Platts: Summer Expectation
We’ve all heard the saying: We come for the winters but we stay for the summers. Although each day and night spent in Aspen is worth being thankful for, there’s something about those summer days and summer nights that seal the deal for visitors and first-time residents.
Activities in the summertime are endless. However, there are a few notables themes that are worth putting on your radar immediately because, just like all good things, summer comes and goes far too fast.
Anything Snowmass Village
Snowmass seems to be getting cooler by the summer. With Snowmass Tourism’s focus on events, there’s something happening there at least once a week. The Thursday night free concert series is always a hit. Other highlights include Heritage Fire (June 16) and Grand Cochon (June 18). Plus, the new Late Nite Asian Speakeasy event (June 17), which will be full of Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese cuisine. These events happen over Food & Wine and impressively compete with many of the mainstream events. Other happenings include Wanderlust (June 30-July 3), the Zoppé Italian Family Circus (Aug. 19-21), the Tough Mudder (Sept. 10-11) and much more.
Just because we live in the mountains doesn’t mean we should be deprived of water sports. There are plenty of springs, lakes and rivers to enjoy in the warmer months. For relaxation purposes, try one of the natural hot springs in Glenwood Springs or up the Crystal River Valley at Avalanche Hot Springs. For a recreational experience, Reudi Reservoir is always a solid option. It’s a great place to paddleboard, take the boat out or swim. If you’re looking for water sports that cause a spike in adrenaline, check out the Slaughterhouse Falls route on the Roaring Fork River. Local rafting companies have trips down the tall waterfall most days of the week and it rarely disappoints as far as thrills are concerned.
Live music abounds year round in Aspen, but in the summer the opportunities increase immensely. The ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon is on the lawn outside the Benedict Music Tent, listening to classical tunes. Bring a nice picnic blanket, snacks and your current read to enjoy. Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has its summer series in three locations this year: JAS Café at The Little Nell, the rooftop at the Aspen Art Museum and the Cooking School of Aspen. Concerts at the museum and cooking school include a full dinner. Also, keep an eye on shows at the Belly Up and the Wheeler Opera House, which is home to several of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s
shows in the summer.
These are just a sampling of things to look forward to in the coming months. Keep an eye on community calendars online and in print because there will always be something new happening. And keep reading my column because, most likely, I’ll be writing about little else besides summer until early fall.
Until next week…
Barbara Platts is obsessed with Aspen in the summer. She apologizes in advance for her possible bias coverage of this season. Reach her at email@example.com.
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