Mountain Mayhem: Breakfast Club
Since last Saturday, Jan. 16, marked the last day of indoor dining due to Pitkin County moving to level red restrictions on the COVID dial on Jan. 17, it served as extra motivation to skin up Aspen Mountain in the morning to enjoy breakfast at Bonnie’s Restaurant inside. The energy at the base of the mountain was infectious as dozens of locals began scaling the slopes – some headed to the top and then down to Bonnie’s, others skiing to the FIS lift for a shortcut to the restaurant and most bee-lining straight to Bonnie’s.
Considering social life is limited to few occasions and interactions these days, it paid to be a part of the so-called “a.m. crew,” waking up early and kicking off the day in an active way. Friends Peter Hoffman and Elliot Wilkinson-Ray wore their ski apparel of choice for the skin – performance denim by Ripton & Co in the form of jorts and overalls.
Upon arrival at the restaurant, the scent of oatmeal pancakes, bacon and eggs on the grill wafted through the air along with maple syrup and freshly brewed coffee. My friend and I took seats by the window in the back room, socially distanced, but surrounded by cheerful friends and friends of friends for an impromptu breakfast club.
Indoor dining is now closed until further notice by Pitkin County, though outdoor seating is still allowed. Bonnie’s will keep its deck open and igloos available for single household dining. So we’ll be back for an outdoor breakfast club next.