Just about everyone knows Aspen is a great spot for skiing. This tiny Colorado town nestled in the Rockies is also known as a year-round paradise for a host of other outdoor activities, including bicycling, hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, fly fishing, and horseback riding. And couples who take an Aspen honeymoon will find many romantic places to enjoy together year-round.
What could be more romantic than drifting through the air in a hot air balloon just after sunrise? Your Aspen honeymoon adventure may include a champagne brunch, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries and flowers, then follows with a flight over the Rockies. And if you're happier watching and photographing these vessels, circle your calendar for the annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, held in September.
Feeling adventurous? Aspen Paragliding offers morning excursions that leave from Aspen Mountain. After landing in a pastoral field, couples on an Aspen honeymoon can enjoy a champagne toast or a picnic.
The Aspen Cooking School offers private, hands-on classes. The hosts — chefs, sommeliers, cookbook authors, professional instructors and gourmets – guarantee an experience like no other. The menu may includes scrumptious items such as seared wild salmon and scallops in oyster sauce and a lemon wonton Napoleon.
How about tackling the wilds of Aspen on your honeymoon? If this is your first time, there's no shame in choosing a mild, beginner journey. Adventure rafting takes you where the water rushes a bit faster. And wild rafting trips can lead to unpredictable situations through fast-moving rapids. Hold on tight!
Remède Spa at the St. Regis Hotel offers 60 and 90 minute side-by-side couples massages that are completely customized. Beforehand, couples on an Aspen honeymoon can enjoy champagne and chocolates. Afterward, they can luxuriate in the spa’s unique hot tub, with three waterfalls tumbling down a stone wall. A steam room is available, along with a comprehensive menu of spa services.
The Silver Queen Gondola, which glides to the top of Aspen Mountain, is not exclusively for skiers. Couples on an Aspen honeymoon can take the 15-minute ride up to enjoy the spectacular views year-round. At the 11,200-foot summit, the Sundeck features casual dining with creative entrees such as tandoori chicken. Friday nights the restaurant hosts moonlight dinners with live music to make the outstanding views even more romantic.
O2 Aspen Spa customizes private “partner yoga” classes that are perfect for an Aspen honeymoon. The sessions can take place at the spa itself, which is located in a converted Victorian building, outside on the mountain, or at any other location.
Aspen is filled with shops, many of them familiar designer boutiques. Some are perfect for browsing on an Aspen honeymoon, like Amen Wardy, which sells $40 shower caps, and Malo, with $660 cashmere sweaters. But there are also some more affordable stores. The Columbine sells fossils, gems, and distinctive jewelry, and Les Chefs d'Aspen carries artisanal soaps and unusual housewares. Explore Bookstore is a haven for book lovers. For Colorado-style souvenirs, check out Aspen Hatter, where custom hats are made locally.
Throughout the year, Aspen hosts special events that add a special touch to an Aspen honeymoon. They include the Food & Wine Classic in June, which features celebrity chefs and vintners; the Aspen Arts Festival in June, with craftspeople turning the town into an outdoor art gallery; the Janus Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival; the Aspen Film Festival; and the Aspen Dance Festival. Find out what's planned when you want to visit by checking the Aspend Chamber of Commerce Web site.