Dog Friendly Hotel in Aspen:
In Aspen our spring off-season is a time where most locals flee to the desert for warmer temperatures and to get away from unwanted snow that falls after the mountain closes. Instead, we decided to have a staycation and stay at one of Aspen’s moderately priced, pet-friendly hotels, located right in town, the Hotel Aspen.
We checked into the hotel and it actually was kind of nice to be self-sufficient. No lingering bell boy waiting for a tip, no lobby to reign my kids in. Our oldest son found the cart and loaded up our bags and we traipsed off to find our room; bags, dog, boys and all.
The room was comfortable and clean with wood floors instead of carpeting, which I’m more partial to when dogs are part of the picture. We had all we needed; tv, pool, wifi and close proximity to Main St. Bakery, town and Paepcke park.
That wintery evening our dog Muki pulled the boys on their skateboards around town and then we went to see the Warren Miller film, Wintervention. A half hour into the film I was exhausted and realized that my knuckles were white from gripping myself. Skiing through champagne, untracked powder while cool sweeps of snow caresses my face is total Nirvana for me and I was getting all pumped up for the winter season to begin. This is not to say that I wouldn’t enjoy a few more months of perfect fall weather.
The next morning I took Muki across the street to the beautiful Paepcke park and we played fetch amongst the majestic enormous Pines that appeared as though they were wearing white, frilly skirts from the snow.
With a few more hours to kill before the boys woke up I went to read by the fire in the hotel’s breakfast room upstairs. The room was cozy with big windows to let the scenery in and as I read, Aspen Mountain slowly became dusted from the giant snowflakes gently floating down outside.
The different languages being spoken as families trickled had us feeling as though we were in Europe and as I mingled with the parents, the children raced to the assorted pastries and Fruit Loops dispenser. I was slightly envious of the Italian couple traveling for three weeks with their two boys, taking off every few days to explore Colorado. Then there was Kim, the Dane, traveling to the States with his “NFL” friends to see the Dallas Cowboys game. Kim’s English was impeccable, a result of the importance the schools place on language in Europe.
My family finally materialized and the breakfast room became one big party, an international smorgasbord of kids, parents and football fanatics, in no hurry to go out into the weather.
After breakfast we put on our bathrobes and walked over to the sister property, the Molly Gibson lodge, to swim in their pool, since our pool was closed off for maintenance. We launched our best cannonballs and swam around like dolphins, having yet another incredible day of family bonding.
Sitting in the hot tub, I asked my husband and the boys to be silent for thirty seconds and imagine themselves in a far away place. When we opened our eyes we all told of where we went off to. I was in Hawaii in an emerald green pool, under a magnificent waterfall, the answers of the boys was far less imaginative. They were happy to be right where they were.
Throughout the weekend, I kept running into the same group of friends. We were on the same circuit moving from the last Saturday Farmers market to Arjuna Yoga to Jour de Fete to the Warren Miller film to O2 for more yoga and on to Peaches Cafe to load up on more caffeine and muffins. As much as I love living in the country, I could see how much livelier life could be living in town.
When the weekend came to an end, my husband and I collapsed back into our own bed so thankful that we didn’t have to travel far to experience an action packed vacation away from his home and we made a pact to do it all over again in the following spring.