Romance in Aspen:
Planning a romantic weekend for Valentines Day? You can’t get much more romantic than strolling down twinkly lit snowlined streets, and outside malls, of a ski town nestled in the Rockies of Colorado. Well known for being a ski resort community, in the summers and the wintertime, the cosmopolitan town of Aspen is also a paradise for hiking, fly fishing and horseback riding junkies, all romantic activities that couples can enjoy on Valentines Day, or any other time of the year.
Being a famous getaway location, there are many romantic hotels from which to choose. Our personal favorites are The Residence Hotel, The Hotel Jerome and The Limelight Lodge. For a break on cost, check out Mountain Chalet Aspen and Hotel Aspen.
Or…if you already live here, how about considering whisking that certain someone away? To find great prices and to book hotels in other cities, including outside the United States, visit websites like?HostelWorld.
If you stay in Aspen, here are some ideas for that special day of love:
Romantic Restaurant Fun in Aspen:
San Valentino Menu at one of our favorite Italian Restaurants, Gisella.?www.gisellaaspen.com:
quattro piatti $70
?antipasti $16 / primi $24 / secondi $ 38 / dolci $12
?passato di porri tartufati
potato-leek soup / crme fraiche / shaved black truffle
marinated imperial shrimp / tomato vinaigrette / yellow vine-ripened tomato /
fresh strawberries / black olive / basil confetti
pane pomodori e burrata
toasted country bread / marinated red and yellow tomatoes / fresh burrata /
micro arugula / aged balsamic
tortelloni di zucca
homemade butternut squash tortelloni / sage / balsamic brown butter
handkerchief pasta / maine lobster morsels / artichokes / shiitake /
roasted tomato / tarragon / lobster lemon sauce
carnaroli rice / green asparagus? / mascarpone / prosciutto di parma
?galetto alla senape
oven – roasted cornish hen / red onion / sun-dried tomato / whole grain mustard sauce
?bocconcini di vitello
grilled veal tenderloin / parsnip-carrot compote / porcini – marsala reduction
rombo al sapore di mare
pan seared halibut filet / zucchini ragu / pinenut-caper emulsion
strawberry panacotta / lovers macarons / hazelnut chocolate mousse
Chefs Club Does Valentines Dinner by Land and Sea:
Chefs Club by?Food & Wine?is known for showcasing creative dishes by some of the countrys Best New Chefs in its concept restaurant inside the St. Regis Aspen. For Valentines Day, that means a land-and-sea-inspired entree followed by a slew of sweet treats. But if grilled prime rib and lobster arent your loves thing, then the? la carte menu featuring fromage blanc agnolotti or grilled venison and beet embers might please the palate.?The entire wine list is curated by Food & Wine Editor,?Ray Isle and Sommelier, LeeAnn Kaufman.
It is also possible to skip dinner and go for dessert: chocolate and strawberries and dark chocolate cake round out the menu. Or just drink a raspberry-cheesecake?martini and call it a night.
Cuvee’s Tenth Annual Aphrodisiac Dinner:
1 Billion Rising Dance Party at Jimmy’s An American Restaurant & Bar:
Snowshoe and Ski Tours with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies:
Travel along mountain streams, over ridgelines, and through beautiful valleys while learning about mountain ecology on ACES’ naturalist guided snowshoe tours. Daily snowshoe tours are offered on top of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, and at the Ashcroft Ghost Town. Daily ski tours are offered from the top of the Elk Camp lift on Snowmass. Be sure to check out their Elk Camp Evening Snowshoe Tour. For more information visit,?www.aspennature.org
Snowcat Powder Tour:
Love Powder? Take a POWDER TOUR. Luxury snowcats take you to?prime untracked stashes on the backside of?Aspen Mountain. Fresh tracks guaranteed and gourmet lunch?is included.
Enjoy no lift lines, no crowds, just the exhilaration of skiing some of the Rocky Mountains’ finest powder snow in a spectacular setting.?Two guides and a driver lead each 12 person snowcat group, selecting terrain according to daily snow conditions and the group’s experience.?Snowboards are welcome on Aspen Mountain Powder Tours.
