Aspen…

I can’t even describe how beautiful just the state of Colorado is itself. The drive in to Aspen alone is one of the highlights of the trip. Even if you are deathly afraid of heights, you can appreciate the beauty and crisp air of Colorado. (And their beyond beautiful Whole Foods stores omg…my version of heaven haha) img_5803

Everyone seems to be so healthy and appreciative of the outdoors which was really refreshing to see. Aspen is almost a mountain version of La Jolla, CA (pretty people, expensive shops, clean city, healthy food, etc.).  I was, however, surprised by the lack of good coffee shops!

Where we stayed: My mom and I met my dad who flew in, and my uncle + girlfriend who had been renting a house there all month so we stayed with them,  which was just off the main drag in Aspen. Had some major 70’s era vibes which I wasn’t mad about.

What we did: Browsed the Farmers Market, then hiked the Hunter Creek Trail (a total of 6 hours) so we were pooped, but it was SO so worth it. Filled with meadows, creeks, and stunning views of the mountains. Dad ended up taking his shoes off and walking barefoot because Vans aren’t exactly the best hiking shoes…

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Kettle corn was too big for my backpack…
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I LOVE sunflowers! – very beginning of the trail.

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Abandoned homes of mining families back in the day

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We also hiked along Maroon Bells the next day which was again: STUNNINGGG. Later that day we went on the Gondola which I really recommend as well. Pro tip: they like to call it the “Ganjola” because of obvious reasons haha. P.S. We may or may not have bought some edibles…idk

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Maroon Bells
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Aspen trees are some of the prettiest <3
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View from the Gondola
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Cute boutique in the main square

What we ate: Dinner at J-Bar inside of the Jerome Hotel – which is one of the coolest hotel lobby’s I’ve ever seen. We also had breakfast one day at Spring Cafe. A super cute, healthy cafe on the edge of the town that I definitely recommend!

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J-Bar
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Walking to dinner. From the left: Dad, Uncle Bob, Mary, Mom <3

Caffeinated at: besides Starbucks, we checked out Victoria’s Espresso + Wine Bar which was pretty good! Their food menu looked really good, too. I ordered a quad-shot espresso for the first time as recommended by my uncle. It’s basically a latte but without as much milk and more buzz. Why have I never heard of this before again???

Overall, Aspen was one of the coolest places i’ve seen since starting this road trip. Need to come back during ski season!! Best way to see this town is to ride a bike or walk and obviously go on as many trails and outdoor excursions as possible!