspen, they may not be able to bring anything liquid back in their bags.

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4. Cheers to the Mr. and Mrs.

Keep the party going after the wedding by gifting mini alcohol, wine or champagne bottles. Another quirky idea is to give your guests mini hangover kits. Include a water bottle, tylenol, mints, visine, small toothbrush, chapstick, hair tie, tissues, emergen-c, etc.

5. Local Aspen

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Put together a little gift bag of goodies local to Aspen. Bundles Gift Company can help you put together an amazing looking bag. You can also choose to do welcome bags for an extra special treat for your guests. Include sweet and savory snacks, a refreshing drink, water bottles, altitude kits or anything that will make their stay more enjoyable.

Hopefully these ideas helped inspire you for your own favor ideas. Have you picked your favors already? Comment below with what you are doing, we would love to know!

June 15, 2016 |

Modern Luxury – Modern Aspen Weddings

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Have you seen the latest Modern Luxury Magazine – Aspen, Winter edition?

Inside you will see 4 highlighted weddings, dream venues with mountain splendor and tips and ideas for planning an Aspen wedding, including Pre-wedding pampering  for the groom!

Featured weddings include this one coordinated by Jane Floyd and Associates  and photographed by Otto Schultz at the top of Aspen Mountain, plus 3 more weddings featuring local wedding vendors.

 

See the Featured Weddings

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Check out the food & drink guide!  We’ve never seen a more complete and helpful guide.  SEE HERE

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December 27, 2015 |

Top Five Bar Menus in Aspen Colorado

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Aspen Magazine lists the top bar menus in Aspen, from fish ceviches, steak and eggs to house-spun gelato!

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1. Jimmy’s Bodega
Only in summer does Bodega bust out a bar menu. Situated at the intersection of the Grand Tasting Tent during June’s Food & Wine Classic and the pedestrian mall, it’s ground zero for alfresco nibbles like market fish ceviches ($15), seafood plateaus ($26 to $120) and Baja fish tacos ($12). Take advantage of this mezcaleria’s extensive bar offerings (it’s owned by Jimmy Yeager of Jimmy’s restaurant fame and a celebrated mixologist in his own right) and order a boutique agave served neat or, if you’re with a group, go for the signature BOC on BFIC (i.e., Bucket of Cocktails on Big F-ing Ice Cubes). There are worse ways to spend a sunny afternoon. 307 S. Mill St., 970.710.2182

2. Steakhouse No. 316
Inside this historic 19th century former home, the atmosphere is sexy and moody, just as a proper steakhouse should be. After a day of outdoor adventure, indulge in a jumbo lump crabcake with citrus slaw and whole-grain mustard cream ($12); steak and eggs ($17); or the 316 Bistro filet with chimichurri, housemade steak sauce and hand-cut fries ($19). 316 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.920.1893

3. Cache Cache
If it’s a full-on dining experience with all the bells and whistles you want, then, by all means, eat in the dining room. But locals love the sleek, seductively lit bar for its mellower vibe; fly-on-the-wall potential; exquisitely made cocktails; and Chef de Cuisine Nathan King’s earthy yet refined fare, made with local produce, meat and wild foods King forages himself. The housemade pastas are standouts. 205 S. Mill St., 970.925.3835

– See the entire list at: http://modernluxury.com/aspen/story/top-five-bar-menus#sthash.tAog8l7M.dpuf

June 4, 2015 |

Top 10 Pre-Wedding Activities for Groom and Groomsmen

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We asked Aspen wedding and event planner Suzanne Dupre – of An Aspen Affair, what outdoor activities her grooms have done with their groomsmen before the big wedding day and here is what she had to share.

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Top 10 Pre-Wedding Activities for Groom and Groomsmen:

  • The mountain streams around Aspen are not only picturesque, but also offer some of the finest Fly Fishing in North America.  (Contact Aspen Outfitting)

  • Aspen Outfitting Company offers a private clay shooting range for beginners or expert shooters.

  • Two of Colorado’s most cherished rivers The Roaring Fork and Colorado are nearby and make for incredible rafting, kayaking and stand up paddle board trips. (Contact Blazing Adventures)

  • Summertime games of paintball on Snowmass Mountain provide the chance to do something different, and ridiculously fun! (Phone: 970-923-1227)

  • Aspen Paragliding, experience the thrill and freedom of free flight from the summit of Aspen Mountain! No experience necessary.

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  • Pony up to the bar at Woody Creek Distillers. A tasting room complete with their own locally crafted vodka, gin and whiskey.