A hearty lunch is served in a cozy wood-stove heated cabin set in the heart of the picturesque Elk Mountains
Powder Tours are on a reservations-only basis and require a credit card number to hold the booking.?For reservations visit the Powder Tours desk in the gondola building,?call 970-920-0720 or 800-525-6200 x3720.
Snowcat Dinner Rides – Share the Love with your Friends:
Enjoy?an exquisite western mountain dinner prepared by our executive chef while musicians entertain you throughout the evening. You will travel to and from the cabin in snowcats, which pick up slopeside?at BASE?VILLAGE outside of Sneaky’s Tavern. The price per person includes a snowcat ride to and from the cabin, a?four-course meal, and live entertainment.? This is a Family Friendly event and is available Tuesday and Thursday nights; please call our Concierge Services Dept. for times & availability. Cost is $99 for adults, $57 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children ages 2 and under; prices do not include beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations required for dinner, 970-923-8715 or 1-800-525-6200 x4715 for Concierge Services.
Lynn Britt Cabin is available year-round for weddings & other private events for groups from 30 to 200 people. Contact Eva Pekkala for more info by email or call 970-923-0912.
*Note: Lynn Britt Cabin requires a minimum of?25-30 people to run the event ? if the minimum is not met, reservations will be rescheduled. Prices do not include service charge, sales tax, or alcoholic beverages.
Write Your Own Love Story at The St. Regis Aspen:
Few things are more romantic than a handwritten love letter. Write your sweet nothings down on paper and the concierge will deliver the notes to your loved one throughout the day. The package comes with a deluxe king room, bottle of champagne, couples massage, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the St. Regis, and two one-day lift tickets to Aspen Mountain. $1,499 per couple. For reservations call 1-888-454-9005.
Valentine’s Day Gifts & Specials in Aspen:
Book a Massage:
For all of February, get $20 off of a 60 minute massage ($80 value)?with Ambere Cunningham at Grace Massage?: ?http://epicrelaxation.com/specials.
Book a Facial:
Remember Pila? Here is your chance to experience that Intraceutical Oxygen Facial at Heaven on Earth. Pila is offering one of the following with any purchase of our 60 – 120 Minute Journey:
? 15 Minute Rejuvenating Scalp Massage will leave you floating on Cloud 9 ?
? Heated Thai Herbal Poultice melts muscle tension and soothes the spirit ?
? Eye Brow Wax, will have you channeling your inner queen for your Valentine’s Date ?
All specials all valid thru Feb. 28. Visit?http://www.heavenonearthaspen.com
Enliven your senses with Aromatherapy.
For Valentine’s Day Candice Claire Oksenhorn is offering 25% off of?your first online purchase. Visit?www.floracopeia.com/discount?and enter code: candiceclaire.
Have?Bundles ~ Colorado Artisan Gift Co. put together a Valentine’s Day Bundle for your loved one:
Bundles will include a range of Colorado products including spa products and chocolate treats.?Mention that you saw this on Aspen Real Life and receive 15% off of your purchase. 303.885.9108.?bundlesgiftco.com.
Stella & Dot E-Gift Card:
If you haven’t gotten your special someone?what they deserve yet for Valentine’s Day – no problem!!! Send her a Stella & Dot E-Gift Card and you will be her hero!!!? It will arrive right in your “In Box”!? What could be easier????? Shop here: ?http://shop.stelladot.com/style/b2c_en_us/stella-dot-gift-card.html or?email me [email protected] ?for more GREAT gift ideas!
Sexy Jewelry from Pame’ Designs:
20% off ALL full price scarves from now until the 14th at Two Old Hippies. All customers receive a complimentary valentine card with a scarf purchase!?http://www.twooldhippies.com/visit-the-store
MEOW – Help Bring out the Sex Kitten in your Loved One (I’m thinking the gift will benefit both the dancer and the significant other):
Give a gift certificate to Holly Miele’s Pole Dancing Workshop.?[email protected].?Phone: 970-274-1564