Posted on June 11, 2019 by Chris Klug
The annual FOOD & WINE Classic (June 14-16) is undoubtedly Aspen’s tastiest… and toughest ticket of the summer. Now in its 37th year, more than 5,000 foodies will descend upon the downtown core to indulge in the three-day culinary celebration. The Grand Tasting Pavilion is the epicenter of the festival, with endless food and wine tastings, while lively cooking demonstrations, interactive seminars and panel discussions are held at additional venues. Snowmass Village plays host to a tour stop from Cochon555, an ongoing series of authentic, hyper-local food events in 15 cities across the country focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs. It is unaffiliated with the Classic, but is always a cornerstone of the weekend. The Food & Wine Classic pass has a $1,700 price tag and access is exclusive. But, if you’re a local sans pass or decide on a last-minute weekend getaway, you can still be a part of the action with open-to-the-public events added into the mix of other unofficial festivities. Here are five ways to Food & Wine without a pass:
Heitz Cellar Legacy Dinner
Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., Element 47 at The Little Nell
This evening brings a trio of wine industry titans together for a meal not-to-be-missed. It includes the return of former Little Nell Wine Director Carlton McCoy, in his new role as the CEO of Heitz Cellar, joined by the estate’s winemaker, Brittany Sherwood. Together, they will guide guests on a journey through the decades of the classic wines of Heitz Legacy Collection and share details about the history of The Heitz Cellar, which was founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz whose objective was to make California’s most elegant, well balanced and pure Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The evening will be anchored by a seasonal tasting menu from Element 47’s executive chef Matt Zubrod. $1,200, thelittlenell.com
Thursday, June 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village
The annual Snowmass Free Concert Series has again teamed up with Cochon555 for an ultimate al fresco evening on Fanny Hill to kick-off Food and Wine Classic festivities. Pairing musical guests SEE-I Reggae Funkmasters with culinary experiences curated by the dynamic team behind Heritage Fire. Nationally-acclaimed chefs along with local all-stars, Kyle Wilkins of Home Team BBQ and Michael Coco of Snowmass Tourism, will be loading up wood-fired grills with heritage breed sausages paired with artisanal wines and hand-crafted cocktails from El Tesoro Tequila and Courvoisier. $40 wristband (all-inclusive), free (music only), cochon555.com
Food & Wine Classic 5K Charity Race
Friday, June 14, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Rio Grande Park
Earn those extra calories for later during this early morning jaunt through downtown Aspen with your favorite foodies. Proceeds from registration benefit both the Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wave, the national non-profit dedicated to supporting small and midsize farms, and making fresh, healthy, locally grown produce available to underserved communities. This year’s fun run is hosted by chefs Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, and Michel Nischan. $35 (advance), $45 (on site), foodandwine.com
Saturday, June 15, 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village
This epic live-fire feast showcases local pitmasters Andrew Helsley (Aspen Skiing Company), Jim Butchart (Aspen Skiing Company), Eddy Chimal (Venga Venga), Alberto Figueroa (Viceroy Snowmass), Kyle Wilkins (Home Team BBQ), Jason DeBacker (The Edge Restaurant) and Dan Foster (Westin Snowmass) along with more than 50 notable others chefs and butchers who go nose to tail on 3,500 pounds of heritage breed meats en plein-air with plenty of wine and cocktails to wash it all down. $150 (general admission), $200 (VIP), cochon555.com
Farewell Feast: Best New Restaurants
Sunday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Hotel Jerome
Each year, Food & Wine editors embark on an epic year-long road trip, traveling the country in search of America’s most exciting, important and delicious new restaurants. The July 2019 issue of Food & Wine officially reveals the exceptional list, but this culmination of the festival will welcome the winning chefs themselves to offer up a once-in-a-lifetime walk-around tasting for guests—all at the historic Hotel Jerome. $150, foodandwine.com
For the complete schedule, visit: classic.foodandwine.com and cochon555.com and follow all of the action on social media @foodandwine / #fwclassic and @cochon555 / #heritagefire. For lucky pass-holders, don’t forget to download the official Food & Wine Classic app to help you navigate the tents.
Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog
Posted on June 7, 2019 by Chris Klug
Mud season blues got you down? Think again!
Winter has passed, yet summer is still just over the horizon. While it may seem like a difficult time of year to get outdoors and enjoy all the fun-filled activities Aspen-Snowmass has to offer, spring is actually the most unique time of year in our beautiful valley to combine some of our favorite sports!
Have you ever skied and played golf in the same day? Skied and biked? It’s a rare few who can lay claim to the spring sport trifecta of skiing, golfing, AND biking in one seriously epic day. Aspen Mountain will be opening again for the weekend of 6/8 - 6/9 and rumors are swirling about potentially opening over Food and Wine weekend as well… we’ll have to take advantage of our multi-sport days while we can!
