Summer travel guide to Aspen, Colorado: Where to eat, where to stay and what to explore

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When most people think of Aspen, Colorado, they think of skiing, snowboarding, hot tubbing and lots of snow, but what most people don't realize is that Aspen is actually just as amazing a vacation destination in the summer -- maybe even BETTER than it is in the winter!

What do you do in a place like Aspen come warm weather? Well for one, you stand around and admire the beautiful scenery -- we're talking truly breathtaking, here. You hike, you bike, you ride horses, you eat great food and drink fabulous wine. It's spectacular.

Read on for our recommendations on where to stay and eat, as well as other fun vacation ideas!

WHERE TO STAY

St. Regis Hotel

Looking for total luxury on your trip to Aspen? The St. Regis is the place to be. With a beautiful pool, sprawling lobby and an amazing bar, the St. Regis is the epitome of #treatyoself. Plus, it's home to tons of cool events all summer long like the Food & Wine Classic.

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Hotel Jerome

If you're looking to be in the center of town, right in all the action, stay at Hotel Jerome. With a classic, old-school yet luxurious vibe, Hotel Jerome boasts proximity to just about everything and a very cool, authentic mountain experience.

WHERE TO EAT

Peach's Corner Cafe

Super healthy and delicious, Peach's Corner Café is where you should go for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy fresh, local fruits and veggies, specialty coffee and tea drinks like Matcha and a bright, sunny eating environment.

Jimmy's

For fine American cuisine, Jimmy's is the place to be. With a super cool rooftop, an evening meal or drink at the restaurant and bar is an incredible, outdoor experience. Plus, for three days during the Food & Wine Classic, the coat closet turns into the world's smallest speakeasy -- check it out here!

Jimmy's American restaurant and bar Aspen

Matsuhisa

You've probably heard of the famous Nobu restaurants frequented by celebrities, well Matsuhisa is owned by the same chef, is just as delicious and also just as trendy. If you're looking for sushi in the mountains, head this way.

WHERE TO GET YOUR HAIR DONE

Salon Tullio

There are a few places to get a decent blowout in the town of Aspen, but there's really only one spot in our opinion, and that's Salon Tullio. To give you an idea of just how great it is, it's where Yolanda Foster gets her hair done. Sitting back and sipping on some complimentary Sofia rosé from Francis Ford Coppola Winery was quite possibly our favorite Aspen activity, plus, your hair will look fantastic the rest of your trip.

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FUN THINGS TO DO

Take the gondola to the top of the mountain

In case you're views aren't amazing enough from your hotel room, take the Silver Queen Gondola up to the top of Aspen Mountain for just $22 where you can play lawn games, disc golf, hiking trails, Classic Music Saturdays and Bluegrass Sundays.

Go hiking at Maroon Bells

Hiking, photography, just look at the pictures. They speak for themselves.

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See Independence Pass

This is scary and beautiful. It's scary beautiful. Just do it -- but maybe not if you're afraid of heights.

Check out Aspen Brewing Company

Because beer, duh. Colorado is home to some of the best craft breweries in the world, so you can't not stop at one on your trip to Aspen!

Shop 'til you drop

There's a reason why so many celebs flock to Aspen year round, and it's not just because of the scenery or the good food. In the most unassuming way possible, the little town of Aspen is home to designer shopping like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gorsuch and so much more. Hope you brought your credit cards.

So what are you waiting for?! Book your trip to Aspen right now!

See photos of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen below:

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Culinary luminaries attend the Charleston Social on top of Aspen Mountain at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chris Consentino demonstrates at the Cooking Tent at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson and Gail Simmons demonstrate at the St. Regis at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons demonstrates at the St. Regis at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Tyler Florence and Nilou Motamed at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Marcus Samuellson, Claudine Pepin and Jacques Pepin at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Claudine Pepin, Marcus Samuellson and Jacques Pepin at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jonathan Waxman and Chris Consentino at the Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Mark Oldman presenting at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jose Garces attends the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jose Garces attends the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Oringer, Anne Burrell, Lindsay Slaby and Jay Hajj attend the Wines From Spain Party at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Kris Yenbamroong, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske attend the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Grayson Schmitz attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Sissy Biggers attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Richard Blais and Nilou Motamed attend the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Anne Burrell attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Justin Chapple attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jacques Pepin attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Michel Nischan attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Christina Grdovic and Katrin Naelapaa attend the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Mike Lata attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jazmin Zepeda and Richard Blais attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Anne Burrell attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Scott Conant, Jay Hajj, Mike Lata, Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Christina Tosi and Wylie Dufresne attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Billy Harris and Jamie Bissonnette attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chef Mike Lata attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jeremy Ford attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chef Phillip Frankland Lee attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons host the Last Call Dim Sum After Dark presented by American Express at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Andrew Zimmern hosts the Last Call Dim Sum After Dark presented by American Express at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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