Traveling to Aspen, Colorado? The McCartney Properties area guide below brings you information and resources regarding tons of fun and exciting things to do in Aspen. From recreational activities, festivals, the arts, culinary hotspots and more there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Our goal is to help you create memorable experiences during your visit. Aspen has so much to offer year-round for all kinds of visitors, bringing you “up close and personal” with nature, excitement, and fun! The history and abundant cultural activities, including great music, couture shopping, and art galleries, are each rich and unique.

Aspen plays host to the Food and Wine Classic, the Aspen Institute and Ideas Festival, the Aspen Music School and Festival, ESPN’s Winter X-Games, World Cup skiing, and many, other events that elevate Aspen to a truly world-class destination.

Our local knowledge of the area is at your disposal! Download our mobile app, powered by Glad to Have You, at the bottom of the page for further local recommendations and access to area information on the go! Or contact our office for a personalized recommendation.

Our Guide to Aspen Colorado

Aspen offers exceptional events and access to arts and culture, including the Food and Wine Classic, Aspen Music Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass June and Labor Day Festivals, Gay Ski Week, the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival, and a myriad of fabulous shopping, art exhibitions, music and other events throughout the year!

Aspen Food & Wine Chefs
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Options for dining out and living it up in Aspen abound. From fresh seafood and oysters are flown in daily to fine, slopeside dining and locally grown and raised craft menus, there is a restaurant for every taste.

Later, clink champagne glasses with Aspen’s glitterati, put on your dancing shoes and see live music at the Belly Up, or cozy up fireside at an intimate wine or whiskey bar.

Aspen’s famous shopping belies the small town feel. You can find high-end fashion, such as Gucci, Burberry, Moncler, and Prada, along with local boutiques offering everything from unique jewelry to outerwear, furs, art, and luggage. Best of all, shopping in Aspen involves wandering down picturesque streets sprinkled healthily with unique cafes and galleries.

Downtown Aspen mall
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Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, or whether you’re just beginning or have skied since you could walk, Aspen’s four mountains have something for you!

Ajax, the picturesque ski area rising over downtown Aspen, is within easy walking distance from many of our properties. Buttermilk, Snowmass, and Highlands offer even more terrain and are a quick and free shuttle ride away.

Aspen also offers incredible ski and snowboard instructors and lots of options for rental and purchase of ski gear. Find out how to arrange lift tickets, rentals, and lessons in advance of your visit.

Aspen’s a great place for the whole family to visit, summer or winter! Ski school is great for the kids to get a quick start on their skills on the slopes (it’s good for mom and dad, too!), and the Aspen area offers tubing on Snowmass and ice skating at numerous rinks, and hiking, biking, golf, tennis, and camps all summer.

Kids & Family

Whether your idea of a good day is joining up with the locals to adventure up (and down!) Highlands Bowl or blasting downhill on a mountain bike, or taking a leisurely few runs before lunch or spending the afternoon fly fishing, Aspen has it all!

For the staples and to stock your kitchen, Aspen does have regular grocery stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies. Many may be conveniently located within easy walking distance of your rental property!

Also note that you can pre-order some or all of your supplies at Ski Country Grocer, which will deliver your order to your unit.

Grocery Stores

Aspen Vacation Planning Resources

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Below are further links to some of the McCartney staff’s favorite restaurants and activities, as well as a calendar of events. This list is also available via our mobile app! Download it today to have all of our recommendations and additional property information at your fingertips!

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