Mountain Mayhem: Offseason Potpourri
After an action-packed summer in Aspen that kept up straight into September, the lull of off-season serves as a bit of a relief. Weather pending, now is a great time to hike, bike, reunite with friends, relax fireside, watch football, jam as a band, spend time at the park and playground and gradually transition from the warm weather into ski season.
With many restaurants and hotels taking a shoulder season break in Aspen, escaping to Denver is a great respite for a cultural getaway. I drove down last weekend and enjoyed visiting The Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) expanded and reimagined campus, a $175 million makeover, that recently reopened to the public, unveiling seven levels of its Lanny & Sharon Martin Building and the new Anna & John J. Sie Welcome Center. While in the Mile High City, we made a stop at Williams & Graham’s speakeasy in the Highlands neighborhood, arriving to a bookstore that leads to a hidden craft cocktail bar behind the shelves. And dined with friends at a favorite haunt – Hillstone restaurant in Cherry Creek, a sister restaurant to White House Tavern in Aspen.