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Dream + Explore: Aspen Travel Guide

Aspen is an enchanting destination where the snow-capped Rocky Mountains frame the charming town below.

We love this beautiful getaway because it is refreshing, peaceful, and awe-inspiring, like its namesake room spray in our Dream + Explore collection.

Whether you’re an avid skier or want to escape into nature, Aspen will captivate you.

So, let us share this dreamy destination with you through our Aspen travel guide and show you why it inspired our alluring scent.

Dream + Explore: What to Do in Aspen

  • Ski at one of the four sister resorts in Aspen – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk.

  • Experience the vibrant après-ski scene in Aspen and Snowmass Village.

  • Enjoy Aspen’s outdoor activities – including hiking, birding, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing.

  • Wander around town and visit high-end boutiques and shops to buy unique Aspen gifts.

Where to Eat


Bear Den Aspen has a decadent breakfast menu you can’t miss. They have an outstanding selection of pastries, fresh juices, tartines, and bowls. The brioche French toast with brûléed ricotta and seasonal jam is a must-try dish!

Mawa’s Kitchen is a local legend in Aspen. The restaurant draws from owner Mawa McQueen’s French and African heritage and blends it with American classics. You really can’t go wrong with any delicious breakfast item at Mawa’s.

Poppycock’s is a restaurant where you can grab a hearty meal steps away from the gondolas. They are most famous for their corn griddle and old-fashioned oatmeal buttermilk pancakes.


White House Tavern is a great place to stop by for a hearty lunch and signature wines, beers, and cocktails. You can be adventurous and opt for the daily featured sandwich or try their house smoked salmon.

Francesa’s Pasta Market and Empanadas is an Argentine/Italian deli serving up seasonal, local dishes sourced from local farmer’s markets. You’ll love their homemade Argentine empanadas, pizzas, and desserts.

Pyramid Bistro is a “nutritarian” restaurant created by chef and owner Martin Oswald. Everything at this eatery is healthy and delicious. They offer a Thai-inspired menu at lunch with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.


Bosq is a restaurant headed by Chef C. Barclay Dodge that serves food sourced from backyard foraging and local farms. A few standout items to try are the smoked salmon cracker and their version of Peking duck.

Matsuhisa is the brainchild of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu fame. Here, you can sample world-class sushi in a quintessentially Aspen historical Victorian home.

French Alpine Bistro will make you feel like you’re dining in the French Alps with its classic French menu. They have incredible French onion soup, fondue, and crepes.

Clark’s Aspen is a “catch” when it comes to seafood restaurants. The restaurant is a true Aspen gem serving up an outstanding daily happy hour and catch-of-the-day specials.

Where to Stay

No Aspen travel guide would be complete without mentioning Hotel Jerome. It has been a landmark in Aspen since 1889 during the town’s silver boom peak, and is the only remaining hotel from that era. Today, it is a warm and cozy luxury resort with unparalleled ski access, wellness programs, and wedding and event venues.

If your goal is to get from your room to the ski slopes in a matter of minutes, The Little Nell is ideal for you. This lovely hotel is just 0.1 miles away from Aspen Mountain and offers ski-in-ski-out access. You can also enjoy other amenities, including their health club and delicious restaurants.

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