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Taking the kids: To Aspen this summer and fall
Eileen with CamelBak on the road to Maroon Bells near Aspen CO

Taking the kids: To Aspen this summer and fall

Everyone who visits Aspen — summer, fall or winter — should make time for an ACES activity, whether guided hike (there are free guided walks), winter snowshoe tours, storytelling, free junior naturalist activity books and the chance to visit the resident rescued Golden Eagle, Red Tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl that can no longer live in the wild

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Pizza in Aspen? Pizza in Heaven? This is Colorado

The Gant Aspen not only is Aspen’s only condominium hotel that offers food and beverage right here, but the new artisanal take out pizzas from Boulder’s popular Boss Lady Pizza has proved a huge hit on weekends.

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THE LITTLE NELL’S 30 YEARS IN ASPEN

The Little Nell Pearl Anniversary, a celebration commemorating 30 years as a premier hotel in Aspen, Colorado, will kick off on Thanksgiving weekend. The festivities will continue all ski season-long with partnerships, promotions, and parties.

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Taking the Kids — what’s in your bag of tricks for outdoor fun?
Getting up-close and personal with a snail

Taking the Kids — what’s in your bag of tricks for outdoor fun?

There’s no better time than autumn to get outdoors and get away, whether you have a day, a weekend or a week. ACES should be on everyone’s list when they visit Aspen with its terrific in-town nature preserve

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Challenging kids to learn nature at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Learning nature at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Challenging kids to learn nature at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

At the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), environmental educators including Denali Barron and Bowman Leigh think a grab bag of nature challenges can help kids engage with the outdoors—and get off their devices.

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Taking the Kids — summer fun and July 4 in the mountains
Best Summer Vacation Ever

Taking the Kids — summer fun and July 4 in the mountains

These days across ski country you’ll find not only plenty of old-fashioned celebrations for Independence Day but also a growing number of mountaintop and mountainside activities

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When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains
At the top of the East Maroon Pass

When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains

I always suggest parents and grandparents let the kids lead some of the time on vacation, even when they are in grade school. They will take you in unexpected directions

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Aspen/Snowmass in the summer and fall – Affordable for Families
Summer dining on Aspen Mountain

Aspen/Snowmass in the summer and fall – Affordable for Families

The scenery is beautiful. There are plenty of activities. And you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for lift tickets to have fun in the summer or fall in Aspen/Snowmass CO.

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