With the recent openings of Maroon Lake and Independence Pass, those who are slightly less ambitious can go for a leisurely yet stunning drive through the lush green of the valley floor up into the white-capped peaks of winter. Zip on up to the top of Independence Pass and watch the backcountry skiers rip up some spring corn snow, or take a drive up to the Maroon Bells to view some of the avalanche paths that carved their way across the road during this record-breaking winter. Swaths of trees hundreds of yards long were flattened in some of the larger avalanche paths- it’s a truly unique sight that you don’t want to miss.
Whatever adventures you chose to pursue this “mud season,” make sure you save some time for a casual stroll around town. While the people watching isn’t yet quite as entertaining as it will be in July, the puppy watching is on point! Keep an eye out for the cute little fuzz balls wagging their tails around the walking malls.
Skiing, golfing, biking, and puppies! Spring just might be the best time of year in Aspen-Snowmass!
Posted on April 5, 2019 by Chris Klug
Get ready for an epic couple of weeks ahead here in beautiful Aspen! It really feels like springtime today! Tonight, head to the base of Buttermilk for the first ever Après Music Festival! This three-day festival starts with a performance by Umphrey’s McGee tonight, followed by back to back performances by The String Cheese Incident on Saturday and Sunday.The Après Music Festival marks the start of a series of fantastic closing day parties on all four of our local resort mountains. Before the concert on Sunday, participate in Buttermilk’s closing day party, or as locals like to call it, Bacon appreciation day. Starting at 9 am head to Buttermilk for all things bacon, including bacon and waffles from the Cliffhouse Restaurant, bacon doughnuts from ColoraDough, and various bacon samplers scattered around the mountain from 11 am until it’s all gone. From 1 - 5 pm there will be live music, kids games, face painting, and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps Restaurant from 2-4!
Personally, my favorite closing day experience is found on Highlands starting on April 14th. I like to start by picking out the most ridiculous costume I can get my hands on. Last year I wore one of those inflatable T-Rex suits, and while dressing up isn’t required, I strongly recommend it. Start your day by hiking the bowl for a free ski patrol BBQ at the top. From there head on down to Cloud Nine for a drink and to watch, or even participate in, a champagne war! Finally, join the rest of the closing day partiers for a beer and a slice of Pizza at the Ale House, the natural conduit for all skiers and borders coming off the mountain. This is great place to mingle with other locals or out of towners to say goodbye until next year.
The next weekend after Highlands Closing Party we also have Snowmass Mountain’s Surf and Snow Beach Party to celebrate the closing of Snowmass Mountain on the 20th, followed by the 80’s Prom Party on Aspen Mountain for their closing on April 21st. What a month to be in Aspen! Happy Friday! Have fun at The Apres at Buttermilk this weekend!
Posted on March 8, 2019 by Chris Klug
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Posted on March 1, 2019 by Chris Klug
The snow is coming down hard in Aspen Snowmass today! I am excited to share a few of my March top picks for best real estate deals in Aspen and Snowmass. 71 Pitkin Way is a great lot opportunity on lower Red Mountain, sold with CCY plans to build and 8,600 square foot home. Permits ready to pick up and break ground, saving a buyer about two years of designing, planning and approvals. 50 Pine Lane, listed by Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, is a fantastic ski property at the top of Wood Run. 174 Twining Flats is also one of my favorite riverfront properties. This 2.6 acre lot to include the plans from KA DesignWorks for for a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,245 sq. ft. residence with a 923 sq. ft. 3-car garage and detached barn. For a few ski-in/ski-out condo opportunities, check out 130 Wood Road Unit 341, Unit 716 and Unit 506.
Please call or email anytime if I can be of help. I study the market every day. I'm here full-time, ready to help you. It's going to be a great spring season ahead with more powder days to come! Have a fun weekend. I hope to see you out racing the Power of Four!
Posted on February 4, 2019 by Chris Klug
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Posted on December 13, 2018 by Chris Klug
Please join Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's for the Base Village Grand Opening Apres Ski Open House at our Base Village office on Saturday, December 15th from 3:00-6:00 PM. Enjoy a fun hot chocolate bar, hot cider and tasty treats!
Posted on October 17, 2018 by Chris Klug
Glitter Gulch, Tony Town, Fat City, Canary City … ah, Aspen. The monikers for this rich-in-history former mining enclave are thanks to a glitz-and-glam reputation bolstered by billionaires on holiday, celebrities hiding out, luxury boutiques, fine dining, five-star resorts, a world-class arts scene and of course, jaw-dropping real estate. But it’s the full-timers—from hippies, ranchers and artists to families, farmers and athletes—who’ve given the ski town its true soul over the years and still help balance the high life with real life year-round.
