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In Aspen, kids playing with their food is encouraged!


All hands for pasta-making
Never were two boys more unlike one another than mine when it comes to cooking. My elder son, Tanner, age 8, abhors anything remotely culinary, while my younger, Brady, age 5, was all but born with an apron wrapped around his waist, a wooden stirring spoon in his hand. The consummate chef and critic. more
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Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty


The Maroon Bells in fall foliage near Aspen
Fall, in fact, we discovered, is a terrific time to gather the grown gang in Colorado. The days are sunny — warm enough for stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking — and the evenings crisp. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to browse in Aspen’s shops, peruse the Saturday farmer’s market, hike or bike or even attend a film festiva more
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ACES in Aspen: a hidden gem for local and visiting families


Reggie with too cute baby bunny at Rockbottom Ranch ACES near Basalt CO
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is celebrating its 45th anniversary and it is a great place to learn more about the spectacular environment here—and the creatures who call it home, whether you visit in summer, fall or winter. more
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Fly fishing near Aspen — it’s about the fishing not the catching


Mel Yemma with guide Trevor Clapper in the Roaring Fork River
“It’s about the experience,” says our guide Trevor Clapper from the Little Nell Adventure Shop, which offers trips that end in Basalt, about 20 miles downriver. Clapper says of everything people want to do in the summer or fall when they come to Aspen—off road jeep tours, guided hiking trips, white river rafting—fly fishing is the most popular. more
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Great memories of an epic hike from Crested Butte to Aspen in Colorado


On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen
I’d always wanted to do the famous hike between Crested Butte in Southwest Colorado and Aspen –12.2 miles along the West Maroon trail, crossing the Maroon Pass which is 12,500 feet high. And in the year since— as we get ready to meet up with family for a week at a Portico Club rental house in Snowmass, up the road from Aspen--I’ve thought a lot about that hike. more
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Taking the kids to Aspen in summer when it’s affordable


Learning about wildlife with ACES
There’s no better place to combine activity and indulgence than in Aspen in summer. And it won’t bust your budget either. The Little Nell, for example, is offering free room nights and fly-fishing excursions, with rates as much as half-off peak winter rates. You can save even more on a condo rental in Aspen or Snowmass, more
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Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome open again after huge restoration


Living room at Hotel Jerome
The Hotel Jerome has just reopened before Christmas in the heart of downtown Aspen after a multi-million dollar renovation (every one of the 93 rooms and suites has its own luxurious bathroom, of course) and its not unusual in ski season for room rates to be over $800 a night. more
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Two blue bird family days in Snowmass and Aspen


nother blue bird day at Snowmass
I’ve always thought Snowmass was terrific for families with younger kids—its Treehouse kids’ learning facility is a standout in the industry complete with indoor climbing wall. There’s a climbing room, teen activities like movie night, and six interactive themed rooms for infants 8 weeks and older. more
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Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen


On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen
As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I had been the ones beseeching her and her older brother and sister when they were tired and hungry and we were trying to avoid a meltdown on a ski hill, a hiking trail, Walt Disney World or in the middle of Paris. more
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Exploring Colorado in the summer


Fly fishing in Colorado
The skies are blue, the air is clear and there is no evidence of fire where tourists would go. “Some people watching TV thought the whole city burned up,” one local told me. “Some people thought the entire state burned,” said another in Crested Butte. Fortunately, Colorado’s fire-impacted areas represent less than 1 percent of the state’s 23 million acres of public land. more
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