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A Grand affair

May Selby

Erin Lentz and Alex De l’Arbre of Promo Inc.

The Hyatt Grand Aspen debuted with a bang on Thursday, December 15. Calling for Aspen Festive as the dress code, the scene to see and be seen at got the holiday season off to a rolling start. Over 500 guests enjoyed VIP treatment as they wandered throughout the new hotel and its environs, sipping champagne and dining on appetizers.

Now open, The Hyatt offers 50 suites adorned with oak floors, fireplaces, granite countertops, plush leather sofas, flat-screen televisions, gourmet kitchens and French-style balconies. Common areas include a state of the art fitness center as well as outdoor hot tubs and a swimming pool replete with cascading waterfall. Though there is no formal restaurant on site, The Wine Spot offers a small-plates tasting menu to accompany the wine selection. Dishes such as caviar, salads, panini and desserts are available.

Open to both guests and locals, the comfortable lounge/bar leads to an outdoor patio where Adirondack chairs surround a fire pit, offering another scenic setting for patrons. Proprietors Seth Hollar and Lisa Hatem operate The Wine Spot where one can find a selection of over 35 wines by the glass, ranging in price from $5 to $50.

“I think town is ready for a fun new approach to wine,” said Rose Manzo, the resident sommelier.For the grand opening extravaganza, a pair of suites was open to guests to tour, the Wine Spot welcomed all to sample their vast selection of spirits and vintages, and a tent erected over the Silver Circle ice rink served as party central with food, drinks and live music.

EKS Event partnered with ecoe marketing to coordinate the elaborate affair. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Hyatt team to pull off this amazing event,” said Ellen Pettyjohn of EKS Events.Under the tent, musical genius Bobby Yang took to the stage with his Unrivaled Players, churning out familiar tunes on his violin from such artists as Black Sabbath and Def Leppard.

Indigenous Catering served up jumbo shrimp and other delectable dishes, Kiley from The Cheese Shop provided an extensive cheese spread and fabulous desserts were created by Lisa Jo Anderson of Lisa Jo’s All Things Sweet.According to Aspen Police Chief Loren Ryerson and his wife Mary of Alpine Bank, the Hyatt debut was clearly a hit. “The suites are so understated and tastefully decorated,” said Mary. “If we could afford it, we’d move in with our four boys,” joked Loren.

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