As soon as the leaves stop falling in October, many businesses hang “Gone to the beach” signs on their doors signaling a bi-annual, well-deserved break before the lifts start spinning. The snow has already arrived, which means one thing: off-season has too.
While the scene is noticeably slower, if you’re thinking about purchasing a vacation property, scoping out a short-term rental or just booking a pre-holiday holiday, now is the perfect time to plan a visit to get a true sense of what life in this year-round, close-knit community is actually like.
Here’s a complete guide to living like a local:
EAT + DRINK
It’s usually a guessing game when trying to find a place to eat and drink from now until the first week of December. But there are plenty of spots that stay open, many showing their appreciation for those who stick around town with deep discounts.*
Locals gather every morning for high-fives on the patio or catch up at the community table at Jour de Fête (710 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-5055, jourdefeteaspen.com), family owned and operated since 1988. Owner Olivier Mottier’s French roots shine through on the breakfast and lunch menus, but the chorizo burrito here is the go-to to-go.
Grab a signature Hillstone sandwich and a handcrafted cocktail at White House Tavern (302 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-1007, aspenwhitehouse.com), an always-bustling, cozy converted mining-era home that inspired its name.
Do the daily lunch special at Mezzaluna (mezzalunaaspen.com), where pastas and pizzas are $12 or the daily dinner special offering your pick of five $15 entrées or $8 appetizers with 25% off all bottles of wine.
Meat & Cheese (319 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-710-7120, meatandcheeseaspen.com) always makes for a special meal of award-winning “world farmhouse” cuisine, creative craft cocktails and too-pretty-to-eat charcuterie boards. Plus, they give everyone 15% off for off-season in the restaurant and Farm Shop through November 20.
Head just outside of town to Home Team BBQ (38750, CO-82, 970-236-2040, hometeambbq.com) for daily happy hour with a special menu from 4-6 p.m., “Friday Night Live” with Woody Creek Distillers drink specials and a rotating roster of local bands or Sunday brunch with NFL Sunday Ticket on the big screens.
Campo de Fiori (205 S.Mill St., 970-920-7717, campodefiori.net) offers 25% off the entire bill every night of the week (excluding bar menu) where you can chat up the regulars and warm up with authentic Italian eats.
Everyone loves Rustique Bistro (216 S. Monarch, 970-920-2555, rustiquebistro.com) for its “Fried Chicken Thursdays” including three courses for $27 and its nightly prix fixe for two courses for $36.
Duck into The Little Nell (675 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-4600, thelittlenell.com) for three courses for $47 in the luxury hotel’s signature restaurant Element 47 through October 31.
*For the full list of who’s open and who’s closed, visit eataspen.com. And always ask your server to confirm special offers.
Take advantage of lodging deals like the Limelight Hotel’s Colorado Locals Rate which offers a standard or deluxe room from $160 per night with proof of residency (355 S. Monarch St., 970-925-3025, limelighthotels.com). Find a five-star stay for less at its sister property, The Little Nell, for $245 per night for a standard room through November 22. Aspen Meadows Resort offers a Leaf Peepers Fall Foliage Package, valid through October 22 for 20 percent off lodging with breakfast for two daily and a Colorado Local’s Special for up to 40% off a regular room rate through December 20 (845 Meadows Rd. 970-925-4240, aspenmeadows.com).
SEE + DO
Droves of visitors go crazy to catch the fall colors, which peak in Aspen in late September and although the snow is already falling, there’s still a little bit of leaf peeping to be had. Car restrictions up to the Maroon Bells (fs.usda.gov) ended on October 8 and the road stays open through mid-November, so now, you can take a leisurely drive up to sightsee around one of the world’s most photographed mountains or to Ashcroft Ghost Town (aspenhistory.org)—both sure to be much more serene sans the crowds.
The Aspen Art Museum (637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050, aspenartmuseum.org) presents innovative exhibitions from the international contemporary art scene with admission free of charge thanks to its generous donor base. Its roof deck café is a favorite spot for coffee or lunch meetings, which also plays host to Movies at the Museum—an ongoing series of free film screenings.
Weather permitting, take a walking tour through the West End with the Aspen Historical Society (620 W. Bleecker, 970-925-3721, aspenhistory.org), which is focused on history, architecture and the little-known facts about the Victorian-era homes and the people who lived in them. By appointment only, you can also go for a guided tour of downtown Aspen in AHS’ new electric vehicle—complete with a visit to both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum.
Listen to live music at the Belly Up Aspen (450 S. Galena St., 970-544-9800, bellyupaspen.com), which has local bands on the calendar with no cover mixed with headliners like Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket (October 30) and Michael Franti (November 11).
