Platts: Offseason options
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but things around here have gotten oddly quiet.
Suddenly, we can park in town. We can leave our office building without feeling like we are going to be trampled by a herd of angry tourists. We can actually get in the front door at Peach’s Corner Cafe and, sometimes, even order. We can breathe a bit easier. We can enjoy offseason discounts. We can even walk down the street without being yelled at by a glamorous French woman who thought we cut her off even though we were just trying to control our dog amongst a huge crowd of people in a small area…wait, sorry…that was probably just me.
Anyway, my point is that offseason has arrived once again and, instead of feeling sad about it, we should embrace this tranquil time. It’s not always easy to see a place this popular lose all prestige with the seamless drop of an Aspen leaf. But try to look at the glass as being half full on this one. There’s still plenty to do and there’s no wait time to do it. If you don’t believe me, keep reading for some ideas…
Aspen may have designated offseasons, but downvalley it’s business as usual. This is the perfect time to head down past the roundabout to explore a bit. Try one of Mark Fischer’s restaurants in Carbondale or Glenwood. I’m particularly fond of…well…all of them. Before dinner, try a yoga class or book an Ayurvedic massage at True Nature, possibly one of the most relaxing places in all of Colorado. Make the venture more than a day trip by shacking up at the Marble Distillery Inn for the night. But don’t hit the hay before trying one of their craft cocktails in the bar area. Anything with the distillery’s Gingercello is sure to please.
I’ve said it before and I shall say it again: Offseason is the best time to dine out in Aspen. Just about every restaurant that stays open has some deal on drinks and/or food. Mezzaluna and Rustique are two favorites of mine. Those fried chicken Thursdays at Rob Ittner’s joint are hard to resist. And Mezz almost always has some kind of discount on a bottle of vino. Even if your restaurant of choice doesn’t have a deal, it certainly won’t be hard to get a reservation.
Hone Your Skills
Let’s face it, during the hectic summer and winter seasons we rarely have time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. When there are less events and demands on our time, it’s a good chance to try something new. Get lost in the rows of shelves at Explore Booksellers for an afternoon, finding some new books to take home. Call up Rosetta Stone and practice some language skills for your next international trip. Or just hang out in the gaming section of Ryno’s and perfect your foosball craft. Maybe even take up Big Buck Hunter to prepare for a future hunting trip.
These are just a few ideas for you to consider as you wander the quiet streets in town wondering what you’ll do with so much spare time. Enjoy it while you can. You’ll be begging to have it back once X Games weekend rolls around.
Barbara Platts doesn’t usually cut people off on the streets. She simply couldn’t control her excited puppy around so many people. However, she would like the woman who yelled at her to know that she does, in fact, have a pair of eyes. She even uses them occasionally. Reach her at email@example.com.
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