You don't have to be a celebrity or billionaire (or even a skier) to enjoy the scene in Aspen—but a healthy bank account sure won't hurt.
Start your day off right with an espresso and handmade pastry at Peach’s Corner Café. 121 S. Galena St.; peachscorner.com
Adequately caffeinated, hit Aspen’s famous shops. In between the classics (Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada) lie notable additions: WeSC is one of just three outlets of the Swedish concept store in the US, and fashionable yogis can now find designer workout wear at the new 02 Aspen.
After a half-day of skiing or shopping, have a leisurely European-style lunch at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, where chef Andreas Fischbacher offers heart-warming fare like fondue, raclette and elk ragoût. aspensnowmass.com
The best après scene in Aspen is poolside, even in winter. Catch DJNaka G at local hot spots like 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel or the Viceroy Snowmass, where the pool is hot and the air is steamy.
Forget five-star dining: The burger is back, with a slew of comfort-food-themed spots opening this winter by seasoned local restaurateurs. CP Burger, owned by Samantha and Craig Cordts-Pearce; 520 Grill, the latest fromchefs Troy Selby and Wheaton Augur; and Aspen’s oldest bar, the Red Onion, which makes its return thanks to Tom Colosi and his sister Jennifer.
Miami-based restaurateur Miky Grendene is bringing his show to Aspen with Casa Tua, an Italian Alps-inspired restaurant and club slated to open this month.
Hotel Aspen’s milliondollar face-lift with renovated guest rooms and the requisite heated pool. hotelaspen.com
Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings starting December 20, previewing the hottest movies of the coming year. aspenfilm.org
The third annual Aspen Fashion Week, March 13 to 17, featuring the best in winter runway. aspenfashionweek.com