Aspen Untucked: Summer fun … there’s plenty left to be had |

Aspen Untucked: Summer fun … there’s plenty left to be had

It’s a sad truth to say, but we’re nearly halfway through summer 2017. Usually by this point in the warm season, I’ve already written at least one column on how much I adore summer in the mountains and how lucky we all are to be here. I tend to go on and on in a way that probably annoys my readers, but if you’ve spent even a day in the valley between June and September, you’ve gotten a dose of the magic and know well what I’m talking about. I’m a bit behind this year on my summer column(s), but here is my short and sweet piece of summer recommendations. Granted, if you’re doing summer right, you already have an extensive list of to-do’s. But, just in case you need some more, these are three of my favorite summer happenings in the valley. And, surprisingly, not one of them is in Aspen.

Farm to Fork dinners

Summer is when the local food scene in the valley shines. Shopping at farmer’s markets and eating local dishes at restaurants is a great way to get a glimpse into the work that our valley’s farmers are doing, but I also would highly recommend attending an event centered around homegrown food. Field 2 Fork Kitchen is a catering company that works with several local farms to craft its cuisine. Field 2 Fork hosts a few events per summer to showcase what they do. Coming up is A Midsummer Ranch’s Dream on July 22 at Sustainable Settings and Know Your Farmer Dinners on Aug. 16 at Roaring Gardens. To learn more, visit

Glenwood Escape Room

Save this activity for a rainy day — assuming we have another one this season — or a day that is so hot that being outdoors feels impossible. The Escape Room is still a relatively new activity that is put on by Glenwood Adventure Co. Essentially, you and your party are placed in a room, and you have an hour to escape. In order to do that, there are numerous puzzles that must be solved. Currently, there are three escape rooms available to try at this location, each with a different theme. To find out more, go to

Something in Snowmass

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Snowmass is a lot of fun in the summer. And each year seems to get busier and busier, with events ranging from car racing to challenging athletic events. Not many days go by without some kind of festival or party happening. Two events I’m personally looking forward to are Yoga on the Mountain from Aug. 11 to 13 and the Snowmass Wine Festival from Sept. 15 to 16

And, of course, we can’t forget about JAS Labor Day Fest Sept. 1 to 3. To get the details on these events and many others, go to

Summer is always a hectic time where we try to fit in as much as possible. It may be mid-July, but we still have plenty of days left to experience some of the activities that make this season so wonderful. Good luck, and I’ll see you out there.

Barbara Platts came for the winter, but she stays for the summers. Reach her at

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