In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen and Snowmass possess a quiet (if one-percenter) vibe. Come for the crisp Colorado air, vibrant sunsets, and aspen trees, from which the town derives its name. The aspens sway like golden paintbrushes.
The winter playground of the famed (and family-friendly) Snowmass Mountain boasts over 3,300 acres of terrain, catering to novices and seasoned alpinists alike. During spring, summer, and autumn, activities switch gears to biking, hiking, fishing, and rafting.
Beyond the slopes, Aspen is a haven for art and culture. The ornate and historic Wheeler Opera House is surrounded by galleries, museums, boutiques, luxe hotels, and Victorian architecture. Vibrant nightlife includes world-class cuisine at The Little Nell and spirited camaraderie at J-Bar. Along with celeb sitings and visitors oozing wealth, mere mortals walk the streets with the best of them. — Kim Grant