Aspen wins "best of" kudos |

Aspen wins "best of" kudos

Aspen has captured honors as the “Best Resort in Summer” in Mountain Living magazine’s 2003 “Best of the High Country” issue.

In addition, the resort earned recognition for the “Best Uptown Shopping”; The Little Nell won accolades as the “Best Apres Ski”; the Cooking School of Aspen was named the “Best Cooking School”; the Caribou Club earned mention as the “Best Place to Spot Celebrities”; the Aspen Ski Swap is the “Best Way to Buy Ski Equipment”; and Explore Booksellers was named “Best Bookstore.”

Completing Aspen’s sweep of eight of the special issue’s “best of” categories, the Aspen Music Festival and School won kudos as the “Best Music Festival.”

“This summer festival offers concerts for all tastes ? opera, string quartets, chamber music, solo and orchestral works,” noted Mountain Living. “You can buy patron seats inside the Benedict Music Tent or enjoy the concerts out on the lawn where the seating is free. Take advantage of the reduced-price tickets to the dress rehearsals and ask about the artist talks. The festival also offers well-priced tour packages that include airfare, accommodations and concert tickets.”

Each year, the magazine polls readers about their favorite mountain places and events ? romantic spots, ski resorts, dude ranches, family vacations, scenic drives, art galleries ? then features the responses, and editors’ picks, in a special January issue.

All the winners featured in the “Best of the High Country” issue were honored at a party on Jan. 11 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa.

Mountain Living, targeted at those who favor high-country homes and lifestyles, is a bimonthly publication with a circulation of more than 32,000.

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