  • Maroon Bells wilderness downhill bike ride is a 12-mile descent through the Maroon Valley. (Contact Blazing Adventures)

  • The Snowmass Rodeo is the longest running rodeo in Colorado. Get a glimpse of western heritage at its finest.

  • The Roaring Fork valley boasts several beautiful Golf Courses; the courses accommodate all levels of play. (Contact Aspen Golf Club)

  • The Roaring Fork Valley is renowned for its mountains. Check it out up close and personal on one of Blazing Adventures hiking trips.

Thank you to Suzanne Dupre of An Aspen Affair for her suggestions and also Blazing Adventures for the images in this post.

 

February 21, 2015 |

Recreation Activities for a Wedding Weekend in Aspen

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Are you planning a wedding in Aspen or visiting the area? Planning recreation activities while you are here should be on your list!  Enjoying some quality time together in the beautiful outdoors gives family and friends from both sides time to bond and can help relax and de-stress the bride and groom. From fishing to hiking to rafting there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some ideas for fun activities you can plan for your family, friends or your wedding party.

For the adventurous: Raft down the river or take a jeep tour

Renée Fleisher, Director of Group Services from Blazing Adventures shares that “rafting and jeep rides are very popular with guests who come here to celebrate a wedding. It is a great opportunity for the two families to get to know each other.”

rafting in aspenTaylor pass, blazing adventuresThere are a variety of rafting trips and jeep tours for all levels of experience and interests.

For the explorer: Plan a guided fishing trip or horseback ride

If you are looking for a way to create amazing memories, plan a breakfast group horseback ride or enjoy a half or full day of fishing. Your group can enjoy the surroundings all year round, with beautiful snowcapped mountains in the winter, brilliant foliage in the fall, and wildflowers in the spring and summer.

For the outdoorsman: Take a scenic hike or bike ride

Enjoying a hike is a wonderful way for your guests to bond and also see the stunning views of Aspen. Matt Kuhn, Trails Manager for the City of Aspen tells us, “There are also many hiking opportunities around the area, and one of our favorites is the Ajax Trail. Hikers traverse the base of Aspen Mountain with great views of town and Smuggler Mountain. Those willing to venture out of a bit can explore trails around the Maroon Bells and other public lands in the valley.” These hikes are not for the faint of heart, with the Aspen Mountain hike taking about 2 hours and bringing you up to a height of 3,000+ vertical feet. Another trip up, Little Nell Run, takes hikers from the gondola to Spar Gulch at the top. This is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch on the sundeck and take in the breathtaking views.

(Aspen Mountain, 675 E. Durant Avenue call 970-925-1220 for more information)

Other beautiful hikes include American Lake and Cathedral Lake. These trails are difficult as well rising over 2,000 feet through groves, boulder fields and switchbacks. The trip will take you about 2-3 hours and is about 6 miles roundtrip. Pack water, snacks, layers and wear hiking shoes. After taking in the scenic views, your group can head to Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch.

(Pine Creek Cookhouse, 11399 Castle Creek Road call 970-925-1044 for reservations)

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For those that prefer biking, there are a number of trails for visitors to enjoy. Matt Kuhn shares, “One of the most popular bike rides in the valley is to rent a bicycle in Aspen and ride along the Rio Grande trail. Cyclists can ride from Aspen as far as they are comfortable, and one of the most popular destinations is to ride to the Woody Creek Tavern which is about 8 miles one way from Aspen.”

For the sports enthusiasts: Enjoy 18 holes Do you have golfers in your group? The semi-private, par-72 Snowmass Club golf course is a great place to play. Book tee times for your group and begin your day at the practice area. After tackling the bunkers, challenging greens and sculpted fairways, visit the Black Saddle Bar and Grille for something to eat.

(Snowmass Golf Club, 0239 Snowmass Club Circle, call 970-923-5600 for tee times)

For the fitness fanatic: Battle the stand up paddle board

Book an instruction class for the newest passion in Aspen, stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Whether you are looking for instruction on still water or the river, it is a great workout and thrilling activity to try. The Aspen Kayak and SUP academy offers full and half day lessons as well as kayak expeditions on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers for beginners and advanced paddlers.

For the foodie: Enjoy local cuisine

Foodies in the group will enjoy sampling local cuisines through a food tour or cooking class. Renée shares, “Another option for weddings is to take over either our small, less expensive Sunset Dinner at Burlingame Cabin or the version at the Lynn Britt Dinner that accommodate 60-65 (guests) and more with a tent. In the past many people have used these venues for their Rehearsal Dinners.”

At the Burlingame and Lynn Britt Cabin’s you can spend the evening by the campfire, enjoy conversation, live music, and s’mores under the stars. What a great way to kick-off your wedding weekend!