The third annual Lead With Love, a four-day retreat (October 25-28, ileadwithlovesummit.org) at the Aspen Institute, offers yoga and meditation, spiritual psychology sessions, self-care services, leadership seminars and an eco-friendly marketplace.
Get your ski legs ready with yoga at Aspen Shakti (535 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-1655, aspenshakti.com), a pilates session at O2 Aspen (408 S. Mill St., 970-925-4002, o2aspen.com), or spin class at CycleBar (110 S. Spring St., 970-710-7398, aspen.cyclebar.com). Rejuvenate at the St. Regis Aspen’s Remede Spa (315 E. Dean St., 970-920-3300, stregisaspen.com) where you can spend an entire day in between the grotto, hot tub, cold plunge pool, steam room, sauna and oxygen lounge. A Local Love special is valid for a 60-minute massage or facial for $150 through October 18
Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog
Downtown Aspen on October 10, 2018 with a fresh dusting of snow. Photo by Craig Turpin/Rising Sun Photography
Posted on March 16, 2018 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! We got a little more spring snow last night with more in the forecast for Sunday. March is a great time of year in Aspen for many fun spring events. Kick of the weekend tonight with sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain followed by a party under the stars at the Sundeck. Click here for more details. If you want to continue your Friday night, G. Love and Special Sauce are playing at Belly up. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Doors open at 9:00 PM. For a more relaxing experience on Saturday morning, check out Morning Meditation at O2 Aspen at their new location at 408 S. Mill Street. On Saturday evening, Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk Mountain hosts their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, which benefits the charity assistance fund for the needy in the Roaring Fork Valley. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and live Irish music by The Crowlin Feries. On Sunday check out Clicquot in the Snow on the patio at Ajax Tavern. This fun spring party offers the perfect place to apres-ski with locals and visitors alike.
Check out my exclusive listing below at 633 W. Francis Street in Aspen’s West End. Traditional meets contemporary in this home located on a 6,018 sq. ft. corner lot. Enjoy Aspen and Shadow Mountain views from the south facing walkout living room deck. Every room connects to the outdoors with almost 1,000 sq. ft. of decks and patios. An architectural glass elevator accesses all levels. The completely renovated main level master features an open layout with a TV lounge area warmed by a gas fireplace. Calcutta gold marble adorns the master bath with steam shower and dual vanities. It is just a few blocks to the Aspen Institute and the Benedict Music Tent. You can't beat the quality and location of this home! www.633WestFrancis.com
Posted on August 21, 2015 by Mary Kate
Happy Friday from Aspen! The weather rules this week. We're getting a little smoke from the West Coast forest fires, but otherwise it's another beautiful day in the Roaring Fork Valley. We had so much fun hosting Stage 3 & 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike race here in Aspen. Congrats to Kiel Reijnen and Team UHC for repeating in Aspen. I climbed up Independence Pass yesterday morning to cheer the racers over the top. It was such a fun scene up there and no cars. I loved seeing so many friends out on their bikes. It's so impressive the racers go to the top in an hour.
I wanted to give you a brief update on the week in Aspen Real Estate:
Three properties closed in Aspen this week. The highest sale was, 110-116 Difficult Lane, it closed for $10.5 million. 1430 Crystal Lake Road closed for $2.4 million and Unit #214 at Hunter Creek closed for $513,000. 120 Red Mountain Road, listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty, went under contract yesterday. The property is listed for $8,900,000, $2,145 list per per sq. ft. This is another Starwood Ventures Friedland project with a new contemporary Kim Raymond design overlooking Hunter Creek. 1419 Crystal Lake Road, listed by Weaver & Briscoe, the former Butera property, also went under contract this week. The property is listed for $13,000,000, $1,629 list price per sq. ft. Great river setting, but new owner will have to endure the new Aspen Club Living development the next few years, but in the end will have a brand new sixty million athletic club across the river. There are currently 51 properties under contract in Aspen compared to 38 in Basalt and 20 in Snowmass. 354 properties are listed in Aspen today with 65 priced over ten million. The summer has been a little slower, but sales will pick up in September and October and I think we will still have a strong finish to the summer selling season. I am ready for it!
Open House at Timber Ridge 1-E
I am hosting an open house today, August 21st from 3-5 pm at Timber Ridge 1-E located in the Aspen Core. This is a 680 SF, one bedroom/one bathroom condo located at the base of lift 1-A. Click here to check it. Can't wait to see you there!
Have a great weekend. If you would like a complete market report please call or email anytime. I am an expert on the Roaring Fork Real Estate market and am ready to help you. Enjoy your weekend.