Aspen. For the last 6 years Ryan and I have spent Valentine’s Day in San Francisco. He went to school there, it’s only an hour flight and super romantic. 

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Last year we decided to switch things up and headed out to Aspen for a quick weekend. I’m usually way more of a beach girl, but we loved it and knew it would be a new Vday tradition! This year we had 3 full days in Aspen and it was even more magical than before.

Where to Stay

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We stayed at The Little Nell which is absolutely adorbs. It’s a 5 star hotel right in the heart of the town (which is only like 4 square blocks) and has ski on – ski off access to Aspen Mountain. Our room was a standard mountain view room, but a standard room here is like a suite at most other hotels. It had a fireplace, dinning area, balcony and seriously the comfiest beds.

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There was also a GIANT bathroom with a huge tub, shower and two vanities. It was amazing to be able to do my makeup and hair in my own space! At home we share a small bathroom so I usually end up doing my makeup on the floor in my studio. That was all great, but if you saw my IG story while we were there you’d know the real highlight was the pump soap ? Ryan was real happy that he didn’t have to use bar soap to wash his hands…It’s the little things in life right?

Where to Play

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Aspen Snowmass is the best. There are four mountains you can ride that all have a little something different. My favorite is Aspen Highlands – mostly because of Cloud 9 which is basically a party on the mountain. We hit that up day one and I totally got my mountain legs back. The second day we went to Aspen mountain since it was literally a step outside the door of our hotel and I loved it. It was my first time boarding there and the runs are super long and really fun. Until I got too confident, started turbo-ing down the mountain and fell on my booty?

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Again, I’m a beach girl, so I can only last so long actually snowboarding. Ryan has been riding his whole life and is amazing. He’s so sweet and always wants to help me, but I feel like I slow him down. I usually end up heading down early to give him time to ride solo. And I’m perfectly happy cozied up with s’mores and some champs watching him crush it on the mountain.

The Little Nell Aprés Skis so hard and they have two of my favorite restaurants Element 47 and Ajax Tavern . I LOVE seafood and I’m telling you Element 47 has the best lobster I’ve had in my life. EVER! I died.

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There is also a super fun bar Chair 9 that has a DJ in the afternoons. We headed there after boarding to watch the opening ceremony of the olympics and it was so fun!

There was something special about being in a snow town, surrounded by avid snow sport people (I’m sure there is a better descriptor for this ? ) watching the best of the best from around the world competing for gold

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There literally isn’t anything I would have done differently about this trip – except maybe falling and bruising my tailbone but…

My Aspen Musts

  • Stay at The Little Nell – I’ll never stay anywhere else in Aspen now. #spoiled
  • Get lift tickets ahead of time Aspen Snowmass and save some $$$ + you get to go to any of the 4 mountains
  • Grab the best almond milk latte ever at the Australian espresso and wine bar VICTORIA+co
  • Go to White House Tavern for lunch the day you arrive- the Macho Salad is everything. Don’t forget to hit Ajax Tavern for drinks + lunch after hitting Aspen Mountain.
  • For dinner’s Element 47 is a must for a delicious fancy night out. We also loved Meat & Cheese as well as Grey Lady for seafood!
  • Cloud 9 is 100% a must do/see. Get a reservation ahead of time for the 2pm lunch and get ready to be like…
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When you ski up to Cloud 9 you’ll think it’s just a nice restaurant on the mountain, which it is, but bottles start poppin’ and the jams get cranked up in the afternoon and it’s just one of those thing you have to see to believe. You just need to go.

After such an incredible trip we’re thinking about going back during the summer. Everyone says it’s amazing and there are so many activities to do. Do you have a favorite winter or summer destination? Where is it??

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Hannah R
Hannah R
2 years ago

I live in Breckenridge Colorado and I’m a ski patroller at Keystone resort so I get to snowboard 5days a week for work. I feel the same way about going to the beach like you do about going on a ski vacation, total tourist! ☺️ I’m starting the hot body meal plan tomorrow so I’ll see if it goes well with the snowboarding lifestyle! Thanks for all you do ?
-Hannah

Team LSF
Team LSF
2 years ago
Reply to  Hannah R

That’s amazing Hannah! What a cool job! Can’t wait for you to get into the plan!

Christine
Christine
2 years ago

YES! Aspen in the summer is AMAZING!! Things to do: 1. Go on the gondola up the mountain and have lunch. 2. Rent a car and go to Maroon Bells hike and take some time to check out Independence Pass (only open in the summer months) 3. I would go late June/or the months of July/August to let the flowers and grass have a chance to get lush.

May Selby
May Selby
2 years ago

What a fun tour d’Aspen in February, Katie! And love the list of must do activities – especially après at Ajax Tavern.

Team LSF
Team LSF
2 years ago
Reply to  May Selby

It was such an incredible trip!

Sara Jane Sweet
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing your experiences!
I’m about to board a plane there & sooo excited to check out the town with some of my besties!
Love your photos! ???