It’s time for another edition of my Eat, Play, Run series. This one is all about Aspen, Colorado. The hubs and I had a mini vacation that was jam packed with activities and eats.
Eat, Play, Run Aspen, Colorado
If you have never been to Aspen, it’s a considered to be one of the best ski resorts in the country as well as a year round vacation destination. It’s full of fabulous restaurants, a thriving art scene and an abundance of outdoor activities to meet every interest. Aspen is a short flight from Denver or a 4 drive. At around 8000 feet, the altitude can be a little bit of an adjustment.
We treated ourselves to ice cream a few times over the course of our visit. Hey it was National Ice Cream Day after all! I had a delicious spicy tofu and Japanese eggplant dish. My favorite salad was this rich and creamy Burrata with summer tomatoes.
Aspen has so many options for outdoor activities to please just about anyone. The first morning, I took a unique Vinyasa Yoga class at the top of Aspen mountain. To reach the class, we had to take a 20 minute Gondola ride (ski lift) up 4,000 feet. I as a little off balance up there as I had not adapted to the altitude yet. This special yoga class was held right at the edge of the mountain with the most spectacular views.
One of my friends was in town and she joined me for this experience. With live flute and violin performers as well as a live DJ who rapped for part of the class, this was a yoga class like no other I had ever taken. There was a wedding the day before and we took advantage of a few photo ops.
Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Aspen. Maroon Bells and Crater Lake are the most photographed areas in Colorado. I’ve done this hike twice before and the views never disappoint. My husband even enjoyed it (although he will never admit it). It’s about 4 miles round trip.
On our last afternoon, we hit the river for some serious White Water Rafting adventure. We have done this before in Aspen twice and it’s always a blast. The adrenaline really gets pumping as you paddle through the swells and the cold water (in the 40’s) flies into your face to remind you that it was snow not too long ago. The river never disappoints.
Did I mention the altitude? I set out for a short run. How could I not with the cool morning temps and low humidity? A few minutes into my run, I realized that it was not happening. I ended up on a 1 mile run and a 3 mile walk. No worries! I loved the scenery and crisp air. I need to stay longer next time so I can adapt to the altitude and get that scenic run in.
It is hard to beat the fabulous weather year around, the picturesque views and abundance of activities available in Aspen, Colorado. Hope to get back there next summer as well for some more eat, play, run Aspen.