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I visited Aspen for the first time last week, and I feel in love with this winter wonderland as soon as we landed. The snowcapped mountains and softly falling snowflakes… how could you not!?

After getting a lot of questions from many of you looking to visit this winter, I wanted to put together a post with what we did, my favorite spots and the details on what I packed!

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the St. Regis Aspen and wow. It was stunning.  The hotel is large enough to offer a fabulous spa, gym and several restaurants, but small enough to feel intimate and easy to get around.  You can walk to the shopping and dining area of town as well as the ski lift, so the location literally could not be better.

Our room was absolutely gorgeous and had the most beautiful bathroom (photographed below), and the service was exceptional. We made time to hop in the heated pool and hot tub (also photographed below!), and you know I took advantage of the daily hot chocolate on tap. Perhaps a little too much.

Plus there is a hotel mascot, the gorgeous Kitty, a Bernese Mountain dog! You can see his darling self below, he’s just a 5-month old little baby. You can always catch him at the 4:45 saber in the courtyard!

Scroll down for my restaurant and activity picks –

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coat – vintage, similar styles here, here and here | similar sweater here and here | leggings | boots | similar beanie | belt bag

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vest | turtleneck | skirt – Once Was, similar styles here and here | tights, also available here | similar boots here and here

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coat | turtleneck | pants, also available here | clutch | heels, similar style for less here | similar fishnet socks

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dress | belt | tights, also available here | similar booties here and here | clutch | similar hat here and here

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similar hat | turtleneck | skirt – Once Was, similar style here and here | tights, also available here | coat – vintage, similar style here and here | clutch | similar gloves | similar boots

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similar beanie | leggings | cashmere hoodie – Minnie Rose, similar style here | boots | coat | Nikki’s coat

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similar hat | sweaterpants, also available here | belt bag | similar booties here and here

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sheet mask, available here and here – get 20% off anything on Tula.com with code KATHLEEN20

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velvet jumpsuit – Johnny Was, similar style here | similar fishnet socks | heels, also available here | bodysuit, also available here | vest – Once Was, also love this one and this one | belt bag | neckerchief

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similar beanie | vestleggings | cashmere hoodie – Minnie Rose, similar style here | boots

Where We Ate

Velvet Buck | The BLT breakfast sandwich is lethal. And the detox juice was so delicious I considered ordering a second one!

White House Tavern | I saw this restaurant recommended several times and it definitely lived up to the hype. Their crispy chicken sandwich is what they’re known for, so we had to order one for the table and even as someone who doesn’t really even eat chicken anymore… it was amazing.

We went for lunch as dinner can be pretty busy, and I would absolutely visit here again!  Nikki was raving about it!

7908 Aspen |  We came here for a group dinner and everyone was raving about their entrees. My favorite part was actually the side dishes. We had a pretty big group so we got one of everything, and I just got a small salad so I could enjoy the side dishes, which were insane. So much flavor it was like having a Thanksgiving meal again. SO GOOD.

EMP Winter House | This is a pop-up restaurant located in the St. Regis that is led by Swiss Chef Daniel Humm.  We attended a St. Regis Midnight Supper here, and the bone broth and lobster were amazing.  We also attended a little dinner with Blade and Bow Whiskey in one of the yurts and had Alpine cheese fondue. Yes, please!

I didn’t get a chance to try it myself, but I also heard great things about Meat & Cheese and Pine Creek Cookhouse.

Activities

Spa | We visited the St. Regis Spa, and I was excited and surprised to see amenities I’ve never seen in a spa before!  I had a glorious 60-minute massage and then sat in one of their indoor heated pools with a waterfall… yes, please. They have hot tubs, heated pools and a sauna attached to the spa, as well as a complimentary oxygen bar. We had to see what it was all about, and we sat in the peaceful room by the fireplace sipping hot tea while getting about a 10 minute oxygen charge. It was like drinking a double espresso. After being in that high altitude, I felt so refreshed!

Snow Polo | The annual World Snow Polo Championship was what brought us into town, and it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. We walked to this gorgeous heated tent (photographed below!) with a gorgeous winter themed bar, chandeliers, champagne, mini bloody mary’s, crab legs… I was like… ok this is next level.

The British announcer made sure to bring the energy, and I loved that both male and female polo players were playing each other in the tournament. I even met one of the female champions and she was fabulous.

Yurt Village | For the month of December, the hotel had this darling yurt village you’ll see photographed below.  In each little yurt there’s a different vibe and setting. One is a dining table and polo themed, one is whiskey themed, one is a bar… it’s a magical little area. One of my favorite experiences of the week!  Take a sneak peek inside here.

Shopping | There is a darling main street shopping area that is across the street from the St. Regis. Some of our favorite shops we popped into where The Little Bird (amazing consignment/vintage shop) and Forty Five Ten. They also have all your fancy runs like Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada.

I’ve also hard the Aspen Art Museum is very cool, along with Dogsledding, Wheeler Opera House and of course, epic snowboarding and snow skiing are also top of list.

And don’t forget about Cloud Nine!

Thank you so much for reading! You can find all my travel guides in the travel category of this site, or simply type in the city you’re looking for in the search bar and it should pop right up!

If you’ve been to Aspen and have a favorite spot I didn’t list, I’d love to hear for my next visit. It really is the most charming little town. Hope you guys have a fab weekend – XO –

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  1. Hi Kathleen- Love your posts! This one is especially timely since I’m going to Aspen in Feb. Can’t wait! As someone who struggles to get everything into one rollerboard suitcase, I’m curious to know how many bags you bring on your trips. (Maybe it’s a steamer trunk?) Packing tips appreciated! XO

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