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What to Do in Aspen During Food & Wine: Your Ultimate Guide

What to Do in Aspen During Food & Wine: Your Ultimate Guide

Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic is one of the most anticipated events of the year, drawing foodies and wine connoisseurs from around the globe. While the exquisite culinary experiences and tastings are the main attractions, Aspen offers much more during this festive weekend. Here’s your guide to making the most of your time in Aspen during the Food & Wine Classic, with a special highlight: the Hoorsenbuhs trunk show at Meridian Jewelers.

Indulge in World-Class Culinary Experiences

The Food & Wine Classic is renowned for its unparalleled culinary showcases. Be sure to attend and make sure to schedule out your days ahead of time as there are lots of overlapping events!

  • Grand Tastings: Sample from hundreds of wines and gourmet foods from celebrated chefs.
  • Cooking Demonstrations: Learn from culinary legends like Aisha Ibrahim, Allison Rose and Andrew Zimmern.
  • Seminars and Panels: Gain insider tips on everything from wine pairing to sustainable cooking practices.

Explore Aspen’s Natural Beauty

Take advantage of Aspen’s breathtaking scenery:

  • Biking: Enjoy the lush trails of the Rio Grande accessible from downtown or take a trip to see the scenic Maroon Bells. Buy your bus tickets in advance as this will book up quickly.
  • Paddle Boarding and Kayaking: Relax on the pristine waters of North Star Nature Preserve.
  • Hiking: A popular local hike, especially during Food and Wine weekend since its’ short and sweet is Smuggler Mountain. At the top you will get a gorgeous aerial view of Aspen’s stunning landscapes.

Visit the Aspen Art Museum

Between tastings, enrich your cultural palate with a visit to the Aspen Art Museum. The contemporary art exhibits here provide a stimulating contrast to the culinary delights of the weekend. There is also a rooftop cafe to take in all the views.

Shop Local Boutiques and Artisanal Markets

Aspen’s charming downtown area is filled with unique boutiques and markets:

  • Saturday Farmer’s Market: Find fresh produce, handcrafted goods, and local delicacies.
  • Boutique Shopping: Discover luxury brands and one-of-a-kind finds in Aspen’s stylish stores.

Attend the Hoorsenbuhs Trunk Show at Meridian Jewelers

Amidst the festivities, make sure to stop by Meridian Jewelers for an exclusive event:

  • Hoorsenbuhs Trunk Show: On Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, Meridian Jewelers will host a special trunk show featuring the iconic designs of Hoorsenbuhs. Known for their exquisite craftsmanship and signature tri-link motif, Hoorsenbuhs pieces are a favorite among celebrities and style aficionados.
  • Exclusive Pieces: This is a unique opportunity to see and purchase limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces that aren’t available elsewhere.
  • Personalized Service: Enjoy the expert assistance of Meridian Jewelers’ knowledgeable staff, who can help you find the perfect piece to commemorate your Aspen adventure.

Experience Aspen’s Nightlife

After a day of tasting and exploring, unwind at Aspen’s vibrant nightlife spots.

  • Cocktail Lounges: Sip on craft cocktails at hotspots like Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar or J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome.
  • Live Music: Enjoy live performances at Belly Up Aspen, a music venue that hosts top artists in an intimate setting.
  • Starlit Strolls: Take a leisurely evening walk through downtown Aspen, where you can enjoy the crisp mountain air and twinkling lights and stop at Paradise Bakery for some late night gelato.

Relax and Rejuvenate

Balance the excitement with some relaxation:

  • Spa Treatments: Treat yourself to a luxurious spa day at one of Aspen’s renowned spas, like the Remède Spa at The St. Regis.
  • Yoga Sessions: Join a morning yoga class to start your day with tranquility and energy.

Aspen during the Food & Wine Classic is a sensory delight, offering a perfect blend of gourmet experiences, natural beauty, and cultural activities. Amidst your adventures, don’t forget to stop by Meridian Jewelers for the exclusive Hoorsenbuhs trunk show. It’s the perfect opportunity to take home a piece of Aspen’s elegance and charm. Enjoy the classic, and happy exploring!

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