These are just a few of the many options for recreational activities those getting married in or visiting Aspen can participate in. Whether you choose rafting, hiking, biking or even a hot air balloon ride, any of these adventures will be an unforgettable experience and create great memories for everyone!

A special “thank you” to Matt Kuhn and Renée Fleisher for their input. To find out more about the specific recreation packages available at Blazing Adventures, visit their listing here. Click here for a complete list of Aspen hiking and biking trails.

December 23, 2014 |

Bachelorette Weekend in Aspen

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The 2014 wedding season is almost upon us so it is time to start planning bachelorette parties. Aspen is such a beautiful place in the wintertime so why not plan a winter weekend getaway for you and your bridesmaids. If you are looking for something fun, unique, and classy a weekend in the mountains with your best girlfriends is an amazing idea.

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Welcome the bridal party to your bachelorette weekend with a plaid themed welcome booklet that includes an itinerary with all the details of your weekend getaway. Include a fun photo scavenger hunt in the welcome booklet that you and your girlfriends can do throughout the weekend. Some fun ideas that are unique to Aspen like an urban cowboy, man riding a bike with his skis, or an outrageous ski outfit.wedding-invitations

Welcome your bridesmaids to the mountains with a gift bag that is full of things they can use over the weekend.  Include matching scarves, hats, and mittens to stay warm throughout your weekend activities and a personalized coffee mug for those coffee and bailey’s you’ll be drinking all weekend.

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While a day on the ski slopes is a fun way to spend time with your girlfriends it can also be exhausting which is why a morning at the spa is a perfect way to relax and unwind the next day. Allow yourself to be pampered!

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After a morning of relaxation enjoy lunch at one of Aspen’s many fabulous restaurants and take your girlfriends for an afternoon of ice skating at the base of Aspen Mountain.

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Aspen has some of the best shopping you can find from high-end designers like Gucci and Prada to unique one of a kind boutiques like the Aspen Emporium on Main Street. After an afternoon of shopping, enjoy cocktails and dinner at one of Aspen’s many hot nightspots. You could enjoy the famous Nobu sushi at Matsuhisa or travel back in time to old Aspen at the Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar.

A great way to end your winter weekend in the mountains is to treat your girlfriends to a sleigh ride to Aspen’s famous Maroon Bells and lunch at the cozy Klondike cabin in the mountains.

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There’s nothing better to top off a yummy lunch than s’mores and a chocolate espresso martini!

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Your best friends will never forget such an amazing and unique bachelorette weekend in Colorado’s best mountain town!


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Featured Aspen Wedding Guide Vendors:

Coordination: Bluebird Productions

Photography: Robin Proctor Photography

Floral: Aspen Branch

Paper: Express Yourself

Venue: Hotel Jerome, T Lazy 7 Ranch, and Maroon Bells Outfitters

November 5, 2013 |

Aspen Music Connections at The Viceroy this winter

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Tom Hills of Aspen Music Connections has teamed up with the Viceroy and 8K restaurant to develop an entertainment line up centered around jazz and jazz- influenced genres. Calling it the “Five Shades of Jazz”, Hills has enlisted Vid Weatherwax, of Detroit, to play keyboard and arrange music for 8k at the Viceroy Hotel Snowmass Wednesday through Sundays during the winter season.

“It takes a combined effort to make entertainment more than just a corporate gesture of necessity”, Hills said. “Music should complement a venue like a perfect glass of wine would a meal.” Aspen Music Connections is able to also complement the style of wedding you want with your musical tastes to reflect the couple and the locale.

“Since the term ‘jazz’ can mean many things to many people, we were careful not to stick to a strict style, such as Traditional Jazz,”  Hills said. “Instead, we sought to bring the most accessible styles of jazz and jazz-influenced genres, such as contemporary and New Orleans-style jazz. Along with that, we decided to bring R & B and blues to the mix, being that they are not only highly influenced by jazz but also complement it seamlessly.”

Aspen Music Connections is a great source for all genres of music and has an array of artists within its portfolio suitable for all types of events and gathers. For the entertainment at the Viceroy’s 8K Hills brought in multi-instrumentalist and longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Chris Bank to join Vid Weatherwax  to create a large variety of music in which you will hear, but both men do some singing and on Saturdays are joined with Roberta Lewis.

Hills hopes, “ Five Shades of Jazz” will translate into returning customers for the restaurant and hotel. When music complements a venue, guests “remember their hotel stay as an ensemble of satisfaction”, he said. This goes for a wedding reception as well.

Contact Aspen Music Connections today to find your perfect musical match!

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February 26, 2013 |
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